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Top 75 Consensus Running Back Rankings for 2023 Fantasy Football

Running back is king… or is it? Since the advent of fantasy football, elite workhorse running backs have been the most coveted resource in drafts. They were the building blocks of almost every winning team and they filled up the first round. As renowned fantasy football enthusiast Bob Dylan once said, “The times, they are a’changin’.” Three-down backs who are out there for almost every player are getting scarce and the few that do exist seem to be getting hurt more and more often. What’s this mean for fantasy football managers? That’s something our top analysts had to consider as they hashed out our 2023 consensus running back rankings. Also, make sure to check out our Consensus QB Rankings!

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The 2023 Running Back Pool

There’s a rookie running back third (tied) in our running back rankings. That should tell you something about the level of confidence our analysts have in the returning RBs… Or maybe that tells us how good Bijan Robinson is.

It’s not that there aren’t any talented running backs. There are plenty. The problem is that each one of them is surrounded by huge question marks and it starts right at the top.

Christian McCaffrey’s proven dual-threat performances make him the obvious top choice… if you think he can stay healthy.

Derrick Henry is a proven workhorse of the old school variety but he’s got a lot of miles on those tires and we have to wonder… if he can stay healthy.

Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, Breece Hall; every one of them carries the potential to rise to the top of the running back rankings… if they can stay healthy.

Hopefully, you’re seeing a trend here. Injuries affect running backs more than any other position. Most fantasy managers agree that a healthy three-down back is the most scarce commodity in football, also making it the most valuable. Do we know who these running backs are though? Who are the best bets to stay healthy?

You’ll see what our analysts think a little further down the page but first, let’s meet the Fantrax analysts who helped shape these running back rankings.

Meet the Rankers

Seven of our best analysts put their heads (and rankings) together to come away with our 2023 quarterback rankings. These analysts are as follows:

  • Ray Kuhn (RK)
  • Michael Quintero (MQ)
  • Cliff Williams (CW)
  • Sean Malone (SM)
  • Meng Song (MS)
  • Bradlee Kilgore (BK)

2023 Consensus Running Back Rankings

For more great rankings and analysis, make sure to check out our 2023 Fantasy Football Draft Kit!

You can sort our running back rankings by clicking on the initials of each analyst at the top of that column. You can also quickly find a specific player by typing any part of their name in the search box at the top of the table.

Cons. RnkPlayerTeamByeRKMQCWMSBK
1Christian McCaffreySF911113
2Austin EkelerLAC533244
3Saquon BarkleyNYG1325532
4Nick ChubbCLE552375
5Bijan RobinsonATL1166428
6Derrick HenryTEN7476101
7Jonathan TaylorIND1184796
8Tony PollardDAL77911813
9Josh JacobsLV139881810
10Rhamondre StevensonNE11121012517
11Travis Etienne Jr.JAC9101413157
12Kenneth Walker IIISEA5111216169
13Breece HallNYJ71311151422
14Aaron JonesGB61413171120
15Joe MixonCIN71515181314
16Jahmyr GibbsDET9201820612
17Najee HarrisPIT61916141219
18Dameon PierceHOU71722102521
19James ConnerARI142221221911
20J.K. DobbinsBAL131819192426
21Rachaad WhiteTB52520213215
22Isiah PachecoKC102123262323
23Miles SandersCAR72617242231
24Cam AkersLAR101624292032
25Alvin KamaraNO113128271718
26Javonte WilliamsDEN92426282916
27Dalvin CookMIN13293493033
28Alexander MattisonMIN133237252130
29Khalil HerbertCHI132731303824
30James CookBUF132835342734
31Brian Robinson Jr.WAS143030314128
32AJ DillonGB63732353329
33D'Andre SwiftPHI102329233658
34David MontgomeryDET93327333741
35Jamaal WilliamsNO113425374046
36Antonio GibsonWAS143939423925
37Damien HarrisBUF133636382850
38Rashaad PennyPHI103833433148
39Tyler AllgeierATL113540484435
40Samaje PerineDEN94141403449
41Elijah MitchellSF94238415137
42Zach CharbonnetSEA54446463543
43Jeff Wilson Jr.MIA104042395542
44Kenneth GainwellPHI105448474927
45Devon AchaneMIA106952512636
46Jaylen WarrenPIT64349574644
47Gus EdwardsBAL135157524239
48Jerick McKinnonKC107043444738
49D'Onta ForemanCHI135045555453
50Devin SingletaryHOU75344565351
51Raheem MostertMIA105547455654
52Kendre MillerNO114753625065
53Chuba HubbardCAR75954585255
54Clyde Edwards-HelaireKC104556595963
55Jerome FordCLE5606204561
56Ezekiel ElliottFA-4851326593
57Cordarrelle PattersonATL117150547852
58Tank BigsbyJAC9686304371
59Joshua KelleyLAC5576106968
60James RobinsonNE117259608940
61Israel AbanikandaNYJ7787406345
62Zamir WhiteLV13568905760
63Roschon JohnsonCHI13796506256
64Ty ChandlerMIN13466705892
65Tyjae SpearsTEN7807804858
66Pierre Strong Jr.NE11776406064
67Chase EdmondsTB56358538870
68Leonard FournetteFA-6660496494
69Isaiah SpillerLAC5746607057
70Michael CarterNYJ758555012267
71Zack MossIND11617008172
72Zach EvansLAR10737206179
73Kyren WilliamsLAR10627308466
74Matt BreidaNYG136477657973
75Kareem HuntFA-5288616695

For more great rankings and analysis, make sure to check out our 2023 Fantasy Football Draft Kit!

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