RB Tiers and Rankings (Top 75 Post-Draft)
RB Tiers and Rankings (Top 75 Post-Draft)

With the NFL Draft come and gone, we can finally take a stab at realistic rankings for fantasy drafts this summer/fall. My rankings below are based on half-PPR scoring, and the tiers admittedly are gratuitous, i.e., I don't actually think there's much difference between a "Tier 13" RB and a "Tier 14" guy.

My personal rankings won't necessarily align with the RotoWire cheatsheets or projections, though I did use those tools as a guide to get started. The arrows indicate any significant movement relative to pre-draft rankings.

(Rankings updated May 22nd)

Tier 1

1. Christian McCaffrey

2. Saquon Barkley

3. Ezekiel Elliott

These guys play on all three downs and have proven themselves efficient as both ballcarriers and pass catchers. Zeke has a talented backup looking over his shoulder, but he also has the security of playing in a top-10 offense, which means the fifth-year pro can afford to lose a few touches from his career average of 23.4 per game (22.2 last season).

Tier 2

4. Alvin Kamara

5. Dalvin Cook

I might put Kamara at the bottom of Tier 1 for full-PPR leagues, but it's essentially a meaningless distinction given that I have him No. 4 overall on the draft board — ahead of Cook and Michael Thomas — for any format. Cook lands a tick lower, as the sketchy medical record that made him a bargain last summer becomes more of an issue when we're comparing him to Zeke and Kamara instead of Todd Gurley and

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Jerry Donabedian
Jerry was a 2018 finalist for the FSWA's Player Notes Writer of the Year and DFS Writer of the Year awards. A Baltimore native, Jerry roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.
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