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Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Running Back Rankings 2018

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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.

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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.

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