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 Rankings/Projections > Dynasty Rankings  
Updated: 2/21/18
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 2018 regular season and again midway through the season.

 
Upside = Upside   Risk = Risk
RUNNING BACKS
Chg Rank Player Tm Age
  1 Todd Gurley LAR 23
  2 David Johnson ARI 26
  3 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 22
  4 Alvin Kamara NO 22
  5 Le'Veon Bell FA 26
Tier 2
  6 Christian McCaffrey CAR 21
  7 Leonard Fournette JAC 23
  8 Kareem Hunt KC 22
  9 Dalvin Cook MIN 22
  10 Melvin Gordon LAC 25
  11 Kenyan Drake MIA 24
  12 Derrick Henry TEN 23
  13 Joe Mixon CIN 21
Tier 3
  14 Mark Ingram NO 28
  15 Jordan Howard CHI 23
  16 LeSean McCoy BUF 29
  17 Devonta Freeman ATL 26
  18 Jay Ajayi PHI 24
  19 Carlos Hyde FA 26
  20 Chris Carson SEA 23
  21 Chris Thompson WAS 27
  22 Alex Collins BAL 23
  23 Aaron Jones GB 23
  24 Lamar Miller HOU 27
  25 C.J. Anderson DEN 27
Tier 4
  26 Dion Lewis FA 27
  27 Duke Johnson CLE 24
  28 Matt Breida SF 23
  29 Tevin Coleman ATL 25
  30 Isaiah Crowell FA 25
  31 Samaje Perine WAS 22
  32 Marlon Mack IND 22
  33 D'Onta Foreman HOU 22
  34 Jamaal Williams GB 23
Tier 5
  35 James White NE 26
  36 Jerick McKinnon FA 25
  37 Bilal Powell NYJ 29
  38 Ameer Abdullah DET 24
  39 Kenneth Dixon BAL 24
  40 Austin Ekeler LAC 22
  41 Tarik Cohen CHI 22
  42 Ty Montgomery GB 25
  43 Rex Burkhead FA 26
  44 Giovani Bernard CIN 26
  45 Latavius Murray MIN 28
  46 Corey Clement PHI 23
  47 Theo Riddick DET 26
  48 James Conner PIT 22
  49 Devontae Booker DEN 25
Tier 6
  50 Marshawn Lynch OAK 32
  51 Danny Woodhead BAL 33
  52 LeGarrette Blount FA 31
  53 Peyton Barber TB 23
  54 Elijah McGuire NYJ 23
  55 DeMarco Murray TEN 30
  56 Orleans Darkwa FA 26
  57 T.J. Yeldon JAC 24
  58 Spencer Ware KC 26
  59 Jalen Richard OAK 24
  60 Javorius Allen BAL 26
  61 Joe Williams SF 24
  62 Doug Martin TB 29
  63 Jonathan Stewart CAR 31
  64 Adrian Peterson ARI 33
  65 Frank Gore FA 34
  66 Matt Forte NYJ 32
Tier 7
  67 Mike Davis SEA 25
  68 Wayne Gallman NYG 23
  69 Rod Smith DAL 26
  70 DeAndre Washington OAK 25
  71 Jeremy Hill FA 25
  72 Mike Gillislee NE 27
  73 J.D. McKissic SEA 24
  74 C.J. Prosise SEA 23
  75 Donnel Pumphrey PHI 23
  76 Darren Sproles FA 34
  77 Rob Kelley WAS 25
  78 Damien Williams FA 26
  79 Wendell Smallwood PHI 24
  80 D.J. Foster ARI 24
 
COMMENTS
  Todd Gurley, LAR: Amazing what a competent play-caller can do for a generational-type talent.

  David Johnson, ARI: Considering heavy usage in 2016, getting most of 2017 off may not have been the worst thing for his longevity.

  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL: Third-year back still very young, but off-field issues remain reason for concern.

  Alvin Kamara, NO: Began to emerge as option 1A near end of season; system should make 80 catches/year a regular occurrence.

  Le'Veon Bell, FA: Heavy 2017 usage/poor efficiency/new OC are all worrisome for 2018 prospects and beyond.

  Christian McCaffrey, CAR: Carolina didn't come close to scratching the surface of his talent as a runner.

  Leonard Fournette, JAC: Running style/heavy workload doesn't bode well for extended NFL career.

  Kareem Hunt, KC: How much workload will 2017 rushing champion lose to Spencer Ware?

  Dalvin Cook, MIN: Injury history a concern, but no question he is a franchise back.

  Melvin Gordon, LAC: Was the emergence of Ekeler a good or bad thing for his long-term fantasy value?

  Kenyan Drake, MIA: Injury-prone RB finally stayed healthy and delivered on his vast potential.

  Derrick Henry, TEN: Two huge runs made his 2017 look better than it was; 2018 may remove Murray from the equation, however.

  Jordan Howard, CHI: Another position where new HC/OC (Nagy/Helfrich) should lead to more consistency.

  Jay Ajayi, PHI: Will Eagles feature him next season?

  Carlos Hyde, FA: Took conditioning seriously in 2017 and proved to be a capable all-purpose back; will next employer feel the same way?

  Chris Carson, SEA: Hard to overstate just how impressive he was behind one of the league's worst lines prior to getting hurt.

  Chris Thompson, WAS: TD regression figures to hit hard in 2018, but dynamic playmaker nonetheless who should see more work.

  Alex Collins, BAL: Not guaranteed the starting job in 2018, but he proved he can handle it if necessary.

  Aaron Jones, GB: Brings an explosive element to the backfield none of his other teammates do.

  C.J. Anderson, DEN: Rumor has it he is a cut candidate this offseason.

  Duke Johnson, CLE: Odds are relatively high Browns take a blue-chip RB high in draft.

  Matt Breida, SF: Seemed to be Shanahan's "guy" on occasion as rookie; will Niners allow him to take on the role full-time?

  Marlon Mack, IND: With Gore a FA and many holes to fill, Colts could use 2018 to see if this playmaker is their back of the future.

  D'Onta Foreman, HOU: Houston appeared to be moving more toward a RBBC prior to him tearing his Achilles in mid-November.

  Jerick McKinnon, FA: Vikings seemingly never wanted to trust him. Will he get that shot in free agency?

  Ameer Abdullah, DET: His biggest problem seems to be team having no idea how to use him week-to-week.

  Kenneth Dixon, BAL: Most talented back on his team, but he may have put himself too far behind the eight-ball.

  Tarik Cohen, CHI: A near-lock to be used more consistently in 2018.

  Ty Montgomery, GB: Destined to be a third-down/change-of-pace back next season? Or is he moving back to WR?

  Latavius Murray, MIN: Hard to imagine he is anything more than a goal-line/short-yardage RB in 2018 if Cook stays healthy.

  Corey Clement, PHI: Did he do enough late to make Sproles expendable?

  James Conner, PIT: Stands to become a top-20 option if Bell sits out in protest of expected franchise tag.

  Devontae Booker, DEN: Supposedly a favorite of current regime in Denver.

  Marshawn Lynch, OAK: Looked good when given the chance last season; does he fit in a Gruden offense?

  Peyton Barber, TB: Workmanlike runner who could shoot up about 20 spots if Bucs don't add a RB in draft or free agency.

  DeMarco Murray, TEN: A likely cut candidate; injuries wrecked his 2017, but he never did look like his younger self.

  Spencer Ware, KC: Absolutely no idea if he'll be a true backup in 2018 or see 35-40 percent of the workload.

  Joe Williams, SF: Hyped rookie who spent season on IR; will he be the 1B to Brieda's 1A?

  Doug Martin, TB: Another cut candidate; may not get another chance to lead a backfield.

  Adrian Peterson, ARI: Will likely be looking at his third team in a year; hard to see him getting another chance to be "the guy."

  Wayne Gallman, NYG: Showed some passing-game chops late in season, but a blue-chip RB could be on his way.

  Rob Kelley, WAS: Will Jay Gruden's pet get another opportunity to start?

  D.J. Foster, ARI: Has as good of chance as any back on roster to serve as David Johnson's handcuff.


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.