2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs




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2021 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs (Jan. 11):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-40 | 41-75


Other Positions: QB | WR | TE

  1. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers. Bye: 0.
    Christian McCaffrey should be considered the top fantasy player in PPR formats, and you could argue that he's the best player in standard formats as well. McCaffrey barely played last year, but he should bounce back in 2021.

    Other 2021 Fantasy Football Ranking articles of note: 2021 Fantasy Football Sleepers | 2021 Fantasy Football Busts

    Projected 2021 Fantasy Stats: 1,280 rushing yards. 101 catches. 930 receiving yards. 14 total TDs.
    Projected 2021 Fantasy Points: 305.
    Projected 2021 PPR Fantasy Points: 406.

  2. Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants. Bye: 0.
    Saquon Barkley suffered an injury in Week 2 of 2020 that caused him to miss most of the year. Condolences to anyone who drafted him, including me. Barkley should bounce back with a strong 2021.

    Projected 2021 Fantasy Stats: 1,290 rushing yards. 80 catches. 750 receiving yards. 16 total TDs.
    Projected 2021 Fantasy Points: 300.
    Projected 2021 PPR Fantasy Points: 380.



  3. Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings. Bye: 0.
    There's a good argument for Dalvin Cook to be the top pick in 2021 fantasy leagues. Cook is a terrific talent and plays in an offense that gives him as many carries as possible. He's also heavily utilized in the passing attack and scores tons of touchdowns. His durability is the only concern.

    Projected 2021 Fantasy Stats: 1,460 rushing yards. 52 catches. 500 receiving yards. 16 total TDs.
    Projected 2021 Fantasy Points: 292.
    Projected 2021 PPR Fantasy Points: 344.

  4. Derrick Henry, RB, Titans. Bye: 0.
    If Derrick Henry did more in the passing game, he would be the consensus No. 1 pick. That, unfortunately, is not the case, but he'll continue to be an RB1 because of his great running talent and offensive line.

    Projected 2021 Fantasy Stats: 1,580 rushing yards. 21 catches. 150 receiving yards. 16 total TDs.
    Projected 2021 Fantasy Points: 269.
    Projected 2021 PPR Fantasy Points: 290.



  5. Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints. Bye: 0.
    Alvin Kamara was seen as an MVP candidate at one point in 2020, as he carried the team when Michael Thomas was injured. Kamara would be a huge part of the offense as long as Drew Brees were on the roster, but Brees' career seems to be finished. Kamara didn't fare as well with Taysom Hill, the presumed starter for 2021.

    Projected 2021 Fantasy Stats: 880 rushing yards. 84 catches. 720 receiving yards. 18 total TDs.
    Projected 2021 Fantasy Points: 268.
    Projected 2021 PPR Fantasy Points: 352.

  6. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys. Bye: 0.
    Ezekiel Elliott was a huge disappointment in 2020. It wasn't completely his fault, as the offensive line suffered many injuries. However, Elliott appeared to give up at times, carelessly fumbling away games. He'll bounce back in 2021.

    Projected 2021 Fantasy Stats: 1,350 rushing yards. 60 catches. 480 receiving yards. 14 total TDs.
    Projected 2021 Fantasy Points: 267.
    Projected 2021 PPR Fantasy Points: 327.



  7. Aaron Jones, RB, Packers. Bye: 0.
    Aaron Jones is a huge factor in Green Bay's passing attack. He can also be a touchdown machine. His goal-line looks could rise if Jamaal Williams signs elsewhere this offseason.

    Projected 2021 Fantasy Stats: 1,110 rushing yards. 50 catches. 420 receiving yards. 16 total TDs.
    Projected 2021 Fantasy Points: 249.
    Projected 2021 PPR Fantasy Points: 299.

  8. Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders. Bye: 0.
    I bet Josh Jacobs to win the rushing title in 2020, but neither he nor his offensive line could stay healthy enough for that to happen. With better luck, Jacobs could have a huge 2021 campaign.

    Projected 2021 Fantasy Stats: 1,330 rushing yards. 38 catches. 260 receiving yards. 14 total TDs.
    Projected 2021 Fantasy Points: 243.
    Projected 2021 PPR Fantasy Points: 281.



  9. Nick Chubb, RB, Browns. Bye: 0.
    Nick Chubb has the luxury of running behind one of the NFL's best offensive lines, but as long as Kareem Hunt is healthy, Chubb won't be any sort of factor in the passing game.

    Projected 2021 Fantasy Stats: 1,480 rushing yards. 12 catches. 120 receiving yards. 13 total TDs.
    Projected 2021 Fantasy Points: 238.
    Projected 2021 PPR Fantasy Points: 250.

  10. Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals. Bye: 0.
    Joe Mixon could have a huge 2021 campaign if he stays healthy. His offensive line will almost certainly improve, and Joe Burrow will continue to command attention away from opposing defenses.

    Projected 2021 Fantasy Stats: 1,280 rushing yards. 38 catches. 280 receiving yards. 12 total TDs.
    Projected 2021 Fantasy Points: 228.
    Projected 2021 PPR Fantasy Points: 266.


2021 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs (Jan. 11):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-40 | 41-75


Other Positions: QB | WR | TE






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