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 17.
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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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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. Austin Ekeler - RB (LAC)
Last week, Austin Ekeler faced the Colts. He ran for 18 carries, 67 yards and 2 touchdowns. Our system projects Austin Ekeler for 13.8 carries, 61.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns versus the Rams this week.
2. Christian McCaffrey - RB (SF)
We're projecting 17.6 carries, 67.7 yards and 0.7 touchdowns for Christian McCaffrey this week as he faces the Buccaneers. Against the Lions last week, McCaffrey ran for 15 carries, 46 yards and 1 touchdown.
3. James Conner - RB (ARI)
Last week, James Conner faced the Raiders. He ran for 15 carries, 79 yards and 1 touchdown. James Conner is against the Ravens this week and is projected for 15.1 carries, 65.8 yards and 0.6 touchdowns.
4. Saquon Barkley - RB (NYG)
Against the Vikings last week, Saquon Barkley ran for 14 carries, 84 yards and 1 touchdown. Saquon Barkley is against the Colts this week and is projected for 17.8 carries, 84.0 yards and 0.6 touchdowns.
5. Dalvin Cook - RB (MIN)
We're projecting 16.7 carries, 80.9 yards and 0.6 touchdowns for Dalvin Cook this week as he faces the Packers. Cook played against the New York Giants last week. He ran for 14 carries, 64 yards and zero touchdowns.
6. Alvin Kamara - RB (NO)
Alvin Kamara ran for 20 carries, 76 yards and 1 touchdown versus the Cleveland Browns last week. Alvin Kamara is against the Eagles this week and is projected for 15.1 carries, 61.6 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.
7. D'Andre Swift - RB (DET)
D'Andre Swift faces the Bears this week. We're projecting him for 7.8 carries, 41.0 yards and 0.3 touchdowns. Last week, Swift faced the Panthers. He ran for 4 carries, 12 yards and zero touchdowns.
8. Josh Jacobs - RB (LV)
Josh Jacobs is against the 49ers this week and is projected for 20.1 carries, 78.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Jacobs ran for 15 carries, 44 yards and zero touchdowns versus the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.
9. Travis Etienne - RB (JAX)
Our system projects Travis Etienne for 17.2 carries, 74.7 yards and 0.4 touchdowns versus the Texans this week. Etienne ran for 22 carries, 83 yards and zero touchdowns versus the New York Jets last week.
10. Ezekiel Elliott - RB (DAL)
Ezekiel Elliott is up against the Titans this week. We're projecting him for 15.3 carries, 73.0 yards and 0.9 touchdowns. Last week, Elliott faced the Eagles. He ran for 16 carries, 55 yards and 1 touchdown.
For more, check out our full rankings here.
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