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Another week, another Christian McCaffrey top score. Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara, Austin Ekeler, and Todd Gurley were also up there when it came to PPR leagues. Marlon Mack broke his hand, and the Chiefs running backs are severely banged up heading into their bye week. Dalvin Cook is also on bye for Week 12. With the fantasy playoffs approaching, and the running back position in disarray, I will dive into some committees that could shake out due to injuries. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 12 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. These are the top ranked running backs, with season long stats, and their projections for Week 12.
Week 12 Running Back Rankings + Stats & Projections
|Week 12 Ranking||Player||Week 12 Opponent||Rushing Attempts||Rushing Yards||Rushing Touchdowns||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Receiving Touchdowns||Week 12 Projection|
Week 12 Studs
Christian McCaffrey checks in number one again, even against a tough New Orleans defense. He is up to 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns. Unlike last week, projections have someone a bit closer at number two. Alvin Kamara is coming off a strong week where he looked truly healthy. Now he steps in against the 32nd ranked run defense, who are allowing 4.9 yards per carry and 128 rushing yards per game. Kamara truly has a matchup to go off in this week. Nick Chubb jumps up a few spots this week, going up against Miami at home. This is a matchup we are just too familiar with at this point, as Miami allows 148 rushing yards per game, and have allowed the 6th most fantasy points per game to opposing backs. Derrick Henry is coming off a bye and should run wild this week. The Jaguars are allowing over 130 rushing yards per game, and a whopping 5.3 yards per attempt. It has been a disappointing stretch for the 49ers backs, but the Packers are a team allowing 4.8 YPC, and have allowed 11 rushing touchdowns on the season. If there is a spot for Tevin Coleman to get right, this is it.
RB Snaps Report
It is not much of a committee right now, but David Johnson has seen less than 30% of the snaps since returning from injury. Kenyan Drake has seen a bulk of the workload. Arizona is on bye this week, but Johnson’s trust in the fantasy world is completely gone. Given the tough matchups ahead, Johnson is an afterthought.
Devin Singletary continues to get a bulk of the snaps, but Frank Gore is getting enough work to keep his fantasy value up in the air. Especially with the Bills actually throwing a decent amount in comparison to their usual rate.
The Browns should be able to keep both backs fantasy relevant, as Kareem Hunt continues to work more in the passing game. Chubb has still kept a similar workload with Hunt back, and he has a favorable matchup where Chubb should be fed 20 rushing attempts a game.
I’m not quite sure if this will be the plan moving forward, but Phillip Lindsay dominated the snaps, and doubled up Royce Freeman in touches. Lindsay continues to be efficient, and will have a strong rest of the way given opposing matchups if the workload remains the same.
Detroit has been a tricky team to figure out the workload with. Bo Scarbrough saw 14 touches this week, which was a surprise given Ty Johnson was active. Scarbrough and McKissic look like the duo right now, but McKissic is just used as a receiving back.
Melvin Gordon is averaging over 20 touches per game in the last two weeks, as he also looks truly healthy. Austin Ekeler has a role and is playing over 40% of the snaps, and of course has more value in the passing game.
Miami released Mark Walton, and Kallen Ballage has been getting most of the work, seeing nearly 80% of the snaps and over 15 touches per game. The issue is not much production is following.
New England continues to have a lackluster fantasy backfield, and snaps are going to all three backs, White, Michel, and Burkhead are all dividing things up. Michel is seeing the most touches, but has been abysmal this season. Burkhead is a change of pace option and White sees most of his work in the passing game.
Pittsburgh is interesting, as Trey Edmunds has looked like the better back with Conner out, as Samuels looks better in the passing game. Edmunds is a desperation start in a good spot this week against Cincinnati.
Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert split the workload, but Coleman had a few more touches. Any back in this offense is going to have an advantage, but the offensive line here got hit with injuries.
Tough Week 12 Fantasy Matchups
The Jets are actually a stout run defense ,allowing just 79 rushing yards per game, but ten rushing touchdowns. They are also allowing the fewest yards per carry. Josh Jacobs is still high on the rankings given the volume and his touchdown projection is up there. Chris Carson is in a similar boat where the volume will likely carry him, even against the Eagles. They are allowing just 3.8 yards per carry, and below 90 rushing yards per game. The Patriots haven’t allowed a ton of fantasy points to opposing backs this season, but have allowed 4.6 yards per carry and 97 yards per game. Ezekiel Elliott will step in, and I like the potential despite the tough matchup. As far as guys I would sit because of the matchup, Ronald Jones is borderline as the run defense was already solid, but has improved with new play calling. Running backs are also averaging just 3.9 yards per carry.
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