Week 17 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

If you are in one of the few season-long fantasy leagues that holds its championship game in Week 17, you’re in for a tough week at RB. There are plenty of options at the position, but injury concerns and workload splits are creating some very tough start ’em, sit ’em decisions this season. Our Week 17 fantasy RB PPR rankings are here to sort through the noise and recommend handcuffs and sleepers to trust.

For owners in PPR leagues, there is at least some extra value created because of the amount of great pass-catching backs that have emerged this year. That’s certainly excellent news, especially when considering the long list of RBs that could be out this week, including, but not limited to, Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon, Damien Harris, Darrell Henderson, James Robinson, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

A few players — Mike Davis (vs. Saints), Nyheim Hines (vs. Jaguars), and J.D. McKissic (@ Eagles) — see pretty significant jumps and will be RB2s because of their high-volume of targets. Even with Davis and McKissic playing in relatively difficult matchups, they can be trusted as top-15 and (borderline) top-20 plays. Further down, Kareem Hunt (vs. Steelers) and James White (vs. Jets) both vault into the solid flex ranks because their primary roles are as pass-catchers out of the backfield. 

Owners in PPR leagues still need to be wary of teams out of playoff contention resting their starters, so check back often for updates on that. And those with members of the Chiefs on their team (Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams) will have to see just how much the Chiefs are planning on playing their starters after locking up the No. 1 seed in the AFC. All of their RBs should be considered risky plays until we know whether or not Andy Reid will give his starters any playing time.

Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB PPR rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates.

Week 17 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

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