The 2022-23 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. There are no byes this week because six teams will be playing on Thanksgiving. Injuries have started to mount up at this point of the season, so it’s 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 12 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 territory.
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.
|Must Start||Jonathan Taylor||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB1|
|Must Start||Austin Ekeler||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB2|
|Must Start||Saquon Barkley||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB3|
|Must Start||Christian McCaffrey||vs New Orleans Saints||RB4|
|Must Start||Derrick Henry||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB5|
|Starting RB1||Josh Jacobs||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB6|
|Starting RB1||Rhamondre Stevenson||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB7|
|Starting RB1||Kenneth Walker III||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB8|
|High-End RB2||Dalvin Cook||vs New England Patriots||RB9|
|High-End RB2||Travis Etienne Jr.||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB10|
|High-End RB2||Joe Mixon*||vs Tennessee Titans||RB11|
|High-End RB2||Nick Chubb||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB12|
|High-End RB2||James Conner||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB13|
|High-End RB2||Dameon Pierce||vs Miami Dolphins||RB14|
|Starting RB2||Jeff Wilson Jr.||vs Houston Texans||RB15|
|Starting RB2||Alvin Kamara||vs San Francisco 49ers||RB16|
|Starting RB2||Aaron Jones||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB17|
|Starting RB2||Najee Harris||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB18|
|Starting RB2||David Montgomery||vs New York Jets||RB19|
|Starting RB2||Devin Singletary||vs Detroit Lions||RB20|
|Starting RB2||Antonio Gibson||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB21|
|Starting RB2||Leonard Fournette*||vs Cleveland Browns||RB22|
|Low RB2||Tony Pollard||vs New York Giants||RB23|
|Low RB2||Latavius Murray||vs Carolina Panthers||RB24|
|Low RB2||Miles Sanders||vs Green Bay Packers||RB25|
|Flex||Ezekiel Elliott||vs New York Giants||RB26|
|Flex||Michael Carter||vs Chicago Bears||RB27|
|Flex||Rachaad White||vs Cleveland Browns||RB28|
|Flex||Jamaal Williams||vs Buffalo Bills||RB29|
|Flex||D’Onta Foreman||vs Denver Broncos||RB30|
|Flex||Raheem Mostert||vs Houston Texans||RB31|
|Flex||Gus Edwards*||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB32|
|Deep League Flex||Cordarrelle Patterson||vs Washington Commanders||RB33|
|Deep League Flex||Kyren Williams||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB34|
|Deep League Flex||Isiah Pacheco||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB35|
|Deep League Flex||D’Andre Swift||vs Buffalo Bills||RB36|
|Deep League Flex||Cam Akers||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB37|
|Deep League Flex||Jerick McKinnon||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB38|
|Deep League Flex||Brian Robinson Jr.||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB39|
|Deep League Flex||Elijah Mitchell||vs New Orleans Saints||RB40|
|Deep League Flex||James Robinson||vs Chicago Bears||RB41|
|Deep League Flex||Damien Harris||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB42|
|Leave on the Bench||Kareem Hunt||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB43|
|Leave on the Bench||James Cook||vs Detroit Lions||RB44|
|Leave on the Bench||AJ Dillon||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB45|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyler Allgeier||vs Washington Commanders||RB46|
|Leave on the Bench||Keontay Ingram||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB47|
|Leave on the Bench||Samaje Perine||vs Tennessee Titans||RB48|
|Leave on the Bench||Chuba Hubbard||vs Denver Broncos||RB49|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenyan Drake||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB50|
|Leave on the Bench||Isaiah Spiller||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB51|
|Leave on the Bench||Deon Jackson||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB52|
|Leave on the Bench||Justin Jackson||vs Buffalo Bills||RB53|
|Leave on the Bench||Marlon Mack||vs Carolina Panthers||RB54|
|Leave on the Bench||Dontrell Hilliard||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB55|
|Leave on the Bench||Ameer Abdullah||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB56|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenneth Gainwell||vs Green Bay Packers||RB57|
|Leave on the Bench||Travis Ebner||vs New York Jets||RB58|
|Leave on the Bench||Matt Breida||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB59|
|Leave on the Bench||Alexander Mattison||vs New England Patriots||RB60|
|Leave on the Bench||Nyheim Hines||vs Detroit Lions||RB61|
|Leave on the Bench||Kyle Juszczyk||vs New Orleans Saints||RB62|
|Leave on the Bench||Ronnie Rivers||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB63|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
RB11 Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Mixon suffered a concussion against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. If Mixon is out this week against the Tennessee Titans Samaje Perine moves up to RB27 between Michael Carter and Rachaad White. Chris Evans would be the RB56 between Dontrell Hilliard and Ameer Abdullah.
RB22 Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Leonard Fournette suffered a hip stinger in Tampa Bay’s game against Seattle before the bye. He is expected to play this week against the Cleveland Browns. If Fournette misses this game Rachaad White would become the RB15 between Dameon Pierce and Jeff Wilson Jr.
RB32 Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
Gus Edwards missed Baltimore’s last two games with a hamstring injury. Edwards is expected to return, but if he misses one more game Kenyan Drake would move up to RB27 between Ezekiel Elliott and Michael Carter.