The 2018 fantasy football season is almost here, which means you’ll soon be in your league’s fantasy draft attempting to build a title-winning team. That will begin with whichever selection you have in Round 1, which, as usual, will be loaded with great running backs from which to choose.
This is actually one of the deeper classes of proven backs that will go in the first round of most drafts. Le’Veon Bell and Todd Gurley top the list, followed by Ezekiel Elliott, Kareem Hunt, and Devonta Freeman. All of them have finished in the top three of scoring among running backs at least once in their career.
If you choose to go wide receiver with your first pick, there are some worthy first-round options in Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, and DeAndre Hopkins to pick from.
The way this year is shaping up, your first-round pick needs to be either a running back or receiver, as there aren’t any tight ends or quarterbacks worthy of a first-round pick in most standard leagues. Quarterback especially has a lot of value outside of the top guys, and you can get a reliable starter in the middle rounds like Alex Smith, Philip Rivers, Kirk Cousins, and Deshaun Watson.
|Jason Marcum||Derek Gordon||Scott Kaliska||Alex Welch|
|1||Todd Gurley II, RB, Rams||Todd Gurley II, RB, Rams||Todd Gurley II, RB, Rams||Todd Gurley II, RB, Rams|
|2||Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers||Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys||Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers||Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers|
|3||Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys||David Johnson, RB, Cardinals||Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys||Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers|
|4||David Johnson, RB, Cardinals||Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers||David Johnson, RB, Cardinals||Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys|
|5||Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers||DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans||Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers||David Johnson, RB, Cardinals|
|6||DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans||Julio Jones, WR, Falcons||DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans||DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans|
|7||Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants||Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers||Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints||Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants|
|8||Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints||Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers||Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants||Julio Jones, WR, Falcons|
|9||Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants||Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants||Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants||Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants|
|10||Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs||Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks||Julio Jones, WR, Falcons||Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints|
|11||Julio Jones, WR, Falcons||Michael Thomas, WR, Saints||Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs||Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings|
|12||Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers||Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints||Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers||Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars|
|13||Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars||A.J. Green, WR, Bengals||Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars||Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers|
|14||Michael Thomas, WR, Saints||Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs||Michael Thomas, WR, Saints||Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs|
|15||A.J. Green, WR, Bengals||Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers||Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings||Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers|