2018 Fantasy Football Rankings – Running Back Rankings

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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FOXBOROUGH, MA – JANUARY 21: Leonard Fournette #27 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter during the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Running Back /

Fantasy Football Is Back!

The Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens kick off the preseason TONIGHT! That is right, we are only 5 weeks from regular season NFL football. And that means we are less than 5 weeks away from your fantasy football draft. Luckily for you, I have you covered with our Running Back preview.

There is no need to stress over who to take in your upcoming draft. Yes, ideally you should do some research of your own. However, if you just use my rankings you will be a step ahead of your friends. Why is that? Because my tiered positional rankings are simple to implement during your draft, and I have even included a small write-up of my favorite plays for each tier so you know something about your picks.

This post is all about the Running Back! In case you missed my other positional rankings, here are my released Quarterback, Tight End, and Wide Receiver rankings. Enjoy my rankings, and enjoy the Bears whooping up on the Ravens tonight!

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SANTA CLARA, CA – OCTOBER 22: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys takes the field prior to their NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Top Running Back Targets

Ezekiel Elliott, DAL – ADP 4 (1st round)

I would not fault anyone for picking Zeke as the 1st overall player off the board. In my opinion, Zeke carries less risk than Todd Gurley with a similar upside. Zeke finished as the 9th overall running back in fantasy points, despite playing only 10 games. Elliott has averaged 18.8 fantasy points per game during his two year career.  Over that span, only David Johnson has more fantasy points per game (19.7ppg).

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Devonta Freeman, ATL – ADP 26 (3rd round)

The 26 year old running back is currently being taken as the 13th running  back off the board. That is crazy! Freeman has finished inside the top 13 fantasy running backs in each of the past 3 years, and was the top fantasy running back just 2 years ago. Freeman is am absolute steal in the 3rd round.

Dion Lewis, TEN – ADP 83 (7th round)

Ronald Jones is by far my favorite play in this tier, but Dion Lewis may be the best value of the entire draft. To get a quality player like Lewis in the 7th round is an absolute steal. Lewis will get his fare share of carries and I see him handling the majority of the 3rd down work for Tennessee. Marriota loves the check downs, meaning that Lewis will have plenty of targets out of the backfield even if Henry controls 1st and 2nd down.

Ty Montgomery, ATL – ADP 135 (12th round)

Ty Montgomery has the most talent of any player in the Green Bay backfield. I am not a Jamaal Williams fan, and Aaron Jones stock is hurt by being suspended for the first two games of the season. Montgomery should carve out a healthy role in that offense, getting slot work as well as operating out of the backfield. Montgomery is a must-own guy in any PPR format, and will easily outproduce his ADP as the 40th RB off the board.

Jordan Wilkins, IND – ADP 149 (13th round)

Wilkins is getting some hype due to the landfill that is the Colts backfield. Marlon Mack is likely the day-one starter, but do not count out Wilkins. The 6’1 220lb 5th round pick is a plus athlete, he has good hands, and he is a great hurdler. Based on how bad the Colts backfield is, Wilkins is no more than a late round flier.  

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Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 17: Running back Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams laughs on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 42-7. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) /

Running Back Rankings

Tier 1
1Todd GurleyLAR
Ezekiel Elliott
3Le’Veon BellPIT
4Alvin KamaraNO
5Melvin GordonLAC
6David JohnsonARI
Tier 2
7Leonard FournetteJAC
Devonta Freeman
9Saquon BarkleyNYG
10Jordan HowardCHI
11LeSean McCoyBUF
12Kareem HuntKC
13Joe MixonCIN
Tier 3
14Dalvin CookMIN
15Jerick McKinnonSF
16Lamar MillerHOU
17Derrick HenryTEN
18Christian McCaffreyCAR
19Jay AjayiPHI
20Alex CollinsBAL
21Mark IngramNO
22Ronald Jones IITB
Dion Lewis
Tier 4
24Marshawn LynchOAK
25Kenyan DrakeMIA
26Rashaad PennySEA
Ty Montgomery
28Royce FreemanDEN
29Tevin ColemanATL
30Derrius GuiceWAS
31Duke JohnsonCLE
32Isaiah CrowellNYJ
33Sony MichelNE
34Chris ThompsonWAS
35Carlos HydeCLE
Tier 5
36C.J. AndersonCAR
37D’Onta ForemanHOU
38Devontae BookerDEN
39Bilal PowellNYJ
40Rex BurkheadNE
41Tarik CohenCHI
42Theo RiddickDET
43James WhiteNE
44Giovani BernardCIN
45Marlon MackIND
46LeGarrette BlountDET
47Latavius MurrayMIN
48Chris CarsonSEA
49Nick ChubbCLE
50Jamaal WilliamsGB
51Nyheim HinesIND
52Frank GoreMIA
53Kerryon JohnsonDET
54Doug MartinOAK
55Aaron JonesGB
56Ameer AbdullahDET
57Corey ClementPHI
58Samaje PerineWAS
59Chris IvoryBUF
Jordan Wilkins
61Spencer WareKC
62C.J. ProsiseSEA
63T.J. YeldonJAC
64Jonathan StewartNYG
65Matt BreidaSF
66Javorius AllenBAL
67James ConnerPIT
68Peyton BarberTB
69Austin EkelerLAC
70John KellyLAR

The rankings on this list are meant to be used for standard scoring, 0.5ppr redraft leagues.

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