2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs 21-40




These 2020 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings will be updated often throughout the spring and summer, so make sure you check back from time to time. Also, be sure to check out my other Fantasy Football Rankings articles, which will include sleepers, busts, tons of 2020 Fantasy Football mock drafts and other material. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs (Aug. 13):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-40 | 41-75


Other Positions: QB | WR | TE | Top 250 | Sleepers | Busts

  1. D'Andre Swift, RB, Lions. Bye: 5.
    D'Andre Swift was chosen three selections after Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but I like him better than the new Kansas City back for the short term. I think Swift is a better runner than Edwards-Helaire, and it seems as though he should have an easier time beating Kerryon Johnson than Edwards-Helaire with Damien Williams.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 900 rushing yards. 35 catches. 280 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 174.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 209.

  2. James Conner, RB, Steelers. Bye: 8.
    JULY 29 UPDATE: James Conner has announced that he will not be opting out of the 2020 NFL season. Conner is a cancer survivor, so he should be commended for his bravery. It's nice to know that he's safe to draft, and perhaps the Steelers will have him on a longer leash because of this reason.

    Opposing defenses were able to key in on James Conner last year when Ben Roethlisberger was knocked out with an injury. His yards-per-carry average dropped from 4.5 to 4.0, and it didn't help that he missed six games with an injury. Conner should bounce back in 2020 if Roethlisberger can remain on the field.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 950 rushing yards. 35 catches. 270 receiving yards. 8 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 170.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 205.

  3. Raheem Mostert, RB, 49ers. Bye: 11.
    JULY 27 UPDATE: Raheem Mostert has restructed his contract, so he likely won't be traded. It's good news for him that he'll be paid more this year, but it's bad news for fantasy. I was hoping he would be dealt to a team that would give him more carries, but he'll be stuck in a three-man committee in San Francisco for now.

    Raheem Mostert appeared to take over the 49ers' starting running back duties late in the year, and he was quite good when given the opportunity. He then saw less work than Tevin Coleman in the first playoff game. He exploded in the NFC Championship, which will make him overrated heading into 2020. Kyle Shanahan loves rotating running backs, but with Matt Breida gone, perhaps that means Mostert's workload share is safer.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 940 rushing yards. 21 catches. 150 receiving yards. 9 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 168.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 189.



  4. David Johnson, RB, Texans. Bye: 8.
    David Johnson lost his job to Kenyan Drake last season. Johnson has not looked like himself as a result of all the injuries he's suffered over the years. Bill O'Brien, who fired his entire scouting department, was probably not aware of this when he traded DeAndre Hopkins for Johnson, which was an incredibly stupid move. Johnson is running on fumes and won't last very long in Houston.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 800 rushing yards. 54 catches. 450 receiving yards. 7 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 166.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 220.

  5. Ronald Jones, RB, Buccaneers. Bye: 13.
    AUG. 5 UPDATE: Bruce Arians called Ronald Jones the "main guy" in Tampa Bay's backfield. Rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn has gotten tons of hype this offseason, but he's been on the Covid list and thus cannot pass Jones on the depth chart anytime soon.

    JULY 17 UPDATE: Ronald Jones added six to eight pounds of muscle this offseason, and he's also put lots of work into catching passes. This is great news, if true. It should be pointed out that it's not uncommon for a player to talk himself up and then disappoint when real action begins. Nevertheless, people are down on Jones after the Buccaneers drafted Ke'Shawn Vaughn. It's definitely possible that Jones will finally live up to expectations in his third year.

    Ronald Jones appeared as though he was going to bust again last year, but he was productive at the end of the season. The Buccaneers, however, used a third-round pick on a running back, so Tampa could once again have a frustrating backfield rotation.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 850 rushing yards. 30 catches. 240 receiving yards. 9 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 163.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 193.

  6. Kareem Hunt, RB, Browns. Bye: 9.
    Kareem Hunt played eight games after returning from suspension. He carried the ball just 43 times, but he caught 37 passes, making him a solid PPR option.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 400 rushing yards. 68 catches. 640 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 160.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 228.



  7. Mark Ingram, RB, Ravens. Bye: 8.
    Mark Ingram rushed for 1,018 yards and scored 15 overall touchdowns last year. I don't think the touchdowns are sustainable, and Ingram's upside will be capped by Lamar Jackson's usage. Ingram also turned 30 recently, so regression is coming soon. Making matters worse, Marshal Yanda's retirement will tremendously hurt the run blocking, while J.K. Dobbins will be pushing for touches as well.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 850 rushing yards. 24 catches. 200 receiving yards. 9 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 159.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 183.

  8. J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ravens. Bye: 8.
    J.K. Dobbins will play behind Mark Ingram in 2020 and maybe 2021, but he should eventually emerge as the starter. He's a much better option in keeper and dynasty leagues as a result.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 590 rushing yards. 20 catches. 150 receiving yards. 8 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 152.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 172.

  9. Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings. Bye: 7.
    JUNE 10 UPDATE: Dalvin Cook's holdout will greatly benefit Alexander Mattison, who should be chosen a round or two earlier than normal in the wake of the news.

    Given what we know about Dalvin Cook's durability, Alexander Mattison could start at some point in 2020 and would automatically become an RB2 at the very least. He's one of the few backup running backs worth owning because he'll be relevant in fantasy even if the starter doesn't sit.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 750 rushing yards. 24 catches. 180 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 149.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 173.



  10. David Montgomery, RB, Bears. Bye: 11.
    David Montgomery was unimpressive in his rookie year, but he's going to handle most of the workload in 2020, which gives him an opportunity to be mildly productive at the very least. He has RB2 potential if the Bears ever fix their offensive line, which they haven't done yet.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 820 rushing yards. 30 catches. 230 receiving yards. 7 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 147.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 177.

  11. Adrian Peterson, RB, Redskins. Bye: 8.
    AUG. 8 UPDATE: Adrian Peterson will now handle most of the workload in the wake of Derrius Guice's arrest and release. Peterson can be started in good matchups, but keep in mind that he's now 35, so there's a chance he could decline sharply.

    It was disappointing to see Adrian Peterson return to the Redskins. He won't be much of a factor in Washington.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 850 rushing yards. 15 catches. 120 receiving yards. 7 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 139.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 154.

  12. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Colts. Bye: 7.
    Marlon Mack is a solid running back, so it might take some time for Jonathan Taylor to eclipse him on the depth chart. It'll happen eventually though, and Taylor's outlook seems great considering how good Indianapolis' offensive line is.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 720 rushing yards. 25 catches. 200 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 128.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 153.



  13. Justin Jackson, RB, Chargers. Bye: 10.
    There's a chance that the Chargers could head into 2020 with Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson as their primary backs. If so, Jackson would be a viable option. In the two games he played without Melvin Gordon last year, Jackson rushed for 116 yards. He also caught four passes in Week 3.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 700 rushing yards. 24 catches. 180 receiving yards. 5 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 128.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 152.

  14. Latavius Murray, RB, Saints. Bye: 6.
    Latavius Murray is always in play to have a huge week because he can score touchdowns in New Orleans' high-octane offense. However, his floor is low as well. He becomes a high-end RB2 if Alvin Kamara suffers an injury.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 560 rushing yards. 28 catches. 200 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 127.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 155.

  15. Cam Akers, RB, Rams. Bye: 9.
    Cam Akers has a good chance to become the Rams' starting running back, as his competition is rather weak. Unfortunately for Akers, the blocking in front of him is rather poor.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 780 rushing yards. 20 catches. 130 receiving yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 127.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 147.

  16. Matt Breida, RB, Dolphins. Bye: 11.
    Matt Breida is expected to be in a time share with Jordan Howard in Miami. Breida has upside, especially behind a better offensive line, but his injury history is sketchy.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 690 rushing yards. 26 catches. 180 receiving yards. 4 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 126.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 152.

  17. Marlon Mack, RB, Colts. Bye: 7.
    Marlon Mack's fantasy stock plummeted in the wake of the Colts' second-round selection of Jonathan Taylor. Mack could start to begin the year, but Taylor will take over the workload eventually.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 1,190 rushing yards. 15 catches. 90 receiving yards. 12 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 121.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 129.

  18. Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos. Bye: 8.
    Phillip Lindsay's usage was frustrating in the first half of the year, as he split time evenly with Royce Freeman in the opening half of the season. The Broncos finally realized they were wrong, switching to Lindsay exclusively handling the carries to close out the year. It appeared as though the Broncos learned their lesson with Lindsay, but they went and signed Melvin Gordon.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 540 rushing yards. 28 catches. 200 receiving yards. 4 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 118.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 146.



  19. Tevin Coleman, RB, 49ers. Bye: 11.
    JULY 27 UPDATE: It sounded like Raheem Mostert would be traded earlier this month when he demanded to be dealt. This would've been great news for Tevin Coleman and Jeff Wilson Jr. Now that Mostert has been paid more, Coleman and Wilson will need an injury to reach their fantasy potential.

    JULY 9 UPDATE: Raheem Mostert has requested a trade. It's unclear if he'll be dealt, but if he is, Tevin Coleman will obviously stand to benefit from an increased workload.

    You never know which running back Kyle Shanahan will use at any given moment. Tevin Coleman will have some great weeks, but will do nothing in others.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 600 rushing yards. 23 catches. 180 receiving yards. 5 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 118.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 141.

  20. Antonio Gibson, RB, Redskins. Bye: 8.
    Derrius Guice has been released, so Antonio Gibson will be in line for more touches. He can't handle a full workload, but he can be a dangerous threat as a receiver out of the backfield.

    Projected 2020 Fantasy Stats: 450 rushing yards. 44 catches. 360 receiving yards. 5 total TDs.
    Projected 2020 Fantasy Points: 116.
    Projected 2020 PPR Fantasy Points: 160.


2020 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs (Aug. 13):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-40 | 41-75


Other Positions: QB | WR | TE | Top 250 | Sleepers | Busts



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