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 three picks of most drafts are most likely to be running backs and there could be as many as 12 taken in the first two rounds.


But after the big three RBs – David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott, depending on your preference – who should be the next one drafted? And is there another projected early pick that has the potential to outscore the NFL’s version of the Big 3?


Related: Fantasy Football 2017 - Quarterback Rankings


There’s still plenty of time before the season starts, but hopefully these rankings will make your life easier as you prepare for draft day. Use these rankings as a guide to help make your life easier come draft day.


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


— 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.


And don’t forget to pick up your copy of Athlon Sports’ 2017 Fantasy Football magazine, available for purchase online and at newsstands everywhere.

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