Today we unveil our fantasy football running back rankings. Every Friday we have been sharing our bold take, mock drafts and rankings via our youtube channel. For those who do not use youtube however you are in luck! We will be putting out content every Friday on our bold takes, projected mock drafts and our very own rankings. Let us start by giving you our top 10 rankings for the running backs this year. Keep in mind this is based off ppr format with a standard league.
1. Christian McCaffery
McCaffery finished with a record breaking year last year and could on top again next year. The past two seasons he has had a top 2 finish and there should be no reason he cannot do it again. The offense runs through him and this should not change next year.
2. Saquan Barkley
Barkley is so close to being my number 1 overall running back. In the last 4 weeks of last season he finally got going and finished RB 2 for the last 4 weeks. This offense should be improved and if he can stay healthy look for him to return to his 2018 form.
3. Dalvin Cook
Cook had an incredible year last year and finished as an RB1 8 out of the 14 games he was in. He was consistent in a run first offense and could build on his big year. The health concerns are still there but a top 3 fantasy finish could be in store if he can stay on the field.
4. Alvin Kamara
I think Kamara could be primed for a bounce back year. Kamara was injured for 2 games and never felt fully healthy down the stretch. He still finished as the RB 9 and that is with his touchdown production very down. I look for him to rebound and be back to his explosive form for the 2019 season.
5. Joe Mixon
Mixon is my bold take of the 2020 season. Down the stretch he began to show signs of being a top 5 running back in this league. The Bengals year was riddled with injuries on the line as they lost first round pick Jonah Williams. With bringing in Joe Burrow and having Zac Taylor being able to bring the spread look Mixon could be in line for huge numbers in 2020. He should be utilized in the passing game a ton with a rookie quarterback. Things should also open up more to if A.J. Green comes back. If he falls to the late first and early second I will be grabbing him in my leagues.
6. Ezekiel Elliott
Zeke is one of the most talented running backs in the NFL. Yet I have concerns about his usage in McCarthey’s offense. The Dallas offense could look to continue to be a passing offense with using Pollard more on third down. He could be a player to rise on my rankings or fall so we will have to wait and see.
7. Nick Chubb
Chubb had a terrific season in what was a terrible offense especially early in the year. The one concern with Chubb is the fact he could split time with Kareem Hunt if they bring him back. We saw his production dip ever so slightly down the stretch which is concerning. He is another player that I could move based on the Browns offseason.
8. Derrick Henry
The NFL rushing king of 2020 was dominant down the stretch. He broke playoff records and most likely be in many top 5 rankings. I urge you to potentially pump the breaks on him. He is a bruising back who could potentially be an injury risk this upcoming year. I also do not feel his pass catching abilities aid him for being an every down back. So although if he falls he could be a good value pick I will not be drafting him high.
9. Austin Ekeler
Ekeler is a wild card here in our top 10 rankings. His versatility to be a pass catching machine and unique rusher led him to a top 4 finish last year. Now of course this all depends on the offseason. We have to see who the quarterback will be and what the Chargers do about Melvin Gordon. If Gordon is gone his draft position will rise. We feel confident in that and thus he is in our top 10 rankings.
10. Josh Jacobs
Jacobs showed us last year he can be a very effective back. He showed quickness, power and was a reason for the Raider’s improvement. The Raiders are trending in the right direction in my opinion and should continue to bolster the offensive unit. If they can keep build upon the success the offensive line had last year this should help Jacobs greatly. Expect him to be a fringe top 10 running back who could be locked in after the offseason shake up.
So there you have it our running back rankings for fantasy football. Yes this more than likely will continue to change with the offseason approaching. However I feel confident in the majority of these players for the 2020 season. Again tune in every Friday for fantasy football talk as we continue to go through the offseason. Let us know what you think about our fantasy football running back rankings.