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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2019 Fantasy Football RB Rankings: Show Index

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 August 17

Tier 1

Saquon Barkley
Christian McCaffrey
Alvin Kamara
Ezekiel Elliott

Tier 2

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

Tier 3

Josh Jacobs
Kerryon Johnson
Aaron Jones
Todd Gurley
Melvin Gordon
Damien Williams
Marlon Mack

Tier 4

James White
Devonta Freeman
Leonard Fournette
David Montgomery
Chris Carson
Tevin Coleman

Tier 5

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

Tier 6

Lamar Miller
Latavius Murray
Phillip Lindsay
Austin Ekeler
Kalen Ballage
Miles Sanders
Payton Barber
Tarik Cohen
Duke Johnson
Dion Lewis
Kenyan Drake

Tier 7

LeSean McCoy
Royce Freeman
Devin Singletary
Darrell Henderson
Rashaad Penny
Adrian Peterson
Jordan Howard

Tier 8

Derrius Guice
Nyheim Hines
Chris Thompson
Jaylen Samuels
Justin Jackson
Justice Hill
Ito Smith
Rex Burkhead
Ronald Jones

Tier 9

Jerick McKinnon
Jamaal Williams
Carlos Hyde
CJ Anderson
Benny Snell
Alexander Mattison
Spencer Ware
Darwin Thompson
Gio Bernard
Kareem Hunt
Frank Gore
Wayne Gallman
Chase Edmonds
Malcolm Brown
Ryquell Armstead
Josh Adams
D’Onta Foreman

WORST PLACE!!!

1. Oh, hai Mark Ingram
2. Doug The Pug Martin


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