RB – Fantasy Top 50

Welcome to the second installment of our initial 2018 Fantasy Player Rankings. The running back position is perhaps the most important position in your drafts. 

First thing’s first, it’s always key to know your league’s rules. Standard fantasy leagues require 2 starting running backs each week; if this is the case for you, getting running backs and getting them early is essential. There’s just simply not enough depth to go around twice for a 12-team league. If you’re in leagues, like I am, that only require 1 starting running back and allows for 2 flex starters, then it’s ok if you wait until late in the 2nd round or early in the 3rd round to take your first back.

As I said before, the running back position is not nearly as deep as the wide receiver position. It’s certainly attractive to grab the superstar receivers in the 1st and 2nd rounds, but then you may be left with a suspended Mark Ingram and Buck Allen as your backs and that’s a liability to your team. If I’m in a 2-RB league, I’m taking RBs in 2 of the first 4 rounds, preferably one in the first 2 rounds. Believe me, there are plenty of useful receivers to go around; but we’ll get into that tomorrow!

Here’s the top-50 RBs heading into 2018:

  1. Le’Veon Bell (steelers)
  2. Todd Gurley (rams)
  3. Ezekiel Elliott (cowboys)
  4. David Johnson (cardinals)
  5. Alvin Kamara (saints)
  6. Saquon Barkley (giants)
  7. Melvin Gordon (chargers)
  8. Devonta Freeman (falcons)
  9. Dalvin Cook (vikings)
  10. LeSean McCoy (bills)
  11. Kareem Hunt (chiefs)
  12. Leonard Fournette (jaguars)
  13. Christian McCaffrey (panthers)
  14. Jordan Howard (bears)
  15. Joe Mixon (bengals)
  16. Kenyan Drake (dolphins)
  17. Lamar Miller (texans)
  18. Jay Ajayi (eagles)
  19. Mark Ingram (saints)
  20. Jamaal Williams (packers)
  21. Tevin Coleman (falcons)
  22. Marshawn Lynch (raiders)
  23. Royce Freeman (broncos)
  24. Derrick Henry (titans)
  25. Alex Collins (ravens)
  26. Sony Michel (patriots)
  27. Duke Johnson, Jr. (browns)
  28. Dion Lewis (titans)
  29. Carlos Hyde (browns)
  30. Chris Carson (seahawks)
  31. Chris Thompson (redskins)
  32. Kerryon Johnson (lions)
  33. Javorius Allen (ravens)
  34. Chris Ivory (bills)
  35. Corey Clement (eagles)
  36. Devontae Booker (broncos)
  37. LeGarrette Blount (lions)
  38. Rex Burkhead (patriots)
  39. D’Onta Foreman (texans)
  40. Jerick McKinnon (49ers)
  41. Ronald Jones (buccaneers)
  42. Nick Chubb (browns)
  43. Isaiah Crowell (jets)
  44. Aaron Jones (packers)
  45. Rashaad Penny (seahawks)
  46. Tarik Cohen (bears)
  47. Marlon Mack (colts)
  48. James White (patriots)
  49. Spencer Ware (chiefs)
  50. Giovani Bernard (bengals)

As always, let us know what you think, and follow us on Twitter @fansportsnerdz! New podcast episode should be up tomorrow as we dive head first into football!

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