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Running Back Rankings for Week 16 Fantasy Football

Welcome to the fantasy football Week 16 running back rankings hub!

TB’s Ronald Jones is back to being a fantasy RB1 this week. 49er Elijah Mitchell (knee irritation) could play and would immediately resume borderline RB1/2 status if active. Detroit’s Craig Reynolds is locked in as the Lions’ lead back for however long D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams are out. Reynolds actually has a shot to keep lead back duties ever if Williams were to return.

Below are my top-60 running backs for Week 16. These rankings are geared toward .5PPR scoring formats for Week 16 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: Ronald Jones II at Carolina Panthers

Both Leonard Fournette and Giovani Bernard are on Injured Reserve. It’s Ronald Jones time. Jones operated as Tampa Bay’s standalone lead back for a number of fruitful games last year, like Week 4’s bout with KC (20 carries, 111 yards, 9 targets, 6 carries, and 17 yards) and the Week 6 tilt vs. Green Bay ( 23 carries, 113 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 targets, 2 receptions, and 8 yards). Carolina’s front-seven is great but he’s going to smash on a 20+ touch workload. Locked-in fantasy RB1.

DFS Play of the Week: Justin Jackson ($5,400) at Houston Texans

LAC lead back Austin Ekeler was nursing an ankle injury last week and the team made clear that Justin Jackson was his primary backup. Ekeler played on 34% of the snaps and was given 12 carries and 4 targets. Jackson, the most complete RB on the team behind Ekeler, played on 54% of the snaps while handling a team-high 13 carries along with 1 target. At the moment, there’s confusion as to whether or not Ekeler produced a positive COVID-19 test this week but let’s assume he plays. With the 3-11 Houston Texans up next and the Chargers vying for a AFC playoff spot, expect the Chargers to get up early before opting to kill the clock with Jackson. Jackson be a factor early on but Los Angeles will surely want to rest Ekeler where they can and the Texans’ front-seven is among the league’s worst. The unit is bottom-3 in run defense NEFF rating, total rushing yards allowed and total rushing touchdowns allowed. At worst, Jackson is a borderline RB3/4 this week. If Ekeler sits, Jackson would push for a top-12 ranking.

Week 16 Running Back Rankings
RankNameTeamOpp
1Jonathan TaylorIND@ ARI
2Najee HarrisPIT@ KC
3Alexander MattisonMINvs LAR
4James RobinsonJAC@ NYJ
5Alvin KamaraNOvs MIA
6Nick ChubbCLE@ GB
7Ronald Jones IITB@ CAR
8Chase EdmondsARIvs IND
9Jeff Wilson Jr.SF@ TEN
10Justin JacksonLAC@ HOU
11David MontgomeryCHI@ SEA
12Joe MixonCINvs BAL
13Ezekiel ElliottDALvs WAS
14Cordarrelle PattersonATLvs DET
15Sony MichelLAR@ MIN
16Darrell Henderson Jr.LAR@ MIN
17Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCvs PIT
18Josh JacobsLVvs DEN
19Devin SingletaryBUF@ NE
20Damien HarrisNEvs BUF
21Aaron JonesGBvs CLE
22AJ DillonGBvs CLE
23D'Onta ForemanTENvs SF
24Javonte WilliamsDEN@ LV
25Melvin Gordon IIIDEN@ LV
26Antonio GibsonWAS@ DAL
27Michael CarterNYJvs JAC
28Miles SandersPHIvs NYG
29Saquon BarkleyNYG@ PHI
30Joshua KelleyLAC@ HOU
31Chuba HubbardCARvs TB
32Tony PollardDALvs WAS
33Duke Johnson Jr.MIA@ NO
34Craig ReynoldsDET@ ATL
35Jamaal WilliamsDET@ ATL
36Rashaad PennySEAvs CHI
37Devontae BookerNYG@ PHI
38Myles GaskinMIA@ NO
39Devonta FreemanBAL@ CIN
40Latavius MurrayBAL@ CIN
41D'Ernest JohnsonCLE@ GB
42Rex BurkheadHOUvs LAC
43Mark Ingram IINOvs MIA
44Dontrell HilliardTENvs SF
45Jordan HowardPHIvs NYG
46Mike DavisATLvs DET
47Jeremy McNicholsTENvs SF
48Darrel WilliamsKCvs PIT
49Ameer AbdullahCARvs TB
50Samaje PerineCINvs BAL
51Jaret PattersonWAS@ DAL
52Royce FreemanHOUvs LAC
53Brandon BoldenNEvs BUF
54Kene NgwangwuMINvs LAR
55Godwin IgwebuikeDET@ ATL
56Jonathan WardARIvs IND
57Boston ScottPHIvs NYG
58Tevin ColemanNYJvs JAC
59Zack MossBUF@ NE
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