NFL Fantasy Preview: Ranking the RBs
By Outer Banks Voice on August 24, 2020
Top 10 Fantasy Running Backs
In part II of our 2020 Fantasy Football preview, we look at the running backs, athletes who central to the success of any Fantasy team (even if they get stiffed by their owners in real life.)
By Aaron Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
Austin Ekeler (NFL.COM)
- Austin Ekeler (Chargers): I had Ekeler in Fantasy last year and he was an absolute monster. This year, he will only get better because Melvin Gordon is gone and with new starting QB Tyrod Taylor, the Chargers offense will be more conservative and run-oriented.
Josh Jacobs (NFL.COM)
- Josh Jacobs (Raiders): Jacobs was amazing in his rookie year. He only played in 13 games and still rushed for 1,150 yards. This season, if he can stay healthy, look for Jacobs to be a major Fantasy asset.
Alvin Kamara (neworleanssaints.com)
- Alvin Kamara (Saints): Last year, Kamara had a down year and at one point was outplayed by Latavius Murray. Not that getting 797 rushing yards with 5 rushing TDs, as well as 533 receiving yards is awful. But I definitely think he will have a bounce back year and will get back to the Kamara of old.
Aaron Jones (packers.com)
- Aaron Jones (Packers): Jones was terrific last year with 1,084 rush yards, a tied-for- a-league-leading 16 rushing TDs and 474 receiving yards with. This year I don’t expect the numbers to as good, especially with Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon getting carries as well.
Nick Chubb (NFL.COM)
- Nick Chubb (Browns): Last year, Chubb was the second leading rusher in the NFL with 1,494 yards. This year, with Kevin Stefanski as the new head coach, the Browns will be a run first team. But they still have Kareem Hunt and he will take some touches away from Chubb.
Dalvin Cook (NFL.COM)
- Dalvin Cook (Vikings): Cook was great last year before he sustained an injury and his ability to stay healthy is the biggest concern. Even so, he chalked up 1,135 rushing yards and 13 rushing TDs in 2019. As long as he can stay on the field, he will be a beast this year.
Ezekiel Elliott (NFL.COM)
- Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys): You can pencil in Zeke for 1,000 rush yards every year if he stays healthy. And even though the Cowboys have a lot of passing weapons, they will still try to pound the rock with Zeke.
Derick Henry (tennesseetitans.com)
- Derrick Henry (Titans): Henry was unstoppable last year and he was the obvious key to the Titans’ surprising late-season success. The numbers were 1,540 rushing yards and 16 rushing TDs. No reason he isn’t ready for an encore this year.
Saquon Barkley (NFL.COM)
- Saquon Barkley (Giants): I truly think Barkley could have another year like his great 2018 rookie year, maybe even better. Not only is he a great runner, but he will also catch some passes. The Giants will want to make it easier on Daniel Jones this year and let Barkley be the centerpiece of their offense.
Christian McCaffrey (panthers.com)
- Christian McCaffrey (Panthers): He should definitely be the number one pick in any league. Last year McCaffrey had 1,387 rushing yards and 1,005 receiving yards, becoming only the third player in NFL history to do that along with Marshall Faulk and Rodger Craig. He is the Panthers offense and will be the best fantasy running back again this year.
Kenyan Drake (Cardinals): Drake had a career revival last year after being traded to the Cardinals, racking up 643 rushing yards and 8 rushing TDs in 8 games. This upcoming year, the Cards will score a lot of points and Drake will be a big reason for that.
David Johnson (Texans): Not too long ago, Johnson was considered the best running back in Fantasy football. Last year, he had 345 rushing yards and 6 total touchdowns, but I think he can make a huge comeback and reemerge as one of the best running backs in the NFL. The Texans got him in return for DeAndre Hopkins, so they’re going to give him plenty of touches.
Ronald Jones Jr. (Bucs): Even though the Buccaneers signed LeSean Mccoy, Jones will be the primary ball carrier and could have a breakout year. He only started 9 games last year, but rolled up 724 rushing yards with 6 rushing TDs.
Avoid on Draft Day
Todd Gurley (Falcons): Gurley used to be the best running back in the NFL, but after arthritis in his knee, he has gone downhill. Even though he won’t have a bad season with the Falcons, I do not think he will have a Rams Todd Gurley season.
Le’Veon Bell (Jets): The Jets offensive line still isn’t great even after drafting Mekhi Becton. And like Gurley, Bell isn’t the player he once was, and Coach Adam Gase doesn’t love running the football. I don’t think he’ll have a horrible year. There will just be plenty of other better running backs to pick.
Leonard Fournette (Jaguars): The Jags will most likely be one of the worst teams in the league and have traded away all their best players. The Jags and Fournette had a rocky offseason and while he may rush for a good amount of yardage, he probably won’t score a lot of touchdowns.
See also: NFL Fantasy Preview: Ranking the QBs