2017 Fantasy Football Preview – Ranking the Running Backs

It used to be ranking the Top Running Backs was the same as ranking the Top Overall positions in a fantasy draft. Out of the top-10 overall picks taken, 8-10 were running backs with a couple of QBs mixed in. Things have definitely changed in the fantasy football world. Now maybe only 4 or 5 RBs will be taken in the first 10 picks. Still a strong duo in your fantasy backfield can give you a consistent winning team. The ability to have 2 good RBs is still a must for me when it comes to setting up my team. Unless something really strange happens in a draft, I will have my 2 starting RBs by the end of the first 4 rounds, maybe even 3 rounds. So then the biggest question at the RB position is of course the situation with Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliot. Elliot could really strengthen your team when he returns. Just can you put together a strong enough team in the beginning of the season not to ruin the rest of the year. Remember 6 games is almost half of a fantasy football season and starting out 1-5 makes it awful tough to make the playoffs. We tried to wait as long as we could to get the Elliot decision in before we ranked but it sounds like it isn’t going to be until next week so we are setting this article expecting for Elliot to be out 4-6 weeks. If for some reason they drop the suspension totally or to just 1 game I would list Elliot at the #3 RB and put him in the Mid-1st Round. So lets take a look at how we rank the Running Backs.

As we have in the other articles, this is using a 12-team draft and a non-PPR league.

RUNNING BACK RANKINGS (Round to pick)

#1 David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals (Top 2 picks)
#2 Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers (Top 2 picks)
#3 LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills (Mid-1st Round)
#4 Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons (Mid to Late 1st Round)
#5 DeMarco Murray – Tennessee Titans (Late 1st – Early 2nd Round)
#6 Jay Ajayi – Miami Dolphins (Late 1st – Early 2nd Round)
#7 Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers (Early 2nd Round)
#8 Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears (2nd Round)
#9 Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys (2nd Round if you got a #1 RB in 1st Round)
#10 Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams (2nd Round)
#11 Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars (3rd Round)
#12 Lamar Miller – Houston Texans (3rd Round)
#13 Marshawn Lynch – Oakland Raiders (3rd Round)
#14 Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers (4th Round)
#15 Ty Montgomery – Green Bay Packers (4th Round)
#16 Isaiah Crowell – Cleveland Browns (4th Round)
#17 Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings (4th Round)
#18 Carlos Hyde – San Francisco 49ers (4th Round)
#19 Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals (5th Round)
#20 Bilal Powell – New York Jets (5th Round)
#21 Adrian Peterson – New Orleans Saints (6th Round)
#22 Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs (6th Round)
#23 C.J. Anderson – Denver Broncos (7th Round)
#24 Frank Gore – Indianapolis Colts (7th Round)
#25 Ameer Abdullah – Detroit Lions (7th Round)
#26 Eddie Lacy – Seattle Seahawks (8th Round)
#27 Danny Woodhead – Baltimore Ravens (8th Round)
#28 Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints (8th Round)
#29 Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8th Round)
#30 Jamaal Charles – Denver Broncos (9th Round)

Even after the 30 RBs listed here there are also plenty of other solid selections available. The way offenses are set these days and the amount of injuries, depth at the RB position could be key for your Championship. We would love to hear your comments and ranking of your own here so please leave your comments. While you are waiting for your Fantasy Drafts, make sure you don’t miss out on any of our RED HOT Preseason action here at Razor Sharp Sports! We cashed in with both the Preseason Lock/Year on the Jets and the NFL Network Lock/Year on Philly last week! Keep it going with all of our action at http://www.freeplays.com/handicapper.asp?serviceID=8010 . Good Luck!

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