Running Backs

With the preseason winding down, it won't be long until the fantasy football season begins.

In the meantime, you likely have at least one more draft to complete before the regular season begins. Waiting this long to draft was actually a smart move on your part, being that there are so many key players injured heading into Week 1.

At running back, we've seen Jay Ajayi, Devonta Freeman, Jordan Howard, Matt Forte, and Ezekiel Elliott all dealing with various issues that could affect their Week 1 availability. The good news is most, if not all of them will be healthy enough to play in Week 1.

Elliott’s pending appeal of his six-game suspension could lead to him playing in Week 1 as well, though his status is easily the murkiest of any big-name running back. For now, we’re doing an updated set of fantasy rankings that reflect Elliott being suspended for six games. That means guys like Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris are legitimate fantasy options entering the 2017 season.

Scott Kaliska Jeff Goldberg Derek Gordon Alex Welch Zachary Senvisky Jason Marcum
1 David Johnson David Johnson David Johnson David Johnson David Johnson David Johnson
2 Le'Veon Bell Le'Veon Bell Le'Veon Bell Le'Veon Bell Le'Veon Bell Ezekiel Elliott
3 LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy Melvin Gordon LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy Le'Veon Bell
4 Melvin Gordon Melvin Gordon LeSean McCoy Melvin Gordon Melvin Gordon Melvin Gordon
5 Devonta Freeman Devonta Freeman DeMarco Murray Jay Ajayi Devonta Freeman LeSean McCoy
6 Jay Ajayi Jay Ajayi Jay Ajayi Jordan Howard DeMarco Murray Devonta Freeman
7 Jordan Howard DeMarco Murray Devonta Freeman Devonta Freeman Ezekiel Elliott Lamar Miller
8 DeMarco Murray Jordan Howard Jordan Howard DeMarco Murray Jay Ajayi DeMarco Murray
9 Todd Gurley Lamar Miller Lamar Miller Todd Gurley Jordan Howard Jay Ajayi
10 Leonard Fournette Ezekiel Elliott Marshawn Lynch Leonard Fournette Leonard Fournette Jordan Howard
11 Ezekiel Elliott Leonard Fournette Leonard Fournette Isaiah Crowell Lamar Miller Marshawn Lynch
12 Isaiah Crowell Isaiah Crowell Todd Gurley Marshawn Lynch Isaiah Crowell Christian McCaffrey
13 Lamar Miller Todd Gurley Isaiah Crowell Ezekiel Elliott Todd Gurley Leonard Fournette
14 Marshawn Lynch Marshawn Lynch Ezekiel Elliott Lamar Miller Marshawn Lynch Todd Gurley
15 Carlos Hyde Carlos Hyde Carlos Hyde Joe Mixon Carlos Hyde Isaiah Crowell
Running Back Rankings