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Pre-draft running back rankings for 2021 fantasy football

Free agency has shuffled the rankings around before we hit the NFL Draft. See where your favorite players have landed.

Jonathan Taylor #28 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium on January 9, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

The 2021 NFL Draft is on the horizon while free agency has gone through its initial burst. That brings us to our next fantasy rankings update. We’ll take into account all of the signings, but will continue to steer clear of ranking rookies. These are based on .5 PPR scoring.

There weren’t any blue chip free agent running backs up for grabs after Aaron Jones signed back with the Packers and then Chris Carson did the same in Seattle. But there was movement that will push the rankings around.

Mike Davis, Mike Boone, and Phillip Lindsay all landed in spots they can make some noice, but Davis has the firmest grip on touches at the moment. The biggest movers will end up being draft picks. There are a handful of guys who will more than likely be instant fantasy relevant starters. But there is always a chance a player like Najee Harris or Travis Etienne lands in a committee to start their careers. While a great landing spot could elevate a player we didn’t expect to be a three-down back to start their time in the NFL.

2021 pre-draft running back rankings

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