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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.