2019 Fantasy Football RB Rankings, Sleepers, Tiers and Busts

Pat Mayo and The Athletic’s Jake Ciely sift through the list of 2019 Running Backs, debate the players, separate them into tiers and compile 2019 Fantasy Football RB Rankings.

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0:29 Giveaways
3:05 Tier 1
14:09 Todd Gurley
17:05 Tier 2
38:17 Tier 3
46:06 Tier 4
1:02:25 Tier 5
1:06:09 SF + TB RBs
1:09:02 Tier 6
1:11:12 Backups/Handcuffs

2019 Fantasy Football RB Rankings (PPR Scoring)

Updated September 2

Tier 1

Saquon Barkley
Christian McCaffrey
Alvin Kamara

Tier 2

Ezekiel Elliott
James Conner
Joe Mixon
David Johnson
Nick Chubb
Le’Veon Bell
Dalvin Cook

Tier 3

Josh Jacobs
Kerryon Johnson
Aaron Jones
Todd Gurley

Tier 4

James White
Devonta Freeman
Leonard Fournette
David Montgomery
Chris Carson
Damien Williams
Melvin Gordon
Tevin Coleman

Tier 5

Mark Ingram (Guest Ranking: Jake Ciely)
Sony Michel
Derrick Henry
Marlon Mack

Tier 6

Latavius Murray
Phillip Lindsay
Duke Johnson
Devin Singletary
Austin Ekeler
Kenyan Drake
Miles Sanders
Payton Barber
Tarik Cohen
Dion Lewis
Darwin Thompson
Derrius Guice

Tier 7

Tony Pollard
Kalen Ballage
Royce Freeman
Darrell Henderson
Rashaad Penny
Adrian Peterson
LeSean McCoy
Nyheim Hines
Matt Bredia
Jordan Howard

Tier 8

Chris Thompson
Jaylen Samuels
Justin Jackson
Justice Hill
Ito Smith
Frank Gore
Rex Burkhead
Ronald Jones

Tier 9

Jamaal Williams
CJ Anderson
Benny Snell
Damarea Crockett
Gio Bernard
Kareem Hunt
Alexander Mattison
Dare Ogunbowale
Wayne Gallman
Chase Edmonds
Malcolm Brown
Ryquell Armstead
Josh Adams


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