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Running Back Rankings for Week 12 Fantasy Football

David Montgomery has made his return to the Bears and his return to elite RB1 status. Full running back rankings for Week 12 fantasy football.

Welcome to the fantasy football Week 12 running back rankings hub!

Week 12 is the week of delicious matchups. Indy’s Jonathan Taylor should rip through the open space left by Tampa Bay’s injured DT Vita Vea. Denver’s depleted front-seven stands no chance of stopping LAC’s Austin Ekeler. Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott was pushed to the RB1/2 border through no fault of his own–he just can’t compete with A.J. Dillon squaring off against the Rams and David Montgomery facing the cowardly Lions.

Below are my top-60 running backs for Week 12. These rankings are geared toward .5PPR scoring formats for Week 12 of the 2021 NFL season but should aid those who play in both non-PPR and full-point PPR formats. I’ve also included my top RB streaming option this week and DFS play of the week (cost via FanDuel).

Check back throughout the week to see how expectations have changed as news continues to roll in, enhancing our prognostication abilities. Feel free to hit me up on twitter @Ginger__Nic for any fantasy related advice.

Stream of the Week: Ty Johnson at Houston Texans

Jets lead back Michael Carter sits on the shelf, nursing a high-ankle sprain for the moment so the young and spry Johnson is in-line for 15 or more touches against a Texans front-seven that’s allowing the 8th most .5PPR RB PPG, 23.8, and ranks second to last in run defense NEFF rating. Tevin Coleman will be involved more than we’d like but this is a can’t-miss situation for Johnson.

DFS Play of the Week: David Montgomery at Detroit Lions ($7,500)

Sometimes the chalk is just too good to ignore. Detroit’s allowing 26.8 .5PPR RB PPG, 3rd most in the NFL, while owning the 6th worst run defense NEFF rating of 2021. Over the last two weeks, similarly used bellcow backs Najee Harris and Nick Chubb both cleared 100 yards rushing and caught all six of their combined targets. Monty’s ready to run.

Week 12 Running Back Rankings
1Christian McCaffreyCAR@ MIA
2Jonathan TaylorINDvs TB
3Austin EkelerLAC@ DEN
4Dalvin CookMIN@ SF
5Najee HarrisPIT@ CIN
6D'Andre SwiftDETvs CHI
7Joe MixonCINvs PIT
8AJ DillonGBvs LAR
9Darrell Henderson Jr.LAR@ GB
10David MontgomeryCHI@ DET
11Cordarrelle PattersonATL@ JAC
12Ezekiel ElliottDALvs LV
13Saquon BarkleyNYGvs PIT
14Mark Ingram IINOvs PHI
15Leonard FournetteTBvs LAR
16James RobinsonJAC@ IND
17Nick ChubbCLEvs ATL
18Devonta FreemanBAL@ BAL
19Elijah MitchellSFvs CLE
20Ty JohnsonNYJvs LAR
21Javonte WilliamsDENvs MIN
22Antonio GibsonWAS@ HOU
23Melvin Gordon IIIDENvs LAC
24Josh JacobsLVvs SEA
25Miles SandersPHIvs LAC
26Kareem HuntCLE@ DAL
27Myles GaskinMIA@ NYG
28Damien HarrisNE@ PHI
29Rhamondre StevensonNEvs CAR
30Tony PollardDALvs TEN
31Dontrell HilliardTENvs TEN
32Matt BreidaBUF@ NO
33Tevin ColemanNYJvs LV
34J.D. McKissicWAS@ NE
35DeeJay DallasSEA@ HOU
36Alex CollinsSEA@ HOU
37Jeff Wilson Jr.SFvs SEA
38Devin SingletaryBUF@ PHI
39D'Onta ForemanTENvs MIN
40D'Ernest JohnsonCLE@ BAL
41Boston ScottPHI@ NE
42Ameer AbdullahCAR@ NYG
43Chuba HubbardCAR@ MIA
44Latavius MurrayBAL@ MIA
45Giovani BernardTB@ WAS
46Kenyan DrakeLVvs CLE
47Brandon BoldenNE@ IND
48Rex BurkheadHOU@ DAL
49Nyheim HinesINDvs TEN
50Samaje PerineCINvs NYJ
51Trey SermonSFvs TB
52Jamaal WilliamsDETvs PIT
53Justin JacksonLACvs MIN
54Larry Rountree IIILACvs CHI
55Mike DavisATL@ DEN
56David JohnsonHOU@ DEN
57Devontae BookerNYG@ JAC
58Alexander MattisonMINvs NYJ
59Anthony McFarland Jr.PITvs PHI
60Wayne Gallman Jr.ATL@ SF

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