Fantasy RB Rankings 1-5:
1. Christian McCaffery
Anyone who thinks Christian McCaffery should not be the number one pick in any fantasy league is highly mistaken. Yes, McCaffery dealt with some injury trouble last season, but there is no question McCaffery is the best fantasy football player in the NFL. I believe Sam Darnold will have success this season and that will open up a lot for McCaffery in the passing and running game.
2. Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook proved his worth last season in somewhat of a lackluster season for the Vikings. Cook is inserted in an extremely talented offense with one of the best-receiving duos in the league. If Kirk Cousins can have a solid season there will be plenty of running lanes open for Cook. Expect to see this team in the red zone often and Cook will be punching in touchdowns left and right.
3. Derrick Henry
In a non PPR league, Henry would be my top pick. Henry is an unstoppable force, and is also surrounded by a talented receiving corps. Henry is not as diverse as Cook or McCaffery and will not catch as many passes. With that being said I would count on Henry to average around 130 yards and a touchdown on a weekly basis. He is rarely injured and is extremely reliable on the ground.
4. Alvin Kamara
Alvin Kamara is one of the most explosive running backs in football. He led all running backs in all-purpose touchdowns with 21 last season. Jameis Winston is stepping into a big opportunity in New Orleans. He is stepping in with a solid team around him and I think he and Kamara will mesh well and Kamara should have a season similar to the last.
5. Austin Ekeler
Austin Ekeler is quietly one of the most valuable fantasy players in the league. He is a swiss army knife that can run and catch passes. Behind McCaffery, Ekeler can make a case for the best receiving back in the league. If Ekeler can stay healthy I think he could end up being a top 10 point scorer in all of fantasy football. The one concern is the amount of depth the Chargers have at running back, but I think they will look to stick with Ekeler as the guy to get a majority of the reps.
Fantasy RB Rankings 6-10:
6. Ezekiel Elliot
Ezekiel Elliot will surely benefit from the return of Dak Prescott. I think Zeke has a lot of questions that cannot be answered until we see the Cowboys play. He is one of the more talented running backs in the league and I would not be surprised to see him as the number 4 or 5 pick in PPR drafts. I just tend to see Zeke as more of a late first rounder with lots of upside. He will be solid no matter what, but it remains to be seen if he can get back to performing the way he did a couple of seasons ago.
7. Saquon Barkley
Barkley is returning after tearing his ACL and I think he is going to be a late first-round early 2nd round pick that is going to help out a lot of fantasy teams. I have seen Saquon slipping lower and lower in mock fantasy drafts. The reason I have him rated at 7th is because there is some injury concern. Saquon can catch and run the ball just as well as anyone in the NFL when he is at full health. If he is at full health this season he is going to be a great value pick in any fantasy draft.
8. Najee Harris
I have some people ranking Harris even higher than 8th which is pretty rare for rookies. Harris looked good in his limited preseason appearances. Many have compared him to Le’veon Bell which I can see. Harris is a big powerful back who can also catch the football. He is shifty and quick. I am excited to see Harris play and I think he will be put into a big role in Pittsburgh.
9. Nick Chubb
If Kareem Hunt was not also on the Cleveland Browns roster Chubb would be much higher up on my list. Chubb and Hunt are two of the most talented backs in the league. Chubb will handle a majority of the carries but Hunt will be catching a majority of the passes out of the backfield.
10. Joe Mixon
In 2018 and 2019 Mixon rushed for 1000+ yards in back-to-back seasons. Since then this offense has grown tremendously and I think if Mixon stays healthy he is going to do a lot out of the backfield for this team. He will need to improve in the red zone to increase his touchdown numbers.