2018 Fantasy Football (Updated) Tiered Rankings – Running Backs – Redraft

2018 Fantasy Football

2018 Fantasy Football (Updated) Tiered Rankings – Running Backs – Redraft

Couch Potato General Manager presents their Top 2018 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings broken down into tiers (PPR). Check out CPGM Drew’s rankings to the Left and CPGM Headley’s rankings to the Right. Which side do you prefer

Drew @s1rdr1w Headley @CPGMHeadley
"These Running backs will carry your football team plain and simple."
1. Todd Gurley - Los Angeles Rams 1. Todd Gurley - Los Angeles Rams
2. Le'Veon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers 2. Le'Veon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys - He missed 6 games last year and still amassed 983 yards on the ground. Need I say more? 3. Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints - Mark Ingram will miss the first 4 games of the season which puts Kamara’s stock through the roof. In the last 5 games of the 2017 season, a healthy and active Ingram received only 1 carry inside the 10 compared to Kamara’s 7. Kamara is the hottest name in fantasy football and can realistically have 1000 yards rushing and 1000 yards receiving. He is Elite.
4. David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals 4. (5) David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals - Contemplated Zeke or DJ here. Im siding with DJ as he gives you more as a receiver out of the backfield. Don't forget what he did in 2016.
5. (4) Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys
"This set of backs can carry your team just not to the level of the tier above them, a few more carries/catches can change this for the better."
5. Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints 6. Saquon Barkley - New York Giants - Saquon Barkley is at the top of my supers tier above all of the sophomore sensations (except Kamara). The Giants improved their offensive line with the additions of Nate Solder and Will Hernandez. I expect the Giants to lean on Barkley and for him to “Run Left” behind that monstrous duo above. Barkley is a shoe-in for offensive rookie of the year and I’m projecting Kareem Hunt type production from a season ago.
6. Dalvin Cook - Minnesota Vikings - Jerick Mckinnon had over 200 touches and nearly 1000 yards with 5 TDs receiving and rushing combined in part-time duty... He is in San Francisco now! 7. Melvin Gordon - Los Angeles Chargers
7. Saquon Barkley - New York Giants - Few teams in the league have a workhorse back and the Giants now are added to that list. I don't see him coming off the field not never. With that said the rookie wall is real! This is why I have him 7th and not higher in the Elite status. 8. Dalvin Cook - Minnesota Vikings
8. (9) Leonard Fournette - Jacksonville Jaguars - Word on the street is they are trying to get Fournette more involved in the pass game. Fournette is the definition of a volume player, the more you give him the ball the better he becomes. 9. Kareem Hunt - Kansas City Chiefs
9 (8) Melvin Gordon - Los Angeles Chargers 10. Leonard Fournette - Jacksonville Jaguars
"This level of Running back is on the cusp of the "Elite" & "Supers" tiers and can carry your team a few times per season."
10. Kareem Hunt - Kansas City Chiefs - Last year I called Hunt to eventually take the starting gig from Spencer Ware and that happened not quite like I predicted (injury) but nonetheless, he balled. I also said in CPGM pre-draft coverage , "He was like a wet bar of soap." Hunt had an absurd amount of yards after contact this past year, but Ware is back and the Andy Reid effect will take hold (7 game stretch where Hunt was non-existent or more like forgotten about, check the numbers). 11. (13) Devonta Freeman - Atlanta Falcons - Freeman played through some injuries last season and I expect him to get back to his 2015-2016 form when he finished as a top 3 fantasy running back.
11. Christian McCaffrey - Carolina Panthers 12. Lesean McCoy - Buffalo Bills
12. (16) Joe Mixon - Cincinnati Bengals - If the Bengals make the playoffs it will because of Mixon!!! 13. (11) Christian McCaffrey - Carolina Panthers
13. (12) Lesean McCoy - Buffalo Bills 14. Joe Mixon - Cincinnati Bengals - Mixon might seem like the miscast among my "Next Level Players" but from a talent perspective, he is just as good as the rest of the players on this tier. The forgotten sophomore had a miserable season in his rookie year behind an unfit offensive line. The trade to get Cordy Glenn coupled with 1st round draft pick Billy Price will improve this offensive line drastically. Marvin Lewis led teams were top 10 in the league in rushing the previous 4 seasons before last year and I expect the Bengals to get back to form. Lead back Mixon will push 1,100 rushing yards and double digit touchdowns.
14. Devonta Freeman - Atlanta Falcons
15. (13) Jerick McKinnon - San Francisco 49ers - He is playing for one of if not the top offensive mind in the game. McKinnon is the Devonta Freeman in this offense and the Niners paid that man like a starting back they gone get their moneys worth.
"You have seen the potential or at the very least a glimpse."
16. (17) Jordan Howard - Chicago Bears 15. Jerick McKinnon - San Francisco 49ers
17. (20) Royce Freeman - Denver Broncos - Most balanced runner coming out outside of John Kelly. 16. Jordan Howard - Chicago Bears
18. (21) Dion Lewis - Tennessee Titans - I know Henry is that guy and to some he has arrived. There is a reason the Titans went and got Lewis and the Patriots drafted Michel so high. What Lewis can do for an offense, Henry can't. Lewis has been underused (size and injury concerns I know) but he is playing behind of one of the best lines in the league. I can see him and Henry on the field together multiple times a game. 17. Alex Collins - Baltimore Ravens
19. (22) Alex Collins - Baltimore Ravens 18. (21) Derrick Henry - Tennessee Titans - I understand folks that are bearish on Henry's fantasy value due to Dion Lewis now in town but I am not one that will shy away from Henry in fantasy drafts. Henry will see around 250 carries this season and will score a lot of touchdowns. Sign me up.
20. (25) Derrick Henry - Tennessee Titans - Now being asked to catch out the backfield and is lining up in the slot. OC is trying to give the Titans' offense a different look, "Exotic Smash Mouth" is no more. 19. (18) Chris Thompson - Washington Redskins
21.(40) Peyton Barber - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Dirk Koetter loves him and Barber is the best back on the squad and it's not even close (not most talented). On every run he gets more than what is there. 20. (19) Kenyan Drake - Miami Dolphins
22. (23) Jay Ajayi - Philadelphia Eagles 21. (20) Dion Lewis - Tennessee Titans
23.(39) Lamar Miller - Houston Texans - While I believe in DeShaun Watson I don't believe in that Houston OL. But he is the only back right now and Watson playing a full season should open things up a it for Miller to get some open looks. 22. (25) Marshawn Lynch - Oakland Raiders - After coming back to the league in 2017 from a brief hiatus, Beast Mode showed that he can still tote the rock. He was underused a bit and played behind a struggling offensive line last season but I’m projecting a bounce back year for the 32 year old. Chucky is back in town and by the way the Raiders drafted offensive linemen with their 1st and 3rd round picks, that suggests there will be more ground and pound. The Raiders ranked 1st in the NFL in yards after contact which proves Beast Mode still got it.
24.(28) Marshawn Lynch - Oakland Raiders 23. Duke Johnson - Cleveland Browns - Even with the additions of Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb in the Browns backfield, I am not afraid to rank Duke Johnson as a RB2 within my promising tier. Johnson’s role in the Browns offense will be unaffected as a PPR beast. Johnson proved to be a big threat option for the Browns in the passing game, a simple dump down can go the distance. The Browns on paper have improved but I have a feeling they will be trailing in the majority of their games this season which means more Duke.
25. (26) Tarik Cohen - Chicago Bears - It has been said Cohen has lined up all over the field this off-season so far and don't look now, the Bears have WRs. Cohen is going to be a matchup nightmare and I believe he will make the most of those opportunities due to those match-ups.
"You know what you are getting all-be-it nothing special."
26. (29) Tevin Coleman - Atlanta Falcons 24. Mark Ingram - New Orleans Saints
27. (NR) - Frank Gore - Miami Dolphins - Gore seems to finish in the top 24 of RBs every year. Is longevity a skill-set? 25. (26) Jay Ajayi - Philadelphia Eagles
28. (30) Kerryon Johnson - Detroit Lions - Johnson and Blount are mirror images of each other and this is a true vulture representation. I'm just banking on Johnson being just a tad better... a TD or 2 better. Although Blount seems to find the endzone like no one else. I studied Johnson coming out of college and I have a soft spot in my heart for him! 26. (27) Tevin Coleman - Atlanta Falcons
29. (24) Kenyan Drake - Miami Dolphins
"This set of running backs typically meet or are just shy of their projections." "This set of Quaterbacks typically meet or are just shy of their projections."
30. (36) Isaiah Crowell - New York Jets - A guy with plenty of talent and he will see volume just not quite sold on the OL of the Jets, yet. 27. (28) Marlon Mack - Indianapolis Colts
31. (47) Matt Breida - San Francisco 49ers - The Tevin Coleman of the Shanahan offense. Meaning he will get his touches. 28. (30) Jamaal Williams - Green Bay Packers
32. (31) Duke Johnson - Cleveland Browns - A RB who can play the slot. Todd Haley knew how to use Bell in the slot while in Pittsburgh so why not Duke. Hell he caught over 70 balls last year on 93 targets. 29. (32) Royce Freeman - Denver Broncos - Freeman looks like the favorite to lead the Broncos in carries this season.
33. (32) Marlon Mack - Indianapolis Colts 30. (34) Lamar Miller - Houston Texans - Sneaky guy to target in the mid rounds.
34. (NR) Chris Carson - Seattle Seahawks - I was never high on Penny you can see that in draft videos I spoke of as well as previous rankings. I was just waiting on who would be the guy to arise. 31. (33) Rex Burkhead - New England Patriots
35. (27) Mark Ingram - New Orleans Saints 32. (35) Isaiah Crowell - New York Jets
36. (35) Jamaal Williams - Green Bay Packers
37. (43) Carlos Hyde - Cleveland Browns
38. (33) Devontae Booker - Denver Broncos
39. (NR) Latavius Murray - Minnesota Vikings
"It’s exactly what it sounds like... Just wanna see more..." "It’s exactly what it sounds like... Just wanna see more..."
40. (37) CJ Anderson - Carolina Panthers 33. Kerryon Johnson - Detroit Lions - If you were to tell me that Johnson gets over 200 carries this season then he will be right around a RB2. The plethora of Lions running backs has him in my Wait and See tier.
41. (38) LeGarrette Blount - Detroit Lions 34. (31) Rashaad Penny - Seattle Seahawks
42. (44) Rex Burkhead - New England Patriots 35. Sony Michel (36) - New England Patriots - The majority of the fantasy community seems to be bullish on the new Patriots running back Sony Michel. I get it, the talent he showcased at Georgia coupled with being the Dion Lewis replacement in a Tom Brady led offense has the potential to be fantasy gold. Everything isn’t all peaches though (get it) for the ex-Georgia Bulldog as his head coach Bill Belichick is a RB fantasy killer (RBBC) whose pet peeve is a fumbling running back. Michel needs to display better ball protection and earn Brady’s and Belichick’s trust.
43. (18) Ronald Jones - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Not having the best of camps and the trust isn't there between him and Koetter. I predict he will come on much later in the season. What I do believe is he will make the most of the opportunities how ever they may come. 36. (38) CJ Anderson - Carolina Panthers
44. (NR) Samaje Perine - Washington Redskins - Guice out, who will step up? 37. Carlos Hyde - Cleveland Browns
45. (NR) Adrian Peterson - Washington Redskins - Guice out, who will step up? 38. (NR) Chris Carson - Seattle Seahawks - Carson looks just as good as he did last season, maybe better. His strong work ethic and grind it out mentality will be hard to take off the field.
46. (15) Chris Thompson - Washington Redskins - Injury prone and not expected to be "fully" healthy until November. 39. (22) Ronald Jones - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Can't stay on the field if you dont pass protect. Once he improves certain aspects of his game, watch out.
47. (42) Nick Chubb - Cleveland Browns 40. Devontae Booker - Denver Broncos
48. (46) Gio Bernard - Cincinnati Bengals 41. Tarik Cohen - Chicago Bears
42. Aaron Jones - Green Bay Packers
43. (NR) Peyton Barber - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
44. (NR) Samaje Perine - Washington Redskins
"Late round fliers and watch list candidates." "Replacement level ball-carriers, injury concerns, and/or backs with undefined roles."
49. (50) Corey Clement - Philadelphia Eagles 45. (NR) Buck Allen - Baltimore Ravens - #SleeperAlert
50. (48) James White - New England Patriots 46. (43) Gio Bernard - Cincinnati Bengals
47. (44) LeGarrette Blount - Detroit Lions
48. (45) Matt Breida - San Francisco 49ers
49. (48) Ty Montgomery - Green Bay Packers - Ty Montgomery is the wild card here. After battling through injuries last season, two Packers’ rookie runners, Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones stepped up in the backfield. I was super high on Montgomery entering last season so you know I’m going to be looking at him in the later rounds. Value is the name of the game in fantasy and Montgomery fits the bill with his dual threat nature in a Aaron Rodgers led offense. The injury concern and the crowded backfield will drop Montgomery’s fantasy value but don’t sleep.
50. James White - New England Patriots



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