Fantasy Football 2021 Running Back Rankings

The top spot in the running back rankings this year is closer than many others. Christian McCaffrey gets the slight nudge over Dalvin Cook, but the gap is razor thin. Arranging the rest of the top tier is a fun but futile exercise. Sure, Derrick Henry‘s pass-game usage is troubling, but he just keep on producing. Aaron Jones and Ezekiel Elliott get the bump over Alvin Kamara as we are a little more confident in the quarterback play and overall scoring output in Green Bay and Dallas.

ADP Targets

While you love leaving round one with a top tier option, it’s really not up to you if picking outside the top six. Among the next group, Austin Ekeler (10.6) and his target volume makes him the prime target at the back end of the first round for me. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (16.4) and Najee Harris (13.5) can both slip deep in the second round but should be in consideration at the 1/2 turn.

Deeper into the draft, Darell Henderson (34.0) and Miles Sanders (36.3) stand out as the third round running backs that we are most likely to take the dive on. James Robinson’s (45.5) ADP is likely to skyrocket following the news that Travis Etienne is going to miss the season, but perhaps he remains a value as some fail to adjust quickly enough… Raheem Mostert (53.7) is one of the best home run hitters in the league when healthyPhillip Lindsay (105.9) has the most juice in the Texans’ backfield and while the team is likely to be awful, there is value in volume… Ty Johnson (200+) looks like he may lead the Jets’ running back committee… Jerrick McKinnon (200+) is an interesting athlete and should he be needed for a larger role in KC, it could be a very productive one.

Top 100 Running Back Rankings

Tier 1
1Christian McCaffreyCAR
2Dalvin CookMIN
3Aaron JonesGB
4Derrick HenryTEN
5Ezekiel ElliottDAL
6Alvin KamaraNO
Tier 2
7Austin EkelerLAC
8Nick ChubbCLE
9Jonathan TaylorIND
10Antonio GibsonWAS
11Saquon BarkleyNYG
12Clyde Edwards-HelaireKC
13Najee HarrisPIT
Tier 3
14Miles SandersPHI
15J.K. DobbinsBAL
16Darrell HendersonLAR
17Joe MixonCIN
18Chris CarsonSEA
19David MontgomeryCHI
20Raheem MostertSF
21James RobinsonJAC
22Josh JacobsLV
23D'Andre SwiftDET
24Kareem HuntCLE
25Mike DavisATL
Tier 4
26Damien HarrisNE
27Myles GaskinMIA
28Chase EdmondsARI
29Ronald Jones IITB
30Javonte WilliamsDEN
31Melvin Gordon IIIDEN
32Ty JohnsonNYJ
33Gus EdwardsBAL
34Trey SermonSF
35Phillip LindsayHOU
36Michael CarterNYJ
37Malcolm BrownMIA
38David JohnsonHOU
39Latavius MurrayNO
40Leonard FournetteTB
41James ConnerARI
42Zack MossBUF
43Kenyan DrakeLV
44AJ DillonGB
45Devin SingletaryBUF
46Jerick McKinnonKC
47Jamaal WilliamsDET
48Tony PollardDAL
49Kenneth GainwellPHI
50Nyheim HinesIND
51Damien WilliamsCHI
52Joshua KelleyLAC
53J.D. McKissicWAS
54James WhiteNE
55Alexander MattisonMIN
56Tevin ColemanNYJ
57Rashaad PennySEA
58Giovani BernardTB
59Sony MichelNE
60Salvon AhmedMIA
61Xavier JonesLAR
62Marlon MackIND
63Darrel WilliamsKC
64Darrynton EvansTEN
65Chuba HubbardCAR
66Carlos HydeJAC
67Benny Snell Jr.PIT
68Justin JacksonLAC
69Mark Ingram IIHOU
70La'Mical PerineNYJ
71Tarik CohenCHI
72Boston ScottPHI
73Wayne GallmanSF
74Kerryon JohnsonPHI
75Rhamondre StevensonNE
76Matt BreidaBUF
77Anthony McFarland Jr.PIT
78Javian HawkinsATL
79Jeff Wilson Jr.SF
80Devontae BookerNYG
81Ke'Shawn VaughnTB
82Samaje PerineCIN
83DeeJay DallasSEA
84Jalen RichardLV
85Rex BurkheadHOU
86Justice HillBAL
87Kalen BallagePIT
88Brian HillTEN
89Eno BenjaminARI
90Le'Veon BellFA
91Todd Gurley IIFA
92Jordan HowardPHI
93Duke Johnson Jr.FA
94Jordan WilkinsIND
95Ito SmithMIN
96Adrian PetersonFA
97Jermar JeffersonDET
98Peyton BarberWAS
99Chris ThompsonFA
100Mike BooneDEN

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