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 Rankings/Projections > Dynasty Rankings  
Updated: 5/29/17
Doug Orth | Archive | Email |



Considerations for RB
  • Talent
  • Two years of solid (or better) production remaining
  • Age of player
  • 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 David Johnson ARI 25
  2 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 22
  3 Le'Veon Bell PIT 25
Tier 2
  4 Melvin Gordon LAC 24
  5 Todd Gurley LAR 23
6 Leonard Fournette JAC 22
  7 Jay Ajayi MIA 24
  8 Devonta Freeman ATL 25
  9 Jordan Howard CHI 23
10 Christian McCaffrey CAR 21
  11 Lamar Miller HOU 26
Tier 3
12 Joe Mixon CIN 21
  13 Ameer Abdullah DET 24
  14 Isaiah Crowell CLE 24
  15 Derrick Henry TEN 23
16 Dalvin Cook MIN 22
  17 Tevin Coleman ATL 24
  18 LeSean McCoy BUF 29
  19 DeMarco Murray TEN 29
Tier 4
20 Kareem Hunt KC 22
21 C.J. Anderson DEN 26
22 Carlos Hyde SF 26
23 Marlon Mack IND 21
24 Samaje Perine WAS 22
25 Ty Montgomery GB 24
26 Alvin Kamara NO 22
27 Doug Martin TB 28
28 Mark Ingram NO 27
29 Mike Gillislee NE 27
  30 Paul Perkins NYG 23
  31 Theo Riddick DET 26
  32 James White NE 25
33 Jamaal Williams GB 22
  34 Kenneth Dixon BAL 23
35 Joe Williams SF 24
Tier 5
36 Spencer Ware KC 25
  37 C.J. Prosise SEA 23
38 Bilal Powell NYJ 29
39 James Conner PIT 22
  40 Duke Johnson CLE 24
41 Dion Lewis NE 27
42 Marshawn Lynch OAK 31
  43 Frank Gore IND 34
44 Eddie Lacy SEA 26
45 Jonathan Williams BUF 23
46 Jeremy McNichols TB 21
47 Aaron Jones GB 22
48 Jonathan Stewart CAR 30
49 Latavius Murray OAK 27
50 Terrance West BAL 26
51 Jeremy Hill CIN 25
52 Thomas Rawls SEA 24
53 D'Onta Foreman HOU 21
Tier 6
54 Adrian Peterson MIN 32
55 Rob Kelley WAS 25
56 Jalen Richard OAK 24
  57 Danny Woodhead BAL 32
58 Giovani Bernard CIN 25
59 T.J. Yeldon JAC 24
60 DeAndre Washington OAK 24
61 Donnel Pumphrey PHI 22
  62 Chris Thompson WAS 27
  63 Kenyan Drake MIA 23
64 Jerick McKinnon MIN 25
65 Shane Vereen NYG 28
66 LeGarrette Blount PHI 30
  67 Branden Oliver LAC 26
68 Devontae Booker DEN 25
69 Elijah Hood OAK 21
70 Zach Zenner DET 26
Tier 7
71 Darren Sproles PHI 34
72 Matt Forte NYJ 31
73 Jamaal Charles DEN 30
74 Charles Sims TB 27
75 Tarik Cohen CHI 22
76 Wayne Gallman NYG 23
77 Wendell Smallwood PHI 23
78 Kyle Juszczyk SF 26
79 Rex Burkhead NE 25
80 Lance Dunbar LAR 27
 
COMMENTS
  David Johnson, ARI: Basically a younger and more durable version of Le'Veon Bell.

  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL: Lingering off-field issues hint at possible trouble down the road.

  Le'Veon Bell, PIT: Combination of injuries/history of off-field issues keeps him from being No. 1 on this list.

  Todd Gurley, LAR: Addition of Lance Dunbar curbs 2017 upside, but OL upgrades should help him return to respectability.

Leonard Fournette, JAC: Should be a near-lock for around 300 touches every year.

  Jay Ajayi, MIA: Bone-on-bone knee condition will always make him a risk, but he is the offensive centerpiece in Miami.

  Devonta Freeman, ATL: Ranks this low only b/c of OC change and the fact Tevin Coleman isn't going to go away.

Christian McCaffrey, CAR: Perhaps the "safest" rookie RB; could be a threat for 700-plus yards rushing AND 600-plus receiving.

  Lamar Miller, HOU: Good time to buy Miller short-term, as D'Onta Foreman isn't a huge threat and C Nick Martin's return should boost o-line.

Joe Mixon, CIN: Almost impossible to rank but a great gamble for owners with two top-five picks; IF he stays out of trouble, he has Tier 1 upside.

  Isaiah Crowell, CLE: Crowell appears locked in as the main guy and Cleveland is building a very good o-line.

Dalvin Cook, MIN: Best talent in Minnesota but has more obstacles than any other rookie RB: injury history, off-field, Latavius Murray, etc.

  Tevin Coleman, ATL: Owners have reason to be concerned new OC Steve Sarkisian won't have same "feel" for backfield as Kyle Shananhan did.

  DeMarco Murray, TEN: Rather trade him a year early as opposed to a year too late. Derrick Henry is going to get his sooner than later.

Kareem Hunt, KC: May not be the second coming of Jamaal Charles, but HC Andy Reid typically works magic with RBs.

Carlos Hyde, SF: Entering walk year, is he is a fit in new offense? Joe Williams a threat to steal work right away.

Marlon Mack, IND: Frank Gore will slow down soon, and this big-play rookie is in line for big workload as early as 2018.

Samaje Perine, WAS: Rob Kelley does not present a huge obstacle; rookie is the favorite for goal-line duties right away.

Alvin Kamara, NO: Saints see next Reggie Bush/Darren Sproles but will there be enough touches for him after Ingram and AP?

Mark Ingram, NO: Difficult to gauge just how much AP's arrival hurts his overall short-term value.

Mike Gillislee, NE: Never easy to trust Pats RBs, but he is the most powerful back on a loaded offense.

  Paul Perkins, NYG: Good: Giants didn't give him much competition via draft. Bad: Big Blue didn't do much to upgrade o-line.

Jamaal Williams, GB: Likely to get first crack at filling role Eddie Lacy's old role. Should be Packers' early-down/goal-line back in short order.

  Kenneth Dixon, BAL: Four-game suspension to begin 2017 may present buying window for owners.

Joe Williams, SF: Kyle Shanahan's handpicked RB could be his next Tevin Coleman.

Spencer Ware, KC: Isn't going away anytime soon, but Kareem Hunt should emerge as the lead back quickly.

Bilal Powell, NYJ: With Matt Forte aging/passing game lacking proven playmakers, Powell could be garbage-time king in 2017.

James Conner, PIT: Le'Veon Bell's handcuff is perhaps the most valuable one in fantasy.

Marshawn Lynch, OAK: Will year off help him or hurt him? Is he back for more than one season?

Eddie Lacy, SEA: Tough to get too excited about this "starter" when he has two more dynamic players backing him up.

Jonathan Williams, BUF: Very likely Williams will be featured if/when LeSean McCoy gets hurt.

Jeremy McNichols, TB: After discovering Charles Sims wasn't a three-down RB, rookie should be Doug Martin's handcuff.

Aaron Jones, GB: May take a while to pay off; value would skyrocket if Ty Montgomery goes down.

Latavius Murray, OAK: More of a buzzkill for Dalvin Cook owners than anything else at this point.

Terrance West, BAL: Hard to see improving his fantasy stock much w/ Danny Woodhead possibly stealing goal-line work.

  Danny Woodhead, BAL: Will probably find someway to be Ravens' top fantasy RB, but how much longer can/will he play?

Giovani Bernard, CIN: At the very least, Mixon will likely steal most of his passing-down work.

Donnel Pumphrey, PHI: Has as good of a shot as any Eagles RB to emerge as the lead back.

Jerick McKinnon, MIN: Entering contract year; superb athlete should get another shot at being lead back somewhere else in 2018.

  Branden Oliver, LAC: Only RB on roster after Gordon capable of doing similar things, albeit at a lower level.

Elijah Hood, OAK: The logical successor to Lynch and the most likely lead back in Oakland if something happens to Beast Mode.

Charles Sims, TB: Jeremy McNichols' arrival is bad news for his long-term future.

Kyle Juszczyk, SF: Niners did not give him a four-year, $21 M deal just to block.


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.