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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

We continue on with our first batch of 2018 fantasy football position rankings by looking at the resurgence that is the running back position.

1.  Todd Gurley
2.  Le'Veon Bell
3.  David Johnson
4.  Ezekiel Elliott
5.  Kareem Hunt
6.  Saquon Barkley
7.  Alvin Kamara
8.  Melvin Gordon
9.  Leonard Fournette
10. Dalvin Cook
11. LeSean McCoy
12. Devonta Freeman
13. Jerrick McKinnon
14. Jordan Howard
15. Kenyan Drake
16. Christian McCaffrey
17. Alex Collins
18. Dion Lewis
19. Mark Ingram
20. Joe Mixon
21. Derrick Henry
22. Rashaad Penny
23. Royce Freeman
24. Jay Ajayi
25. Lamar Miller
26. Ronald Jones
27. C.J. Anderson
28. Devontae Booker
29. Isaiah Crowell
30. Tarik Cohen
31. Tevin Coleman
32. Rex Burkhead
33. Jamaal Williams
34. Sonny Michel
35. Duke Johnson
36. Theo Riddick
37. Carlos Hyde
38. Marshawn Lynch
39. Nick Chubb
40. Derrius Guice
41. Kerryon Johnson
42. Chris Thompson
43. Javorius Allen
44. Aaron Jones
45. Doug Martin
46. James White
47. Corey Clement
48. Gio Bernard
49. Ty Montgomery
50. Chris Ivory

-Even prior to the very disturbing abuse allegations that were leveled against him, I was swearing off Buffalo Bills high-mileage running back LeSean McCoy.  With his average dipping to a career-worst 4.0 yards per carry a year ago and with the Bills lacking any sort of offensive help to prevent stacked defensive lines, McCoy was facing a rough go of it already.  Now add in the threat of suspension and he should be radioactive at your draft.
-Admittedly, these initial rankings will likely be turned on their heads as these training camp battles shake out.  Detroit, Oakland, Denver, and Tampa Bay are obvious locales where there are clear battles looming and the results of them will skew these rankings greatly.
-You always feel a bit nervous drafting a rookie running back in Round 1 (rememeber Ryan Matthews?) but Saquon Barkley is the real deal and he looks like another Le'Veon Bell or Todd Gurley.  Dive right in.
-Of course whether you play in PPR or standard formats will determine how you rank some of these players, with pass-reception gems like Christian McCaffrey, Theo Riddick, Chris Thompson, and Duke Johnson all swaying wildly in their position above based on what your settings are.


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