2018 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: RB Tier Rankings 3.0
Rookies! Injuries! Depth charts! The running back landscape has changed after one week of preseason ball. Dave Richard's latest Tiers reflect all the updates.
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Tiers. It's a pretty simple concept: You group similar players together, so you know when to expect them to go off the board.
Let's say you need a running, but you don't have your heart set on just one. You'd be fine with any one of, say, Jamaal Williams, Kerryon Johnson, Royce Freeman, or Marshawn Lynch in the Round 5-6 range, and all four are on the board heading into your next pick, and you've got another pick just four picks later.
There's no need to panic. You can take another position, confident that at least one of that tier will likely be there when you make your next pick. That's the power of tiers.
Here are Dave Richard's latest for running back:
|ROUND 1||ROUND 1|
|Todd Gurley||Todd Gurley|
|Ezekiel Elliott||Le'Veon Bell|
|Le'Veon Bell||David Johnson|
|David Johnson||Ezekiel Elliott|
|Kareem Hunt||Kareem Hunt|
|Leonard Fournette||Alvin Kamara|
|Saquon Barkley||Saquon Barkley|
|Alvin Kamara||Melvin Gordon|
|Melvin Gordon|| |
|Dalvin Cook|| |
| || |
|ROUND 2||ROUND 2|
|Jordan Howard||Dalvin Cook|
|Devonta Freeman||Leonard Fournette|
| ||Christian McCaffrey|
| || |
|ROUNDS 3, 4||ROUNDS 3, 4|
|Alex Collins||Devonta Freeman|
|Christian McCaffrey||Jordan Howard|
|Derrick Henry||Jerick McKinnon|
|Joe Mixon||Alex Collins|
|Jerick McKinnon||Joe Mixon|
|LeSean McCoy||LeSean McCoy|
|Ronald Jones||Derrick Henry|
|Kenyan Drake||Ronald Jones|
|Jay Ajayi||Kenyan Drake|
|Lamar Miller||Jay Ajayi|
| ||Lamar Miller|
| ||Royce Freeman|
| || |
|VERY GOOD||VERY GOOD|
|ROUNDS 5, 6||ROUNDS 5, 6|
|Royce Freeman||Jamaal Williams|
|Jamaal Williams||Kerryon Johnson|
|Kerryon Johnson||Duke Johnson|
|Rex Burkhead ||Rex Burkhead |
|Marshawn Lynch |
| || |
|NO. 3/LESS UPSIDE||NO. 3/LESS UPSIDE|
|ROUNDS 7, 8||ROUNDS 7, 8|
|Tevin Coleman||Marshawn Lynch|
|Carlos Hyde||Dion Lewis|
|Mark Ingram||Tevin Coleman|
|Dion Lewis||Carlos Hyde|
|Marlon Mack||Mark Ingram|
|Sony Michel||Marlon Mack|
|Isaiah Crowell||Sony Michel|
|Duke Johnson||Isaiah Crowell|
|Chris Carson/Rashaad Penny||Chris Carson/Rashaad Penny|
|Corey Clement||Tarik Cohen|
| || |
|HIGH-END BACKUPS||HIGH-END BACKUPS|
|ROUNDS 9, 10||ROUNDS 9, 10|
|Aaron Jones||Corey Clement|
|C.J. Anderson||Giovani Bernard|
|Tarik Cohen||Chris Thompson|
|Chris Thompson||Aaron Jones|
|Peyton Barber||Peyton Barber|
|Matt Breida||C.J. Anderson|
|Jordan Wilkins||Matt Brieda|
|Giovani Bernard|| |
|Nick Chubb|| |
| || |
|LOW-END BACKUPS||LOW-END BACKUPS|
|ROUNDS 11+||ROUNDS 11+|
|Nyheim Hines||Jordan Wilkins|
|Ty Montgomery||Nyheim Hines|
|Rob Kelley||Ty Montgomery|
|Austin Ekeler||Nick Chubb|
|D'Onta Foreman||James White|
|Doug Martin||Doug Martin|
|Devontae Booker||D'Onta Foreman|
|LeGarrette Blount||Devontae Booker|
|Chase Edmonds||Austin Ekeler|
|John Kelly||Theo Riddick|
|Chris Ivory||Rob Kelley|
|Bilal Powell||Bilal Powell|
|Latavius Murray||Chase Edmonds|
|James White||John Kelly|
|Spencer Ware||Chris Ivory|
|Jeremy Hill||LeGarrette Blount|
|Theo Riddick||Latavius Murray|
|C.J. Prosise||Jeremy Hill|
|James Conner||C.J. Prosise|
|Frank Gore||Spencer Ware|
|Samaje Perine||James Conner|
So what sleepers should you snatch in your Fantasy Football draft? And which huge running backs do you need to jump all over? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy Football cheat sheets from the model that called Alvin Kamara's huge breakout last season and find out.
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