Fantasy Football Player Rankings: RB

2017 Regular Season

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Running Back
Updated Jul 20
Tier 1
1David Johnson, ARI 1.0220.7Usually drafted first overall, my only small concern is Johnson's aging QB. If Carson Palmer goes down or is plain terrible, things could unravel quickly in the desert.
2Le'Veon Bell, PIT 1.0220.2Hasn't signed his franchise tender yet so he isn't obligated to show up for training camp, which is a little concerning. There is some history of players holding out of camp and getting injured early in the season, but we will see how long this goes on before worrying too much about it.
Tier 2
3Ezekiel Elliott, DAL 1.0319.7Hate to drop him out of the top tier, but need to make it clear DJ and LB have distanced themselves from EE with the red flags popping up for the Cowboys bell cow. If he skates by with no suspension, then he moves back in to Tier 1 and Top 3 overall discussion.
4Jay Ajayi, MIA 1.1212.7Only topped 100 yards four times last season, but three of those were 200 plus, which is pretty weird. Bottom line Adam Gase is one of the best offensives coaches in the league right now, and I feel he will ride Ajayi hard this season. Expect more 25 touch games and that production to even out more week-to-week.
5Melvin Gordon, LAC1.0816.4The anti-Ajayi? Gordon was ridiculously consistent last year scoring or topping 100 yards in 10 of 13 games played. Now entering his third season it is a good time to bet Gordon raises his game to the Jamaal Charles comparisons he received as a rookie draft prospect.
Tier 3
6DeMarco Murray, TEN2.0114.9Talented veteran who posted big numbers in the past, on a run-first team trending upward, what is not to like? The wear and tear for one thing, and young Derrick Henry nipping at his heels for another. There is opportunity for both to succeed here in a shared backfield, and Henry even helps Murray stay healthy. Don't be afraid to add him, but understand the risks.
7LeSean McCoy, BUF 1.0716.4It was a big bounce back year after a rough start to his career in Buffalo in 2015. In line for a lot of carries and he is super talented, but low expectations for this team overall (lots of negative game scripts, as the DFS guys like to say), has me skittish drafting McCoy.
8Jordan Howard, CHI2.0313.5This is similar to the McCoy story, but likely worse as the Bears are in the throws of a total rebuild. Still the team wasn't much good last year and he hammered out 1,600 yards and still has fresh legs entering only his second season. A buy at the right price.
9Lamar Miller, HOU2.1111.6Miller shows enough to get us excited but at the end of the day tends to leave us wanting for more. Good defense, competitive team, undisputed feature RB, questionable QB. Three of four ain't bad, and that is likely what he gives you. Pretty good, not great.
10Devonta Freeman, ATL1.1014.5Freeman was a great pick last year, an undervalued RB in a time share where more fantasy guys preferred to draft teammate Tevin Coleman. The Falcons and Freeman himself almost certainly overachieved last year, and OC Kyle Shanahan is gone. Do you really want to take the risk on a repeat at this price? Look to another position at this point in your draft.
11Todd Gurley, LAR 2.069.8This was not pretty last season after he made things looks pretty easy as a rookie. A new coaching staff provides some optimism Gurley's production will land more in line with his talent.
12Marshawn Lynch, OAK2.06Over 30 and out of football since the middle of the 2015 season, I do not have a ton of faith in Marshawn, but he is in a good situation and has an impressive track record proving his doubters wrong. I just feel the cost is a little high for the risk-reward.
13Leonard Fournette, JAC ®2.08A rookie walks into the starting role on a team that is capable of putting points on the board. Still a rookie. Not a pick for the risk averse.
Tier 4
14Paul Perkins, NYG 6.034.8I reached a little on Perkins in the Scott Fish Bowl draft because I feel confident he is going to garner a large bulk of carries in the Giants backfield and is generally under-priced for what those carries should produce. Obviously an aggressive ranking at this point, try to grab him as your RB3 or late drafted RB2.
15Isaiah Crowell, CLE3.0110.6His 40 receptions last year surprises me a little. Crowell does his job and produces pretty well given his team and a tough division. Neither a must-have nor avoid pick, usually drafted about right.
16Spencer Ware, KC4.0111.9The primary RB for a the Chiefs is usually a pretty hot commodity but Ware might be the exception. He usually logged under 20 carries and hovered around 60-70 yards with 2-3 receptions, and rarely scored. He needs to do better or won't be long for the job if rookie Kareem Hunt is capable. Upside but a little overvalued.
17Doug Martin, TB4.069.2Tough to rank a player with a known suspension, and in this case need to ride out 3 games to start the season. Bucs offense looks very good and unless someone really surprises Martin is clearly better than the placeholders Tampa is using until he returns. I would be willing to draft and hold to reap the rewards later.
18Ty Montgomery, GB4.107.6The Packers did little in the off-season to bolster their RB situation, saying goodbye to Eddie Lacy and drafting two late round rookies, showing considerable faith in Montgomery. He will need help shouldering the load, and it is still primarily a passing team. A good PPR add thanks to what the Pack call long handoffs. Don't get too overexcited by his prospects.
19Ameer Abdullah, DET5.1010.9Pretty talented all-around RB, but ability to stay healthy dog his prospects. He plays in a good offense and is suitably discounted he could turn out to be a good value.
20Mark Ingram, NO6.0512.3I feel Ingram is lot like I've felt about Jonathan Stewart over the years. He would get used more in other systems (and maybe break down more, but that is beside the point). Not so much that the Saints brought Adrian Peterson into the mix, but Sean Payton will always rotate his running backs, capping their fantasy value. Ingram should still be the main man.
21Dalvin Cook, MIN ® 5.06If I was going to draft a rookie RB, Cook would be my primary target. Latavius Murray is not a tough test for Cook to surpass, putting him in line for major carries on a better team than the Jaguars, and is discounted three rounds from Fournette. Note however Cook's ADP is trending up.
Tier 5
22Eddie Lacy, SEA 5.087.8I thought Thomas Rawls was pretty decent before the leg injury sidelined him. Rawls appears healthy and C.J. Prosise looks good, I'm not sure why the Seahawks felt much need to acquire Lacy.
23C.J. Anderson, DEN5.0512.4A good situation if he can hang on to it. The Broncos haven't shown tremendous faith in CJ. Devontae Booker will challenge in his second season and if Jamaal Charles can capture 80% of what he used to be then that could be enough to get in the conversation.
24Joe Mixon, CIN ® 3.07Lots of positive news out of the coaching staff but are they really going to relegate Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard to minor and nothing roles right away? That is a little hard to believe.
25LeGarrette Blount, PHI4.1114.2He scored practically every week last year making the start-bench decision pretty easy. Prior to that it tended to be a roll of the dice he scores or gives us bupkes. This isn't the Patriots. Expect more weeks of bupkes.
26Frank Gore, IND7.0311.1Great career. Frank Gore is one of those players I feel is going to be very hard to win a fantasy championship with. He gets his stats over the course of a season, but is never going to produce RB1 numbers for a stretch of games Weeks 14-16.
27Danny Woodhead, BAL 7.1210.6The Ravens offense is a bit of a mystery right now. Woodhead was a great value play in 2015 and looked to repeat last season before getting placed on IR after Week 2. He could recapture that glory. Definitely worth taking the chance in PPR leagues. Not easily startable in standard scoring leagues.
Tier 6
28Matt Forte, NYJ 9.0411.1
29Robert Kelley, WAS8.068.6
30Carlos Hyde, SF 3.0913.0
31Mike Gillislee, NE 4.127.8
32Jonathan Stewart, CAR 8.1211.0
Tier 7
33Terrance West, BAL9.118.6
34Bilal Powell, NYJ6.118.8
35Tevin Coleman, ATL6.0512.3
36Thomas Rawls, SEA9.076.9
37Theo Riddick, DET10.0310.9
38James White, NE12.026.4
39Latavius Murray, MIN8.0312.7
40Christian McCaffrey, CAR ®3.12
41Samaje Perine, WAS ®7.06
42Darren Sproles, PHI14.047.4
Tier 8
43Derrick Henry, TEN6.096.6
44Jacquizz Rodgers, TB10.127.8
45Kenneth Dixon, BAL9.046.0
46Duke Johnson, CLE13.045.8
47Shane Vereen, NYG6.2
48Charles Sims, TB14.026.6
Tier 9
49Jeremy Hill, CIN 10.1010.4
50Adrian Peterson, NO 4.042.7
51Jamaal Charles, DEN 8.093.8
52Joe Williams, SF ®12.09
53C.J. Prosise, SEA11.037.3
54Kareem Hunt, KC ®8.06
55Jalen Richard, OAK5.4
56Jamaal Williams, GB ® 10.05
57Alvin Kamara, NO ®14.02
58Giovani Bernard, CIN14.018.5
59Darren McFadden, DAL13.123.5
Tier 10
60D'Onta Foreman, HOU ® 14.01
61DeAndre Washington, OAK13.115.4
62Devontae Booker, DEN14.037.4
63Jonathan Williams, BUF 13.072.2
64Chris Ivory, JAC7.3
65Jeremy Langford, CHI4.9
66James Conner, PIT ®14.06
67Kerwynn Williams, ARI 7.1

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