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RB1 Predictions (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Aug 24, 2021

Another day, another set of rankings! Today, I’ll take a crack at predicting the top-12 fantasy running backs for the 2021 season, complete with explanations for all my picks. No need for a long introduction. Let’s dive right into the cream of the crop of fantasy’s most illustrious position.

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Just Missed the Cut

Jonathan Taylor
Taylor is just on the cusp of a RB1 ranking, but concerns about Carson Wentz, Indy’s offensive line, and the backups Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines have me a little wary. I’d love to include him in the top-12, but I’m knocking him back a spot to RB13 due to those red flags.

Antonio Gibson
I’m a huge fan of Gibson and legitimately believe Washington focuses on the run game this season and gives him plenty of work. He and Taylor both have RB1 upside, and I hate to leave either of them out of the top-12, but the bottom line is there are so many talented backs in the RB10-15 range that not everyone can make the cut. This is praise for the top-12 rather than an indictment on Gibson.

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