Running Backs – PPR

With the fantasy football season closing in, there are lingering concerns across the running back landscape. At various points in the preseason, there has been some kind of issue with seemingly every big running back.

Seeing guys like Ezekiel Elliott out with a suspension or Matt Forte down with a strained hamstring is unfortunate, it does present more opportunities for guys like Darren McFadden and Bilal Powell to make a major impact.

Powell came off the bench last year to become a fantasy stud, especially in PPR leagues. These are the leagues where dual-threat backs become even more viable. Guys like Powell, Giovani Bernard, Darren Sproles, and James White may not be starters, but their ability to consistently catch passes makes them good PPR options.

Now, it’s time for a fresh set of fantasy rankings for PPR running backs, which reflect Elliott missing the first six regular-season games.

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