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
Alvin Kamara
90
NO 1 9 6 15 5 3 2 7 4 4 1 1 8 5 7 4 81 5.4 18
Jalen Richard
75
OAK 3 9 6 3 6 7 8 4 5 3 2 3 1 5 4 2 68 4.2 1
Ty Montgomery
82
BAL 2 2 1 6 2 1 2 1 3 5 1 1 25 1.9 1
TJ Yeldon
77
JAX 3 3 2 6 3 8 3 5 7 5 2 2 7 1 1 55 3.9 5
CJ Ham
63
MIN 5 5 2 1 1 2 11 0.7 0
Devontae Booker
75
DEN 2 2 5 1 5 2 1 4 2 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 38 2.4 1
Giovani Bernard
82
CIN 2 1 4 5 4 2 4 1 6 2 2 2 2 35 2.9 3
James Conner
71
PIT 2 5 5 5 3 4 4 5 7 1 6 4 3 3 55 4.2 13
Lamar Miller
86
HOU 1 1 2 5 2 1 2 3 1 1 5 2 25 1.8 6
Latavius Murray
84
MIN 2 5 2 2 1 2 5 1 2 2 22 1.4 6
Nyheim Hines
75
IND 3 7 1 5 9 7 2 1 2 3 1 2 9 3 4 4 3 63 3.9 4
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
Todd Gurley
93
LAR 1 3 3 5 4 4 2 4 6 6 3 3 3 3 10 59 4.2 21
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
Alex Collins
80
BAL 1 1 3 3 1 1 3 2 1 15 1.5 8
Austin Ekeler
82
LAC 2 5 3 3 2 1 5 1 2 10 5 2 39 2.8 6
Corey Clement
78
PHI 2 5 3 3 2 1 1 2 2 3 22 2 2
Chris Ivory
78
BUF 2 1 3 1 3 1 3 1 13 1 1
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
Ezekiel Elliott
90
DAL 1 3 5 3 4 7 1 2 4 6 7 5 6 12 7 5 77 5.1 9
Ito Smith
65
ATL 3 1 3 3 1 2 2 1 4 2 2 1 3 2 27 1.9 4
Javorius Allen
73
BAL 3 5 5 3 2 6 3 3 3 5 35 2.5 5
James White
85
NE 1 4 7 3 8 10 5 8 10 6 5 1 7 2 5 2 4 87 5.4 12
Matt Breida
77
SF 2 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
Tarik Cohen
85
CHI 2 3 1 3 7 7 8 1 1 6 3 7 12 4 5 1 2 71 4.4 8
Theo Riddick
86
DET 3 5 9 3 4 2 7 6 5 7 3 4 2 4 61 4.4 0
Wendell Smallwood
74
PHI 5 1 3 3 3 1 2 2 3 2 4 4 28 1.8 5
Chris Carson
77
SEA 1 3 2 1 2 2 3 6 1 20 1.4 9
Carlos Hyde
84
JAX 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 10 0.7 5
Christian McCaffrey
88
CAR 1 6 14 2 5 7 6 4 5 5 6 11 9 6 8 12 1 107 6.7 13
Duke Johnson
82
CLE 1 1 2 2 4 1 4 4 2 9 4 1 2 4 6 1 47 2.9 3
Damien Williams
78
KC 1 1 2 2 4 6 7 1 23 1.6 6
Isaiah Crowell
77
NYJ 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 3 4 1 21 1.6 6
Jordan Howard
87
CHI 1 5 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 20 1.2 9
Jacquizz Rodgers
80
TB 3 1 3 2 1 4 2 8 4 4 1 7 1 38 2.4 1
Jordan Wilkins
67
IND 2 3 2 2 2 1 3 1 1 1 16 1 1
Jamaal Williams
77
GB 1 3 2 2 1 2 4 4 6 3 27 1.7 3
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
LeGarrette Blount
85
DET 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 10 0.6 5
Melvin Gordon
87
LAC 1 9 6 2 7 4 2 1 5 6 2 3 3 50 4.2 14
Rex Burkhead
80
NE 3 1 2 2 1 3 4 1 14 1.8 1
Spencer Ware
80
KC 2 1 2 1 2 3 4 1 1 5 20 1.5 2
Shaun Wilson
67
TB 4 2 1 3 0.6 0
Tevin Coleman
87
ATL 2 1 4 2 3 2 1 2 5 3 3 3 1 1 1 32 2 9
Alfred Blue
76
HOU 3 1 8 2 1 2 4 2 20 1.2 2
Aaron Jones N/A GB 2 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 3 4 3 26 2.2 9
Benjamin Cunningham
71
CHI 3 1 1 0.1 0
CJ Anderson
79
LAR 2 1 1 3 5 0.5 3

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.