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Mike Tagliere’s Early 2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs

by Mike Tagliere | @MikeTagliereNFL | Featured Writer
Jun 9, 2020

Don’t try and make the case for another running back over Christian McCaffrey

The NFL schedule has been released. The draft is over. Most of the top-tier free agents have signed. It’s getting closer to that time of the year we all know and love. Fantasy football draft season.Projections aren’t something that happen overnight. It’s a tedious process where I do everything manually. I already had rankings put together, but once you do projections, you must move certain players.

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That process has begun, and it’s shifted plenty of players around. Because of that, I wanted to share some early 2020 fantasy football rankings with you. Today, it’ll be running backs. Should you take them early? Should you go back to the late-round running back approach? No matter which route you take, here’s how I currently value them.

Here are the links to the other positions:
Quarterback Rankings and Tiers
Wide Receiver Rankings and Tiers
Tight End Rankings and Tiers

The Every-Down Studs

1. Christian McCaffrey (CAR)
2. Saquon Barkley (NYG)
3. Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)
4. Alvin Kamara (NO)
5. Dalvin Cook (MIN)
6. Kenyan Drake (ARI)

The Second Tier of Studs Who Don’t Get Enough Passing Down Work

7. Joe Mixon (CIN)
8. Derrick Henry (TEN)
9. Nick Chubb (CLE)

The Potential Timeshare Guys with Massive Upside

10. Aaron Jones (GB)
11. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC)
12. Miles Sanders (PHI)

The “I Don’t Know If They Get the Workhorse Role” Tier

13. Todd Gurley (ATL)
14. Josh Jacobs (LV)
15. Austin Ekeler (LAC)

The Bad Team Tier

16. Leonard Fournette (JAX)
18. Le’Veon Bell (NYJ)

The Very Good but in a Timeshare Guys

17. Jonathan Taylor (IND)
19. Melvin Gordon (DEN)
20. David Montgomery (CHI)

The Oft-Injured Guys Who Are Studs When Healthy

21. James Conner (PIT)
22. David Johnson (HOU)
23. Chris Carson (SEA)

Aging Running Backs Who Were Good in 2019

24. Mark Ingram (BAL)
25. Raheem Mostert (SF)

Potential Lead Backs Who May Lose Goal-Line Touches

26. D’Andre Swift (DET)
27. Devin Singletary (BUF)
28. Ronald Jones (TB)

Legit Pass-Catchers with Solid Floor

29. Kareem Hunt (CLE)
30. Tarik Cohen (CHI)

Perceived Starters Who May Lose Job

31. Sony Michel (NE)
32. Cam Akers (LAR)
33. Jordan Howard (MIA)

Flex Options with Upside for More

34. Matt Breida (MIA)
35. Phillip Lindsay (DEN)
36. Darrell Henderson (LAR)
37. Ke’Shawn Vaughn (TB)
39. Derrius Guice (WAS)

High-Upside Handcuffs

38. Latavius Murray (NO)
40. Kerryon Johnson (DET)
41. Tevin Coleman (SF)
42. Tony Pollard (DAL)
43. Alexander Mattison (MIN)
45. J.K. Dobbins (BAL)
46. Duke Johnson (HOU)
47. Damien Williams (KC)
50. Marlon Mack (IND)
56. Damien Harris (NE)

Pass-Catching Flex Options for Late-Round Approach

44. James White (NE)
48. Boston Scott (PHI)
51. Nyheim Hines (IND)
52. Anthony McFarland (PIT)
55. Antonio Gibson (WAS)

Touchdown Dependent Short-Yardage Guys with Handcuff Appeal

49. Zack Moss (BUF)
53. Adrian Peterson (WAS)
54. Joshua Kelley (LAC)



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Mike Tagliere is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Mike, check out his archive and follow him @MikeTagliereNFL.

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