Week 15 Fantasy RB Rankings: Must starts, sleepers, potential busts at running back
We’re on to the second week of the fantasy football playoffs, and our Week 15 fantasy RB rankings are looking strong. There are very few injuries to top-tier running backs, and the committees that plagued the position at the beginning of the year are becoming less of an issue. As such, the RB2/flex tier range is chock full of worthwhile starters, and with so many sleepers available, some fantasy owners will face tough start ’em, sit ’em decisions because of the newfound depth at the position.
Of course, there are still a few key injuries to keep an eye on. Christian McCaffrey missed yet another week of action in Week 14 with a new injury (quad), and while he has played just once since Week 2, he may have a chance to play against the Packers after logging some limited practices last week. Antonio Gibson (toe) will also be questionable in the lead-up to Washington’s game against the Seahawks. His status is very much up in the air, but he didn’t practice last week, so he’ll need to be watched closely.
Elsewhere, David Johnson and Myles Gaskin are both on the COVID list. While Johnson is currently included in our Week 15 rankings, Gaskin is not, as he’s expected to miss Week 15. As a result, DeAndre Washington will be a fringe-RB2/flex play pending the status of Miami’s other injured/ill RBs.
Joe Mixon (foot) is another player that fantasy owners will be focused on. He hasn’t played since Week 6, but since he is eligible to return from IR, there will be questions about him this week. That said, Mixon is no lock to return this season, and even if he is somehow able to play in Week 15, he would be merely a low-level flex play against a tough Steelers defense. If Mixon is out, fantasy owners should avoid the three-headed “monster” of Giovani Bernard, Trayveon Williams, and Samaje Perine.
There are plenty of RBs worth starting as flexes this week. Players like Ezekiel Elliott (vs. 49ers) and Miles Sanders (@ Cardinals) don’t have the best matchups, but they still get volume and have TD upside. Guys like Nyheim Hines (vs. Texans), Jeff Wilson Jr. (@ Cowboys), Gus Edwards (vs. Jaguars), and Phillip Lindsay (vs. Bills) all have good matchups, and even though they are part of committees, they can be started as flexes if you’re in a bind since they get regular touches.
There are a couple of risky RBs that should probably be avoided in standard leagues if you can help it. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (@ Saints) and Todd Gurley (vs. Buccaneers) are playing two of the toughest run defenses in the NFL. Gurley is getting noticeably less volume, and he’s very TD-dependent. Meanwhile, Edwards-Helaire isn’t getting enough volume in a pass-dominant offense, and he is also losing a few touches each week to Le’Veon Bell. Both have some upside, but the risk may outweigh the reward this week.
Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates.
Week 15 Fantasy RB Rankings (Standard)
These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.