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Joe Pisapia’s Top-50 Running Back Rankings (2021 Fantasy Football)

Jul 23, 2021
Nick Chubb

Joe Pisapia is back with his updated top-50 running back rankings for the 2021 fantasy football season, including tiers.

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Nick Chubb (CLE)
After suffering an injury Week 4, Nick Chubb returned in Week 10 and rattled off 8 TDs over his final 8 games. While Kareem Hunt should handle the bulk of the receiving workload out of the backfield, Chubb is about as solid of an RB1 as you will find. If he stays on the field for 17 games, he’s a lock for well over 1K yards rushing and double-digit TDs.

Kenyan Drake (LV)
Kenyan Drake started the season in a walking boot, but once he was healthy, he had a nice second half for the Cardinals, including some great work in the red zone. Now, he’s in a bizarre timeshare with Josh Jacobs in Las Vegas and his role is pretty undefined at this point. The Raiders backfield is the poster child for why you take clear-cut RB1’s early. An injury to Jacobs could open up a huge opportunity for Drake, but for now, it seems like a situation where no one is set up for fantasy success.

Phillip Lindsay (HOU)
Despite back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons, the Broncos were continuously trying to replace Phillip Lindsay and after a down year in 2020 with injuries, he finds himself now in Houston. David Johnson is still ahead of him on the depth chart, but should an injury occur to DJ, Lindsay immediately becomes one of the more intriguing handcuffs. The lack of clarity with Deshaun Watson clouds this entire offense. Lindsay is bench depth at RB in deeper leagues at this time.

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