True stud running backs are difficult to find in fantasy football.
It's not easy to just draft a couple of great RBs and then plug them in every week. You need to draft many running backs, scour the waiver wire, watch for injuries and play the matchups.
And with most leagues requiring you to start two, three or even four running backs, it means that you have to be smart and dig deep at the position.
To help you out, I put together this summary of our top 10 ranked running backs for week 16.
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No teams have a bye week this week, so you have a full slate of players to choose from.
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1. Alvin Kamara - RB (NO)
Alvin Kamara played against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. He ran for 11 carries, 54 yards and zero touchdowns. Alvin Kamara is against the Vikings this week and is projected for 11.0 carries, 62.2 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.
2. Dalvin Cook - RB (MIN)
Dalvin Cook played against the Chicago Bears last week. He ran for 24 carries, 132 yards and 1 touchdown. We're projecting 18.8 carries, 90.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns for Dalvin Cook this week as he faces the Saints.
3. Derrick Henry - RB (TEN)
Derrick Henry played against the Detroit Lions last week. He ran for 24 carries, 147 yards and 1 touchdown. Derrick Henry is against the Packers this week and is projected for 25.1 carries, 113.7 yards and 0.9 touchdowns.
4. Aaron Jones - RB (GB)
Against the Panthers last week, Aaron Jones ran for 20 carries, 145 yards and 1 touchdown. Aaron Jones is against the Titans this week and is projected for 17.1 carries, 80.4 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.
5. Austin Ekeler - RB (LAC)
Austin Ekeler ran for 13 carries, 60 yards and zero touchdowns versus the Las Vegas Raiders last week. Austin Ekeler is against the Broncos this week and is projected for 10.9 carries, 58.9 yards and 0.3 touchdowns.
6. David Montgomery - RB (CHI)
David Montgomery is against the Jaguars this week and is projected for 17.3 carries, 74.5 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Against the Vikings last week, Montgomery ran for 32 carries, 146 yards and 2 touchdowns.
7. Nick Chubb - RB (CLE)
Nick Chubb faces the New York Jets this week. We're projecting him for 17.7 carries, 91.5 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Chubb played against the New York Giants last week. He ran for 15 carries, 50 yards and 1 touchdown.
8. David Johnson - RB (HOU)
Against the Colts last week, David Johnson ran for 8 carries, 27 yards and zero touchdowns. Our system projects David Johnson for 14.5 carries, 54.4 yards and 0.5 touchdowns versus the Bengals this week.
9. Leonard Fournette - RB (TB)
Leonard Fournette faces the Chicago Bears this week. He is projected for 13.3 carries, 62.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Last week, Fournette faced the Ravens. He ran for 14 carries, 49 yards and 2 touchdowns.
10. Melvin Gordon - RB (DEN)
Melvin Gordon faces the Denver Broncos this week. Our system projects him for 17.1 carries, 73.7 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Last week, Gordon faced the Raiders. He ran for 11 carries, 61 yards and 2 touchdowns.
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