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Heading into Week 12 of the NFL season, how many backfields can you confidently predict the leader in carries for the upcoming week? It's probably more than you might initially think-- maybe as many as 25 teams, which is pretty surprising when you actually start to add them up. Of course, some of those situations don't provide much Fantasy upside even with one every-down back -- looking at you, Jets and Texans -- while plenty of the other ones have absolute must-start options, so there isn't much cause to spend much time thinking about them. 

However, you still have the Bills, Colts, Broncos, Saints, Buccaneers, Rams, and 49ers as teams with real questions about who will be the lead back. And it's unfortunate that those are all pretty excellent situations for running backs, with good offenses, run-heavy approaches, or both, because it limits the number of stand out Fantasy options. Obviously Alvin Kamara is a must-start option every week and Raheem Mostert will be if he is activated off IR for Week 12, but you've got tough decisions to make on the likes of Jonathan Taylor, Melvin Gordon/Phillip Lindsay, Zack Moss, Ronald Jones, Darrell Henderson and a few other names here.

Jamey Eisenberg will walk you through some of those decisions as well as the rest of the toughest decisions with the Week 12 Start 'Em & Sit 'Em calls for running back below:

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START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Running Backs
Start 'Em
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #22
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CIN NYG -6 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
16th
PROJ PTS
13.2
RB RNK
20th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
275
REC
13
REYDS
75
TD
5
FPTS/G
8.7
The Bengals have allowed a running back to score or gain 100 total yards in four of their past five games, and Gallman comes into Week 12 having scored a touchdown in four games in a row, with five total touchdowns over that span. He's not doing as much in the passing game as I would like with only three catches for 34 yards on five targets in his past three outings, but he does have 32 carries in his past two games against Washington and Philadelphia.


CAR Carolina • #28
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -4 O/U 48.5
OPP VS RB
19th
PROJ PTS
13
RB RNK
3rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
449
REC
49
REYDS
305
TD
5
FPTS/G
13.9
Davis was solid as the Start of the Week in Week 11 against Detroit with 19 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown, along with two catches for 15 yards on two targets. He scored 15 PPR points, and it was the first time he had more than eight PPR points since Week 6. I expect him to build off that performance this week against the Vikings with Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) still out. In Minnesota's past four games, four running backs have scored at least six PPR points with their receiving totals alone. In total, four running backs scored at least 12 PPR points over that span.
SEA Seattle • #32
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI SEA -5 O/U 50
OPP VS RB
10th
PROJ PTS
14.2
RB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
323
REC
22
REYDS
147
TD
6
FPTS/G
17.5
Get Carson back in your lineup now that he's on track to play Monday night at Philadelphia after being out for the past four games with a knee injury. Prior to getting hurt in Week 7, Carson scored at least 19 PPR points in four of his first five games. And in the four games he missed, the Seahawks had a running back score at least 11 PPR points in each outing, including five touchdowns over that span. Carlos Hyde might still have a role in tandem with Carson, but Carson has at least 17 total touches in three of the five healthy games he's played this year.
Sleepers
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HOU Houston • #25
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET HOU -3 O/U 51.5
OPP VS RB
32nd
PROJ PTS
11.7
RB RNK
27th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
164
REC
17
REYDS
129
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.3
I'm giving Johnson one more chance to be at least a flex with his matchup against the Lions, who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Since Week 7, Detroit has allowed 12 total touchdowns to running backs, and Johnson owes us after two dud performances against Cleveland and New England the past two games with David Johnson (concussion) out.
BUF Buffalo • #20
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC BUF -5.5 O/U 53.5
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
9.6
RB RNK
33rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
224
REC
9
REYDS
68
TD
4
FPTS/G
8.9
Moss has scored three touchdowns in his past three games, and he should continue to be the better running back in Buffalo this week, ahead of Devin Singletary. This is a great matchup for Moss against the Chargers, who have allowed eight total touchdowns to running backs in their past five games.
NE New England • #28
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI ARI -2.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS RB
13th
PROJ PTS
12.7
RB RNK
31st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
70
REC
33
REYDS
267
TD
0
FPTS/G
8.3
White will be the primary pass-catching running back for the Patriots with Rex Burkhead (knee) out, and hopefully White plays like he did last week at Houston when he matched his season high in carries (five) and had his most targets (nine), receptions (six) and receiving yards (64) since Week 6. White has three games this season with more than five targets, and he's scored at least 12 PPR points in all three outings.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #29
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BUF BUF -5.5 O/U 53.5
OPP VS RB
17th
PROJ PTS
10
RB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
194
REC
23
REYDS
143
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.5
There's a chance Austin Ekeler (hamstring) could play this week, which would obviously make it tough to trust Ballage. But if Ekeler is out again, consider Ballage a strong start in all leagues. He's scored at least 13 PPR points in three games in a row, and he has 12 catches for 61 yards on 15 targets in his past two outings. The Bills have allowed a running back to score or gain 100 total yards in six games in a row prior to Week 12.
ATL Atlanta • #23
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV LV -3 O/U 53
OPP VS RB
29th
PROJ PTS
4.3
RB RNK
29th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
261
REC
16
REYDS
111
TD
1
FPTS/G
4.8
Todd Gurley (knee) is out for Week 12 against the Raiders, and that makes Hill worth using as at least a flex option this week. He will likely share touches with Ito Smith and Qadree Ollison, but Hill should get the most work since he's second on the team in carries behind Gurley for the season. Las Vegas has allowed a running back to score a touchdown in 7-of-10 games this year, and last week the Chiefs had three rushing touchdowns between Clyde Edwards-Helaire (two) and Le'Veon Bell. For the season, the Raiders are No. 4 in Fantasy points allowed to running backs. The hope is Hill would get the same scoring chances that typically go to Gurley, who is tied for third in the NFL with nine rushing touchdowns. There have only been three games this year where Gurley failed to find the end zone.
Sit 'Em
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DEN Denver • #25
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO NO -5.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS RB
1st
PROJ PTS
9.6
RB RNK
30th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
523
REC
20
REYDS
87
TD
7
FPTS/G
12.8
Gordon and Phillip Lindsay were great in Week 11 against Miami, which was a surprise. Gordon had 15 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns, and Lindsay added 16 carries for 82 yards. However, prior to Week 11, Gordon averaged 6.8 PPR points in his previous four games, and he should struggle again this week against the Saints. New Orleans allows the fewest Fantasy points to running backs this season, and Gordon and Lindsay are both worth avoiding this week if you can.
LAR L.A. Rams • #27
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF LAR -7 O/U 45
OPP VS RB
8th
PROJ PTS
7.5
RB RNK
37th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
491
REC
13
REYDS
129
TD
5
FPTS/G
10.5
Henderson is now fully entrenched in a three-headed backfield with Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown, and Henderson should not be started in most leagues. He's scored nine PPR points or less in five games in a row, which includes him scoring a touchdown in Week 10 against Seattle. Akers could start taking more work from Henderson, and Brown will still get touches as well. It's now been three games in a row where Henderson has nine touches or less.
ARI Arizona • #41
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE ARI -2.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS RB
12th
PROJ PTS
10
RB RNK
24th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
641
REC
12
REYDS
69
TD
5
FPTS/G
12.3
It was great to see Drake get four catches for 31 yards on five targets in Week 11 at Seattle, and that was the most involved he's been in the passing game all season. We'll see if that continues this week against the Patriots, but we know Chase Edmonds will also be a factor. I'm still starting Drake as at least a flex option in all leagues, but the Patriots run defense has been tough the past three games against the Jets, Baltimore and Houston. Those three backfields combined for 48 carries for 144 yards (3.0 yards per carry) and no touchdowns, as well as 15 catches for 121 yards on 19 targets. Drake could be a disappointment this week if he doesn't score a touchdown.
TB Tampa Bay • #28
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -3.5 O/U 55.5
OPP VS RB
20th
PROJ PTS
10.4
RB RNK
34th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
261
REC
25
REYDS
161
TD
3
FPTS/G
9.5
The good news for Fournette this week is the Buccaneers will likely be throwing the ball a lot, which is typically in his favor over Ronald Jones. The bad news is Fournette had three drops in Week 11 against the Rams, and he's scored 10 PPR points or less in four games in a row while averaging 7.8 PPR points over that span. I wouldn't be surprised if Jones had a good game this week against the Chiefs, who have allowed a rushing touchdown in three of their past four games. But Fournette is tough to trust since he has 10 touches or less in three games in a row.
Bust Alert
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CIN Cincinnati • #25
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG NYG -6 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
25th
PROJ PTS
11.2
RB RNK
26th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
191
REC
32
REYDS
244
TD
4
FPTS/G
10
The past two games have been a struggle for Bernard with eight PPR points in each outing against Pittsburgh and Washington. He does have four catches in each game, and he's still worth using as at least a flex option this week in PPR, but he's someone to sit in non-PPR leagues. The Bengals offense could be ugly with Brandon Allen starting at quarterback for the injured Joe Burrow (knee), and the Giants defense should be able to contain Bernard coming off their bye.

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