2017 RB Rankings and Projections

David Johnson

The 2017 fantasy football season is upon us and that means it is time to prep for drafts. Below are not only my 2017 RB rankings for PPR, Non-PPR, and 1/2 point per reception leagues but my full season numbers. I took the production of each RB over the past few seasons, baked in some injury risk and compiled my expectations. Those numbers also take the style of offense, offensive line and other factors into consideration.

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QB | RB | WR |TE

PLAYERTEAMRUSHYDSTDRECYDSTDTAR2PCFUMLNon-PPR ScoringPPR Scoring1/2 Point Scoring
David JohnsonArizona30013351675800312013323.5398.5361
Le'Veon BellPittsburgh2611525892616311511280.10372.1326.10
Devonta FreemanAtlanta2451070116352026501235298266.5
Jay AjayiMiami265131093424524501219.5253.5236.5
DeMarco MurrayTennessee248110585135636701210.1261.10235.6
LeSean McCoyBuffalo220125974335615610211.5254.5233
Melvin GordonLA Chargers268104784141925702202.6243.6223.1
Jordan HowardChicago252121083229815001202.8234.8218.8
Dalvin CookMinnesota247106173939625301197.7236.7217.2
Todd GurleyLA Rams289112393427914501198.2232.2215.2
Lamar MillerHouston257112574029515101188228208
Ty MontgomeryGreen Bay14875476844329001171.7239.7205.7
Kareem HuntKansas City246101573627924800183.4219.4201.4
Christian McCafferyCarolina12567955055246612175.1225.1200.1
Carlos HydeSan Francisco238114583116013713180.5211.5196
Mark IngramNew Orleans19992544631945722172.4218.4195.4
C.J. AndersonDenver20586383530124300176.4211.4193.9
Danny WoodheadBaltimore12946145859756801157.80215.8186.8
Isaiah CrowellCleveland19895274031905202165.1205.1185.1
Ameer AbdullahDetroit19792573226303801158.80190.8174.8
Doug MartinTampa Bay21693572320412802157.9180.9169.4
Bilal PowellNY Jets13567426347628401137200168.5
Terrance WestBaltimore21593381711712900159176167.5
Frank GoreIndianapolis23392453224414201150.80182.8166.8
Joe MixonCincinnati13460334354125800144.4187.4165.9
Robert KelleyWashington2679638128211800158.5170.5164.5
Matt ForteNY Jets19381553430614501146.1180.1163.1
Ezekiel ElliottDallas19591471517912401155.30170.3162.80
Paul PerkinsNY Giants21391571716402800149.9166.9158.4
Tevin ColemanAtlanta13057253140924300140.1171.1155.6
Giovani BernardCincinnati12551544346524801132175153.5
Marshawn LynchOakland1838537138722401146159152.5
Leonard FournetteJacksonville22596661213802701144.4156.4150.4
Mike GillisleeNew England190855895011100144.5153.5149
James WhiteNew England3916606861559300108.1176.1142.1
Eddie LacySeattle17576561514313001130.80145.80138.30
Jonathan StewartCarolina1837509117601802132.6143.6138.1
LeGarrette BlountPhiladelphia22596367380801134.1141.1137.6
Charles SimsTampa Bay10440524946526700111160135.5
CJ ProsiseSeattle6138533042733600117.2147.19132.19
Darren SprolesPhiladelphia7836134942717300102.8151.80127.3
Charcandrick WestKansas City1264153672002820091.5158.5125
Chris ThompsonWashington552862563493740191.5147.5119.5
Duke Johnson JrCleveland733581535140720191.2144.19117.7
Shane VereenNY Giants561962473974700193.3140.30116.8
Alvin KamaraNew Orleans151233464154451293.8139.80116.8
Theo RiddickDetroit511800554614720088.1143.1115.6
T.J. YeldonJacksonville1244461433352570194.1137.1115.6
Jalen RichardOakland883341413643500093.8134.80114.3
Adrian PetersonNew Orleans151589993502704108.4117.4112.9
Jeremy HillCincinnati1485485141210270096.9110.9103.9
James ConnerPittsburgh983434181182270082.1100.191.1
Derrick HenryTennessee12556048510130085.193.189.1
Devontae BookerDenver1355263201230310376.9096.986.9
Jerick McKinnonMinnesota1194041231272541073.0996.184.6
Latavius MurrayMinnesota73277.399999999999984132640420176.1489.1482.64
Wendell SmallwoodPhiladelphia107449387111801748278
Joe WilliamsSan Francisco13758926580130174.780.777.7
Darren McFaddenDallas9543721512312102708577.5
Wayne GallmanNY Giants90393215951220066.881.874.3
Robert TurbinIndianapolis632263211521270061.882.872.3
D'Onta ForemanHouston11245937560100167.574.571
DeAndre WashingtonOakland933202231570290157.780.769.2
Tim HightowerSan Francisco642562171661210060.277.268.7
Thomas RawlsSeattle8548828110120061.969.9065.90
Chris IvoryJacksonville6725422918602803507964.5
Jonathan WilliamsBuffalo82319411640160258.369.363.8
Jacquizz RodgersTampa Bay73313213980160053.166.0959.6
Lance DunbarLA Rams26910263140310040.566.553.5
Zach ZennerDetroit23873181960230144.362.353.3
Kenneth FarrowLA Chargers77246112671170141.353.347.3
Jamaal WilliamsGreen Bay622293432060044.148.146.1
Samaje PerineWashington562293429080043.847.845.8
Aaron JonesGreen Bay3512219741130031.640.636.1
Jeremy McNicholsTampa Bay4316318890130031.239.2035.20
Dwayne WashingtonDetroit27781428070016.6020.618.60
Dwayne WashingtonDetroit27781428070016.6020.618.60
Packers Ty Montgomery

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Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery is one of my favorite RBs this season. He has top 10 upside in all formats and obviously gets a nice bump in 1/2 point or full PPR. He had issues staying on the field last season due to pass blocking issues, something that should be much improved with a full off season to improve. His versatility allows him to provide value all over the field.

Dalvin Cook

Minnesota Vikings Dalvin Cook will not only be the best running back in their backfield, he will be the best rookie running back this season. Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffery and Joe Mixon are all going ahead of Cook in ADP. Cook showed a home run hitting ability even behind a underwhelming offensive line at Florida State. He has the ability to be a three down force that make plays with the ball in his hands. Latavius Murray is washed and the coaches are not fond of Jerick McKinnon. Look for Cook to get approach 300 touches in year one.

 Carlos Hyde

I’m still driving the Carlos Hyde hype train this season. There was a ton of chatter early in camp about Hyde falling out of favor and the new coaches having issues with the 4th year RB. The narrative has completely flipped now that the season is all but here. Look for Kyle Shannahan to utilizes all of Hyde’s skills and turn him into an elite fantasy RB.

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