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Fantasy Football: Running back depth charts and rankings post 2017 NFL Draft

Keeping track of running back depth charts around the league.

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The 2017 NFL draft has come and gone and now it’s time to see how the dust has settled.

Here is the running back depth chart for all 32 teams. Obviously those ball carriers labeled Starter are currently set to be leading their respective backfields come September. Backups are who are currently behind the starter on team’s depth chart.

For each RB, I’ve attached my current fantasy Value in standard leagues: RB1 (top 10), RB2 (11-25), Flex (25-45), Flier (worth a late pick) and Don’t Bother (pretty self explanatory). This value is as the roster currently stands. For instance, I’ve valued Christian McCaffrey an RB2 even with Jonathan Stewart technically the starting HB in Carolina.


RB depth charts

Team Starter Value Backups Value
Team Starter Value Backups Value
ARI David Johnson RB1 Andre Ellington Don’t Bother
TJ Logan Don’t Bother
ATL Devonta Freeman RB1 Tevin Coleman RB2
Brian Hill Don’t Bother
BAL Terrance West Flex Danny Woodhead Flex
Kenneth Dixon Flier
BUF LeSean McCoy RB1 Jonathan Williams Flier
Joe Banyard Don’t Bother
CAR Jonathan Stewart Flex Christian McCaffrey RB2
Fozzy Whittaker Don’t Bother
CHI Jordan Howard RB1 Jeremy Langford Flier
Ka’Deem Carey Don’t Bother
CIN Jeremy Hill Flex Giovani Bernard Flex
Joe Mixon Flex
CLE Isaiah Crowell RB2 Duke Johnson Jr. Flier
Matt Dayes Don’t Bother
DAL Ezekiel Elliott RB1 Darren McFadden Flier
Alfred Morris Don’t Bother
DEN C.J. Anderson RB2 Devontae Booker Flier
De’Angelo Henderson Don’t Bother
DET Ameer Abdullah Flex Theo Riddick Flex
Zach Zenner Flier
GB Ty Montgomery Flex Jamaal Williams Flier
Don Jackson Don’t Bother
HOU Lamar Miller RB2 Alfred Blue Flier
D’Onta Foreman Flier
IND Frank Gore RB2 Robert Turbin Flier
Marlon Mack Flier
JAC Leonard Fournette RB2 T.J. Yeldon Flier
Chris Ivory Don’t Bother
KC Spencer Ware RB2 Charcandrick West Flier
Kareem Hunt Flier
LAC Melvin Gordon RB1 Branden Oliver Flier
Kenjon Barner Don’t Bother
LAR Todd Gurley RB2 Malcolm Brown Don’t Bother
Lance Dunbar Don’t Bother
MIA Jay Ajayi RB1 Damien Williams Don’t Bother
Kenyan Drake Flier
MIN Latavius Murray RB2 Dalvin Cook Flex
Jerick McKinnon Flier
NE Dion Lewis Flex James White Flier
Mike Gillislee Flex
NO Mark Ingram RB2 Adrian Peterson RB2
Alvin Kamara Flier
NYG Paul Perkins Flex Shane Vereen Flier
Wayne Gallman Flier
NYJ Matt Forte RB2 Bilal Powell Flex
Elijah McGuire Don’t Bother
OAK Marshawn Lynch RB2 Jalen Richard Flier
DeAndre Washington Don’t Bother
PHI Ryan Mathews Flex Darren Sproles Flier
Donnel Pumphrey Flier
PIT Le'Veon Bell RB1 James Connor Flier
Knile Davis Don’t Bother
SF Carlos Hyde RB1 Mike Davis Flier
Tim Hightower Don’t Bother
SEA Eddie Lacy Flex C.J. Prosise Flex
Thomas Rawls Flier
TB Doug Martin Flex Charles Sims Flex
Jacquizz Rodgers Flier
TEN DeMarco Murray RB1 Derrick Henry Flex
David Fluellen Don’t Bother
WAS Robert Kelley RB2 Chris Thompson Flier
Matt Jones Flier

Quick Thoughts:

  • I’m expecting Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey to take fantasy football by storm this season, though they’ll do it in different ways. Fournette will be the primary back in Jacksonville and don’t be surprised if he becomes the workhorse there, all put playing TJ Yeldon and Chris Ivory out of a job. McCaffrey on the other hand may not start in Carolina but will certainly have plenty of touches and offensive opportunities thrust upon him.
  • Big changes in the Bengals’ backfield. The problem is that they have talent there and I just don’t know how the touches will get passed along. Jeremy Hill is technically their starter but he didn’t have a great 2016, hence why the Bengals went and drafted the controversial Joe Mixon. Mixon could be the best back in this draft if all things go his way. I’m curious to see how this all plays out. For now, I’m not picking any of these guys to be the clear cut favorite.
  • While I like Dalvin Cook to the Vikings, it’s not great news for Latavius Murray hopeful owners. Murray is still a RB2 in my rankings but that’s a very low RB2. He offers a goal line presence and a nose for the end zone which of course makes for great fantasy production. That being said, Cook offers more than Murray in the passing game so don’t be surprised if Cook starts to take touches away from Murray. Sad day for Jerick McKinnon.
  • Keep an eye on Colts’ rookie back Marlon Mack. He could be a sneaky guy to suddenly break into the fantasy scene halfway through the season.
  • If I could take only one flier, I might talk myself into Packers’ rookie Jamaal Williams. Williams brings some size and decisiveness to the Packers backfield. He’s not an elite power back but he fights for yards and when he sees a hole, he hits it. He could become a focal point of the Packers red zone rushing attack. Also the Packers just cut Christine Michaels so that means something.
  • Really torn about the old backs in new places but had to give both Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch RB2 value to start with. Look, yes they’re old and have different things they’re coming from but both are with their teams for a reason. The Raiders wanted power and swagger and they added that. The Saints wanted a better Tim Hightower (I guess), they got that.
  • Also sorry Mark Ingram.

Let me know your thoughts on my initial values in the comments!