With season-long fantasy football drafts right around the corner, five of our top NFL writers have compiled their list of top 30 Running Backs for the 2019 NFL season. These rankings are based off of standard PPR scoring via DraftKings and can be used as a cheat sheet for your fantasy football drafts. All five writers submitted their top 30 and the composite rankings are listed below. Our writers also provided in-depth analysis for tight ends they found stood out as sleepers or potential busts.


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Here are their rankings:


1) Saquon Barkley, Giants
2) Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
3) Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
4) Alvin Kamara, Saints
5) Melvin Gordon, Chargers
6) David Johnson, Cardinals
7) Joe Mixon, Bengals
8) Le’Veon Bell, Jets
9) James Conner, Steelers
10) Nick Chubb, Browns

I know the PPR aspect is a big deal — Chubb only had 20 receptions as a rookie in 2018 — but I’m in love with the upside he has in Cleveland’s offense. Chubb managed 150 yards and two scores on those catches, while also going for nearly 1,000 yards on the ground with another eight touchdowns (starting the season on the bench). He should be unleashed in the Browns’ new offense, and has a chance to show what he can do early when he takes the majority of the reps. — Julian Edlow (his rank: 8)

11) Dalvin Cook, Vikings
12) Damien Williams, Chiefs
13) Todd Gurley, Rams
14) Marlon Mack, Colts

After the top 4 elite options are off the board, there is a group of about eight solid, workhorse backs that make good top options on your fantasy depth chart. Mack belongs in that group and is going a little lower in many drafts, making him a nice bargain option. He was injured early last season but developed into a three-down back who the Colts relied on heavily. He’s expected to get a heavy workload again after totaling 1,011 rushing and receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in just 12 regular season games. His durability is a concern, but when he’s healthy he has top-5 upside. — Zach Thompson (his rank: 11)

15) Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
16) Aaron Jones, Packers
17) Derrick Henry, Titans

How much stock are you willing to put into the final four games of 2018? A span where Henry ran for 585 yards on 87 carries with a mind-boggling seven touchdowns. A span where he easily ranked as RB1 in the league and posted a jaw-dropping 0.79 fantasy points per snap played. A span where Henry finally lived up to the expectations of the past three seasons. As much as I promoted the idea that Dion Lewis was the superior back on the Titans roster heading into last year, Henry is the exact archetype of RB that Tennessee’s system needs to thrive. Mike Vrabel wants his team to run the football. That much was apparent the past season when the team ranked first in the AFC in rushing rate at a whopping 48.5% and Henry is physically able to shoulder the burden of 20-plus carries per game. He’ll never be someone with a skillset diversified enough to warrant playing 60% of his team’s snaps, but as long as he’s getting the bulk of the carries, he’ll return value. Especially running behind an offensive line that just added Rodger Saffold to the mix. — Garion Thorne (his rank: 15)

18) Devonta Freeman, Falcons
19) Josh Jacobs, Raiders

An optimal landing spot for the Alabama rookie, Jacobs has the opportunity to flirt with finishing as an RB1 but is currently being drafted anywhere from RB19 to RB24. With Marshawn Lynch retiring and the Raiders backfield featuring a more “pass-catching” group, the former Crimson Tide back will step into the starting role on an offense which should feature the run more than last year, ranking 21st in run play percentage. The 2019 first-round pick’s floor should safely be in the RB2 range because of the following: season-ending injury to Isaiah Crowell earlier this offseason, Doug Martin inking a one-year deal, and Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington not built for early-down work. Also, if we look over the last half dozen years with rookie RBs being drafted in the first round, they’ve averaged just under 284 touches, which would’ve ranked sixth most last season. — Reid Fowler (his rank: 13)

20) Phillip Lindsay, Broncos
21) Sony Michel, Patriots
22) Kerryon Johnson, Lions
23) James White, Patriots

I’ve found White to continue to go overlooked despite a season where he rushed 94 times for 425 yards and five touchdowns. The majority of his production came through the air where he caught 87 passes for 751 yards and another seven touchdowns. In an offense that is thin at receiver and now without Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan, White could be a pivotal part of the Patriots’ receiving game. Don’t sleep on White in 2019. — Steve Buchanan (his rank: 20)

24) Chris Carson, Seahawks
25) David Montgomery, Bears
26) Kenyan Drake, Dolphins
27) Mark Ingram, Ravens
28) Tarik Cohen, Bears
29) Derrius Guice, Redskins
30) Tevin Coleman, 49ers

Also receiving votes: Latavius Murray, Saints; Miles Sanders, Eagles


Meet Our Team of Writers

Click on a name to see each of their rankings with additional analysis

Garion Thorne

Zach Thompson

Julian Edlow

Reid T. Fowler

Steve Buchanan


Also check out the rest of our composite rankings

Top 50 overall

Top 40 Wide Receivers

Top 20 Quarterbacks

Top 10 Tight Ends


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