Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings: RB

By | December 23, 2023

Rachaad White tries to win fantasy manager competitions, Jonathan Taylor returns for the Colts and Ty Chandler prepares for a new RB2 spot.

Other positions: Quarterback | Recipient | Tight End/Kickers/Defense

Updated 12/22 at 7:00 PM ET. Jerick McKinnon has been moved down. I checked Ken Walker.

Week 16 Running Backs

RK

Player

On

Time

1

Christian McCaffrey

BALL

Mon, 8:15 PM EST

2

Kyren Williams

NO

Thu, 8:15pm EST

3

Alvin Kamara

@LA

Thu, 8:15pm EST

4

Rachad White

JAC

Sun, 4:05 PM EST

5

James Cook

@LAC

Sat, 8:00 PM EST

6

Jonathan Taylor

@ATL

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

7

Raheem Mostert

VALLEY

Sun, 4:25 PM EST

8

Jahmyr Gibbs

@MIN

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

9

Isiah Pacheco

LV

Mon, 1:00 PM EST

10

Tony Pollard

@MIA

Sun, 4:25 PM EST

11

Travis Etienne

@TB

Sun, 4:05 PM EST

12

David Montgomery

@MIN

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

13

Joe Mixon

@PIT

Sat, 4:30pm EST

14

Ty Chandler

DET

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

15

Jos Jacobs

@KC

Mon, 1:00 PM EST

16

De’Von Achane

VALLEY

Sun, 4:25 PM EST

17

Bijan Robinson

IND

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

18

D’Andre Swift

N.Y.G

Mon, 4:30pm EST

19

Dirk Hendrik

SEA

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

20

Kenneth Walker

@TEN

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

21

Chuba Hubbard

GB

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

22

Saquon Barkley

@PHI

Mon, 4:30pm EST

23

Aaron Jones

@CAR

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

24

Ezekiel Elliott

@PINE TREE

Sun, 8:15 PM EST

25

Breece Hall

USED ​​TO BE

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

26

Devin Singletair

CLE

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

27

Jaylen Warren

CIN

Sat, 4:30pm EST

28

Guus Edwards

@SF

Mon, 8:15 PM EST

29

James Conner

@CHI

Sun, 4:25 PM EST

30

Javonte Williams

NO

Sun, 8:15 PM EST

31

Austin Ekeler

BUF

Sat, 8:00 PM EST

32

Naje Harris

CIN

Sat, 4:30pm EST

33

Jerome Ford

@HOU

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

34

Tyjae Spears

SEA

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

35

Kareem Hunt

@HOU

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

36

Chase Brown

@PIT

Sat, 4:30pm EST

37

Antonio Gibson

@NYJ

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

38

AJ Dillon

@CAR

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

39

Tyler Allgeier

IND

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

40

D’Onta Foreman

ARI

Sun, 4:25 PM EST

41

Zach Charbonnet

@TEN

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

42

Justice Hill

@SF

Mon, 8:15 PM EST

43

Miles Sanders

GB

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

44

Roschon Johnson

ARI

Sun, 4:25 PM EST

45

Jerick McKinnon

LV

Mon, 1:00 PM EST

46

Dameon Pierce

CLE

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

47

Chris Rodriguez

@NYJ

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

48

Jamal Williams

@LA

Thu, 8:15pm EST

49

Rico Dowdle

@MIA

Sun, 4:25 PM EST

50

Samaje Perine

NO

Sun, 8:15 PM EST

51

Latavius ​​Murray

@LAC

Sat, 8:00 PM EST

52

Zamir White

@KC

Mon, 1:00 PM EST

53

Kenneth Gainwell

N.Y.G

Mon, 4:30pm EST

54

Khalil Herbert

ARI

Sun, 4:25 PM EST

55

Dalvin Cook

USED ​​TO BE

Sun, 1:00 PM EST

56

Royce Vrijman

NO

Thu, 8:15pm EST

57

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

LV

Mon, 1:00 PM EST

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RB comments: Kyren Williams is averaging 146 yards from scrimmage since returning four weeks ago. The Saints defense isn’t what it once was. … Rachaad White is currently receiving more carries than Alvin Kamara. Kamara is still catching more passes. They score with similar regularity. Kamara gets the tiebreaker, although both players have the top five floors with an easily attainable ceiling. …Is this point chasing James Cook? It’s hard to say. What isn’t hard to discern is that the Bills are 12-point favorites against a terrible defense without a coach or quarterback. Buffalo finally has living proof that it can put a game on Cook’s shoulders. Expect something similar Saturday night at “SoFi Stadium.” … I’m rushing to move Jonathan Taylor back into the top 12. The Colts are surprisingly fighting for a playoff spot, and Zack Moss has been a disaster during Taylor’s recent absence. I expect something similar to “all” the details to be put on Taylor’s plate against the Falcons. Atlanta has a stout defense, although the five rushing scores against flukily feel low.

Raheem Mostert is touchdown dependent. Guess who scores a lot of touchdowns? The lead for an elite attack in a showdown with a total of 49.5. Mostert can ‘keep getting away with it’. … Although the Lions are road favorites against the Vikings’ stout defense, I’ll give Jahmyr Gibbs the rankings lead back over David Montgomery. Between the tackles, it doesn’t work that well against Brian Flores’ unit, while on the other side, only five teams have coughed up more running back receptions. This game also has a sneaky high total, indicating a plus offensive environment even with Nick Mullens at center for Minny. That same environment keeps D-Mont and its strong touchdown chances at the RB1/2 mark. … Isiah Pacheco is back for the Chiefs, and not a moment too soon for the offense. Kansas City’s running game went nowhere with Pacheco on the shelf. It appears that Pacheco’s absence has opened the door for what will now be Jerick McKinnon’s annual high-end vacuuming, but Pacheco’s ground meters and scoring opportunities are still the only thing you can rely on in this backfield.

Neither Tony Pollard nor Travis Etienne have been inspiring lately. Pollard gets the slight advantage in the Week 16 rankings due to Miami’s near 50 total. Etienne remains in the top 12 as his receptions could increase from 4-5 to 6-7, with Zay Jones joining Christian Kirk on the shelf. …Joe Mixon’s best three-game fantasy game has arrived with Joe Burrow on the shelf. Go figure. With Cincinnati surprisingly still alive for a playoff spot, Mixon’s handles have become even more important with Ja’Marr Chase (shoulder) sidelined. … With Alexander Mattison (ankle) trending toward another inactive, Ty Chandler is flirting with plug-and-play RB1 status as an almost every speedy player in a desperate offense in a must-win game. The Lions’ defense is a tougher test than Cincinnati’s, but that doesn’t matter much if Vegas predicts a close game and a good scoring lineup. … Josh Jacobs (quad) appears likely to return against the Chiefs. You can’t complain about his workload since Antonio Pierce became coach, but the efficiency still leaves much to be desired. The Raiders are huge mutts for a 1:00 PM ET Christmas game that they’d probably rather not play.

De’Von Achane hasn’t scored in two weeks. He has become the de facto WR3 due to the Dolphins’ top-heavy offense. Although Raheem Mostert dominates the look on the goal line, Achane does not lack valuable touches. They could produce a fantasy bonanza in Sunday’s presumptive Cowboys shootout. … It had been a while since Arthur Smith Bijan Robinson was humiliated. If his solemn press conference on Monday was any indication, he has once again remembered that he should probably be showing his best running back in the running game. It’s still a question of… how many more carpet pulls can we tolerate? That is, if you somehow survived last Sunday’s fiasco. Robinson is in the RB16-18 range with average PPR points depending on the games you play. That feels like an appropriate rank for the semifinals. … Derrick Henry has 33 carries for 43 yards over the last two weeks. So, um, not great. Nevertheless, he will remain the obvious offensive focal point for a Titans team missing its quarterback against a soft ground defense. … Opposite Henry is Kenneth Walker/Zach Charbonnet. With everything on the line for the Seahawks, Walker finally took back control of his RB2 workload in Week 15. I didn’t expect anything to change on Sunday.

Chuba Hubbard has averaged 23 touches over the past three weeks. Good. Just don’t expect that workload to bring many, if any, touchdown opportunities. … D’Andre Swift has become a reliable weekly carpet puller. His fortunes in Week 16 are slightly better, with the struggling Eagles likely to finally dominate the pace of play against the hapless Giants. … The Panthers are an A+ Aaron Jones matchup … just in time for AJ Dillon to return. Believe a Jones week when you see it. … The Jets are somehow favored over the Commanders. Breece Hall still feels too risky for a true RB2 investment. Leave him on the border. … Keaton Mitchell from the needy man behind Gus Edwards, Justice Hill is not worth a Hail Mary FLEX. … It has become impossible to rely on Austin Ekeler in this failed Chargers offense. Easton Stick might even struggle to commit the offense inside the 20 vs. a corporate tripper Bills team. … Brian Robinson (hamstring) is still not practicing, but Antonio Gibson is not producing. … It’s not worth watching the next episode of “As The Bears’ Backfield Turns.”

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