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Fantasy Football Week 17 Running Back Rankings

Fantasy Football Week 17 Running Back Rankings

The 2021-22 NFL season has only two weeks left. Bye weeks are over and a majority of leagues are in their fantasy championship. This time of year COVID-19 is running rampant which makes it important to have backup options on your fantasy roster. On top of that injuries are continuing to mount up. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the Fantasy Football Week 17 running back rankings.

*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*

(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting RB1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High-End RB2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between RB1 and RB2 category.
Starting RB2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low RB2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and causes a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deep League Flex- a player who is more of a Hail Mary throw at the position. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
Category Name Opponent Ranking
Must Start Jonathan Taylor vs Las Vegas Raiders RB1
Must Start Dalvin Cook vs Green Bay Packers RB2
Must Start Austin Ekeler vs Denver Broncos RB3
Starting RB1 David Montgomery vs New York Giants RB4
Starting RB1 D’Andre Swift* vs Seattle Seahawks RB5
Starting RB1 Joe Mixon vs Kansas City Chiefs RB6
Starting RB1 Alvin Kamara vs Carolina Panthers RB7
Starting RB1 Najee Harris vs Cleveland Browns RB8
Starting RB1 Antonio Gibson* vs Philadelphia Eagles RB9
High-End RB2 Nick Chubb vs Pittsburgh Steelers RB10
High-End RB2 Ronald Jones vs New York Jets RB11
High-End RB2 Aaron Jones vs Minnesota Vikings RB12
Starting RB2 Elijah Mitchell* vs Houston Texans RB13
Starting RB2 Devin Singletary vs Atlanta Falcons RB14
Starting RB2 Ezekiel Elliott vs Arizona Cardinals RB15
Starting RB2 Javonte Williams vs Los Angeles Chargers RB16
Starting RB2 Sony Michel vs Baltimore Ravens RB17
Low RB2 Rashaad Penny vs Detroit Lions RB18
Low RB2 Damien Harris vs Jacksonville Jaguars RB19
Low RB2 Josh Jacobs vs Indianapolis Colts RB20
Low RB2 Saquon Barkley* vs Chicago Bears RB21
Flex Clyde Edwards-Helaire* vs Cincinnati Bengals RB22
Flex Cordarrelle Patterson vs Buffalo Bills RB23
Flex Melvin Gordon vs Los Angeles Chargers RB24
Flex Kareem Hunt* vs Pittsburgh Steelers RB25
Flex Dare Ogunbowale vs New England Patriots RB26
Flex A.J. Dillon vs Minnesota Vikings RB27
Flex Jordan Howard* vs Washington Football Team RB28
Flex Darrel Williams vs Cincinnati Bengals RB29
 Flex Michael Carter vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB30
Deep League Flex Boston Scott vs Washington Football Team RB31
Deep League Flex Rex Burkhead vs San Francisco 49ers RB32
Deep League Flex Chase Edmonds* vs Dallas Cowboys RB33
Deep League Flex Ke’Shawn Vaughn vs New York Jets RB34
Deep League Flex Devonta Freeman vs Los Angeles Rams RB35
Deep League Flex James Conner* vs Dallas Cowboys RB36
Deep League Flex Tony Pollard vs Arizona Cardinals RB37
Deep League Flex Rhamondre Stevenson vs Jacksonville Jaguars RB38
Deep League Flex Justin Jackson vs Denver Broncos RB39
Deep League Flex Devontae Booker vs Chicago Bears RB40
Deep League Flex D’Onta Foreman vs Miami Dolphins RB41
Deep League Flex Ameer Abdullah vs New Orleans Saints RB42
Deep League Flex Duke Johnson Jr. vs Tennessee Titans RB43
Leave on the Bench Brandon Bolden vs Jacksonville Jaguars RB44
Leave on the Bench Chuba Hubbard vs New Orleans Saints RB45
Leave on the Bench Myles Gaskin vs Tennessee Titans RB46
Leave on the Bench Zack Moss vs Atlanta Falcons RB47
Leave on the Bench Jamaal Williams vs Seattle Seahawks RB48
Leave on the Bench Phillip Lindsay vs Tennessee Titans RB49
Leave on the Bench Latavius Murray vs Los Angeles Rams RB50
Leave on the Bench Kenneth Gainwell* vs Washington Football Team RB51
Leave on the Bench Dontrell Hilliard vs Miami Dolphins RB52
Leave on the Bench Samaje Perine vs Kansas City Chiefs RB53
Leave on the Bench Craig Reynolds vs Seattle Seahawks RB54
Leave on the Bench Cam Akers* vs Baltimore Ravens RB55
Leave on the Bench Mike Davis vs Buffalo Bills RB56
Leave on the Bench Jeremy McNichols vs Miami Dolphins RB57
Leave on the Bench DeeJay Dallas vs Detroit Lions RB58
Leave on the Bench Mark Ingram vs Carolina Panthers RB59
Leave on the Bench Nyheim Hines vs Las Vegas Raiders RB60
Leave on the Bench Derrick Gore vs Cincinnati Bengals RB61
Leave on the Bench Alexander Mattison vs Green Bay Packers RB62
Leave on the Bench Kyle Juszczyk vs Houston Texans RB63
Leave on the Bench Jaret Patterson vs Philadelphia Eagles RB64
Leave on the Bench David Johnson* vs San Francisco 49ers RB65
Leave on the Bench Jeff Wilson Jr. vs Houston Texans RB66
Leave on the Bench Peyton Barber vs Indianapolis Colts RB67
Leave on the Bench Tevin Coleman vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB68
Leave on the Bench JaMycal Hasty vs Houston Texans RB69
Leave on the Bench Le’Veon Bell vs New York Jets RB70

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

RB5 D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions

D’Andre Swift returned to practice last Wednesday after missing the last three games with a shoulder injury. However, he did miss last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.If Swift is inactive against the Seattle Seahawks then Jamaal Williams will move up to RB19 between Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs. Craig Reynolds would then move up to RB25 between Melvin Gordon and Kareem Hunt.

RB9 Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

Antonio Gibson was limited in practice Wednesday with a hip injury. This is the third different injury that has caused Gibson to be limited or miss practice this season. If he doesn’t play this week Jaret Patterson would then move up to RB26 between Dare Ogunbowale and A.J. Dillon.

RB13 Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers

Elijah Mithcell has missed the past three games with both a concussion and knee injury. There is a belief that Mitchell could return this week. If Mitchell doesn’t return this week then Jeff Wilson Jr. will move up to RB15 between Ezekiel Elliott and Javonte Williams. JaMycal Hasty would then move up to RB45 between Brandon Bolden and Chuba Hubbard. Trey Sermon could also return from Injured Reserve this week.

RB21 Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

There is speculation about the New York Giants potentially shutting down Saquon Barkley for the year who has been dealing with an ankle injury for a majority of the year. If Barkley was to miss this week’s game against Chicago Bears then Devontae Booker would move up to RB20 between Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs.

RB22 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Clyde Edwards-Helaire is considered week to week with a collarbone injury. He will most likely miss this week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. If he was to miss this week’s game then Darrel Williams would move up to RB19 between Rashaad Penny and Damien Harris. Derrick Gore would then move up to RB40 between Justin Jackson and Devontae Booker.

RB25 Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns

Kareem Hunt missed practice Tuesday because of an ankle injury. He missed last week’s game because he was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. If Hunt is to miss this week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers then D’Ernest Johnson would join the list at RB41 between Devontae Booker and D’Onta Foreman.

Philadelphia Eagles Running Backs: RB28 Jordan Howard & RB51 Kenneth Gainwell

Miles Sanders has already been ruled out this week with a broken hand. Jordan Howard is dealing with a stinger. Kenneth Gainwell was limited in practice Wednesday with an ankle injury. If both Howard and Gainwell were to miss this week’s game against the Washington Football Team then Boston Scott would move up to RB16 between Ezekiel Eliott and Javonte Williams.

However, if Howard were to miss this week’s game and Gainwell was to be active then Boston Scott would move up to RB19 between Rashaad Penny and Damien Harris.

If Gainwell was to miss this week’s game and Howard was to be active both Howard and Scott would retain their current rankings for the week.

Arizona Cardinals Running Backs: RB33 Chase Edmonds & RB36 James Conner

James Conner missed last weekend’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with a heel injury. Now Chase Edmonds is dealing with a back injury that limited him in practice Wednesday. If both were to miss this week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys then Eno Benjamin would become the RB36 between Devonta Freeman and Tony Pollard.

But if Conner was to miss this week’s game and Chase Edmonds was to play then Edmonds would move up to RB25 between Melvin Gordon and Kareem Hunt.

If Edmonds was to miss this week’s game and James Conner was to play then Conner would move up to RB20 between Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs.

RB55 Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams

Now that Darrell Henderson has been placed on Injured Reserve Cam Akers has the opportunity to return this week from his Achilles tear. It would be bold to play Akers this week considering this is his first action since the Summer and he will likely be on a pitch count. If the Rams were to hold Akers out this week against the Baltimore Ravens then Jake Funk would slot in at RB65 between Jaret Patterson and David Johnson.

RB65 David Johnson, Houston Texans

David Johnson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. If he is to miss this week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers then Royce Freeman would join the list at RB67 between Peyton Barber and Tevin Coleman.

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