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Week 12 Fantasy RB Rankings: Must starts, sleepers, potential busts at running back


With no teams on bye this week, our Week 12 fantasy RB rankings are about as loaded as they can be at this point in the season. That said, there will still be questions about the statuses of Christian McCaffrey, Chris Carson, Raheem Mostert, Myles Gaskin, and D’Andre Swift as they deal with injuries that have kept them out in recent weeks.

Swift will command a lot of attention early in the week. He is dealing with a concussion, and with the Lions set to play the early game on Thanksgiving, he’ll have a short turnaround. If he’s out, it would be unfortunate given the sweet matchup against Houston’s league-worst run defense, but handcuffs Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson will get another crack at landing in the RB2/flex range.

WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

While Swift represents the first big question of the week, there is some hope that McCaffrey (@ Vikings) and Carson (@ Eagles) will return. Even Austin Ekeler (@ Bills) and Mostert (@ Rams) may be back in Week 12 if all goes well. For now, we have McCaffrey, Carson, and Mostert included in these rankings while Ekeler and Gaskin (@ Jets) are absent, but we’ll be quick to get them in or out of the rankings depending on the news surrounding each player.

WEEK 12 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Further helping the rankings is that some RBs who have been questionable in recent weeks, namely Devonta Freeman (ankle) and Joe Mixon (foot), have both been placed on IR and will for sure be out. As a result of their absences, Wayne Gallman (@ Bengals) and Giovani Bernard (vs. Giants) both rise into the RB2 ranks and should continue to get a high volume of carries. David Johnson (concussion) and Justin Jackson (knee) also remain on the IR.

The RB2 tier is deep this week, so that’s positive news for fantasy owners. No longer will they be forced to rely on the committee-type backfields of the 49ers (@ Rams), Broncos (vs. Saints), Bills (vs. Chargers), Rams (vs. 49ers), and Jets (vs. Dolphins). Some of the backs from these teams will have good games, but it’s almost impossible to predict who will get the majority of the carries or touchdown chances on a weekly basis. If you can avoid them, that’s the right move, especially with some other formerly muddled backfield seeing individual breakouts in recent weeks (JK Dobbins with the Ravens, Kalen Ballage with the Chargers, Jonathan Taylor with the Colts, and Salvon Ahmed with the Dolphins). 

Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates.

Week 12 Fantasy RB Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. CAR
2 Christian McCaffrey, CAR @ MIN
3 Alvin Kamara, NO @ DEN
4 Antonio Gibson, WAS @ DAL
5 James Robinson, JAX vs. CLE
6 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. WAS
7 Todd Gurley, ATL vs. LV
8 Josh Jacobs, LV @ ATL
9 Aaron Jones, GB vs. CHI
10 Derrick Henry, TEN @ IND
11 David Montgomery, CHI @ GB
12 Nick Chubb, CLE @ JAX
13 Miles Sanders, PHI vs. SEA
14 Damien Harris, NE vs. ARZ
15 Kenyan Drake, ARZ @ NE
16 Salvon Ahmed, MIA @ NYJ
17 Duke Johnson, HOU @ DET
18 Kareem Hunt, CLE @ JAX
19 Chris Carson, SEA @ PHI
20 Wayne Gallman, NYG @ CIN
21 Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. NYG
22 James Conner, PIT vs. BAL
23 Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. TEN
24 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC @ TB
25 Ronald Jones II, TB vs. KC
26 Adrian Peterson, DET vs. HOU
27 JK Dobbins, BAL @ PIT
28 Raheem Mostert, SF @ LAR
29 Kalen Ballage, LAC @ BUF
30 Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. NO
31 J.D. McKissic, WAS @ DAL
32 Leonard Fournette, TB vs. KC
33 Kerryon Johnson, DET vs. HOU
34 La’Mical Perine, NYJ vs. MIA
35 Zack Moss, BUF vs. LAC
36 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. TEN
37 Darrell Henderson, LAR vs. SF
38 Phillip Lindsay, DEN vs. NO
39 Cam Akers, LAR vs. SF
40 Chase Edmonds, ARZ @ NE
41 Devin Singletary, BUF vs. LAC
42 Frank Gore, NYJ vs. MIA
43 Malcolm Brown, LAR vs. SF
44 Matt Breida, MIA @ NYJ
45 Jordan Wilkins, IND vs. TEN
46 Le’Veon Bell, KC @ TB
47 Carlos Hyde, SEA @ PHI
48 Tevin Coleman, SF @ LAR
49 Mark Ingram, BAL @ PIT
50 Sony Michel, NE vs. ARZ
51 James White, NE vs. ARZ
52 Gus Edwards, BAL @ PIT
53 Jamaal Williams, GB vs. CHI
54 Latavius Murray, NO @ DEN
55 Jerick McKinnon, SF @ LAR
56 Mike Davis, CAR @ MIN
57 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. WAS
58 Devontae Booker, LV @ ATL
59 Dion Lewis, NYG @ CIN
60 Samaje Perine, CIN vs. NYG
61 Boston Scott, PHI vs. SEA
62 Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. CAR
63 Joshua Kelley, LAC @ BUF
64 Brian Hill, ATL vs. LV
65 Benny Snell, PIT vs. BAL
66 Jalen Richard, LV @ ATL
67 Darrel Williams, KC @ TB
68 Corey Clement, PHI vs. SEA
69 D’Onta Foreman, TEN @ IND
70 Troymaine Pope, LAC @ BUF
71 Jeremy McNichols, TEN @ IND




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