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2019 Fantasy Running Back Rankings

Steve's Top 50

Stephen Serda
May 29, 2019 - 2:12 pm



- Tier 1- You could select any of these 4 RB’s and be in great shape at the top of your draft. I think they are all interchangeable and you can’t miss with any of them. Clear cut number ones who will lead your fantasy team.

1.       Saquon Barkley, NYG

2.       Christian McCaffrey, CAR

3.       Ezekiel Elliott, DALL

4.       Alvin Kamara, NO


-Tier 2- These are guys that are clearly still top runners.

5.       Melvin Gordon, LAC – Not many guys have been as consistent as him over the past 3 seasons.

6.       Todd Gurley, LAR - Todd Gurley has 40 TD’s in the last two seasons but the way the Rams are being hush on his knee is really concerning. I mean who lies about injuries during the off season?!!!

7.       David Johnson, ARI - David Johnson is intriguing with the young offense they are building in AZ.

8.       Le’Veon Bell, NYJ - Bell is going to get a regular old dose of LeV Bell monster workload so he’ll be fine.

9.       Joe Mixon, CIN

10.   James Conner, PIT

11.   Nick Chubb, CLE -  Chubb averaged 5.2 YPC as a rookie and that offense has serious explosive potential and he’ll be the clear top guy assuming Kareem Hunt starts the year suspended.


-Tier 3- These are guys with loads of potential but a lot of downside if you reach on them.

12.   Dalvin Cook, MIN - Really like Dalvin Cook’s explosiveness and Minnesota is at least trying to address their offensive line isssues. 

13.   Leonard Fournette, JAC – All the potential in the world if he stays healthy. Even with Nick Foles Fournette is a focal point of the offense that still has a ton of questions about their receivers.

14.   Marlon Mack, IND – You know my feelings about Mack. I love his skill set and think he could be a monster if he stays healthy especially in that revamped offense with that offensive line. Problem is he’s clearly had injury problems.

15.   Damien Williams, KC – He’s going to get drafted high because of Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes. But I don’t trust Damien Williams. Any Andy Reid RB has a chance to put up stats but I just don’t believe in his overall talent to draft him in the second round as a corner stone of my fantasy team. 

16.   Aaron Jones, GB

17.   Sony Michel, NE – Sony Michel is about as talented as any RB the Patriots have ever had with Brady. When he’s healthy he’s a monster who should lead the backfield in touches. But he wasn’t a part of the passing game last year with James White and the Patriots are to hard to script week to week. That makes Michel a high reward risk. 

-Tier 4 – Still guys with high production upside but not worth reaching on. All based on the positional draft value you can grab them. 

18.   Devonta Freeman, ATL

19.   Derrick Henry, TEN

20.   Kerryon Johnson, DET – I love his talent and I would like to be reassured that he’s the clear top runner in Detroit but for some reason Matt Patricia wants to do what the Patriots do with their RB’s without having the talent and depth at the position.

21.   Chris Carson, SEA

22.   Phillip Lindsay, DEN

23.   Tarik Cohen, CHI

24.   Mark Ingram, BAL – I like Mark Ingram a lot in the Ravens system. I know Lamar Jackson said they’ve changed the offense a lot but they are still going to run a lot and Mark Ingram will get a ton of carries this year. He’s just like Gus Edwards who was getting plenty of carries and will still be in the mix this season. They’ll run a lot.

25.   James White, NE

26. ** Derrius Guice, WAS – If Guice is healthy he could be an absolute steal even with Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson in the fold. Guice is an absolute stud who lost his rookie season due to an ACL. He was a monster in college and will be a monster in the NFL.

27.   Lamar Miller, HOU

28.   ** Tevin Coleman, SF – I’m a little weary of the Niners backfield because they’ve got like 4 dudes who could be in the mix. I’ve always been a Coleman fan but he’s had opportunities to take the lead role in Atlanta and never managed to pull if off outside of injury. Kyle Shanahan will get his RB’s numbers though no matter who’s in the backfield. I like him and McKinnon.

29.   Kenyan Drake, MIA

30.   Jerick McKinnon, SF

31.   Josh Jacobs, OAK

32.   LeSean McCoy, BUF

33.  ** David Montgomery, CHI – Tarik Cohen isn’t all of a sudden going to be a lead back. The Bears are saying they want to get Cohen involved even more as a straight receiving threat. Jordan Howard got 250 carries last year and 9 TD’s. David Montgomery is more talented than Howard and will get that type of workload. I love his potential to be a low end fantasy monster next year.

34.   Rashaad Penny, SEA

35.   Jordan Howard, PHI

36.   Latavius Murray, NO

37.   Dion Lewis, TEN

38.   Royce Freeman, DEN

39.   Nyheim Hines, IND

40.   Matt Brieda, SF

41.   Austin Ekeler, LAC

42.   Ito Smith, ATL

43.   Carlos Hyde, KC

44.   D’Onta Foreman, HOU

45.   Kareem Hunt, CLE

46.   Duke Johnson, CLE

47.   Ronald Jones, TB

48.   Peyton Barber, TB

49.   Miles Sanders, PHI

50.   Adrian Peterson, WAS​

** Are guys that I believe could drastically surpass their draft value and guys that I would be highly targeting in every draft. 

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