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College Fantasy Football 2017 Running Back Rankings

Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley

There is little debate as to who the top two running backs in college fantasy football are this year with LSU's Derrius Guice and Penn State's Saquon Barkley leading with way. Deciding on which to choose over the other is another story in itself. Personal preference is certainly a factor, but if you are lucky enough to have the benefit of choosing between the two, be sure to check your league scoring system as Barkley is utilized far more often in the passing game.

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That said, there are plenty of other running backs available beyond the top two that will help your squad bring a title home this season.

Athlon Sports has teamed up with contributor and resident college fantasy football expert Mike Bainbridge to help you prepare for the upcoming college fantasy football draft season with our positional rankings. Below is the scoring system used to comprise these positional rankings. 

Passing Yards, 25 Yards = 1 point

Passing TD = 4 points

Rushing Yards, 10 yards = 1 point

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Rushing TDs = 6 points

Receptions = 0.5 points per reception

Receiving Yards, 10 yards = 1 point

Receiving TDs = 6 points

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2017 College Fantasy Postional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DEF I K

College Fantasy Football RB Rankings for 2017

Rank

Player

Team

FPPG

1

Derrius Guice

LSU

28.41

2

Saquon Barkley

Penn State

28.34

3

Ito Smith

Southern Miss

26.28

4

Rashaad Penny

San Diego State

24.52

5

Devin Singletary

Florida Atlantic

24.14

6

Royce Freeman

Oregon

24.03

7

Phillip Lindsay

Colorado

23.06

8

Jalin Moore

Appalachian State

22.50

9

Mark Walton

Miami

21.98

10

Justin Jackson

Northwestern

21.93

11

Ryquell Armstead

Temple

21.60

12

Benny Snell

Kentucky

20.87

13

Kyle Hicks

TCU

20.83

14

Jarred Craft

Louisiana Tech

20.15

15

Alexander Mattison

Boise State

20.08

16

Mike Weber

Ohio State

19.63

17

Bryce Love

Stanford

19.51

18

Rodney Smith

Minnesota

19.49

19

Ronald Jones

USC

19.41

20

Myles Gaskin

Washington

19.38

21

Jordan Chunn

Troy

19.22

22

Jarvion Franklin

Western Michigan

19.12

23

Kalen Ballage

Arizona State

19.05

24

Nick Chubb

Georgia

18.98

25

Jeffrey Wilson

North Texas

18.92

26

Ralph Webb

Vanderbilt

18.85

27

Akrum Wadley

Iowa

18.66

28

Devwah Whaley

Arkansas

18.43

29

LJ Scott

Michigan State

18.37

30

Larry Rose

New Mexico State

18.34

31

Ray Lawry

Old Dominion

18.10

32

Bo Scarbrough

Alabama

18.09

33

Ryan Nall

Oregon State

17.88

34

Trayveon Williams

Texas A&M

17.84

35

Damarea Crockett

Missouri

17.68

36

Jalen Rhodes

UTSA

17.47

37

Terry Swanson

Toledo

17.34

38

D'Ernest Johnson

South Florida

17.18

39

James Gilbert

Ball State

17.14

40

John Kelly

Tennessee

16.92

41

Tim McVey

Air Force

16.92

42

Josh Adams

Notre Dame

16.82

43

James Williams

Washington State

16.46

44

Markell Jones

Purdue

16.38

45

Jordan Huff

Northern Illinois

16.38

46

Izzy Matthews

Colorado State

16.25

47

Tyrone Owens

New Mexico

16.21

48

Alex Gardner

Florida International

16.14

49

D'Angelo Brewer

Tulsa

16.12

50

Warren Wand

Arkansas State

16.04

51

Justin Crawford

West Virginia

16.01

52

Richard McQuarley

New Mexico

15.90

53

Kamryn Pettway

Auburn

15.83

54

Shannon Brooks

Minnesota

15.68

55

JaMycal Hasty

Baylor

15.68

56

Chris Warren

Texas

15.63

57

Duke Catalon

Houston

15.58

58

Bradrick Shaw

Wisconsin

15.40

59

Cam Akers

Florida State

15.34

60

Dontrell Hilliard

Tulane

15.24

*FPPG = Fantasy Points Per Game (projected) for 2017

— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. For additional College Fantasy Football insight, be sure to follow him on Twitter @MBainbridgeCFF.