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Tier One

Christian McCaffrey (RB1) — Even in getting again from a six-week absence at 3-5, McCaffrey handled 18-of-19 backfield carries (including 100% of the team’s carries inside the five) and 10-of-16 working help targets sooner than re-injuring himself within the fourth quarter. Any discussion of a committee from Carolina’s instructing crew would possibly maybe possibly well well moreover be neglected.

Dalvin Cook dinner (RB2) — Cook dinner averaged 28 touches, handling 220-of-250 backfield carries, across his closing 9 begins. Minnesota’s third-perfect trudge play rate from fair game script will not be genuinely anticipated to interchange since Gary Kubiak simply passed the keys to his son Klint Kubiak on the manner out (lol).

Ezekiel Elliott (RB3) Nowhere to head nevertheless up after regressing for profession-lows in rushing yards (65.3) and fantasy facets (14.9) per game against the league’s second-hardest rushing time table. Also paced for 7.5 targets weekly in Dak Prescott‘s four corpulent begins out the gates. Cowboys will encouragingly receive Tyron Smith, La’el Collins, and Zack Martin accessible to open the year after that trio combined to miss 36 games closing season. Easiest of all, Elliott can easily be nabbed at the major-/second-round flip for recency bias no topic having more assured usage in a bigger arena than these being drafted before him.

Alvin Kamara (RB4)Kamara’s tepid outlook without Drew Brees remains the elephant within the room after the historical’s pitiful 14% target piece in Taysom Hill‘s four begins. Kamara moreover handled beautiful 53.7% of Original Orleans’ backfield carries in that stead.

Derrick Henry (RB5) — Titans are tranquil anticipated to rally around The Huge Dog after 400-plus touches and rushing crowns in help-to-help seasons. Any uptick in different following a profession-excessive 31 targets is a plus.

Saquon Barkley (RB6)Hampered by a excessive-ankle sprain and ACL mosey the past two years, Barkley returns as the lead horse in an offense that most just not too prolonged ago split 285 backfield carries between Wayne Gallman, Alfred Morris, Devonta Freeman, and Dion Lewis, all who dwell free brokers. Could well reportedly be introduced alongside slowly to open the year, which keeps him pinned at the underside (nevertheless tranquil in) the tip tier.

Tier Two

Aaron Jones (RB7) Heightened outlook with Jamaal Williams‘ 35 targets and 14 routes per game eradicated from the offense. Fresh that AJ Dillon has totaled 23 catches in his closing 46 appearances courting help to his first year with Boston College. Would simply switch down a tier (nevertheless dwell the RB7 total) if Aaron Rodgers were traded.

Austin Ekeler (RB8) — 18.3 touches per game and a 19.2% target piece in eight corpulent appearances alongside Justin Herbert. Free agent gem Corey Linsley graded as Pro Soccer Level of curiosity’ No. 1 trudge-blocking off heart closing year.

Joe Mixon (RB9)No working help within the league had more touches (140) than Mixon sooner than he suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 6. Giovani Bernard‘s release plus OC Brian Callahan’s assurance of Mixon’s workload guarantees that thought carries over into 2021.

Reduce Chubb (RB10)Out-touched Kareem Hunt 183-119 upon getting again from injured reserve from Week 10 on. Chubb’s 9 targets to Hunt’s two within the postseason suggest the next ceiling for the historical than perceived, especially against the league’s fourth-softest time table of opposing trudge defenses.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB11)CEH out-touched Darrel Williams 11-4 in Kansas City’s Sizable Bowl loss — the rookie’s second game help from injury — and averaged 17.8 carries and 5.2 targets by scheme of Week 6; the corpse of Le’Veon Bell was as soon as filled with life from that level ahead. With each and each Damien Williams and Bell out of the image, the Original Prince of Helaire is tranquil logically undervalued since his ceiling entails overthrowing The Mentor for nearly each and each earn.

Antonio Gibson (RB12)Even in having his title called for beautiful 11 third-down touches to J.D. McKissic‘s 32 closing year, Gibson done 19th among working backs in fantasy facets per game (14.4) with 12.1 carries per outing. Any uptick in that top quality would glance him threaten weekly RB1 territory.

Jonathan Taylor (RB13) — Entrusted over Nyheim Hines for an common 20 carries and 22 touches across Indianapolis’ closing six regular season tilts, including 30 carries within the team’s must-preserve Week 17 matchup. Blackhole at left contend with and questionable play under heart would possibly maybe possibly well well tranquil tank Indianapolis’ offense, which came about to draw essentially the most attention-grabbing time table of opposing defenses closing year, mid-season.

Najee Harris (RB14)6.4 yards per touch in three consecutive seasons with the Crimson Tide no topic a progressive develop in touches (121 < 236 < 295) by scheme of his senior year. Only 25 profession carries of 20-plus yards negates any hope of plus tempo at 6'2/230, nevertheless Harris will with out a doubt contend with each and each touch with zero impediment from others.

Tier Three

Chris Carson (RB15)Rashaad Penny, DeeJay Dallas, and Alex Collins are tranquil around to inevitably siphon touches, nevertheless the Seahawks intently re-signed Carson (at the behest of Russell Wilson) to presumably hand him the identical 71% of its backfield touches he got with that neighborhood accessible within the help of him from Week 15 on.

Mike Davis (RB16)Could well easily exceed closing year’s profession-excessive marks since Atlanta presents a league-excessive 364 carries unaccounted for. The fodder listed within the help of Davis (Qadree Ollison, UDFA Javian Hawkins) lack leverage since none were exact investments by the recent regime.

Inch Edmonds (RB17)The draft’s and free company’s supreme winner, Edmonds returns to the categorical identical backfield that saw him contend with 28-of-30 backfield touches within the lone game Kenyan Drake neglected closing year. Cardinals moreover receive a league-excessive 21 carries inside the five-yard line up for grabs following Drake’s departure, though James Conner would possibly maybe possibly well well straight threaten for that position. For greater or worse, this ranking is genuinely effectively above industry consensus.

J.K. Dobbins (RB18)Easiest-Ball’s most overrated participant as we declare, fantasy managers continue turning a blind realizing to Dobbins’ exact arena in sharing reps with Gus Edwards (who is moreover #upright). Each moreover need touchdowns to kind a prime impact since Lamar Jackson neglected their dispute with the NFL’s third- and fourth-fewest targets the past two years.

David Bernard Law Montgomery (RB19) — Averaged 21 touches (including five targets) and 28 routes without Tarik Cohen from Week 4 on, whereas Bernard Law Montgomery most productive ran 20.7 routes per week with Cohen accessible. Despite the indisputable truth that the sophomore did submit 0.5 more Yards After Contact Per Strive in Chicago’s closing six games, his success against Soccer Outsiders’ No. 18, 27, 29, 30, and 24 Hump Protection DVOAs in that stretch would possibly maybe possibly well well moreover be thrown out the window given Damien Williams‘ and Cohen’s presences.

Myles Gaskin (RB20)Gaskin’s 13.1% target piece and the 19.7 touches per game he got in eight appearances from Week 3 escaped the draft, though Malcolm Brown tranquil stands to threaten for third-down and purpose-line alternatives. Fresh that Gaskin even out-touched Salvon Ahmed 11-3 by scheme of the major three quarters of Miami’s no-show within the regular season finale sooner than the team killed the clock within the help of Ahmed in a four-rating deficit.

Darrell Henderson (RB21) — 107/485/4 and 4.5 YPC from Weeks 2-11 until Cam Akers, who suffered a torn Achilles’ before camp, earned the job from Week 12 on. Rams quietly receive the league’s second-most carries (299) and a league-excessive 21 rushes from inside the five vacated from closing year’s manufacturing on the floor. Peaceable seemingly Todd Gurley or one other washed used is signed to enrich this backfield.

Miles Sanders (RB22)In the kill freed from Doug Pederson’s annual committee capability, Sanders’ differ of outcomes without note entails a profession-excessive in touches per game from Reduce Sirianni and OC Shane Steichen. Averaged 5.6 yards per touch in three corpulent begins with Jalen Hurts closing year.

D’Andre Swift (RB23)Peaceable the fave to take in a majority of the team’s unaccounted for carries (243, 66.2%) following the two-year commitment to Jamaal Williams in free company. Swift’s so-called usage “within the slot” with OC Anthony Lynn shall be the icing on the cake.

Travis Etienne (RB24)Etienne’s 4.45 40-time at 5’10/215 is lower than supreme, nevertheless his profession 102/1,155/8 receiving line, including a nation-excessive 588 receiving yards at his dispute in 2020, is proof he is willing to be dispersed in that exact position (from the slot) with the Jaguars in Week 1. Per Pro Soccer Level of curiosity’ Mike Renner, Etienne’s dip in YPA (5.6) closing year can easily be pinned on the Tigers’ fluctuating o-line, which licensed 1.8 yards sooner than contact in comparison to 2.8 in 2019 and 3.8 the year prior.

Kareem Hunt RB (RB25) — 12.3 fantasy facets per game within the help of Chubb from Week 10 on no topic handling 70 fewer touches in that stretch. Excessive weekly floor with proven league-a success usage if Chubb were to miss any time.

Tier Four

Josh Jacobs (RB26) — 15th in fantasy facets per game among working backs closing year, Jacobs enters 2021 with a questionable offensive line and free company’s perfect-paid working help within the help of him. Occasional ceiling performances in game scripts with a lead are most productive (no pun intended) reserved for Easiest-Ball scoring quite than weekly re-draft headaches.

Raheem Mostert (RB27)Kyle Shanahan featured Mostert on 52-of-87 backfield touches in his most productive three corpulent appearances by scheme of October, nevertheless Jeff Wilson‘s emergence within the intervening time lead the manner for a committee in define to take each and each healthy. Each would possibly maybe possibly well well moreover be viable independently since Jerick McKinnon‘s 46 targets and third-down position would possibly maybe possibly well well tumble to both, though the injection of Trey Sermon would possibly maybe possibly well well high-tail away fantasy gamers maintaining the secure weekly.

Damien Harris (RB28)Harris out-carried Sony Michel 27-17 of their most productive two games together. Peaceable thought to be the rich man’s model of his maintain teammate since he comically averaged 4.5 routes trudge in eight begins sans Michel. The latter is moreover anticipated to be reduce before camp.

Trey Sermon (RB29) — Equipped size (6’1/215) and efficiency (7.5 YPC) as a dull-season bell-cow with the Buckeyes closing year, breaking 24 tackles on 60 carries for 524 rushing yards between the Huge Ten title game and playoff semifinal. While Sermon projects as a capacity three-down option prolonged-term, his year-one outlook is most productive reserved for splash outings on Easiest-Ball rosters.

Javonte Williams (RB30) — Broncos truly traded up for Williams, which suggests a timeshare from the very foundation. His manufacturing each and each on the floor (157/1,140/19) and within the receiving game (25/305/3) throughout his closing year at North Carolina, to not level an FBS-excessive 75 broken tackles whereas crushing Pro Soccer Level of curiosity’ faculty file for broken tackles per strive (0.48) that year, emphasize an all-around skillset that would even usurp Melvin Gordon mid-year.

Michael Carter (RB31) — A licensed among coaches at this year’s Senior Bowl, Carter (5’9/199) piled up 1,500 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns no topic sharing a backfield with Javonte Williams closing year. Excelled within the shuttle (3.98s) and three-cone (6.87s) drills at UNC’s skilled day and lands in essentially the most opportune set aside to split touches from day one.

Gus Edwards (RB32)Edwards is inexplicably being drafted seven rounds later than Dobbins no topic practically mirroring the rookie in touches (62-59) across their closing five games together, the whole whereas averaging 5.9 yards per touch in that span.

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Tier Five

Tony Pollard (RB33)Pollard’s lone high-35 kill closing year unsurprisingly took place in Elliott’s first absence for an injury since 2013. The regular merely averaged 7.4 touches in 15 diversified appearances within the help of Zeke.

James Conner (RB34) — Will seemingly be an option (albeit a nuisance) if handed Kenyan Drake‘s old position before/within the help of Inch Edmonds.

AJ Dillon (RB35) — The overwhelming licensed to take in a majority of Jamaal Williams‘ 119 carries from closing year. Any bruising position inside the five-yard line over Jones would moreover reward Dillon a serviceable weekly floor.

Jamaal Williams (RB36) — “He’s what I’d name a classic ‘A’ help. They are going to trudge between the tackles, block potentially a piece greater than a ‘B’ help, they are able to moreover trudge the perimeter. I will high-tail away these guys in there for all three downs.” – OC Anthony Lynn on Williams.

Leonard Fournette (RB37)Lombardi Lenny formally usurped Ronald Jones within the postseason, out-touching the latter 59-35 whereas seeing 17 targets to Jones’ two of their closing three appearances together. Even when Jones were to split carries weekly, Fournette remains the superior worth for being trusted (and having earned the position) on passing downs.

Melvin Gordon (RB38)Gordon averaged 20.8 touches in five games sans Phillip Lindsay and 14.3 in 10 surrounding begins. The latter arena desires to be anticipated after the Broncos moved up for Javonte Williams.

Nyheim Hines (RB39) — Alive to for 9.4 touches and 4.2 targets weekly as Taylor’s backup across Indianapolis’ closing five games.

Zack Moss (RB40) — Interchangeable with Devin Singletary pending your maintain learn of the topic.

James Robinson (RB41) — The draft’s most good (fantasy) loser after City Meyer sunk first-round capital into Travis Etienne. If the rookie were injured, reminder Robinson averaged 25.5 touches and 24.8 fantasy facets in two games without Chris Thompson closing year.

Ronald Jones (RB42)Easiest-case arena entails having his title called on early downs over Leonard Fournette‘s. Worst (and seemingly) arena entails combating for usage with Ke’Shawn Vaughn on the closing year of Jones’ contract.

Latavius Murray (RB43) — Averaged 11.5 touches across Taysom Hill‘s four begins closing year. Confirmed RB1 any time Kamara’s absent.

Devin Singletary (RB44)Singletary was as soon as accessible for all 19 of Buffalo’s games closing year and tranquil most productive averaged 11.4 touches per contest. Will get the (pointless) nod over Zack Moss as a outcome of the historical as a minimal averaged six more routes per contest.

Tier Six

Kenyan Drake (RB45) — Maybe there is worth here if Josh Jacobs misses time or chooses to play by scheme of injury, each and each of which he is completed the past two seasons. Until then, Drake can receive to tranquil merely be viewed as anyone who has but to develop into self sustaining from any committee he is been a element of the past five years.

James White (RB46) — 4.4 targets per game closing year with a possibility for more if Mac Jones gets the nod from Week 1.

J.D. McKissic (RB47)League-excessive 110 targets among working backs as Washington’s model of James White in negative game scripts. Cemented third-down position as a minimal presents sprinkled spiked weeks among this tier.

Alexander Mattison (RB48)Averaged 19.3 touches within the three games Cook dinner was as soon as both tiny or absent for and 5.6 in 9 diversified appearances. An ‘if-then’ participant if there ever was as soon as one, especially since he is capable of being game-scripted off the realm when trailing.

Tevin Coleman (RB49) — The most attention-grabbing help among Original York’s neighborhood who’s already conscious of OC Mike LaFleur’s blueprint.

Giovani Bernard (RB50) — Has never done a season with fewer than 43 targets.

Darrynton Evans (RB51) — While an outlier participant in each and each scheme which that you just can even remember of, Derrick Henry‘s 827 touches the past two seasons would possibly maybe possibly well well tranquil capture up to him.

Rhamondre Stevenson (RB52) — Whether or not he is LeGarrette Blount or Rex Burkhead, in actual fact each and each offered worth of their respective roles with the Patriots for a handful of games at one time. Will presumably purchase over Sony Michel‘s position if/when the latter is reduce after June 1.

Wayne Gallman (RB53) — Reportedly the team’s No. 2 help throughout OTAs, Jeff Wilson‘s (knee) absence leaves Gallman as a tidy arbitrage addition within the closing round of Easiest-Ball leagues.

Rashaad Penny (RB54) — Merely twelve months eradicated from averaging 8.0 touches in 9 appearances within the help of Carson. You would possibly maybe possibly originate worse than securing the No. 2 help in a predictable trudge-heavy offense in this stage of drafts.

Damien Williams (RB55) — Now 29 and having never handled 145 touches in a single season, Williams’ worth obviously evaporated the second he grew to develop into untied from Patrick Mahomes. Could well tranquil receive worth within the help of David Bernard Law Montgomery within the major month if Tarik Cohen is introduced alongside slowly.

Jerick McKinnon (RB56) — Doubtless to play with Patrick Mahomes on passing downs, which is something no diversified participant in his tier can claim.

Kenneth Gainwell (RB57)Gainwell’s 2020 decide-out would possibly maybe possibly well well moreover be spun as a negative, nevertheless he spent that time tacking on seven extra pounds to his 5’11/201 frame, ending with 21 bench reps and a 4.42 40 at Memphis’ skilled day. Confirmed receiving chops from each and each the backfield and slot provide Gainwell with multiple paths to play in his rookie year.

Salvon Ahmed (RB58) — Averaged 21 touches in three games without Gaskin closing year.

Chuba Hubbard (RB59)Christian McCaffrey‘s negate backup. Stock tranquil down after recording a nation-excessive 328 carries (and 2,292 yards from scrimmage) in 2019 since his performance dipped across the board sooner than calling it quits after seven games with a bum ankle closing year.

Phillip Lindsay (RB60) — An outlier UDFA with 1,000-plus rushing yards and 225 touches in each and each of his first two seasons, Lindsay can also very effectively be given a respectable shot to steer Houston’s backfield in touches from Week 1.

Malcolm Brown (RB61) — Brian Flores is reportedly “bullish” on Brown, being fully conscious that he is “executed in a diversity of roles: short yardage, third down, purpose line, issues of that nature.”

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