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Updated PPR running back rankings for 2021 fantasy football leagues

We take you through our PPR running back rankings heading into the 2021 NFL season heading into fantasy football drafts.

Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a catch during the 1st half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

UPDATE: JK Dobbins suffered a knee injury on Saturday of preseason Week 3 and expectations are it is a season-ending injury. Here’s the fantasy implications.

If you haven’t yet had your fantasy football draft, it is likely rapidly approaching as the NFL nears the regular season. We’ve taken plenty of notes on the performances of your favorite running backs in the NFL preseason while also over-analyzing each and every bit of information we can gather from beat reporters and coaches alike. We’ve digested all of it to provide you an updated look at our PPR running back rankings ahead of Week 3 of the 2021 NFL preseason.

2021 PPR Fantasy Football rankings: Running backs

As we close out the 2021 NFL preseason, there will be plenty of running backs to keep your eye on for our final glimpse at what to expect in Week 1 of the regular season. There will be plenty of teams who have their starting lineups solidified who are likely to be sitting their starters in this final outing, though there are still plenty of depth charts influx to take notes on as we progress through Week 3 of the preseason.

One of those teams with their lineups set is the Los Angeles Rams. Earlier this week, news broke that the Patriots traded Sony Michel was traded to the Rams in exchange for what will be a conditional fourth-round pick, should LA receive one. The rapid reaction was worrisome for Darrell Henderson managers, but soon after the trade, Sean McVay noted that Henderson is still set for a “very big role.”

One team worth watching in the preseason is the Houston Texans as they continue to rotate through RBs Phillip Lindsay, David Johnson and Mark Ingram. Through two weeks, despite an abysmal stat line of nine rush attempts for 16 rushing yards (an average of 1.8 yards per rush attempt, for you math geniuses), it still looks like Lindsay is the favorite to take on the bulk of the team’s snaps. However, It does feel worth noting that 2020 UDFS Scottie Phillips has led the team in rush attempts through the preseason, posing 82 rushing yards and a score on 17 attempts — much more efficient than Lindsay, Johnson or Ingram, and leading the team in missed forced tackles and yards after contact in this span. Though fantasy relevance is unlikely for the UDFA, he has shown a couple of flashes in an offense where the competition for snaps at RB appears to be wide open.

Here’s a look at our PPR running back rankings as you draft in your 2021 fantasy football leagues. Keep in mind as you’re drafting that to capitalize on value in this scoring format, it can be helpful to draft running backs who are on teams with a less-than-ideal receiving corps.

PPR Running back rankings for 2021 fantasy football leagues

Rk Name Team
Rk Name Team
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR
2 Dalvin Cook MIN
3 Alvin Kamara NO
4 Derrick Henry TEN
5 Saquon Barkley NYG
6 Aaron Jones GB
7 Ezekiel Elliott DAL
8 Najee Harris PIT
9 Joe Mixon CIN
10 Jonathan Taylor IND
11 Nick Chubb CLE
12 Austin Ekeler LAC
13 Antonio Gibson WAS
14 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC
15 Miles Sanders PHI
16 David Montgomery CHI
17 James Robinson JAC
18 D'Andre Swift DET
19 Chris Carson SEA
20 Josh Jacobs LV
21 Gus Edwards BAL
22 Raheem Mostert SF
23 Damien Harris NE
24 Kareem Hunt CLE
25 Chase Edmonds ARI
26 Mike Davis ATL
27 Myles Gaskin MIA
28 Melvin Gordon III DEN
29 Zack Moss BUF
30 Darrell Henderson LAR
31 Javonte Williams DEN
32 Trey Sermon SF
33 Ronald Jones II TB
34 Leonard Fournette TB
35 James Conner ARI
36 Sony Michel LAR
37 Giovani Bernard TB
38 Devin Singletary BUF
39 Tony Pollard DAL
40 Jamaal Williams DET
41 AJ Dillon GB
42 Darrel Williams KC
43 Kenyan Drake LV
44 Nyheim Hines IND
45 Michael Carter NYJ
46 Malcolm Brown MIA
47 Tevin Coleman NYJ
48 James White NE
49 Ty'Son Williams BAL
50 Rhamondre Stevenson NE
51 Phillip Lindsay HOU
52 J.D. McKissic WAS
53 Rashaad Penny SEA
54 Alexander Mattison MIN
55 Salvon Ahmed MIA
56 Alex Collins SEA
57 Latavius Murray NO
58 Justice Hill BAL
59 Marlon Mack IND
60 Darrynton Evans TEN
61 Ty Johnson NYJ
62 Justin Jackson LAC
63 Tony Jones Jr. NO
64 J.J. Taylor NE
65 Mark Ingram II HOU
66 Carlos Hyde JAC
67 Jerick McKinnon KC
68 Kylin Hill GB
69 Qadree Ollison ATL
70 David Johnson HOU
71 Jaret Patterson WAS
72 DeeJay Dallas SEA
73 Kenneth Gainwell PHI
74 Chuba Hubbard CAR
75 Damien Williams CHI
76 Boston Scott PHI
77 Anthony McFarland Jr. PIT
78 Joshua Kelley LAC
79 Larry Rountree III LAC
80 Elijah Mitchell SF
81 Benny Snell Jr. PIT
82 D'Ernest Johnson CLE
83 Devontae Booker NYG
84 Jake Funk LAR
85 Matt Breida BUF
86 Mike Boone DEN
87 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB
88 Eno Benjamin ARI
89 Samaje Perine CIN
90 Rex Burkhead HOU
91 Royce Freeman DEN
92 Chris Evans CIN
93 Jordan Wilkins IND
94 Jermar Jefferson DET
95 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF
96 Khalil Herbert CHI
97 Kene Nwangwu MIN
98 Gary Brightwell NYG
99 Tarik Cohen CHI
100 La'Mical Perine NYJ
101 Javian Hawkins TEN
102 JaMycal Hasty SF
103 Kalen Ballage PIT
104 Travis Homer SEA
105 Jalen Richard LV