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Quarterback rankings can spark a few debates in Fantasy Football, but providing running back rankings is like throwing a tub of blood out into the water for a bunch of starving sharks.

The return of Adrian Peterson and the four-game suspension of Le’Veon Bell puts a lot of pressure on the first pick in any draft, and Fantasy players are generally wrestling between drafting Peterson, Jamaal Charles or Eddie Lacy with the very first selection. According to FantasyFootballCalculator.com, it doesn’t appear that too many people are deterred by Peterson’s absence, nor are they bothered by Bell’s suspension.

2015 Fantasy Football

The two big moves of LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills and DeMarco Murray to the Philadelphia Eagles changes the running back landscape. The ADP data from FantasyFootballCalculator.com suggests that Fantasy Football players still consider McCoy worth a first-round selection, but DeMarco Murray is currently available at the start of Round 2. This makes sense with how much how much Rex Ryan loves to run the ball and Ryan Mathews cutting into Murray’s workload, but could Murray outperform expectations once again in 2015?

Youngsters C.J. Anderson and Jeremy Hill are finding spots on Fantasy rosters in Round 2, and Melvin Gordon, Frank Gore, Alfred Morris, Mark Ingram and Lamar Miller are all off the board by Round 4. The back part of my running back rankings are filled with players who could make a meaningful impact: Joseph Randle, Shane Vereen, and Tre Mason, but they have a few hurtles to overcome before earn a starting spot in Fantasy lineups.

2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

These running back rankings will update as training camps and preseason games progress, but this is an early look to help you start preparing for you 2015 Fantasy Football drafts.

Until there is a time table for Arian Foster’s return from injury, I will not include him in my rankings. I also have Alfred Blue low in my rankings because the Houston Texans do not have a clear plan on how to replace Foster as of yet, and I don’t believe Blue has the abilities to offer stable fantasy production.

1. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

4. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

5. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

6. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

7. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills

8. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles

9. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos

10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

11. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

12. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

13. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts

14. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens

15. C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints

16. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins

17. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots

18. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers

19. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints

20. Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys

21. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders

22. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

23. Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams

24. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions

25. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

26. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars

27. Shane Vereen, New York Giants

28. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

29. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons

30. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions

31. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams

32. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns

33. Chris Ivory, New York Jets

34. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

35. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons

36. Reggie Bush, San Francisco 49ers

37. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers

38. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles

39. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

40. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns

41Roy Helu, Oakland Raiders

42Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles

43. Jerrick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings

44. Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs

45. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals

46. James White, New England Patriots

47. Terrance West, Cleveland Browns

48. Alfred Blue, Houston Texans

49. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

50. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos

Make sure you come back frequently, as we update our 2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings throughout the summer!

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Jack Delaney

Jack's love of craft beer and gangster rap is only surpassed by his love of pass-catching running backs. He was a top-40 finisher and $1,500 prize winner for the 2014 RotoBowl, a top-50 finisher in the 2015 Mock Draft Online Championships, finished first in draft accuracy for quarterback rankings in 2015 on Fantasy Pros, and was a contributor to the 2015 and 2016 The Fantasy Football Guide.
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