Fantasy football rankings, Week 17: Running backs for standard, PPR leagues

Congrats for making it this far! Now get those backups ready…

If you’re still reading this, that means you either really like me or you’re in some sadistic league that scheduled their Championship to be played during Week 17. Either way, I’m sorry. But the rules from here on out are fairly simple: Know your playoff scenarios. After all, you wouldn’t want to be forced into playing C.J. Anderson if the New England Patriots win during the morning games, or stuck starting DeMarco Murray if the Dallas Cowboys are left with nothing to play for. It doesn’t appear after Google searches, sure, but ranking “motivation” might be your best bet for a title.

Take Devonta Freeman, for instance. Normally, he wouldn’t sit anywhere near our Top 50. But since the Carolina Panthers allow the fifth-most yards per carry to opposing running backs, Freeman suddenly becomes a justifiable RB2/Flex in PPR leagues. The same goes for a handful of other opportunistic backs with everything on the line, including Matt Asiata (motivations to be named the starter in camp), Andre Williams (wants to start, in general), Branden Oliver (no Ryan Mathews, playoffs on the line), Juwan Thompson (vying for postseason carries if the Denver Broncos were to have the No. 2 seed secured by kick-off), Jonathan Stewart (win-and-in scenario) and Jeremy Hill (Giovani who?).

On the other hand, if someone like the Houston Texans were to gain a quick lead, you might see Arian Foster take a backseat in hopes of resting him for the playoffs. When your championship is being held in Week 17, these are the things to look for.

Like I said, I’m really, really sorry.

Running back rankings (standard), Week 17

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 Le’Veon Bell PIT CIN 1 1 2 1
2 Arian Foster HOU JAC 2 6 1 3
3 Matt Forte CHI @MIN 3 3 4 6
4 Marshawn Lynch SEA STL 5 4 3 5
5 Eddie Lacy GB DET 7 5 5 7
6 Jamaal Charles KC SD 6 9 7 4
7 Jeremy Hill CIN @PIT 8 7 6 9
8 LeSean McCoy PHI @NYG 9 8 8 8
9 Jonathan Stewart CAR @ATL 13 11 9 10
10 Joique Bell DET @GB 11 10 15 12
11 Alfred Morris WAS DAL 12 16 14 16
12 C.J. Anderson DEN OAK 4 2 2
13 Justin Forsett BAL CLE 21 13 12 14
14 Mark Ingram NO @TB 15 15 17 13
15 Matt Asiata MIN CHI 16 14 16 15
16 DeMarco Murray DAL @WAS 10 12 29 11
17 Fred Jackson BUF @NE 14 22 10 18
18 Andre Williams NYG PHI 17 21 11 19
19 Lamar Miller MIA NYJ 18 17 22 17
20 Tre Mason STL @SEA 24 18 19 22
21 Latavius Murray OAK @DEN 22 19 26 21
22 Dan Herron IND @TEN 23 23 21 23
23 Giovani Bernard CIN @PIT 26 27 18 26
24 Frank Gore SF ARI 19 24 31 25
25 Chris Ivory NYJ @MIA 20 29 28 24
26 Isaiah Crowell CLE @BAL 25 28 20 31
27 Branden Oliver SD @KC 31 25 25 27
28 Steven Jackson ATL CAR 27 31 34 20
29 Reggie Bush DET @GB 38 20 33 29
30 Joseph Randle DAL @WAS 28 37 13 43
31 Devonta Freeman ATL CAR 36 35 23 42
32 Toby Gerhart JAC @HOU 26 32 28
33 Shane Vereen NE BUF 42 30 35 34
34 Doug Martin TB NO 39 27 32
35 Chris Johnson NYJ @MIA 32 40 39 40
36 Jordan Todman JAC @HOU 29 36 38
37 Darren Sproles PHI @NYG 33 42 36 44
38 Trent Richardson IND @TEN 33 37 35
39 Bishop Sankey TEN IND 37 45 38 39
40 Pierre Thomas NO @TB 32 41 36
41 Kerwynn Williams ARI @SF 34 50 43 33
42 Stepfan Taylor ARI @SF 35 38 40 50
43 Jonas Gray NE BUF 43 47 30
44 C.J. Spiller BUF @NE 34 37
45 Juwan Thompson DEN OAK 49 24
46 Khiry Robinson NO @TB 30
47 LeGarrette Blount NE BUF 30
48 Terrance West CLE @BAL 40 44
49 Donald Brown SD @KC 43 41
50 Lance Dunbar DAL @WAS 39 47
James White NE BUF 44 46
Knile Davis KC SD 47 49 45
Bernard Pierce BAL CLE 44 47
Fitzgerald Toussaint BAL CLE 41
Ryan Mathews SD @KC 41
Chris Polk PHI @NYG 42
Marcel Reece OAK @DEN 45 48
James Starks GB DET 48 46
Shonn Greene TEN IND 45
Ka’Deem Carey CHI @MIN 46
Roy Helu Jr. WAS DAL 46
Charles Sims TB NO 48 50
Leon Washington TEN IND 48
Alfred Blue HOU JAC 49
Mike Tolbert CAR @ATL 49
Orleans Darkwa NYG PHI 50

Running back rankings (PPR), Week 17

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 Le’Veon Bell PIT CIN 1 2 1 1
2 Matt Forte CHI @MIN 2 3 3 2
3 Arian Foster HOU JAC 3 4 2 4
4 Marshawn Lynch SEA STL 7 5 4 6
5 Jamaal Charles KC SD 5 7 6 5
6 Eddie Lacy GB DET 6 6 5 7
7 Jeremy Hill CIN @PIT 8 8 7 11
8 LeSean McCoy PHI @NYG 9 9 8 8
9 Jonathan Stewart CAR @ATL 14 11 9 10
10 Joique Bell DET @GB 10 10 16 9
11 Fred Jackson BUF @NE 12 20 10 12
12 Matt Asiata MIN CHI 13 13 15 13
13 C.J. Anderson DEN OAK 4 1 3
14 Justin Forsett BAL CLE 18 14 12 15
15 Alfred Morris WAS DAL 15 17 14 18
16 Mark Ingram NO @TB 16 15 18 16
17 DeMarco Murray DAL @WAS 11 12 30 14
18 Lamar Miller MIA NYJ 17 18 22 19
19 Andre Williams NYG PHI 20 22 11 25
20 Latavius Murray OAK @DEN 25 16 23 17
21 Tre Mason STL @SEA 22 19 19 21
22 Giovani Bernard CIN @PIT 24 24 17 27
23 Dan Herron IND @TEN 23 23 27 23
24 Reggie Bush DET @GB 36 21 26 20
25 Branden Oliver SD @KC 31 25 25 26
26 Isaiah Crowell CLE @BAL 29 29 20 32
27 Chris Ivory NYJ @MIA 19 30 33 30
28 Steven Jackson ATL CAR 27 31 32 22
29 Frank Gore SF ARI 21 27 35 31
30 Shane Vereen NE BUF 37 28 21 28
31 Darren Sproles PHI @NYG 26 33 31 38
32 Devonta Freeman ATL CAR 35 37 24 40
33 Joseph Randle DAL @WAS 34 43 13 49
34 Toby Gerhart JAC @HOU 26 39 24
35 Pierre Thomas NO @TB 32 38 29
36 Jordan Todman JAC @HOU 28 36 36
37 Chris Johnson NYJ @MIA 32 40 37 42
38 Doug Martin TB NO 42 29 37
39 C.J. Spiller BUF @NE 34 43 34
40 Trent Richardson IND @TEN 49 38 36 39
41 Stepfan Taylor ARI @SF 33 39 42
42 Kerwynn Williams ARI @SF 42 49 45 33
43 Bishop Sankey TEN IND 39 46 40 46
44 Jonas Gray NE BUF 35 35
45 Donald Brown SD @KC 43 41 41
46 Lance Dunbar DAL @WAS 38 47 43
47 Juwan Thompson DEN OAK 28
48 Khiry Robinson NO @TB 30
49 Marcel Reece OAK @DEN 41 41
50 LeGarrette Blount NE BUF 34
Terrance West CLE @BAL 44 44
Roy Helu Jr. WAS DAL 45 45
Fitzgerald Toussaint BAL CLE 40
James White NE BUF 44 47
James Starks GB DET 46 46
Knile Davis KC SD 45 50 49
Ryan Mathews SD @KC 44
Charles Sims TB NO 48 48
Ka’Deem Carey CHI @MIN 47
Chris Polk PHI @NYG 47
Jacquizz Rodgers ATL CAR 48
Alfred Blue HOU JAC 48
Benny Cunningham STL @SEA 50
Jonas Gray NE BUF 50
Marion Grice ARI @SF 50
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