by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We’ve already looked at the Top 30 Running Backs in non-PPR formats (click here to view) as well as some notable PPR Risers (click here to view). Today, let’s take a look at our full PPR Running Back rankings:
- Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
- Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
- LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles
- Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
- Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals
- Arian Foster – Houston Texans
- Montee Ball – Denver Broncos
- Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
- Reggie Bush – Detroit Lions
- Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens
- Zac Stacy – St. Louis Rams
- Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals
- Demarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys
- Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
- Bishop Sankey – Tennessee Titans
- Joique Bell – Detroit Lions
- Toby Gerhart – Minnesota Vikings
- C.J. Spiller – Buffalo Bills
- Rashad Jennings – New York Giants
- Darren Sproles – Philadelphia Eagles
- Danny Woodhead – San Diego Chargers
- Knowshon Moreno – Miami Dolphins
- Chris Johnson – New York Jets
- Ryan Mathews – San Diego Chargers
- Ben Tate – Cleveland Browns
- Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins
- Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills
- Trent Richardson – Indianapolis Colts
- It shouldn’t be surprising to see the same Top 3 running backs as in our non-PPR rankings, though Forte does make the jump into the #2 spot. A lot of that has to do with the addition of Darren Sproles in Philadelphia, who should eat into some of McCoy’s touches and receptions.
- Peterson may be in the same ranking, but he actually comes in as the top of the second tier in PPR formats (he is included in the top tier in non-PPR leagues). He simply doesn’t have the reception upside as the top three and could conceivably be close to someone like Giovani Bernard (thanks to his significant upside) by year’s end.
- Remember, for now we are ranking Ray Rice assuming he’s both healthy and not suspended (since we don’t actually have word on if he will be suspended or for how long, though it’s been widely assumed). Once we get definitive word on his status he will likely plummet down these rankings.
- The biggest question about Andre Ellington is about his workload and how heavily the Cardinals will lean on the diminutive back (5’9”, 199 lbs.). Last season they clearly didn’t want to overwork him (118 rushes) and they easily could take a similar stance in 2014. At the same time, with his explosiveness and ability to catch the football (39 receptions in ’13) it’s hard not to love him in PPR formats heading into the season.
- While both Joique Bell and Reggie Bush are good options in PPR formats, it’s hard not to like Bush a little bit more. We discussed the situation, in detail, which you can view by clicking here.
- We’d love to have C.J. Spiller higher on these rankings, given his upside, but will this finally be the season that they turn things over to him? It appears unlikely, as Fred Jackson should continue to share carries and Bryce Brown is also in the mix. He has Top 5 upside, but it just seems like a long-shot he gets the opportunity to display it.
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Make sure to check out all of our 2014 rankings: