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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 in 2014, finishing second in the league to DeMarco Murray in scrimmage yards while staying healthy for a full season, after missing the first three games of his rookie campaign (1,259 scrimmage yards) due to a foot injury. While he doesn't have breakaway speed, Bell's power, vision and patience are complemented by surprising agility for his size, 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 the best in the NFL at denying penetration to opposing defenders, ensuring Bell had time to find holes as they developed. He also showed dramatic improvement as a receiver in his second season, finishing second on the team to Antonio Brown with 105 targets while placing among the league's RB leaders in red-zone targets, ensuring he made plenty of visits to the end zone despite the Steelers' preference to put the ball in the air inside the 20. With a three-game suspension due to a substance abuse policy violation as the only dark cloud on his 2015 horizon, Bell seems 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 1000-yard rushing season of his career, 2014 was something of a disappointment for him 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 TD streak, by the end of the year knee, ankle and hamstring woes were slowing him down once again. When he's fully healthy, Charles remains one of the most dynamic backs in the league, combining outstanding burst and elusiveness with excellent receiving skills and a 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 try and gain extra yards, at 5-11, 199 pounds, 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 nearly in half from 2013. Charles' status at the top of the depth chart is unquestioned, but with Knile Davis now 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 nicely on his initial success, as he saw more targets, became more efficient on the ground and stayed on the field for a full 16 games. A prototypical power back at 5-11, 230 pounds, 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 allowed him to produce 2.82 yards after contact/touch and 73 total missed/broken tackles, figures that put Lacy among the league leaders in both stats last season. The Packers' reputation as a pass-first 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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