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.
If you want to dive head-first into the full set of projections for this week, here are our rankings for each format:
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1. Alvin Kamara - RB (NO)
2. Dalvin Cook - RB (MIN)
Last week, Dalvin Cook faced the Bears. 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)
4. Aaron Jones - RB (GB)
5. Austin Ekeler - RB (LAC)
Austin Ekeler is playing against the Denver Broncos this week. He is projected for 10.9 carries, 58.9 yards and 0.3 touchdowns. Last week, Ekeler faced the Raiders. He ran for 13 carries, 60 yards and zero touchdowns.
6. David Montgomery - RB (CHI)
David Montgomery ran for 32 carries, 146 yards and 2 touchdowns versus the Minnesota Vikings last week. David Montgomery is against the Jaguars this week and is projected for 17.3 carries, 74.5 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.
7. Nick Chubb - RB (CLE)
Last week, Nick Chubb faced the Giants. He ran for 15 carries, 50 yards and 1 touchdown. He is playing against the New York Jets this week. Our system projects him for 17.7 carries, 91.5 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.
8. David Johnson - RB (HOU)
David Johnson played against the Indianapolis Colts last week. He 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 is playing against the Chicago Bears this week. Our system projects him for 13.3 carries, 62.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Fournette played against the Baltimore Ravens last week. He ran for 14 carries, 49 yards and 2 touchdowns.
10. Melvin Gordon - RB (DEN)
Against the Raiders last week, Melvin Gordon ran for 11 carries, 61 yards and 2 touchdowns. Our system projects Melvin Gordon for 17.1 carries, 73.7 yards and 0.6 touchdowns versus the Broncos this week.
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