RB Rankings for 2019 NFL Fantasy Football

RB Rankings for 2019 NFL Fantasy Football

Our RB rankings were last updated 7/26/2019.

The quarterbacks may get all of the real football love and hype, but no position is more important than running back in fantasy football. Such a scarcity exists at the position that there are only 17 backs in our rankings that aren’t in some sort of time share. Most fantasy leagues start at least two, with space for more when you consider flex positions.

The bottom line, you just can’t miss when you draft your running backs, and that is particularly true in rounds 1-5.

rb rankings for 2019 season

While we don’t have a crystal ball, our top 50 RB rankings are updated regularly and are hand crafted by the Hello Rookie staff. In addition to our in season rankings, we will release weekly FanDuel and DraftKings picks and lineup strategy articles.

Each and every back has our Hello Rookie Rank (HR Rank), Average Draft Position (ADP), Strength of Schedule (SoS) and Additional Notes.

Additionally, further down the page (past our ‘big board’), we feature an individual video analysis and even more details for each back that made our top 50 rb rankings.

Top 50 RB Rankings for 2019 NFL Fantasy Football Season

HR RankRunning BackADPSoSAdditional Notes
1Saquon Barkley131Finished rookie season as RB1, run and pass offense (124 targets) revolve around him, Giants upgraded line this offseason.
2Ezekiel Elliott227Led league in carries last season, finishing RB5 due to unexplainable 6 rushing TD’s, if he had gotten to just 10
3Alvin Kamara323The best football player in the NFL. Scored on almost 10% of carries, Ingram gone so usage should jump, but still not enough touches to be #1 RB.
4Christian McCaffrey414All we heard last offseason was the # of carries he was going to get. Didn’t happen, but still finished RB2 despite just 219 carries.
5James Conner921RB6 despite playing just 13 games in first year as starter. 5 multi-touchdown games, better than advertised as a receiver (497 rec. yards)
6Todd Gurley1032Finished RB3 despite missing two games, was RB1 in FPPG last season… something to prove after playoff issues.
7Le’Veon Bell74Jets were 29th in YPC last season. Gase will help for sure, Bell will also help, but can’t fix o-line issues and hasn’t played football in over a year.
8David Johnson516Scored 426 fantasy points in 2016… His new HC had one of worst running offenses in one of worst defensive conferences. O-Line still a dumpster fire. Still they can’t let last year happen again, he’s too talented.
9Joe Mixon819Was RB9 last season, but really never scratched the surface of his potential as a pass catcher. His 279 yards was by far worse of top tier RB’s. Zac Taylor changes everything for Mixon.
10Melvin Gordon68RB7 year in just over 11 games… Went over 100 yards in 7 of 10 games before getting injured. Impressive 5.1 YPC on the year.
11Dalvin Cook113We are way up on him. Team is built to run the ball, Murray gone, didn’t add real depth behind him… will be the workhorse here.
12DeVonta Freeman1625Should see career high work load with Coleman gone and Ito Smith only competition for carries. Was RB1 in 2015 and RB6 in 2016, will likely have the best O-Line he’s played behind.
13Marlon Mack1511Viewed as a bell cow back in Indy, was RB11 with 16 FPPG in first year as starter. Healthy all year once he returned from preseason injury.
14Damien Williams1217Another guy we are slightly lower than ADP on. He’s been in the league for 5 years so we know who he is as a player. Hyde may steal early down work, watch out for Darwin Thompson.
15Derrick Henry195Derrick Henry finished the season on an absolute burner last year, averaging almost 130 YPG and 2 TD/G. They say he will be a workhorse back, new OC is an O-Line coach, HC is a DC so they may run even more this season.
16Nick Chubb1318We have him 2 spots under his current ADP, but Kitchens fell in love with the pass down the stretch last season, throwing 62% of the time and Duke Johnson will take all passing down work.
17Leonard Fournette147What are we supposed to do with this guy? He’s always hurt, was ineffective last season for stretches, mentally he’s a midget and the team added like backs to share the workload.
18Aaron Jones1720Was RB11 in FPPG in games he started last season. Still not much competition for carries and role in passing game should remain with Ty Montgomery gone. The key is how he is used in LaFleur’s offense.
19Kerryon Johnson2029This is likely the lowest Kerryon will be in our preseason rankings. Bell cow back for the Lions, was dominant for stretches his rookie year. Health is the only concern, absolutely dynamic on the field.
20Mark Ingram2212We are higher on Ingram than most. Edwards and Dixon are not Alvin Kamara… Baltimore is built to run and he will dominate the workload this season.
21Josh Jacobs1815Clearly this is going to be his job to lose and he could end up being a 3-down work horse for Gruden. Oakland O-Line was awful in pass block last season, but decent in running game and has been improved this offseason.
22Phillip Lindsay2110Lindsay was PFF’s #7 rated RB as a rookie, and Denver had their #7 rated run blk offensive line. Aside from some pass pro issues, he is a perfect fit for what Rich Scangarello is bringing from San Fran.
23Kenyan Drake2623We are high on the Drake again this year. Was incredibly productive last season (4.5 YPC w/ 9 TD on 170 touches). Gore is gone, along with Gase, and O’Shea brings in New England offensive system.
24David Montgomery2420Matt Nagy is going to love his versatility… Montgomery was a high school QB, very productive college RB w/ Iowa State, and is an extremely polished pass catcher and route runner.
25Tevin Coleman3126Nearly 10% of his runs went over 15 yards, while nearly half his production came on big plays. System is great, as is O-Line, but this backfield may be too deep for any one guy to finish top 30.
26Sony Michel232Even with a year in the system and proven success, there are way too many bodies to feel truly comfortable here. Pats added Damien Harris to Burkhead and White this offseason.
27James White3025Scored in double figures in 12 of 16 games in PPR format, including 5 games of 24+. While Michel may have to share his workload, the 3rd down/passing down role is in no doubt.
28Chris Carson2522Was actually RB9 in complete game starts once he took over the job in week 3. He deserves to keep the job. The issue is the team seems more committed to Penny than him at this time.
29Rashaad Penny3222Seattle sees Carson and Penny as 1A and 1B. Clearly they were not last season… Carson averaged 15.8 while Penny hit that number only once.
30Tarik Cohen271It looked like Cohen could see a bump in carries after Howard trade, but Davis signing and drafting Montgomery will likely result in decreased workload this season.
31Lamar Miller2930Texans offensive line was an absolute dumpster fire last season, bad in pass pro and dead last in run blocking. They didn’t do enough to address it this offseason, and we aren’t getting any younger Lamar
32Derrius Guice2830Claims he’s at 100%, the team loves his upside, line isn’t great and hard to love him if AP is on roster w/ Chris Thompson getting a guaranteed PD role.
33Miles Sanders3324Just when we thought Jordan Howard would finally give us some early-down clarity in Philly… Sanders is a perfect fit for the early down work here, is a one-cut, downhill runner that can make people miss on 2nd level.
34LeSean McCoy4226Finished an extremely disappointing RB40 last season, w/ only one quality start all year. The offensive line was 31 of 32 in run blocking, but was addressed in a big way this offseason… Roman will run a lot, but can he hold off Gore and Yeldon?
35Latavius Murray3423Ingram was RB26 in this role last year. It is clear Saints want to run, but hard to imagine Murray gets more than carries than Ingram last season (11 per game).
36Royce Freeman3814Was better in pass pro than Booker, so Booker snap count made zero sense. We will see how Scangrello divides work load, but his role should certainly increase this season.
37Peyton Barber4728Signed to a late round tender this offseason, which basically means they will give Jones every chance to beat him out. Neither back was great last season, but Jones was atrocious at 1.9 YPC.
38Jerrick McKinnon3926Another timeshare that will be tough to figure out. Given the injury history of all the backs in SF now, it may be last man standing holds the most fantasy value.
39Kareem Hunt3711Early footage we are getting out of camp looks like… Kareem Hunt. Have to wait 8 games, but he will be impossible to keep off the field once back.
40D’onta Foreman4515Is this the year? We thought Foreman would take Miller’s job by the 2018 season but a 2017 achilles injury ended that. With Blue gone he is at the very least the clear 2.
41Carlos Hyde4017Hyde beat out Chubb last season, but that ended up being the highlight of a season that ended w/ him being cut from Jags. Will have a share of carries, but Williams is just a better fit in KC.
42Jordan Howard3524While we originally loved this move for Howard, the drafting of Sanders really complicates this backfield… once again. We tentatively have him at 42, but have a hard time buying into any Philly back right now.
43Alexander Mattison5528The only backup to a RB that has been hurt every year dating back to college… on a good, run-heavy offense. He’s more than just a Cook handcuff.
44Giovani Bernard6519Gio will have a role in Zac Taylor’s offense and could be serviceable as an emergency flex play, but if Mixon goes down he has proven he is capable of top 15 RB production.
45Adrian Peterson4430Guice is back and Thompson will still be the 3rd down back. Given AP’s lack of receiving skills it seems unlikely that he gets enough carries w/out another Guice injury to have value.
46Austin Ekeler4323PFF’s number 12 rated runner and 6 rated overall RB last season. Was more than a handcuff with 6 double digit totals in just 14 games.
47Darrell Henderson3632Henderson was our #3 RB in the 2019 draft. Extremely explosive, versatile player that could carve out a role even if Gurley is healthy.
48Jaylen Samuels4621Was a ridiculously productive college RB at NC State, polished receiver that caught 26 of 29 targets in 2018. Averaged nearly 13 fantasy PPG in 3 starts last season.
49Nyheim Hines4518Only hit double digits twice as a rookie. Is little more than a spot-flex play unless (when) Mack is injured.
50Damien Harris562We issued a warning on Michel early this offseason, early down RB’s are extremely disposable to the Pats. Harris looks like he is making up ground on Michel already.

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Our Favorite RB Targets for 2019

The running back position is hands down, the most demanding on the field.

Thus, the league experiences at least some degree of shuffling even at the upper echelons.

We’ve come to expect a handful of rb’s reaching high production of years past and a handful fading in output.

Similarly, almost every season, there are 1 – 3 running backs that exceed everyone’s expectations and take their place among the elites.

Before we dive into our top 50 rb’s, you should also consider the system in making your draft picks.

Not only the offensive line and coordinators, but also determining the likely workload (potential of a shared backfield).

Certain systems are highly conducive to the running game. James Conner for example is a great back, but became a thousand yard rusher nearly overnight in Pittsburg.

#1 RB: Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley

RB | New York Giants

#2 RB: Ezekiel Elliot

Ezekiel Elliot

RB | Dallas Cowboys

#3 RB: Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey

RB | Carolina Panthers

#4 RB: Alvin Kamara

Alvin Kamara

RB | New Orleans Saints

#5 RB: Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley

RB | Los Angeles Rams

#6 RB: James Conner

James Conner

RB | Pittsburgh Steelers

#7 RB: Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

RB | Los Angeles Chargers

#8 RB: LeVeon Bell

LeVeon Bell

RB | New York Jets

#9 RB: David Johnson

David Johnson

RB | Arizona Cardinals

#10 RB: Joe Mixon

Joe Mixon

RB | Cincinnati Bengals

#11 RB: Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook

RB | Minnesota Vikings

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#12 RB: Marlon Mack

Marlon Mack

RB | Indianapolis Colts

#13 RB: DeVonta Freeman

DeVonta Freeman

RB | Atlanta Falcons

#14 RB: Nick Chubb

Nick Chubb

RB | Cleveland Browns

#15 RB: Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry

RB | Tennessee Titans

#16 RB: Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

RB | Green Bay Packers

#17 RB: Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette

RB | Jacksonville Jaguars

#18 RB: Mark Ingram

Mark Ingram

RB | Baltimore Ravens

#19 RB: Damien Williams

Damien Williams

RB | Kansas City Chiefs

#20 RB: Kerryon Johnson

Kerryon Johnson

RB | Detroit Lions

#21 RB: Phillip Lindsay

Phillip Lindsay

RB | Denver Broncos

#22 RB: Sony Michel

Sony Michel

RB | New England Patriots

#23 RB: Kenyan Drake

Kenyan Drake

RB | Miami Dolphins

#24 RB: Josh Jacobs

Josh Jacobs

RB | Oakland Raiders

#25 RB: Tarik Cohen

Tarik Cohen

RB | Chicago Bears

#26 RB: Chris Carson

Chris Carson

RB | Seattle Seahawks

#27 RB: Lamar Miller

Lamar Miller

RB | Houston Texans

#28 RB: Derrius Guice

Derrius Guice

RB | Washington Redskins

#29 RB: Tevin Coleman

Tevin Coleman

RB | San Francisco 49ers

#30 RB: James White

James White

RB | New England Patriots

#31 RB: LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

RB | Buffalo Bills

#32 RB: Latavius Murray

Latavius Murray

RB | New Orleans Saints

#33 RB: Royce Freeman

Royce Freeman

RB | Denver Broncos

#34 RB: Jordan Howard

Jordan Howard

RB | Philadelphia Eagles

#35 RB: Jerrick McKinnon

Jerrick McKinnon

RB | San Fransisco 49ers

#36 RB: David Montgomery

David Montgomery

RB | Chicago Bears

#37 RB: Rashaad Penny

Rashaad Penny

RB | Seattle Seahawks

#38 RB: Miles Sanders

Miles Sanders

RB | Philadelphia Eagles

#39 RB: D’onta Foreman

D’onta Foreman

RB | Houston Texans

#40 RB: Carlos Hyde

Carlos Hyde

RB | Kansas City Chiefs

#41 RB: Nyheim Hines

Nyheim Hines

RB | Indianapolis Colts

#42 RB: Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt

RB | Cleveland Browns

#43 RB: Peyton Barber

Peyton Barber

RB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

#44 RB: Mike Davis

Mike Davis

RB | Chicago Bears

#45 RB: Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

RB | Washington Redskins

#46 RB: Austin Ekeler

Austin Ekeler

RB | Los Angeles Chargers

#47 RB: Ito Smith

Ito Smith

RB | Atlanta Falcons

#48 RB: Jaylen Samuels

Jaylen Samuels

RB | Pittsburgh Steelers

#49 RB: Justice Hill

Justice Hill

RB | Baltimore Ravens

#50 RB: Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson

RB | Washington Redskins

top 10 rb rankings for 2019

A Summary of Our RB Rankings for 2019

Our top 50 rb rankings encapsulate all the big names in the game.

Make yourself familiar with these names and be ready for them to go one after another in your draft.

Be prepared to reach deep and have plenty of running back options, as well as trade potential.

Study the top 10 rbs in detail and be in a position to be happy with wherever you are in the draft order.

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