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Rest of Season Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs

Up to date rankings of RBs for the remainder of the 2015 fantasy football season.

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Nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. RBs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.

To see which players receive point-per-reception (PPR) bumps, consult my weekly Depth Charts and Volatility post, where we analyze all of the timeshares where multiple backs are involved for teams. The top of these ranks generally favor backs involved in the receiving game, as it is, because the bellcow RBs who largely are involved in the passing game are largely unaffected when their respective teams abandon the run.

Rank

Player

Team

1

Le'Veon Bell

Steelers

2

Adrian Peterson

Vikings

3

Jamaal Charles

Chiefs

4

Arian Foster

Texans

5

Matt Forte

Bears

6

Mark Ingram

Saints

7

Eddie Lacy

Packers

8

Marshawn Lynch

Seahawks

9

Justin Forsett

Ravens

10

Chris Ivory

Jets

11

Todd Gurley

Rams

12

Latavius Murray

Raiders

13

Devonta Freeman

Falcons

14

Chris Johnson

Cardinals

15

Giovani Bernard

Bengals

16

Dion Lewis

Patriots

17

Doug Martin

Buccaneers

18

Alfred Morris

Washington

19

Danny Woodhead

Chargers

20

Tevin Coleman

Falcons

21

LeSean McCoy

Bills

22

Jeremy Hill

Bengals

23

T.J. Yeldon

Jaguars

24

Carlos Hyde

49ers

25

Joseph Randle

Cowboys

26

Frank Gore

Colts

27

LeGarrette Blount

Patriots

28

DeMarco Murray

Eagles

29

Melvin Gordon

Chargers

30

C.J. Anderson

Broncos

31

Ronnie Hillman

Broncos

32

Charles Sims

Buccaneers

33

Karlos Williams

Bills

34

Antonio Andrews

Titans

35

Lamar Miller

Dolphins

36

Duke Johnson

Browns

37

C.J. Spiller

Saints

38

Andre Ellington

Cardinals

39

Ameer Abdullah

Lions

40

Jonathan Stewart

Falcons

41

Isaiah Crowell

Browns

42

Darren Sproles

Eagles

43

Ryan Mathews

Eagles

44

Cameron Artis-Payne

Panthers

45

Jonas Gray

Dolphins

46

Khiry Robinson

Saints

47

Matt Jones

Washington

48

Bilal Powell

Jets

49

Andre Williams

Giants

50

Rashad Jennings

Giants

Notes:

  • There is a special bump for the Patriots and Titans backs, who have 13 games remaining in their regular seasons against everyone else's 12.

  • As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. And the better matchups sooner than later because there is sell-high value to come. These are not weekly rankings, but the idea of these rankings is to measure whom we should be owning now over whom. For example, an RB3 with a bad schedule until Week 12 is useless to our rosters compared a below average RB4 with two or three nice matchups in the coming weeks.

  • These rankings devalue the messiest backfield situations noted in the Depth Charts and Volatility post. I don't care how talented a guy is if he doesn't get the ball.

  • Bellcows always get the edge. There aren't many of them, so the value in scarcity increases for those backs with lesser variance. As we go down the rankings, the bad bellcows who we can never trust in our lineup lose value to receiving backups with more upside in whom we can reasonably instill hope. The bad bellcows are not only unstartable, but untradeable, and that is a recipe for a wasted roster spot.

  • Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.