The running back pool for fantasy football entering the 2019 season doesn't lack for appealing options but many of these come with questions. And those start at the top. Who should be the first RB drafted in fantasy? Saquon Barkley? Christian McCaffrey?Alvin Kamara?
Ezekiel Elliott would have been in the running for the No. 1 billing and he could still end up as an option but for now, he and Melvin Gordon remain away from their teams, much to the dismay of fantasy owners everywhere. The clock is ticking boys.
And the questions don't end with the top five. Is Todd Gurley healthy? How will David Johnson fare in new Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense led by a rookie starting quarterback? Can Le'Veon Bell return to his elite form after missing all of last season and with a new team? How will guys like Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Devonta Freeman bounce back after injury-plagued campaigns?
Unfortunately, another question was created as a result of an injury, as Lamar Miller tore his ACL in the Texans' third preseason game. Miller's loss could be Duke Johnson's gain, but does that mean you should trust the former Cleveland Brown to produce like a reliable RB2. Elsewhere in the running back pool you have guys on new teams, those coming back from injury, a few looking to make a big impact as a rookie, etc.
There's no question that a bunch of running backs will be taken in fantasy drafts and quite a few will go sooner rather than later. But which ones are you willing to stake your championship hopes on? Maybe these rankings will help you put your draft board together. But choose wisely as one bad pick could impact your entire season. Just ask those that drafted Bell last year. And Fournette. And Freeman. And Cook.
2019 Running Back Rankings
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