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PPR running back rankings for 2021 fantasy football leagues

We take you through our PPR running back rankings heading into the 2021 NFL season heading into fantasy football drafts.

Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes after a pass reception during the second half of a game against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

UPDATED 8/22

As we approach the 2021 fantasy football season, we’re all taking diligent notes and over-analyzing each and every bit of information we can gather from beat reporters, statements from coaches, and the limited snaps we see from starters in the preseason. We’ve taken all of that information and more to project these players for your 2021 fantasy football leagues to present our 2021 PPR fantasy football running back rankings.

2021 PPR Fantasy Football rankings: Running backs

We kick off our 2021 PPR running back rankings with some less-than-surprising names. At No. 1 sits Christian McCaffrey, set to bounce back in a big way after injuries kept him off the field for most of the 2020 season. He’s averaged 27 fantasy points per game in PPR scoring formats since 2018. Alvin Kamara has the second-highest average in fantasy points per game in the same span — 22 points per game in PPR formats. Both are undoubtedly set to, yet again, be featured receivers in their respective offenses giving them a high ceiling in PPR formats.

Each of the running backs in our top-12 are projected for heavy workloads, even if we’re presuming a small target share, as is the case with RBs Derrick Henry and Nick Chubb. Together, these two have combined for just 169 targets since the 2018 season. If you’re looking to compare that to some other top-end backs, Alvin Kamara has had 309 targets in that same time span, James White has seen 280 targets, and Tarik Cohen has seen 204 targets despite missing most of the 2020 season with a torn ACL.

Here’s a look at our PPR running back rankings as you draft in your 2021 fantasy football leagues. Keep in mind as you’re drafting that to capitalize on value in this scoring format, it can be helpful to draft running backs who are on teams with a less-than-ideal receiving corps.

PPR Running back rankings for 2021 fantasy football leagues

Rk Name Team
Rk Name Team
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR
2 Dalvin Cook MIN
3 Alvin Kamara NO
4 Derrick Henry TEN
5 Saquon Barkley NYG
6 Aaron Jones GB
7 Ezekiel Elliott DAL
8 Najee Harris PIT
9 Joe Mixon CIN
10 Jonathan Taylor IND
11 Nick Chubb CLE
12 Austin Ekeler LAC
13 Antonio Gibson WAS
14 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC
15 Miles Sanders PHI
16 David Montgomery CHI
17 James Robinson JAC
18 D'Andre Swift DET
19 Chris Carson SEA
20 Josh Jacobs LV
21 Gus Edwards BAL
22 Raheem Mostert SF
23 Damien Harris NE
24 Kareem Hunt CLE
25 Chase Edmonds ARI
26 Mike Davis ATL
27 Myles Gaskin MIA
28 Melvin Gordon III DEN
29 Zack Moss BUF
30 Darrell Henderson LAR
31 Javonte Williams DEN
32 Trey Sermon SF
33 Ronald Jones II TB
34 Leonard Fournette TB
35 James Conner ARI
36 Sony Michel LAR
37 Giovani Bernard TB
38 Devin Singletary BUF
39 Tony Pollard DAL
40 Jamaal Williams DET
41 AJ Dillon GB
42 Darrel Williams KC
43 Kenyan Drake LV
44 Nyheim Hines IND
45 Michael Carter NYJ
46 Malcolm Brown MIA
47 Tevin Coleman NYJ
48 James White NE
49 Ty'Son Williams BAL
50 Rhamondre Stevenson NE
51 Phillip Lindsay HOU
52 J.D. McKissic WAS
53 Rashaad Penny SEA
54 Alexander Mattison MIN
55 Salvon Ahmed MIA
56 Alex Collins SEA
57 Latavius Murray NO
58 Justice Hill BAL
59 Marlon Mack IND
60 Darrynton Evans TEN
61 Ty Johnson NYJ
62 Justin Jackson LAC
63 Tony Jones Jr. NO
64 J.J. Taylor NE
65 Mark Ingram II HOU
66 Carlos Hyde JAC
67 Jerick McKinnon KC
68 Kylin Hill GB
69 Qadree Ollison ATL
70 David Johnson HOU
71 Jaret Patterson WAS
72 DeeJay Dallas SEA
73 Kenneth Gainwell PHI
74 Chuba Hubbard CAR
75 Damien Williams CHI
76 Boston Scott PHI
77 Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT
78 Joshua Kelley LAC
79 Larry Rountree III LAC
80 Elijah Mitchell SF
81 Benny Snell Jr. PIT
82 D'Ernest Johnson CLE
83 Devontae Booker NYG
84 Jake Funk LAR
85 Matt Breida BUF
86 Mike Boone DEN
87 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB
88 Eno Benjamin ARI
89 Samaje Perine CIN
90 Rex Burkhead HOU
91 Royce Freeman DEN
92 Chris Evans CIN
93 Jordan Wilkins IND
94 Jermar Jefferson DET
95 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF
96 Khalil Herbert CHI
97 Kene Nwangwu MIN
98 Gary Brightwell NYG
99 Tarik Cohen CHI
100 La'Mical Perine NYJ
101 Javian Hawkins TEN
102 JaMycal Hasty SF
103 Kalen Ballage PIT
104 Travis Homer SEA
105 Jalen Richard LV