Football is just about back! fantasy football PPR running back rankings. Training camp is meaningful and what we learn over the next 20-plus days will help us rank these players more accurately. However, with no preseason games and somewhat limited media coverage due to Covid-19, it is going to be tougher to evaluate camp battles, but it’s never been that easy either.
Nonetheless, there is information that helps better inform our rankings. Movement over the next month will come courtesy of injuries, camp battles, and even hype or as I like to call it, “depth chart scaling.” Below, you can check out our running back rankings for the 2020 season. We are using half PPR to balance between standard and full PPR for the time being.
Christian McCaffrey was so far ahead of every other fantasy running back this season that he could lose a big chunk of his fantasy points and still be the No. 1 back. So, even if new head coach Matt Rhule doesn’t use him as much as they did last season, there’s still a strong chance he ends up the top fantasy back again.
Saquon Barkley had a down season in 2019 due to a rookie quarterback and a high ankle sprain, but he was a beast to end the season. Daniel Jones wasn’t awful last year and had some huge games, so there is upside with him at the helm, while Barkley should be the engine of their offense.
Tier 1 could just be McCaffrey, but with his usage is somewhat in question. I think it’s safe to lump him, Barkley, and Ezekiel Elliott into the same top-tier luxury apartment.
Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook both are Tier 1 capable. Cook is similar in usage to Elliott and Kamara has the ability to go off for a season and lead your fake team to a championship. Kamara will need to get his touchdown numbers back up, which is never a given. The good news for Kamara is that you can count on his receptions in PPR, which still makes him safer than most.
Derrick Henry’s schedule has me bullish on him despite his lack of receptions. The Titans should be favored in around 10 games and have a good run defense strength of schedule. Henry’s floor is lower than the other top backs but he will get plenty of opportunities to run and score.
Tier 3 goes from Miles Sanders all the way to Joe Mixon and is full of players with great upside. Nick Chubb gets a much better offensive line to run behind this season. Miles Sanders doesn’t have to share touches with Jordan Howard anymore. Josh Jacobs, if he wasn’t hurt last season, would have likely finished in the Top 10 fantasy running backs. Kenyan Drake, if he can repeat his second half, could end up in the top five this season. Austin Ekeler was dominant when Melvin Gordon was out last year and has McCaffrey-like upside. The rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire is risky, but you’ll need to pay up for his tremendous upside in the Chiefs monster offense.
Movers and Shakers
Training camp has given Jonathan Taylor, Ronald Jones, Damien Harris, Jerick McKinnon, Chase Edmonds, and Bryce Love some early hype and a good base to build on going into Week 1.
Running back rankings for half-PPR 2021 fantasy football
|24||Melvin Gordon III||DEN|
|25||Ronald Jones II||TB|
|45||Todd Gurley II||ATL|
|51||Benny Snell Jr.||PIT|
|52||Jeff Wilson Jr.||SF|
|55||Duke Johnson Jr.||HOU|
|70||Mark Ingram II||FA|
|75||Anthony McFarland Jr.||PIT|
|85||Lynn Bowden Jr.||MIA|