2017 NFL Player Rankings – Running Backs

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Chris Sweet – Fantasy Sports Analyst

Today we are gonna unveil our early rankings for Running Backs. Last season we saw a bit of a resurgence with this position after several years of being very thin after the top 3 or 4 guys. You are gonna see a lot of people going back towards the RB-RB drafting method this year, and I’m not ready to say that’s an outright mistake, but I am expecting some letdowns this season. My favorite format is PPR so these rankings will be based on getting a point for each catch. The top 3 guys barring injury are in a clear tier of their own, and should be the top 3 picks in most drafts this year. They are safe and consistent, which are the 2 biggest things I look for in a RB. After that the rest of the Top 10 is less certain, and there will be a few potholes in there. I know most experts are down on Todd Gurley this year and some are even uttering the words “Trent Richardson”, but I do not subscribe to that comparison at all. I think sunnier days are headed his way in LA now that Sean McVay and Matt LaFleur will be running the offense. You will win your league by finding the Running Backs in rounds 6-10 that end up being a workhorse for their team. So enough talking here’s the early preseason rankings.

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  1. Le Veon Bell
  2. Ezekiel Elliott
  3. David Johnson
  4. Melvin Gordon
  5. Devonta Freeman
  6. Lesean McCoy
  7. Jordan Howard
  8. Jay Ajayi
  9. Todd Gurley
  10. Demarco Murray
  11. Isaiah Crowell
  12. Lamar Miller
  13. Leonard Fournette
  14. Carlos Hyde
  15. Danny Woodhead
  16. Joe Mixon
  17. Eddie Lacy
  18. Spencer Ware
  19. Marshawn Lynch
  20. Christian McCaffrey
  21. CJ Anderson
  22. Bilal Powell
  23. Ty Montgomery
  24. Legarrette Blount
  25. Ameer Abdullah
  26. Doug Martin
  27. Samaje Perine
  28. Tevin Coleman
  29. Adrian Peterson
  30. James White
  31. Mike Gillislee
  32. Frank Gore
  33. CJ Prosise
  34. Paul Perkins
  35. Latavius Murray
  36. Dalvin Cook
  37. Theo Riddick
  38. Darren Sproles
  39. Jalen Richard
  40. Jonathan Stewart
  41. Duke Johnson
  42. Kenneth Dixon
  43. Kareem Hunt
  44. Giovani Bernard
  45. Jeremy Hill
  46. DeAndre Washington
  47. Jaquizz Rodgers
  48. Robert Kelley
  49. Thomas Rawls
  50. Rex Burkhead
  51. Derrick Henry
  52. Jamaal Charles
  53. Donnel Pumphrey
  54. Joe Williams
  55. Fitzgerald Toussaint
  56. TJ Yeldon
  57. Alvin Kamara
  58. Matt Forte
  59. Chris Thompson
  60. Terrance West
  61. Devontae Booker
  62. Jeremy McNichols
  63. Jonathan Williams
  64. Jamaal Williams
  65. Marlon Mack
  66. D’Onta Foreman
  67. Charles Sims
  68. Wendell Smallwood
  69. Tim Hightower
  70. Dion Lewis