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2015 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings – Running Backs

A list of the top running backs to draft for the 2015 fantasy football season in PPR leagues.

1. Le'Veon Bell (PIT)

  Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Year Att Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
2015 Projections View Le'Veon Bell's 2015 projected stats.

Bell established himself as the Steelers' bell cow last year, finishing second in the league to DeMarco Murray in scrimmage yards and staying healthy all season after missing the first three games of his rookie campaign with a foot injury. While he doesn't have breakaway speed, Bell's power, vision and patience are complemented by surprising agility for his size (6-1, 244), allowing him to slip tackles nearly as often as he simply runs through them. His breakout performance was boosted by an excellent run-blocking offensive line that was one of the league's best at denying penetration, ensuring Bell had time to find holes as they developed. He also showed dramatic improvement as a receiver, finishing second on the team to Antonio Brown with 105 targets. And despite the Steelers' penchant for passing in the red zone they were fourth in the league in red-zone pass percentage (61.7) Bell scored nine of his 11 touchdowns in the red zone, including three receiving touchdowns on 13 targets (T-1st among RB). Bell is suspended for the first two games because of a substance abuse policy violation, but otherwise is well-positioned for another big year.

2. Jamaal Charles (KC)

  Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Year Att Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
2015 Projections View Jamaal Charles's 2015 projected stats.

While Charles recorded the fifth 1,000-yard rushing season of his career, last year was something of a disappointment thanks in large part to a number of nagging injuries. Foot and ankle issues resulted in just 46 combined yards through the first three weeks of the season, and while he went on a tear following the Chiefs' Week 6 bye, including an eight-game touchdown streak, by year's end knee, ankle and hamstring woes slowed him once again. When he's fully healthy, Charles remains one of the league's most dynamic backs, combining outstanding burst and elusiveness with excellent receiving skills and top-end speed few players can match, even after his seven seasons in the NFL. While he's not afraid to lower his pads to gain extra yards, at 5-11, 199, he's not exactly physical, and last season's various bumps and bruises caused the Chiefs to shy away from using him in more demanding roles, reducing his goal-line carries and cutting his targets by 30 from 2013. Charles' status at the top of the depth chart is unquestioned, but with Knile Davis having proven his worth as a backup, expect the Chiefs to keep a close eye on Charles' workload this season as they attempt to keep him in one piece.

3. Eddie Lacy (GB)

  Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Year Att Yds TD Avg Rec Yds TD Avg
2015 Projections View Eddie Lacy's 2015 projected stats.

Lacy's second season in the NFL built well on his rookie success, as he improved his efficiency, saw more targets and stayed on the field for a full 16 games. A prototypical power back at 5-11, 230, Lacy has patience and burst through the hole, but it's the sheer difficulty in bringing him down that's his standout skill. He runs with power and a low pad level, but also has surprising agility and athleticism, allowing him to break through arm tackles and dance around (or even over) unprepared defenders. The combination helped him finish second in yards after contact and third in broken tackles. He was just as elusive in the open field, averaging 10.9 yards after the catch (3rd) to finish sixth in receiving yards among running backs. The Packers' reputation as a pass-heavy offense began to shift in 2014 as the team tried to save some wear and tear on Aaron Rodgers, ranking 22nd in pass-play percentage, down from 11th the year before. With an increased focus on the running game, and no real competition on the depth chart for even the third-down role, Lacy figures to have his most productive season yet in 2015.

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