Running Back (RB) Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

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 2019 FPTS Team Depth Bye 2019 Projected Stats 2018 Stats 2018 FPTS 2018 OV Rank 2018 POS Rank
Tier 1
1.7 243 RB2 Ezekiel Elliott
272.2 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 1 8 Rush: 1,432 YDS, 3 TD/Rec: 570 YDS, 10 TD Rush: 1,435 YDS, 3 TD/Rec: 567 YDS, 6 TD 252.2 20 RB20
2 282 RB1 Saquon Barkley
276.2 New York Giants Giants New York Giants 1 11 Rush: 1,325 YDS, 3 TD/Rec: 677 YDS, 10 TD Rush: 1,307 YDS, 4 TD/Rec: 721 YDS, 11 TD 294.8 11 RB11
3.5 463 RB3 Alvin Kamara
253.9 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 9 Rush: 924 YDS, 4 TD/Rec: 735 YDS, 11 TD Rush: 883 YDS, 4 TD/Rec: 709 YDS, 14 TD 273.2 18 RB18
3.9 333 RB4 Christian McCaffrey
243.9 Carolina Panthers Panthers Carolina Panthers 1 7 Rush: 1,018 YDS, 5 TD/Rec: 741 YDS, 7 TD Rush: 1,098 YDS, 6 TD/Rec: 867 YDS, 7 TD 278.5 17 RB17
5.8 70 RB6 Melvin Gordon
237 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 12 Rush: 1,118 YDS, 3 TD/Rec: 492 YDS, 10 TD Rush: 885 YDS, 4 TD/Rec: 490 YDS, 10 TD 225.5 24 RB24
6.2 324 RB7 David Johnson
226.6 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 1 12 Rush: 1,049 YDS, 3 TD/Rec: 537 YDS, 9 TD Rush: 940 YDS, 3 TD/Rec: 446 YDS, 7 TD 196.6 39 RB39
7.5 223 RB9 Le'Veon Bell
220.8 New York Jets Jets New York Jets 1 4 Rush: 1,144 YDS, 3 TD/Rec: 524 YDS, 7 TD
8.6 73 RB5 Todd Gurley
239.2 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 1 9 Rush: 1,090 YDS, 3 TD/Rec: 442 YDS, 12 TD Rush: 1,251 YDS, 4 TD/Rec: 580 YDS, 17 TD 313.1 6 RB6
10.2 336 RB8 James Conner
224.6 Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 1 7 Rush: 1,108 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 458 YDS, 10 TD Rush: 973 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 497 YDS, 12 TD 225 25 RB25
11.5 141 RB10 Joe Mixon
209.2 Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 1 9 Rush: 1,193 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 399 YDS, 8 TD Rush: 1,168 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 296 YDS, 8 TD 200.4 37 RB37
15 275 RB13 Dalvin Cook
199.7 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 12 Rush: 1,098 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 399 YDS, 7 TD Rush: 615 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 305 YDS, 2 TD 112 187 RB187
17.8 283 RB12 Nick Chubb
204.6 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 1 7 Rush: 1,150 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 256 YDS, 10 TD Rush: 996 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 149 YDS, 8 TD 174.5 54 RB54
19.7 138 RB19 Damien Williams
182.6 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 12 Rush: 754 YDS, 4 TD/Rec: 392 YDS, 8 TD Rush: 256 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 160 YDS, 4 TD 75.6 391 RB391
29.3 50 RB20 Devonta Freeman
182.6 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 1 9 Rush: 885 YDS, 3 TD/Rec: 381 YDS, 7 TD Rush: 68 YDS, 0.0 TD/Rec: 23 YDS, 0.0 TD 9.1 1162 RB1162
Tier 2
24.2 284 RB17 Marlon Mack
185.8 Indianapolis Colts Colts Indianapolis Colts 1 6 Rush: 1,038 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 200 YDS, 9 TD Rush: 908 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 103 YDS, 9 TD 161.1 69 RB69
24.4 214 RB14 Leonard Fournette
197.5 Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1 10 Rush: 983 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 412 YDS, 9 TD Rush: 439 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 185 YDS, 5 TD 98.4 234 RB234
25.3 467 RB11 Derrick Henry
205.6 Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans 1 11 Rush: 1,202 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 154 YDS, 11 TD Rush: 1,059 YDS, 0.0 TD/Rec: 99 YDS, 12 TD 186.36 47 RB47
31.6 218 RB16 Aaron Jones
191.8 Green Bay Packers Packers Green Bay Packers 1 11 Rush: 989 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 349 YDS, 8 TD Rush: 728 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 206 YDS, 8 TD 145.4 91 RB91
31.7 337 RB15 Sony Michel
195.2 New England Patriots Patriots New England Patriots 1 10 Rush: 1,132 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 140 YDS, 11 TD Rush: 931 YDS, 0.0 TD/Rec: 50 YDS, 6 TD 132.1 125 RB125
35 48 RB22 Josh Jacobs
175.2 Oakland Raiders Raiders Oakland Raiders 1 6 Rush: 997 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 315 YDS, 7 TD
36.6 250 RB23 Mark Ingram
175.1 Baltimore Ravens Ravens Baltimore Ravens 1 8 Rush: 1,038 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 213 YDS, 8 TD Rush: 645 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 170 YDS, 6 TD 121.5 155 RB155
40 466 RB18 Kerryon Johnson
185.5 Detroit Lions Lions Detroit Lions 1 5 Rush: 1,016 YDS, 2 TD/Rec: 319 YDS, 7 TD Rush: 641 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 213 YDS, 3 TD 107.4 199 RB199
40.1 465 RB24 Phillip Lindsay
165.7 Denver Broncos Broncos Denver Broncos 1 10 Rush: 916 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 281 YDS, 7 TD Rush: 1,037 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 241 YDS, 9 TD 187.8 46 RB46
41.8 289 RB21 Chris Carson
181.2 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 1 11 Rush: 1,085 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 207 YDS, 8 TD Rush: 1,151 YDS, 0.0 TD/Rec: 163 YDS, 9 TD 181.4 49 RB49
Tier 3
62.3 43 RB37 Jordan Howard
106 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 1 10 Rush: 599 YDS, 1 TD/Rec: 121 YDS, 5 TD Rush: 935 YDS, 0.0 TD/Rec: 145 YDS, 9 TD 160 71 RB71

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.