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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

1.  David Johnson:  Truly insane power/speed numbers and workload no issue.
2.  Ezekiel Elliott:  Flip a coin between Elliott and Bell.  Former more durable than latter.
3.  Le'Veon Bell:  Threatening holdout but likely will show Week 1.  Insane PPR value but has to kick injury woes.
4.  Jordan Howard:  I like Howard a bit more than most but will be rare bellcow back and was a rushing machine as a rookie.
5.  DeMarco Murray:  Derrick Henry could eat into more work and Murray far from durable which is why I have him behind Howard.
6.  LeSean McCoy:  Age is in clear Danger Zone but McCoy still dominating touches and is expected to see uptick in receptions.
7.  Jay Ajayi:  Dolphins plan to use Ajayi in passing game more and when combined with bellcow role, could easily vault into top four.  Have to see it first though.
8.  Melvin Gordon:  Still lacks in yards per carry but no doubt Gordon took step forward last season.  No more Danny Woodhead around to steal catches.
9.  Devonta Freeman:  If not for Tevin Coleman, would have Freeman top five.  In PPR though he can be moved up a bit.
10. Christian McCaffrey:  I am very bullish on McCaffrey who looks like a PPR dream.  Only has to answer question of holding up to NFL pounding.
11. Marshawn Lynch:  Tough call here as Lynch is a true BEAST but a year off and injury concerns are valid worries.
12. Lamar Miller:  Man everything went wrong last season as Miller went bust.  Lots of us will be gun shy this time around but that could make Miller a value.
13. Dalvin Cook:  Very explosive back could be instant PPR RB 2 but Latavius Murray caps his overall impact.
14. Bilal Powell:  The Jets still have Matt Forte around which is a bummer as Powell capable of RB 1 numbers.
15. Leonard Fournette:  I am unsure here because I see some trouble here in terms of injuries and being a big back who will take a ton of hits.  Jags will ride him heavily though.
16. Todd Gurley:  Called that one.  Said Gurley would go bust last summer and he came through in a big way to make me look smart.  That one was obvious as Rams O-line a joke and Gurley can't take a hit.  Still avoid.
17. Isaiah Crowell:  Those in PPR need to knock Crowell down but the guy showed last season he can run effectively.
18. LeGarrette Blount:  Blount landed in an ideal spot in Philly where he will dominate touches and have a chance for 2016 New England rushing numbers.
19. Joe Mixon:  I think there is an excellent chance Mixon emerges as the starter given how slow Gio Bernard's return from torn ACL has gone and the continued ineffectiveness of Jeremy Hill.
20. Mark Ingram:  Was better than you thought last season given all the turmoil but the arrival of Adrian Peterson a big negative to value.  Seems too high maintenance a player to own.
21. Carlos Hyde:  Has missed about half his NFL games with injury and that is where convo ends for yours truly.
22. Ty Montgomery:  Not sure exactly what the Packers have in mind here for Montgomery but should only be interesting as a RB 2 in PPR.
23. Spencer Ware:  Very disappointing last season as Ware blew a golden chance to be the Chiefs' primary runner.  Kareem Hunt already gathering a ton of buzz.
24. Mike Gillislee:  Gillislee takes over the LeGarrette Blount role in New England and we saw with the latter last season how much potential standard league value this can carry.
25. Doug Martin:  Talk has been all over the place regarding what the Buc's will do with Martin.  He was a complete disaster last season and has to earn the coaching staff's trust again.  Far from a guarantee, Martin could be a decent reclamation project as a RB 3.
26. Frank Gore:  Gore continues to churn out yardage but count on the Colts beginning to push him aside in 2017.

THE REST

27. Tevin Coleman
28. Matt Forte
29. Paul Perkins
30. Kareem Hunt
31. C.J. Anderson
32. Danny Woodhead
33. Eddie Lacy
34. Theo Riddick
35. Latavius Murray
36. Duke Johnson
37. Ameer Abdullah
38. James White
39. Jonathan Stewart
40. Adrian Peterson
41. Jamaal Charles
42. Darren Sproles
43. Kenneth Dixon
44. C.J. Prosise
45. Rob Kelley
46. Gio Bernard
47. Charles Sims
48. Samaje Perine
49. Derrick Henry
50. Jacquizz Rodgers
51. Terrance West
52. Dion Lewis
53. Wendell Smallwood
54. Chris Thompson
55. Alvin Kamara



2 comments:

  1. Blount at 48??? He should get 200 - 250 carries and all goal line touches in that offense. Should be a 1,000 yard 12 TD floor. No one else will get more than 50 carries. I don't see how he's not top 20 at minimum

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    1. when we did the update yesterday we forgot to move Blount to reflect new locale. had previous version of him 48 as a free agent. thank you.

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