Running Back (RB) Fantasy Football Rankings 2018

It was a big year for running backs, and we saw huge production out of rookies, which could set a trend for this season. We saw Alvin Kamara win rookie of the year, but finished inside the top 20 in scoring across all positions. Melvin Gordon, Le’Veon Bell, Kareem Hunt, and Todd Gurley also finished inside the top 20. David Johnson was injured within the first few minutes of 2018, which led to a lost season for him. Right now he comes in as our RB5 for the year, and still cracks that tier one. Sophomore seasons are coming for Kamara, Hunt, and Fournette and each of them are ranking inside the top ten for running back scoring. Dalvin Cook was another injured back within the first few weeks, and is looking to become a back and be a bell cow back for the Vikings. If he comes back strong, who could be a solid draft pick falling to the right place. Our projections are predicting a down year for Mark Ingram, as he ranks RB25, and while New Orleans supported two strong backs, that will be tough to reproduce again in 2018. This is looking like another strong RB year, especially with a handful of rookie backs looking to make an impact right away.

ADP OV Rank POS Rank Player 2018 FPTS Team Depth Bye 2018 Projected Stats 2017 Stats 2017 FPTS 2017 OV Rank 2017 POS Rank
Tier 1
1.9 12 RB1 Todd Gurley 289 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 1 12 Rush: 1,352 YDS, 4 TD/Rec: 661 YDS, 11 TD Rush: 1,305 YDS, 6 TD/Rec: 788 YDS, 13 TD 319.3 2 RB2
3 18 RB2 Le'Veon Bell 269 Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 5 7 Rush: 1,338 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 696 YDS, 10 TD Rush: 1,291 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 655 YDS, 9 TD 256.6 13 RB13
4.3 36 RB5 David Johnson 223.5 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 1 9 Rush: 909 YDS, 3 TD/Rec: 834 YDS, 7 TD Rush: 23 YDS, 0.0 TD/Rec: 67 YDS, 0.0 TD 7 1254 RB1254
6.5 34 RB4 Alvin Kamara 229.1 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 6 Rush: 900 YDS, 4 TD/Rec: 726 YDS, 8 TD Rush: 728 YDS, 5 TD/Rec: 826 YDS, 8 TD 233.4 18 RB18
Tier 2
2.7 29 RB3 Ezekiel Elliott 241.2 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 1 8 Rush: 1,369 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 383 YDS, 9 TD Rush: 983 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 269 YDS, 7 TD 177.2 38 RB38
6.1 45 RB10 Saquon Barkley 198.8 New York Giants Giants New York Giants 1 9 Rush: 1,126 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 426 YDS, 8 TD
7.9 38 RB6 Leonard Fournette 211.2 Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1 9 Rush: 1,170 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 303 YDS, 9 TD Rush: 1,040 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 302 YDS, 9 TD 194.2 33 RB33
9.1 41 RB8 Kareem Hunt 206.6 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 Rush: 1,077 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 417 YDS, 9 TD Rush: 1,327 YDS, 3 TD/Rec: 455 YDS, 8 TD 242.2 16 RB16
10.3 40 RB7 Melvin Gordon 209.7 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 5 8 Rush: 1,029 YDS, 3 TD/Rec: 438 YDS, 7 TD Rush: 1,105 YDS, 4 TD/Rec: 476 YDS, 8 TD 230.1 19 RB19
12.6 48 RB12 Dalvin Cook 193.5 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 10 Rush: 1,113 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 374 YDS, 7 TD Rush: 354 YDS, 0.0 TD/Rec: 90 YDS, 2 TD 54.4 577 RB577
16.9 43 RB9 LeSean McCoy 199.4 Buffalo Bills Bills Buffalo Bills 1 11 Rush: 919 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 429 YDS, 5 TD Rush: 1,138 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 448 YDS, 6 TD 204.6 30 RB30
17.5 47 RB11 Devonta Freeman 194.6 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 5 8 Rush: 953 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 384 YDS, 8 TD Rush: 865 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 317 YDS, 7 TD 164.2 47 RB47
20 52 RB14 Christian McCaffrey 178.6 Carolina Panthers Panthers Carolina Panthers 1 4 Rush: 620 YDS, 5 TD/Rec: 679 YDS, 4 TD Rush: 435 YDS, 5 TD/Rec: 651 YDS, 2 TD 148.6 79 RB79
24.1 50 RB13 Jerick McKinnon 190.1 San Francisco 49ers 49ers San Francisco 49ers 5 11 Rush: 881 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 493 YDS, 7 TD Rush: 570 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 421 YDS, 3 TD 127.1 124 RB124
Tier 3
16.4 76 RB19 Jordan Howard 140.5 Chicago Bears Bears Chicago Bears 1 5 Rush: 929 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 202 YDS, 7 TD Rush: 1,122 YDS, 0.0 TD/Rec: 125 YDS, 9 TD 176.7 39 RB39
22.5 70 RB17 Derrick Henry 144.2 Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans 2 8 Rush: 867 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 195 YDS, 6 TD Rush: 744 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 136 YDS, 5 TD 124 135 RB135
24.6 72 RB18 Joe Mixon 143.5 Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 1 9 Rush: 771 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 334 YDS, 6 TD Rush: 626 YDS, 0.0 TD/Rec: 287 YDS, 4 TD 111.3 172 RB172
28.7 64 RB15 Jay Ajayi 149.5 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 5 9 Rush: 998 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 177 YDS, 5 TD Rush: 873 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 158 YDS, 1 TD 111.1 173 RB173
35.1 83 RB22 Alex Collins 137.1 Baltimore Ravens Ravens Baltimore Ravens 7 10 Rush: 902 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 201 YDS, 6 TD Rush: 973 YDS, 0.0 TD/Rec: 187 YDS, 6 TD 148 84 RB84
38.6 89 RB23 Kenyan Drake 131.9 Miami Dolphins Dolphins Miami Dolphins 1 11 Rush: 798 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 304 YDS, 6 TD Rush: 644 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 239 YDS, 3 TD 110.3 180 RB180
42.7 65 RB16 Lamar Miller 149.4 Houston Texans Texans Houston Texans 1 10 Rush: 774 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 276 YDS, 3 TD Rush: 888 YDS, 3 TD/Rec: 327 YDS, 3 TD 157.5 59 RB59
45.6 96 RB25 Mark Ingram 128.2 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 2 6 Rush: 707 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 256 YDS, 5 TD Rush: 1,124 YDS, 0.0 TD/Rec: 416 YDS, 12 TD 220 22 RB22
48.2 82 RB21 Sony Michel 137.4 New England Patriots Patriots New England Patriots 1 11 Rush: 651 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 254 YDS, 6 TD
Tier 4
34.3 152 RB33 Derrius Guice 105 Washington Redskins Redskins Washington Redskins 8 4 Rush: 549 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 140 YDS, 5 TD
39.7 116 RB28 Rashaad Penny 119.5 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 2 7 Rush: 695 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 222 YDS, 4 TD

Remember when running-back-by-committee situations threatened to send stud feature backs the way of the dodo? It seems like a distant memory now. Do-it-all studs such as Todd Gurley, Le'Veon Bell, David Johnson and Alvin Kamara are legitimate threats to eclipse 2,000 yards from scrimmage. In fact, Gurley did just that last year, and the Lineups projections peg him and Bell as 2,000-plus yards from scrimmage backs in 2018. Ezekiel Elliott nearly bested the 2,000 yards from scrimmage mark as a rookie in 2016, so it's probably unfair to leave him off, though, his receiving upside falls behind the aforementioned quartet. Second-year backs dominate Tier 2 in the running back rankings after taking the league by storm. Kareem Hunt led the NFL in rushing yards, and he's no slouch as a pass catcher. Leonard Fournette's bell-cow abilities were ridden hard by the Jaguars all the way to the 2017 AFC Championship Game, and he figures to threaten for the NFL lead in carries if his ankle cooperates. Christian McCaffrey is cut from a different cloth than Hunt and Fournette, and his elite receiving skills make him an even more valuable option in PPR and Half PPR formats than Standard leagues, but simply because he racks up his yardage a bit differently than a traditional feature back isn't good reason to discount him in Standard leagues. Dalvin Cook is yet another second-year back in Tier 2, and while his season was cut short due a knee injury, he showcased his running and receiving skills in his time on the field and projects to come back strong this year. Other veteran three-down backs such as Melvin Gordon, LeSean McCoy and Devonta Freeman are worthy members of this tier who can anchor fantasy backfields, but no one is sleeping on electric rookie Saquon Barkley or change-of-scenery breakout candidate Jerick McKinnon. McKinnon nearly topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage with the Vikings last year, and he's poised to be the next stud running back Kyle Shanahan's offense produces. If your preference is to nab a top wide receiver and maybe a Rob Gronkowski or second top receiver in the first two rounds of drafts, have no fear, there's massive upside to be found beyond the top two tiers. Joe Mixon is a sophomore breakout candidate, Derrick Henry is dripping with touchdown scoring upside now that Mike Mularkey and his stale offense have left town. Former Dolphin Jay Ajayi shined in shared backfield duties after a trade to the Eagles, and Kenyan Drake looked the part of an all-purpose weapon taking over starting running back duties in Miami, and both have immense upside this season. Suspended Mark Ingram makes is a draft and stash option as he serves his suspension to begin the year, and his fresh legs could lead to big games after his return. A slew of rookies such as Sony Michel, Derrius Guice, Rashaad Penny and Royce Freeman rank in Tier 3 and Tier 4, respectively, adding more depth to the position this season. Poke around a little deeper and satellite backs Chris Thompson, Tarik Cohen and Duke Johnson make for solid selection in Standard leagues, but all are even stronger selections in PPR formats with our projections of more than 50 receptions for each of the trio this season. Running back is loaded for 2018.