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 Rankings/Projections > Dynasty Rankings  
Updated: 2/16/17
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 and then update the rankings again before the start of the 2017 regular season.

 
Upside = Upside   Risk = Risk
RUNNING BACKS
Chg Rank Player Tm Age
  1 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 21
  2 David Johnson ARI 25
  3 Le'Veon Bell PIT 25
  4 Melvin Gordon SD 24
Tier 2
  5 Todd Gurley LAR 22
  6 Jordan Howard CHI 22
  7 Lamar Miller HOU 26
  8 Devonta Freeman ATL 25
  9 Jay Ajayi MIA 23
  10 Carlos Hyde SF 25
  11 Mark Ingram NO 27
  12 LeSean McCoy BUF 28
  13 C.J. Anderson DEN 26
  14 Derrick Henry TEN 22
  15 Tevin Coleman ATL 24
Tier 3
  16 Spencer Ware KC 25
  17 Ameer Abdullah DET 23
  18 Isaiah Crowell CLE 24
  19 Latavius Murray OAK 27
  20 T.J. Yeldon JAC 23
  21 Jeremy Hill CIN 24
  22 Dion Lewis NE 26
  23 Paul Perkins NYG 22
  24 Eddie Lacy GB 26
  25 DeMarco Murray TEN 29
  26 Thomas Rawls SEA 23
Tier 4
  27 Jerick McKinnon MIN 25
  28 Kenneth Dixon BAL 23
  29 Bilal Powell NYJ 28
  30 Theo Riddick DET 26
  31 Rob Kelley WAS 24
  32 Giovani Bernard CIN 25
  33 C.J. Prosise SEA 23
  34 Ty Montgomery GB 24
  35 Duke Johnson CLE 23
  36 James White NE 25
  37 Devontae Booker DEN 24
  38 Charles Sims TB 26
Tier 5
  39 Jonathan Stewart CAR 30
  40 Adrian Peterson MIN 32
  41 Jamaal Charles KC 30
  42 LeGarrette Blount NE 30
  43 Mike Gillislee BUF 26
  44 Jalen Richard OAK 23
  45 DeAndre Washington OAK 24
  46 Jacquizz Rodgers TB 27
  47 Ryan Mathews PHI 29
  48 Doug Martin TB 28
  49 Matt Forte NYJ 31
  50 Frank Gore IND 34
  51 Darren Sproles PHI 33
  52 Chris Ivory JAC 29
  53 Shane Vereen NYG 28
  54 Danny Woodhead SD 32
Tier 6
  55 Karlos Williams PIT 24
  56 Chris Thompson WAS 26
  57 Zach Zenner DET 25
  58 Wendell Smallwood PHI 23
  59 Daniel Lasco NO 24
  60 Terrance West BAL 26
  61 Rex Burkhead CIN 25
  62 Matt Jones WAS 24
  63 Jeremy Langford CHI 25
  64 Kenyan Drake MIA 23
  65 Charcandrick West KC 25
  66 Christine Michael GB 26
  67 Ka'Deem Carey CHI 24
Tier 7
  68 Alex Collins SEA 22
  69 Damien Williams MIA 25
  70 Tim Hightower NO 31
  71 Cameron Artis-Payne CAR 24
  72 Jonathan Williams BUF 23
  73 Robert Turbin IND 27
  74 Branden Oliver SD 26
  75 Josh Ferguson IND 24
 
COMMENTS
  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL: Perfect combination of youth, talent and situation.

  Todd Gurley, LAR: Willing to give this incredible talent another try with better play-calling and likely o-line upgrades.

  Jordan Howard, CHI: Always difficult to put a lot of trust into a RB on a team coached by John Fox.

  Lamar Miller, HOU: Workload was about only thing working in his favor in 2016. Improved o-line/QB play could help him a bunch.

  Devonta Freeman, ATL: Talented all-purpose RB carries more risk now after losing OC Kyle Shanahan.

  Jay Ajayi, MIA: Bone-on-bone knee condition not an issue in 2016; how long will that remain the case?

  LeSean McCoy, BUF: Doesn't look like he is nearing the end, but age suggests otherwise.

  C.J. Anderson, DEN: Has yet to make it a full season, but absence proved why he should remain clear starter.

  Derrick Henry, TEN: Perhaps a year too early for all the hype? Still the future in Tennessee and worth buying in fantasy.

  Spencer Ware, KC: Despite slow second half, likely earned split backfield duties even if Jamaal Charles returns.

  Ameer Abdullah, DET: Will 2017 finally be the year he will get used right and stay healthy?

  Latavius Murray, OAK: Should remain starter wherever FA takes him. Upside limited w/ Oakland in crowded backfield.

  T.J. Yeldon, JAC: High ranking based on expectation Chris Ivory will be gone and likelihood Jags go more up-tempo.

  Dion Lewis, NE: Despite Super Bowl usage, he remains the superior talent in Pats' backfield.

  Eddie Lacy, GB: Whether he remains with Packers or not, his ability to control his weight will remain a concern.

  DeMarco Murray, TEN: Highly likely to be a bust candidate in 2017.

  Thomas Rawls, SEA: Proving to be too injury-prone to be featured back.

  Jerick McKinnon, MIN: Dynasty value hinges almost entirely on return/departure of Adrian Peterson.

  Kenneth Dixon, BAL: Capable of being featured back, but Baltimore wants to add another RB to mix this spring.

  Bilal Powell, NYJ: Hard to believe Powell won't get significantly more run in 2017 after second straight fantastic finish.

  Rob Kelley, WAS: Highly likely team adds Day 1/Day 2 draft pick to compete against this two-down thumper.

  Giovani Bernard, CIN: Week 11 torn ACL clouds potential early-season impact in 2017.

  C.J. Prosise, SEA: Incredible upside capped by inability to stay healthy (college and pro).

  Ty Montgomery, GB: Could settle in as GB's main passing-down option if team keeps Lacy or pursues another power back.

  Duke Johnson, CLE: Isn't being given much of a chance as runner; 50-plus catches in each of first two seasons.

  James White, NE: Appears to be taking over as Pats' newest version of Kevin Faulk.

  Devontae Booker, DEN: Needs Denver to upgrade o-line, but rookie didn't do a great job creating his own yards either.

  Jonathan Stewart, CAR: Much like the other top RBs in this tier, age/recent durability becoming a real concern.

  Mike Gillislee, BUF: Has proven himself to be one of the league's better (and most productive) backup RBs.

  Jalen Richard, OAK: Richard/Washington expected to form fantasy buzz-killing duo if Latavius Murray leaves via free agency.

  Jacquizz Rodgers, TB: Was clearly (and shockingly) the Bucs' most effective back in 2016.

  Doug Martin, TB: Injury history/late-season suspension puts his future with Tampa Bay in doubt.

  Matt Forte, NYJ: Probably saw his last run as featured back in 2016.

  Karlos Williams, PIT: Stands a real chance of becoming next DeAngelo Williams (the Pittsburgh version).

  Wendell Smallwood, PHI: Role never materialized as Darren Sproles continued to age gracefully; expect more from rookie in 2017.

  Daniel Lasco, NO: May take over Tim Hightower role in Saints' offense if the aging vet doesn't re-sign.

  Rex Burkhead, CIN: Solid late-season finish should allow him to find decent backup role in free agency.

  Christine Michael, GB: Upside window just about closed with so many teams giving up on him.

  Tim Hightower, NO: Given age/injury history, it's hard to believe Saints won't try to upgrade in offseason (Lasco?).

  Josh Ferguson, IND: Solid receiver who showed next to nothing as a runner (15 carries for 20 yards).


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.