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 Rankings/Projections > Dynasty Rankings  
Updated: 3/5/2021
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, where each touchdown is worth six points. I will release my next set of rankings after the NFL Draft. I will then update the rankings before the start of the 2021 regular season and again midway through the season.
 
Upside = Upside   Risk = Risk
RUNNING BACKS
Chg Rank Player Tm Age
  1 Christian McCaffrey CAR 24
  2 Saquon Barkley NYG 24
  3 Jonathan Taylor IND 22
  4 D'Andre Swift DET 22
  5 Nick Chubb CLE 25
  6 Cam Akers LAR 21
Tier 2
  7 Alvin Kamara NO 25
  8 Dalvin Cook MIN 25
  9 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 25
  10 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC 21
  11 James Robinson JAC 22
  12 Austin Ekeler LAC 25
  13 Aaron Jones FA 26
  14 J.K. Dobbins BAL 22
Tier 3
  15 Derrick Henry TEN 26
  16 Miles Sanders PHI 23
  17 Antonio Gibson WAS 22
  18 David Montgomery CHI 23
  19 Josh Jacobs LV 23
  20 Joe Mixon CIN 24
Tier 4
  21 Chris Carson FA 26
  22 Kenyan Drake FA 27
  23 AJ Dillon GB 22
  24 Kareem Hunt CLE 25
  25 Ronald Jones TB 23
  26 Zack Moss BUF 23
  27 Leonard Fournette FA 26
  28 Melvin Gordon DEN 27
  29 Damien Harris NE 24
Tier 5
  30 Raheem Mostert SF 28
  31 David Johnson HOU 29
  32 Myles Gaskin MIA 24
  33 Chase Edmonds ARI 24
  34 Rashaad Penny SEA 25
  35 Jeff Wilson SF 25
  36 James Conner FA 25
  37 Devin Singletary BUF 23
  38 Gus Edwards BAL 25
  39 J.D. McKissic WAS 27
  40 Nyheim Hines IND 24
Tier 6
  41 Marlon Mack IND 25
  42 Phillip Lindsay DEN 26
  43 Tony Pollard DAL 25
  44 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB 23
  45 Darrell Henderson LAR 25
  46 Tarik Cohen CHI 25
  47 Darrynton Evans TEN 22
  48 James White FA 29
Tier 7
  49 Sony Michel NE 26
  50 Alexander Mattison MIN 25
  51 Kerryon Johnson DET 23
  52 La'Mical Perine NYJ 23
  53 Mike Davis FA 28
  54 Wayne Gallman FA 26
  55 Jamaal Williams FA 25
  56 Kalen Ballage FA 25
  57 Giovani Bernard CIN 29
  58 Damien Williams KC 28
  59 Matt Breida FA 26
  60 Justin Jackson LAC 24
  61 Darrel Williams KC 25
  62 DeeJay Dallas SEA 22
  63 Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT 22
Tier 8
  64 Todd Gurley FA 26
  65 Latavius Murray NO 31
  66 Boston Scott PHI 25
  67 Duke Johnson FA 27
  68 Eno Benjamin ARI 21
  69 Ito Smith ATL 25
  70 Royce Freeman DEN 25
  71 Lynn Bowden Jr. LV 23
  72 Joshua Kelley LAC 23
  73 Trayveon Williams CIN 23
Tier 9
  74 Mike Boone MIN 25
  75 Jerick McKinnon FA 28
  76 Benny Snell PIT 23
  77 Le'Veon Bell FA 29
  78 Mark Ingram FA 31
  79 Carlos Hyde FA 29
  80 Adrian Peterson FA 35
 
COMMENTS
  Saquon Barkley, NYG: Incredible talent could come at slight discount after two injury-shortened seasons.

  D'Andre Swift, DET: New regime appears to be interested in letting him run wild.

  Alvin Kamara, NO: Likely retirement of Drew Brees figures to deal significant blow to receiving production.

  Dalvin Cook, MIN: Averaged 25.4 touches in 2020; OC change and historical lack of durabilty could lead to down 2021.

  Aaron Jones, FA: Appears to be done in GB; any chance he can maintain efficiency w/ his new team?

  Chris Carson, FA: Likely moving on from Seattle; will new team also see him as a featured back?

  AJ Dillon, GB: Even if GB adds a back this spring, he appears to be favorite to take over as the clear lead back.

  Raheem Mostert, SF: Age, lack of durability in 2020 may signal beginning of the end for him as SF's lead back.

  Myles Gaskin, MIA: Seems destined to play second fiddle to new arrival after solid 2020.

  Chase Edmonds, ARI: Outside chance he'll be given a shot to be Week 1 starter in 2021.

  Rashaad Penny, SEA: Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde unlikely to return; will former first-rounder get his chance to shine?

  J.D. McKissic, WAS: Unlikely to repeat 80-catch season but could again see bulk of passing-down work ahead of Antonio Gibson.

  James White, FA: Reunion w/ Tom Brady in Tampa a logical landing spot.

  Damien Williams, KC: Does KC want soon-to-be 29-year-old back after year off and emergence of Darrel Williams?


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.