If your season long league’s season plays out until Week 17 you’re going to have to maneuver past some obstacles as you try to determine which RBs to include in your lineups this week. DFS players will have the luxury of having all RBs at their disposal as they create their lineups, but even they will have to make careful and wise choices.

As this article is being written, there is speculation as to how much playing time, if any, Rams RB Todd Gurley will get in a meaningless Week 17 matchup against the Cardinals. Fellow RB Darrell Henderson has missed practice time this week due to an ankle injury. Malcolm Brown could see some extended playing time out of the Rams backfield, but this is a situation that should be carefully monitored, and probably avoided.

The Steelers need a win in order to have a shot at making the playoffs. They play against the Ravens who will be resting many of their starters but, it looks like there’s a good chance James Conner may be sidelined with a thigh injury in Week 17. Jaylen Samuels has consistently been playing more snaps per game than Benny Snell Jr., but neither player has been lighting it up this season. Snap counts aside, if Conner is out Samuels, Snell and Kerrith Whyte Jr. should split time, making the Steelers backfield one to ignore in fantasy this week.

Last week many fantasy football players were hoping that Vikings RB Mike Boone could lead their teams to a fantasy championship, but unfortunately he was sitting on the bench by the end of his Week 16 matchup against the Packers. It’s looking like Vikings RB Dalvin Cook may miss another game this week and Alexander Mattison is still limited due to his ankle injury. With the Vikings locked in as the number six seed, we may again be treated to a running game consisting of Boone, Ameer Abdullah and C.J. Ham . Stay away!

Will Seahawks RB Travis Homer be this week’s version of Mike Boone ? If you believe Pete Carroll, the Seahawks are going to lean on Homer heavily this week. With Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise hitting the IR this past week, Carroll might have no choice but to turn to Homer in Week 17. The Seahawks signed Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin this week but with both being on the wrong side of 30 and inactive so far this season, it’s unlikely that they’ll have a big impact against the 49ers. Homer had a college career six yards per carry average and would be a more intriguing option if he wasn’t facing the Niners who need a win to clinch the NFC West and a first round bye.

The Chiefs backfield has many moving parts and continues to be one to be wary of. Damien Williams is finally healthy, and led the Chiefs in snaps played in Week 16. He rushed for 65 yards (4.06 YPC) and added three catches for 27 yards, as well as a receiving TD.  LeSean McCoy , who was a healthy scratch in Week 16, may be called back into action with the Chiefs having had to send Spencer Ware to the IR this past week. Darwin Thompson will also likely steal a few carries this week as the Chiefs try to clinch a first-round bye.

There are still plenty of good options for you to choose from as you set your season long and DFS fantasy lineups heading into Week 17.

Ezekiel Elliott is a must start every week, and he’ll be trying to lead the Cowboys to the playoffs against a Redskins team that is giving up the third most fantasy points per game to RBs this season.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders will also be trying to lead his team into the playoffs this week. He has scored TDs in his last two games. Sanders is an effective runner (4.72 YPC over his last five games) and receiver (23 catches and two receiving TDs in his last five games).

Niners RB Raheem Mostert has scored at least one TD in five straight games and takes on the Seahawks, who’ve given up the fifth most fantasy points per game to RBs over the past four weeks.

Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake has been on fire of late, scoring six TDS and rushing for 303 yards over the past two weeks. He’s averaged 5.25 YPC in his seven games as a Cardinal, and takes on a Rams team that is playing out the string this week.


Primary RB

Change of Pace

3rd Down Back



Arizona Cardinals

Kenyan Drake

David Johnson


David Johnson


Atlanta Falcons

Devonta Freeman

Quadree Ollison/Brian Hill


Brian Hill

Ito Smith on IR

Baltimore Ravens

Mark Ingram

Gus Edwards /Justice Hill


Gus Edwards


Buffalo Bills

Devin Singletary

Frank Gore


Frank Gore


Carolina Panthers

Christian McCaffrey


Reggie Bonnafon


Chicago Bears

David Montgomery


Tarik Cohen



Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon


Giovani Bernard

Giovani Bernard


Cleveland Browns

Nick Chubb


Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt


Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott



Tony Pollard


Denver Broncos

Phillip Lindsay

Royce Freeman

Devontae Booker

Royce Freeman


Detroit Lions

Kerryon Johnson

Bo Scarbrough /Ty Johnson


Tra Carson on IR *Scarbrough inactive WK 15 due to a rib injury

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones


*Jamaal Williams

*Jamaal Williams

*Shoulder injury – watch his progress

Houston Texans

Carlos Hyde

Duke Johnson


Duke Johnson

Lamar Miller on IR

Indianapolis Colts

Marlon Mack

Jordan Wilkins

Nyheim Hines

Jordan Wilkins


Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Fournette



Ryquell Armstead

Alfred Blue on IR

Kansas City Chiefs

Damien Williams

Darwin Thompson


LeSean McCoy was a healthy scratch Wk 16.Spencer Ware &Darrel Williams on IR

Los Angeles Chargers

Melvin Gordon

Austin Ekeler /Justin Jackson


Austin Ekeler


Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley

Darrell Henderson/Malcolm Brown


Malcolm Brown


Miami Dolphins

Myles Gaskin


Patrick Laird


Kalen Ballage on IR

Minnesota Vikings

Mike Boone /Ameer Abdullah

C.J. Ham



*Watch Dalvin Cook s’ and Alexander Mattison’s progress as game time approaches.

New England Patriots

Sony Michel

Rex Burkhead

James White


James Develin on IR

New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara



Latavius Murray


New York Giants

Saquon Barkley

Javorious Allen


Javorious Allen


New York Jets

Le’Veon Bell


Bilal Powell


Oakland Raiders

*Josh Jacobs

DeAndre Washington

Jalen Richard

DeAndre Washington /Jalen Richard

*Watch Jacobs’ progress (shoulder) as game time approaches.

Philadelphia Eagles

Miles Sanders

Boston Scott


Darren Sproles IR, *Jordan Howard has missed the last fivegames-watch his progress as game time approaches.

Pittsburgh Steelers

*James Conner

Kerrith Whyte/Benny Snell

Jaylen Samuels

Benny Snell

*Watch Conner’s progress (thigh) as game time approaches

San Francisco 49ers

Raheem Mostert

Matt Breida /Tevin Coleman

Kyle Juszczyk


Jerick McKinnon on IR

Seattle Seahawks

Travis Homer

Marshawn Lynch /Robert Turbin


Chris Carson , C.J. Prosise &Rashaad Penny on IR

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronald Jones

Peyton Barber

Dare Ogunbowale



Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry


 Dion Lewis

Dion Lewis


Washington Redskins

Adrian Peterson

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson


Derrius Guice on IR