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 Rankings/Projections > Dynasty Rankings  
Updated: 5/13/2021
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. I will release my next set of rankings before the start of the 2021 regular season. Players with an up arrow are those that moved up eight or more spots from my previous set of rankings in March. Likewise, a down arrow represents a drop of eight or more spots.
 
Upside = Upside   Risk = Risk
RUNNING BACKS
Chg Rank Player Tm Age
  1 Christian McCaffrey CAR 25
  2 Saquon Barkley NYG 24
Tier 2
  3 Jonathan Taylor IND 22
  4 Nick Chubb CLE 25
  5 D'Andre Swift DET 22
  6 Cam Akers LAR 22
  7 Alvin Kamara NO 26
  8 Dalvin Cook MIN 26
  9 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 26
10 Najee Harris PIT 23
  11 Austin Ekeler LAC 26
  12 Aaron Jones GB 26
Tier 3
  13 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC 22
  14 J.K. Dobbins BAL 22
  15 Antonio Gibson WAS 23
  16 Joe Mixon CIN 25
  17 Derrick Henry TEN 27
  18 Chris Carson SEA 27
Tier 4
  19 David Montgomery CHI 24
  20 Miles Sanders PHI 24
  21 Josh Jacobs LV 23
22 Travis Etienne JAC 22
23 Javonte Williams DEN 21
24 Myles Gaskin MIA 24
  25 Kareem Hunt CLE 26
  26 Ronald Jones TB 24
27 James Robinson JAC 23
28 Trey Sermon SF 22
29 Michael Carter NYJ 22
Tier 5
  30 AJ Dillon GB 23
  31 Damien Harris NE 24
  32 Chase Edmonds ARI 25
  33 Zack Moss BUF 23
34 Mike Davis ATL 28
35 Leonard Fournette TB 26
36 Melvin Gordon DEN 28
37 Kenyan Drake LV 27
Tier 6
  38 David Johnson HOU 29
  39 James Conner ARI 26
  40 Gus Edwards BAL 26
41 Kenneth Gainwell PHI 22
  42 Devin Singletary BUF 24
  43 Darrell Henderson LAR 25
44 Raheem Mostert SF 29
  45 Phillip Lindsay HOU 27
  46 Marlon Mack IND 25
  47 Tony Pollard DAL 25
48 Rashaad Penny SEA 25
Tier 7
49 Nyheim Hines IND 24
  50 Tarik Cohen CHI 26
  51 Darrynton Evans TEN 23
52 Chuba Hubbard CAR 22
53 Salvon Ahmed MIA 22
  54 Jamaal Williams DET 26
  55 Giovani Bernard TB 29
56 James White NE 29
57 J.D. McKissic WAS 28
58 Alexander Mattison MIN 25
59 Khalil Herbert CHI 23
Tier 8
60 Sony Michel NE 26
  61 Darrel Williams KC 26
62 Javian Hawkins ATL 23
63 Tevin Coleman NYJ 28
  64 Justin Jackson LAC 25
65 Devontae Booker NYG 29
  66 Latavius Murray NO 31
67 Elijah Mitchell SF 23
68 Rhamondre Stevenson NE 23
69 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB 24
70 Larry Rountree III LAC 24
Tier 9
71 Demetric Felton CLE 23
72 Jermar Jefferson DET 21
  73 Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT 22
74 Brian Hill TEN 25
75 Jeff Wilson SF 25
76 Wayne Gallman SF 26
77 Eno Benjamin ARI 22
  78 Benny Snell PIT 23
  79 Joshua Kelley LAC 23
80 Chris Evans CIN 23
 
COMMENTS
  D'Andre Swift, DET: Even w/ addition of Jamaal Williams, PPR upside should be immense on team with so little at receiver.

  Alvin Kamara, NO: What does transition from Drew Brees to Jameis Winston/Taysom Hill mean for his PPR viability?

  Dalvin Cook, MIN: Averaged 25.4 touches in 2020 and has never played a full season; OC change could lead to down 2021.

  Austin Ekeler, LAC: Upgraded offensive line and new OC gives him legitimate overall RB1 upside.

  Aaron Jones, GB: AJ Dillon figures to steal a few more touches than Jamaal Williams ever did.

  Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC: If 85 total yards/game was disappointing behind an average line, what's his upside behind an upgraded line?

  Joe Mixon, CIN: With Gio Bernard gone, is this finally the year the Bengals unleash him for a full season?

Travis Etienne, JAC: Barring a James Robinson trade, it's hard to envision a scenario where he reaches his ceiling anytime soon.

Myles Gaskin, MIA: Prime opportunity to prove he is durable enough to be the featured back in an offense suddenly loaded with playmakers.

James Robinson, JAC: Buy low if possible; former UDFA simply too good to play second fiddle for next two years.

  Chase Edmonds, ARI: Could Arizona be envisioning an Alvin Kamara-like role after only adding James Conner this offseason?

  Zack Moss, BUF: Buffalo's decision to ignore RB in draft gives 2020 third-rounder to prove himself after injury-riddled rookie year.

Leonard Fournette, TB: How much appeal does he lose with Gio Bernard expected to steal most of his work in the passing game?

  Phillip Lindsay, HOU: Stands a great chance of emerging as lead back in Houston in 2021, but how much will that really be worth?

  Darrynton Evans, TEN: Injury-riddled rookie year could give way to heavy passing game usage to help replace Corey Davis.


Doug Orth has written for FF Today since 2006 and been featured in USA TODAY's Fantasy Football Preview magazine since 2010. He is also a high-stakes player who often appears as a guest analyst on a number of national sports radio shows, such as Sirius XM's 'Fantasy Drive.' Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.