Running back is probably the deepest position in Fantasy at this point, but there are also a lot of moving pieces at this point. There are real questions about how the running back situations in Los Angeles, Miami, Buffalo, Houston, Philadelphia, Detroit, and San Francisco will play out as of Wednesday. Plus, Leonard Fournette (ankle), Saquon Barkley (ankle), James Conner (ankle) and Aaron Jones (knee) have all missed practice this week, and while are expected to play, it's fair to wonder if they'll have their usual roles. 

You're probably not going to be able to just set it and forget it this week. There are too many moving parts. Here are my RB rankings for Week 15. To see the rankings of Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard, and Heath Cummings, make sure you head here

Injury Report

The list of players ruled out this week is actually shorter at running back than it was last week, and there aren't really any surprises. Jeff Wilson will be the lead back in Mitchell's absence yet again, and I'm expecting more than 13 carries this time around -- Jimmy Garoppolo probably won't be throwing it 41 times. He's in the RB2/3 discussion. 

For the Lions, we saw Craig Reynolds unexpectedly step up as the lead rusher last week, as he had 11 carries for 83 yards and added two catches for 16. Godwin Igwebuike had eight carries and no targets, a disappointing showing after he was the clear passing down's option alongside Williams the previous week. Neither is a recommended starter against the Cardinals, but if you are desperate, Reynolds is probably the better option based on what we saw last week?

Pollard is going to try to give a go, and if he can make it through pre-game warmups, he is expected to be active. He's playing through a torn plantar fascia and was able to practice on a limited basis Thursday and Friday, so he should be out there. I would expect he'll get a handful of snaps, but any hopes of him overtaking Ezekiel Elliott as the lead back at this point seem pretty slim thanks to the injury. 

Likely in: James Conner (ankle), Chase Edmonds (ankle), Javonte Williams (knee), Melvin Gordon (thumb), Leonard Fournette (ankle), Darrell Henderson (COVID)

It sounds like for both the Cardinals and Broncos, both players are going to play. For the Broncos that should mean we continue to see close to a 50-50 split, and both are in the RB2 discussion against the Bengals, who do represent a somewhat tough matchup. For the Cardinals, their backfield split is a bit less clear. Edmonds was the clear passing downs back before their injury, but Conner has been quite impressive in the passing game himself. If he can hold on to even some of that role while continue to dominate in the red zone, he could remain a must-start Fantasy RB. For now, I'm viewing Conner as more of a mid-range RB2, while Edmonds is in the RB3 range. 

Fournette is expected to play, but it'll be interesting to see if Ronald Jones spells him a bit more than normal. However, with Giovani Bernard out, Fournette should continue to see the passing game work, which makes him a must-start option in a Tom Brady offense. 

And Henderson's role is one of the big questions for this week. He was activated from the COVID list, so he should be good to go this week. However, after dominating touches and snaps for much of the season, Sean McVay has talked about the need to mix Henderson and Sony Michel up. What that will look like is pretty hard to know right now, so I'm going to assume Michel will be the lead back this week, with Henderson more like an RB3. It could go the other way, or one of them could dominate snaps -- that's how McVay has historically operated, FWIW -- so it's not the worst idea to avoid them both if you have options with more clarity. Especially since things can change between now and Tursday evening. 

Week 15 RB Rankings

  1. Dalvin Cook @CHI
  2. Alvin Kamara @TB
  3. Najee Harris vs. TEN
  4. Joe Mixon @DEN
  5. Nick Chubb vs. LV
  6. Leonard Fournette vs. NO
  7. Cordarrelle Patterson @SF
  8. Josh Jacobs @CLE
  9. Saquon Barkley vs. DAL
  10. Ezekiel Elliott @NYG
  11. James Robinson vs. HOU
  12. Antonio Gibson @PHI
  13. David Montgomery vs. MIN
  14. Devonta Freeman vs. GB
  15. Myles Gaskin vs. NYJ
  16. Michael Carter @MIA
  17. James Conner @DET
  18. Javonte Williams vs. CIN
  19. Miles Sanders vs. WAS
  20. AJ Dillon @BAL
  21. Aaron Jones @BAL
  22. Melvin Gordon vs. CIN
  23. Jeff Wilson vs. ATL
  24. Sony Michel vs. SEA
  25. D'Onta Foreman @PIT
  26. Chuba Hubbard @BUF
  27. Rashaad Penny @LAR
  28. Darrell Henderson vs. SEA
  29. Chase Edmonds @DET
  30. Devin Singletary vs. CAR
  31. Ameer Abdullah @BUF
  32. Craig Reynolds vs. ARI
  33. Godwin Igwebuike vs. ARI
  34. Mike Davis @SF
  35. Jeremy McNichols @PIT
  36. David Johnson @JAX
  37. Corey Clement @NYG
  38. Ty Johnson @MIA
  39. Rex Burkhead @JAX
  40. JaMycal Hasty vs. ATL
  41. Dontrell Hilliard @PIT
  42. Kenneth Gainwell vs. WAS
  43. Devontae Booker vs. DAL

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