2019 RB Rankings: Pre-Draft

Ezekiel Elliott

Like with my QB Rankings, my 2019 RB Rankings give an initial at how I am viewing the position. I expect the rankings to shuffle a bit between now and kick off for Week 1 especially when the landing spots of rookie RBs are known but this is how my initial pass on the position shakes out.

RankPlayerTeam
1Saquon BarkleyNew York Giants
2Christian McCafferyCarolina Panthers
3Alvin KamaraNew Orleans Saints
4Ezekiel ElliottDallas Cowboys
5Melvin GordonLos Angeles Chargers
6Todd GurleyLos Angles Rams
7James ConnerPittsburgh Steelers
8Le'Veon BellNew York Jets
9Dalvin CookMinnesota Vikings
10Joe MixonCincinnati Bengals
11David JohnsonArizona Cardinals
12Damian WilliamsKansas City Chiefs
13Phillip LindsayDenver Broncos
14Nick ChubbCleveland Browns
15Mark IngramBaltimore Ravens
16Sony MichelNew England Patriots
17Derrius GuiceWashington Redskins
18Kerryon JohnsonDetroit Lions
19Devonta FreemanAtlanta Falcons
20Aaron JonesGreen Bay Packers
21Lamar MillerHouston Texans
22Marlon MackIndianapolis Colts
23Jordan HowardPhiladelphia Eagles
24Leonard FournetteJacksonville Jaguars
25Tevin ColemanSan Francisco 49ers
26Tarik CohenChicago Bears
27Chris CarsonSeattle Seahawks
28Kenyan DrakeMiami Dolphins
29Lesean McCoyBuffalo Bills
30Derrick HenryTennessee Titans
31James WhiteNew England Patriots
32Rashaad PennySeattle Seahawks
33Jerick McKinonSan Francisco 49ers
34Latavius MurrayNew Orleans Saints
35Adrian PetersonWashington Redskins
36David MontgomeryFA
37Rodney AndersonFA
38Ronald JonesTampa Bay Buccaneers
39Jay AjayiFA
40Isaiah CrowellOakland Raiders
41Nyhiem HinesIndiannapolis Colts
42Kareem HuntCleveland Browns
43Carlos HydeKansas City Chiefs
44Kalen BallageMiami Dolphins
45Austin EkelerLos Angeles Chargers
46Kenneth DixonBaltimore Ravens
47Royce FreemanDenver Broncos
48Mike DavisChicago Bears
49Dion LewisTennessee Titans
50TJ YeldonFA
51Matt BriedaSan Francisco 49ers
52Jamaal WilliamsGreen Bay Packers
53Miles SandersFA
54Darrell HendersonFA
55Damian HarrisFA
56Justice HillFA
57Ito SmithAtlanta Falcons
58Jaylen SamuelsPittsburgh Steelers
59Gus EdwardsBaltimore Ravens
60Duke JohnsonCleveland Browns
61Josh JacobsFA
62Giovani BernardCincinnati Bengals
63Peyton BarberTampa Bay Buccaneers
64CJ AndersonDetroit Lions
65Josh AdamsPhiladelphia Eagles
LA Rams Todd Gurley

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Hardest to Rank – Todd Gurley

It seems many are unsure what to do with Rams RB Todd Gurley. He finished as the RB1 despite not playing in Week 16 and 17. Had Gurley returned for the playoffs without issue it would be a non issue at this point but he did not. After racking up 115 yards on only 16 carries, Gurley only amassed 45 yards on 14 carries in the NFC Championship and Super Bowl.

Rumors are now swirling that Gurley may have arthritis in his knee that could hamper him throughout the rest of his career. Now its fair to wonder if the sure fire top 3 pick is even worth a round 1 pick. He is a player to monitor as the off-season rolls along. Paying attention to how the Rams handle their depth behind Gurley will be fascinating as well. They have already let C.J. Anderson leave for the Lions. They did however bring Malcolm Brown back on a 2 year deal for $3.3 Million.

Right now he is my RB6 but I don’t feel great about it. Im curious to see where he ends up as the season approaches.

Vault Him – Damien Williams

As you can see the tweet below, Andy Reid produces fantasy studs at the RB position. Not only does he put them in spots to be successful but he feeds his RB1 like a workhorse.

The addition of Carlos Hyde may scare some off, however I am not one of those people as much as I love Hyde as a player. Now I’m not saying there is a zero chance that Hyde has value this season because as we have seen in KC the past few seasons, an injury can force the Chiefs to make the switch.

Williams is currently RB21 in 1/2 point scoring per Fantasy Football Calculator. For me, I flip those numbers around as he is my RB12 and that might be low. As I am not an early round RB drafter, Williams will absolutely be a target for me in the round 3/4 range. Owners should be just fine having him as their RB1 heading into the season.

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