About a  month ago I posted my Fantasy Football early 2019 Running back rankings. With 2 weeks of pre-season in the books, let us take a look at the Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings, Risers, and Fallers. I didn’t use tiers this time as you can pretty much tell the groupings with the following rankings running backs.

I did compare my rankings to the current ADP. The ADP (Average Draft Position) is where guys are going in drafts as of right now. I use Fantasy Football Pro’s but you can find them anywhere. It is always good to compare your fantasy football rankings, whether it is with quarterbacks or any other position.

2019 PPR Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

Below are my Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings, followed below by a couple of risers and fallers.

RankNameTmLast RankingUp/DownADP
1Saquon BarkleyNYG1Even1
2Christian McCaffreyCAR3Up 13
3Alvin KamaraNO4Up 12
4Ezekiel ElliottDAL2Down 24
5David JohnsonARI6Up 15
6Todd GurleyLA8up 28
7Nick ChubbCLE12up 59
8Le’Veon BellNYJ7up 16
9Dalvin CookMIN11up 211
10James ConnerPIT9up 17
11Joe MixonCIN10down 110
12Melvin GordonLAC5down 715
13Josh JacobsOAK15up 219
14Damien WilliamsKC14even13
15Leonard FournetteJAC16up 112
16Kerryon JohnsonDET21up 514
17Marlon MackIND13down 418
18Aaron JonesGB18even16
19Devonta FreemanATL17down 217
20Chris CarsonSEA24up 420
21Derrick HenryTEN19down 221
22James WhiteNE23up 127
23David MontgomeryCHI29up 622
24Sony MichelNE22down 224
25Mark IngramBAL25even23
26Phillip LindsayDEN20down 625
27Kenyan DrakeMIA27even31
28Miles SandersPHI30up 229
29Tevin ColemanSF32up 326
30Tarik CohenCHI26down 430
31Lamar MillerHOU31even28
32Derrius GuiceWAS28down 434
33Royce FreemanDEN41up 838
34Rashaad PennySEA33down 135
35Austin EkelerLAC37up 232
36Jordan HowardPHI36even36
37Latavius MurrayNO35down 233
38LeSean McCoyBUF34down 439
39Peyton BarberTB40up 141
40Kalen BallageMIA48up 842
41Duke JohnsonHOU49up 848
42Ronald JonesTB42even43
43Dion LewisTEN43even46
44Nyheim HinesIND39down 555
45Darrell HendersonLA44up 137
46Matt BreidaSF51up 544
47Carlos HydeKC47even47
48Jerick McKinnonSF38down 1059
49Jaylen SamuelsPIT55up 651
50Chris ThompsonWAS56up 660
51Jamaal WilliamsGB54up 362
52Jalen RichardOAK50up 269
53Giovani BernardCIN52down 170
54Devin SingletaryBUF59up 550
55Ito SmithATL46down 957
56Damien HarrisNE53down 349
57Kareem HuntCLE60up 340
58Alexander MattisonMINnew52
59Adrian PetersonWASnew45
60C.J. AndersonDET58down 261


Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

Nick Chubb: Ranked 7th

Chubb makes it into my top 10! Honestly should have been there but I did not want to be on the hype train. The fact of the matter is the kid is good! What we saw last year should translate well to this year. The offensive line should be good again, Baker Mayfield will be great. Chubb breaks yards after tackle. If you have a later pick, do not overthink, take Chubb.

Chris Carson: Ranked 20th

As I see reports out of Seattle about the running back situation, I can’t help but get excited about Chris Carson! He is moving up my board on would love him as my RB2. Rashaad Penny will be there as the second back, but Carson should get a bulk of the work. Seahawks beat writer Joe Fann was quoted as saying “I anticipate Carson taking at least two-thirds of the workload, but Penny will still get a few series a game,”  “Brian Schottenheimer’s plan to utilize running backs more in the passing game will also help bump Penny’s usage a bit.” Give me some Carson!

David Montgomery: Ranked 23rd

Another guy climbing my rankings is the Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery. The Bears and head coach Matt Nagy are in love with him. Montgomery has had a great camp and pre-season.
 Terez Paylor on Twitter stated, “He’s a no-nonsense guy who takes football very seriously. The Bears love that, plus his receiving skills & make-you-miss”. All signs point to a high upside RB2 for Montgomery, wouldn’t be surprised he finishes a top 12 running back in 2019.


Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

Note: I will not be adding Ezekial Elliot to this list as the Cowboys have made him an offer today if he signs that will put him back in the top four.

Melvin Gordon: Ranked 17th

I believe ranking Gordon right now at 17th is still high. Gordon has been taken off my board with reports saying that the 2 sides are far apart and this could lead well into the season. I have a rule if there is an ongoing injury situation or contract dispute on draft day, then just stay away.

Phillip Lindsay: Ranked 26th

Last year’s surprise running back has been dropping for myself and the rest of the fantasy football world. Lindsay will be in a timeshare with Royce Freeman, but Lindsay is a better pass catcher than Freeman making him more useful. Lindsay’s uncertain workload makes him a potential boom-or-bust pick. Try to stay away from running back by committees until you know who will get a bulk of the touches.

As you can see not too many fantasy football running backs fell too far. Just keep an eye on injuries and timeshare throughout the pre-season.

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