The Week 16 running back breakouts came in bunches. Unfortunately for anyone who benefitted, they’re unlikely to be repeated.
Austin Ekeler has already cleared the COVID protocols, which means Justin Jackson will be back in his backup role, and Dalvin Cook could be back as well. Rex Burkhead probably isn’t repeating either, considering he had more yards in Week 16 than he had in the four prior games combined. That means you need to look to the waiver wire, and even there things are dicey, especially in Philadelphia.
We do not expect Miles Sanders to play, which would open the door up for Jordan Howard. But Howard left Week 16 with a stinger. If Howard can’t go, Boston Scott would be expected to be the lead back, but Kenneth Gainwell would also be involved. Because this run offense is so prolific, it’s worthwhile to consider adding all of the Eagles running backs, just in case.
If you don’t have that many roster spots I’ll prioritize them in the waiver wire section below.
Let’s get to the rest of the Week 17 RB Preview:
Week 16 RB Preview
The following players are not being projected to play Week 16 at this time. Here’s what it means:
Numbers to know
- 130 — The Eagles have run for at least 130 yards in every game since Week 6.
- 92% — Chase Edmonds played 92% of the snaps in Week 16. He’s my RB1 if Conner is out again.
- 22 — Ronald Jones saw 22 touches in his first full game without Leonard Fournette.
- 17.8 — Darrel Williams averaged 17.8 PPR FPPG in five games without Clyde Edwards-Helaire this year.
- 25 — Saquon Barkley had 26 targets in Mike Glennon’s four starts. He saw one in Jake Fromm’s first start.
- 36 — Cordarrelle Patterson has 36 yards from scrimmage in his last two games combined.
- 0 — Melvin Gordon produced zero yards on eight touches in Week 16.
Matchups that matter
Waiver Wire Targets