Fantasy Football Week 17 RB Rankings: Marshawn Lynch is Back

Marshawn Lynch Fantasy Football RB Rankings Week 17

Getty Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks

Welcome to our Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 17 of the 2019 NFL regular season. In this week’s column, we examine the whirlwind year that New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley has put his fantasy owners through. Plus, a slew of devastating injuries in the Seattle backfield left the Seahawks with no choice but to turn to a familiar face.

Reminder: These rankings are based on full-PPR scoring formats.

* If you’re looking for more information on how to best set your lineup this coming week check out our Week 17 RB Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em.

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Running Back Outlook Week 17

If you managed to somehow make it to the playoffs despite Saquon Barkley‘s (RB4) string of atrocious fantasy performances this season, then in a round-about way, Barkley was worth every bit of his high-round draft capital this offseason. That is because once it came down to the nitty-gritty, literally no player in fantasy has performed better.

Over the past two weeks, Barkley leads all fantasy football players in points, regardless of position, with an average of 37.1 PPR points per game. He single-handedly captured many fantasy owners a league championship this past Sunday by racking up 43.9 fantasy points, once again the most points by any player for the given week. Barkley did all this while simultaneously breaking the Giants all-time single-game yards from scrimmage record with 279 yards vs. the Redskins.

Barkley will undoubtedly face tougher sledding this week against an Eagles defense that has allowed just 76 rushing ypg over their last three contests, the third-fewest in football over that span.  With that said, Philly has still surrendered an average of 17.3 fantasy points to opposing leading scorers at the running back position over the past four weeks.

While Barkley may not push for 50 points on Sunday, he’s still a clear high-end RB1 option vs. the Birds.

Chris Carson is done for the season, as is his backup CJ Prosise. With Rashaad Penny already on season-ending IR, it seemed as if the Seahawks would be turning their backfield over to Travis Homer (RB38). However, Seattle had different plans, reuniting with franchise-great Marshawn Lynch (RB44) late Monday night.

While the news is certainly exhilarating, chances are Lynch is nowhere near being in true game shape. Homer will likely man a slight lead over Lynch for the final week of the season vs. the 49ers, while the latter works on getting himself right for the playoffs.

Both players are at best a flex-flyer for the lone fact that San Fran has surrendered three rushing touchdowns over the past two weeks to opposing running backs.


Week 17 Fantasy Rankings: Running Back

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  • Matchup: Great l Avg l Tough
# Running Backs TEAM Opp.

1

Christian McCaffrey CAR

vs. NO

2

Alvin Kamara NO

@ CAR

3

Ezekiel Elliott DAL

vs. WAS

4

Saquon Barkley NYG

vs. PHI

5

Derrick Henry TEN INJ

@ HOU

6

Dalvin Cook MIN INJ

vs. CHI

7

Aaron Jones GB

@ DET

8

Melvin Gordon LAC

@ KC

9

Nick Chubb CLE

@ CIN

10

Miles Sanders PHI

@ NYG

11

Austin Ekeler LAC

@ KC

12

Kenyan Drake ARI

@ LAR

13

Joe Mixon CIN

vs. CLE

14

James White NE

vs. MIA

15

Todd Gurley LAR

vs. ARI

16

Josh Jacobs OAK INJ

@ DEN

17

Damien Williams KC

vs. LAC

18

Leonard Fournette JAC

vs. IND

19

Marlon Mack IND

@ JAC

20

Kerryon Johnson DET

vs. GB

21

Dion Lewis TEN

@ HOU

22

Kareem Hunt CLE

@ CIN

23

Phillip Lindsay DEN

vs. OAK

24

Le’Veon Bell NYJ

@ BUF

25

Sony Michel NE

vs. MIA

26

Devin Singletary BUF

vs. NYJ

27

Raheem Mostert SF

@ SEA

28

Ronald Jones TB

vs. ATL

29

Devonta Freeman ATL

@ TB

30

Jamaal Williams GB INJ

@ DET

31

David Montgomery CHI

@ MIN

32

Carlos Hyde HOU

vs. TEN

33

Mike Boone MIN

vs. CHI

34

Royce Freeman DEN

vs. OAK

35

Gus Edwards BAL

vs. PIT

36

Adrian Peterson WAS

@ DAL

37

James Conner PIT INJ

@ BAL

38

Travis Homer SEA

vs. SF

39

Alexander Mattison MIN INJ

vs. CHI

40

Tarik Cohen CHI

@ MIN

41

Benny Snell Jr. PIT

@ BAL

42

Latavius Murray NO

@ CAR

43

Rex Burkhead NE

vs. MIA

44

Marshawn Lynch SEA

vs. SF

45

Myles Gaskin MIA

@ NE

46

Chris Thompson WAS

@ DAL

47

DeAndre Washington OAK

@ DEN

48

Justice Hill BAL

vs. PIT

49

Patrick Laird MIA

@ NE

50

Duke Johnson HOU

vs. TEN

51

Tevin Coleman SF

@ SEA

52

Jordan Howard PHI INJ

@ NYG

53

Jaylen Samuels PIT

@ BAL

54

Bo Scarbrough DET

vs. GB

55

Peyton Barber TB

vs. ATL

56

Nyheim Hines IND

@ JAC

57

Jordan Wilkins IND

@ JAC

58

Tony Pollard DAL

vs. WAS

59

Darwin Thompson KC

vs. LAC

60

Matt Breida SF

@ SEA

61

LeSean McCoy KC

vs. LAC

62

Bilal Powell NYJ

@ BUF

63

Dare Ogunbowale TB

vs. ATL

64

David Johnson ARI

@ LAR

65

Spencer Ware KC

vs. LAC

66

Brian Hill ATL

@ TB

67

Frank Gore BUF

vs. NYJ

68

Gio Bernard CIN

vs. CLE

69

Jalen Richard OAK

@ DEN

70

JD Mckissic DET

vs. GB

71

Malcolm Brown LAR

vs. ARI

72

Ty Montgomery NYJ

@ BUF

73

Darrell Henderson LAR

vs. ARI

74

Wayne Gallman NYG

vs. PHI

75

Kerrith Whyte Jr. PIT

@ BAL

76

Jay Ajayi PHI

@ NYG

77

Jonathan Williams IND

@ JAC

78

Jeff Wilson Jr. SF

@ SEA

79

Qadree Ollison ATL

@ TB

80

Buck Allen NYG

vs. PHI

    1. *Check out our Week 17 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Ems to further optimize your lineups
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