2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: RB

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The NFL free agency period didn't affect our 2020 fantasy RB rankings as much as some other positions, but a few big running back moves (David Johnson's trade, Todd Gurley's release, Melvin Gordon's signing in Denver) shook things up and changed some of the names throughout the various tiers.

The biggest news at the top is Derrick Henry staying put in Tennessee after the Titans placed the franchise tag on him. Of course, now fantasy owners have to worry about Henry holding out until he gets a long-term deal, but at least we know that he'll be in an ideal offense when he is on the field. Future owners of Kenyan Drake and Austin Ekeler also got some peace of mind with the departures of Johnson and Gordon, respectively.

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Perhaps the biggest RB-related move of the offseason was Gurley's release by the Rams and subsequent signing by the Falcons. Gurley went to a favorable situation, as he should dominate touches and get a good amount of receptions, and now there's a chance for either Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson, or a draft pick to emerge as a sleeper in L.A. On the flip side, Gordon's move to Denver only muddles up an already crowded situation. Both Phillip Lindsay and Gordon lose some value, while Royce Freeman falls off the radar completely.

Another move that might be overlooked is Jordan Howard's signing in Miami. Howard should get the bulk of the carries for the Dolphins, putting him in the RB2 discussion, while his defection from Philadelphia opens the door for Miles Sanders to really break out. We're being cautious with our ranking of Sanders for now, but he's the type of player who could gain a lot of momentum by draft season. David Johnson is also back on the RB2 radar after going to the Texans, the team that resurrected Carlos Hyde's career last season.

Ronald Jones II could also see a lot of positive momentum through the offseason after Peyton Barber signed with the Redskins. Tampa still needs offensive line help, but as the unquestioned starter, Jones has breakout potential. Likewise, Dare Ogunbowale could also get a bump in PPR leagues given Tom Brady's propensity for throwing to running backs. If Brady continues to show that trait despite being in a new offense, Tampa's backs become a lot more interesting.

Few positions see as much offseason rankings movement as RB. Sometimes it's justified (what happens in the draft); other times it's based purely on mock draft ADP and spurious reports from training camp. Either way, when fantasy owners get excited about a certain guy, it's tough to slow down the momentum. All of that is a way of saying that these rankings will change plenty between now and August, so check back for updates.

2020 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

7 Josh Jacobs, Raiders

Rankings based on non-PPR scoring formats

Rank

Player

1

Christian McCaffrey, Panthers

2

Saquon Barkley, Giants

3

Derrick Henry, Titans

4

Dalvin Cook, Vikings

5

Nick Chubb, Browns

6

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys

7

Josh Jacobs, Raiders

8

Alvin Kamara, Saints

9

Aaron Jones, Packers

10

Leonard Fournette, Jaguars

11

Kenyan Drake, Cardinals

12

Joe Mixon, Bengals

13

Devin Singletary, Bills

14

Austin Ekeler, Chargers

15

Kerryon Johnson, Lions

16

Chris Carson, Seahawks

17

Mark Ingram, Ravens

18

Miles Sanders, Eagles

19

David Montgomery, Bears

20

Le’Veon Bell, Jets

21

Todd Gurley, Falcons

22

Marlon Mack, Colts

23

Damien Williams, Chiefs

24

James Conner, Steelers

25

David Johnson, Texans

26

Jordan Howard, Dolphins

27

Phillip Lindsay, Broncos

28

Derrius Guice, Redskins

29

Ronald Jones II, Buccaneers

30

Darrell Henderson, Rams

31

Raheem Mostert, 49ers

32

Kareem Hunt, Browns

33

Melvin Gordon, Broncos

34

Sony Michel, Patriots

35

Latavius Murray, Saints

36

Tevin Coleman, 49ers

37

Malcolm Brown, Rams

38

Alexander Mattison, Vikings

39

Jamaal Williams, Packers

40

Adrian Peterson, Redskins

41

Dare Ogunbowale, Buccaneers

42

Nyheim Hines, Colts

43

Matt Breida, 49ers

44

Tarik Cohen, Bears

45

James White, Patriots

46

Duke Johnson, Texans

47

Justin Jackson, Chargers

48

Darwin Thompson, Chiefs

49

Gus Edwards, Ravens

50

Tony Pollard, Cowboys

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