2019 Fantasy Football RB Rankings: PPR, Standard, Half PPR

Jul 11, 2019 07:55 PM EDT
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  • See our experts' 2019 fantasy football rankings of the top running backs in PPR, standard and half PPR.

Preparation for the 2019 fantasy football season is in full swing and our experts Sean Koerner, Matthew Freedman and Chris Raybon are keeping their rankings up to date so you can draft confidently. You’ll find their consensus top running backs for PPR, standard and half PPR formats below.

You can also use our Fantasy Football Draft Kit to generate customized cheat sheets featuring the most recent rankings for your league’s settings.


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2019 Fantasy Football RB Rankings: PPR

1. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

We can debate whether the New York Giants should’ve used the No. 2 overall pick of the 2018 draft on a quarterback. One thing we can’t debate is whether Barkley is one of the best running backs in the league.

On the short list of RBs worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in PPR drafts, Barkley stands apart from Ezekiel Elliott and Christian McCaffrey. Barkley’s projected status as the Giants’ No. 1 receiver theoretically gives him a higher floor than Elliott, while his rushing workload will likely continue to surpass that of McCaffrey.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Saquon Barkley

Barkley’s best-case scenario, as we saw last season, is an overall RB1 finish. He’s more than worthy of a 1.01 selection in any PPR draft. Ian Hartitz

2. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

It’s rare for a running back to work as one of the NFL’s most efficient backs AND have a massive workload. Fortunately, for past and future McCaffrey fantasy owners, this dream role was made into a reality in 2018.

Of course, it’s fair to question whether McCaffrey has the same ceiling as Saquon Barkley or Ezekiel Elliott considering they’re both expected to clear 250 carries with ease. Still, McCaffrey is this season’s safest top-tier running back thanks to his historically absurd receiving role and status as his team’s clear-cut three-down back.

He’s more than worthy of a 1.01 selection in PPR drafts. Hartitz

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Elliott has certainly established himself as one of the game’s best pure runners after leading the league in rushing yards in 2016 and 2018.

Only Le’Veon Bell (24.4 PPR points per game) and Alvin Kamara (21.8) have been more productive fantasy assets than Elliott (21.4) since 2016. And the Cowboys are positioned to team their bell-cow back up with potentially the best offensive line and defense of his career in 2019.

As long as Zeke can stay out of his own way off the field, his natural talent and secure three-down workload makes him more than deserving of a 1.01 selection in fantasy drafts, particularly those that are not PPR. Hartitz

4. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Kamara is one of very few running backs capable of producing as a RB1/WR2 hybrid talent.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Alvin Kamara

There might not be another RB in the NFL who is smoother than Kamara. Defenders seem to just slide off the Saints’ 5-foot-10, 214-pound talent: His average of 5.1 yards per carry is the highest mark among 26 running backs with at least 300 carries over the past two seasons. And the two-time Pro Bowler is even tougher to corral as a receiver.

Kamara is undoubtedly one of the league’s most talented backs. And while there’s a good chance fans won’t see him on the field as much as they did over Mark Ingram’s four-game suspension in 2018, it would be shocking if Kamara plays fewer than 60% of offensive snaps in 2019. Hartitz

5. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals

Johnson is coming off an unremarkable season that left a sour taste in the mouths of his fantasy football investors. But it was a tale of two halves:

  • Johnson in Weeks 1-8: 14.5 PPR points per game, overall RB11
  • Johnson in Weeks 10-17: 16.3 PPR points per game, overall RB7

There’s reason to believe his rushing efficiency will increase while his ceiling as a receiver could help him re-emerge as one of fantasy’s most consistent stars.

It remains to be seen if DJ will ever return to his 2016 heights, but even a mild improvement from his teammates and coaches should at least enable him to return value as a top-five fantasy investment. Hartitz


See the rest of our experts’ PPR rankings for running backs in our Fantasy Football Draft Kit.


2019 Fantasy Football RB Rankings: Standard

  1. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  2. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
  3. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
  4. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
  5. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

See the rest of our experts’ standard rankings for running backs in our Fantasy Football Draft Kit.


2019 Fantasy Football RB Rankings: Half PPR

  1. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  2. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
  3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
  4. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
  5. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals

See the rest of our experts’ half PPR rankings for running backs in our Fantasy Football Draft Kit.


Meet Our Fantasy Football Rankings Experts

Sean Koerner is The Action Network’s Director of Predictive Analytics and was the No. 1 in-season FantasyPros ranker from 2015 to 2017.

Chris Raybon is a Senior Editor at The Action Network and a co-host of “I’ll Take That Bet” on ESPN+. He’s watched every play of every NFL game since 2010.

Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of fantasy content for The Action Network and FantasyLabs.

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