Fantasy Football Top 10 RB Picks

The NFL season is just around the corner so that means Fantasy Football is here so I'm going to break down some of the top running backs to draft for your season long team and some sleepers to look out for. I typically play in a PPR (Point Per Reception) leagues because I love having passing catching backs on my team. 

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1. Todd Gurley, Rams 

Gurley posted double-digit fantasy points in all but one game. Things shouldn't be much different in this upcoming season. The addition of Bradin Cooks looks to make the Rams offense more of a threat this year. On my board Todd Gurley claims No. 1-overall spot. 

2. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers 

Bell led all RBs in rushing attempts (third in yards) and receptions (second in targets, fourth in yards) last year. Few players are as bankable as him, both in PPR and standard leagues. The only problem with Bell is once again he is holding out this preseason and is likely to wait until about a week before the start of the season to report, just like he did last year.

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3. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys 

Zeke could of easily been #2 RB he's coming from a 2017 season full of drama due to personal problems and looks to bounce back. He trailed only Todd Gurley in average fantasy points per game (FPPG) among RBs last year. 

4. David Johnson, Cardinals 

Johnson missed majority of the 2017 season due to a wrist injury in Week 1, former 2016 fantasy running back will be fully healthy this year. The Cardinals last year were among the worst rushing offenses without him last year only averaging 3.4 yards per carry. Look for that number to change with Johnson leading the backfield 

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5. Alvin Kamara, Saints

With Mark Ingram serving a four game suspension for violating NFL's PED policy Kamara should have the backfield to himself. He led all backs in receiving yards last season and, perhaps more impressively, led the league with a whopping 6.1 yards per carry.

6. Kareem Hunt, Chiefs 

Hunt had and incredible start to his rookie year putting up crazy fantasy stats for owners but later disappointed owners in the middle of the season when he went on a dry spell. There is no doubt he has the skill and is able to succeed in Andy Reid's RB friendly system. Expecting Kareem to have a solid start but its up to the Chiefs to keep him consistent throughout the year.  

7. Leonard Fournetter, Jaguars 

Fournetter another second year player who finished with the fifth-most FPPG among RBs and only had three games (out of 13) with single-digit fantasy points. Volume was the key to Fournette's success last year, as he averaged only 3.9 yards per carry, but he should be in line for a heavy workload again. Assuming he can hold up.

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8. Melvin Gordon, Chargers 

We know how much Phillip Rivers likes to throw the ball Gordon could see more targets this year given the lack of unreliable TE's the Chargers have. He ranked third in red-zone rushing attempts and 10th in red-zone targets among RBs last year, and his heavy usage around the goal line likely won't change. 

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9. Saquon Barkley, Giants 

Giants had one of the worst running games of last years NFL season. Barkley was electrifying at Penn State rushing for over 1,000 yards each season and finishing with 53 total touchdowns. Seeing his break out run in his first preseason game against the Cleveland Browns a Kamara or Hunt like rookie season is not too far fetch.  

10. Devonta Freeman, Falcons 

Freeman last year wasn't as effective as his previous year because of concussion and knee injuries cost him three games. We have seen how effective Freeman can be but the Falcons will need to come out with that high power offense they did in their 2016 Super Bowl run. Tevin Coleman will still demand plays from the backfield but shouldn't take too much away from Freeman he had 10 more red-zone carries and four more red-zone targets than Coleman. 

SLEEPERS 

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11. Joe Mixon, Bengals 

12. Dalvin Cook, Vikings 

13. Jordan Howard, Bears 

14. LeSean McCoy, Bills 

15. Derrick Henry, Titans