Top 60 Dynasty RB Rankings for 2019 Fantasy Football
Yes, it is a fact that running backs suffer more injuries than any position group other than TE on the offensive side of the ball. Yes, running backs are the most easily replaceable offensive position in real life football. Yes, these two factors combine to tell the tale of the most volatile position in dynasty fantasy football leagues. But you cannot win without them. That considered, let’s dive into which running backs give you the most bang for your buck and who will instead leave you wanting in the end. Let’s get into our 2019 Dynasty RB Rankings.
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The Four Horsemen 1-4
Ride these stud mustangs at the top of our Dynasty RB Rankings to fantasy championships. There is a legitimate case for any of A. Kamara, S. Barkley, E. Elliott, and C. McCaffrey to finish as RB1 this season and the ones that don’t finish there will surely not be too far behind. The four backs in this group also share the distinction of being true three-down backs, as effective through the air as they are on the ground. Couple that rare ability with the prospect of enormous amounts of expected usage and you get nearly 100 percent of drafts starting with some combination of these same players.
At this stage in their careers, these running backs are among the most valuable singular assets in dynasty football. They are all arguably worth three first rounders of value at a minimum.
Gurley belongs by himself in a tier just below the four guys described above. Just six months ago Gurley was unanimously viewed as the RB1 in dynasty leagues due to his enormous workload, excellent offensive line, and unchallenged goal-line work. While many of those things remain, his injuries down the stretch last season and near absence in the Superbowl rang blaring alarm bells concerning Gurley’s health.
Those fears were only exacerbated when the Rams selected hyper-athletic back, Darrell Henderson in the third round of this year’s draft. While situationally, there is no reason to fret over Gurley yet, a decrease in overall workload should be expected and thus his rank was adjusted accordingly. It is important not to panic however, as his current contract still ties him to the team for at least two seasons by way of uneconomical dead cap hits if he is released or traded. He should still be viewed as easily a top ten back with a top-five ceiling in our dynasty RB rankings.
Bell Cow RB1s 6-11
Joe Mixon, James Conner, Melvin Gordon, Le’Veon Bell and the like reside in this group. These guys are all locked into heavy workloads with three-down potential and don’t face much competition for touches in their respective backfields. Don’t fret the offseason headlines for these RBs. Other than the very few at the top, these players are the next best thing. Everyone in this group should be viewed as anchor Bell-Cow backs and are worth multiple firsts on current value. Extensions for Gordon this season, and potentially Mixon and Conner’s in 2020 could add value to members of this group.
Hopeful RB1s 12-15
Nick Chubb, Aaron Jones, and Kerryon Johnson headline the group just behind the surefire RB1s above. While a finish in the RB2 range is like (health permitting) for this group things can quickly change with a break right or a stumble in the wrong direction. All of these backs are serviceable through the air as well as dominant on the ground and long term assured volume should preserve their value for the long haul. A first plus is required to part with any of these guys and their replacement should already be on your roster. These are still some of the most valuable RBs in the league.
Solid RB2s 16-26
Ranked last in this group due to a looming suspension, Kareem Hunt is probably the value play in this range of our dynasty RB rankings. Hunt is far from the only undervalued asset here though. Phillip Lindsay, Josh Jacobs, Marlon Mack, and Damien Williams all have the ability and opportunity to be ranked much higher than they are in abundance. The danger here is that these jobs aren’t as safe as the ones above them. The 2020 class looms and it is players in this range that will suffer the most when that talent infusion comes around. Still, if they can convince their front offices to hold steady with them through this season there could be several RB1s to come from them yet. Again, Hunt is the exception as his value will likely come on a new team next season.
Pick Your Poison 27-38
Backs in this grouping have strong considerations in their favor coupled with treacherous pitfalls that could prevent future production. A common theme among most of these players is a one-dimensional element to their game. Either they are excellent pass-catchers or grinder-type two-down backs. Whatever the case may be, these guys may bloom into long term values down the road but cannot be counted on as such now. Because these guys lack projectable longevity, having one fill your RB2 or RB3 slots is playing with fire. This is the safe acceptable “break glass in case of emergency” group of our dynasty RB rankings.
These backs are nearly all backups and should be no better than the fourth string RB on a winning dynasty team. Age, ineffectiveness, and roster crowding have made these guys nearly impossible to project into decent workloads without significant injuries ahead of them. While RB’s are the second most commonly injured position group (1.8% per game, just behind TEs) the expectation should be that some of these guys will get significant work this year. But good luck guessing who, or when. Over the long term, these guys’ jobs could not be more tenuous.
2019 Dynasty RB Rankings
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Etan Mozia has been involved with sports as a whole for over two decades and has written about athletics in some capacity since 2005. Focused primarily on the NFL and EPL, Etan has seen his work featured on sites like FantasyPros, Advanced Sports Logic, and FFD260 among others. Currently, his work is housed on FantraxHQ and FantasyPros. An avid lover of dynasty leagues specifically, you can also listen to him on his podcast, The Dynasty Diagnostic (@DynoDiagnostic), as he breaks down rosters and provides pertinent and practical advice for dynasty squads looking to give their team an edge. Follow him on twitter @EtanMozia.
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