Saturday, January 23, 2021

Fantasy Football Rankings: Conference Championship Game RB Rankings

The 2020-21 NFL season is down down to four teams and three games to go with the Conference Championship Games this weekend and Super Bowl LV in two weeks in Tampa.

More rankings for this weekend's games:

Here are our running back rankings for Sunday's games:

1. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

One year after leading the NFL in touchdowns (19, 2019), Jones averaged a career-high 5.89 yards per touch and 104.2 YFS per game for the league's top-scoring offense in 2020. Jones had his least efficient performance of the season against the Buccaneers in Week 6 when he carried the ball 10 times for 15 yards and a touchdown and added three catches for 26 yards. Even though the Buccaneers have one of the league's best run defenses, Jones is the top option at what is the weakest position of the two-game slate.

2. Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills

Even with Zack Moss sidelined, Singletary had only seven carries for 25 yards and three catches for 12 yards against the Baltimore Ravens last week. While Singletary should dominate backfield touches once again with Moss out for the rest of the playoffs, it's also possible that the Bills utilize a pass-heavy approach this weekend that limits Singletary's effectiveness on Sunday.

3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

After missing last week's playoff game, Edwards-Helaire (hip) is expected to play on Sunday despite a questionable injury designation. Edwards-Helaire last played more than a month ago (Dec. 20th).

Even if Le'Veon Bell (knee, questionable) misses the game, he will likely form a timeshare with Darrel Williams. On a positive note, Edwards-Helaire rushed for a career-high 161 yards against the Bills in Week 6.

4. Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The third-year back was just shy of his first 1,000-yard season, but he set career highs in both rushing yards (978), yards per carry (5.1) and total touchdowns (eight). Upgraded to a full participant at Friday's practice, Jones had 13 carries for 62 scoreless yards against the New Orleans Saints last week. Fournette will likely lead the backfield once again, but it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see a healthier RoJo just as (or even more) involved as (than) Fournette.

5. Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Handling 36 carries and catching nine-of-10 targets in Tampa's two playoff games, Fournette has surpassed 100 scrimmage yards and scored in back-to-back games this postseason. During that span, he has handled roughly twice as many touches as Ronald Jones (25), but Jones enters Sunday's game the healthiest he's been this postseason. In the regular season, Fournette (3.78 YPC, 6.47 Y/R) was much less efficient than Jones (5.09 YPC, 5.89 Y/R).

6. Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs

With CEH sidelined, Williams had 13 carries for 78 yards and four catches for 16 yards against the Cleveland Browns last week. While a repeat of last week's 17 touches is unlikely, Williams could reasonably reach double-digit touches as he shares work with Edwards-Helaire. Le'Veon Bell is listed as questionable, but may be closer to doubtful.

7. Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers

Williams had 12 carries for 65 yards against the Los Angeles Rams last week. In his past six games, Williams has 17, five, 10, one, five and 12 carries, respectively. Even though the number of his carries has been all over the place recently, Williams will likely finish in the range of 8-12 touches on Sunday.

8. A.J. Dillon, Green Bay Packers

Given that the Packers involve multiple running backs in their game plan, Dillon could have some fantasy viability if Williams (ankle, questionable) isn't able to go or reaggravates his injury on Sunday.

9. T.J. Yeldon, Buffalo Bills
10. Darwin Thompson, Kansas City Chiefs
11. LeSean McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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