The running back landscape is as deep and loaded as it’s ever been heading into the 2018 NFL season. However, in fantasy football leagues, the top of the draft will be a debate between Le’Veon Bell and Todd Gurley.
You can’t go wrong with either back, though Bell has a little more incentive to ball out since he’s once again playing under the one-year franchise tag. Bell has also been a machine when it comes to PPR scoring leagues, as he has caught 160 passes over the last two seasons.
The most intriguing thing to watch for in 2018 will be how the second-year backs do after after standout rookie seasons. Guys like Leonard Fournette, Alvin Kamara, and Kareem Hunt took the league by storm in their first season, and it’s not hard to envision them finishing at or near the top of the fantasy scoring output among backs this season.
Of that group, it was Kamara who finished No. 2 in catches by running backs (82) last year. He also finished third in scoring among running backs and could make a run at the top spot in 2018.
|Jason Marcum||Derek Gordon||Scott Kaliska||Alex Welch|
|1||Todd Gurley II||Todd Gurley II||Todd Gurley II||Le'Veon Bell|
|2||Ezekiel Elliott||Ezekiel Elliott||Le'Veon Bell||Todd Gurley II|
|3||David Johnson||David Johnson||David Johnson||David Johnson|
|4||Le'Veon Bell||Le'Veon Bell||Ezekiel Elliott||Ezekiel Elliott|
|5||Alvin Kamara||Alvin Kamara||Alvin Kamara||Alvin Kamara|
|6||Leonard Fournette||Kareem Hunt||Saquon Barkley||Saquon Barkley|
|7||Melvin Gordon||Melvin Gordon||Melvin Gordon||Dalvin Cook|
|8||Kareem Hunt||Leonard Fournette||Kareem Hunt||Kareem Hunt|
|9||Devonta Freeman||Saquon Barkley||Leonard Fournette||Melvin Gordon|
|10||LeSean McCoy||Dalvin Cook||Dalvin Cook||Leonard Fournette|
|11||Saquon Barkley||Christian McCaffrey||Christian McCaffrey||Jerick McKinnon|
|12||Christian McCaffrey||Devonta Freeman||Jerick McKinnon||Christian McCaffrey|
|13||Jordan Howard||Jordan Howard||Devonta Freeman||Devonta Freeman|
|14||Dalvin Cook||Kenyan Drake||Jordan Howard||Joe Mixon|
|15||Kenyan Drake||LeSean McCoy||Joe Mixon||Kenyan Drake|