Week 16 – RB Rankings

Breaking news: Todd Gurley just scored another TD. Sorry, I had to. Anyways, to continue the theme of this week, “He’s back”. Ezekiel Elliott is returning this week from his 6-game suspension. Normally when someone has been away for this long, it’s an injury issue that warrants hesitation to throw the player back in your fantasy lineups immediately.This case is different. Elliott is not returning from injury. He may actually be returning in even better shape than he was when he left. The Cowboys are right in the thick of the NFC playoff race and can use the services of Elliott now more than ever. Prior to the suspension, he was on a 6-game run where he averaged 28 touches and 129.3 yards per game. Those numbers resulted in 9 total TDs and an average of 24.2 FPPG. He had continued the success of his stellar rookie campaign into this season.

The Cowboys felt the absence of their star RB enormously in the 6 games he missed. With Elliott, Dallas averaged 28.3 PPG; without him, just 18.3 PPG. In addition to the team scoring, reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott felt the absence in his own stats as well. With Elliott, Prescott averaged 21.5 FPPG; without him, just 11.7 FPPG. Ezekiel Elliott is the engine that powers the Cowboys offense, and he’ll be back this week healthier and fresher than those manning the opposing defense. He’s got a tough matchup facing the 3rd ranked Seattle defense against opposing fantasy RBs, but he’s a must start from the get-go.

Here’s the full RB list for Week 16:

  1. Le’Veon Bell (PIT) at texans
  2. Todd Gurley (LAR) at titans
  3. Alvin Kamara (NO) vs falcons
  4. Melvin Gordon (LAC) at jets
  5. LeSean McCoy (BUF) at patriots
  6. Mark Ingram (NO) vs falcons
  7. Kareem Hunt (KC) vs dolphins
  8. Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) vs seahawks
  9. Devonta Freeman (ATL) at saints
  10. Christian McCaffrey (CAR) vs buccaneers
  11. Leonard Fournette (JAX) at 49ers
  12. Jordan Howard (CHI) vs browns
  13. Kenyan Drake (MIA) at chiefs
  14. Lamar Miller (HOU) vs steelers
  15. Alex Collins (BAL) vs colts
  16. Jerick McKinnon (MIN) at packers
  17. DeMarco Murray (TEN) vs rams
  18. Duke Johnson, Jr. (CLE) at bears
  19. Dion Lewis (NE) vs bills
  20. Jay Ajayi (PHI) vs raiders
  21. Carlos Hyde (SF) vs jaguars
  22. Joe Mixon (CIN) vs lions
  23. Javorius Allen (BAL) vs colts
  24. C.J. Anderson (DEN) at redskins
  25. Latavius Murray (MIN) at packers
  26. Kerwynn Williams (ARI) vs giants
  27. Derrick Henry (TEN) vs rams
  28. Tevin Coleman (ATL) at saints
  29. Marshawn Lynch (OAK) at eagles
  30. Frank Gore (IND) at ravens
  31. James White (NE) vs bills
  32. Isaiah Crowell (CLE) at bears
  33. Giovani Bernard (CIN) vs lions
  34. Jamaal Williams (GB) vs vikings
  35. Theo Riddick (DET) at bengals
  36. Chris Ivory (JAX) at 49ers
  37. Tarik Cohen (CHI) vs browns
  38. Wayne Gallman (NYG) at cardinals
  39. Matt Forte (NYJ) vs chargers
  40. Rex Burkhead (NE) vs bills
  41. Ameer Abdullah (DET) at bengals
  42. Samaje Perine (WAS) vs broncos
  43. LeGarrette Blount (PHI) vs raiders
  44. Mike Davis (SEA) at cowboys
  45. Marlon Mack (IND) at ravens
  46. Doug Martin (TB) at panthers
  47. Orleans Darkwa (NYG) at cardinals
  48. Bilal Powell (NYJ) vs chargers
  49. Jonathan Stewart (CAR) vs buccaneers
  50. Peyton Barber (TB) at panthers

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