2017 Fantasy Football Rankings - PPR Rankings - Running Backs- Updated: Tuesday, September 5th
Scoring: These rankings are based on point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- one point per 10 rushing yards, six points per rushing touchdown plus one point per reception, one point per 10 receiving yards and six points per receiving touchdown.
Here are running backs 21-40 in our rankings:
21. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
With 4.5 speed at 226 pounds, Mixon has the talent and versatility to stay on the field on all three downs and has drawn some comparisons to David Johnson. For the Sooners, Mixon carried the ball 187 times for 1,274 yards (6.8 YPC) and 10 touchdowns and added 37/538/5 (14.5 Y/R) receiving in 2016. Marvis Lewis has talked up Mixon's on-field ability this offseason and he should become the team's lead back by the end of the season, if not sooner.
22. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
Coming out of retirement to play for his hometown Raiders, Lynch was a top-five fantasy running back in each of his past four full seasons. It would be unreasonable to expect that kind of production from him, but he should be viewed as an RB2 with plenty of weekly upside in Oakland's high-powered offense.
23. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
Finishing as the RB23 (RB16 in PPR) in 2016, Powell set career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,110), receptions (58) and touchdowns (five). With Matt Forte either out or limited down the stretch, Powell had 82/411/2 rushing (5.01 YPC) and 21/141/1 receiving over the final four games of the season. Even if the Jets employ a "backfield-by-committee," Powell should lead the backfield in touches and production in 2017.
24. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
Once again, Coleman has missed multiple games, but he showed his big-play ability when he was on the field. While Freeman will continue to lead the backfield in usage and production, Coleman had double-digit touches in 11 of his 13 games last year and finished the season as a top-20 fantasy running back.
25. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
After missing all but two games last season due to a Lisfranc injury, Abdullah goes into the 2017 season as the Lions starting running back. On a per-touch basis, Abdullah was off to a good start last year -- 18/101 (5.6 YPC) rushing and 5/57/1 (11.4 Y/R) receiving -- and there is definitely some fantasy breakout potential in 2017.
26. Adrian Peterson, New Orleans Saints
Mark Ingram may have a higher salary and be listed as the "starter," but it wouldn't be much of a surprise if Peterson emerged as the leader in terms of workload split (and production) in that duo. With double-digit rushing scores every year he's played at least four games, the ceiling for AP is through the roof in the high-powered, Drew Brees-led offense.
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27. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
One of the backs that is much better in PPR-scoring formats, Riddick is one of the league's most dynamic receiving backs. Over the past two seasons, he has averaged 5.12 receptions for 41.08 yards and 0.35 touchdowns per game and he should remain a vital part of the passing attack.
28. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
Not only did Anderson miss more than half of the 2016 season, but he averaged a career-low 4.0 yards per carry. With a new coach and the addition of Jamaal Charles, the Broncos are expected to employ a committee approach, but I'd expect CJA to get the largest share of the committee's workload.
29. Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots
Gillislee capitalized on limited opportunities (110 touches) as LeSean McCoy's backup to rack up 627 yards from scrimmage and score nine touchdowns in 2017. Now in New England, Gillislee should get the majority of goal-line opportunities that went to LeGarrette Blount, who led the league with 18 rushing touchdowns last season. The only concern is the obvious one that comes with the uncertainty of how the workload will be distributed to New England's backs, but few backs have as much weekly upside as Gillislee.
30. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
In his age-33 season, Gore reached the 1,000-yard milestone, but he once again posted a sub-4.0 YPC average. With the addition of Marlon Mack in the fourth round, it's likely that Gore sees less than the 301 touches that he saw in 2016. Even so, he's likely to outperform his ADP — as usual.
In his first five NFL seasons, Martin has rushed for 1,400-plus yards twice -- and under 500 yards three times. Playing a full 16-game slate in both 1,400-yard seasons, Martin has played a total of 25 games in his other three seasons combined. At a minimum, Martin will miss three games to start the season as he completes serving a four-game suspension.
32. James White, New England Patriots
Signing a three-year extension this offseason, White had a career-high 60 receptions in 2016 in addition to 14 receptions in their Super Bowl victory. While he may once again have more catches than carries and be better in PPR formats, White finished as the RB33 in standard-scoring formats (non-PPR) last season.
33. Paul Perkins, New York Giants
Now the starter, Perkins should easily exceed his 127 rookie touches. Not only is the offensive line a concern, but Perkins (and the running game in general) has not inspired much confidence this preseason.
34. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles
Entering what is expected to be his final season, the 34-year-old running back had 865 yards from scrimmage and 52 receptions last season for the Eagles to finish as fantasy's RB30 in non-PPR and RB24 in PPR formats. Another season of 800 YFS and 50 catches should be within reach for Sproles.
35. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
The addition of Eddie Lacy creates a semi-uncertain role for Rawls, but Rawls appears to be a better value than Lacy based on current ADPs. If Rawls can stay healthy, it wouldn't surprise me if he has some big games. Over the past two seasons, Rawls has five 100-yard rushing games -- only eight players have more -- despite getting 10-plus carries in only 12 games over that two-year span.
36. Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens
Expectations for a three-headed committee have obviously changed with the suspension and subsequent season-ending injury to Kenneth Dixon. West should handle the bulk of early-down work, but no team threw the ball on a higher percentage of their plays than the Ravens (65.99%) in 2016.
37. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
The (nearly) 250-pound back averaged 4.5 yards per carry with five rushing scores as a rookie. Even though Murray remains the team's lead back heading into 2017, Henry should see an expanded share of the workload in his second season. Last year's split was 74-26 in Murray's favor, but I'd expect Henry to get closer to 35 percent of the duo's touches in 2017.
38. C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks
Injuries limited his opportunities as Prosise missed 10 games, but he was highly productive and efficient -- 5.7 YPC and 12.2 Y/R -- when given an opportunity. A converted wide receiver back in his days in South Bend, Prosise is even better in PPR formats, but the second-year back should have a consistent role in the offense as the third-down back, at a minimum, provided he can stay healthy.
39. Matt Forte, New York Jets
Setting or tying career lows in rushing YPG (58.1) and receiving YPG (18.8), Forte averaged 3.7 YPC (second-lowest in his nine-year career) in his first season with the Jets. It's fair to wonder by how much Forte's role will be reduced as Bilal Powell sees his role expand.
40. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
With a drop in touches from 2015 (165) to 2016 (126), Johnson was more efficient on a per-touch basis (4.9 YPC and 9.7 Y/R) last season. Better in PPR formats, Johnson now has back-to-back seasons with more than 50 receptions.
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