Fantasy football rankings 2018: Top 50 running backs in PPR leagues

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Editor’s update: Derrius Guice suffered a knee injury in his preseason debut. Initially reported as an MCL sprain, Washington has since announced that the injury is a torn ACL. This injury ends Guice’s rookie season before it begins. Samaje Perine is likely to get more of Washington’s rushing work, while Chris Thompson will be the primary pass catcher.

The running back landscape is as deep and loaded as it’s ever been heading into the 2018 NFL season. However, in fantasy football leagues, the top of the draft will be a debate between Le’Veon Bell and Todd Gurley.

You can’t go wrong with either back, though Bell has a little more incentive to ball out since he’s once again playing under the one-year franchise tag. Bell has also been a machine when it comes to PPR scoring leagues, as he has caught 160 passes over the last two seasons.

The most intriguing thing to watch for in 2018 will be how the second-year backs do after after standout rookie seasons. Guys like Leonard Fournette, Alvin Kamara, and Kareem Hunt took the league by storm in their first season, and it’s not hard to envision them finishing at or near the top of the fantasy scoring output among backs this season.

Of that group, it was Kamara who finished No. 2 in catches by running backs (82) last year. He also finished third in scoring among running backs and could make a run at the top spot in 2018.

PPR running back rankings, preseason

(JM: Jason Marcum; DG: Derek Gordon; SK: Scott Kaliska; AW: Alex Welch)

RB PPR rankings

Rk Consensus Tm JM DG SK AW
Rk Consensus Tm JM DG SK AW
1 Todd Gurley II LAR 1 1 1 2
2 Le’Veon Bell PIT 4 4 2 1
3 David Johnson ARI 3 3 3 3
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 2 2 4 4
5 Alvin Kamara NO 5 5 5 5
6 Melvin Gordon LAC 7 7 7 9
7 Kareem Hunt KC 8 6 8 8
8 Saquon Barkley NYG 11 9 6 6
9 Leonard Fournette JAC 6 8 9 10
10 Dalvin Cook MIN 14 10 10 7
11 Christian McCaffrey CAR 12 11 11 12
12 Devonta Freeman ATL 9 12 13 13
13 Jerick McKinnon SF 17 16 12 11
14 LeSean McCoy BUF 10 15 16 16
15 Jordan Howard CHI 13 13 14 18
16 Kenyan Drake MIA 15 14 18 15
17 Joe Mixon CIN 21 20 15 14
18 Derrius Guice WAS 19 18 19 20
19 Alex Collins BAL 23 22 17 17
20 Jay Ajayi PHI 18 19 20 22
21 Lamar Miller HOU 24 21 22 21
22 Dion Lewis TEN 22 23 21 24
23 Rex Burkhead NE 16 17 32 28
24 Derrick Henry TEN 20 24 26 27
25 Rashaad Penny SEA 28 34 23 19
26 Marshawn Lynch OAK 27 26 34 26
27 Chris Thompson WAS 26 28 33 33
28 Duke Johnson Jr. CLE 29 31 30 31
29 Isaiah Crowell NYJ 25 25 37 34
30 Tevin Coleman ATL 30 32 29 32
31 Ronald Jones II TB 44 37 28 23
32 Royce Freeman DEN 40 39 27 29
33 C.J. Anderson CAR 33 27 40 36
34 Kerryon Johnson DET 36 29 35 37
35 Tarik Cohen CHI 35 33 31 40
36 Mark Ingram NO 42 50 24 25
37 Carlos Hyde CLE 31 30 39 42
38 Sony Michel NE 50 43 25 30
39 Marlon Mack IND 38 41 36 35
40 Ty Montgomery GB 32 36 41 43
41 Giovani Bernard CIN 34 35 42 46
42 Jamaal Williams GB 41 49 38 38
43 Aaron Jones GB 39 46 47 39
44 Bilal Powell NYJ 37 44 48 45
45 Theo Riddick DET 46 40 44 49
46 Nick Chubb CLE 38 46 47
47 James White NE 43 41
48 Devontae Booker DEN 47 45 44
49 Latavius Murray MIN 45 42
50 Doug Martin OAK 43 45
LeGarrette Blount DET 47 48
C.J. Prosise SEA 48
Matt Breida SF 48
Nyheim Hines IND 49
Rod Smith DAL 49
Corey Clement PHI 50
Austin Ekeler LAC 50



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