There is no better way to screw over your chances for fantasy football championship glory than picking dud running backs.
If you are drafting as experts suggest, you will draft running backs with two of your four top picks, and then come back in Rounds 6-7 for a promising younger back or a veteran who is slow to return from injury. Finally, as injury insurance, you “handcuff” your star back in round 11-12 by drafting his top backup.
That’s at least four running backs per team. In other words, you need to hit the draft right because finding a gem off the free-agent waiver wire in-season isn’t as easy with running backs as it is with WRs.
Below are the most current rankings based on a PPR league. If you are in a standard league, just drop the receiving backs like Reggie Bush and Matt Forte a couple slots and raise up Alfred Morris and Doug Martin.
(Values were determined by preseason play, last years FF results from CBS Sportsline.com and NFL.com, coordinator and scheme changes, and strength of opponents in running and passing game).
Running Back Ranking 2013 (updated 8-28-2013):
|39||Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis||12|
|44||Le’Veon Bell (INJ)||5|
|61||Jonathan Stewart (INJ)||4|
|62||Shonn Greene (INJ)||8|