We’re down to our final two byes of the season, as the Panthers and Bucs being off this week means no Christian McCaffrey, Mike Davis, Ronald Jones, or Leonard Fournette in our Week 13 fantasy RB rankings. There also could be a few key injuries and COVID-related issues that will continue to thin out the running back spot, but at least a few familiar faces are set to return.
First, let’s focus on the guys who will be out. James Conner and Jonathan Taylor landed on the COVID list late in the lead-up to Week 12, and it seems likely they will miss Week 13 (though there is some question whether that’s a certainty). As a result, we’ll be omitting them from these rankings for now. That will cause Nyheim Hines (@ Texans) to rise to the RB2 range, while Benny Snell (vs. Washington) and Jordan Wilkins (@ Texans) have high-end flex value. Todd Gurley (knee) didn’t practice in Week 12, so we’ll assume he’ll miss Week 13, which opens the door for Brian Hill and Ito Smith (vs. Saints) to make some noise.
WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Despite these issues, our rankings are strong overall thanks to some other players who could potentially return from injuries. Austin Ekeler (vs. Patriots) and Raheem Mostert (vs. Bills) returned to action last Sunday, while Chris Carson (vs. Giants) is set to return on Monday night. Myles Gaskin (vs. Bengals), D’Andre Swift (@ Bears), and David Johnson (vs. Colts) all have good chances of returning in Week 13, and all are worthwhile RB2s/flexes in our rankings. Justin Jackson (knee) and Devonta Freeman (ankle) are also eligible to return this week, but they’re not in our rankings at the start of the week.
WEEK 13 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Injuries in recent weeks have allowed Wayne Gallman (@ Seahawks) and Giovani Bernard (@ Dolphins) to take control of the Giants and Bengals backfields, while JK Dobbins (vs. Cowboys) looked to be en route to being the Ravens’ lead back before a positive COVID test knocked him out for Week 12. Those players should continue to be temporary lead backs and will certainly be RB2s thanks to volume alone.
Another similar player is Frank Gore (vs. Raiders). He has a great matchup against the Raiders this week and should get 15-plus touches. No one wants to start Gore with their season on the line, but he has a high floor and carries a decent amount of value in standard leagues. Someone like Cam Akers (@ Cardinals) is a more exciting option, as he looks to be breaking out as the Rams lead back, but you never know how many touches he’ll get on a weekly basis. If you need to go for a higher-ceiling back, Akers would be your guy, but if you need “safe points,” then Gore can get the job done.
Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates.
Week 13 Fantasy RB Rankings (Standard)
These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.
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