Fantasy Football Draft 2015: Top 10 Running Back (RB) Rankings
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Running Backs in the 2015 Fantasy Football Draft
August 18, 2015
In honor of the upcoming 2015 fantasy football season, this week we’re breaking down the top 10 fantasy players at each position. Today it’s time for the ever-important running back spot.
RB is always a rough position to draft, as there are only a few reliable names in the top tier. After that there are varying degrees of risk, so you’ll want to choose your No. 1 guy wisely. Let’s check out our top 10 names and see who you might want to grab on draft day.
1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell is most people’s consensus top RB (and overall) pick, and for good reason. Ten scores and 1700 yards this year between rushing and receiving should come from an increase in volume. He’s as safe a No. 1 pick as you can make this season in fantasy.
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2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: We like Charles a little better than most; you’ll likely see him getting drafted in the No. 2-3 range. We’re expecting a better year in 2015 if he’s healthy, meaning 15 or so total touchdowns with 1500 total yards or so. He should be a very reliable No. 1 back.
3. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers: We’ve been seeing Lacy fall anywhere around the No. 2-4 range among backs, so upgrade or downgrade depending on how optimistic you are. Regardless, we see double-digit touchdowns with 1500-1600 yards from him by the time the season’s over.
4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: Peterson has had quite an eventful year, and for all the wrong reasons. Still, he’s getting drafted as high as No. 2 based on potential alone, and that’s worth something. If all goes well, he could see 10 touchdowns and 1500 yards. At least he’s got the starting job on lockdown in Minnesota.
5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch has been going in the 5-6 range overall this year, which sounds about right. Even with the addition of Jimmy Graham, Seattle is still a run-first offense, and the durable Lynch will anchor that attack. Look for around 12 touchdowns with 1500-1600 yards. A nice value here.
6. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears: With Kevin White on the shelf this year, Forte gets an up-tick in workload on the Bears offense. He may very well flirt with 100 receptions and 250 rushes this year, which could result in 1600-1700 yards. He’s been a pretty safe pick for the last several seasons and we see no reason to change that now.
7. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos: We’ve seen Anderson going as high as No. 5 among running backs this year, with an ADP in the area of 11. That’s thanks to a big 2015, totaling eight rushing touchdowns and 849 rush yards. He should get more of the same this year; we see double-digit scores and 1300 or so total yards.
8. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals: Hill really angered a lot of fantasy owners relying on Giovani Bernard in 2014. The former backup totaled 1124 rush yards and nine rush scores as he wrestled away the No. 1 job in Cincinnati, and should post another 9-10 scores with 1200-1300 yards in 2015.
9. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills: It’ll be weird seeing McCoy in another uniform this year, but there’s no denying his importance on a Rex Ryan-coached team. We see 1500 or so rush yards with another 100-200 through the air and 7-8 total scores. He’s a nice value around the No. 13-14 pick overall.
10. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles: Murray rounds out the top 10 this year and is really one of the last sure-fire RB options as a No. 1 in fantasy. He won’t reach 2014 numbers, obviously, but should be good for a total of 1400 yards and 10-11 touchdowns.
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