Running Back (RB) Receptions

A breed of running backs came about over the last seven-eight years or so, racking up more receptions than a normal running back would. There are over ten running backs averaging over four catches per game so far this season, and there is actually a high amount of touchdown production coming with them. Christian McCaffrey has been the standout PPR back already, averaging the highest receptions per game. We don’t always see starting running backs on this list, as guys like Alvin Kamara, Duke Johnson, and Andre Ellington have worked in unison with their starters. The third down back role has been crucial for offenses, and has been crucial for us in the fantasy world. We need to keep track of who gets the third down work and passing-game work, because it isn’t always who you think. That is our job here, and everything from weekly receptions to touchdowns is covered.

NAME RTG TEAM DEPTH Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Total Avg TD
Dion Lewis
88
TEN 2 5 1 3 9 3 2 6 4 2 1 7 2 5 3 3 3 59 3.7 2
Nyheim Hines
75
IND 2 7 1 5 9 7 2 1 2 3 1 2 9 3 4 4 3 63 3.9 4
James White
85
NE 2 4 7 3 8 10 5 8 10 6 5 1 7 2 5 2 4 87 5.4 12
Melvin Gordon
87
LAC 1 9 6 2 7 4 2 1 5 6 2 3 3 50 4.2 14
Tarik Cohen
85
CHI 1 3 1 3 7 7 8 1 1 6 3 7 12 4 5 1 2 71 4.4 8
Saquon Barkley
80
NYG 1 2 14 5 6 4 9 9 9 4 2 7 3 4 4 5 4 91 5.7 15
Alvin Kamara
90
NO 1 9 6 15 5 3 2 7 4 4 1 1 8 5 7 4 81 5.4 18
Bilal Powell
81
NYJ 2 1 5 4 1 11 1.6 1
Duke Johnson
82
CLE 2 1 2 2 4 1 4 4 2 9 4 1 2 4 6 1 47 2.9 3
Ezekiel Elliott
90
DAL 1 3 5 3 4 7 1 2 4 6 7 5 6 12 7 5 77 5.1 9
Giovani Bernard
82
CIN 2 1 4 5 4 2 4 1 6 2 2 2 2 35 2.9 3
Mike Davis N/A SEA 2 1 1 4 2 1 1 7 4 2 1 8 2 34 2.3 5
Todd Gurley
93
LAR 1 3 3 5 4 4 2 4 6 6 3 3 3 3 10 59 4.2 21
Theo Riddick
86
DET 1 5 9 3 4 2 7 6 5 7 3 4 2 4 61 4.4 0
David Johnson
91
ARI 1 5 1 4 3 2 2 3 4 7 1 2 1 8 3 1 3 50 3.1 10
Ito Smith
65
ATL 6 1 3 3 1 2 2 1 4 2 2 1 3 2 27 1.9 4
Jay Ajayi
88
PHI 1 1 3 1 5 1.2 3
James Conner
71
PIT 1 5 5 5 3 4 4 5 7 1 6 4 3 3 55 4.2 13
Jalen Richard
75
OAK 3 9 6 3 6 7 8 4 5 3 2 3 1 5 4 2 68 4.2 1
Kareem Hunt
91
KC 1 1 3 1 5 5 5 1 2 3 26 2.4 14
LeSean McCoy
89
BUF 1 1 4 3 2 3 6 4 1 1 4 3 2 34 2.4 3
Matt Breida
77
SF 1 1 3 3 3 1 1 3 3 3 5 1 27 1.9 5
Marshawn Lynch
87
OAK 1 2 2 3 3 2 3 15 2.5 3
Tevin Coleman
87
ATL 1 1 4 2 3 2 1 2 5 3 3 3 1 1 1 32 2 9
TJ Yeldon
77
JAX 2 3 2 6 3 8 3 5 7 5 2 2 7 1 1 55 3.9 5
Wayne Gallman
75
NYG 2 2 1 3 2 2 2 1 1 14 0.9 1
Wendell Smallwood
74
PHI 5 1 3 3 3 1 2 2 3 2 4 4 28 1.8 5
Austin Ekeler
82
LAC 2 5 3 3 2 1 5 1 2 10 5 2 39 2.8 6
Corey Grant
74
JAX 3 6 1 2 9 1.8 0
CJ Ham
63
MIN 1 5 2 1 1 2 11 0.7 0
Derrick Henry
87
TEN 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 15 0.9 12
Frank Gore
74
MIA 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 12 0.9 1
Javorius Allen
73
BAL 3 5 5 3 2 6 3 3 3 5 35 2.5 5
Latavius Murray
84
MIN 1 5 2 2 1 2 5 1 2 2 22 1.4 6
Mark Walton N/A CIN 3 2 2 1 5 0.4 0
Phillip Lindsay
69
DEN 5 2 1 2 3 6 1 3 2 4 1 4 4 2 35 2.3 10
Ty Montgomery
82
BAL 1 2 1 6 2 1 2 1 3 5 1 1 25 1.9 1
Alex Collins
80
BAL 1 1 3 3 1 1 3 2 1 15 1.5 8
Aaron Jones N/A GB 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 3 4 3 26 2.2 9
Alfred Morris
75
SF 1 2 1 3 1 1 8 0.7 2
Devontae Booker
75
DEN 2 2 5 1 5 2 1 4 2 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 38 2.4 1
De'Lance Turner N/A BAL 9 1 1 2 0.5 0
Isaiah Crowell
77
NYJ 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 3 4 1 21 1.6 6
Kenyan Drake
83
MIA 1 3 4 2 1 7 4 4 2 4 2 5 2 1 3 4 5 53 3.3 9
Kerryon Johnson
71
DET 1 3 5 2 1 2 2 6 3 6 2 32 3.2 4
Leonard Fournette
88
JAX 1 3 1 5 2 3 2 3 3 22 2.8 6
Mike Boone N/A MIN 2 1 1 2 0.2 0
Mike Gillislee
76
NO 12 1 1 0.2 0
Peyton Barber
63
TB 1 1 1 4 2 1 2 2 1 2 3 1 20 1.2 6
Ronald Jones II N/A TB 2 1 3 1 1 1 7 0.8 1

A breed of running backs came about over the last seven-eight years or so, racking up more receptions than a normal running back would. There are over ten running backs averaging over four catches per game so far this season, and there is actually a high amount of touchdown production coming with them. Christian McCaffrey has been the standout PPR back already, averaging the highest receptions per game. We don’t always see starting running backs on this list, as guys like Alvin Kamara, Duke Johnson, and Andre Ellington have worked in unison with their starters. The third down back role has been crucial for offenses, and has been crucial for us in the fantasy world. We need to keep track of who gets the third down work and passing-game work, because it isn’t always who you think. That is our job here, and everything from weekly receptions to touchdowns is covered.