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Running back non-PPR rankings for Week 13 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best non-PPR running backs going in Week 13 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Running Backs Snap Share Breakdown from week 12

Final injury report

Dalvin Cook was removed from the final injury report for Week 13, and he will be good to go

Josh Jacobs is officially ruled out, and DeAndre Washington is looking doubtful for Sunday. We can expect Devontae Booker to take the lead in the Raiders backfield. When he received 16 carries in Week 9, he did post 81 yards and two rushing TDs.

With Salvon Ahmed looking doubtful and Matt Breida on the Covid-IR, the Dolphins will need to keep their fingers crossed that Myles Gaskin is ready to return from IR. The team has until Saturday afternoon to activate him for Sunday’s game. He has been practicing, so a return is within the realm of possibilities.

D’Andre Swift has been a bit of a question mark. He has officially cleared the concussion protocol, but then was listed with an illness on Thursday and did not participate in practice. Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is also dealing with an illness, though head coach Andy Reid is hopeful he’ll play Sunday.

Carlos Hyde has been ruled out and Travis Homer is looking doubtful for Week 13, which could mean that Chris Carson will see all of the work that he can handle. In his first game returning from a sprained foot, the team limited to just 37% of offensive snaps, though he did manage a score to save his fantasy day.

Out: Josh Jacobs (ankle), Matt Breida (Covid-19 IR), C.J. Prosise (illness), Carlos Hyde (toe), Ty Montgomery (hamstring)
Doubtful: Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), DeAndre Washington (hamstring), Travis Homer (wrist, knee)
Questionable: Kalen Ballage (ankle), Todd Gurley (knee), Phillip Lindsay (ankle), D’Andre Swift (illness), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness)

Thursday Injury Report

Todd Gurley was downgraded to DNP after getting in a limited practice session on Wednesday. It’s not a great sign that he’ll be returning in Week 13, meaning we’re likely to see another Brian Hill day.

Despite positive news regarding Josh Jacobs’ test results, he was also held out of practice Thursday with an ankle injury that was suffered in Week 13. We’re likely to see backup Devontae Booker here, as well, who got in a full practice Thursday while listed with a back injury.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara continues to be listed with a foot injury, as he has in recent weeks, but he’s practicing in a limited fashion. He has yet to miss a game with the nagging injury, but as long as Latavius Murray continues to perform, the Saints might not need to rush him.

Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed practiced in a limited fashion after missing Week 12 due to a shoulder injury. DeAndre Washington, who assumed the bulk of the Dolphins’ carries in his absence, suffered a hamstring injury and did not participate in Thursday’s practice.

Kareem Hunt continues to manage a thigh injury that limited him to just 10 total touches on the way — his fewest yet in 2020. Getting in limited work in practice is a plus heading into the weekend, but fantasy managers should keep a close eye on injury reports. If he’s out, Nick Chubb would almost certainly be the RB1.

D’Andre Swift returned to practice yesterday following a concussion that held him out of Weeks 11 and 12. He was held out of Thursday’s session with an illness, but no COVID-19 news regarding the rookie back has been reported. Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire was held out for an illness, too. He was listed on the injury report for Week 11 with an illness as well, though he was good to play for the week.

DNP: DeAndre Washington (hamstring), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness), D’Andre Swift (illness), C.J. Prosise (illness), Josh Jacobs (ankle), Todd Gurley (knee)
Limited: Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), Kareem Hunt (thigh), Dalvin Cook (ankle), Kalen Ballage (ankle), Alvin Kamara (foot)
Full: D’Onta Foreman (knee), Jordan Wilkins (ribs), Dare Ogunbowale (hand), Devontae Booker (back)

Wednesday Injury Report

The best news for fantasy managers is that each stud they were counting on for production practice in, at least, a limited fashion Wednesday.

Todd Gurley got in a limited session after being ruled out for Week 12 with a knee injury. It’s a step in the right direction to get him active for Sunday’s divisional matchup with the Saints, but its certainly a situation worth monitoring. In his absence last week, RB Brian Hill started, rushing for 55 yards on 13 carries.

D’Andre Swift also practiced in a limited fashion after missing the Vikings’ Week 12 game. As long as he formally clears the concussion protocol, he should be considered a ““must-start” at this point in the season.

Dalvin Cook left Week 12’s contest with an ankle injury only to return shortly after. His status should be considered positively for Week 13, though it’s within the realm of possibility that his workload is slightly limited to give Alexander Mattison more touches.

Phillip Lindsay also briefly left Sunday’s contest with an ankle injury, but returned to finish out the game. Reports are encouraging that he should play on Sunday Night Football against the Chiefs.

DNP: C.J. Prosise (illness), D’Onta Foreman (knee), DeAndre Washington (hamstring)
Limited: Tyler Ervin (ribs), Todd Gurley (knee), Alvin Kamara (foot), Dalvin Cook (ankle), Dare Ogunbowale (hand), D’Andre Swift (concussion), Phillip Lindsay (knee), Salvon Ahmed (shoulder)
Full: Jordan Wilkins (ribs)

In Week 12, we were reminded that King Henry is the king for a reason. He managed his seventh game of 100 or more rushing yards and his fourth game with multiple scores. He’s currently on pace to finish the season with 1,828 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.

Antonio Gibson continues to showcase his versatility and burst, exceeding 100 rushing yards to complement his three rushing touchdowns. As long as he continues to be fed, it’s clear that Gibson is bound for RB1 production, regardless of his poor offensive situation.

The most alarming performance of the week was that of Alvin Kamara. Fantasy managers saw teammate Latavius Murray exceed expectations as the RB3 on the week in non-PPR formats, while Kamara sat at RB34. With Taysom Hill under center, Kamara has yet to exceed 50% of offensive snaps. He will be a liability for fantasy managers heading into the playoffs if Drew Brees doesn’t return soon.

Injury news

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs suffered a sprained ankle in Week 12. Testing was encouraging, per NFL’s Ian Rapoport, and he has a chance to play in Week 13. Even if Jacobs is available to play, Devontae Booker should be added as an insurance policy in all fantasy football formats.

Dalvin Cook left Sunday’s contest briefly with an ankle injury, though he did return to finish out the game.

Phillip Lindsay briefly exited Sunday’s contest against the Saints with a right knee injury. Head coach Vic Fangio described it as “minor” which is encouraging, however, if he is out for Week 13, Melvin Gordon could be a top play against the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.

D’Andre Swift missed his first Thanksgiving day game as a Lion with a concussion. It sounds promising that he should return to the field in Week 13, in which case Adrian Peterson would take the backseat once again.

Christian McCaffrey could be in line to return next week from an AC joint sprain that has kept him out of the lineup since Week 9. The Panthers have a Week 13 bye, providing him some extra opportunity to rest up ahead of their next game against the Broncos.

Chris Carson returned from a foot sprain that has held him out since Week 7. He totaled 10 touches for 59 yards and a score, playing just 37% of offensive snaps.

Bye weeks

The Bucs and Panthers are on a bye in Week 13. Fantasy managers will be without Christian McCaffrey, Mike Davis and the Bucs duo of Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette.

Streaming options

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears

For the first time in 2020, David Montgomery exceeded 100 rushing yards, and he’ll look to continue on his hot streak in Week 13 against the Lions. This struggling defense has allowed nine rushing touchdowns to the running back position since Week 7. Despite the troubles that the Bears have had on offense, Montgomery is averaging 17 touches per game with consistent usage as a receiver to help boost his floor. He should have a solid game in this advantageous matchup as the Lions allow more than 150 scrimmage yards per game to opposing RBs, with a nice shot to find the end zone in Week 13.

Damien Harris, New England Patriots

A season-ending knee injury to Rex Burkhead has set the stage for an increased workload for this second-year RB, and he’s already making the most of his opportunities. Harris played a season-high 64% of snaps in Week 12, assuming 14 of the 20 rushing attempts made by RBs. There will always be a risk that Cam Newton snipes some goal line opportunities, capping Harris’ upside. However, the Patriots will face the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13, who have been quite generous to opposing running backs. This defensive unit has allowed a rushing touchdown in each game since Week 7, including a 13 point game performance from Frank Gore, of all backs. Considering the matchup, Harris’ expected volume and 5.1 yards per carry average, he’s got good chance for a top-20 performance in Week 13.

Running back non-PPR rankings Week 18

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Jonathan Taylor IND @ JAC
2 Austin Ekeler LAC @ LV
3 Alvin Kamara NO @ ATL
4 Dalvin Cook MIN vs CHI
5 Nick Chubb CLE vs CIN
6 David Montgomery CHI @ MIN
7 Joe Mixon CIN @ CLE
8 Najee Harris PIT @ BAL
9 Josh Jacobs LV vs LAC
10 Rashaad Penny SEA @ ARI
11 Sony Michel LAR vs SF
12 Elijah Mitchell SF @ LAR
13 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ MIA
14 Devin Singletary BUF vs NYJ
15 Darrel Williams KC @ DEN
16 D'Andre Swift DET vs GB
17 Antonio Gibson WAS @ NYG
18 Javonte Williams DEN vs KC
19 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ PHI
20 Boston Scott PHI vs DAL
21 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs KC
22 Saquon Barkley NYG vs WAS
23 Damien Harris NE @ MIA
24 James Conner ARI vs SEA
25 D'Onta Foreman TEN @ HOU
26 Patrick Taylor Jr. GB @ DET
27 Devonta Freeman BAL vs PIT
28 Chase Edmonds ARI vs SEA
29 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs NO
30 Tony Pollard DAL @ PHI
31 Dare Ogunbowale JAC vs IND
32 Rex Burkhead HOU vs TEN
33 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ BUF
34 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF @ LAR
35 Jamaal Williams DET vs GB
36 Ronald Jones II TB vs CAR
37 Kareem Hunt CLE vs CIN
38 Michael Carter NYJ @ BUF
39 AJ Dillon GB @ DET
40 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB vs CAR
41 Ty Johnson NYJ @ BUF
42 Mike Davis ATL vs NO
43 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ TB
44 Devontae Booker NYG vs WAS
45 Derrick Gore KC @ DEN
46 Duke Johnson Jr. MIA vs NE
48 Le'Veon Bell TB vs CAR
49 Jordan Howard PHI vs DAL
50 Aaron Jones GB @ DET
51 Jaret Patterson WAS @ NYG
52 Justin Jackson LAC @ LV
53 Craig Reynolds DET vs GB
54 Mark Ingram II NO @ ATL
55 Jeremy McNichols TEN @ HOU
56 Latavius Murray BAL vs PIT
57 Alexander Mattison MIN vs CHI
58 Austin Walter NYJ @ BUF
59 Nyheim Hines IND @ JAC
60 Ameer Abdullah CAR @ TB
61 Dontrell Hilliard TEN @ HOU
62 Phillip Lindsay MIA vs NE
63 Kenneth Gainwell PHI vs DAL
64 Cam Akers LAR vs SF
65 Zack Moss BUF vs NYJ
66 Peyton Barber LV vs LAC
67 Brandon Bolden NE @ MIA
68 DeeJay Dallas SEA @ ARI
69 Myles Gaskin MIA vs NE
70 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs CIN
71 Samaje Perine CIN @ CLE
72 David Johnson HOU vs TEN
73 Khalil Herbert CHI @ MIN
74 Alex Collins SEA @ ARI
75 Ryquell Armstead JAC vs IND
76 JaMycal Hasty SF @ LAR
77 Royce Freeman HOU vs TEN
78 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ BAL
79 Jonathan Williams WAS @ NYG
80 Wendell Smallwood WAS @ NYG
81 Eno Benjamin ARI vs SEA
82 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ LAR
83 Damien Williams CHI @ MIN
84 Joshua Kelley LAC @ LV
85 Wayne Gallman Jr. MIN vs CHI
86 Michael Burton KC @ DEN
87 Kene Nwangwu MIN vs CHI
88 Nathan Cottrell JAC vs IND
89 Travis Homer SEA @ ARI
90 Corey Clement DAL @ PHI
91 Deon Jackson IND @ JAC
92 Jake Funk LAR vs SF
93 Ty Montgomery NO @ ATL
94 Jalen Richard LV vs LAC
95 Elijhaa Penny NYG vs WAS
96 Godwin Igwebuike DET vs GB
97 Jakob Johnson NE @ MIA
98 Demetric Felton CLE vs CIN
99 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC @ DEN