2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs




These 2017 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings will be updated often throughout the summer, so make sure you check back from time to time.

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2017 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs (May 26):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-40 | 41-75


  1. David Johnson, RB, Cardinals. Bye: 9.
    Cardinals GM Steve Keim called David Johnson the best receiving back he's ever seen. Keim cited that many compare Johnson to Marshall Faulk. Those comparisons seem to be right on the money thus far. In addition to rushing for 1,239 yards and scoring 20 total touchdowns, Johnson caught 80 balls for 879 receiving yards. He's currently the favorite to be the No. 1 overall fantasy pick this year.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,310 rushing yards. 72 catches. 750 receiving yards. 16 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 302.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 374.

  2. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers. Bye: 9.
    Le'Veon Bell has played just one full season in his career. It's always a worry if he can stay clean, but when he plays, he's terrific. Bell accumulated 1,268 rushing yards and 75 catches last year - in just 12 games! It's a debate as to whether Bell or David Johnson should be the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts this summer.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,480 rushing yards. 86 catches. 770 receiving yards. 12 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 297.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 383.



  3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys. Bye: 6.
    MAY 24 UPDATE: Ezekiel Elliott injured his head during a car accident Sunday night, and he will be held out of practice for the time being, as reported by Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com. Elliott was the passenger during the accident, but this is his second off-field incident during the offseason, and he's still under investigation for assault. Elliott is a great player, but comes with more risk this season, including the projected decline of Dallas' offensive line.

    So much for Ezekiel Elliott not being worth a first-round pick because he was a rookie! Elliott put together one of the best performances from a rookie running back ever. It could be argued that he should be taken first overall in standard fantasy drafts this summer, but David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell definitely have him beaten in PPR formats. It's worth noting that Elliott lost guard Ronald Leary, so his blocking won't be as good.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,650 rushing yards. 39 catches. 400 receiving yards. 15 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 295.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 334.

  4. Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers. Bye: 9.
    Melvin Gordon had an awful rookie campaign, failing to find the open hole and gaining just 3.5 yards per carry. He also dealt with a lingering knee injury that clearly affected him greatly because he was incredible in his sophomore campaign. Gordon just missed out on 1,000 rushing yards, and he also caught 41 balls for 419 receiving yards. He scored 12 touchdowns as well, doing all of this in just 13 games. Gordon's numbers would've been much better had his offensive line stayed healthy. There's a better chance of that happening in the wake of the Chargers selecting two talented guards early in the draft.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,190 rushing yards. 40 catches. 350 receiving yards. 12 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 226.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 266.

  5. Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins. Bye: 11.
    MAY 24 UPDATE: Adam Gase told the media that Jay Ajayi could see as many as 350 carries in 2017. That's a lot of carries, as Ajayi had 260 in 2016. In fact, it's too many; his 2018 campaign could be adversely affected if he receives such an enormous workload. However, it's great for his 2017 fantasy owners. There's some concern with his offensive line, but Ajayi's volume should make up for it.

    It's amazing that Jay Ajayi was benched at the beginning of the year. He eventually took over the starting job, and the Dolphins certainly didn't regret it. Ajayi gained 200-plus yards in consecutive games, and the only reason he slowed down at the end of the season was because center Mike Pouncey left the lineup. Ajayi will be a solid RB1 this upcoming season, as he gained 1,272 yards in 2016 despite not being a full-time player until Week 6.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,350 rushing yards. 33 catches. 240 receiving yards. 11 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 225.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 258.



  6. Jordan Howard, RB, Bears. Bye: 9.
    Jordan Howard replaced the ineffective Jeremy Langford as the starter in Week 4, and he never looked back. Howard registered 1,313 rushing yards, 29 catches and seven total touchdowns despite not doing much in the first three weeks of the season. Chicago's offensive line figures to once again be strong, so Howard could be even better in his sophomore campaign.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,390 rushing yards. 28 catches. 260 receiving yards. 9 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 219.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 247.

  7. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons. Bye: 5.
    Despite splitting touches with Tevin Coleman, Devonta Freeman was able to rush for 1,079 yards and catch 54 passes, scoring 13 times in the process. As long as Atlanta's terrific offensive line is intact, I'd expect Freeman to approach those figures once more, though his touchdown total could drop because of variance.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,010 rushing yards. 55 catches. 450 receiving yards. 12 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 218.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 273.

  8. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills. Bye: 6.
    LeSean McCoy had a great year, gaining 1,267 rushing yards and catching 50 passes for 356 receiving yards. He also scored 14 touchdowns. McCoy was fantastic in 2016, but he's 29 now, so regression could come soon. There's more risk this year, so I wouldn't reach for him.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,220 rushing yards. 40 catches. 290 receiving yards. 11 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 217.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 257.



  9. DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans. Bye: 8.
    One of many examples of Chip Kelly's utter incompetence was when he tried to turn DeMarco Murray into an east-west runner when Murray is better slamming the ball in between the tackles. The Titans knew this, and they used him correctly. As a result, Murray gained 1,287 yards, scored 12 touchdowns and caught 53 passes for 377 receiving yards. The Titans have one of the top offensive lines in the NFL, so Murray, 29, won't regress too much because of age. However, he will split more of a workload with Derrick Henry, limiting his potential.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,180 rushing yards. 50 catches. 320 receiving yards. 11 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 216.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 266.

  10. Todd Gurley, RB, Rams. Bye: 8.
    Todd Gurley was a huge disappointment last year, as he was arguably the greatest fantasy bust in 2016. Gurley has tons of talent and should rebound, and there's a chance that could happen with Andrew Whitworth on the roster to improve the blocking. However, it doesn't help though that Jared Goof is extremely incompetent, allowing opposing defenses to play close to the line of scrimmage.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 1,210 rushing yards. 40 catches. 300 receiving yards. 9 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 205.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 245.


2017 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs (May 26):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-40 | 41-75





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