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2016 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Back

While Adrian Peterson gets the nod at the top spot overall — any of the top 8 could finish at the as the king of the hill.

Lev Bell is simply too talented to let out of the top-10 and potential owners have to love seeing his suspension reduced to three games.

C.J. Anderson is getting no love in the preseason (RB14, 34 overall in consensus ADP data), despite averaging 4.7 ypc last season and 6.7 ypc over his last seven games.

Tier 1 stops at Elliot, the (mostly) healthy and in-their-prime bellcows with Bell, CJA, Doug Martin and Eddie Lacy forming the second tier.

Jonathan Stewart’s checkered injury history that includes multiple lower-leg issues leaves him out of this second tier and begins a new one including Carlos Hyde in Chip Kelly’s back-friendly system. Young risers Thomas Rawls and Latavius Murray as well as veterans LeSean McCoy and Ryan Matthews.

You absolutely want to leave the draft table with at least one of these top-18 backs. Missed time is the only thing that will prevent this group from returning RB1 value.

Tier four is also full of juice but the question marks are too big to ignore. Does Bilall Powell block Matt Forte from seeing anywhere near the volume he enjoyed in Chicago? How many games can Arian Foster get in? Does Demarco Murray bounce back? If you feel confident in any of these answers feel free to thrust these veterans up a round or two in your pre-draft list.

Fantasy Football Running BackĀ Rankings 2016

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Adrian PetersonMIN
2David JohnsonARI
3Todd GurleyLA
4Devonta FreemanATL
5Lamar MillerHOU
6Jamaal CharlesKC
7Mark IngramNO
8Ezekiel ElliottDAL
Tier 2
9Le'Veon BellPIT
10C.J. AndersonDEN
11Doug MartinTB
12Eddie LacyGB
13Thomas RawlsSEA
Tier 3
14Jonathan StewartCAR
15Carlos HydeSF
16LeSean McCoyBUF
17Latavius MurrayOAK
18Ryan MathewsPHI
Tier 4
19Matt ForteNYJ
20Arian FosterMIA
21Dion LewisNE
22Chris IvoryJAC
23DeMarco MurrayTEN
24Jeremy LangfordCHI
25Jeremy HillCIN
26Rashad JenningsNYG
27Matt JonesWAS
28Justin ForsettBAL
29Giovani BernardCIN
30Duke JohnsonCLE
31Ameer AbdullahDET
32Isaiah CrowellCLE
33Frank GoreIND
34Charles SimsTB
35Bilal PowellNYJ
36Danny WoodheadSD
37Melvin GordonSD
Tier 5
38Darren SprolesPHI
39DeAngelo WilliamsPIT
40Christine MichaelSEA
41Shane VereenNYG
42T.J. YeldonJAC
43Jay AjayiMIA
44LeGarrette BlountNE
45Theo RiddickDET
Tier 6
46Chris JohnsonARI
47Chris ThompsonWAS
48Jerick McKinnonMIN
49James StarksGB
50Kenneth DixonBAL
51Josh FergusonIND
52Javorius AllenBAL
53Devontae BookerDEN
54Tevin ColemanATL
55DeAndre WashingtonOAK
56Ronnie HillmanDEN
57C.J. ProsiseSEA
58Derrick HenryTEN
59Jordan HowardCHI
60Karlos WilliamsBUF
61Darren McFaddenDAL
62C.J. SpillerNO
63Paul PerkinsNYG
64Spencer WareKC
65Terrance WestBAL
66Wendell SmallwoodPHI
67Tim HightowerNO
68George AtkinsonOAK
69Charcandrick WestKC
70Shaun DraughnSF
71Keith MarshallWAS
72Alfred MorrisDAL
73Lance DunbarDAL
74Cameron Artis-PayneCAR
75Andre EllingtonARI

 

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