There are plenty of appealing options among the running back crop for fantasy football, but in 2020 there's a clear-cut No. 1. Christian McCaffrey will more than likely be the first player taken in any fantasy draft and for good reason. After all, only three players in NFL history have gone over 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in the season — Roger Craig, Marshall Faulk, and McCaffrey.
That doesn't mean McCaffrey is the only one capable of doing it in 2020. Saquon Barkley has flashed similar potential but he was hampered by an ankle injury last season. Alvin Kamara is one of the top pass-catching backs in the league but he's not used by New Orleans as a workhorse running back.
And while guys like Dalvin Cook, Ezekiel Elliott or Derrick Henry may not see close to the number of targets that McCaffrey will get, there's nothing wrong with any of them being your RB1 either. Leonard Fournette, Nick Chubb, and Josh Jacobs are other appealing options that seem headed for a heavy workload in 2020 and there could be others or a new workhorse could emerge.
There's also a crop of established veterans who are looking for fresh starts on new teams. Kenyan Drake showed last season when he went from Miami to Arizona what a change of scenery can do, and Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley, and David Johnson are among those hoping the same will be true for them.
And what about the new kids on the block? Many are salivating over Clyde Edwards-Helaire's potential in Kansas City's high-octane offense or can envision Jonathan Taylor, D'Andre Swift, Cam Akers or J.K. Dobbins becoming the lead back for their respective teams. But trusting a rookie to carry your team is always risky, especially considering how this offseason has been impacted by the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In fact, when it comes to sizing up the RB landscape there are few, if any guarantees, but seemingly no lack of options. 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 Gurley last year. Or Gordon. Or Johnson.