2019 Running Back Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: RB Fantasy Stats

In the realm of fantasy football, perhaps no position gets more hyped than that of running back. Every year, drafters scour the Internet for information on sleepers, study the trends from last year, listen to podcasts about training camp stars, and watch preseason games to glimpse undiscovered talents. The reason for such attention is clear — running backs win fantasy football leagues. You can see updated running back fantasy stats on lineups.com throughout the season.

RB Fantasy Stats 2019

Player Tier FPTS 2018 RTG TM GP ATT RU YDS YDS/ATT ATT/G 100+ YDS RU TD FUM REC TGTS/G REC YDS TD SNPS/G Draftkings FPTS/G FanDuel FPTS/G Yahoo FPTS/G
Saquon Barkley 1 292.8 87 NYG 16 261 1,307 5 16.3 7 11 0 91 7.6 721 4 53.375 25.43 21.27 21.27
Christian McCaffrey 1 274.5 93 CAR 16 219 1,098 5 13.7 4 7 4 107 7.8 867 6 60 25.28 20.75 20.75
Alvin Kamara 1 267.2 92 NO 15 194 883 4.6 12.9 1 14 1 81 7 709 4 44 24.21 20.91 20.91
Ezekiel Elliott 1 254.2 93 DAL 15 304 1,435 4.7 20.3 7 6 6 77 6.3 567 3 60 23.35 19.25 19.25
Le'Veon Bell 1 N/A 91 NYJ 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Todd Gurley 2 309.1 96 LAR 14 256 1,251 4.9 18.3 6 17 1 59 5.8 580 4 59 27.94 24.47 24.47
James Conner 2 225 85 PIT 13 215 973 4.5 16.5 5 12 4 55 5.5 497 1 55.461538461538 22.85 19.42 19.42
Melvin Gordon 2 221.5 89 LAC 12 175 885 5.1 14.6 3 10 1 50 5.5 490 4 43.75 23.96 20.88 20.88
Joe Mixon 2 200.4 89 CIN 14 237 1,168 4.9 16.9 4 8 0 53 4.6 477 5 43 18.24 15.85 15.85
David Johnson 2 198.7 86 ARI 16 258 940 3.6 16.1 1 7 3 50 4.8 446 3 47 15.73 13.86 13.86
Phillip Lindsay 3 187.8 86 DEN 15 192 1,037 5.4 12.8 3 9 0 35 3.1 241 1 30.2 15.45 13.69 13.69
Chris Carson 3 185.4 86 SEA 14 247 1,151 4.7 17.6 6 9 3 20 1.7 163 0 29.785714285714 22.9 13.67 13.67
Nick Chubb 3 174.5 85 CLE 16 192 996 5.2 12 4 8 0 20 1.8 149 2 24.6875 12.91 11.53 11.53
Tarik Cohen 3 164.6 87 CHI 16 99 441 4.5 6.2 0 3 7 71 5.6 725 5 30.9375 15.17 12.38 12.38
Marlon Mack 3 161.1 81 IND 12 195 908 4.7 16.2 4 9 2 17 2.2 103 1 36.916666666667 16.01 14.13 14.13
Aaron Jones 3 147.5 82 GB 12 133 729 5.5 11.1 1 8 1 26 2.9 206 1 31.333333333333 14.63 13.21 13.21
Dalvin Cook 3 116 83 MIN 11 133 615 4.6 12.1 1 2 2 40 4.5 305 2 40.090909090909 14.27 12 12
Kerryon Johnson 3 109.4 82 DET 10 118 641 5.4 11.8 2 3 1 32 3.9 213 1 34.7 14.64 12.34 12.34
Leonard Fournette 3 98.4 80 JAX 8 133 439 3.3 16.6 0 5 0 22 3.2 185 1 35 15.05 13.68 13.68
Damien Williams 3 77.6 77 KC 16 50 256 5.1 3.1 1 4 1 23 1.8 160 2 15.769230769231 10.26 8.71 8.71
Devonta Freeman 3 9.1 90 ATL 2 14 68 4.9 7 0 0 0 5 3.5 23 0 33.5 7.05 5.8 5.8
James White 4 189.6 88 NE 16 94 425 4.5 5.9 0 5 0 87 7.7 751 7 37.5 17.29 14.57 14.57
Derrick Henry 4 187.8 87 TEN 16 215 1,059 4.9 13.4 2 12 1 15 1.1 99 0 25.1875 13.02 12.12 12.12
Kenyan Drake 4 155.2 78 MIA 16 120 535 4.5 7.5 0 4 2 53 4.6 477 5 34.0625 12.95 11.23 11.23
Lamar Miller 4 149.6 87 HOU 14 210 973 4.6 15 4 5 1 25 2.5 163 1 44.214285714286 13.26 11.44 11.44
Sony Michel 4 134.1 84 NE 13 209 931 4.5 16.1 4 6 1 7 0.8 50 0 24.769230769231 11.7 10.43 10.43
Mark Ingram 4 123.5 87 BAL 12 138 645 4.7 11.5 2 6 3 21 2.2 170 1 29.166666666667 12.46 11 11
Kareem Hunt 5 204.2 91 CLE 11 181 824 4.6 16.5 1 7 0 26 3.2 378 7 45.909090909091 21.47 19.75 19.75
Adrian Peterson 5 173 81 WAS 16 251 1,042 4.2 15.7 3 7 3 20 1.6 208 1 30.0625 12.5 11.19 11.19
Jordan Howard 5 162 79 PHI 16 250 935 3.7 15.6 2 9 1 20 1.7 145 0 39 11.69 10.63 10.63
Tevin Coleman 5 161.6 82 SF 16 167 800 4.8 10.4 2 4 2 32 2.8 276 5 36.3125 12.48 11.1 11.1
Peyton Barber 5 132.3 76 TB 16 234 871 3.7 14.6 1 5 1 20 1.8 92 1 38.5 9.64 8.77 8.77
Austin Ekeler 5 131.8 83 LAC 14 106 554 5.2 7.6 0 3 1 39 3.8 404 3 24.857142857143 12.13 10.66 10.66
TJ Yeldon 5 120.1 79 BUF 14 104 414 4 7.4 0 1 1 55 5.6 487 4 36.214285714286 12.44 10.4 10.4
Latavius Murray 5 107.9 82 NO 16 140 578 4.1 8.8 1 6 0 22 1.6 141 0 28.3125 8.43 7.56 7.56
Dion Lewis 5 103.7 87 TEN 16 155 517 3.3 9.7 0 1 1 59 4.2 400 1 37.4375 10.11 8.2 8.2
Mike Davis 5 102.8 79 CHI 15 112 514 4.6 7.5 1 4 0 34 2.8 214 1 24.933333333333 9.32 7.99 7.99
Nyheim Hines 5 97.9 77 IND 16 85 314 3.7 5.3 0 2 1 63 5.1 425 2 31.1875 10.06 8.09 8.09
LeSean McCoy 5 93.2 82 BUF 14 161 514 3.2 11.5 1 3 0 34 3.3 238 0 34.928571428571 9.3 7.87 7.87
Jerick McKinnon 5 N/A 83 SF 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Matt Breida 6 137.5 85 SF 14 153 814 5.3 10.9 3 3 1 27 2.2 261 2 26.071428571429 12.32 10.64 10.64
Frank Gore 6 90.6 81 BUF 14 156 722 4.6 11.1 1 0 1 12 1.1 124 1 23.642857142857 7.54 6.9 6.9
Carlos Hyde 6 90.4 81 KC 14 172 571 3.3 12.3 0 5 2 10 1.2 33 0 27.571428571429 7.1 6.67 6.67
Royce Freeman 6 89.3 74 DEN 14 130 521 4 9.3 0 5 1 14 1.4 72 0 22 7.31 6.74 6.74
Jamaal Williams 6 85.4 76 GB 16 121 464 3.8 7.6 0 3 0 27 2.6 210 0 32.6875 7.15 6.31 6.31
Josh Adams 6 74.9 67 PHI 13 120 511 4.3 9.2 0 3 1 7 1 58 0 19.307692307692 6.91 6.53 6.53
CJ Anderson 6 62.4 79 DET 11 67 403 6 6.1 2 2 0 5 0.8 41 1 13.909090909091 8.16 7.21 7.21
RaRashaad Pennyshaad Penny 6 61.4 75 SEA 14 85 419 4.9 6.1 1 2 0 9 0.9 75 0 11.857142857143 5.65 5.07 5.07
Isaiah Crowell 7 119.7 82 OAK 13 143 685 4.8 11 2 6 0 21 2.2 152 0 25.615384615385 11.28 10.02 10.02
Doug Martin 7 107.9 79 OAK 16 172 723 4.2 10.8 2 4 3 18 1.5 116 0 22.625 8.06 6.93 6.93
Gus Edwards 7 85.8 66 BAL 11 137 718 5.2 12.5 3 2 0 2 0.2 20 0 26.090909090909 8.98 8.07 8.07
Alfred Blue 7 77.3 76 JAX 16 150 499 3.3 9.4 0 2 0 20 1.7 154 0 28.8125 6.08 5.46 5.46

Players to Target

In just 12 games last season, Marlon Mack proved to be one of the most exciting young running backs in the NFL, gaining 1011 total yards and scoring 10 touchdowns. That pace, over a full 16 game season, comes out to 1348 yards and 13 scores. His explosiveness was on full display in 2018, as he had four games with over 100 yards rushing, including three games over 125 yards. This season, with Luck another year removed from injury, with even more growth from Quenton Nelson and the offensive line, and with the addition of Devin Funchess, the Colts offense should be even more explosive than last year when the unit posted the fifth most points in the league. The only potential downside to Mack as a lead fantasy back is the presence of Nyheim Hines, who, in just one season, has proven himself to be a valuable pass catcher. In PPR leagues, Hines poses more of an issue, but even in standard leagues, he could become a nuisance for Mack owners. Even still, Mack stands as a Tier Three running back with legitimate Tier Two potential.

Another running back to target in drafts this year is Damien Williams of the Kansas City Chiefs. Andy Reid’s system has always been kind to running backs, and last year, Williams was no exception. After 11 games playing second fiddle to Kareem Hunt, a video surfaced of Hunt assaulting a woman, and he was subsequently released. In his stead, Williams took on the lead back role. In his three games as the starter, Williams accumulated 322 total yards and four touchdowns. Williams is especially well-served as a pass catcher and has been throughout his career, but, in the playoffs, he proved his worth as a traditional runner as well. In the Divisional Round, Williams ran all over the Colts to the tune of 129 yards and a score. If he can carry over that downhill running to the regular season, he could be as much of a godsend to fantasy owners in standard leagues as he was last year to those in PPR formats. I’m probably higher on Williams than most — ranking him in Tier Three — but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him produce among the better RB2s in fantasy.

Players to Avoid

Lamar Miller has always been a bit of an enigma for fantasy owners. Some games, he receives 20+ carries and rewards owners with over 100 yards rushing. However, just as often, he lays a dud, generating less than 50 yards on the ground six different times. This year, with D’Onta Foreman finally healthy, it might be best to avoid Miller all together. The oft injured back showed signs of fatigue as the season ended, missing a couple games with injury and totaling just 97 rushing yards in his final three contests. That lack of production carried over into the playoffs as well, as he ran for just 18 yards in a first-round loss to the Colts. Staving off fatigue, injuries, inconsistencies, and Foreman is a lot to ask of the veteran back. I wouldn’t count on it.

LeSean McCoy is coming off the worst season of his career. His 514 rushing yards were the fewest he’s ever had in his 10-year career, his 238 receiving yards were his second fewest, and his three touchdowns were a new career low. Simply put, McCoy looked over the hill last season, a fact that did not go unnoticed by the Bills, who brought in both T.J. Yeldon and Frank Gore to shoulder the running responsibility. With his bell cow role presumably gone, McCoy will not be given a second chance to make amends to those who drafted him early last year. Hopefully drafters don’t select him early based on name alone, because the “Shady” appears to be gone. It’s just “LeSean” now.

Players to Monitor

Prior to the 2018 season, fantasy owners had high hopes for Jerick McKinnon. The change-of-pace back from Minnesota had signed a sizeable contract with San Francisco to take on the lead back role for the 49ers. Unfortunately, a preseason injury stripped McKinnon of that chance. In his stead, Matt Breida asserted himself as a promising young runner, accumulating 1075 total yards in just 14 games. However, down the stretch, Breida always seem to be battling some sort of injury, garnering the “Questionable” designation on more than one occasion. Perhaps that’s what encouraged the 49ers to sign Tevin Coleman this offseason. In Atlanta, Coleman earned the reputation as one of the league’s best pass catching running backs, and last year was the most productive of his career.
This year, McKinnon and Breida should both be healthy. That alone would have been an interesting training camp battle. Throwing Coleman into the mix makes it perhaps the league’s best positional rivalry. Determining which of these three players will grab the starting spot is nearly impossible, but, if a committee develops, the situation might only get more perilous for fantasy owners.

  
Brevin Fleischer, originally from Albany, New York, is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s a devoted Giants, Yankees, and Rangers fan, but in the NBA, he passionately supports the Sacramento Kings. Beyond sports, Brevin enjoys watching and discussing good movies and television.

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