Running Back Tiers

After this season has come to an end, we will all be able to look back upon it and recognize that 2019 was the year of the Running Back resurgence.

There is an abundance of quality running backs this season, and running backs have been dominating the early picks in most redraft fantasy football drafts. Therefore, I have decided to compile a list of my top RBs to own this season. The list below consists of 65 total RBs. I’ve split them up into 12 tiers. Within each tier there is not much separating each back at the moment. Yet there may be a back who has more breakout potential as well as a back with more bust potential.

Check out episode #23 of the TriFocal Football podcast and you’ll hear me get into detail about each back and each tier. After listening, see the tiers for yourself below.

Tier #1 (No Doubters)
  • Christian Mcaffrey
  • Alvin Kamara
  • Ezekiel Elliott
  • Saquon Barkley
Tier #2 (Dudes on the come up/Dudes with Qs)
  • Joe Mixon
  • Nick Chubb
  • David Johnson
  • Todd Gurley
  • Melvin Gordon
Tier #3 (Talent & opportunity is there, need to see it again)
  • James Conner
  • Lev Bell
  • Dalvin Cook
Tier #4 (Make you or break you)
  • Devonta Freeman
  • Damien Williams
  • Derrius Guice
Tier #5 (To trust or not to trust)
  • Leonard Fournette
  • Josh Jacobs
  • Kerryon Johnson
  • Marlon Mack
  • Derrick Henry
Tier #6 (Content they’re my RB2, happy they’re my RB3)
  • James White
  • Aaron Jones
  • Kenyan Drake
  • Lamar Miller
Tier #7 (Breakout candidates)
  • Sony Michel
  • David Montgomery
  • Rashaad Penny
Tier #8 (Can’t have one without the other…)
  • Phillip Lindsay
  • Royce Freeman
  • Mark Ingram
  • Justice Hill
  • Jordan Howard
  • Miles Sanders
  • Tevin Coleman
  • Jerrick Mckinnon
  • Leasen Mccoy
  • Frank Gore
  • Ronald Jones
  • Peyton Barber
Tier #9 (Satellite backs)
  • Tarik Cohen
  • Nyheim Hines
  • Austin Ekeler
  • Chris Thompson
  • Jaylen Samuels
Tier #10 (Top Tier Handcuffs)
  • Darrell Henderson
  • Adrian Peterson
  • Damien Harris
  • Chris Carson
  • Dion Lewis
  • Kareem Hunt
  • Elijah McGuire
Tier #11 (2nd Tier Handcuffs)
  • Ito Smith
  • Carlos Hyde
  • Matt Breida
  • Kalen Ballage
  • Ryquell Armstead
  • D’onta Foreman
  • Alexander Mattions
  • Jamaal Williams
Tier #12 (Late round hopes)
  • Darwin Thompson
  • Benny Snell
  • Devin Singletary
  • Latavius Murray
  • Mike Davis
  • CJ Anderson


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