Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Running Back Rankings 2017

Is Jay Ajayi a top-five fantasy RB after rushing for 1,272 yards in 2016?

It's safe to say that running backs are back in popular demand this year in fantasy football. The first two picks of most drafts are most likely to be running backs and if not for Ezekiel Elliott’s pending suspension, it probably would have been three RBs in a row. It’s possible, depending on the league, that as many as a dozen running backs could be taken in the first two rounds alone


But the uncertainty surrounding Elliott has opened up debate for who should be the next running back taken after David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell. And how far should Elliot fall, especially with the possibility that his suspension could be reduced? And how should you value the rookies?


Related: Fantasy Football 2017 - Quarterback Rankings


Week 1 is quickly approaching, so hopefully these rankings will make your life easier as you prepare for draft day.


Rank Player Team
1 David Johnson ARI
2 Le'Veon Bell PIT
3 LeSean McCoy BUF
4 Melvin Gordon LAC
5 Devonta Freeman ATL
6 Jay Ajayi MIA
7 Jordan Howard CHI
8 DeMarco Murray TEN
9 Todd Gurley LAR
10 Leonard Fournette JAC
11 Isaiah Crowell CLE
12 Ezekiel Elliott DAL
13 Lamar Miller HOU
14 Dalvin Cook MIN
15 Carlos Hyde SF
16 Marshawn Lynch OAK
17 Kareem Hunt KC
18 Ty Montgomery GB
19 Christian McCaffrey CAR
20 Joe Mixon CIN
21 Mark Ingram NO
22 C.J. Anderson DEN
23 Bilal Powell NYJ
24 Ameer Abdullah DET
25 Mike Gillislee NE
26 Tevin Coleman ATL
27 Frank Gore IND
28 Doug Martin TB
29 Adrian Peterson NO
30 Terrance West BAL
31 Danny Woodhead BAL
32 Paul Perkins NYG
33 Robert Kelley WAS
34 LeGarrette Blount PHI
35 Derrick Henry TEN
36 Jonathan Stewart CAR
37 Eddie Lacy SEA
38 Theo Riddick DET
39 Matt Forte NYJ
40 Darren McFadden DAL
41 Duke Johnson CLE
42 Thomas Rawls SEA
43 Darren Sproles PHI
44 James White NE
45 Jeremy Hill CIN
46 Rex Burkhead NE
47 Samaje Perine WAS
48 Jacquizz Rodgers TB
49 C.J. Prosise SEA
50 Jamaal Williams GB
51 Latavius Murray MIN
52 Jamaal Charles DEN
53 Giovani Bernard CIN
54 Jonathan Williams BUF
55 Shane Vereen NYG
56 DeAndre Washington OAK
57 D'Onta Foreman HOU
58 Wendell Smallwood PHI
59 Marlon Mack IND
60 Chris Thompson WAS


— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.


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Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 17:40

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