RB Rankings

2017 Running Back Rankings

Updated June 6th, 2017
  1. David Johnson, ARI – A near lock for 2,000 total yards and 15 TDs
  2. Le’Veon Bell, PIT – The potential reward is far greater than the risk of injury.
  3. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL – The youngster is the real deal, less value in PPR than Bell/Johnson.
  4. LeSean McCoy, BUF – Injury concerns be damned, should touch the ball 300 times.
  5. Devonta Freeman, ATL – A focal point in Atlanta, Freeman should see the field on all three downs.
  6. Jordan Howard, CHI – Electric for the Bears as a rookie, should find pay dirt more in year 2
  7. DeMarco Murray, TEN – If Mariotta is limited, the offense runs through Murray.
  8. Melvin Gordon, LAC – 400 yards through the air were a surprise, double digit TDs shouldn’t be.
  9. Jay Ajayi, MIA – Candidate for a sophomore slump as Miami’s offense never looks the same.
  10. Todd Gurley, LAR – Still has the skills to be a top 5 RB, last year’s slump was concerning.
  11. Lamar Miller, HOU – Houston was a mess, but Miller was serviceable. Should be better this year.
  12. Carlos Hyde, SF – SF continues to churn out Rodney Dangerfield RB clones, no respect!
  13. Leonard Fournette, JAC – Looks like he’ll get a chance to own the starters job early.
  14. Isaiah Crowell, CLE – Averaged nearly 5 yards a carry despite the lack of talent under center.
  15. Marshawn Lynch, OAK – Lynch came back to start; we’ll know early on if the Beast Mode is back.
  16. Christian McCaffrey, CAR –  Scary pick considering the question marks surrounding Carolina’s offense.
  17. C.J. Anderson, DEN – A healthy Anderson is a top 15 RB.
  18. Mark Ingram, NO – Peterson’s effect on Ingram’s workload should be negligible. Health is the bigger concern.
  19. Spencer Ware, KC – Has proven he can catch the football, in PPR leagues 50 receptions are possible.
  20. Eddie Lacy, SEA – Lacy leads a crowded backfield, should be motivated to perform well.
  21. Joe Mixon, CIN – A three way split of touches is not ideal but Mixon has the best talent in the backfield.
  22. Tevin Coleman, ATL – 900-1,000 combined yards even with Freeman as the #1 back in ATL.
  23. Ty Montgomery, GB – Non-traditional RB, Ty could reward owners with 1200-1500 total yards.
  24. Ameer Abdullah, DET – Detroit says he’s their workhorse, just needs to overcome injury issues.
  25. Frank Gore, IND – A safe middle/late round RB, should see enough work to remain relevant.
  26. Dalvin Cook – MIN – Could lose some touches to newly signed Latavius Murray.
  27. Mike Gillislee, NE – Dangerous picking a NE running back too early, but Gillislee’s talent is undeniable.
  28. LeGarrette Blount, PHI – Temper expectations following 18 TDs for NE last year. 10-12 is more likely but under 1,000 yards
  29. Bilal Powell, NYJ – Powell figures to wrangle the starter job from Forte before long.
  30. Paul Perkins, NYG – Figures to be an unspectacular starter.
  31. Robert Kelley, WAS – Sources in Washington suggest Kelley has a long leash entering his 2nd season.
  32. Danny Woodhead, BAL – Since Ray Rice left Baltimore, Flacco hasn’t had a reliable pass catching RB; until now.
  33. Doug Martin, TB – No one knows which Muscle Hampster will show up for 2018. Ceiling is borderline RB2.
  34. Jonathan Stewart, CAR – Overlooked for much of his career, expect a solid season despite the addition of McCaffery
  35. Amaje Perine, WAS – Chatter out of Perine’s camp is that the Oklahoma product should push Kelley for touches.
  36. Latavius Murray, MIN – Despite obvious physical tools, Murray finds himself behind rookie Dalvin Cook in MIN.
  37. Theo Riddick, DET – Detroit is committed to Abdullah on early downs, Riddick is a PPR monster though.
  38. Derrick Henry, TEN – Tantelizing skill is stuck behind Murray, but one injury puts him in the top 20.
  39. Matt Forte, NYJ – Forte slowed down last year, but is loudly demanding the football this offseason.
  40. Adrian Peterson, NO – New Orleans ran the ball 400 times last year, plenty of AP to carve out a fantasy bench role.
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