2018 Running Back Rankings

Over the next 5 weeks, the Fantasy Assembly’s greatest fantasy football minds will be coming together to produce our 2018 consolidated rankings. Join Andy Germani, Tommy Landseadel, Joe Mica, and Eric Braun as they help you prepare for your rapidly approaching football drafts.

All of our rankings assume standard scoring:

  • 6 points for TDs
  • 1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
  • 1 point for 25 yards passing – no PPR

Without further ado, let’s check out the ranks! N/R denotes a non-ranking for that particular player.

Player Team Eric Andy Tommy Joe
1 Todd Gurley LAR 2 2 1 2
2 Le’Veon Bell PIT 1 1 3 3
3 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 3 3 2 1
4 David Johnson ARI 4 4 4 4
5 Alvin Kamara NO 5 8 5 5
6 Kareem Hunt KC 7 6 6 6
7 Melvin Gordon LAC 10 9 7 7
T-8 Saquon Barkley NYG 6 5 9 15
T-8 Dalvin Cook MIN 9 7 10 9
10 Leonard Fournette JAX 8 10 8 12
11 Devonta Freeman ATL 11 11 13 10
12 Jordan Howard CHI 13 13 12 8
13 Jerick McKinnon SF 14 12 11 19
14 Christian McCaffrey CAR 17 14 15 11
15 Joe Mixon CIN 12 19 14 14
16 LeSean McCoy BUF 21 16 16 13
17 Alex Collins BAL 15 17 17 18
18 Derrick Henry TEN 18 18 22 16
19 Derrius Guice WSH 16 15 20 27
20 Rashaad Penny SEA 22 20 21 25
21 Kenyan Drake MIA 26 25 18 26
22 Lamar Miller HOU 25 24 24 24
23 Jay Ajayi PHI 24 21 19 36
24 Mark Ingram NO 20 22 30 31
25 Sony Michel NE 19 26 28 32
26 Tevin Coleman ATL 27 33 29 17
27 Ronald Jones II TB 32 23 23 29
28 Marshawn Lynch OAK 34 29 25 20
29 Dion Lewis TEN 23 27 26 38
30 Royce Freeman DEN 30 28 36 28
31 Kerryon Johnson DET 29 39 39 22
T-32 Aaron Jones GB 33 35 40 30
T-32 Marlon Mack IND 40 30 31 37
34 Carlos Hyde CLE 49 31 37 23
35 C.J. Anderson CAR 42 42 38 21
36 Nick Chubb CLE 28 37 41 42
37 Isaiah Crowell NYJ 41 36 32 39
38 Jamaal Williams GB 31 34 44 40
39 Tarik Cohen CHI 38 38 46 33
40 Rex Burkhead NE 39 32 27 N/R
41 Duke Johnson CLE 47 41 45 35
42 Devontae Booker DEN 44 43 34 N/R
43 Chris Thompson WSH 43 40 43 N/R
44 Nyheim Hines IND 45 50 N/R 41
T-45 Corey Clement PHI 35 N/R 42 N/R
T-45 D’Onta Foreman HOU N/R 44 33 N/R
47 Chris Ivory BUF N/R N/R 35 44
48 Theo Riddick DET N/R N/R 47 34
49 Giovani Bernard CIN 46 46 N/R N/R
50 Chris Carson SEA N/R 45 50 N/R
Hororable Mentions: LeGarrette Blount, Doug Martin

Each of the following players appeared on just one set of rankings with only Breida and Barber being ranked in the top-40: Matt Breida, Peyton Barber, Doug Martin, Latavius Murray, T.J. Yeldon, Travaris Cadet, Alfred Blue, James White, Kalen Ballage, Ty Montgomery, Elijah McGuire, Kenneth Dixon, Josh Adams.

Which Running Back(s) are you most willing to reach for?

Eric: Rookies like Derrius Guice and Sony Michel are players in good offenses with massive upside. I think both have the potential to see 250 touches and double digit touchdowns.

Joe: Jordan Howard – For the second year in a row. Too much is being made about his pass-catching limitations. If he could rack up over 1,200 scrimmage yards on a terrible Bears offense, imagine what he could do with innovator Matt Nagy calling the plays?

Andy: I could see myself reaching for Jordan Howard or Jerick McKinnon. After those two running backs I see a big drop-off to the next group of guys so I would go earlier if I still needed a running back. They are kind of in a tier of their own. Not quite in the Freeman, Fournette level, but a clear-cut (to me) level above the next guys. Same could be said for the few guys ahead of Howard and McKinnon.

Tommy: I love the upside for Jerrick McKinnon in the SF offense and would be willing to invest a mid to late 2nd rounder on him. I think he will go well over 1,000 total yards with 8-12 TDs.

Which Running Back(s) will you be looking to avoid?

Eric: LeSean McCoy. Even if all of the recent off field allegations are a non factor, he’s an aging RB in what will be an awful offense.

Joe: Saquon Barkley – I guess it’s all the rage to draft rookies early. But the first round? I’m not inferring that he will fail, but this will be the third consecutive season (Wayne Gallman 2017; Paul Perkins 2016) the Giants have tried to get rookie help at RB. Granted, Barkley may be a more solid answer, yet that still a giant task to expect a rookie to finish in the top 10 where he is currently being drafted.

Andy:As of this moment in time there feels like no chance I will end up with LeSean McCoy. I have him around the RB area where he is going currently, but I bet in the draft room when I see his name at the top of my RB queue I will be going to a receiver instead. Until we get more news I don’t think there is any way you can draft him in the third round, as he had on the field concerns previous to the off the field ones.

Tommy: I want no part of LeSean McCoy this year. The Bills offense has potential to be a complete disaster this year, and when you factor in McCoy’s age and suspension risk, there is simply too much downside. I am also passing on Lamar Miller. I think he will lose his job to Foreman at some point in 2018.

Who are some of your favorite mid to late round picks to target?

Eric: Mostly young players in good offenses. It’s unlikely that any one specific player in this range hits, but guys like Matt Breida, Chris Carson, Nyheim Hines, and Kalen Ballage are worth a flyer on upside alone even without knowing if they can get the job done yet.

Joe: The Lions moved up in the NFL draft to nab Kerryon Johnson. The Lions have a crowded backfield with Theo Riddick, LeGarrett Blount, Ameer Abdullah and Dwayne Washington. Recent history has shown that teams that move up to draft a skill player will generally rush that player into the lineup. That’s good news for those who draft Johnson.

C.J. Anderson  jumps from the Broncos to the Panthers and takes over for Jonathan Stewart. While Christian McCaffrey will be featured heavily, Anderson’s career 4.4 YPA is a full yard better than what Stewart did last season. If Anderson gets a similar 198 attempts as his predecessor, that would translate to nearly 875 rush yards. For reference, only 16 RB had more rushing yards than that last season.

Andy: I love getting Mark Ingram as a sure-fire RB2 when you can get him at RB2/3 value. Kamara isn’t going to take this backfield over himself no matter what happens in the first few weeks. With Ingram, the time you miss him is when you don’t have to worry about byes. You will have the depth to be able to replace him. I also like Alex Collins and Derrius Guice in that range. I would take them higher than Ingram because those first four weeks matter, but I like Ingram’s weekly value more once his suspension is over.

Tommy: The previously mentioned D’Onta Foreman is a player I will own a lot of shares of. I think Chris Ivory could get 6+ games as a feature back once Goodell focuses his wrath on McCoy, and I view Corey Clement as a potential league winning lottery ticket  if Ajayi goes down in Philly.

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