Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Running Back Rankings 2018

Where does Saquon Barkley rank among his peers?

Athlon Sports 2018 Fantasy Football Magazine

While there is certainly no lack of options when it comes to running backs for fantasy football in the 2018 season much of the attention surrounds the new kid on the block. Saquon Barkley was the second overall pick of the draft and the expectations for him are as high (if not higher) than any rookie RB to come along in recent seasons.

 

The recent track record for rookies has been pretty good, highlighted by Ezekiel Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing as a rookie in 2016, but it doesn't minimize the risk in relying on someone who has yet to play a down as a professional. Fortunately there are plenty of established options outside of Barkley, led by the quartet of Todd Gurley, Le'Veon Bell, David Johnson and Elliott.

 

And for those who don't wish to spend an early pick on a rookie like Barkley (or Rashaad Penny, Derrius Guice or Ronald Jones II), the class of 2017 is impressive is in its own right with Kareem Hunt, Leonard Fournette, Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey leading the way.

 

One thing is for sure, running backs, including Barkley, will go early in fantasy drafts and quite a few will be taken before all is said and done. Maybe these rankings will help you prepare for draft day.

 

2018 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

 

2018 Running Back Rankings

 

Rank Player Team Bye
1 Todd Gurley LAR 12
2 Le'Veon Bell PIT 7
3 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 8
4 David Johnson ARI 9
5 Saquon Barkley NYG 9
6 Kareem Hunt KC 12
7 Leonard Fournette JAC 9
8 Melvin Gordon LAC 8
9 Alvin Kamara NO 6
10 Dalvin Cook MIN 10
11 LeSean McCoy BUF 11
12 Devonta Freeman ATL 8
13 Christian McCaffrey CAR 4
14 Joe Mixon CIN 9
15 Rashaad Penny SEA 7
16 Jerick McKinnon SF 11
17 Derrius Guice WAS 4
18 Dion Lewis TEN 8
19 Alex Collins BAL 10
20 Kenyan Drake MIA 11
21 Ronald Jones II TB 5
22 Mark Ingram NO 6
23 Jordan Howard CHI 5
24 Jay Ajayi PHI 9
25 Sony Michel NE 11
26 Derrick Henry TEN 8
27 Royce Freeman DEN 10
28 Lamar Miller HOU 10
29 Jamaal Williams GB 7
30 Duke Johnson CLE 11
31 Tarik Cohen CHI 5
32 Nick Chubb CLE 11
33 Chris Thompson WAS 4
34 Rex Burkhead NE 11
35 Isaiah Crowell NYJ 11
36 Marshawn Lynch OAK 7
37 Kerryon Johnson DET 6
38 Tevin Coleman ATL 8
39 Marlon Mack IND 9
40 C.J. Anderson CAR 4
41 Theo Riddick DET 6
42 D'Onta Foreman HOU 10
43 James White NE 11
44 Devontae Booker DEN 10
45 Carlos Hyde CLE 11
46 Giovani Bernard CIN 9
47 Ty Montgomery GB 7
48 Nyheim Hines IND 9
49 Darren Sproles PHI 9
50 Bilal Powell NYJ 11
51 Aaron Jones GB 7
52 LeGarrette Blount DET 6
53 Chris Ivory BUF 11
54 Latavius Murray MIN 10
55 Austin Ekeler LAC 8
56 Kenneth Dixon BAL 10
57 Frank Gore MIA 11
58 Doug Martin OAK 7
59 Samaje Perine WAS 4
60 Matt Breida SF 11
61 Spencer Ware KC 12
62 Corey Clement PHI 9
63 Chris Carson SEA 7
64 Charles Sims TB 5
65 Jonathan Stewart NYG 9
66 Peyton Barber TB 5
67 Javorius Allen BAL 10
68 T.J. Yeldon JAC 9
69 Kalen Ballage MIA 11
70 C.J. Prosise SEA 7
71 Jeremy Hill NE 11
72 Jordan Wilkins IND 9
73 Mark Walton CIN 9
74 Ameer Abdullah DET 6
75 Wayne Gallman NYG 9
76 Jonathan Williams NO 6
77 John Kelly LAR 12
78 Rod Smith DAL 8
79 Tavon Austin DAL 8
80 Cameron Artis-Payne CAR 4

 

And don’t forget to pick up your copy of Athlon Sports’ 2018 Fantasy Football magazine, available for purchase online and at newsstands everywhere.

 

(Top photo courtesy of www.giants.com)

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 14:16

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