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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL UPDATED RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

1.  David Johnson:  Truly insane power/speed numbers and workload no issue.
2.  Le'Veon Bell:  Threatening holdout but likely will show Week 1.  Insane PPR value but has to kick injury woes.
3.  LeSean McCoy:  Age is in clear Danger Zone but McCoy still dominating touches and is expected to see uptick in receptions.  All signs point to another monster season but it could be the last before the numbers begin to erode some.
4.  Ezekiel Elliott:  Elliott should be dropped behind McCoy and maybe a few others depending on the length of his upcoming suspension.
5.  Jordan Howard:  I like Howard a bit more than most but will be rare bellcow back and was a rushing machine as a rookie.
6.  Jay Ajayi:  Dolphins plan to use Ajayi in passing game more and when combined with bellcow role, could easily vault into top four.  I have now bumped Ajayi over DeMarco Murray and Melvin Gordon.
7.  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.
8.  Devonta Freeman:  If not for Tevin Coleman, would have Freeman top five.  In PPR though he can be moved up a bit.
9.  DeMarco Murray:  Derrick Henry could eat into more work and Murray far from durable which is why I have dropped him a bit.  Not having a good feeling about this setup.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Dalvin Cook:  Very explosive back could be instant PPR RB 2 and now the Vikes seem set to launch him as the starter.  Rising fast.
13. 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.
14. Marshawn Lynch:  Tough call here as Lynch is a true BEAST but a year off and injury concerns are valid worries.
15. 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.
16. Carlos Hyde:  Has missed about half his NFL games with injury and that is where convo ends for yours truly.
17. 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.  
18. Christian McCaffrey:  I admit I was a bit too exuberant with my initial ranking of McCaffrey and feel this is a much safer spot to place him in.  Jonathan Stewart will likely take the goal-line work and in standard that hurts him a bit.
19. Isaiah Crowell:  Those in PPR need to knock Crowell down but the guy showed last season he can run effectively.
20. 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.
21. Bilal Powell:  The Jets still have Matt Forte around which is a bummer as Powell capable of RB 1 numbers.
22. 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.
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.
27. Tevin Coleman:  Very capable handcuff to Devonta Freeman who could easily become top tier guy if injuries strike his teammate.
28. Matt Forte:  The aging veteran is clearly on the downside and should be completely passed by Bilal Powell this season.
29. Paul Perkins:  New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo loves Perkins and that alone will give him prime chances to be an impact RB 2.
30. Kareem Hunt:  Right now I think Hunt is 50/50 to be the Week 1 starter.  I am bullish.
31. C.J. Anderson
32. Danny Woodhead:  Really loving Woodhead as a top RB 2 in PPR formats with Kenneth Dixon out for 2017.
33. Eddie Lacy:  Moving up as Lacy is making weight and still has the ability that made him a first round pick not too long ago.
34. Theo Riddick
35. Latavius Murray
36. Duke Johnson
37. Ameer Abdullah
38. James White
39. Jonathan Stewart
40. Adrian Peterson
41. Jamaal Charles:  Has a chance to carve out a niche as a pass catching back in the Denver backfield but don't your breath here.
42. Darren Sproles
43. C.J. Prosise
44. Rob Kelley
45. Gio Bernard
46. Charles Sims
47. Samaje Perine
48. Derrick Henry:  If anything were to happen to the oft-injured DeMarco Murray, look out here.
49. Jacquizz Rodgers
50. Terrance West
51. Dion Lewis
52. Wendell Smallwood
53. Chris Thompson
54. Alvin Kamara


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