RB Rankings 2016 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings Projected Rounds: 1. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams: Round 1, 2. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Round 1, 3. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Round 1, 4. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Round 1, 5. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Round 1, 6. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Round 1, 7. Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears: Round 1, 8. Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Round 2, 9. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: Round 2, 10. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Round 2, 11. Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Round 2, 12. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: Round 2, 13. Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: Round 2, 14. Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets: Round 2, 15. Latavis Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Round 2, 16. DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans: Round 2, 17. Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Round 3, 18. Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Round 3, 19. Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Round 3, 20. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Round 3, 21. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Round 4, 22. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Round 5, 23. Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Round 6, 24. Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Round 6, 25. Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Round 7, 26. Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Round 7, 27. Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers: Round 7, 28. Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Round 8, 29. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Round 9, 30. C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Round 10, 31. Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Round 11, 32. Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots: Round 11, 33. Ryan Matthews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Round 11, 34. Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: Round 11, 35. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: Round 11


2016 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings





Jason Bantle Last Updated: May 16, 2016.



  1. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

    Todd Gurley won offensive rookie of the year in 2015. Now Gurley will get a full season under his belt and with a strong run blocking offensive line, Gurley should dominate if he can stay 100 percent healthy.



  2. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Le'Veon Bell is the best running back in the NFL when healthy. Bell has dealt with injuries the last two seasons which is why he is second on this list for now.



  3. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

    Adrian Peterson led the NFL in rushing yards last season. He was on my Fantasy Team The Chosen Ones in 2014 and 2015 and is another safe choice at running back.



  4. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

    Devonta Freeman simply took off last year. He's easily a top 5 running back and with the addition of Alex Mack at center, he will only get better.



  5. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

    David Johnson showed a lot of promise as a rookie. His 12 total touchdowns were impressive. He should exceed 1,000 rushing yards next year and get 10 rushing touchdowns after having 8 as a rookie.




  6. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

    Jamaal Charles is still an effective running back when healthy. He's still a top 10 running back, but no longer a top 5 running back.



  7. Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears

    Jeremy Langford is going to replace Matt Forte right away. He showed he could be that guy when Forte was injured. You look at these top 7 running backs, and Langford should make this list as a breakout player in 2016.



  8. Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks

    Seattle may not have the best pass protection. That doesn't matter because Wilson is a duel threat plus Thomas Rawls has a terrific run blocking unit up front even if this isn't the best pass blocking unit. Rawls showed he could be the feature back without Marshawn Lynch last season.



  9. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

    Mark Ingram is a top 10 running back. Ingram has really stepped up these last two years. He dominated without quality guards in 2015.



  10. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

    Jonathan Stewart is a good running back when healthy. Stewart really stepped up for the Carolina Panthers down the stretch.




  11. Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Doug Martin dominated in a contract year. I'm not sure how he will do with his new payday. Outside of his breakout rookie season and this year he's been inconsistent which is why I am slightly concerned. Martin will probably be drafted in the top 5, but I feel like lots of Fantasy owners will reach for Martin.



  12. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

    Buffalo has a really strong interior offensive line for LeSean McCoy. McCoy could dominate at the same time he may miss some games in 2016.



  13. Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans

    Houston has a lot of run blockers in place. Lamar Miller carried Miami's offense with all of their injuries on the offensive line. He could stand out with this Texans offensive line if he stays healthy. He could also play like an overpaid running back coming off a huge contract.



  14. Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets

    Matt Forte was the face of the Chicago Bears for years. He should do well as a #1 running back in New York since he's a three down back that can catch out of the backfield.



  15. Latavis Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders

    Latavis Murray like Derek Carr is a top 15 player at his position. Murray will take some pressure off of Carr and be a potent running back in 2016 with the additions he made on the offensive line.




  16. DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans

    DeMarco Murray is a guy that can take some pressure off of Marcus Mariota. I think he may rebound in Tennessee, but his glory days where he dominated like he did in Dallas two years ago appear to be numbered.



  17. Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Chris Ivory has the tools to be Jacksonville's #1 running back. He showed he could be a #1 running back in a contract year with the New York Jets. Ivory is splitting reps with second year running back T.J. Yeldon plus the Jaguars interior offensive line really limits how effective Ivory can be. The guy will contribute, but he's not going to play like a top 15 running back on Sundays.



  18. Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

    Jeremy Hill had an awesome rookie year and settled down in 2015. Hill will be Cincinnati's top running back.



  19. Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

    Green Bay has to find a way to run more effectively in 2016. Eddie Lacy should bounce back after losing weight. At the same time I am concerned about how he will do plus James Starks outplayed him.



  20. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

    Dallas drafted Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall. The Cowboys offensive line is so exceptional that Darren McFadden exceeded 1,000 rushing yards. I can see Elliott getting 1,200 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns as a rookie.




  21. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

    DeAngelo Williams stepped up when Le'Veon Bell went down. He may not get as many carries, but he's still a great #2 running back to add for depth and can start if Bell goes down.



  22. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

    Giovani Bernard is another great running back to add for depth. Bernard will get some carries splitting action with Giovani Bernard.



  23. Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

    Charcandrick West is another running back that could get some action. Kansas City will probably run a two running back set in 2016 because the Chiefs didn't add a receiver across from Maclin in the draft.



  24. Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

    Chris Johnson once known as CJ2K in Tennessee struggled with the New York Jets, but rebounded in Arizona and really stood out until he got injured in the middle of last season. Johnson should be a good #2 running back.



  25. Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts

    Frank Gore is the Colts #1 running back once again. It feels like Gore is past his prime, but with a young interior offensive line, Gore could have a come back year. He's worth a flyer in Fantasy leagues at some point.




  26. Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

    Carlos Hyde was great in 2015 with a mediocre offensive line until his injury. Now he has Zane Beales and Joshua Garnett at guard. He may do better, but he also has to stay healthy. Hyde will have to carry this offense once again with the 49ers refusing to upgrade at quarterback.



  27. Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers

    Melvin Gordon will take that next step and surpass Danny Woodhead on the depth chart to be a 3 down back. He's still a year away from a 1,000 rushing yard season.



  28. Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants

    Rashad Jennings is one of the low end #1 running backs. He has 2-4 games where he will exceed 100 rushing yards while coming in striking distance of 200 rushing yards. Then Jennings has about 10 games where defenses hold him to under 70 rushing yards.



  29. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

    T.J. Yeldon was a #1 running back as a rookie. The Jaguars brought in Chris Ivory and now he will split carries with Ivory just like when Yeldon split carries with Derrick Henry at Alabama before Yeldon got to the NFL.



  30. C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

    C.J. Anderson did not live up to the hype as a first round pick. Despite struggling early, Anderson really got hot near the end of the regular season. Anderson also led the NFL in rushing yards during the 2016 NFL Playoffs.




  31. Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens

    Justin Forsett played like a top 10 to top 15 running back when healthy. There is no guarantee Forsett returns to full form plus Buck Allen is gunning his job. Rookie Kenneth Dixon may also have a say in what happens down the road, but right now Foster is the face of the Ravens back field when healthy.



  32. Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots

    Dion Lewis will carry the Patriots backfield when healthy. Lewis can put up 100 rushing yards and he's excellent at catching the ball out of the backfield.



  33. Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

    Ryan Mathews split carries with DeMarco Murray last season before surpassing him for the #1 running back spot near the end of the season. Mathews has durability concerns, but this is his second chance to show he can be a #1 running back after failing as a #1 back in San Diego due to injuries.



  34. Jay Ajayi RB, Miami Dolphins

    I don't think very highly of Jay Ajayi. That being said Ajayi is Miami's #1 running back. The Dolphins improved their offensive line with Laremy Tunsil in the draft and if their best run blockers like Ju'Wuan James and Mike Pouncey stay healthy there is an outside chance Jay Ajayi takes off in 2016.



  35. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

    Tennessee drafted the 2016 Heisman Trophy Winner in the second round. Henry will be able to split carries with DeMarco Murray and learn under Murray while being groomed to be the running back of the future. Murray does have a tedious history with injuries so if Murray goes down, Henry will get his shot to be the #1 running back.



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