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2019 RB Rankings for Standard Fantasy Football Leagues

I mentioned in my quarterback rankings column that the difference between the overall QB1 and QB12 last season was over eight points per game. The spread was roughly the same for last year’s RB1 (Gurley, 313 points) versus the RB12 (Phillip Lindsay, 188). Gurley was the only running back to score at least 300 points in standard leagues. He was also the only back to accomplish the feat in 2017. To put Gurley’s recent dominance into perspective, it’s worth noting that he missed two games last season. The rest of last year’s top-5 averaged just under 17.8 points per game. Gurley averaged 22.4 points per game last year, a year after averaging 21.3 points. That should be enough to make Gurley an easy pick to top my running back rankings, right? Well, not so fast…

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Gurley is among the most polarizing players in fantasy circles this offseason. The 24-year-old has been the position’s most bankable commodity for two years as the featured piece in a potent offense, but there are serious concerns about how much work he can handle heading into 2019. Gurley has been diagnosed as having arthritis in his knee. The Rams can downplay Gurley’s injury all they want, but actions speak louder than words. The team matched restricted free agent Malcolm Brown’s offer sheet from Detroit and then traded up to select Darrell Henderson in the third round of this April’s draft. Running backs are already riskier fantasy investments due to their increased risk for injury. I have serious concerns about spending a first-round fantasy pick on a player with an arthritic knee. If you draft Gurley, you must add Henderson, and probably a couple of rounds earlier than his ADP.

Below are my early running back rankings for standard fantasy football leagues. Running backs are the most volatile position group in fantasy, so these are likely to change between now and the height of draft season. Stay tuned for updates on these rankings throughout the preseason. If you have any questions about your team, comment below or on Twitter.

More of Mick’s Standard League Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE

Running Back Rankings for 2019 Fantasy Football

1Saquon BarkleyNYG
2Ezekiel ElliottDal
3Christian McCaffreyCar
4Alvin KamaraNO
5Melvin GordonLAC
6Le'Veon BellNYJ
7James ConnerPit
8David JohnsonArz
9Joe MixonCin
10Damien WilliamsKC
11Nick ChubbCle
12Dalvin CookMin
13Devonta FreemanAtl
14Todd GurleyLAR
15Marlon MackInd
16Sony MichelNE
17Derrick HenryTen
18Aaron JonesGB
19Leonard FournetteJax
20Phillip LindsayDen
21Mark IngramBal
22Josh JacobsOak
23David MontgomeryChi
24Latavius MurrayNO
25James WhiteNE
26Kerryon JohnsonDet
27Kenyan DrakeMia
28Chris CarsonSea
29Lamar MillerHou
30Tarik CohenChi
31Tevin ColemanSF
32Miles SandersPhi
33Derrius GuiceWas
34Rashaad PennySea
35Darrell HendersonLAR
36Ronald Jones IITB
37Adrian PetersonWas
38Matt BreidaSF
39Austin EkelerLAC
40Peyton BarberTB
41Carlos HydeKC
42Jordan HowardPhi
43D'Onta ForemanHou
44Nyheim HinesInd
45Kalen BallageMia
46Devin SingletaryBuf
47Royce FreemanDen
48Kareem HuntCle
49Ito SmithAtl
50Jaylen SamuelsPit
51Alexander MattisonMin
52Ryquell ArmsteadJax
53Justice HillBal
54LeSean McCoyBuf
55C.J. AndersonDet
56Chris ThompsonWas
57Jerick McKinnonSF
58Dion LewisTen
59Jamaal WilliamsGB
60Damien HarrisNE

Mick Ciallela has been writing for FantraxHQ since July 2017. He has also written for Bleacher Report. He is a lifelong sports fan and has been an avid fantasy sports player for many years. Mick was the Overall Champion of both the 2016 Football Challenge – Roto and 2017 Play 3 Football contests hosted by CDM Sports. Mick was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York and currently resides in New London, Connecticut.

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