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

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While we haven’t had a significant injury since Arian Foster went down indefinitely, that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen changes to our rankings.  The most notable change has been a significant drop for LeSean McCoy, who is battling injuries and questions, but there are a few other issues causing a bit of a shuffle.  Let’s take a look at how we currently look as the season gets closer and closer:

  1. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
  3. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
  5. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
  6. DeMarco Murray – Philadelphia Eagles
  7. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
  8. Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati Bengals
  9. C.J. Anderson – Denver Broncos
  10. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills
  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 Abullah – Detroit Lions
  17. Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals
  18. Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers
  19. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints
  20. Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals

Thoughts:

  • If Le’Veon Bell wasn’t suspended for the first two games of the season he would definitely be slotted atop these rankings.  If you still want to put him there we certainly couldn’t blame you, as he should be set to dominate upon returning and help carry you deep into the fantasy playoffs.
  • Even if LeSean McCoy wasn’t battling a hamstring injury, which could potentially cost him time early in the season (despite what the Bills are saying), there would be reason to be skeptical entering 2015.  Sure the Bills should bring a ground and pound approach, but you have to wonder if he’s starting to breakdown after a significant number of touches the past two seasons and playing for Greg Roman could lead to a decline in his receptions (as we saw with Frank Gore in San Francisco).  For an in-depth look at why McCoy is becoming a player to avoid, click here.
  • The injury to Kelvin Benjamin has thrown the Panthers’ receiving corps into serious question, with Devin Funchess coming front and center.  Would it be a surprise for the team to rely even more on their running game though?  A healthy Jonathan Stewart could be a fantasy monster in 2015.
  • Worried that the arrival of Chris Johnson will have a negative impact on Andre Ellington’s production?  Don’t be, as we always expected the team to limit Ellington’s touches in an effort to keep him healthy.  That’s actually good news, because a healthy Ellington is an explosive Ellington and he’s still going to get more than enough opportunities to produce. For more on this situation click here.

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5 comments

  1. Jack says:

    Would you rank lacy higher now that jordy Nelson will be out for the year?

  2. Haggy says:

    Martavis Bryant or Jarvis Landry

  3. Jack – Yes I would. We are going to cover that tomorrow, but you can make the case that he’s now the #1 RB in the league

    Haggy – I’d lean Bryant, slightly, but really a preference call

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