Wouldn’t it be great to see the combined average rankings of various staff writers for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, kickers and defenses? Your wish is granted with our 2015 Fantasy Football running back rankings.
David Gonos kicked everything off with the 2015 Fantasy Football quarterback rankings, which combined the rankings of Gonos, Sarah Lewis, Mike Tomlin, Graham Briggs and myself. Instead of just posting our own rankings side by side, you get to see how our opinions melted together to form an average.
The So-Called Fantasy Experts already have some great tools and content to help you dominate your 2015 Fantasy Football leagues: Bob Lung’s consistency series and Consistency Tools, Tomlin’s Early Round Fantasy Football Draft Strategy and much more, so spend some time on the site after checking out our running back rankings.
There’s still backfields who do not have clear-cut starters, and Arian Foster’s injury has certainly made an impact for Round 1 of drafts. We will update our rankings as breaking news happens,but here’s a look at where we currently stand for our running back rankings.
If you have any questions about rankings for individual formats or need help ranking your own players, leave us a comment!
Running Backs Under the Microscope
With more and more running back committees, it would seem that there is less and less elite talent at the running back position. You can normally bank on a rookie or two emerging or a back on the waiver wire to climb the depth chart when an injury occurs, but there are only a handful of running backs I would feel completley comfortable with drafting in Round 1: Eddie Lacy, Le’Veon Bell, Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson (although I feel the least comfortable with Peterson out of that group).
I think the middle rounds are almost waste lands if you don’t land a few talented running backs early on. You’ll find Todd Gurley, Jonathan Stewart, Carlos Hyde, Rashad Jennings and Joique Bell available, but how confident would you feel if they are your RB2? With the influx of talented rookie receivers and veterans like Anquan Boldin and Steve Smith Sr. still serving as viable Fantasy options, I believe this is one of the most talent-filled wide receiver pools of recent memory. As is the case most years, the running back pool shrinks the further you go down your draft.
Even though the middle rounds can be a little dicey, there are dual-threat backs who are undervalued and who could exceed their 10th-round ADP: Danny Woodhead, Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles and Roy Helu just to name a few. There is also several rookies who will start off with big roles like Melvin Gordon and T.J. Yeldon, so this is a position that requires you to take your time to navigate through.
Breaking Down the “So-Called Fantasy Experts” 2015 Running Back Rankings
There was actually more of a shakeup with the top-five picks then I had predicted. Lacy was the top pick for myself and Tomlin, Peterson was at the top of the list for Bojarski and Briggs and Gonos played the contrarian role by selecting Charles as his favorite back for 2015.
It seemed like the consensus on Matt Forte was the most diverse in the early rounds, with each expert ranking him differently. Veteran Frank Gore found favor among Bojarski and Briggs as the 11th-ranked running back, while I had Andre Ellington ranked in that same spot. With the news that the Arizona Cardinals offered free agent Chris Johnson a one-year deal, I’m not sure if that helps or hurt Ellington. I may need to adjust my rankings depending on how everything plays out.
The news that Ronnie Hillman has surpassed Montee Ball on the depth chart has altered our rankings. Hillman now appears to be the handcuff you want if you draft C.J. Anderson, and reports state that Ball is even being pushed for the third running back spot by Juwan Thompson.
2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings
These rankings are based on a standard non-PPR Fantasy league.
Here are the links to our other 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings:
- Quarterback Rankings
- Running Back Rankings
- Wide Receiver Rankings
- Tight End Rankings
- Kicker Rankings
- Defense/Special Teams Rankings
There are a lot of rookies and backups who can make an impact with suspensions and injuries all over the league, but it appears that the top-tier talent will be scooped up quickly.
As injuries and roster movement dictates, we’ll be updating these 2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings until the start of the NFL season – so check back frequently!
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