2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 30 Running Backs: PPR Formats

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:

 

  1. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
  3. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles
  4. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
  5. Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Arian Foster – Houston Texans
  7. Montee Ball – Denver Broncos
  8. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers
  9. Reggie Bush – Detroit Lions
  10. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  11. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens
  12. Zac Stacy – St. Louis Rams
  13. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
  14. Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals
  15. Demarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys
  16. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks
  17. Bishop Sankey – Tennessee Titans
  18. Joique Bell – Detroit Lions
  19. Toby Gerhart – Minnesota Vikings
  20. C.J. Spiller – Buffalo Bills
  21. Rashad Jennings – New York Giants
  22. Darren Sproles – Philadelphia Eagles
  23. Danny Woodhead – San Diego Chargers
  24. Knowshon Moreno – Miami Dolphins
  25. Chris Johnson – New York Jets
  26. Ryan Mathews – San Diego Chargers
  27. Ben Tate – Cleveland Browns
  28. Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins
  29. Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills
  30. Trent Richardson – Indianapolis Colts

Thoughts:

  • 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:

2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 15 Tight Ends: PPR Formats
2014 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 15 Tight Ends

2 comments

  1. Husky8585 says:

    Old, heavy career workload, timeshare running backs in bad, non-passing offenses like Chris Johnson (Jets) and Fred Jackson (Bills) should not be on this list. In their place should be Shane Vereen and Pierre Thomas.

    Last season Vereen led all running backs in receptions per game (6 recs/game). Vereen would have finished with a remarkable 94 receptions if last year’s 8 game season stats were extrapolated over a full 16 game season. Vereen is coming back to the same situation this year as the passing down rb in a Tom Brady offense. He’ll finish as a top 15 rb in ppr.

    Last season Pierre Thomas finished first among all running backs with 77 receptions. Second was Darren Sproles with 71 receptions. Sproles is gone now, and Thomas will inherit much of Sproles’s workload. Thomas is coming back to the same situation this year as the passing down rb in a Drew Brees offense. He’ll finish as a top 20 rb in ppr.

    • It’s funny, because you picked the guys who were #31 and 32 on the rankings,

      With Vereen, it’s not as easy as saying he’s going to average 6 catches a game. Personally, I don’t believe that. He always struggles staying healthy, you have the young WR who are going to step up and Gronkowski could easily eat into his targets. Plus, we can’t ignore the fact that he’s hardly going to carry the ball.

      Thomas is going to catch the football, but I wouldn’t assume he’s simply going to assume Sproles’ workload either. They have an emerging young WR corps and Khiry Robinson also with potential to make an impact in the backfield. also, like Vereen, we can’t ignore the lack of carries.

      I like both as FLEX options in PPR, but not as more than that.

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