alexander-mattison-4-1400.jpg
USATSI

We'll be missing  Aaron Jones, A.J. Dillon, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Chuba Hubbard, Ameer Abdullah, D'Onta Foreman, Dontrell Hilliard and Jeremy McNichols on byes for Week 13. Whew. Add on a bunch of injuries, and lots of us will be scrambling in Fantasy.

Jamey Eisenberg has his Start and Sit calls for RB below. His Waiver Wire column also can direct you to the best options who may be available in your leagues.  Also check out Heath Cummings' Week 13 Running Back Preview for much more.

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Running Backs
Start 'Em
Projections powered by Sportsline
MIN Minnesota • #25
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET MIN -7 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
28th
PROJ PTS
14
RB RNK
3rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
315
REC
21
REYDS
149
TD
2
FPTS/G
7.1
It stinks that Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is hurt, but the Vikings should get by with Mattison. And Fantasy managers with Mattison on their roster should be excited. He started two games for Cook already this season in Week 3 against Seattle and Week 5 against Detroit, and he scored at least 22 PPR points in both outings. Against the Lions, Mattison had 25 carries for 113 yards, along with seven catches for 40 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. He'll be involved in all facets of the game -- like Cook -- and he has top-three upside in all leagues.
WAS Washington • #24
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LV LV -2.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS RB
27th
PROJ PTS
13.3
RB RNK
10th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
712
REC
26
REYDS
193
TD
6
FPTS/G
13.5
Gibson is getting hot at the right time, and apparently the bye in Week 9 was the best thing for him. He got to rest his injured shin, and in his past three games he's played well with an increased workload of at least 19 total touches in each outing. His Week 12 performance against Seattle was his best game of the season with 29 carries for 111 yards, along with seven catches for 35 yards on seven targets. He could be highly involved in the passing game again if J.D. McKissic (neck) is out, and Gibson is a top-10 running back in all leagues in that scenario.
DET Detroit • #30
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIN MIN -7 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
22nd
PROJ PTS
11.9
RB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
388
REC
21
REYDS
117
TD
2
FPTS/G
9.3
Williams is expected to start if D'Andre Swift (shoulder) is out, and coach Dan Campbell said Monday that "it's hard to see" Swift playing this week against the Vikings. That should give Williams the opportunity for 20-plus touches, and he just had 15 carries for 65 yards, along with five catches for 18 yards on five targets, against the Bears in Week 12 after Swift got hurt. Jared Goff will lean on Williams in the passing game, and Detroit had a running back catch at least four passes in a game 11 times this season. The Vikings might get Michael Pierce (elbow) and Dalvin Tomlinson (COVID-19) back for this matchup, but Anthony Barr (hamstring) could be out. Still, based on the workload, Williams is worth starting in all leagues if Swift doesn't play.

MIA Miami • #37
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG MIA -4.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS RB
30th
PROJ PTS
11.2
RB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
482
REC
43
REYDS
212
TD
7
FPTS/G
12.7
It's time to just trust Gaskin as a starting Fantasy running back. He's scored at least 15 PPR points in three of his past four games, and he's starting to deliver on the expectations I had for him at the beginning of the season. He has at least 15 total touches in six games in a row, and you shouldn't worry about Phillip Lindsay becoming too much of a factor yet. This week, Gaskin faces a Giants defense that has allowed a running back to score or gain at least 100 total yards in all but one game, and the Giants are No. 4 in Fantasy points allowed to running backs this year.
Sleepers
Projections powered by Sportsline
LAR L.A. Rams • #25
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC LAR -13 O/U 48
OPP VS RB
18th
PROJ PTS
7.1
RB RNK
39th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
305
REC
11
REYDS
62
TD
2
FPTS/G
5.2
Michel could end up starting for the Rams this week if Darrel Henderson (quad) is out, and Michel would be a must-start Fantasy option in all leagues against Jacksonville. Keep an eye on Henderson during practice, and we know the Rams would trust Michel as a starter -- as should Fantasy managers. Henderson was out in Week 3 against Tampa Bay, and Michel saw 23 total touches (20 carries) in that outing. He only had 79 total yards and no touchdowns, but that was a much tougher matchup than facing Jacksonville. And even if Henderson plays, the Rams could reduce his workload since he won't be at 100 percent. That gives Michel some flex appeal even if he's in a secondary role.
BUF Buffalo • #22
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NE BUF -2.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
7.7
RB RNK
31st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
109
REC
6
REYDS
67
TD
3
FPTS/G
7.9
Breida has been Buffalo's best running back of late, and we'll see if he gets more work moving forward. With Zack Moss a healthy scratch in Week 12 at the Saints, Breida had 11 total touches (two catches) compared to 16 for Singletary, but Breida had more yards (54-48) and scored a touchdown. He's now scored at least 12 PPR points in two of his past three games, and he has flex appeal in Week 13 against the Patriots. You know New England is going to dare the Bills to run to try to take the ball away from Josh Allen, and we'll see if Singletary and Breida can succeed. The Patriots have allowed a running back to score at least 14 PPR points in six of their past seven games.
NO New Orleans • #14
Age: 32 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL DAL -4.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS RB
5th
PROJ PTS
7.3
RB RNK
30th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
499
REC
24
REYDS
156
TD
2
FPTS/G
9.1
We hope to get Alvin Kamara (knee) back this week after a three-game absence, but even if he plays you can still use Ingram as a flex option. The last time both were healthy in Week 9 against Atlanta, Ingram had nine carries for 43 yards, along with five catches for 21 yards on five targets in tandem with Kamara. And if Kamara is out against the Cowboys then Ingram is a must-start Fantasy option in all leagues. He scored at least 14 PPR points in two outings without Kamara and had at least 18 total touches in each game against the Titans and Eagles.

Sit 'Em
Projections powered by Sportsline
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #23
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PHI PHI -6.5 O/U 45
OPP VS RB
29th
PROJ PTS
6.8
RB RNK
32nd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
185
REC
7
REYDS
26
TD
0
FPTS/G
4
I'm staying away from all the Jets running backs this week, which means you should bench Coleman, Ty Johnson and Austin Walter. One might do something of significance, but it's hard to trust any of them. Last week against Houston, in the first game without Michael Carter (ankle), Coleman (45 percent), Johnson (34 percent) and Walter (24 percent) all got in on the action. Coleman had 18 total touches (two catches) for 70 total yards, Walter had nine carries for 38 yards and a touchdown and Johnson had six carries for 42 yards. That was a game the Jets won, so they had the luxury of giving 31 carries to their backfield. I don't expect the same thing to happen against the Eagles, and Coleman is just a flex play at best in most leagues, with Johnson and Walter more desperation options in deeper formats.
NE New England • #38
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BUF BUF -2.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS RB
2nd
PROJ PTS
9.1
RB RNK
27th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
351
REC
12
REYDS
117
TD
3
FPTS/G
9.4
Stevenson is worth using as a flex option in non-PPR leagues, but it's hard to fully trust him when Damien Harris is healthy. Harris was out in Week 10 against Cleveland with a concussion, and Stevenson starred with 27 PPR points. In the past two games with Harris back against the Falcons and Titans, Stevenson has combined for 11 PPR points. Now, he looked great, rushing 12 times for 69 yards against Atlanta and nine times for 46 yards against Tennessee. But he only has one catch for 6 yards on two targets over that span, and Harris scored the lone touchdown during that stretch. This Bills run defense has shown flaws when teams run at them (see Derrick Henry in Week 6 and Jonathan Taylor in Week 11), and we'll see what the Patriots do in this matchup. If Stevenson doesn't score, his Fantasy production could be minimal. Harris is also more of a flex option, and I like him better than Stevenson this week.
HOU Houston • #31
Age: 30 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs IND IND -8.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
13th
PROJ PTS
8.7
RB RNK
34th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
176
REC
28
REYDS
214
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.5
We thought there was a glimmer of hope for Johnson in Week 12 against the Jets, but he couldn't even take advantage of the best matchup for running backs this year. He managed 10 carries for 39 yards, along with two catches for 16 yards on three targets, and now it's back to the Fantasy bench for him in all leagues. Johnson caught a touchdown in Week 1 and hasn't scored since, and he's been at nine PPR points or less in every game since Week 1. His luck won't change this week against the Colts, who are No. 5 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to running backs this season and held Johnson to just 21 total yards in Week 6, with a lost fumble.
KC Kansas City • #31
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DEN KC -9.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS RB
6th
PROJ PTS
9.5
RB RNK
29th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
358
REC
32
REYDS
282
TD
5
FPTS/G
11.5
We'll see if Williams has a bigger role in Week 13 than he did in Week 11 against Dallas in the first game back for Clyde Edwards-Helaire following a five-game absence with a knee injury. Against the Cowboys, Williams was limited to five carries for 15 yards, along with one catch for 11 yards on three targets. Edwards-Helaire should take on more work now that's rested coming off Kansas City's bye in Week 12, and I like him as a starting running back in all leagues. Williams is still a flex option in deeper formats, but keep in mind that Denver hasn't allowed a running back to score on the ground in the past five games. And in six games with Edwards-Helaire on the field this season, Williams has scored more than six PPR points just once.
Bust Alert
Projections powered by Sportsline
DAL Dallas • #20
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO DAL -4.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS RB
1st
PROJ PTS
9
RB RNK
25th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
531
REC
29
REYDS
256
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.3
We thought there was a chance Pollard would be the lead running back for the Cowboys in this game, but all reports indicate Ezekiel Elliott's role will remain intact. That said, Pollard should still get plenty of touches, and he had 10 carries for 36 yards in Week 12 against Las Vegas, along with four catches for 32 yards on four targets. I still like him as a flex option, but this is also a tough matchup against the Saints, who allow the fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs this year. Elliott is more of a No. 2 running back this week than a No. 1 option because of the New Orleans defense and concerns with his knee/workload, but you're still starting him in all leagues.

2021 NFL Salute to Service Gear is here

Honor our service members while supporting your favorite team. Get camo trucker hats, pullovers hoodies, jerseys, and more. See the entire 2021 NFL Salute to Service collection here. We salute our service members and thank you for your dedication!

We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.