RB Tiers and Rankings (Top 75 Post-Draft)

RB Tiers and Rankings (Top 75 Post-Draft)

The rankings below are based on full-PPR scoring, and will be updated regularly throughout spring and summer. They won't necessarily align with the RotoWire cheatsheets or projections, though I did use those tools as a guide to get started.

(Rankings updated July 22)

Tier 1

1. Christian McCaffrey

2. Saquon Barkley

These guys play on all three downs and have proven themselves efficient as both ballcarriers and pass catchers. They also have lousy backups, so any loss of carries figures to be limited to garbage time or the need for an occasional breather.

Tier 2

3. Ezekiel Elliott

4. Alvin Kamara

Zeke has a talented backup looking over his shoulder, but he also has the security of playing in a top-10 offense, which means the fifth-year pro can afford to lose a few touches from his career average of 23.4 per game (22.2 last season). Kamara over teammate Michael Thomas is an easy choice for me at No. 4 overall, given positional scarcity and the likelihood of the former seeing positive regression in terms of both TDs per touch and yards per catch.

Tier 3

5. Derrick Henry

6. Joe Mixon

7. Kenyan Drake

8. Austin Ekeler

9. Dalvin Cook

10. Nick Chubb

11. Josh Jacobs

Henry, Mixon, Chubb and Jacobs are excellent runners with full job/carry security, but none is a safe bet to catch more than two or three passes per game. Cook was originally No. 5 in my rankings, but between the contract holdout and some

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Jerry Donabedian
Jerry was a 2018 finalist for the FSWA's Player Notes Writer of the Year and DFS Writer of the Year awards. A Baltimore native, Jerry roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.
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