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2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Paddi’s top 50 running backs

The running backs you need to win your league.

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The way I’ve approached the running back position in my 2020 leagues is to get my starting duo as early as possible. This is for two main reasons. Firstly because it is one of the deepest years for receiver I can remember, but also the running back position is full of uncertainty when you get past the top 12 or so players due to guys with injury concerns, new landing spots or on potentially bad offenses. When I have tried the zero RB strategy, I’ve found myself unhappy with my stable of rushers, relying on either rookies or taking a punt on committee backs in the hope I hit on the right player for those teams. Therefore before you see my rankings I’m recommending that you go RB early in drafts and build your receiver corps later.

Note: I’ve based these rankings on a 0.5 PPR scoring system.

2020 Redraft RB Rankings

Rank Name Team Bye Notes
Rank Name Team Bye Notes
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR 13 Even if CMC sees a dropoff on his incredible 2019 scoring he's still the top back in 2020
2 Saquon Barkley NYG 11 Will push McCaffrey to be the RB1 this season
3 Ezekiel Elliott DAL 10 The most consistent high-end producer the position has ever seen
4 Alvin Kamara NO 6 Positive touchdown regression is coming for Kamara
5 Dalvin Cook MIN 7 Contract issues aside, Cook will be a top 5 back this season
6 Austin Ekeler LAC 10 No Melvin Gordon will see Ekeler's touches increase in 2020
7 Joe Mixon CIN 9 This is the year Mixon puts it all together
8 Aaron Jones GB 5 Last year's RB2 sees an expanded role but fewer TDs after 19 in 2019
9 Derrick Henry TEN 7 Henry wont repeat his 2019 numbers but is still an RB1 this year
10 Leonard Fournette JAX 7 Fournette will still see tons of volume in 2020
11 Josh Jacobs LV 6 With a full season Jacobs pushes to crack the top 10 running backs
12 Miles Sanders PHI 9 Sanders gets the starting role and runs away with it
13 Kenyan Drake ARI 8 Drake carries on where he left off in 2019
14 James Conner PIT 8 Bounce back year for Conner looking for a new contract in 2020
15 David Johnson HOU 8 New home, fresh start as Johnson looks to rebuild his career in Houston
16 Melvin Gordon DEN 8 Another new home and Gordon is a solid starting RB option this year
17 Le'Veon Bell NYJ 11 I fear Bell's best days are behind him in the Jets' offense
18 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC 10 Exciting times for CEH but his role will be complimentary in the Chiefs' high-powered offense
19 Todd Gurley II ATL 10 What has Gurley got left on his return to the state of Georgia?
20 Kareem Hunt CLE 9 Hunt will outscore Nick Chubb but both will cannibalise each other's scoring in 2020
21 Nick Chubb CLE 9 His shared role with Hunt means his stock takes a dip this year
22 Jonathan Taylor IND 7 Taylor has top-12 potential but until he gets the starting role, its all potential
23 Chris Carson SEA 6 If Carson is healthy then he can be a top-15 back again
24 Mark Ingram II BAL 8 Ingram is the starting back but faces stiff competition from JK Dobbins
25 Cam Akers LAR 9 Akers will be the starter in LA but how will he be utilised in his rookie year?
26 James White NE 6 White's high receiving floor doesn't diminish with Cam and will prove to be a valuable asset again in the passing game
27 Tarik Cohen CHI 11 100 targets in 2019 and likely to see the same again, hopefully with more production
28 Devin Singletary BUF 11 Just 2 TDs as a rookie and with Josh Allen plus rookie Zack Moss likely to get the Red Zone looks, I don't see the upside
29 Raheem Mostert SF 11 A new contract but his usage is unpredictable in a wildy creative offense
30 David Montgomery CHI 11 Patchy usage and a poor second half of his rookie season, makes Montgomery a hard sell for me in 2020
31 Ronald Jones II TB 13 He's the man say Bruce Arians. Or is he? Can he catch? What about Shady? And Vaughn? I've no idea
32 D'Andre Swift DET 5 Exciting prospect but he and Johnson will likely split a role in a pass first offense
33 Jordan Howard MIA 11 Super consistent in Philly but the Dolphins offense is going to struggle again and will lose targets to Breida
34 Antonio Gibson WAS 8 With the Guice news dropping, Gibson gets a bump as the back likely to lead the team in touches in 2020
35 Tevin Coleman SF 11 Similar to Mostert, Coleman will have a varied workload but can be an RB1 if you get the right week
36 Jamaal Williams GB 5 Will continue to play second fiddle to Jones but has a role that means some flex upside
37 Nyheim Hines IND 7 An expanded role in the passing game likely coming for Hines with Rivers at QB
38 Latavius Murray NO 6 Murray has an established role behind Kamara and is a flex option most weeks
39 Matt Breida MIA 11 Likely to see the passing work for the Dolphins but the poor offense worries me
40 J.K. Dobbins BAL 8 Poised to take over from Ingram next year and will flash as a rookie on a deep rushing attack
41 Phillip Lindsay DEN 8 A great 2 years for Lindsay but his role will be relegated behind Gordon. A great handcuff
42 Marlon Mack IND 7 A matter of timer before Taylor gets the starting role. No help in the passing game sees Mack fall in the depth chart.
43 Kerryon Johnson DET 5 A time share with Swift harms both their fantasy outputs this year.
44 Duke Johnson HOU 8 A lesser role for Duke with David Johnson in town in 2020
45 Alexander Mattison MIN 7 With Cook not holding out, Mattison sees a similar role to his rookie season
46 Sony Michel NE 6 Michel is on the PUP list and likely to miss the start of the season. Not good for his fantasy outlook
47 Tony Pollard DAL 10 Flashed as a rookie but unless Zeke gets injured, his role will be limited
48 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB 13 With Shady now on the roster, Vaughn may struggle for a consistent role as a rookie
49 Justin Jackson LAC 10 Jackson should see extra touches in 2020, especially in the running game behind Austin Ekeler
50 Chase Edmonds ARI 8 Flashed in a couple of games and could should find a role behind Drake in 2020