Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 17: Who to start, sit at running back in fantasy football

If you’re still alive for your fantasy championship, then congratulations. Now, get ready for the longest fantasy football-related week of your lives. Every day, player updates will be met with dread, as you never know when one of your key running backs will wind up on the reserve/COVID list. Of course, injuries will still rear their ugly heads, too, so you can expect our Week 17 fantasy RB PPR rankings to see some changes before Sunday’s kickoffs. 

Hopefully, your RB depth chart is still strong enough that you can take matchups into account when making start ’em, sit ’em decisions. Several borderline backs are in bad spots this week, most notably Michael Carter (vs. Buccaneers), Myles Gaskin (@ Titans), Chuba Hubbard (@ Saints), Dare Ogunbowale (@ Patriots), Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray (vs. Rams), and Rex Burkhead (@ 49ers). It won’t be difficult for most to leave these guys on their benches (even Gaskin in PPR leagues), but Sony Michel (@ Ravens), Darrel Williams (@ Bengals), Josh Jacobs (@ Colts), and, if Dalvin Cook is still on the reserve/COVID list, Alexander Mattison (@ Packers) will be tougher calls, especially in PPR leagues.

Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Chances are, Michel, Williams, Jacobs, and Cook/Mattison will be your best flex options, if not best RB2 options, so they should still be in most 12-team lineups. However it’s possible you’ve loaded up on guys like Rashaad Penny (vs. Lions) or Jeff Wilson Jr. (vs. Texans) and have them in better matchups, so do what makes sense for you. Also, don’t shy away from Denver’s RBs despite their dismal Week 16 performances. The Chargers just got run all over by Burkhead, so Denver’s duo should have big bounce-back performances.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

In addition to Penny and JWJ (or Elijah Mitchell, if he’s back from his knee injury), borderline guys like Devin Singletary (vs. Falcons), Rhamondre Stevenson (reserve/COVID) and Damien Harris (vs. Jaguars), and D’Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (@Seahawks) look good. Typically, Harris isn’t as valuable in PPR leagues, but he has high TD upside this week. You could also try AJ Dillon (vs. Vikings) as a TD-or-bust sleeper.

This will almost certainly be another crazy week. It’s not just RBs themselves going on the reserve/COVID list that will matter, it’s also offensive lineman, quarterbacks, and even defensive players. For instance, the Bucs allow the second-most RB receptions per game, so even just one notable defensive lineman being inactive might be just enough to make Carter a “safe” PPR flex. Stay alert, grab your handcuffs, and be ready to pivot.

Note: We’ll be updating these RB PPR rankings throughout the week, so check back for analysis and the latest player movement.

Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 17: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. LV
2 Aaron Jones, GB vs. MIN
3 Dalvin Cook, MIN @ GB
4 D’Andre Swift, DET @ SEA
5 Austin Ekeler, LAC vs. DEN
6 Nick Chubb, CLE @ PIT
7 Ronald Jones II, TB @ NYJ
8 Najee Harris, PIT @ CLE
9 Rashaad Penny, SEA vs. DET
10 Joe Mixon, CIN vs. KC
11 Javonte Williams, DEN @ LAC
12 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. ARI
13 Alvin Kamara, NO vs. CAR
14 Saquon Barkley, NYG @ CHI
15 Jeff Wilson Jr., SF vs. HOU
16 Melvin Gordon, DEN @ LAC
17 Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL @ BUF
18 David Montgomery, CHI vs. NYG
19 Antonio Gibson, WAS vs. PHI
20 Devin Singletary, BUF vs. ATL
21 Damien Harris, NE vs. JAX
22 Sony Michel, LAR @ BAL
23 Miles Sanders, PHI @ WAS
24 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC @ CIN
25 Josh Jacobs, LV @ IND
26 James Conner, ARI @ DAL
27 Chase Edmonds, ARI @ DAL
28 Rhamondre Stevenson, NE vs. JAX
29 Michael Carter, NYJ vs. TB
30 D’Onta Foreman, TEN vs. MIA
31 Jamaal Williams, DET @ SEA
32 Dare Ogunbowale, JAX @ NE
33 Rex Burkhead, HOU @ SF
34 Myles Gaskin, MIA @ TEN
35 AJ Dillon, GB vs. MIN
36 Chuba Hubbard, CAR @ NO
37 Devonta Freeman, BAL vs. LAR
38 DeeJay Dallas, SEA vs. DET
39 Jordan Howard, PHI @ WAS
40 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. ARI
41 Latavius Murray, BAL vs. LAR
42 Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TB @ NYJ
43 Royce Freeman, HOU @ SF
44 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ BAL
45 Derrick Gore, KC @ CIN
46 Justin Jackson, LAC vs. DEN
47 Matt Breida, BUF vs. ATL
48 Mike Davis, ATL @ BUF
49 Dontrell Hillard, TEN vs. MIA
50 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. LV
51 Jeremy McNichols, TEN vs. MIA
52 Devontae Booker, NYG @ CHI
53 Brandon Bolden, NE vs. JAX
54 Craig Reynolds, DET @ SEA
55 Mark Ingram, NO vs. CAR
56 Zack Moss, BUF vs. ATL
57 Tevin Coleman, NYJ vs. TB
58 Duke Johnson, MIA @ TEN
59 Boston Scott, PHI @ WAS
60 Ameer Abdullah, CAR @ NO
61 Jaret Patterson, WAS vs. PHI
62 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ GB
63 Samaje Perine, CIN vs. KC
64 Phillip Lindsay, MIA @ TEN
65 D’Ernest Johnson, CLE @ PIT
66 Joshua Kelley, LAC vs. DEN
67 Peyton Barber, LV @ IND
68 Khalil Herbert, CHI vs. NYG
69 Jonathan Williams, WAS vs. PHI