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Running back rankings for 2020 fantasy football

Christian McCaffrey was a league winner last season. Will he be able to hold off the running back crowd again in 2020?

Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants warms up prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on December 29, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Before the 2019 NFL season is blown up by the draft and free agency, I’m going to set a baseline for my 2020 fantasy football rankings. This will give us a starting point to assess how this offseason impacts players across the board. There won’t be any shiny new rookies in these rankings until they have homes with offenses and competition.

Here are my pre-draft and -free agency running back half-ppr rankings:

Tier 1

Christian McCaffrey was so far ahead of every other fantasy running back this season that he could lose a big chunk of his fantasy points and still be the No. 1 back. So, even if new head coach Matt Rhule doesn’t use him as much as last season, there’s still a strong chance he ends up the top fantasy back again.

Saquon Barkley had a down season in 2019 due to a rookie quarterback and a high ankle sprain, but he was a beast to end the season. Daniel Jones wasn’t awful last year and had some huge games, so there is upside with him at the helm, while Barkley should be the engine of their offense.

Tier 1 could just be McCarthy, but with his usage somewhat in question, I think it’s safe to lump him, Barkley, Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara into the same top-tier cruise ship.

Tier 2

Last season we saw the Bengals Joe Mixon break out late, as the team finally just let him lead the way, as their quarterbacks weren’t able. This year they should have Joe Burrow, which will help their overall offense, giving Mixon more scoring opportunities.

Austin Ekeler is a great fantasy back, as he’s great in open space and can catch anything thrown his way while also getting enough work on the ground to boost his overall numbers. He out-played Melvin Gordon in a big way last season and Gordon won’t be back with the team. It’s Ekeler’s time to shine.

Running back rankings for half-PPR 2021 fantasy football

Rk Name Team
Rk Name Team
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR
2 Dalvin Cook MIN
3 Alvin Kamara NO
4 Saquon Barkley NYG
5 Derrick Henry TEN
6 Nick Chubb CLE
7 Jonathan Taylor IND
8 Austin Ekeler LAC
9 D'Andre Swift DET
10 Ezekiel Elliott DAL
11 J.K. Dobbins BAL
12 Aaron Jones GB
13 Cam Akers LAR
14 Josh Jacobs LV
15 Miles Sanders PHI
16 Joe Mixon CIN
17 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC
18 Antonio Gibson WAS
19 David Montgomery CHI
20 James Robinson JAC
21 Chris Carson SEA
22 Kenyan Drake ARI
23 Kareem Hunt CLE
24 Melvin Gordon III DEN
25 Ronald Jones II TB
26 Raheem Mostert SF
27 Zack Moss BUF
28 Najee Harris FA
29 Travis Etienne FA
30 Myles Gaskin MIA
31 David Johnson HOU
32 Leonard Fournette TB
33 Tony Pollard DAL
34 James Conner PIT
35 Chase Edmonds ARI
36 AJ Dillon GB
37 Devin Singletary BUF
38 Damien Harris NE
39 Tarik Cohen CHI
40 Nyheim Hines IND
41 Latavius Murray NO
42 Le'Veon Bell KC
43 Darrell Henderson LAR
44 Phillip Lindsay DEN
45 Todd Gurley II ATL
46 Jamaal Williams GB
47 Marlon Mack IND
48 J.D. McKissic WAS
49 James White NE
50 Sony Michel NE
51 Benny Snell Jr. PIT
52 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF
53 Kerryon Johnson DET
54 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB
55 Duke Johnson Jr. HOU
56 Rashaad Penny SEA
57 Alexander Mattison MIN
58 Gus Edwards BAL
59 Boston Scott PHI
60 Matt Breida MIA
61 Joshua Kelley LAC
62 Carlos Hyde SEA
63 Tevin Coleman SF
64 Giovani Bernard CIN
65 Salvon Ahmed MIA
66 La'Mical Perine NYJ
67 Justin Jackson LAC
68 Ito Smith ATL
69 Darrynton Evans TEN
70 Mark Ingram II FA
71 Malcolm Brown LAR
72 Jerick McKinnon SF
73 Rex Burkhead NE
74 Damien Williams KC
75 Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT
76 Mike Davis CAR
77 Wayne Gallman NYG
78 Bryce Love WAS
79 Jordan Howard PHI
80 Jalen Richard LV
81 Kenny Gainwell FA
82 Darrel Williams KC
83 Adrian Peterson DET
84 DeeJay Dallas SEA
85 Lynn Bowden Jr. MIA
86 Chris Thompson JAC
87 Brian Hill ATL
88 Ryquell Armstead JAC
89 Dare Ogunbowale JAC
90 Devine Ozigbo JAC
91 Royce Freeman DEN
92 Ty Johnson NYJ
93 Jordan Wilkins IND
94 Kalen Ballage LAC
95 Justice Hill BAL
96 Peyton Barber WAS
97 Eno Benjamin ARI
98 Frank Gore NYJ
99 LeSean McCoy TB