1. Jonathan Taylor IND at ARI
2. Nick Chubb CLE at GB
3. James Robinson JAX at NYJ
4. Najee Harris PIT at KC
5. Miles Sanders PHI vs. NYG
6. Dalvin Cook MIN vs. LAR
7. Joe Mixon CIN vs. BAL
8. David Montgomery CHI at SEA
9. Josh Jacobs LV vs. DEN
10. Justin Jackson LAC at HOU
11. Alvin Kamara NO vs. MIA
12. Aaron Jones GB vs. CLE
13. Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs. DET
14. James Conner ARI vs. IND
15. Saquon Barkley NYG at PHI
16. Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC vs. PIT
17. Ronald Jones TB at CAR
18. Antonio Gibson WAS at DAL
19. Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. WAS
20. Tony Pollard DAL vs. WAS
21. Javonte Williams DEN at LV
22. Jeff Wilson SF at TEN
23. D’Onte Foreman TEN vs. SF
24. AJ Dillon GB vs. CLE
25. Myles Gaskin MIA at NO
26. Devin Singletary BUF at NE
27. Chuba Hubbard CAR vs. TB
28. Rhamondre Stevenson NE at IND
29. Melvin Gordon DEN at LV
30. Sony Michel LAR at MIN


It’s a tough matchup against the 9th ranked run defense of the Arizona Cardinals, but you better not bet against the run blocking and running of the Indianapolis Colts and Jonathan Taylor, far and away the RB1 this season. 

James Robinson is back as the RB1 in Jacksonville and just in time to face the woeful, last place against the run, New York Jets defense. Robinson has been a top five production back when played and now should continue to get RB1 workloads for a Jaguars team with little else to play for this season, so why expose their franchise QB to additional wear/tear, especially when Robinson is so good on the ground. 

Miles Sanders re-introduced himself with a tremendous Week 15 effort and now gets to face the run-funnel defense of the New York Giants. The G-Men are 12th against the pass, but 28th against the run, putting the game in the hands, or legs, of QB Jalen Hurts and Sanders. 

Austin Ekeler looks like he will miss Week 16, so the next man up for the Chargers is likely Justin Jackson, who has been a solidly efficient runner as a backup this season. Jackson will get the run-funnel matchup of the Houston Texans (10th against the pass, 27th against the run) and a positive game environment (Chargers currently favored by 9.5 as of this writing) to accrue both touches and yardage. 

Leonard Fournette is out, so Tampa turns back to Ronald Jones, who has been a solid backup this season even as Fournette emerged as a bellcow back for Tom Brady’s offense. Jones faces a Carolina Panthers defense that is stout against the pass (9th) but weaker against the run (23rd). With Chris Godwin and Mike Evans likely out, Jones could see a considerable workload on the road this week. 

Tough matchups for runners all over the board this week, and the ranking reflect that. Everybody after the RB18 this week has some serious headwinds in their matchups, playing time, injuries, etc, to deal with. At that dividing line this week, at RB18, is Antonio Gibson, who faces a Dallas defense that is so tough against the pass (#1) and is more vulnerable on the ground (19th). Given Washington is likely to want to control the ball this week and keep Dak Prescott from exploiting the Washington pass defense, Gibson should get plenty of chances to ground and pound. 


Jason Walker