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

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that our rankings need to be adjusted when a PPR component is added, but to what extent?  Let’s take a look at how our running back rankings change when we factor in a 0.5 point PPR into the equation:

  1. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
  2. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
  3. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
  4. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
  5. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
  6. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills
  7. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
  8. DeMarco Murray – Philadelphia Eagles
  9. Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati Bengals
  10. Justin Forsett – Baltimore Ravens
  11. C.J. Anderson – Denver Broncos
  12. Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals
  13. Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins
  14. Ameer Abdullah – Detroit Lions
  15. Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals
  16. Melvin Gordon – San Diego Chargers
  17. Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders
  18. Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins
  19. Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers
  20. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints

Thoughts:

  • While Le’Veon Bell is going to miss the first two games of the season due to suspension, it’s better than missing the first three right?  The missed time isn’t going to be an issue, especially in PPR formats, after he reeled in 83 catches last season (and 45 in 13 games in his rookie year).  He’s the elite dual threat in the league right now and should produce like it once he’s cleared to return.  Even in 14 games 60+ receptions are a fair expectation and that keeps him atop the rankings here.
  • Matt Forte is going to continue to be a factor in the passing game, but with Marc Trestman now in Baltimore we shouldn’t expect him to come even close to last season’s 102 receptions (or 130 targets).  In the five years before Trestman arrived Forte averaged around 53 catches a season and that is a much more believable expectation.
  • Speaking of Trestman, it’s easy to imagine a significant boost in value for Justin Forsett thanks to his arrival in Baltimore.  As it is he had 44 receptions a year ago (on 59 targets) and could easily jump into the 55+ range this season.  Throw in that there is little risk to his carries and he’s always been able to produce when given a chance (career 5.1 YPC) and there’s a lot to love.
  • There’s obviously risk in Andre Ellington, as there is reason to believe that the Cardinals will limit his workload in an effort to keep him healthy.  That said he’s explosive and has 85 catches over 27 career games, so in PPR formats he looks that much more attractive and worth the risk.
  • Ameer Abdullah should step right into the old Reggie Bush role in Detroit.  In 2013 that role led to a 1,512 yard season in just 14 games (including 54 receptions).  In other words, as a RB2 Abdullah is well worth the risk.

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5 comments

  1. Mike in Georgia says:

    Hello and thanks for the article. I am in a 10 team, 1/2 PPR and just found out I am have the #1 pick. It is also a keeper league with no penalty so I am keeping Odell Beckham. I really HAVE to draft an elite RB with this significant luck, so I am torn between Jamaal Charles, Bell and Eddie Lacy (who I had last year as my 1st round pick and he killed me the first 4-5 games). Also, it will be a long time before I pick again at 20 and 21 so I assume then I’ll be looking at BPA, maybe grabbing a 2nd RB and WR. I think it’s too early here to look at QB and TE but they will be picked over before I see pick #40/41. I know what your chart says but does my keeper affect anything?

  2. Andrew says:

    Love the content.. I’m stuck with choosing between keeping Lesean McMcCoy or Alshon Jeffery. McCoys hamstring issue worries me. Thoughts?? I have a high pick in my 14 team 1/2 point ppr league so I should be able to grab one of these three Cj/Forte/Murry. Thanks.

  3. Tim says:

    Roto Professor, thanks in advance for your response. In a 10 team PPR keeper league, I will draft 5th. I have the following keeper options: Demarco Murray (counts as a 2nd round pick), Randall Cobb (counts as a 3rd round pick) or no one.

  4. Andrew – At this point I’d definitely go with Jeffrey. McCoy is just too big of a risk.

    Tim – I want to say Murray, but with Nelson out Cob is a much better value (especially in a PPR). I’d keep him.

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