2017 Fantasy Football: Early Running Back Dynasty Rankings

By on April 18, 2017
Running Back Dynasty Rankings Photo Credit: Christina VanMeter

If you are not currently playing in a Dynasty Fantasy Football league, what are you waiting for?

Although season long leagues and DFS leagues are the most popular, dynasty leagues offer yet another layer of complexity and strategy that you simply cannot find in other formats.

Wide Receivers tend to have more long-term value in a Dynasty League, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about the Running Back position. In fact, my dynasty draft strategy is the exact opposite.

While the rest of the league is fighting for Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Allen Robinson, and other top-to-mid grade WRs in the first two rounds, you should still maintain a RB:RB draft strategy. I especially recommend this strategy if you are drafting late in the first round.

I won’t get into my entire strategy for drafting a Dynasty Fantasy Football team today, but if you subscribe to our RSS feed you’ll be the first to know when I post it.

Running Back Dynasty Rankings

Criteria for my RB Dynasty Rankings

 

In terms of how I determined my 2017 Fantasy Football Running Back Dynasty Rankings, I looked at a variety of different factors. The first factor is age. Since the production of any Running Back will diminish significantly at the age of 30 (unless your name is Adrian Peterson), the younger the back, the more dynasty value they have.

The second factor is pure talent. This may seem obvious, but pure talent is often overlooked if a team plays on a sub-par team. A prime example would be Todd Gurley. He may be ranked lower by many Fantasy analysts based on his production level thus far. With an improved offensive line, and a more competent QB under center, Todd Gurley has a very high ceiling. The 2017 NFL draft class is filled with talented backs, including Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette, and Joe Mixon.

Other factors that I consider include: current head coach, offensive strategy, current year projections, contract situation and more.

Sometimes Fantasy Football analysts will place too much weight on the “potential” of a player in Dynasty leagues. And while that’s important, let’s not forget that there are plenty of veteran RBs that could help you win a Fantasy Football championship in 2017. For example, I’d recommend drafting Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson ahead of potential NFL stars such as Samaje Perine or Wayne Gillman.

Without further ado, here are my Top 60 Running Back Dynasty Rankings for 2017.

Tier 4 Dynasty Fantasy Football RBs
#60 – Rex Burkhead
#59 – Terrance West
#58 – Darren Sproles
#57 – Kenyan Drake
#56 – Jonathan Stewart
#55 – Jacquizz Rodgers
#54 – Matt Forte
#53 – Danny Woodhead
#52 – Ryan Mathews
#51 – Mike Gillislee
#50 – DeAndre Washington
#49 – James White
 #48 – D’Onta Foreman
#47 – Alvin Kamara
#46 – Doug Martin
#45 – Frank Gore
#44 – Jamaal Charles
#43 – Charles Sims
#42 – Duke Johnson
#41 – Bilal Powell
#40 – Dion Lewis
#39 – TJ Yeldon
#38 – Paul Perkins
#37 – Jerick McKinnon
#36 – Eddie Lacy
#35 – Theo Riddick
#34 – Adrian Peterson
#33 – Devontae Booker
Tier 3 Dynasty Fantasy Football RBs
#32 – Leonard Fournette
#31 – Dalvin Cook
#30 – Christian McCaffrey
#29 – Joe Mixon
#28 – Ty Montgomery
#27 – Thomas Rawls
#26 – TJ Yeldon
#25 – Robert Kelley
#24 – C.J. Prosise
Tier 2 Dynasty Fantasy Football RBs
#23 – Giovani Bernard
#22 – Ameer Abdullah
#21 – Isaiah Crowell
#20 – Tevin Coleman
#19 – Kenneth Dixon
#18 – Jeremy Hill
#17 – Spencer Ware
#16 – Latavius Murray
#15 – Mark Ingram
#14 – Lamar Miller
#13 – CJ Anderson
#12 – Demarco Murray
Tier 1 Dynasty Fantasy Football RBs
#11 – LeSean McCoy
#10 – Derrick Henry
#9 – Jordan Howard
#8 – Jay Ajayi
#7 – Devonta Freeman
#6 – Carlos Hyde
#5 – Melvin Gordon
#4 – Todd Gurley
#3 – LeVeon Bell
#2 – David Johnson
#1 – Ezekiel Elliott

Kyle Bombardier

Kyle Bombardier

Self proclaimed fantasy guru who cannot hide being biased for the Broncos and Rockies! Kyle is a contributor to various fantasy sports websites, including Fantasy Pros and Fantasy CPR. He also knows where to find the best fantasy football draft board for offline drafts, the best daily fantasy football website (draftkings.com) and the best fantasy sports advice.

"When in doubt, draft someone you actually want to cheer for on Sunday"
Kyle Bombardier

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