2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs




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2017 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs (Jan. 31):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-40 | 41-75


  1. David Johnson, RB, Cardinals. Bye: 9.
    Cardinals GM Steve Keim called David Johnson the best receiving back he's ever seen. Keim cited that many compare Johnson to Marshall Faulk. Those comparisons seem to be right on the money thus far. In addition to rushing for 1,239 yards and scoring 20 total touchdowns, Johnson caught 80 balls for 879 receiving yards. He's currently the favorite to be the No. 1 overall fantasy pick in non-2QB leagues this year.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,310 rushing yards. 72 catches. 750 receiving yards. 16 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 302.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 374.

  2. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers. Bye: 0.
    Le'Veon Bell has played just one full season in his career. It's always a worry if he can stay clean, but when he plays, he's terrific. Bell accumulated 1,268 rushing yards and 75 catches last year - in just 12 games! It's a debate as to whether Bell or David Johnson should be the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts this summer.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,480 rushing yards. 86 catches. 770 receiving yards. 12 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 297.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 383.



  3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys. Bye: 0.
    So much for Ezekiel Elliott not being worth a first-round pick because he was a rookie! Elliott put together one of the best performances from a rookie running back ever. It could be argued that he should be taken first overall in standard fantasy drafts this summer, but David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell definitely have him beaten in PPR formats.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,650 rushing yards. 39 catches. 400 receiving yards. 15 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 295.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 334.

  4. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills. Bye: 0.
    LeSean McCoy had a great year, gaining 1,267 rushing yards and catching 50 passes for 356 receiving yards. He also scored 14 touchdowns. McCoy is at the top of his game right now, and given that he's just 29, there's no reason to believe that he'll regress.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,320 rushing yards. 43 catches. 310 receiving yards. 13 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 241.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 284.

  5. Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers. Bye: 0.
    Melvin Gordon had an awful rookie campaign, failing to find the open hole and gaining just 3.5 yards per carry. He also dealt with a lingering knee injury that clearly affected him greatly because he was incredible in his sophomore campaign. Gordon just missed out on 1,000 rushing yards, and he also caught 41 balls for 419 receiving yards. He scored 12 touchdowns as well, doing all of this in just 13 games. Gordon's numbers would've been much better had his offensive line stayed healthy.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,130 rushing yards. 40 catches. 350 receiving yards. 12 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 220.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 260.



  6. DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans. Bye: 0.
    One of many examples of Chip Kelly's utter incompetence was when he tried to turn DeMarco Murray into an east-west runner when Murray is better slamming the ball in between the tackles. The Titans knew this, and they used him correctly. As a result, Murray gained 1,287 yards, scored 12 touchdowns and caught 53 passes for 377 receiving yards. The Titans have one of the top offensive lines in the NFL, so Murray, 29, won't regress. However, he will split more of a workload with Derrick Henry, limiting his potential.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,210 rushing yards. 50 catches. 320 receiving yards. 11 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 219.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 269.

  7. Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins. Bye: 0.
    It's amazing that Jay Ajayi was benched at the beginning of the year. He eventually took over the starting job, and the Dolphins certainly didn't regret it. Ajayi gained 200-plus yards in consecutive games, and the only reason he slowed down at the end of the season was because center Mike Pouncey left the lineup. Ajayi will be a solid RB1 this upcoming season, as he gained 1,272 yards in 2016 despite not being a full-time player until Week 6.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,330 rushing yards. 33 catches. 240 receiving yards. 10 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 217.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 250.

  8. Jordan Howard, RB, Bears. Bye: 0.
    Jordan Howard replaced the ineffective Jeremy Langford as the starter in Week 4, and he never looked back. Howard registered 1,313 rushing yards, 29 catches and seven total touchdowns despite not doing much in the first three weeks of the season. Chicago's offensive line figures to once again be strong, so Howard could be even better in his sophomore campaign.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,390 rushing yards. 28 catches. 260 receiving yards. 8 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 213.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 241.



  9. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons. Bye: 0.
    Despite splitting touches with Tevin Coleman, Devonta Freeman was able to rush for 1,079 yards and catch 54 passes, scoring 13 times in the process. As long as Atlanta's terrific offensive line is intact, I'd expect Freeman to approach those figures once more, though his touchdown total could drop because of variance.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,010 rushing yards. 55 catches. 450 receiving yards. 11 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 212.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 267.

  10. Todd Gurley, RB, Rams. Bye: 0.
    Todd Gurley was a huge disappointment last year, as he was arguably the greatest fantasy bust in 2016. Gurley has tons of talent and should rebound, but the Rams desperately need to improve their offensive line. It doesn't help though that Jared Goof is extremely incompetent, allowing opposing defenses to play close to the line of scrimmage.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,170 rushing yards. 40 catches. 300 receiving yards. 8 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 195.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 235.


2017 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs (Jan. 31):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-40 | 41-75





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