Updated 2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (#1-20)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously the injury to Arian Foster has caused sweeping changes in our rankings, but is his free fall the only change?  Even if someone’s ranking hasn’t moved, is there a better (or worse) outlook thanks to the early training camp news?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
  3. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
  5. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills
  6. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
  7. DeMarco Murray – Philadelphia Eagles
  8. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
  9. Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati Bengals
  10. C.J. Anderson – Denver Broncos
  11. Justin Forsett – Baltimore Ravens
  12. Melvin Gordon – San Diego Chargers
  13. Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins
  14. Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins
  15. Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders
  16. Ameer Abdullah – Detroit Lions
  17. Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals
  18. Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers
  19. Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals
  20. T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville Jaguars

Thoughts:

  • With his suspension being reduced from three games to two, Le’Veon Bell gets a boost up the rankings to #3.  If he wasn’t suspended he’d be the easy #1 overall pick and, even with only 14 games we couldn’t blame anyone for slotting him atop their rankings.  He’s too big of a threat both running and catching the football and should be a dominant force for the fantasy playoffs.  Keep that in mind.
  • While C.J. Anderson is a viable RB1 this season, that doesn’t make him a first round pick.  We discussed the risks involved in investing in him, ultimately deciding that he wasn’t worth it.  To read the article click here.
  • There had been concerns that rookie Jay Ajayi could push Miller for the lead back duties in Miami.  However the preseason reports have been bad and the team is suddenly talking up the idea of Miller receiving a heavier workload (click here for an article from ESPN’s James Walker).  More carries and less competition would certainly mean more value for Miller.
  • Did anyone really believe that Trent Richardson was going to put pressure on Latavius Murray and potentially steal the lead back role?  Murray is someone we’ve been hyping for a while and he should get the opportunity to put his talent on display this season.  Don’t be surprised to see him emerge as a RB1.
  • Ameer Abdullah is currently benefiting from the injuries to Joique Bell.  As it is Abdullah should provide a Reggie Bush like performance, which would make him the more valuable back over the long-term.

Make sure to check out all of our 2015 Pre-Season Rankings:

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Updated 2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (#21-40)
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