With the updated 2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings, I provide our dedicated readers with new rankings to account for all the craziness of free agency.
After the news broke that Ryan Mathews and DeMarco Murray became the newest members of the Philadelphia Eagles, predicting the Fantasy Football success of the Eagles’ backfield has caused more debates than than the color of that stupid dress.(It’s blue and black, right?)
Frank Gore, Reggie Bush and Shane Vereen found new homes, while the Baltimore Ravens locked up Justin Forsett for a few more years.
These rankings will change after the 2015 NFL Draft, but with the major backs signed to new deals, these are the “So-Called Fantasy Experts” current 2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings.
If we’ve learned anything this offseason, though, is that they will change again pretty soon!
2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings Update
1. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
2. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Analysis: In standard scoring leagues, Bell averaged 17 points per game in 2014. Theoretically, if he missed two games this past season, Bell would have finished as the fourth-highest scoring back. Since he faces a potential 4-game ban this season, he will probably finish near the bottom of the Top 10 running backs for 2015 if he misses all four games. This is not a knock on his talent, it’s just the simple fact that he can’t score points if he isn’t on the field.
3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
4. Adrian Peterson, Unknown
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 14, 2015
5. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Analysis: I think Ellington’s value will take a hit if another back finds his way on the roster, but so far, he remains the main man.
7. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
8. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
Analysis: I had to include one Eagles’ running back in the Top 10. Since Murray, Mathews and Sproles all catch passes, I think Murray’s value is going to be a little more limited. Still, Chip Kelly’s offense ranked ninth in rushing yards in 2014, and he obviously has a big plan for his three-headed attack.
9. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Analysis: With the departure of Roy Helu, Morris gets a bump in value.
11. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
“Reggie Bush is a downgrade from Frank Gore” *Checks to see if Carlos Hyde is still alive*
— Vincent Frank (@VincentFrankNFL) March 14, 2015
12. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
13. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
14. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
15. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
16. Reggie Bush, San Francisco 49ers
Analysis: The 49ers’ brass still must feel that Carlos Hyde isn’t ready to lead the team, and Bush should be the main target of Colin Kaepernick’s dump offs.
17. Chris Ivory, New York Jets
18. Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams
19. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
20. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
21. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
22. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
23. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
24. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
25. C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints
26. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
27. Shane Vereen, New York Giants
Analysis: I think Andre Williams and Vereen will become the main backs of the Giants’ offense, but for now, the former Patriot and Jennings are in Top 30 consideration.
28. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
29. Jerrick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
30. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
That is the current 2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings, but again, these are sure to change. To see where I had previously ranked players before free agency, click here. If the 2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings aren’t enough for you, be sure to also check out our “2015 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings Update.”
Eddie Lacy Photo Credit: Kyle Engman
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