Week 12 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

Week 12 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

If fantasy football owners are looking for something to be thankful about during Thanksgiving week, they can start with the running back depth available in Week 12. With zero teams on bye and several players potentially returning from injuries, there will be plenty of starting options, especially in PPR formats. That’s why navigating our Week 12 fantasy RB PPR rankings will be both fun and somewhat difficult as owners look to make the correct start ’em, sit ’em decisions with the fantasy playoffs rapidly approaching.

Though many RBs are getting healthier, there are some key injuries to watch. Notably, D’Andre Swift is dealing with a concussion that kept him out in Week 11. He’s set to play on Thanksgiving Day at 12:30 p.m. ET, so he’ll need to be watched closely in the coming days. He’ll be an RB1 if active in a great matchup, but if he’s out, Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson — the more likely of the two to catch passes — will carry more value as RB2/flex options.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Additionally, fantasy owners will want to check on the status of David Montgomery. The Bears were idle last week, but Montgomery missed his previous game with a concussion. He should be good to go in a nice matchup against a porous Packers run defense, but it’s worth checking up on, especially with six teams playing on Thursday and impacting later-week lineup decisions.

Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Other injury worries worth monitoring include Christian McCaffrey (shoulder), Chris Carson (foot), Raheem Mostert (knee), Myles Gaskin (knee), and Austin Ekeler (hamstring). For now, we have Carson and Mostert in the rankings and Gaskin and Ekeler excluded. McCaffrey was initially included as well, but amid reports that he is unlikely to play in Week 12, he has been removed. Stay tuned for injury updates that will impact the rankings.


Per usual, a handful of players move up in our PPR rankings. J.D. McKissic (@ Cowboys) gets the biggest boost since Alex Smith loves checking the ball down to him. Other notable risers include Nyheim Hines (vs. Titans), Chase Edmonds (@ Patriots), and Leonard Fournette (vs. Chiefs). 

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Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB PPR rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates. For individual analysis of key RBs, click here.

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Week 12 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

WEEK 12 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em

Rank Player
1 Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. CAR
2 Alvin Kamara, NO @ DEN
3 Antonio Gibson, WAS @ DAL
4 James Robinson, JAX vs. CLE
5 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. WAS
6 Aaron Jones, GB vs. CHI
7 Todd Gurley, ATL vs. LV
8 Josh Jacobs, LV @ ATL
9 Derrick Henry, TEN @ IND
10 David Montgomery, CHI @ GB
11 Miles Sanders, PHI vs. SEA
12 Kenyan Drake, ARZ @ NE
13 Kareem Hunt, CLE @ JAX
14 Duke Johnson, HOU @ DET
15 Mike Davis, CAR @ MIN
16 Damien Harris, NE vs. ARZ
17 Nick Chubb, CLE @ JAX
18 Chris Carson, SEA @ PHI
19 Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. NYG
20 Salvon Ahmed, MIA @ NYJ
21 Wayne Gallman, NYG @ CIN
22 James Conner, PIT vs. BAL
23 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC @ TB
24 Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. TEN
25 Ronald Jones II, TB vs. KC
26 J.D. McKissic, WAS @ DAL
27 Raheem Mostert, SF @ LAR
28 Gus Edwards, BAL @ PIT
29 Kalen Ballage, LAC @ BUF
30 Kerryon Johnson, DET vs. HOU
31 Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. NO
32 Frank Gore, NYJ vs. MIA
33 Adrian Peterson, DET vs. HOU
34 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. TEN
35 Leonard Fournette, TB vs. KC
36 Chase Edmonds, ARZ @ NE
37 Darrell Henderson, LAR vs. SF
38 Phillip Lindsay, DEN vs. NO
39 Cam Akers, LAR vs. SF
40 Zack Moss, BUF vs. LAC
41 Devin Singletary, BUF vs. LAC
42 James White, NE vs. ARZ
43 Jerick McKinnon, SF @ LAR
44 Jordan Wilkins, IND vs. TEN
45 Malcolm Brown, LAR vs. SF
46 Matt Breida, MIA @ NYJ
47 Le’Veon Bell, KC @ TB
48 Justice Hill, BAL @ PIT
49 Carlos Hyde, SEA @ PHI
50 Jamaal Williams, GB vs. CHI
51 Tevin Coleman, SF @ LAR
52 Sony Michel, NE vs. ARZ
53 Latavius Murray, NO @ DEN
54 Rodney Smith, CAR @ MIN
55 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. WAS
56 Boston Scott, PHI vs. SEA
57 Devontae Booker, LV @ ATL
58 Ty Johnson, NYJ vs. MIA
59 Dion Lewis, NYG @ CIN
60 Samaje Perine, CIN vs. NYG
61 Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. CAR
62 Joshua Kelley, LAC @ BUF
63 Brian Hill, ATL vs. LV
64 Benny Snell, PIT vs. BAL
65 Jalen Richard, LV @ ATL
66 Darrel Williams, KC @ TB
67 Corey Clement, PHI vs. SEA
68 D’Onta Foreman, TEN @ IND
69 Troymaine Pope, LAC @ BUF
70 Jeremy McNichols, TEN @ IND