Top 25 RBs – 2018

The RB position had a wild ride in 2017. Whether it was consensus top-2 pick David Johnson ending his season with a broken wrist in Week 1, or Ezekiel Elliott being suspended for 6 games down the fantasy stretch, you needed luck on your side to have a steady RB combination this year. Then you had the surprises; who knew Kareem Hunt would explode on Opening Night in New England? What about Alvin Kamara just destroying opposing defenses en route to likely being named Offensive Rookie of the Year.

As we look ahead to 2018, we’re going to assume everyone is healthy and will play 16 games, otherwise, these rankings are utterly useless. We have no idea who will get hurt and when it will happen. We can avoid certain guys that have a history of injuries, but for the most part, you enter the draft assuming good health and draft the best players available.

At this stage of the rankings, we are also omitting any NFL Draft prospects. We assume guys like Saquon Barkley, Bryce Love, and Nick Chubb will have immediate impacts to the teams that draft them, however, we’ll cross that bridge after the draft and we know their team’s situation.

Without further adieu, the top 25 RBs heading into 2018:

  1. Todd Gurley (rams)
  2. Le’Veon Bell (steelers)
  3. Ezekiel Elliott (cowboys)
  4. David Johnson (cardinals)
  5. Alvin Kamara (saints)
  6. Kareem Hunt (chiefs)
  7. Melvin Gordon (chargers)
  8. Leonard Fournette (jaguars)
  9. LeSean McCoy (bills)
  10. Christian McCaffrey (panthers)
  11. Mark Ingram (saints)
  12. Dalvin Cook (vikings)
  13. Devonta Freeman (falcons)
  14. Kenyan Drake (dolphins)
  15. Jordan Howard (bears)
  16. Joe Mixon (bengals)
  17. Lamar Miller (texans)
  18. Jay Ajayi (eagles)
  19. Carlos Hyde (49ers)
  20. Tevin Coleman (falcons)
  21. DeMarco Murray (titans)
  22. Chris Thompson (redskins)
  23. Dion Lewis (patriots)
  24. LeGarrette Blount (eagles)
  25. Alex Collins (ravens)

It goes without saying, this list will change between now and September 2nd (the last Sunday prior to Week 1 and the day that ends draft season for the majority of us). But, I feel pretty comfortable with the top-15 or so, and don’t expect much movement at the top. Until of course, Saquon Barkley (yes, him again) gets drafted. The best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson, or so the “experts” say, should be inserted highly if he gets picked into the right situation.

As always, let me know what you think. Find me on Twitter @joebuttgereit ; I love a little back and forth!

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