2016 Player Rankings: Running Backs Generated: July 23, 2017

Rank Player Team Bye FF Pts Rushing
Yards
Rushing
TDs
Catches Receiving
Yards
Receiving
TDs
Total
Yards
Total
TDs
ST
Yards
ST
TDs
1 Todd Gurley LAR 8 282 1500 15 35 300 2 1800 17 0 0
Gurley has the look of the next Adrian Peterson and once he started to get a full workload in Week 4 last year he never looked back. He rushed for over 100 yards in five games and even added 21 catches for 188 yards to the 1106 rushing yards he amassed over 12 games. With a rookie QB to protect, the Rams may rush even more this year and that almost entirely goes to Gurley.
2 Adrian Peterson NOS 5 234 1300 11 40 320 1 1620 12 0 0
Peterson hit 30 years-old last season and still posted 327- 1485-11 as the NFL's leading rusher. He averaged 4.5 YPC and continued his remarkable streak of double-digit TDs in every season of his career (other than 2014 when suspended). This will be the third year of OC Norv Turner and the intent is to get Peterson at least a few more receptions and even possibly to lighten his load. But every year - he's the focal point of the offense and the least risky running back pick since 2007. The Vikes face a much tougher rushing schedule but Peterson is always better than his schedule. The loss of Teddy Bridgewater shouldn't impact Peterson much as a rusher.
3 David JohnsonUpside ARI 9 225 970 8 50 560 4 1530 12 300 0
Johnson became a fantasy darling in 2015 when he took over for Chris Johnson in Week 13 and turned in four straight games with over 100 total yards while scoring five times in those weeks. That was a tremendous benefit to owners who rode him during the fantasy playoff weeks. He cooled in the remaining four games including the playoffs when he only averaged only 40 rush yards per game. He did step up his production sharply as a receiver though and caught nine passes over his two postseason tilts. The needle is pointing up for this electric back though the re-signing of Chris Johnson tempers the wild enthusiasm as he was very effective as a rusher. David remains the bellcow but Chris is going to be a factor at least enough to impact what David can do.
4 Doug Martin TBB 6 219 1350 8 35 300 1 1650 9 0 0
Martin cashed in on his big 2015 when he rushed for 1402 yards and six scores plus caught 33 passes for 271 yards and one other TD. He signed a five-year, $35.75 million contract, including $15 million guaranteed. He excelled under the direction of then-OC Dirk Koetter who now calls the plays as the HC. Last year still fell short of his rookie season when he totaled 1926 yards and 12 TDs. His rushing schedule remains roughly the same and the entire offense is still intact and should be one year better. He's good for around 18+ touches each week and managed 4.9 YPC last year.
5 Lamar MillerUpside HOU 9 216 1200 7 45 420 2 1620 9 0 0
This could really work out well for Miller. After four seasons in Miami where they ranked #32 in carries last year (290) he now goes to HOU that ranked #1 (424). MIA never wanted him over 200 carries per season. Miller has also increased his role as a receiver and ended 2015 with 47 catches for 397 yards and two of his 10 total TDs. The Texans want to continue that dual role and intend on making Miller be the full-time back he could not be in MIA. The offense has to get used to QB Brock Osweiler but the passing game in HOU is very strong with DeAndre Hopkins there. The rushing schedule strength is about average and Miller ends the fantasy season with home games against the Jaguars and Bengals. This is a great opportunity for Miller.
6 Ezekiel ElliottUpsideRisk DAL 7 214 1250 9 42 350 0 1600 9 0 0
Elliott is perhaps the most interesting if not hyped player in fantasy drafts this year. The Ohio State star comes off back-to-back 2000 total yard seasons while scoring 41 TDs. He was clearly the best back in the draft - think Todd Gurley only not coming off a blown knee. Elliott moves into a backfield that featured the #1 rusher in 2014 before it all fell apart last year. There is no confusion here - Elliott will be the full-time, heavy-use back that fantasy owners crave and that the NFL rarely provides anymore. Put that behind one of the best O-lines in the league and the upside here is astronomic. Elliott will go in the first round of your draft and in many during the first half of the first round. That is a major risk for a player with zero NFL touches but no guts, no glory. The loss of Tony Romo for at least half the season won't help, but shouldn't adversely impact Elliott's workload. It may give him even more work.
7 Le'Veon BellUpsideRisk PIT 8 207 1000 6 60 590 2 1590 8 0 0
Bell came off a monster season in 2014 when he totaled 2215 yards and 11 TDs that included 83 receptions. He was suspended for the first two games of 2015 but then injured his MCL and PCL during Week 8. He landed on IR and had surgery for a torn MCL. The Bell of 2014 was more than just the top RB, he was significantly better than anyone else in reception point leagues. When healthy, he is a near lock for 100+ total yards and 4 or 5 catches with the occasional monster game. Bell is in the final year of his rookie contract and has plenty of reasons to be healthy and productive for 2016. He knows avoiding injury and posting gaudy stats again will pay off huge for 2017 - much more than signing a contract now coming off an injury year. So far, OC Todd Haley has expressed confidence that Bell will be ready by Week 1 "as good as new". Unfortunately, he has a three- game suspension and that takes a chunk out of his totals. He will likely play with a vengeance but missing three games will hurt.
8 Devonta Freeman ATL 11 194 910 7 63 490 2 1400 9 0 0
Freeman was a huge surprise in 2015 when his rookie year was unremarkable (473 total yards, 2 TDs) and the Falcons had drafted a new starter in Tevin Coleman. But then Coleman was injured in Week 3 in Dallas. Freeman got the backfield to himself and merely rushed for 141 yards, caught five passes for 52 yards and scored three times. He never looked back. He took over the starter spot and left Coleman as little more than a relief player. But Freeman did slow down noticeably later in the year. He totaled 1634 yards and 14 TDs but never rushed for more than 76 yards over the final seven weeks and scored just four TDs over his final nine games. HC Dan Quinn has already said that Freeman and Coleman will be used in combination. Freeman won't match the total numbers of 2015 because the first five monster games that pumped up his stats won't likely happen again with Coleman considered and Freeman already cooled down.
9 LeSean McCoy BUF 10 192 1190 4 42 370 2 1560 6 0 0
McCoy was a disappointment in his first season with the Bills since he fell to only 895 rushing yards and 292 yards on 32 catches with just five total TDs. He missed four games in all and had balky hamstrings. Even in the offseason he missed time with an ankle injury. He actually had less use in BUF than in PHI since last year he only had two games with exactly 20 carries and never more. In PHI, he turned in 11 games with over 20 rushes. McCoy has never been big on TDs since his freakish 2011 (20 total). He ran in just three and watched the rookie Karlos Williams turn in seven rushing scores. McCoy is getting more dinged up with age but at just 28 he should have at least one or two more good years in him. The rushing schedule is much softer this year and that will help. But it all comes down to him remaining healthy. The Bills went from being second in the NFL with 114 catches by RBs in 2014 to only 60 last year (28th). One good point - McCoy will play at home during Weeks 14 (PIT), 15 (CLE) and 16 (MIA).
10 Eddie Lacy SEA 5 190 1100 8 25 200 2 1300 10 0 0
Lacy slumped badly last year due in part to bad conditioning and weight. He ended with just 946 yards and five TDs after a 2014 season that saw him with 1566 yards and 13 scores. Lacy has lost 15 to 20 pounds in the offseason and has apparently rededicated himself not surprisingly in a contract year. Lacy was demoted from starting at times last year and almost entirely disappeared in six different games. But he ended the year with good showings in the two playoff games and will enter the season as the primary back again. But James Starks was effective when mixed in and Lacy will have to really improve in order to keep Starks on the sideline.
11 Matt Forte NYJ 11 179 960 5 44 410 2 1370 7 0 0
Forte leaves CHI after eight seasons and comes off his worst year with only 218-898-4 as a runner and 44-389-3 as a receiver. He missed three games with a sprained MCL and at 31 years old is a durability concern. The Jets said they consider him as a "three-down back" and yet re-signed Bilal Powell to a three-year deal as their pass catching back. They also signed Khiry Robinson to at least back-up Forte if not help out. Chris Ivory was the primary back last year in OC Chan Gailey's first season and he ran 247 times while catching 30 passes as opposed to Powell's 70 carries and 47 receptions. There is no doubt that Forte is the #1 back but his age and Gailey's history suggests a drop in touches for the normally prolific Forte. The Jets ranked 9th in the NFL last year with 94 RB receptions so Forte should maintain PPR value. But the Jets have a significantly more challenging schedule than 2015 and that will impact Forte.
12 Mark Ingram NOS 5 179 880 8 45 370 1 1250 9 0 0
Ingram finished 2015 on IR after injuring his shoulder but that's hardly unusual. Ingram hasn't lasted more than 12 games in any of the last three seasons which is why none of his five NFL seasons have topped 1000 rushing yards. He was having a decent season last year but none of the games where he ran for more than 56 yards was against a team on the 2016 schedule. And Ingram has to face games against CAR, SEA, KC, DEN, LA and ARI this year. So Ingram has a tougher schedule and a history of injury. He did turn in 50 catches last year which helps his fantasy value significantly. He carries a bit more risk this year but can crank out solid fantasy games - as long as he is healthy.
13 Thomas RawlsUpsideRisk SEA 5 179 1080 7 34 230 1 1310 8 0 0
Rawls was a free agent gem last year. Once Marshawn Lynch was gone, Rawls ran for 209 yards and two scores plus 46 receiving yards the next week. He would end with four 100 yard games on the season and is the heir apparent to replace Lynch. But... Rawls badly fractured his ankle in Week 14 and his status is hard to determine given the general lack of injury information coming from Pete Carroll. He does state that Rawls will be healthy enough for Week 1. The Seahawks are always Top 10 in RB carries and the success of the passing game in 2015 is not going to affect what Rawls can do considering his 5.4 YPC average. The undrafted rookie surprise last year only needs to prove he is healthy to merit a high draft pick. Rawls was taken off the PUP list in the first week of training camp.
14 Jamaal CharlesRisk DEN 11 178 1000 6 32 360 1 1360 7 0 0
Charles only lasted five games last year before tearing his ACL and requiring surgery. He missed nearly all of 2011 with a torn ACL as well and returned to post 1745 total yards the following season. But Charles is 30 years-old now and not 25. He is unlikely to be seen much in training camp but so far is still expected to be ready to go for Week 1. He'll be a high- reward/high-risk pick this year but does have a nice stretch during the fantasy playoff weeks with all home games against OAK, TEN and DEN. Charles remains above 5.0 YPC in every year he has played but his workoad has declined at least incrementally in recent years. The success of Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware last year could see Charles with a lighter load yet again. Charles may not play in Week 1 since he has been slow to return. He's one to avoid since he costs too much to carry that much risk.
15 Carlos HydeUpside SFO 8 178 1160 7 30 200 0 1360 7 0 0
The plus for Hyde is that HC Chip Kelly brings in a scheme that produces Top 5 stats in RB carries, yards and TDs. The Eagles even ranked #3 in RB catches in 2015. So that bodes very well for Hyde who has already been described by Kelly as a "three-down back". And there is little more than Shaun Draughn to challenge for carries. What is concerning is that Hyde has yet to play all 16 games in his two seasons and his bruising style is not conducive to remaining healthy so far. But the schedule is good and better than last season. And Hyde is in a position for a big jump in production if Kelly's offense remains true to past form. Hyde's surgically repaired foot is expected to not be an issue. But that could change if he shows any signs of a problem in training camp.
16 DeMarco Murray TEN 13 177 980 7 36 310 1 1290 8 0 0
This will be interesting. Murray led the NFL in rushing for 2014 and then became a colossal flop for the Eagles. The question is whether he needed a year off after his 450 touches or if he's going to be on the downward trend for good. Murray had just that one year when he wasn't injured and now goes to an inferior offensive line on a team that ranked 27th with just 320 total carries by RBs last year. The optimism that he may return to form took another hit when the Titans tabbed Derrick Henry for the backfield as well. Murray will get the majority of carries and it's entirely possible that Henry's rookie season is quiet considering he comes off a 395 carry season in Alabama. This is not a good offense but has a new coaching staff and Murray gets his chance to be the #1 back. What that means cannot just assume he picks up where he left off in Dallas.
17 Latavius Murray MIN 6 176 1100 7 30 240 0 1340 7 0 0
After an encouraging end to 2014, the Raiders installed Murray as the #1 RB but the results were less than stellar. He only produced 266-1066-6 as a runner and 41-232-0 as a receiver. Worse yet he was less productive as the season wore on and over his final eight games only once ran for more than 80 yards. That led to OAK grabbing DeAndre Washington in the fifth round to at least help out if not compete for carries. Murray should start the year as the primary back again but the confidence is waning and coaches are talking up Washington. At the least, Murray should see a slight reduction in carries. The rushing schedule is a positive this year which will help.
18 Jeremy Hill CIN 9 168 1000 10 16 80 0 1080 10 0 0
Hill suffered a bad sophomore slump when his 222-1124-9 as a rookie turned into just 223-794-11 with a 3.6 YPC after posting 5.1 as a rookie. But he has a better schedule this year and was improved towards the end of 2015. The Bengals promoted up Ken Zampese to offensive coordinator but nothing much should change here. This will remain a two-man committee. Zampese may not be quite as committed to the run as ex-OC Hue Jackson was, but there are all new WR to incorporate into the offense so the run will again be featured. One downside - Weeks 15 and 16 are against the Steelers and Texans.
19 Jeremy Langford CHI 9 167 910 5 45 400 1 1310 6 0 0
Langford moves out of Matt Forte's shadow but that doesn't mean he gets a heavy workload. he will be the primary back but this remains a committee backfield and even those roles could change from game to game since HC John Fox has already said the "hot hand" gets the ball. Ka'Deem Carey and the rookie Jordan Howard will be involved. But Langford assumes the Forte role that still produced 1287 total yards and seven TDs. There is a risk of more sharing than anticipated, but Langford is clearly the best bet of the backfield and should have the majority of carries. An added benefit - the rushing schedule is far kinder this year than it was in 2015.
20 C.J. AndersonUpsideRisk DEN 11 165 920 8 34 250 0 1170 8 0 0
Anderson re-signed with the Broncos for $18 million over four years. He signed with the Fins and DEN matched, losing money in the process from not giving him a second-round tender. That means, yet again, that Anderson is the primary back in DEN and has plenty of upside not unlike last year when he disappointed with only 152 carries for 720 yards and five scores in OC Rick Dennison's first year. DEN considers Anderson an "every down back" though they failed to use him as one for much of 2015. Like 2014, Anderson ended on a stronger note but he burned fantasy owners last year when he was a complete flop for the first half of the season. DEN will want to run more now that the passing game goes to either Mark Sanchez or the rookie Paxton Lynch. He has upside to be sure and his schedule is better than last year. But he's 0-2 on getting a fast start in the first eight weeks.
21 Ameer AbdullahUpside DET 10 165 900 4 35 330 3 1230 7 600 1
Abdullah will be a popular sleeper type this summer and after Devonta Freeman shocked everyone last year (including the Falcons), it isn't impossible. Abdullah did average 4.7 YPC once OC Jim Bob Cooter took over in the second half of the season. But he only averaged 10 carries per game, scored just once and had little role as a receiver even after the change. But to his credit he will be the primary back and the Lions did nothing to bring in competition for him. The Lions ranked #1 in RB receptions (135) and some of those will end up more with Abdullah than last year. He also had a torn labrum in his shoulder that was repaired back in May but should be fine for training camp. The Lions have a nice rushing schedule this year - better than 2015 - and Abdullah will benefit the most. He has undeniable upside and should be a lock to improve on his rookie year. One more positive - Abdullah faces bottom 20 defensive venues in each of his final four games of the fantasy season (@NO, CHI, @NYG and @DAL).
22 Chris Ivory JAC 5 153 1000 6 20 170 0 1170 6 0 0
Ivory signed a five-year, $32.5 million deal to join the Jaguars and that wasn't to be a backup. While T.J. Yeldon was the high draft pick last year, he failed to take advantage of his opportunity and the Jags did not trust him at the goal line. Yeldon is expected to become the third down and relief back while Ivory takes the primary role. Ivory comes off his first 1000 yard season and scored seven times for the Jets in 2015. He was buried on the depth chart in New Orleans and now is being paid almost $7 million a year to be the #1 rusher for the Jaguars.
23 Ryan MathewsUpside PHI 4 152 910 5 28 250 1 1160 6 0 0
Mathews only carried the ball 107 times for 539 yards while watching DeMarco Murray mostly flop last season. But suddenly he's the heir apparent to the #1 spot and with that should be a chance for fantasy starter stats. He averaged 5.0 YPC in 2015 and the new coaching regime wants to establish more balance in the offense to feature better rushing and a mixture of West Coast short game with some vertical strikes thanks to OC Frank Reich. PHI already had a Top 5 rushing offense though with over 400 carries a year with Chip Kelly at the helm. The problem too is that Mathews has never been very durable and has just one 16 game season over the last six years. PHI is also planning on more of a RBBC despite Pederson's history of relying on Jamaal Charles in KC. Still, Mathews is well positioned to be the lead back. Mathews played under Reich in SD during 2014 but was injured almost all of that year.
24 Giovani Bernard CIN 9 151 650 3 50 500 3 1150 6 100 0
Bernard has been surprisingly consistent for his three seasons - around 1200 total yards and 50 receptions though his TD totals dipped to only two last year. A change to OC Ken Zampese should not change much since he's been on staff there for 13 years as a QB coach. The schedule is a bit easier this year and since the Bengals lost two of their three starting WR, expect Bernard's reception totals to remain strong.
25 Melvin GordonUpsideRisk LAC 11 150 1000 5 25 200 0 1200 5 0 0
The first-round rookie ended with a disappointing 184-641-0 as a rusher and added just 33 catches for 192 yards. Still - no TDs. He managed over 55 rushing yards just once all season and ended the year with cartilage damage in his knee that needed microfracture surgery. He is on track to be ready for training camp but his ability to bounce back from that injury will be key to his fantasy value and outlook. New (returned) OC Ken Whisenhunt intends to fix the rushing game that has fallen on hard times since he was there in 2013. The Chargers ranked just 30th with four rushing TDs by a RB last year. In Whisenhunt's previous season with SD, he gave Ryan Mathews his career best season of 285-1255-6 as a rusher. So Gordon has upside with an OC who had success with the rushing game in SD using lesser talented RBs but the risk is real that Gordon could be rusty or even still hampered by his microfracture surgery.
26 Isaiah CrowellUpside CLE 13 146 900 7 18 140 0 1040 7 0 0
Crowell enters his third season with the Browns and new HC Hue Jackson will make this a run-first offense that will use Crowell as the primary back. That makes Crowell the "Jeremy Hill" in this equation. But that role in CIN only resulted in 222 and 223 carries the last two years under Jackson. And Duke Johnson will reprise the "Giovanni Bernard" role that has been worth around 160 carries each year but had 40+ receptions. Crowell is a capable back and Jackson has praised him so far. But he also is a RB that only had 3.8 YPC last year and that hasn't been much involved in the passing game. He will get the rushing TDs and goal line work. And early down. But Jackson prefers his two-man committee and already has two players well suited to those roles.
27 Matt Jones WAS 9 146 900 4 28 260 1 1160 5 0 0
After four years with Alfred Morris as the leading rusher, the Skins are swapping him out for Jones who did not have a great rookie season. Jones only managed a 3.4 YPC average on his 144 carries and only caught 19 passes. He also lost four fumbles on limited duty. A tougher schedule for 2016 won't be any help as well. But the Skins are committed on him as the primary back after ignoring the position until the final round of the draft and not bringing in any free agents. Jones gets his opportunity as the main back but he'll need to improve significantly to merit fantasy attention more than most any other primary back. Jones has not impressed in camp and suffered a sprained AC joint in his shoulder during Week 2 of the preseason but it not expected to miss much time.
28 Danny WoodheadUpside BAL 8 142 400 2 65 600 5 1000 7 110 0
Woodhead comes off a career-best season as a receiver with 80 catches for 755 yards and six TDs though three scores all came in Week 15. New (old) OC Ken Whisenhunt was there in 2013 when Woodhead turned in his second best season with 76- 605-3 as a receiver and 106-429-2 as a rusher. In a reception point league, Woodhead should flirt with every week starts and already has played well in a Whisenhunt offense. The Chargers have said they want more rushing from Woodhead but his role as the receiving back is his reliable fantasy value.
29 Frank GoreRisk IND 10 140 870 5 28 230 0 1100 5 0 0
Gore's first season in IND ended with his worst marks ever for a full season. He ran for only 967 yards and six TDs while catching 34 passes for 267 yards and one more score. His 3.7 YPC was the worst of his career and now he is 33 years-old. On the plus side, the Colts did nothing to upgrade the position so he will get the primary role. But he is getting very old, declining in effectiveness and has the worst RB schedule of any back in the NFL. This is very unlikely to end well.
30 Rashad Jennings FA x 136 740 5 30 260 1 1000 6 0 0
Jennings remains the primary back in this committee that all combined only ran in five TDs last year. Jennings led the crew with just 195 carries for 863 yards and three TDs while adding 29 receptions for 296 yards and one score. Shane Vereen remains as the main receiver out of the backfield and Jennings accounted for barely more than half of the carries for the team. The schedule is kind but the RBBC here limits the 31-year-old back who has yet to ever rush for more than 863 yards of last year. The Giants drafted Paul Perkins in the fifth round but so far it is unlikely Perkins does much more than add a bit to the committee.
31 Jonathan Stewart CAR 7 135 860 5 16 130 1 990 6 0 0
Stewart comes off his best season since 2011 before injuries started to rob him every year. He rushed for 989 yards on 242 carries and scored six times while missing the final three games of the regular season with a sprained ankle. He still has nearly no role as a receiver but was getting around 20 carries in most games. Stewart still has a positive rushing schedule this year but not nearly as good as what he had in 2015. All the same personnel is there with no new challengers for Stewart. He'll offer fairly consistent rushing stats, not much for catches and then for the fifth straight season miss at least three games.
32 Tevin Coleman ATL 11 129 600 7 30 210 1 810 8 0 0
Coleman was the starter last year but was injured in Week 2 and DeVonta Freeman never looked back. The third-round pick from Indiana only started one more game when Freeman was out with a concussion and Coleman rolled up 110 yards on 18 carries versus MIN. The good news for Coleman is that the Falcons have not in any way given up on him and that the backfield will be more of a committee this year. That doesn't mean the hot hand in a game has to share, but that Coleman will get more a chance to showcase his abilities and display his superior speed as well. That makes both less than a full- starter and Coleman will have to prove he is worth more touches. The Falcons are already happy with Freeman as a receiver and Coleman only caught two passes last year. He'll have to make his mark with almost entirely rushing yardage.
33 Arian FosterRisk FA x 122 660 4 30 260 1 920 5 0 0
Foster signed with the Dolphins for one-year to make that bad backfield even less reliable. Foster hasn't played a full season since 2012 and missed 23 games over the last four years including ten in 2015 because of an Achilles injury. He only averaged 2.6 yards per carry on his 63 runs last year and now is 30 years old. Foster openly talked of retiring in the last two years. This is not the powerhouse back he once was and he's even more likely to become injured again. He lands in Miami where they already ranked #32 in the NFL for RB carries (290) last year. Jay Ajayi and the rookie Kenyan Drake will be involved. The lowest volume backfield in the NFL does not need three active backs. This only eliminates what little clarity existed anyway.
34 Charles Sims TBB 6 122 480 1 50 500 3 980 4 0 0
Two seasons in and Charles Sims has settled into being the TB receiving back that carries moderate fantasy value at least in PPR leagues. He comes off 51 catch, 561 yard season that also saw him gain 529 yards as a rusher. 1090 total yards and 51 catches with four scores won't win a championship but it will allow for a great bye week filler and some insurance for the Doug Martin owner.
35 Duke JohnsonUpside CLE 13 115 450 3 58 460 1 910 4 150 0
Johnson turned in 913 total yards and two scores as a rookie working more as a third down back. He only had 104 carries but caught 61 passes and that role is perfect for incoming HC Hue Jackson who employed the same scheme in CIN with Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill (Isaiah Crowell). That gives Johnson some room to grow this year, holding onto his receptions with an uptick in carries since Jackson looks for 400 carries from his offenses. Johnson is a fast, shifty back with multiple talents that will be used in this new offense. Should Crowell get injured, Johnson's role would expand greatly but carry fantasy value regardless.
36 Spencer Ware KCC 5 106 550 6 18 150 0 700 6 0 0
Ware is part of the rotation that the Chiefs went to when Jamaal Charles went down in 2015 and he signed a two-year extension in the offseason. The burly Ware scored six TDs in the second half of last season and will still have a role with Charles back (albeit much smaller). Charles has not practiced healthy yet and may not show up in any game during the preseason but is expected to play in Week 1. But as his health goes, so goes the fortunes for Ware. He's worth a very deep pick in a fantasy draft and is a must add for the Charles owner if he misses Charcandrick West.
37 Derrick HenryUpside TEN 13 106 500 5 20 200 1 700 6 0 0
Had Henry landed on literally a dozen other teams he would have been a hot commodity in fantasy drafts but he ends up perhaps in one of the worst places - TEN where they already coughed up big bucks for 2014 NFL top rusher DeMarco Murray. There are a few considerations concerning Henry (and Murray). This was one of the worst offenses the last several years and only totaled 320 carries by a RB in 2015. The offensive line is still below average and the team is yet again in overhaul with new coaches. And Henry comes off a championship season with Alabama when he carried an insane 395 times in just 15 games. He only had 208 carries in total over his two previous years so it was a magic season for the 6-3, 247 lb. human bowling ball. Murray is already assured for the majority of carries so how many are left over for Henry? The rookie is a very prudent pick for the owner of the less-than-durable Murray but he's less likely to have every week startability. Both backs are big so there is no need to hand all short yardage carries to Henry. He'll almost certainly be overdrafted but if Murray is injured (again) then Henry factors in... albeit in an otherwise mediocre offense.
38 Devontae BookerUpside DEN 11 106 480 4 35 280 1 760 5 0 0
Booker was the 4.38 pick by the Broncos and he's expected to get into the backfield mix this year. Booker had a 5.0 YPC career average at Utah and rushed around 25 times per game. He tore his meniscus in his final season and missed the final three weeks. The fear about his knee led to his drop to the fourth round but he was considered an every-down back prior to his injury. Booker will compete with Ronnie Hillman to be the back-up to C.J. Anderson and was an accomplished receiver with 80 receptions over the last two years. He has upside since Hillman has never proven to be more than average. But Anderson gets every chance to make good on his big pay day and Booker's 2016 outlook relies more on if they use him as a receiver. DEN ranked only 30th with 55 RB catches last year though and never scored via a pass to a RB.
39 DeAngelo Williams FA x 105 500 4 30 250 1 750 5 0 0
The 33-year-old Williams comes off his best season since 2009 when he ended with 1274 total yards and 11 TDs during his first season with the Steelers. Thanks to Le'Veon Bell's suspension and later injury, Williams received a heavy workload in nine games and topped the 100 yard mark in four of them. During the fantasy playoff weeks, he scored five TDs. The return of Bell drops Williams but there's solid speculation that the Steelers will dial Bell's workload back at least partially to keep him healthy and use Williams more in tandem. But unless Bell is out of the picture again, it is unlikely that Williams gets the volume of touches to produce a fantasy start. William's advancing age (33) is a concern and he is coming off a foot injury from Week 17 last year. But Williams stands to benefit when Le'Veon Bell is suspended for the first three games. He will be a very expensive handcuff.
40 DeAndre WashingtonUpside OAK 10 104 440 3 35 300 2 740 5 0 0
The Raiders made Washington become the 8th RB taken in the draft and the 5-8, 204 lb. Texas Tech product is already been called a "complete back" and not limited to just third down work. Washington is an accomplished receiver with 124 receptions over his four seasons. But he also ran for 6.4 YPC his senior season. He is already expected to play a role in the backfield and has worked out with the first-team offense at times in OTA's. He can buy playing time with a solid training camp since the Raiders want to get more from their backfield than what Murray has been able to do.
41 T.J. Yeldon JAC 5 103 450 2 45 400 1 850 3 0 0
Yeldon failed to make his mark as a rookie when he only ran for 740 yards on 182 carries with two rushing scores. But he added 36 catches for 279 yards and that is the role he is expected to pursue now that Chris Ivory signed a big contract with the team. Yeldon will take the third down and relief role this season which drops his fantasy value and ongoing it isn't much better since Ivory signed a five year deal. Expect less from Yeldon even after his disappointing rookie year.
42 James White NEP 9 102 400 2 50 440 1 840 3 0 0
White stepped in to cover for the injured Dion Lewis and ended with 466 total yards and six TDs mostly over the final seven games when he averaged five receptions. Lewis is returning from a torn ACL and then needed some cleanup surgery in August. That means White becomes the starting receiving back at least to start the season.
43 LeGarrette BlountRisk PHI 4 101 600 6 8 50 0 650 6 0 0
Blount re-signed with NE on a one year deal and the burly 30- year-old back is coming off a hip injury and while he was reported to be healthy, he missed all offseason events. Entering training camp, his status is not certain and the tight-lipped Pats won't be chatty about it either. Blount now has two seasons in NE with almost identical results - around 750 rushing yards and six TDs. He rarely catches the ball. The assumption is that he will be ready for the regular season but nothing so far has proven that will happen. That makes him a risk until more can be known.
44 Javorius Allen BAL 8 100 400 2 45 420 1 820 3 0 0
The fourth-round pick last year ended with 137-514-1 as a rusher and 45-353-2 as a receiver which included a freakish 12 catches in Week 13 in Miami. Three of his final four games had 5+ catches though that was when Forsett was out with a broken arm. Allen will continue to figure into the committee backfield that won't run often and even more rarely score on the ground. With Forsett 31 years old and starting to become more injury prone, Allen should at least see an incremental increase in production. With much greater depth than in 2014, no RB is going to have a big season in BAL.
45 Theo Riddick DET 10 97 200 1 68 590 2 790 3 0 0
Riddick led all NFL RBs with 870 catches last season but OC Jim Bob Cooter wants him to run more often since he had just 43 carries in 2015 - a career high. The problem with that is the career average of only 2.8 YPC on 52 carries and never better than 3.1 YPC a year. Riddick is a decent fill in for reception point leagues since he's been good for around five catches per week but he's not the back-up for Abdullah should he be injured.
46 Justin Forsett FA x 96 620 3 20 160 0 780 3 0 0
Forsett exploded onto the scene at the age of 29 on his fourth NFL team when he turned in 1529 total yards and eight scores in 2014 thanks to Ray Rice's permanent elevator ride down. The Ravens had the softest rushing schedule that year. In 2015, that advantage was gone and Forsett only managed 794 yards and two TDs while missing six games with a broken arm. This year the rushing schedule is a little worse. Forsett remains the primary back but his one shining season of his nine year career is over. The saving grace is that the new Marc Trestman offense last year ranked #5 in RB receptions and that will save Forsett's fantasy value in reception point leagues. The Ravens will use a committee and three other backs are in play for work.
47 Shane Vereen NYG 8 96 230 0 55 550 3 780 3 0 0
Vereen came over from the Patriots last year and posted career best marks as a receiver for the Giants - 59-495-4. His usage was inconsistent - four games with eight catches and yet five with no more than one reception. He has almost no role as a rusher and never carried more than six times in a game. Vereen remains a low-end fantasy starter in a reception points league. If the rookie Sterling Shepard has a good season, it could come at the expense of Vereen.
48 Jay AjayiRisk MIA 8 94 580 3 18 180 0 760 3 0 0
Ajayi tumbled to the 5th round in 2015 due to long-term concerns about his knee. His rookie season was nothing special to be sure. Playing behind Lamar Miller, Ajayi never saw the field until Week 9 and ended with just 49 carries for 187 yards and one score. That was just a 3.8 YPC and his best was only 58 total yards while averaging just around 30 total yards per game. The addition of Arian Foster in July makes Ajayi even less reliable to remain the primary back according to Christensen. And RB Kenyan Drake is expected to contribute to the receiving role and he could end up competing for more. The Fins ranked 32nd in RB carries last year so it can only be better. But Ajayi wasn't very effecting rushing in 2015 and attempts to make him into a receiver in the off-season did not impress. And the signing of Foster only makes this situation worse.
49 Chris Johnson ARI 9 93 600 5 4 30 0 630 5 0 0
Johnson was having a career revival in his first season in Arizona but then left with a broken leg in Week 12. He had logged four 100 rushing yard games already and provided the bulk of carries. He also rarely caught the ball leaving that chore mostly to David Johnson. He failed to record a catch in seven of his 11 games. He's now 31 years old and was assumed to be gone with the emergence of David Johnson. But the Cards not only re-signed him to a one-year contract, they have given every indication that he will still have a role in the backfield and could remain the primary rusher potentially depending on what David does and how well the coaches like a two-pronged backfield. That still mostly serves to only diminish David Johnson's outlook and force his owners to add Chris just as insurance. The Cardinals were 5th best in the NFL in RB carries (410) and ranked #1 with 15 rushing scores. There is enough to share here.
50 Tim Hightower SFO 8 93 410 4 28 220 1 630 5 0 0
Hightower did what almost no other NFL player does - he laid out for three years and then came back and turned in some nice efforts replacing Mark Ingram. Hightower even gained 169 total yards and two scores in Week 16 as the free agent pick- up of the year if you were in a fantasy championship. Hightower will remain in the backfield and complement Mark Ingram. And should Ingram get injured as he almost always does, Hightower can answer the bell. He's really just a handcuff for the Ingram owner but one that must be drafted.
51 Chris ThompsonRisk WAS 9 93 450 2 35 300 1 750 3 0 0
Thompson is the heir-apparent for the third down back role and he led all WAS RBs with 35 catches for 240 yards and two scores in 2015. But he is entering his fourth NFL season with very little on his resume and the Skins may end up bringing in a free agent or even trying out their seventh-round pick of Keith Marshall. That makes Thompson little more than a deep-draft pick at the bottom of your RB depth and only if you get reception points.
52 Bilal Powell NYJ 11 92 300 1 52 440 2 740 3 0 0
Only Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall caught more passes than Powell (47) for the Jets last year. And that was with Powell missing five games with a groin or ankle injury. Powell signed a three-year contract for $11.25 million and at 28 years old he is at his prime. But the Jets also signed Matt Forte who has been the consummate three-down back and pass catcher. This will remain a committee backfield though should see at least incrementally more work going to Forte than went to Chris Ivory (247 carries, 30 receptions) last year. Should Forte get injured, Powell would see the biggest increase in use.
53 Shaun Draughn NYG 8 90 300 2 49 420 1 720 3 0 0
Draughn bounced around four NFL teams so far and has never been more than RB depth anywhere. But he was able to get playing time in 2015 when Carlos Hyde was injured and while he never did much as a rusher, he did come up with a total of 25 catches during his six games for the 49ers. Draughn is the favorite to back-up Carlos Hyde which alone makes him worthy of a fantasy pick. But HC Chip Kelly's offense usually ends up Top 5 in RB carries and that should mean some spill over plus work on passing downs. Draughn is just a journeyman to be sure, but he could end up in a nice spot if Hyde is injured yet again.
54 Kenneth Dixon BAL 8 90 500 4 20 160 0 660 4 0 0
This year's fourth-round pick is considered a complete back who was a four-year starter at Louisiana Tech and rewrote their record books with an amazing 801-4480-72 as a rusher. He is also a good receiver that had 88 receptions. Dixon will compete for the #3 spot along with Lorenzo Taliaferro and Terrance West but he could surprise in training camp. Chances are that he'll just be another back of the many in BALs committee backfield. He is expected to miss at least two or more weeks of the regular season with a torn MCL that does not require surgery.
55 James Starks FA x 89 350 2 35 300 2 650 4 0 0
Starks enters his seventh season with the Packers and comes off his career best 148-601-2 thanks partly to Eddie Lacy's flop of a 2015 season. Starks will remain the #2 RB and at the age of 30 that's not likely to ever change. But he is a solid handcuff for the Lacy owner and will still offer some marginal weekly fantasy value in reception point leagues.
56 Christine MichaelUpside IND 10 89 460 3 24 190 1 650 4 0 0
Michael may be the early favorite to be the back-up for Thomas Rawls and that could be meaningful if Rawls is slow to return from his fractured ankle of last year. Michael has impressed in the offseason and training camp and is said to have finally "got it". He's not only moved into a strong #2 role, but HC Pete Carroll has referred to Michael as a "1-2" punch with Rawls. It is hard to buy into a change like this several years into a players career, but Carroll has and he has plenty riding on being right.
57 Alfred Morris DAL 7 83 400 3 30 250 0 650 3 0 0
Morris seemingly came over to a golden opportunity until the Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliot. Now Morris will compete with Darren McFadden for the left-over scraps and Morris rarely catches the ball so McFadden will get those touches. Morris is worth a very deep draft pick if only as insurance for the Elliott owner, but even should that happen - he'll be sharing with McFadden.
58 Darren Sproles PHI 4 82 200 2 50 440 1 640 3 400 1
Sproles is now 33 years old and has declined in total production in each of the last five seasons since joining the Saints. He ended 2015 with just 705 total yards and four scores but had an uptick with 55 receptions. His only fantasy value now is as a bye week replacement in a reception points league and even then there is a risk you get just a few points.
59 Jerick McKinnon MIN 6 78 370 2 25 230 1 600 3 0 0
McKinnon is the primary handcuff for Adrian Peterson but carries no real fantasy value unless Peterson was injured (which is rare). He's supposed to become more involved in the offense but the Vikes say that sort of thing every year and then just hand off to Peterson about 20+ times per game.
60 Rob Kelley WAS 9 74 450 3 15 110 0 560 3 0 0
The undrafted Kelley worked his way up through the depth chart to where he was used as the primary backup to Matt Jones. That's unreliable to consider him as a handcuff yet but he becomes worth a late round flyer in very large leagues.
61 Kenjon Barner LAC 11 71 350 3 24 180 0 530 3 0 0
Barner has worked his way into being the #2 back for the Eagles since Wendall Smallwood has missed most of training camp and the preseason due to injury. That should get Barner into the mix each week though still unlikely to offer fantasy value without an injury to Ryan Mathews.
62 Charcandrick West KCC 5 71 300 3 20 170 1 470 4 0 0
West stepped in for the first action of his career once Jamaal Charles blew an ACL last year and did well. West signed a two-year contract extension worth $3.6 million to remain the primary back-up for Charles. Playing as the starter in the final 11 games, he scored five times and topped 100 total yards three times. With Charles' health likely a question until the season starts, West is a very necessary handcuff and is worth stealing should the Charles owner wait too long.
63 Mike Tolbert BUF 10 70 280 3 25 180 1 460 4 0 0
Tolbert signed a two-year $4 million contract extension in the offseason. He's used to steal TDs from Jonathan Stewart and offers catches as well though CAR ranked #32 in the NFL in RB receptions last year. He offers a handful of yards each week with the occasional TD. He could see more work this year if Jonathan Stewart misses more than his standard three games.
64 Wendell SmallwoodUpside PHI 4 67 300 2 20 190 1 490 3 0 0
The Eagles used their 5.14 pick to grab the West Virginia star who was a standout in off-season workouts. HC Doug Pederson praised him for his ability to catch which was one of his talents in college where he totaled 57 receptions for 486 yards over his final two seasons. At 5-10, 208 lbs., he can fill in for either Ryan Mathews or Darren Sproles and is already expected to contribute in a committee backfield. Should Mathews be injured yet again or Sproles start playing like the 33-year-old that he is, Smallwood could be a surprise sleeper later in the season. Smallwood lost ground in the preseason due to injury that kept him out. That allowed Kenjon Barner to pass him on the depth charts for now.
65 Reggie Bush FA x 62 250 1 30 250 1 500 2 0 0
Bush signed with the Bills for one year and has become the #2 back with the release of Karlos Williams. Bush should add in as a receiver and a returner but he's unlikely to take any heavy load if LeSean McCoy became injured and missed games.
66 Terrance West BAL 8 61 400 2 15 90 0 490 2 0 0
West started the preseason as the #4 back but he's been impressive and could end up in the rotation at RB. There are four different backs in play and the Ravens may not produce a single RB that has much fantasy value. But at least West is keeping his name in the conversation.
67 Mike Gillislee NEP 9 60 360 3 10 60 0 420 3 250 0
The release of Karlos Williams vaults Gillislee into the #3 role and more the direct backup for LeSean McCoy.
68 Alfred Blue HOU 9 60 400 2 10 80 0 480 2 0 0
Blue is the back-up to Lamar Miller and his handcuff. But he is nothing more than a fall back for the Texans and owns a career 3.5 YPC after two seasons. He is capable of a good showing at home against a weak defense, and he will get at least a handful of carries each week. Like most teams, he is a big step down from the primary back.
69 Robert Turbin IND 10 58 320 3 14 80 0 400 3 0 0
Turbin will compete for the #2 RB spot that won't carry any real fantasy value anyway. Jordan Toddman and even Josh Ferguson will be in the mix for RB depth as well. Until it is official, there is no handcuff for Gore.
70 Mike Davis SEA 5 56 320 3 8 60 0 380 3 0 0
The 4th round pick last year was a major disappointment but has looked much better this year and even blew up in the first preseason game. He's heading to being the #3 RB if this level of play continues.
71 Orleans Darkwa NYG 8 55 300 2 20 130 0 430 2 0 0
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72 Isaiah Pead FA x 52 200 1 20 200 1 400 2 0 0
Pead has a shot at being the #3 for the Dolphins.
73 Jordan Howard CHI 9 52 300 3 6 40 0 340 3 0 0
Howard brings in 6-0/230 lb. frame that was meant for plow through the line. He averaged 5.2 YPC at University of Alabama-Birmingham when he rushed for 1587 yards and 13 TDs. Then he switched to Indiana last year where he had 6.2 YPC with 1213 yards and nine scores. Howard is a big back in the vein of Jeremy Hill or LeGarrette Blount. He only caught 24 passes in his three years of college ball but provides that bullish ability to get through the line. Howard will be in the backfield mix that is uncertain since Jeremy Langford is the primary and Ka'Deem Carey will also be involved. Training camp will help to differentiate Carey and Jordan but their respective roles could change as the season progresses.
74 Jordan Todman NYJ 11 50 260 0 16 180 1 440 1 0 0
Toddman was a depth signing though he'll compete for the #2 job with Robert Turbin and Josh Ferguson.
75 C.J. SpillerRisk KCC 5 48 230 1 24 190 0 420 1 0 0
Spiller was a huge flop last year when he underwent knee surgery in August and then never got on track in his first year with the Saints. He ended with only 351 total yards and two scores. And 80 yards and a TD came on one catch in Week 4. He claims to be completely healthy now but he also lost seven games in 2014 because of a collar bone injury. He also only gained 3.8 YPC in his final year in BUF. He may have upside here as he seemed to last year. But the 29-year-old back hasn't done much for two years other than get injured and underperform. He has to be considered more risk than upside.
76 Tyler Ervin HOU 9 42 130 1 18 170 1 300 2 0 0
Ervin is slightly under-sized at 5-10/192 but is expected to be used in a number of ways. He will be used in the return game, add in a few rushes and throw in some catches as a receiver as well. He was San Jose State's all-time leader in all-purpose yards and like many other such backs, he'll offer a change of pace and use his 4.4/40 speed to make a few plays. He'll remain outside of fantasy relevancy in a redraft league.
77 Benny Cunningham CHI 9 38 160 1 20 160 0 320 1 0 0
Cunningham is the primary backup for Gurley since Tre Mason has gone AWOL. Gurley will absorb nearly everything as long as he remains healthy so Cunningham is nothing more than a handcuff most don't bother to get.
78 Darren McFadden DAL 7 33 150 1 15 120 0 270 1 0 0
McFadden broke his elbow in May and may not be ready for Week 1. He's going to be the back-up to Ezekiel Elliott anyway and will compete with Alfred Morris. McFadden will assume the bigger part of third down passing in the event that Elliott is taking a breather. He was the subject of trade speculation and that could still happen, especially if Elliott looks as billed. He is the better back to own between he and Morris but neither project to carry much fantasy value.
79 Cameron Artis-Payne CAR 7 31 200 1 8 50 0 250 1 0 0
The Panthers drafted the Auburn star in the fifth round but his rookie season was forgettable. He wasn't even active for half of the games and was marginally effective in the three games that Jonathan Stewart missed. Still, Artis-Payne never had more than 14 carries in any of those games and scored just once while at home against the Buccaneers. He remains the primary back-up for Stewart who will certainly miss games injured this year. But this handcuff hasn't remotely challenged for more playing time or shown that he'll do much with it anyway.
80 Alex Collins SEA 5 31 200 0 14 110 0 310 0 0 0
Collins was the 5.34 pick by SEA and adds to the depth. The 5-10, 217 lb. Arkansas product was a three year starter and turned in over 5.4 YPC every season. He also ran in 20 TDs last season though his experience as a receiver is lacking. Collins is no back-up third down back. He'll be in line for the primary rusher role behind Thomas Rawls and likely Christine Michael. Should he beat out Michael in training camp, his fantasy stock rises sharply considering the questions about Rawls ankle.
81 Ka'Deem Carey CHI 9 29 200 1 5 30 0 230 1 0 0
Carey moves up to the #2 role but the rookie Jordan Howard was drafted to provide change-of-pace for rushing to Jeremy Langford. And Carey has not been a third down type with only eight catches over his two year career. So the backfield remains unsettled and may continue that into the season. Carey will compete with the rookie Jordan Howard for carries and that will extend throughout training camp.
82 Josh Ferguson IND 10 27 50 0 20 160 1 210 1 0 0
The undrafted rookie has a real shot at making the team and will be in the mix to become the back-up for Frank Gore. While he is no lock to make the roster, he's the only back that received good words in OTA's.
83 Andre Ellington ARI 9 25 150 1 6 40 0 190 1 0 0
Ellington's chance for a big career was forever derailed when the Cards added David Johnson. He's a definite #3 on the depth chart and has been injured in all three of his seasons so far. His best role was as a receiver but Johnson excels in that arena and even when Chris Johnson was out last year, Ellington's role remained minimal.
84 Matt Asiata DET 10 22 100 0 15 120 0 220 0 0 0
Asiata remains primary a special teamer but would get work if Peterson or McKinnon were injured.
85 Brandon Bolden NEP 9 21 100 0 10 50 1 150 1 0 0
Bolden is just a depth RB but both LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis are returning from injury. Bolden only holds fantasy value if there are extensive injuries above him. No reason to draft until that happens.
86 Zach Zenner DET 10 21 120 1 5 30 0 150 1 0 0
Zenner was a sleeper type last summer when he led the NFL with 183 rushing yards in the preseason and scored twice. But he had minimal play after the season began and injured his ribs and lungs in Week 6 to end the year. Zenner is back and will compete with Stevan Ridley to be a back-up for Ameer Abdullah and likely has the upper hand on making the roster. But until there is clarity in the depth chart, there is no reason to consider Zenner.
87 Denard Robinson FA x 20 100 1 6 40 0 140 1 80 0
Robinson is mostly a special teams player but will contribute to the rushing effort on occasion. The addition of Chris Ivory makes it unlikely that Robinson will out perform his 430 total yards and one score from last year.
88 Marcus Murphy NOS 5 16 100 0 10 60 0 160 0 140 0
With C.J. Spiller still looking like a nonfactor, Murphy will assume the #3 RB role for the Saints.
89 C.J. Prosise SEA 5 16 100 0 10 60 0 160 0 0 0
Prosise was the 3.27 pick by SEA and already they expect him to provide a significant role as the third-down back. Prosise has the size at 6-0, 220 lbs. but he really only played one year and even then ran just 156 times for 1032 yards and 11 scores. He was used as a receiver for the last two seasons in college and topped out at 29 catches for 516 yards and two scores in 2014. SEA has ranked in the bottom five for RB catches for several years and brought in Fred Jackson last year but only fed him for 32-257-2. Prosise could be a fantasy bust with those sort of stats, but he also could be big if they throw more to the RBs and especially if Rawls is slow to return and Christine Michael reverts to his previous unproductive form.
90 Kenyan Drake MIA 8 14 100 0 5 40 0 140 0 0 0
Drake was the third RB drafted this year despite only being the 3.10 pick. Drake was the complement to Derrick Henry at Alabama but never had more than 106 touches in any season though he was productive whenever he did get a carry or a catch. Drake runs a blazing 4.38/40 and can fill in as a rusher, receiver or a returner. The signing of Arian Foster definitely drops Drake though and while he has future upside, 2016 looks to be minimally productive as the #3 RB in a below average backfield. A hamstring strain has kept him out of the preseason.
91 Chase Reynolds FA x 10 100 0 0 0 0 100 0 0 0
Reynolds is currently the #3 back for the Rams but they hardly use the #2 with Todd Gurley around.

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