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Fantasy Football Week 18 Running Back Rankings

Fantasy Football Week 18 Running Back Rankings

The 2021-22 NFL season has only one week left. Bye weeks have been over and the fantasy leagues that are still active 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. Also since a majority of teams have clinched their playoff spots teams will rest their starters this week. On top of all 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 18 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)

Key:
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 Jacksonville Jaguars RB1
Must Start Dalvin Cook vs Chicago Bears RB2
Must Start Austin Ekeler vs Las Vegas Raiders RB3
Starting RB1 Najee Harris vs Baltimore Ravens RB4
Starting RB1 David Montgomery vs Minnesota Vikings RB5
Starting RB1 Alvin Kamara vs Atlanta Falcons RB6
Starting RB1 Josh Jacobs* vs Los Angeles Chargers RB7
Starting RB1 Antonio Gibson* vs New York Giants RB8
High-End RB2 Ezekiel Elliott vs Philadelphia Eagles RB9
High-End RB2 Nick Chubb* vs Cincinnati Bengals RB10
Starting RB2 Devin Singletary vs New York Jets RB11
Starting RB2 Elijah Mitchell* vs Los Angeles Rams RB12
Starting RB2 Darrel Williams vs Denver Broncos RB13
Starting RB2 D’Onta Foreman vs Houston Texans RB14
Starting RB2 Javonte Williams vs Kansas City Chiefs RB15
Starting RB2 Sony Michel vs San Francisco 49ers RB16
Starting RB2 Rashaad Penny vs Arizona Cardinals RB17
Low RB2 D’Andre Swift vs Green Bay Packers RB18
Low RB2 Saquon Barkley vs Washington Football Team RB19
Low RB2 Samaje Perine vs Cleveland Browns RB20
Low RB2 Chase Edmonds* vs Seattle Seahawks RB21
Flex Damien Harris* vs Miami Dolphins RB22
Flex Michael Carter vs Buffalo Bills RB23
Flex James Conner* vs Seattle Seahawks RB24
Flex Devonta Freeman vs Pittsburgh Steelers RB25
Flex Dare Ogunbowale vs Indianapolis Colts RB26
Flex Ronald Jones* vs Carolina Panthers RB27
Flex Melvin Gordon vs Kansas City Chiefs RB28
Flex Aaron Jones* vs Detroit Lions RB29
 Flex Boston Scott* vs Dallas Cowboys RB30
Deep League Flex Tony Pollard vs Philadelphia Eagles RB31
Deep League Flex Cordarrelle Patterson vs New Orleans Saints RB32
Deep League Flex A.J. Dillon vs Detroit Lions RB33
Deep League Flex Devontae Booker vs Washington Football Team RB34
Deep League Flex Duke Johnson Jr. vs New England Patriots RB35
Deep League Flex Justin Jackson vs Las Vegas Raiders RB36
Deep League Flex Kareem Hunt* vs Cincinnati Bengals RB37
Deep League Flex Rhamondre Stevenson vs Miami Dolphins RB38
Deep League Flex Jamaal Williams vs Green Bay Packers RB39
Deep League Flex Dontrell Hilliard vs Houston Texans RB40
Deep League Flex Chuba Hubbard vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB41
Deep League Flex Rex Burkhead vs Tennessee Titans RB42
Deep League Flex Ke’Shawn Vaughn vs Carolina Panthers RB43
Leave on the Bench Chris Evans vs Cleveland Browns RB44
Leave on the Bench Ameer Abdullah vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB45
Leave on the Bench Jordan Howard* vs Dallas Cowboys RB46
Leave on the Bench Nyheim Himes vs Jacksonville Jaguars RB47
Leave on the Bench Mike Davis vs New Orleans Saints RB48
Leave on the Bench Latavius Murray vs Pittsburgh Steelers RB49
Leave on the Bench Brandon Bolden vs Miami Dolphins RB50
Leave on the Bench Zack Moss vs New York Jets RB51
Leave on the Bench Derrick Gore vs Denver Broncos RB52
Leave on the Bench Jaret Patterson vs New York Giants RB53
Leave on the Bench Cam Akers* vs San Francisco 49ers RB54
Leave on the Bench Myles Gaskin vs New England Patriots RB55
Leave on the Bench Jeremy McNichols vs Houston Texans RB56
Leave on the Bench Mark Ingram* vs Atlanta Falcons RB57
Leave on the Bench Alexander Mattison vs Chicago Bears RB58
Leave on the Bench Le’Veon Bell vs Carolina Panthers RB59
Leave on the Bench Kyle Juszczyk vs Los Angeles Rams RB60
Leave on the Bench Craig Reynolds vs Green Bay Packers RB61
Leave on the Bench Tevin Coleman vs Buffalo Bills RB62
Leave on the Bench Peyton Barber vs Los Angeles Chargers RB63
Leave on the Bench David Johnson vs Tennessee Titans RB64
Leave on the Bench Kenneth Gainwell vs Dallas Cowboys RB65
Leave on the Bench Phillip Lindsay vs New England Patriots RB66
Leave on the Bench DeeJay Dallas vs Arizona Cardinals RB67
Leave on the Bench Jeff Wilson Jr. vs Los Angeles Rams RB68
Leave on the Bench Austin Walter vs Buffalo Bills RB69

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

RB7 Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Josh Jacobs was limited in practice Thursday with a rib injury. If Jacobs was to miss this weekend’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers then Peyton Barber would move up to RB20 between Samaje Perine and Chase Edmonds.


RB8 Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

Antonio Gibson missed last week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles because he was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. He has also dealt with a hip injury that caused him to be limited in practice Thursday. If he doesn’t play this week against the New York Giants then Jaret Patterson would then move up to RB22 between Damien Harris and Michael Carter.

Cleveland Browns Running Backs: RB10 Nick Chubb & RB37 Kareem Hunt

Nick Chubb was limited in practice Thursday with both a chest injury and an injury to his ribs. Kareem Hunt last week’s game because of an ankle injury. He missed the game before that because he was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list If both Chubb and Hunt were to miss this week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals then D’Ernest Johnson would become the RB19 between Saquon Barkley and Samaje Perine.

If Chubb was to miss this week’s game and Hunt was to be active then Kareem Hunt would become the RB11 between Devin Singletary and Elijah Mitchell. D’Ernest Johnson would then join the list at RB45 between Ameer Abdullah and Jordan Howard.

 If Hunt is to miss this week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals then Nick Chubb would retain his ranking and D’Ernest Johnson would join the list at RB45 between Ameer Abdullah and Jordan Howard.


RB12 Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers

Elijah Mitchell was limited Thursday with a knee injury. Even though Mitchell made his return last week the knee injury is still bothering him. If Mitchell was to miss this week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams then Jeff Wilson Jr. would move up to RB20 between Samaje Perine and Chase Edmonds.

Arizona Cardinals Running Backs: RB21 Chase Edmonds & RB24 James Conner

James Conner the past two games against the Indianapolis Colts with a heel injury. Now Chase Edmond missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with both a rib and toe injury. Conner was limited in practice Thursday with his heel injury. If both were to miss this week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks then Eno Benjamin would become the RB30 between Tony Pollard and Cordarrelle Patterson.

But if Conner was to miss this week’s game and Chase Edmonds was to play then Edmonds would move up to RB12 between Devin Singletary and Elijah Mitchell.

If Edmonds was to miss this week’s game and James Conner was to play then Conner would move up to RB9 between Antonio Gibson and Ezekiel Elliott.

RB27 Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronald Jones missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury. If he doesn’t play this week against the Carolina Panthers then Ke’Shawn Vaughn would move up to RB30 between Boston Scott and Tony Pollard. Le’Veon Bell would move up to RB54 between Cam Akers and Myles Gaskin.

RB29 Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones was limited in practice Thursday with a knee injury. Green Bay will likely rest their starters during this game but could opt to make Jones inactive. If he was to be inactive then A.J. Dillon would move up to RB29 where Jones occupies and the next man up for the Packers would be Patrick Taylor who shold be nothing more than a DFS play this week.

Philadelphia Eagles Running Backs: RB30 Boston Scott RB46 Jordan Howard

Miles Sanders has already been ruled out this week because of his hand injury. Both Boston Scott and Jordan Howard were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. If both Howard and Scott were to miss this week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys then Kenneth Gainwell would move up to RB26 between Devonta Smith and Dare Ogunbowale.

 If Scott were to miss this week’s game and Howard was to be active then Jordan Howard would move up to RB30 where Scott currently slots in.


If Howard was to miss this week’s game and Scott was to be active then Boston Scott would move up to RB26 between Devonta Smith and Dare Ogunbowale.

RB54 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 San Francisco 49ers  then Jake Funk would slot in at RB66 between Phillip Lindsay and DeeJay Dallas.

RB57 Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints

Mark Ingram missed last week’s game with a knee injury. He missed practice Thursday because of that injury after being limited in practice Wednesday. If Ingram misses this week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons then Tony Jones Jr. and Ty Montgomery would split his snaps behind Alvin Kamara.




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