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Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Running Back Rankings 2017

Jay Ajayi

Jay Ajayi

David Johnson

It's safe to say that running backs are back in popular demand this year in fantasy football. The first two picks of most drafts are most likely to be running backs and if not for Ezekiel Elliott’s pending suspension, it probably would have been three RBs in a row. It’s possible, depending on the league, that as many as a dozen running backs could be taken in the first two rounds alone

But the uncertainty surrounding Elliott has opened up debate for who should be the next running back taken after David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell. And how far should Elliot fall, especially with the possibility that his suspension could be reduced? And how should you value the rookies?

Related: Fantasy Football 2017 - Quarterback Rankings

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Week 1 is quickly approaching, so hopefully these rankings will make your life easier as you prepare for draft day.

Rank

Player

Team

1

David Johnson

ARI

2

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

3

LeSean McCoy

BUF

4

Melvin Gordon

LAC

5

Devonta Freeman

ATL

6

Jay Ajayi

MIA

7

Jordan Howard

CHI

8

DeMarco Murray

TEN

9

Todd Gurley

LAR

10

Leonard Fournette

JAC

11

Isaiah Crowell

CLE

12

Ezekiel Elliott

DAL

13

Lamar Miller

HOU

14

Dalvin Cook

MIN

15

Carlos Hyde

SF

16

Marshawn Lynch

OAK

17

Kareem Hunt

KC

18

Ty Montgomery

GB

19

Christian McCaffrey

CAR

20

Joe Mixon

CIN

21

Mark Ingram

NO

22

C.J. Anderson

DEN

23

Bilal Powell

NYJ

24

Ameer Abdullah

DET

25

Mike Gillislee

NE

26

Tevin Coleman

ATL

27

Frank Gore

IND

28

Doug Martin

TB

29

Adrian Peterson

NO

30

Terrance West

BAL

31

Danny Woodhead

BAL

32

Paul Perkins

NYG

33

Robert Kelley

WAS

34

LeGarrette Blount

PHI

35

Derrick Henry

TEN

36

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

37

Eddie Lacy

SEA

38

Theo Riddick

DET

39

Matt Forte

NYJ

40

Darren McFadden

DAL

41

Duke Johnson

CLE

42

Thomas Rawls

SEA

43

Darren Sproles

PHI

44

James White

NE

45

Jeremy Hill

CIN

46

Rex Burkhead

NE

47

Samaje Perine

WAS

48

Jacquizz Rodgers

TB

49

C.J. Prosise

SEA

50

Jamaal Williams

GB

51

Latavius Murray

MIN

52

Jamaal Charles

DEN

53

Giovani Bernard

CIN

54

Jonathan Williams

BUF

55

Shane Vereen

NYG

56

DeAndre Washington

OAK

57

D'Onta Foreman

HOU

58

Wendell Smallwood

PHI

59

Marlon Mack

IND

60

Chris Thompson

WAS

— 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.

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