Running backs are a big part of the fantasy football world, and they can be one of the higher scoring players on your team. Each team is going to be built in different ways, as they could have one workhorse back, or they use a committee. Site and scoring selection is going to be essential to making sure you see the correct rankings and fantasy points scored. Standard and PPR will have some more significant differences. You can flip through the per game and total numbers, as well as use the weekly slider to narrow down a specific set of weeks. This is a way you can see what teams are doing if there are specific changes, or you want to look at the second half of a season. Within the team and fantasy points scored columns, this is a collective total of fantasy points by each team's running backs. You can also see the overall offensive rating, which takes into account our unique formula of team stats. The fantasy points scored are broken down by overall and red zone. Lots of fantasy points are scored in the red zone for running backs, and this gives you a way of seeing how much fantasy points they score and what their rank is in comparison to the rest of the league. See the weekly slider to narrow down a portion of the season to see who is ranking wherein a smaller span of games. Running backs can compile quite a bit of stats as they work both on the ground and through the air. One of the important things we want to see is overall touches, which mean receptions plus rushing attempts. You can break down how teams are producing fantasy points, as we see teams get more of their PPR work through the air, in comparison to teams that are heavy on the ground game. If you are looking to see who the top producing receiving teams are among running backs, this will help you figure that out. The same goes for rushing numbers. What Stats Correlate With High Scoring Running Backs Volume is the big winner when it comes to correlating fantasy points with specific stats. When we sort through overall touches, which is a combination of receptions and rushing attempts, you are going to have a high number of ranked teams come with it. You will hardly see a team within the bottom half getting top tier touches. When you sort by rushing attempts alone, the correlation is still relatively high. When you sort by targets, you can get a few of the more mediocre ranked teams mixed in because they are not productive still overall. In PPR formats, receptions are going to be key, because we have seen teams be able to run up fantasy scoring just through receptions alone. Standard scoring puts a lot of strain on just yards and touchdowns, which is why they are weighted so heavily there. Sorting through those production numbers are going to correlate highly with fantasy production, but receptions still play a part because we are looking at higher volume for running backs again. When you sort down through touches, no one team is going to be efficient enough to break into that top tier for fantasy points scored. Even if they are efficient with those smaller touches, they will usually top out around the middle of the league in rankings. Overall it is still a collection of stats that are going to produce these big fantasy points, but teams that give the ball often to the backs are going to have higher fantasy outcomes. It also takes the pressure off of having to rush for five yards per carry and makes those touchdown numbers much more critical. The efficiency can go down a bit with the higher volume, and the fantasy points won't suffer. Red zone numbers are also going to be big for running backs as most of the touchdowns are going to come in the red zone. How Fantasy Points Scored & Rankings Change With Scoring Formats The running back position is one of those positions that is going to depend a lot on the scoring format. There are three scoring formats, and the reception scoring category is what changes within each. Standard format scoring means just yards and touchdowns count for fantasy points, so it won't matter how many receptions a team gets—however, the more receptions, the more receiving yards and chances for receiving touchdowns. In a volume sense, it still matters to check out and see what teams are getting the most targets thrown their way. When you toggle through, you will see differences within the rankings and fantasy points scored. PPR and Half-PPR scoring are going to put slightly more emphasis on receptions, but this is going to be in combination with other stats. However, some teams can jump a few spots just based on racking up more receptions in comparison to the other teams in the league. PPR and Half-PPR formats are much higher scoring. Teams that don’t use pass-catching backs are often going to finish lower in this format, where teams that use backs in the passing game will not. Outside Factors For Running Back Fantasy Scoring There are a few factors that play their part in running back fantasy points scored. When we look at the scheduling, this can play a role in how well teams run the ball and overall produce fantasy points. If they are within a division with strong run defenses, then a couple of games off their schedule already are going to be tricky. Add in a few out of division games against tougher opponents; then, you are looking at 50-60% of a schedule being against above-average run defenses. This can, of course, work the other way too, especially for those more dominant teams. They will have an edge and be able to take advantage of weaker defenses and exploit them struggling against the run. The way an offense is run is going to be a big part of how fantasy production is scored. If a team is more on the passing side of things, then they are going to not have a ton of volume for their running backs. A back can make up for it with work in the passing game, but that is not a given. There are some teams out there that love to run the ball, and a team like Minnesota is one of them. With Dalvin Cook and a run-heavy approach, they are one of the top fantasy scoring teams for running backs. While they are an efficient team, the volume is there as well because of their play style. The game script can take a running back right out of a game, and there are a lot of teams at the lower end of the rankings for fantasy points scored because they are constantly trailing. The usage of a running back is going to go down as a team trails, especially by larger numbers. While they may get some work in the passing game, it generally isn't going to be enough to keep up with the other teams in the league. Teams that are ahead and winning games will get into a grind of running the ball more in the second half, and this bodes well for fantasy production. Teams With The Best Fantasy Running Backs A lot of the top-scoring running backs by team are involved in some sort of a committee. When we look at a team like Carolina and Minnesota, that is a little different. Christian McCaffrey has been the best fantasy running back since entering the league, and the volume is extremely high for him. The Panthers rarely will look to his backup. Minnesota mixes things up just a little bit, but for the most part, Dalvin Cook is the workhorse back. Alexander Mattison backs him up and may get a few touches a game and a spot start when an injury occurs, but the Vikings offense doesn't really miss a beat here, and the fantasy points keep on flowing. There are a lot of teams that get their fantasy points from two-to-three running backs. The San Francisco 49ers are one of those teams who ride the hot hand and will use three running backs within a game. Kyle Shanahan is also one of the top head coaches for getting the run game moving. Their overall fantasy points are always on the higher side, but it can be a headache for fantasy owners because a few players are sharing these fantasy points, and the big game upside can change each game. Green Bay is a bit more straight forward, with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams being the bulk of the fantasy points at the position. Both had successful fantasy seasons. New England has been rotating in and out of running backs over the last decade, and it doesn’t seem to matter who the names are, because they always produce. Sony Michel has been a ground guy over the last few years, but James White always boosts their fantasy points scored with his role in the passing game. Philadelphia is in the same boat, where they often go to a committee but have a lot of players that constantly produce. Miles Sanders is looking to make a major jump within that committee, as he took over in the second half of the last season. New Orleans, Dallas, and the Los Angeles Chargers are a few other teams who have been excellent at scoring fantasy points with running backs.