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Friday, August 24, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL UPDATED RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

The running backs are up next as we continue to update the positions heading into the 2018 fantasy football season.

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. Christian McCaffrey
11. Dalvin Cook
12. LeSean McCoy
13. Devonta Freeman
14. Jordan Howard
15. Royce Freeman
16. Alex Collins
17. Joe Mixon
18. Kenyan Drake
19. Carlos Hyde
20. Jerrick McKinnon
21. Dion Lewis
22. Derrick Henry
23. Jay Ajayi
24. Lamar Miller
25. Mark Ingram
26. Peyton Barber
27. Chris Carson
28. C.J. Anderson
29. Rashaad Penny
30. Ronald Jones
31. Isaiah Crowell
32. Tarik Cohen
33. Tevin Coleman
34. Rex Burkhead
35. Jamaal Williams
36. Sonny Michel
37. Duke Johnson
38. Theo Riddick
39. Marshawn Lynch
40. Devontae Booker
41. Nick Chubb
42. Kerryon Johnson
43. Chris Thompson
44. Javorius Allen
44. Aaron Jones
46. Doug Martin
47. James White
48. Corey Clement
49. Gio Bernard
50. LeGarrette Blount
51. Ty Montgomery
52. Chris Ivory
53. Samaje Perine
54. Wayne Gallman
55. Bilal Powell
56. Latavius Murray

-Lots of movers and shakers here.  We begin with those who fell in the rankings which include Kenyan Drake (timeshare with Frank Gore), Jerrick McKinnon (injured), Rashaad Penney (injured), Ronald Jones (struggles), and slightly Dalvin Cook (brought along slowly, presence of Latavius Murray).  Then we have the risers such as Carlos Hyde (getting majority of work so far in preseason), Christian McCaffrey (Carolina coaching staff determined to ride him heavily, Peyton Barber (beating out Ronald Jones), Chris Carson (beating out Rashaad Penny), and Royce Freeman (best rookie by a mile so far in preseason).
-I wanted to mention Hyde who I have not been a fan of in the past but was shocked at how good he was both running and catching the football a year ago.  Many shied away this season given the fact the Cleveland Browns drafted Nick Chubb and have Duke Johnson Sr. collecting a bunch of catches but Hyde has been used heavily so far in the preseason and almost like a workhorse.  The guy has some skills and is coming at a nice discount this summer to which I took advantage in the Experts league draft.
-I am not sure how long Peyton Barber and Chris Carson are able to keep the starting gig from the rookies Ronald Jones and Rashaad Penny respectively but both guys can help across the board while they have the decent workloads early on in the season.
-While Saquon Barkley gets most of the hype, look out for Royce Freeman as a firm challenger to be the most productive rookie back.  Freeman has really taken to the pro game so far in doing good work in the preseason and he doesn't have a lot to beat out in terms of getting the lion's share of work since Devontae Booker is nothing more than average.


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