2020 Running Back Tiers (PPR)

Tier 1-Elite RB1 (Top 4 Picks)

  • Christian McCaffrey (CAR) (RB1)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 287 Car. 116 Rec. 2,392 Total yds. 19 Total TD
  • CMC is the definition of an elite fantasy RB, he had a historic 2019 season and as crazy as it sounds I don’t expect much less in 2020. McCaffrey is the focal point of this Carolina offense, and it runs through him. Carolina is under a new coaching staff in 2020 but I wouldn’t worry about that, they would be fools not to continue feeding McCaffrey. He should be the RB1 off the board in every draft.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Saquon Barkley (NYG) (RB2)
  • 2019 Stats: 13 GP 217 Car. 52 Rec. 1,441 Total yds. 8 Total TD
  • Saquon Barkley is a close 2nd in this tier, and in his 2018 rookie season he finished here as the RB2 in all formats. I expect him to get back to that 2018 form this upcoming season. New York is entering their second season with second-year QB Daniel Jones. Jones showed flashes in 2019, but if New York had it there way I think they would like to be a run first team. Unfortunately I don’t expect this defense to be very good which could force them to pass more than they’d like, which bodes well for Saquon who is an incredible weapon as a pass catcher. I’m expecting high volume week-to-week and elite RB1 production.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) (RB3)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 301 Car. 54 Rec. 1,777 Total yds. 14 Total TD
  • Zeke has been a fantasy mainstay since he entered the league in 2016, he has surpassed 300+ carries in 3 of 4 seasons and has greatly improved as a pass catcher. You can truly feel safe leaning on Zeke week in and week out. Dallas was more pass heavy in 2019 than they have ever been in the Dak & Zeke era (2016-present), but with Mike McCarthy taking over as head coach, I expect Dallas to get back to prioritizing the run game. The offensive line in Dallas is still one of the best units in the league giving Zeke a safe floor when he’s given the touches. Zeke is an RB1 through and through.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Alvin Kamara (NO) (RB4)
  • 2019 Stats: 14 GP 171 Car. 81 Rec. 1,330 Total yds. 6 Total TD
  • Kamara was RB9 in 2019 after finishing RB4 in 2018 and RB3 in 2017. Last season he put up career lows in total touchdowns and receiving yards, two areas I think he improves on 2020. Kamara has one of the safest PPR floors (80+ catches in 3 straight seasons), so just based on his receiving ability and consistency he will always be in the RB1 discussion. The Saints are a high powered offense every season and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Kamara will need to find the end zone more often in 2020 to maintain elite RB1 value, but based on opportunity and his past production I don’t think that will be a problem.
  • Risk Level: Low
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Tier 2-RB1 w/Elite Upside

  • Dalvin Cook (MIN) (RB5)
  • 2019 Stats: 14 GP 250 Car. 53 Rec. 1,654 Total yds. 13 Total TD
  • Cook is a lock for 230+ carries, an excellent receiving back, and the focal point of a run heavy offense. The narrative around Dalvin Cook heading in 2019 was he never stays healthy, I believe he put that to rest last season by starting 14 games and having a career year statistically. I’m expecting Minnesota’s offense to be run first once again and look to incorporate Cook in any way possible. Dalvin has always shown flashes of his elite talent but after last season he proved he belongs in the conversation. I’ll be taking Dalvin early and not looking back. We will have to monitor Dalvin’s holdout situation so keep his backup Alexander Mattison fresh on your mind.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Miles Sanders (PHI) (RB6)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 179 Car. 50 Rec. 1,327 Total yds. 6 Total TD
  • Sanders showed flashes in the second half of his 2019 rookie campaign. He will start 2020 as the leader in the backfield and I don’t think Sanders will ever look back. Miles has elite big play ability, produced 50 receptions as a rookie, and proved to fantasy owners over the second half of 2019 he can be an RB1 when given the opportunity. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is known for splitting work between running backs, but I think Sanders is too talented and too versatile to take off the field. Boston Scott could make an impact in the receiving game but regardless there should be enough opportunity for Sanders to cement himself as an RB1 in 2020. I’m very excited for his upside this season.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Joe Mixon (CIN) (RB7)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 278 Car. 35 Rec. 1,424 Total yds. 8 Total TD
  • Mixon was viewed as a disappointment in 2019 after finishing as the RB13 (PPR). But he really didn’t have much to work with, the Bengals offense was a mess. Entering 2020 I expect Cincy’s offense to look much different after drafting QB Joe Burrow with the 1st overall pick. A.J. Green should be back on the field, and they should also have an improved offensive line. Mixon does carry some risk, but volume is king and if the offense improves, Mixon has the talent to produce elite numbers. He is a weapon in the passing game and has no real competition for touches. Forget 2019…look forward to 2020 Mixon.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Derrick Henry (TEN) (RB8)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 303 Car. 18 Rec. 1,540 Total yds. 18 total touchdowns
  • Prior to 2019 I would avoid Henry in PPR, but his volume has become impossible to deny. Tennessee ran their offense through Henry in 2019 and it proved successful, so I don’t see them making too many adjustments. Henry can be game script dependent and he doesn’t add much of anything in the passing game, but his volume as a runner is consistent, he had only 1 game in 2019 with less than 15 carries and 7 games with 20+ carries. I believe the upside of the volume out weighs the risk of any potentially negative game scripts.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Nick Chubb (CLE) (RB9)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 298 Car. 35 Rec. 1,494 Total yds. 8 Total TD
  • Chubb doesn’t have the receiving upside of those ranked above him due to the emergence of Kareem Hunt in 2019. But on the bright side, this offense should be fairly run heavy and he will get plenty of carries. Additions to the O-line (Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills) will go a long way for Chubb, although he will share work with Kareem Hunt (RB25) but there should be enough volume for both. Chubb was the RB8 (PPR) last season, so he’s proven he can produce as a RB1. I’m expecting much of the same in 2020 regardless of the timeshare.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Clyde Edwards – Helaire (KC) (RB10)
  • 2019 Stats: (LSU)15 GP 215 Car. 55 Rec. 1,867 Total yds. 17 Total TD
  • Kansas City is a great fit for “CEH”, he has the 1st round draft pedigree, Brian Westbrook comparisons from Andy Reid, and joins the best offense in the NFL. He has proven to be an effective pass catcher (55 receptions in 2019), and he is a pain in the ass to bring down. In KC every touch is valuable because this offense is the best unit there is in the NFL. I started this offseason with CEH as my RB18 (PPR), but the news of Damien Williams opting out made it impossible not to boost him up. Clyde should get the majority of touches early on, and if he takes advantage of the opportunity he could never look back. The sky is the limit, and he is worth a late 1st Round-Early 2nd Round pick.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Josh Jacobs (LV) (RB11)
  • 2019 Stats: 13 GP 242 Car. 20 Rec. 1,316 Total yds. 7 Total TD
  • Jacobs workload is consistent, he gets the redzone touches, and he was reliable as a rookie finishing as the RB21 in only 13 GP. My biggest worry with Jacobs is his involvement in the passing game. Coming into the draft in 2019 his pass catching ability was a skill that got a lot of people excited. But the Raiders seem to use Jalen Richard in passing situations and they just extended his contract. Aside from passing situations, Jacobs is a lock for carries whenever he’s on the field, and Las Vegas will look to be a run first team. Jacobs is the most valuable asset in this offense, making him Jacobs a borderline RB1.
  • Risk Level: Medium
Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) tries to get away from Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram III during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)

Tier 3-Potential RB1

  • James Conner (PIT) (RB12)
  • 2019 Stats: 10 GP 116 Car. 34 Rec. 715 Total yds. 7 Total TD
  • Conner has shown he can be an RB1, he was the RB6 (PPR) in 2018. Last season was a strange year all around for the Pittsburgh offense without Big Ben, and we only saw Conner healthy for 10 games. Pittsburgh’s offense should look much different in 2020, Big Ben is set to make his return to the field and should reinvigorate the whole offensive unit. Conner is a proven pass catcher and should be the lead back again right away. Pittsburgh has a strong offensive line and I expect Conner to get plenty of opportunity in the redzone, he is the headliner of the RB2 tier with potential for much more in this offense.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Kenyan Drake (ARI) (RB13)
  • 2019 Stats: 14 GP 170 Car. 50 Rec. 1,162 Total yds. 8 Total TD
  • Arizona paid Drake like a lead back this offseason, so he should initially get the lead back touches. He’ll have to make the most of his touches to hold on to that role, but he carries the most value in this backfield. He is still unproven in a lead role (170 carries was a career high) but I expect Arizona to move him all around the field to get the most out of him. Drake is an effective and dangerous receiving threat with big play ability on every touch, so as a pass catcher he provides a relatively safe floor week-to-week. In Arizona’s fast paced offense I think 2020 could be a true breakout season for Kenyan Drake.
  • Risk Level: High
  • Austin Ekeler (LAC) (RB14)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 132 Car. 92 Rec. 1,550 Total yds. 11 Total TD
  • Ekeler was electric in 2019 taking full advantage of Melvin Gordon’s contract holdout to start the season. Ekeler didn’t look back all year finishing as the RB4 (PPR). I’m expecting the Chargers offense to look much different in 2020, Phillip Rivers is gone and Tyrod Taylor/Justin Herbert are in. I’m not as low on Tyrod as the consensus but I do think he is downgrade for Ekeler’s fantasy production. Rivers loved to check down to his RBs and Ekeler benefitted most from that in 2019. Without Rivers I expect LA to be a much more run heavy team, and as a result Ekeler could face a significant decrease in targets in the passing game. If I’m right and he becomes more of pure third-down back this upcoming season, I’m considering him an RB2 with upside.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Aaron Jones (GB) (RB15)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 236 Car. 49 Rec. 1,558 Total yds. 19 Total TD
  • Jones isn’t the most consistent of the RB1s, but his numbers speak for themselves. I still think there is some risk involved with Jones but as the RB12 he’s a good value. Green Bay’s offense isn’t as profitable in fantasy terms as it once was, but in 2019 Jones was the best piece to own. Heading into 2020 you’d have to expect Jones will be a prominent feature again but I don’t think it’s a sure bet, considering they drafted RB A.J. Dillon in the 2nd Round of the NFL Draft and Jamaal Williams still has a role in this offense. As a back-end RB1 Jones has a relatively low floor and a sky high ceiling.
  • Risk Level: Medium

Tier 4-High-End RB2

  • Todd Gurley (ATL) (RB16)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 223 Car. 31 Rec. 1,064 Total yds. 14 Total TD
  • In the past ATL has typically been a pass-happy offense using a timeshare at RB. In 2020 they will continue to be pass-first, but Gurley is just too talented to hold back in a timeshare. I know the arthritic knee… but Gurley signed a 1-year deal in Atlanta and I would assume they want to get the most out of him while they can. The Rams limited his workload in 2019 which capped his ability to ever really get into a rhythm. Thankfully for his fantasy owners his 14 TD proved that regardless he still has a nose for the end zone. Atlanta is a high octane offense and finished 5th in yards/game last season. They will be in the redzone often and Gurley’s track record proves he’s the go-to-guy when you’re in close. I’d be content having Gurley as my RB2 and optimistic for a bounce back season.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Chris Carson (SEA) (RB17)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 278 Car. 37 Rec. 1,496 Total yds. 9 Total TD
  • Carson was a workhorse in 2019 and finished the season as the RB12 (PPR). Seattle loves to run the ball and Carson has been the main beneficiary as of late. In addition to his volume as runner he became more of a receiving threat in 2019 (17+ catches from 2018). He is coming off a serious hip injury but all reports seem to be optimistic for a full return. Seattle signed Carlos Hyde this offseason but I think he is more a replacement for Rashaad Penny than competition for Carson.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Jonathan Taylor (IND) (RB18)
  • 2019 Stats: (WIS)14 GP 320 Car. 26 Rec. 2,255 Total yds. 26 Total TD
  • Personally Jonathan Taylor was my favorite RB prospect coming out this year, and I think Indy was a great landing spot with an immediate opportunity for impact. Similar to CEH you might have to be patient early on with Taylor and Marlon Mack competing for touches early on in the season. But I don’t think it will take long for coaches to realize Taylor is the better back. Indy has a strong offensive line and Taylor makes the most of every touch. Based on name recognition and draft pedigree Taylor will be drafted as an RB2 and I feel comfortable taking him there.
  • Risk Level: Medium

Tier 5-High-Risk/High-Reward RB2

  • Le’veon Bell (NYJ) (RB19)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 245 Car. 66 Rec. 1,250 Total yds. 4 Total TD
  • Bell’s first year back in 2019 off his year long holdout was full of hype and filled with just as much uncertainty. Bell limped through stacked boxes and check downs finishing 2019 as RB16 (PPR). Le’veon was extremely inefficient last season in a bad Jets offense, he averaged 3.2 yards per carry, and the only thing that kept Bell relevant was his ability as a pass catcher (66 receptions). These are PPR rankings so I’m keeping Bell in the RB2 discussion, New York added Frank Gore in the offseason who could pose a threat to Bell’s redzone work and overall volume. But the Jets are paying Bell a lot of money so they will get the ball in his hands. He has a relatively safe floor week-to-week due to his receiving work but a capped ceiling due to the weak offense he is a part of.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Melvin Gordon (DEN) (RB20)
  • 2019 Stats: 12 GP 162 Car. 42 Rec. 908 Total yds. 9 Total TD
  • Gordon held out part of 2019 for a new contract, LA never gave him the contract he was looking for so this season he will be suiting up for the division rival Denver Broncos. Denver paid Gordon like a lead back which came as somewhat of a surprise considering they have Phillip Lindsay coming off two back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons. But when backs get paid they typically get a solid opportunity, so I’m expecting Gordon to lead the backfield in touches early on. Lindsay will be involved though and we might even see a little bit of Royce Freeman too. By the looks of what could be a 3-way timeshare it could be a headache to predict week-to-week in 2020. Gordon is a fringe RB2 with upside.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
  • David Johnson (HOU) (RB21)
  • 2019 Stats: 13 GP 94 Car. 36 Rec. 715 Total yds. 6 Total TD
  • Houston invested heavily in acquiring David Johnson, a move that had many of us scratching our heads considering DJ’s recent career trajectory. Johnson should be the lead back right away, and he has always been a threat in the passing game, but since his 2016 breakout season we haven’t seen the same DJ. Houston’s defense is below average and they should be chasing points often, which could bode well for Johnson considering the value he brings as a pass catcher. As an RB2 he could be a steal but I wouldn’t be taking him with a ton of confidence.
  • Risk Level: High
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) is coming off a poor 2019 season. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Tier 6-Stable RB2

  • Mark Ingram (BAL) (RB22)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 202 Car. 26 Rec. 1,265 Total yds. 15 Total TD
  • Ingram really took advantage of his opportunity in 2019, Baltimore was the run heaviest team in the league and Ingram put together 15 total TD. That being said, in addition to Gus Edwards already cutting into his workload they drafted RB J.K. Dobbins the 2nd Round of the draft. Dobbins is bound to get significant touches in this offense but not likely right away. In an offense that prides themselves on being run first there should be enough touches for both Ingram and Dobbins to make an impact by the end of the season. His 15 TD from a year ago is a little high for me to predict again in 2020, but I still think Ingram gets the majority of redzone work. I’ll be interested to see what adjustments Baltimore makes offensively in 2020, but any offense led by Lamar Jackson increases the value of the weapons around him.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Kareem Hunt (CLE) (RB23)
  • 2019 Stats: 8 GP 43 Car. 37 Rec. 464 Total yds. 3 Total TD
  • In 2019 Hunt was only eligible for half the season and had to work his way back into the rotation once he was back. But once he established his role, he became a consistent receiving threat for this offense. Due to the new coaching staff in Cleveland they should be a run heavy offense in 2020, clearly I think there is enough work to support both Chubb and Hunt because I’ve ranked them both in my Top-25 at the position. Hunt & Chubb is the best RB duo in the league and behind improvements on the offensive line they could both be starters every week. I expect Chubb to lead the backfield in carries while Hunt maintains his role in the passing game. His talent is impossible to ignore and if anything happened to Chubb, Hunt would be a Top-5 RB going forward.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • David Montgomery (CHI) (RB24)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 242 Car. 25 Rec. 1,074 Total yds. 7 Total TD
  • Montgomery got the rushing volume early on in 2019, after week 2 he only had 2 games with under 13 carries, unfortunately what he did with those carries was disappointing. Montgomery’s last game of 2019 was his best, so hopefully he can carry that momentum into 2020. Chicago didn’t add any real competition in the offseason so we should see David leading the backfield right off the bat. His receiving ability is capped by the usage of RB Tarik Cohen in the passing game and I’m not confident the Bears will be scoring a lot of points in 2020. That being said, there aren’t a ton of RBs in this range that see the same volume (240+ carries) as Montgomery. If he can maintain his role and becomes more efficient with his touches he could become more than just a back-end RB2.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
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Tier 7-Intriguing RB3

  • D’Andre Swift (DET) (RB25)
  • 2019 Stats: (UGA) 14 GP 196 Car. 24 Rec. 1,434 Total yds. 8 Total TD
  • Detroit’s duo of Swift & Kerryon should be a fun one to watch, but a hard one to predict for fantasy purposes. I’m a fan of both and think they both have big time potential down the road. Kerryon has had trouble staying healthy in his first two NFL seasons, so I expect this to be a split right away to limit both backs from taking on too many touches. Swift is electric with the ball in his hands and has the ability to make big plays. Both he and KJ are viable pass catching backs and have shown efficiency as runners on a per carry basis. As of right now I have Swift ranked a few spots ahead of Kerryon based on the fact that I see a bigger role in the passing game for him early on.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Cam Akers (LAR) (RB26)
  • 2019 Stats: (FSU) 11 GP 231 Car. 30 Rec. 1,369 Total yds. 18 Total TD
  • I was high on Akers going into the draft, and landing with the Rams could make him an enticing option sooner than later. Honestly I think he is the best RB on the roster from day 1. The Rams offensive line is an issue and they didn’t do much to improve it in the offseason. That should be nothing new to Akers, his offensive line was terrible at FSU. He is a versatile back with the ability to stay on the field for all three downs. The downside is, the Rams could have a three-headed monster to start the season (Akers, Brown, Henderson). Although if you are somewhat patient with him, I don’t think it will take long for Akers to take control. I have him ranked high but he could be a steal in this range.
  • Risk Level: Medium
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Tier 8-Solid RB3 Week-To-Week

  • James White (NE) (RB27)
  • 2019 Stats: 15 GP 67 Car. 72 Rec. 908 Total yds. 6 Total TD
  • It will be tough to project New England’s offense heading into 2020, but White seems to have carved out a consistent role as a pass catcher over the past few seasons. White finished as RB18 in 2019 and RB7 in 2018 (PPR). This year Tom Brady being gone clearly creates some uncertainty around this entire offense. It will be interesting to see if without Brady, White’s role see still the same amount of volume. Brady’s knack for checking down to RBs made White a solid week-to-week play, if he keeps that role he is low risk and a safe RB3/Flex most weeks.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Jordan Howard (MIA) (RB28)
  • 2019 Stats: 10 GP 119 Car. 10 Rec. 594 Total yds. 7 Total TD
  • Howard is not your ideal PPR RB, because he doesn’t add much value in the passing game. But when he’s on the field he tends to get significant volume as a runner. Jordan Howard is an opportunistic RB, he’s entering his 5th NFL season, in his first two he ran for 1,100+ yards, in his third he ran 935 yards and in limited time last season he was a week-to-week starter. He now finds himself in Miami where once again he has an opportunity to take charge of the backfield and be the lead guy. Miami added Howard and Matt Breida this offseason, so it should be a timeshare when both are healthy. I’ll be taking Howard over Breida with optimism for a more solid role with more consistent touches.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Raheem Mostert (SF) (RB29)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 137 Car. 14 Rec. 952 Total yds. 10 Total TD
  • Mostert emerged in the second half of 2019 by making the most of his touches and scoring a TD 6 weeks in a row. During the playoffs he proved he can be a workhorse for this offense. San Fran rode Mostert all the way to the Super Bowl last season. They went from what was a timeshare for most of the season to riding the hot hand, which was Raheem. Heading into 2020 I’m expecting the timeshare to rear its ugly head again, the 9ers are a run-first team and they like to keep their RBs fresh. They have Tevin Coleman, Jeff Wilson, and Raheem Mostert and I’m anticipating involvement from all three. Mostert is the most talented, so if he gets hot again maybe they will change their ways and he takes over the backfield. He’s worth a second or third RB spot on any roster.
  • Risk Level: Medium
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Tier 9-Limited RB3

  • Zack Moss (BUF) (RB30)
  • 2019 Stats: (Utah)13 GP 235 Car. 28 Rec. 1,804 Total yds. 17 Total TD
  • Buffalo should be fairly run heavy and their defense should give them a lot of positive game scripts. I like Moss’s upside and path for opportunity in this offense. Moss will split carries with Singletary but I think early on it will start off close to a 60/40 split favoring Singletary. Singletary will have to produce to hold off Moss who might get redzone work right away. You’ll have to be patient with Moss like most of the rookie RBs but the patience could pay off down the stretch. He is available in the 9th-10th round or later in some 12-Team drafts, in that range I’ll be taking a chance on Moss.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Devin Singletary (BUF) (RB31)
  • 2019 Stats: 12 GP 151 Car. 29 Rec. 969 Total yds. 4 Total TD
  • Singletary showed flashes in 2019 of just how exciting a runner he can be, and he should take the next step in 2020. Unfortunately for him, Buffalo also drafted RB Zack Moss who should be expected to take some touches, and in my opinion potentially the redzone work. I think early on this should be a 60/40 split in favor of Singletary but he will have to continue to be efficient with his touches to hold off the talented Moss from cutting more into his workload. I’m still taking Singletary in the RB2/RB3 range depending how comfortable I am with the rest of my roster.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Kerryon Johnson (DET) (RB32)
  • 2019 Stats: 8 GP 113 Car. 10 Rec. 530 Total yds. 4 Total TD
  • Kerryon hasn’t stayed healthy in his first two NFL seasons, but he shows flashes of greatness every time he gets the ball. Johnson was extremely efficient as a rookie and made the most of his touches. The addition of Swift will hurt Kerryon’s volume, but with Swift taking some carries it could potentially keep Kerryon on the field throughout the season. As I said when ranking Swift, I really like the talent of both these backs, I have KJ a tier below because I’m expecting Swift to get a little more work in the passing game early on. Kerryon is worth an RB3 spot and week-to-week could be a viable option.
  • Risk Level: Medium-High
  • Ronald Jones II (TB) (RB33)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 172 Car. 31 Rec. 1,033 Total yds. 6 Total TD
  • We all know this Tampa Bay offense will look drastically different in 2020, so we can’t base too much off of what we saw in 2019. Jones has failed to show any real consistency at the NFL level, and the former 2nd Round pick is entering a sink or swim 2020 season. If he doesn’t improve this season he will be cementing himself as a backup. In saying that it’s a good year to depend on because I’m expecting this Tampa offense to be much more efficient in 2020 and extend out longer drives with Brady at the helm. As long as they don’t sign another RB this offseason Jones should get the first stab at the majority of the carries, he’s worth a roster spot because the opportunity is there for him.
  • Risk Level: High
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Tier 10-Bench RBs w/Upside

  • J.K. Dobbins (BAL) (RB34)
  • 2019 Stats: (OSU) 14 GP 301 Car. 23 Rec. 2,250 Total yds. 23 TD
  • Dobbins landed on the number one rushing offense from 2019, and he fills a void for the Ravens as a true home run hitter out of the backfield. Baltimore is going to continue to beat up defenses with this versatile rushing attack, and adding Dobbins was icing on the cake. Ingram & Dobbins compliment each other perfectly, and shouldn’t be steeping on each other’s toes. Although Dobbins is another one you will have to patient with, by the second half of the season I think we could see a relatively even split in the backfield. Dobbins is my 2020 Miles Sanders prediction, watch out for the 2nd half breakout and remember, be patient.
  • Risk Level: Low
  • Marlon Mack (IND) (RB35)
  • 2019 Stats: 14 GP 247 Car. 14 Rec. 1,105 Total Yds. 8 Total TD
  • Mack is coming off the first 1,000 yard rushing season of his young career. He was given the lead back opportunity in 2019 and he took advantage. Then Indy went along and drafted RB Jonathan Taylor in the 2nd Round of the NFL Draft. Taylor is a strong runner and I believe he is the most talented RB on the Colt’s roster. That doesn’t mean Mack will simply fade away, I expect Mack & Taylor to split the workload at least to start the season. Indy has a top offensive line so even with less carries the value of the carries is significant.
  • Risk Level: Medium
  • Phillip Lindsay (DEN) (RB36)
  • 2019 Stats: 16 GP 224 Car. 35 Rec. 1,207 Total yds. 7 Total TD
  • Lindsay has hit the 1,000 yard mark in each of his 2 NFL seasons, and has had exactly 35 catches in both as well. He has proven he can be a reliable fantasy option in this offense. The addition of Melvin Gordon to an already crowded backfield of Lindsay & Freeman puts a real damper on the ceiling of his 2020 fantasy value. But his past production is tough to ignore, so I think as a bench RB he has more upside than most.
  • Risk Level: Medium
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