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:
- Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
- Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
- Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
- Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
- LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills
- Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
- DeMarco Murray – Philadelphia Eagles
- Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati Bengals
- Justin Forsett – Baltimore Ravens
- C.J. Anderson – Denver Broncos
- Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals
- Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins
- Ameer Abdullah – Detroit Lions
- Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals
- Melvin Gordon – San Diego Chargers
- Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders
- Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins
- Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers
- Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints
- 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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