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2022 Fantasy Football: RB Rankings

The NFL draft is over and now it is time to start thinking about your 2022 fantasy draft. Lucky for you, I already have an early 2022 season RB rankings list to get you started. Of course, this is an early list and will be updated as we move into training camps. I have analysis on my top-25 RBs out of the 70 I have ranked. Enough talk, and let’s get onto the list.

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2022 Running Back Rankings

Note these rankings are based on half-PPR scoring.

1Jonathan TaylorINDTaylor showed us last season that he is the future for fantasy running backs. He scored 18 touchdowns last year and is expected to break 20.
2Derrick HenryTENHenry was on pace to be the number one fantasy back before his injury. Henry had just under 1,000 yards in eight games and showed off his pass-catching last year. With A.J. Brown and Julio Jones gone, Henry will once again be the offense.
3Austin EkelerLACWhen it comes to PPR or half PPR, Ekeler is going to get you serious points. He finished as the number two back last year, I see him easily finishing in the top three this year.
4Christian McCaffreyCARMcCaffrey has been disappointing the last two seasons with injuries, but it is hard not to have him in the top five. When healthy McCaffery is a top 2 PPR back, and if you can grab him in the first round, he is worth the risk.
5Dalvin CookMINCook, is another back who drops down because of injuries. But in 13 games Cook still had over 1,000 rushing yards. He was hurt by touchdowns last season only putting six in the books. Yet, Cook will still be the workhorse for the Vikings and is still an RB1.
6Joe MixonCINMixon was the breakout back last year, totaling 13 touchdowns and 1,205 rushing yards. This Bengals team looks strong and Mixon will once again be the workhorse back this season.
7Najee HarrisPITHarris had an impressive rookie year going for 1,200 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. He also had just under 500 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Harris' production was hurt last year with an aging Ben Roethlisberger, I expect Harris to shine with the young trio of quarterbacks he will be lined up behind.
8Nick ChubbCLEChubb has shown he is one of the best running backs on the ground. He is only low on this list, because of his pass-catching. Still, Chubb will get you big-yard games and touchdowns.
9Alvin KamaraNOKamara has all the talent you want in a PPR back, but he is just so inconsistent every season. Last season he had nine total touchdowns, the year before 21. He is still a top back, but draft with caution.
10D'Andre SwiftDETSwift keeps improving every year and was a big sleeper last season, finishing 19th in just 13 games.
11Aaron JonesGBDavante Adams is gone and Aaron Rodgers has no help through the air. Jones will have to do it all this season.
12Leonard FournetteTBFournette looks to the be the future for Tampa Bay. He totaled 10 touchdowns last season.
13James ConnerARIConner revived his career in Arizona last year totaling 18 touchdowns. I don't expect him to repeat last season, but he is a major part of this offense.
14Javonte WilliamsDENWilliams had a quiet season, but still as a rookie totaled seven touchdowns and just under 1,000 rushing yards. Melvin Gordon III is the past and Williams is the future.
15Cam AkersLARThis high powered offsense will be even more terrifying with Akers healthy. Expect him to be huge in the run game.
16Antonio GibsonWASGibson was disappointing last season but still finished as RB10 last season. He was inconsistent in games but overall is still going to put up numbers.
17Saquon BarkleyNYGWhere to start with Barkley. He had some promise last year but did not perform. He doesn't have much competition in the backfield, so we'll see if he can get back to his rookie form.
18David MontgomeryCHIMontgomery was a bit of a letdown last season only putting up seven touchdowns for an RB1. However, he only play in 13 games last season. Khalil Herbert made an impact last season and could cut into Montgomery's production.
19Ezekiel ElliottDALElliott is just not as explosive as he used to be. Tony Pollard is cutting into his production, and Elliott is just too much of a risk to take in the first or even early second round.
20Breece HallNYJThe first rookie to make the list. Hall is being compared to many great running backs and already has the starting spot for the Jets. He has a high upside this season.
21Josh JacobsLVThe Raiders seem like they will throw more this season, and Jacobs is a little injury prone. However, he is a solid flex or RB2 on a roster.
22J.K. DobbinsBALDobbins was set to be a lead back last season before his injury. He will be ready to go off this season.
23Elijah MitchellSFThe Niners are the worst when it comes to who is going to get the ball. But, Mitchell was productive every time he touched the ball, he will be the lead back.
24Damien HarrisNEAnother team that switches running backs is the Patriots. However, Damien Harris was the most consistent last season and should get the workload.
25AJ DillonGBAJ Dillon is slowly eating into Aaron Jones' touches. Dillon is a sneaky pickup for some goal-line stealing touchdowns.
26Travis Etienne Jr.JAC
27Miles SandersPHI
28Chase EdmondsMIA
29Kareem HuntCLE
30Tony PollardDAL
31Clyde Edwards-HelaireKC
32Devin SingletaryBUF
33Kenneth Walker IIISEA
34Melvin Gordon IIIFA
35Cordarrelle PattersonATL
36Michael CarterNYJ
37Rashaad PennySEA
38Rhamondre StevensonNE
39Ronald Jones IIKC
40James RobinsonJAC
41Alexander MattisonMIN
42Darrell Henderson Jr.LAR
43J.D. McKissicWAS
44Raheem MostertMIA
45James CookBUF
46Sony MichelMIA
47Nyheim HinesIND
48Gus EdwardsBAL
49Kenneth GainwellPHI
50Jamaal WilliamsDET
51Chris CarsonSEA
52Myles GaskinMIA
53Isaiah SpillerLAC
54James WhiteNE
55D'Onta ForemanCAR
56Khalil HerbertCHI
57Darrel WilliamsKC
58Chuba HubbardCAR
59Trey SermonSF
60Zack MossBUF
61Marlon MackHOU
62Boston ScottPHI
63Justin JacksonLAC
64Dameon PierceHOU
65Samaje PerineCIN
66Kenyan DrakeLV
67Brian Robinson Jr.WAS
68Rachaad WhiteTB
69Jerick McKinnonKC
70D'Ernest JohnsonCLE
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