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 Rankings/Projections > Dynasty Rankings  
Updated: 5/8/18
Doug Orth | Archive | Email |



Considerations for RB
  • Talent
  • Two years of solid (or better) production remaining
  • Age
  • Durability
  • Proven consistency
  • Age/skill of supporting cast
  • Coaching/scheme stability/situation
These rankings are for PPR leagues, where each touchdown is worth six points. I will release my next set of rankings before the start of the 2018 regular season. Players with an up arrow are those that moved up eight or more spots from my previous set of rankings. Likewise, a down arrow represents a drop of eight or more spots.

 
Upside = Upside   Risk = Risk
RUNNING BACKS
Chg Rank Player Tm Age
  1 Todd Gurley LAR 23
  2 Saquon Barkley NYG 21
  3 David Johnson ARI 26
  4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 22
Tier 2
  5 Kareem Hunt KC 22
  6 Dalvin Cook MIN 22
  7 Alvin Kamara NO 22
  8 Christian McCaffrey CAR 21
  9 Le'Veon Bell PIT 26
  10 Leonard Fournette JAC 23
  11 Melvin Gordon LAC 25
  12 Joe Mixon CIN 21
13 Jerick McKinnon SF 26
Tier 3
  14 Jordan Howard CHI 23
  15 Devonta Freeman ATL 26
  16 Ronald Jones TB 20
  17 Alex Collins BAL 23
  18 Kenyan Drake MIA 24
  19 Derrius Guice WAS 20
  20 Rashaad Penny SEA 22
21 Derrick Henry TEN 23
  22 LeSean McCoy BUF 29
23 Mark Ingram NO 28
Tier 4
  24 Sony Michel NE 23
  25 Nick Chubb CLE 22
  26 Kerryon Johnson DET 20
  27 Royce Freeman DEN 22
28 Jay Ajayi PHI 24
  29 Aaron Jones GB 23
30 Tarik Cohen CHI 22
  31 Lamar Miller HOU 27
32 Chris Thompson WAS 27
  33 Isaiah Crowell NYJ 25
  34 Marlon Mack IND 22
  35 D'Onta Foreman HOU 22
36 Dion Lewis TEN 27
Tier 5
37 Duke Johnson CLE 24
38 Matt Breida SF 23
39 Tevin Coleman ATL 25
  40 Rex Burkhead NE 26
41 C.J. Anderson CAR 27
42 Carlos Hyde CLE 26
43 Jamaal Williams GB 23
44 James White NE 26
  45 Austin Ekeler LAC 23
  46 James Conner PIT 23
  47 Kenneth Dixon BAL 24
48 Bilal Powell NYJ 29
49 Ameer Abdullah DET 24
  50 Corey Clement PHI 23
  51 Peyton Barber TB 23
  52 Elijah McGuire NYJ 23
  53 Devontae Booker DEN 25
  54 Marshawn Lynch OAK 32
  55 LeGarrette Blount DET 31
Tier 6
56 Ty Montgomery GB 25
  57 Nyheim Hines IND 21
58 Theo Riddick DET 27
  59 Kalen Ballage MIA 22
60 Giovani Bernard CIN 26
  61 T.J. Yeldon JAC 24
  62 Javorius Allen BAL 26
  63 Spencer Ware KC 26
64 Latavius Murray MIN 28
65 Samaje Perine WAS 22
  66 Jordan Wilkins IND 23
Tier 7
  67 Mark Walton CIN 21
68 Chris Carson SEA 23
69 Corey Grant JAC 26
70 Jalen Richard OAK 24
  71 John Kelly LAR 21
  72 Justin Jackson LAC 22
  73 C.J. Prosise SEA 24
Tier 8
74 DeMarco Murray FA 30
75 Frank Gore MIA 35
  76 Jeremy Hill NE 25
  77 Bo Scarbrough DAL 21
  78 Chase Edmonds ARI 22
  79 Donnel Pumphrey PHI 23
  80 Damien Williams KC 26
 
COMMENTS
  Christian McCaffrey, CAR: Expect larger role than 2017, but addition of C.J. Anderson is a bit of a buzzkill to his ceiling for 2018.

  Le'Veon Bell, PIT: Contract situation suggests 2018 may be his last year in Pittsburgh.

  Joe Mixon, CIN: Improved o-line among the things that should allow him to fulfill his potential in Year 2.

Jerick McKinnon, SF: HC Kyle Shanahan has coached a top-15 fantasy back in five of his last six seasons.

  Kenyan Drake, MIA: Should remain lead dog in Miami, but arrivals of Gore and Balllage could lead to fantasy frustration.

  Derrius Guice, WAS: Presence of Chris Thompson the only thing keeping him from being ranked considerably higher.

Derrick Henry, TEN: Arrival of Dion Lewis figures to lead to weekly inconsistency.

  LeSean McCoy, BUF: RBs - especially those who rely on speed and quickness - do not tend to last long into their 30s.

  Sony Michel, NE: Love the player, love the potential if had a clear path to 200+ touches; but don't love the situation.

  Royce Freeman, DEN: Early-down role should be a near-lock; will he be asked to assume passing-down work too?

Tarik Cohen, CHI: Expect HC Matt Nagy to make him a much more consistent force than previous regime did.

  Marlon Mack, IND: The best RB talent behind what should be an improved o-line, but new regime seems intent on a committee.

Matt Breida, SF: Would not be surprised if he takes on Tevin Coleman role in Kyle Shanahan's offense.

C.J. Anderson, CAR: Caps McCaffrey's fantasy value for one more year as he takes on old Jonathan Stewart role.

  James Conner, PIT: Another year removed from cancer treatments; primary backup to RB who logged 400+ touches in 2017.

Ameer Abdullah, DET: Still worth buying (really) low where possible.

  Nyheim Hines, IND: Destined for major passing-down role in what figures to be a RBBC.

  Mark Walton, CIN: Good enough talent to make Giovani Bernard expendable after this season.

  John Kelly, LAR: Worthwhile handcuff option for Todd Gurley owners.

  Chase Edmonds, ARI: While obviously not in David Johnson's class, he gives Arizona a worthy handcuff for the first time in ages.


Doug Orth has written for FF Today since 2006 and been featured in USA Today’s Fantasy Football Preview magazine since 2010. He hosted USA Today’s hour-long, pre-kickoff fantasy football internet chat every Sunday in 2012-13 and appears as a guest analyst on a number of national sports radio shows, including Sirius XM’s “Fantasy Drive”. Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.