Running Back Rankings Week 17

Running Back Rankings Week 17

A look at the Week 17 RBs
By: Pete Davidson : December 30, 2017 2:00pm

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Welcome to the Week 17 Running Back Rankings.

I know you all are sick of being lectured about Week 17 and why leagues should not being playing now. I’ve been there myself, but not for a few years now, thank god. This RB rankings article is a pretty solid testament to why it sucks. Just look at the names you need to bench.

  • Todd Gurley
  • Le’Veon Bell
  • Kareem Hunt

How many teams have been riding these guys? Now we lose them at the cruelest time imaginable. It sucks. that is all.

  • Charcandrick West is the best player to use in Kareem Hunt’s stead, but he’s questionable, so Akeem Hunt (also questionable) is potentially in play a swell.
  • For Le’Veon owners, the guy to roster if Fitz Toussaint or Stevan Ridley. They will share the load most likely.
  • As I mentioned in this week’s starts article on WEEI, Malcom Brown should step in for Gurley.
  • It’s also dicey playing Leonard Fournette though he certainly gives you a shot at a score if Jacksonville moves the ball well early. I doubt he sees as many touches (21) as he did in Week 16.
  • Zeke Elliott is another potentially risky option though it appears he is going to play at least for a while. That could change so keep your heads on swivels, my fiends. The good news is that Rod Smith is banged up. Alfred Morris is a guy to roster here—just in case.
  • We also have Melvin Gordon questionable, so be ready to use Branden Oliver or perhaps Austin Ekeler. Add both if you can—if you rely heavily on Gordon. Picking up a guy like Malcolm Brown is probably as good a move if you can get him.
  • DeMarco Murray has been ruled out and that makes Derrick Henry a great play.
  • Damien Williams is doubtful again, so The Drake will be running in a full lead role, which is nice.
  • Aaron Jones is out, so Jamaal Williams has a shot at big volume vs. the Lions mediocre run D.
  • Dion Lewis is the only healthy Patriot RB out of the big four, so his volume looks relatively safe this week and his trend of rising reception totals looks like it should continue.
  • Gio Benrard looks like a good bet to carry a big load this week, but it’s possible that Joe Mixon could play so pay attention here.

I’ll be back with the wide receivers and tight ends.

These rankings are based on .5 PPR scoring.


1. Alvin Kamara
2. Mark Ingram
3. Kenyan Drake
4. LeSean McCoy
5. Dion Lewis
6. C.J. Anderson
7. Devonta Freeman
8. Derrick Henry
9. Melvin Gordon
10. Ezekiel Elliott
11. Alex Collins
12. Leonard Fournette
13. Christian McCaffrey
14. Latavius Murray
15. Jamaal Williams
16. Samaje Perine
17. Carlos Hyde
18. Jordan Howard
19. Giovani Bernard
20. Jerick McKinnon
21. Marshawn Lynch
22. Malcolm Brown
23. Lamar Miller
24. Peyton Barber
25. Frank Gore
26. Theo Riddick
27. Duke Johnson Jr.
28. Bilal Powell
29. Charcandrick West
30. Tevin Coleman
31. Mike Davis
32. Fitzgerald Toussaint
33. Wayne Gallman
34. Jay Ajayi
35. Kerwynn Williams
36. Matt Breida
37. Isaiah Crowell
38.  Alfred Blue
39. Branden Oliver
40. Alfred Morris
41. Jonathan Stewart
42. Austin Ekeler
43. Kapri Bibbs
44. Marlon Mack
45. Joe Mixon
46. LeGarrette Blount
47. Danny Woodhead
48. Tarik Cohen
49. Corey Clement
50. T.J. Yeldon
51. James White
52. Matt Forte
53. Stevan Ridley
54. Akeem Hunt
55. Jalen Richard
56. Rod Smith
57. DeAndre Washington
58. Tion Green
59. Ameer Abdullah
60. Orleans Darkwa
61. Elijah McGuire
62. Elijhaa Penny
63. Kyle Juszczyk
64. Corey Grant
65. Devontae Booker
66. Doug Martin
67. Jacquizz Rodgers
68. J.D. McKissic
69. Chris Ivory
70. D.J. Foster
71. Charles Sims
72. Jamaal Charles
73. De'Angelo Henderson
74. Thomas Rawls
75. Shane Vereen