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2020 Fantasy Football: Week 12 Running Back Rankings

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For the first time since Week 3, all 32 teams will be playing this weekend as fantasy teams aim to lock down their spots in the playoffs.

Here are the top 20 running backs that can be trusted in Week 12.

Byes: None


1. Dalvin Cook (Vikings) vs. Panthers

  • 2020 rushing stats: 174 attempts, 954 yards, 12 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 20 catches, 189 yards, 1 TD

It’s Dalvin Cook’s world, we’re just living in it. The Vikings running back eclipsed 150 yards from scrimmage for the fourth time last week and scored his 14th touchdown, both of which are the most in the NFL. This week, he’s facing the Panthers, who allow the sixth-most fantasy points to running backs. He’s an RB1 capable of delivering a fantasy title if he can stay healthy the rest of the way.

2. Nick Chubb (Browns) at Jaguars

  • 2020 rushing stats: 76 attempts, 461 yards, 5 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 3 catches, 17 yards, 0 TDs

Nick Chubb hasn’t missed a beat since returning from his MCL injury, rushing for 240 yards and a touchdown over his first two games back. The Jaguars are right up there with the aforementioned Panthers as one of the best fantasy matchups for RBs, so he should continue to produce at a high level.

3. Derrick Henry (Titans) at Colts

  • 2020 rushing stats: 201 attempts, 946 yards, 8 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 11 catches, 87 yards, 0 TDs

Thanks to a whopping 28 carries last week against the Ravens, Derrick Henry was able to rip off 133 rushing yards and a touchdown to punctuate one of his best fantasy performances of the season. Even though Henry isn’t as efficient on a per-touch basis as his fellow top RBs, the volume Tennessee gives him every week makes him a must-start in all formats.

4. Aaron Jones (Packers) vs. Bears

  • 2020 rushing stats: 103 attempts, 493 yards, 5 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 28 catches, 231 yards, 2 TDs

It’s true Aaron Jones has struggled against the Bears in his career. It’s also true that Chicago has allowed running backs to score just six touchdowns this season, tied for the fewest in the league. But the Packers are one of three teams in the NFL scoring 30 points per game and Jones is tied for the most touchdowns in the NFL over the last two seasons with 27. He’s a good bet to find pay dirt once again.


5. Alvin Kamara (Saints) at Broncos

  • 2020 rushing stats: 104 attempts, 486 yards, 7 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 67 catches, 648 yards, 4 TDs

With Taysom Hill making his first career start at quarterback last week, the Saints were expected to lean heavily on Alvin Kamara. Instead, Kamara failed to catch a pass for the first time in his career and ended up with only 45 rushing yards on 13 carries. He’ll likely be more involved than that moving forward, but fantasy owners should pay close attention to his usage while Hill takes the reins at QB.

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6. Miles Sanders (Eagles) vs. Seahawks

  • 2020 rushing stats: 86 attempts, 519 yards, 3 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 14 catches, 101 yards, 0 TDs

The Eagles’ offense is sputtering, but that’s been no fault of Miles Sanders. Despite playing in only seven games this season, Sanders paces Philadelphia with 585 rushing yards thanks to an average of 5.7 yards per carry. The Seahawks are a middle-of-the-pack team against running backs, though they’re stiffer on the ground than they are through the air.

7. James Robinson (Jaguars) vs. Browns

  • 2020 rushing stats: 155 attempts, 689 yards, 5 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 29 catches, 228 yards, 2 TDs

The Jaguars’ decision to start Mike Glennon at quarterback may hinder James Robinson’s performance, yet it really hasn’t mattered so far who starts under center. Robinson averaged 19.1 touches and 100.8 total yards per game with Gardner Minshew and 23 touches and 101.7 total yards behind Jake Luton. He’s catching fewer passes and not finding the end zone as often, but Robinson has managed to remain a steady performer regardless of the situation around him.

8. Antonio Gibson (Washington) at Cowboys

  • 2020 rushing stats: 103 attempts, 436 yards, 7 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 26 catches, 202 yards, 0 TDs

Antonio Gibson has scored a touchdown in four straight games and leads Washington with eight on the season. While J.D. McKissic has eaten into his carries and sapped up a majority of the pass-catching opportunities, the Cowboys have been fairly decent against RBs through the air. In fact, they haven’t allowed a running back to catch a touchdown pass all year. Look for Washington to lean on Gibson to lead the way for its running back group on Thanksgiving.

9. Kalen Ballage (Chargers) at Bills

  • 2020 rushing stats: 36 attempts, 150 yards, 1 TD
  • 2020 receiving stats: 16 catches, 116 yards, 0 TDs

Austin Ekeler has been designated to return from IR, but he’s not expected to suit up for a game for at least another week. That puts the spotlight once again on Kalen Ballage, who has earned 15+ carries each of the last three weeks. The Bills allow the fifth-most rushing yards to running backs, so this should be an enticing matchup for fantasy owners looking to squeeze the last bit of value out of Ballage before he takes a backseat to Ekeler.


10. Josh Jacobs (Raiders) at Falcons

  • 2020 rushing stats: 182 attempts, 700 yards, 8 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 23 catches, 149 yards, 0 TDs

It may be surprising to see Josh Jacobs all the way down at No. 10, but the Falcons have been particularly stingy against running backs on the ground this season. Jacobs doesn’t make much of an impact through the air, which is troubling considering opponents only run the ball an average of 18.4 times per game against them — second fewest in the NFL. Their porous secondary should push the Raiders to air it out with Derek Carr, which could spell a quieter performance than usual from Jacobs.

11. Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys) vs. Washington

  • 2020 rushing stats: 150 attempts, 572 yards, 5 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 36 catches, 238 yards, 1 TD

12. Kareem Hunt (Browns) at Jaguars

  • 2020 rushing stats: 134 attempts, 633 yards, 3 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 21 catches, 141 yards, 4 TDs

13. Salvon Ahmed (Dolphins) at Jets

  • 2020 rushing stats: 134 attempts, 633 yards, 3 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 21 catches, 141 yards, 4 TDs

14. Chris Carson (Seahawks) at Eagles

  • 2020 rushing stats: 66 attempts, 323 yards, 3 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 22 catches, 147 yards, 3 TDs

15. Mike Davis (Panthers) at Vikings

  • 2020 rushing stats: 92 attempts, 385 yards, 2 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 47 catches, 290 yards, 2 TDs

16. Todd Gurley II (Falcons) vs. Raiders

  • 2020 rushing stats: 140 attempts, 531 yards, 8 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 13 catches, 77 yards, 0 TDs

17. David Montgomery (Bears) at Packers

  • 2020 rushing stats:117 attempts, 442 yards, 1 TD
  • 2020 receiving stats: 27 catches, 200 yards, 1 TD

18. James Conner (Steelers) at Jaguars

  • 2020 rushing stats: 132 attempts, 556 yards, 5 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 22 catches, 135 yards, 0 TDs

19. Jonathan Taylor (Colts) vs. Titans

  • 2020 rushing stats: 132 attempts, 556 yards, 5 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 22 catches, 135 yards, 0 TDs

20. Ronald Jones II (Buccaneers) vs. Chiefs

  • 2020 rushing stats: 143 attempts, 730 yards, 5 TDs
  • 2020 receiving stats: 26 catches, 124 yards, 0 TDs