Fantasy Football: TDN's RB Rankings

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Some quick background on how these rankings were determined. I put about 40 hours worth of research into these rankings. I started by coming up with my own custom stat projections for the season. That process began by taking projections from seven different outlets and weighing each one based on past accuracy. That gave me one set of projections as a baseline to work with. From there I adjusted the order based on upside, injury risk, situation, and any other relevant factors. Finally, I placed each RB into one of nine tiers.

All of my rankings reflect the order in which I would take players if my draft was today in a standard 12-team half-point PPR league. The rankings would not significantly change in full-point PPR formats.

Please note that the tiers are only meant to be a helpful guide. Do not fall into the trap of undervaluing the top player in a tier and overvaluing the bottom player. Players near the top of tiers are better than those at the bottom.

These rankings will be updated weekly throughout the offseason so be sure to check back in with The Draft Network often to gain an edge on your leaguemates.

If you have any specific questions or want to know more about what I think of certain players, hit me up on Twitter (@JaimeEisner) or Instagram (@JEisnerFFB). I’d be happy to chat with you!

You can find rankings from Paige Dimakos and Jake Arians below Jaime Eisner's rankings.

Click here for specific positional rankings: QB | WR | TE | K | DST | Top 200


***Jaime Eisner's Rankings -- Updated August 27***


TIER 1


1. Saquon Barkley 

2. Alvin Kamara 

3. Christian McCaffrey 

-- No changes at the top. I've seen these three go in any order. That's fine as long as the order is No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 overall.


TIER 2


4. Todd Gurley

5. Dalvin Cook 

6. James Conner 

7. Joe Mixon

8. Nick Chubb 

9. David Johnson

10. Leonard Fournette

11. Le'Veon Bell

12. Ezekiel Elliott

-- I decided not to move Elliott any further down because there seems to be at least a little optimism about him showing up soon. Still, he's not worthy of a first-round pick until we have more solid information.


TIER 3


13. Devonta Freeman  

14. Damien Williams

15. Chris Carson

16. Aaron Jones

17. James White

18. Phillip Lindsay

19. Marlon Mack

-- Some movement in this tier. Carson and Jones swap spots. I'm really excited to see what Carson can do if he stays healthy all season. Mack moves down a couple spots in the wake of Andrew Luck's retirement. I still think him getting more volume will balance out the negative of seeing more stacked boxes.


TIER 4


20. Josh Jacobs

21. Kerryon Johnson

22. Derrick Henry 

23. Sony Michel 

24. Mark Ingram

25. Austin Ekeler 

-- No changes in this tier.


TIER 5


26. Duke Johnson 📈

27. Latavius Murray 

28. Melvin Gordon 📉

29. Tarik Cohen

30. David Montgomery 

31. Justin Jackson

-- This tier is a bit more trim now. Johnson flies way up with the news that Lamar Miller tore his ACL. He's been a pretty productive player on a per-touch basis in his career and now should get some volume. Gordon keeps falling as it seems inevitable that he misses regular season time.


TIER 6


32. Dion Lewis

33. Tevin Coleman 

34. Darrell Henderson

35. Miles Sanders

36. Ronald Jones II 📉

37. Darrius Guice

38. Kalen Ballage 📉

39. Rashaad Penny 

40. Royce Freeman  

-- This is a very interesting tier. There's a lot of upside but some risk. Jones fell because I was hoping to hear about a more definitive role for him by this point. Ballage has looked terrible in the opportunities he's gotten since Drake got injured.


TIER 7


41. Tony Pollard

42. Justice Hill

43. Darwin Thompson 📈

44. Peyton Barber

45. Kenyan Drake

46. Carlos Hyde

47. Matt Breida

48. Nyheim Hines 📉

49. Adrian Peterson

50. Chris Thompson

51. Jordan Howard

52. Mike Davis

53. C.J. Anderson

54. Chase Edmonds

55. Jamaal Williams

56. Jalen Richard

57. Ty Montgomery 📈

-- Darwin Thompson looks like the favorite to be Williams' back-up in KC, so that shoots him way up the rankings. He's a dynamic player that's now one injury away from being an every week FLEX play. Hines drops a little with the QB switch in Indianapolis. While I don't believe there will be any significant timeshare with Bell, Montgomery is still worth owning. He's been used a lot all preseason and will have a role in the regular offense.


TIER 8


58. Damien Harris

59. Jaylen Samuels

60. LeSean McCoy 

61. Ryquell Armstead

62. Malcolm Brown

63. Dontrell Hilliard

64. Devin Singletary

65. Alexander Mattison

66. Dare Ogunbowale 📈

67. Brian Hill

68. Alfred Morris

69. Ito Smith

70. Kareem Hunt

71. Giovani Bernard

72. Rex Burkhead

73. Benny Snell

74. Damarea Crockett 📈

75. Myles Gaskin 📈

-- A couple new additions at the bottom. Crockett cracks the list as he could be the new No. 2 in Houston behind Johnson with Miller out for the season. Gaskin has looked the best of the Miami backs so far and likely starts the season as the No. 2 there.


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***Paige Dimakos' Rankings -- Updated August 5***

1. Saquon Barkley 

2. Ezekiel Elliott 

3. Christian McCaffrey 

4. Alvin Kamara

5. David Jonson

6. Le’Veon Bell 

7. James Conner

8. Joe Mixon 

9. Dalvin Cook 

10. Todd Gurley 

11. Melvin Gordon 

12. Nick Chubb 

13. Damien Williams  

14. Marlon Mack 

15. Leonard Fournette 

16. Aaron Jones 

17. Phillip Lindsay 

18. Devonta Freeman 

19. Kerryon Johnson

20. Josh Jacobs

21. James White

22. Derrick Henry 

23. Chris Carson 

24. David Montgomery

25. Sony Michel 

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***Jake Arians' Rankings -- Updated August 5***

1. Saquon Barkley

2. Ezekiel Elliott

3. Alvin Kamara

4. Christian McCaffrey

5. Dalvin Cook

6. Le'Veon Bell

7. David Johnson

8. Melvin Gordon

9. Todd Gurley

10. Joe Mixon

11. James Conner

12. Nick Chubb

13. Leonard Fournette

14. Josh Jacobs

15. Devonta Freeman

16. Marlon Mack

17. Miles Sanders

18. Damien Williams

19. Phillip Lindsay

20. Kerryon Johnson

21. James White

22. Aaron Jones

23. Royce Freeman

24. Derrick Henry

25. Chris Carson

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