The Highlights

  • Sean Koerner has been the No. 1 in-season FantasyPros ranker for three straight seasons, and Matthew Freedman was No. 6 last year.
  • Below the rankings are blurbs for every player in our expert consensus top 200.
  • Koerner is high on Dalvin Cook, Freedman likes Joe Mixon, and Chris Raybon is bullish on Jay Ajayi.

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Fantasy Football RB Rankings (Updated 7/11)

NOTE: Rankings are intended for PPR formats and are updated frequently.
SK = Sean Koerner; CR = Chris Raybon; MF = Matthew Freedman.


1. Todd Gurley, Rams

Likely to regress from last season in total touchdowns (19) and yards per reception (12.3) but has margin for error after outscoring all other running backs by 2.8 PPR points per game. – Raybon

Led the NFL with 2,093 yards and 19 touchdowns from scrimmage last year and still just 24 years old. – Freedman

2. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers

Leads the position handily with 312 receptions since entering the league in 2013. – Freedman

Top-four running back in PPR points per game for four seasons and counting. – Raybon

3. David Johnson, Cardinals

Shakiest offensive line and quarterback situation of any back with a top-five ADP, but quest for 1,000 rushing/1,000 receiving yards is realizable (barring a holdout) and gives him No. 1 overall upside. – Raybon

Most dynamic back in the league, evidenced by his 33 all-purpose touchdowns in 33 career games. – Freedman

4. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys

Only back to average at least 100 yards rushing per game over the past two seasons. – Freedman

NFL leader in rushing yards per game in each of his first two seasons; may set a career high in receptions given the Cowboys’ barren receiving corps. – Raybon

5 (tie). Saquon Barkley, Giants

No. 1 overall upside in his rookie year on a team with a familiar inside-zone scheme and revamped offensive line that suit him. – Raybon

Best running back prospect of the last decade. – Freedman

5 (tie). Alvin Kamara, Saints

No. 4 in PPR points per game in a rookie season that put him in Hall of Fame company; a decrease in efficiency and no increase in usage would still give him the floor of 2017 Christian McCaffrey. – Raybon

One phenomenally efficient rookie campaign does not a lead back make (although it might). – Freedman

7. Melvin Gordon, Chargers

Averages 103.3 scrimmage yards and 0.83 total touchdowns over the past two seasons; has upside for a monster year if he can improve on the 3.9 yards per carry he’s posted in back-to-back years. – Raybon

Inefficient producer blessed with copious carries, targets, and goal-line opportunities.  – Freedman

8. Kareem Hunt, Chiefs

Had a high-usage first-year campaign with 272-carry and 53-reception totals surpassed only by LaDainian Tomlinson, Matt Forte and Edgerrin James as rookies. – Freedman

Only Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell had more scrimmage yards than Hunt’s 1,742 in a rookie campaign that saw him lead the NFL in rushing (1,327) and finish with the eighth-most receiving yards among running backs (455). – Raybon

9. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars

Include his three playoff games and he has 16-game totals of 338-1,282-13 rushing and 43-346-1 receiving, which would’ve equated to an RB5 finish last season. – Raybon

East-coast MG3 with more size and less receiving ability. – Freedman

The Jags landed the top free-agent offensive lineman in left guard Andrew Norwell to bolster their line and pave the way for what should be another massive workload for Fournette this season. – Koerner

10. Jerick McKinnon, 49ers

Elite athlete with receiving skills now in an offense that distributed 166 targets to running backs and fullbacks last year. – Freedman

Finished as the RB17 on 202 touches in 2017 and was handpicked by Kyle Shanahan, whose lead back has finished as high as RB1 and no lower than RB8 in each of the past three seasons. – Raybon

11. Devonta Freeman, Falcons

Remove Week 10 last season where he left after two carries and his touches per game actually increased slightly from 2016 (17.6) to 2017 (17.7) despite worries about offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and backfield mate Tevin Coleman. – Raybon

Leads NFL with 35 touchdowns over the past three years. – Freedman

12. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers

Comped to Reggie Bush as a prospect and now is second all-time to Bush with his 113 first-year targets as a running back. – Freedman

Hybrid role (7.3 targets, 7.1 carries per game) resulted in double-digit PPR points in 12 of 16 games last year; any increase in carries would be gravy. – Raybon

13 (tie). LeSean McCoy, Bills

Elite talent with age (30) and supporting-cast concerns; floor is lowered due to domestic violence accusations. – Raybon

Borderline Hall-of-Famer with 50-reception ability in an offense with no other options. – Freedman

 

13 (tie). Dalvin Cook, Vikings

Flashed top-five upside as a rookie, but the average running back tends to see a drop in production following an ACL tear; better to draft him as an RB2 and be pleasantly surprised than as an RB1 and be disappointed. – Raybon

Talented three-down player with four NFL games and one torn ACL on his professional résumé. – Freedman

15. Joe Mixon, Bengals

Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor showed the willingness to give Mixon 18+ carries in 3-of-5 games to close out the season, but Mixon topped three targets in a game only twice and may struggle to do so again as long as Giovani Bernard remains on the roster. – Raybon

Arbitrage version of Saquon Barkley– Freedman

16. Kenyan Drake, Dolphins

Averaged between 4.4 and 5.4 yards per carry in each of his five starts and 4.8 on the season (sixth in NFL) despite a pushover offensive line that ranked 30th in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Line Yards metric and dead last in Pro Football Focus’ run-blocking grades. – Raybon

17. Jordan Howard, Bears

Finished as the RB14 despite piling up the sixth-most rushing yards (1,120) and third-most rushing touchdowns (9) — such is the life in PPR for a back that averages 1.4 receptions per game. – Raybon

Trails only Le’Veon BellEzekiel ElliottMelvin Gordon and Todd Gurley with his 528 carries and 52 receptions over the past two years. – Freedman

18. Alex Collins, Ravens

Handled 16.7 carries per game over the last nine games of 2017 for a team whose lead back has averaged 11-15 PPR points per game in four consecutive post-Ray Rice seasons. – Raybon

19 (tie). Jay Ajayi, Eagles

Averaged 5.4 yards per carry on 112 regular-season and playoff rushes with the Eagles and should inherit much of LeGarrette Blount’s 10.8 carries per game, 10 of which were inside the five-yard line (10th in NFL). – Raybon

19 (tie). Lamar Miller, Texans

Averaged 14.9 PPR points per game with Deshaun Watson and 9.9 without, which is a fair ceiling/floor projection given that D’Onta Foreman may not be ready to push him for work coming off an Achilles tear. – Raybon

Will benefit from defenses trying to contain Watson, just as he did last year when he put up borderline-RB1 numbers in Watson’s six starts. – Koerner

21. Rashaad Penny, Seahawks

His aggressive selection at 27th overall indicates that the Seahawks intend to use him in a high-volume role in Brian Schottenheimer’s run-heavy scheme; high-end college production and combine metrics suggest he’ll succeed, but a shaky offensive line still looms. – Raybon

22. Mark Ingram, Saints

Lost volume — including all-important goal-line work — to Alvin Kamara down the stretch last season and will come off a four-game suspension with questions regarding workload and perhaps even post-PED effectiveness. – Raybon

Suspended for first four game but has averaged 16.2 PPR points per game over the past four years and is at worst a high-end RB2 when active. – Freedman

23. Derrius Guice, Redskins

Ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at 224 pounds and was drafted in the second round to put Robert Kelley and Samaje Perine out of their misery. – Raybon

24 (tie). Tevin Coleman, Falcons

Coleman is a great mid-round pick given his low-risk, high-reward outlook as a change-of-pace back, and he would become a RB1 if/when Devonta Freeman misses time. – Koerner

24 (tie). Derrick Henry, Titans

Overdrafted in PPR considering he averages 0.8 receptions per game in his career and is arguably the second-best running back on his own team. – Raybon

Averaged 12.4 PPR points per game last year in eight games with double-digit carries and now in line for majority of backfield goal-line opportunities. – Freedman

26. Sony Michel, Patriots

Late first-round pick can run (No. 6 in PFF Elusive Rating), pass protect (two hurries on 52 pass-blocking attempts in 2017), and catch passes when given the opportunity; should start off with the early-2017 Dion Lewis role, but could push for higher-volume usage if he plays up to his rookie potential. – Raybon

27 (tie). Royce Freeman, Broncos

Third-round rookie with 229-pound size and inside track to most of the 245 carries C.J. Anderson had last year. – Raybon

27 (tie). Dion Lewis, Titans

Was New England’s best skill-position player at times in 2017 but missed 57 of a possible 80 games prior to last season and is now divorced from the Patriots offense. – Raybon

29. Ronald Jones II, Buccaneers

PFF’s highest-graded college running back in 2017 will get every chance to earn Doug Martin’s old role. – Raybon

30. Rex Burkhead, Patriots

Quietly ranked 16th among running backs in PPR points per game last season (13.0, minimum four games) and should be active as a pass-catcher and in the red zone. – Raybon

31. Tarik Cohen, Bears

Finished as the RB33 in PPR on only 140 touches, and all indications are that Matt Nagy plans to expand his role. – Raybon

32. Marlon Mack, Colts

Favorite to inherit a good portion of the volume Frank Gore left behind; showed promising physicality down the stretch last season and could rise even more once we have more clarity on his role and the health of Andrew Luck– Raybon

33. Chris Thompson, Redskins

Fragile 187-pounder is electric but didn’t start running until mid-June after last season’s broken fibula and will be hard-pressed to equal last season’s 13.1 yards per reception and six touchdowns on 103 touches. – Raybon

34. Marshawn Lynch, Raiders

West coast version of Indianapolis Frank Gore is 32 but averaged 18.9 touches for 92.3 yards and 0.63 touchdowns over his last eight games. – Raybon

Averaged 14.2 PPR points per game last year in his seven games after the Week 10 bye. – Freedman

35. Jamaal Williams, Packers

Potential starter who averaged 15.7 PPR points per game over the second half of 2017 rookie campaign. – Freedman

36. Theo Riddick, Lions

Locked in for 50+ receptions, 700-ish yards and 3-6 touchdowns. – Freedman

37. Isaiah Crowell, Jets

Accustomed to playing in a subpar offense thanks to his time in Cleveland but still averaged 1,064.7 yards and 4.7 touchdowns from scrimmage per year in his three lead-back seasons. – Freedman

38. James White, Patriots

Has averaged 10.0 PPR points per game over the past three years in a committee backfield. – Freedman

39. Giovani Bernard, Bengals

Joe Mixon handcuff and change-of-pace pass-catching savant with 47 receptions, 1,071.8 yards and 5.3 touchdowns per year in his four healthy seasons. – Freedman

40. Carlos Hyde, Browns

Yet to have a 1,000-yard rushing campaign; on an offense that could struggle and slated for replacement by the younger, more athletic Nick Chubb– Freedman

41. C.J. Anderson, Panthers

Coming off a 1,000-yard rushing season and now on a team with dual-threat quarterback and slot receiver masquerading as starting halfback. – Freedman

42 (tie). Kerryon Johnson, Lions

SEC Offensive Player of the Year with lead-back opportunity as a 21-year-old rookie. – Freedman

42 (tie). Devontae Booker, Broncos

Receiving and change-of-pace option with starting potential in the event of a Royce Freeman injury or failure to launch. – Freedman

44. Nyheim Hines, Colts

Athletic pass-patching rookie with top-tier return skills and under-appreciated rushing upside. – Freedman

45. Ty Montgomery, Packers

Has averaged 17 PPR points per game over the past two years when he’s gotten 8+ carries in an Aaron Rodgers start. – Freedman

46 (tie). Duke Johnson, Browns

Leads all backs with 188 receptions since entering the league three years ago. – Freedman

46 (tie). Matt Breida, 49ers

Had four games with double-digit touches in Jimmy Garoppolo’s five starts last year and could steal snaps from starter Jerick McKinnon– Freedman

48. Corey Clement, Eagles

Super Bowl hero with change-of-pace value and latent upside as the beneficiary of any Jay Ajayi and/or Darren Sproles injuries and/or issues. – Freedman

49. Latavius Murray, Vikings

Averaged 16.8 carries per game with eight touchdowns over his past 12 games and would have RB1 upside should anything happen to Dalvin Cook– Raybon

50. Bilal Powell, Jets

Could lose work to Elijah McGuire but has averaged 40.5 receptions, 1,026 yards and five touchdowns per year over the past two seasons. – Freedman

51. Austin Ekeler, Chargers

Second-year undrafted small-school satellite back with strong college production and a shot at the Danny Woodhead role. – Raybon

52. Aaron Jones, Packers

Averaged 14.8 PPR points per game in four starts last year. – Freedman

53. T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars

Leonard Fournette’s backup and a change-of-pace contributor with three straight seasons of 30+ receptions. – Freedman

54. Nick Chubb, Browns

Has the size and talent to be the lead back by season’s end. – Freedman

55. Peyton Barber, Buccaneers

Short-yardage thumper and Plan B to Ronald Jones– Freedman

56 (tie). Javorius Allen, Ravens

Sith Lord with insidious receiving skills and evil three-down aspirations. – Freedman

56 (tie). Chris Carson, Seahawks

Big-bodied runner who flashed in three 2017 starts and has unproven competition for touches. – Freedman

58. Darren Sproles, Eagles

Averaged 63.2 receptions, 889 scrimmage yards and 6.7 all-purpose touchdowns for six straight seasons before an injury-shortened 2017 campaign. – Freedman

59. Chris Ivory, Bills

Clear handcuff to LeSean McCoy in his age-30 season. – Raybon

60. Frank Gore, Dolphins

Will spell Kenyan Drake when Adam Gase wants someone much older and slower on the field. – Raybon

61. LeGarrette Blount, Lions

Kerryon Johnson owners will hate Blount by Week 4, because one doesn’t sign Blount and not give him goal-line carries. – Raybon

62. D’Onta Foreman, Texans

Returning from a torn Achilles but could ascend to the lead-back role if Lamar Miller falters. – Freedman

64 (tie). Kenneth Dixon, Ravens

Jay Ajayi of an alternate universe. – Freedman

Could potentially be a league-winner if Alex Collins were to ever miss an extended period of time. – Koerner

64 (tie). Corey Grant, Jaguars

The Jags paid $2.9 million to retain him, and it seems they’ve realized they need him on the field; dude’s nasty. – Raybon

66. Doug Martin, Raiders

Outlier successes may (not?) be due to use of PEDs. – Raybon

67. Tavon Austin, Cowboys

He’s not good at football, but Jason Garrett & Co. aren’t good at coaching and will use him way more than they should. – Raybon

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Tim Fuller – USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: David Johnson

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