Top 25 Fantasy Football Running Backs for 2017

usatsi 9832190 560x336The Fantasy Sports Trade Association, FSTA, released a report earlier this year solidifying something we all already know, that fantasy sports is a huge cultural phenomenon that has literally taken over in North America alone. The report listed that 59.3 million people played fantasy sports last year and about 40 million of them were playing fantasy football. That means that there are a lot of people preparing for their upcoming fantasy draft for the 2017 season right now and they are all hungry for projections and positional breakdowns, or anything else that they can use to help give them a chance at winning a league championship this year.

Of the 40 million fantasy football owners last season, how many of them won their league’s championship because of Ezekiel Elliott? Last season, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott with the 4th overall pick because they knew he was special. Most of the analysts compared him to Adrian Peterson and said that he just might be the best running back to come out of college and be ready from day one. Still, few expected him to lead the NFL in rushing yards with 1,631 and finish second overall with 15 touchdowns. It was the second greatest rookie season in NFL history (Eric Dickerson rushed for 1,808 yards and 18 touchdowns in his first year) and fantasy owners reaped the rewards.

Ezekiel Elliott 1 560x373Will Zeke be able to produce at the same level in his second year this season? Or will he hit a sophomore year slump and turn in a lackluster season? If you look at what Eric Dickerson did during his second year, after breaking the rookie record in his first season in 1983, you would think that Zeke could possibly get better and go even higher this year. How much will his six game suspension effect his value?

Let’s take a look at our projections for running backs in the upcoming 2017 season using standard PPR scoring. Most of our projections are going to be based on standard scoring for leagues with 8-12 owners because that is the average number of users in a fantasy football league these days. Here are our Top 25 fantasy RB for this season. Enjoy!

Note: Our rankings are based strictly on the Points-Per-Reception format which grants one point per reception. The PPR league type is vastly different than the standard formats so enjoy but keep that in mind.

25) Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 104
  • Bye Week: 10
  • Projected Points: 163.7
  • Projections
    • Carries: 143
    • Rushing Yards: 600
    • Rushing TD: 2
    • Receptions: 53
    • Receiving Yards: 387
    • Total TD: 2

24) C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 76
  • Bye Week: 5
  • Projected Points: 182.3
  • Projections
    • Carries: 226
    • Rushing Yards: 750
    • Rushing TD: 4
    • Fumbles Lost: 3
    • Receptions: 39
    • Receiving Yards: 323
    • Total TD: 7

23) Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 71
  • Bye Week: 9
  • Projected Points: 185.2
  • Projections
    • Carries: 193
    • Rushing Yards: 872
    • Rushing TD: 10
    • Fumbles Lost: 1
    • Receptions: 15
    • Receiving Yards: 130
    • Total TD: 12

22) Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 72
  • Bye Week: 5
  • Projected Points: 187.5
  • Projections
    • Carries: 118
    • Rushing Yards: 725
    • Rushing TD: 6
    • Fumbles Lost: 1
    • Receptions: 30
    • Receiving Yards: 210
    • Total TD: 11

21) Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 53
  • Bye Week: 9
  • Projected Points: 195
  • Projections
    • Carries: 140
    • Rushing Yards: 670
    • Rushing TD: 7
    • Fumbles Lost: 1
    • Receptions: 40
    • Receiving Yards: 300
    • Total TD: 10

20) Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 78
  • Bye Week: 10
  • Projected Points: 196
  • Projections
    • Carries: 182
    • Rushing Yards: 900
    • Rushing TD: 6
    • Fumbles Lost: 1
    • Receptions: 35
    • Receiving Yards: 250
    • Total TD: 8

19) Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 78
  • Bye Week: 5
  • Projected Points: 198.9
  • Projections
    • Carries: 186
    • Rushing Yards: 1,075
    • Rushing TD: 4
    • Fumbles Lost: 2
    • Receptions: 26
    • Receiving Yards: 274
    • Total TD: 7

18) Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 37
  • Bye Week: 6
  • Projected Points: 207.5
  • Projections
    • Carries: 193
    • Rushing Yards: 700
    • Rushing TD: 10
    • Fumbles Lost: 3
    • Receptions: 40
    • Receiving Yards: 375
    • Total TD: 11

17) Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 56
  • Bye Week: 11
  • Projected Points: 208.5
  • Projections
    • Carries: 230
    • Rushing Yards: 1,005
    • Rushing TD: 6
    • Fumbles Lost: 4
    • Receptions: 38
    • Receiving Yards: 300
    • Total TD: 8

16) Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 57
  • Bye Week: 8
  • Projected Points: 209.8
  • Projections
    • Carries: 181
    • Rushing Yards: 838
    • Rushing TD: 6
    • Fumbles Lost: 2
    • Receptions: 39
    • Receiving Yards: 310
    • Total TD: 10

15) Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 44
  • Bye Week: 11
  • Projected Points: 211.8
  • Projections
    • Carries: 238
    • Rushing Yards: 953
    • Rushing TD: 9
    • Fumbles Lost: 1
    • Receptions: 30
    • Receiving Yards: 225
    • Total TD: 11

14) Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 50
  • Bye Week: 10
  • Projected Points: 212.6
  • Projections
    • Carries: 193
    • Rushing Yards: 869
    • Rushing TD: 8
    • Fumbles Lost: 1
    • Receptions: 40
    • Receiving Yards: 337
    • Total TD: 9

13) Lamar Miller, Houston Texans

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 38
  • Bye Week: 7
  • Projected Points: 213.8
  • Projections
    • Carries: 308
    • Rushing Yards: 1,150
    • Rushing TD: 6
    • Fumbles Lost: 2
    • Receptions: 38
    • Receiving Yards: 228
    • Total TD: 7

12) Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jags

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 25
  • Bye Week: 8
  • Projected Points: 217.5
  • Projections
    • Carries: 190
    • Rushing Yards: 800
    • Rushing TD: 7
    • Fumbles Lost: 2
    • Receptions: 45
    • Receiving Yards: 425
    • Total TD: 9

11) Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 41
  • Bye Week: 9
  • Projected Points: 230.5
  • Projections
    • Carries: 190
    • Rushing Yards: 1,005
    • Rushing TD: 8
    • Fumbles Lost: 2
    • Receptions: 45
    • Receiving Yards: 350
    • Total TD: 9

10) Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 22
  • Bye Week: 8
  • Projected Points: 232.8
  • Projections
    • Carries: 277
    • Rushing Yards: 1,200
    • Rushing TD: 8
    • Fumbles Lost: 1
    • Receptions: 37
    • Receiving Yards: 298
    • Total TD: 8

9) DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 27
  • Bye Week: 8
  • Projected Points: 238.5
  • Projections
    • Carries: 254
    • Rushing Yards: 1,050
    • Rushing TD: 8
    • Fumbles Lost: 2
    • Receptions: 45
    • Receiving Yards: 325
    • Total TD: 10

8) Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 3
  • Bye Week: 6
  • Projected Points: 252.7
  • Projections
    • Carries: 250
    • Rushing Yards: 1,155
    • Rushing TD: 11
    • Fumbles Lost: 1
    • Receptions: 35
    • Receiving Yards: 322
    • Total TD: 12

7) Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 18
  • Bye Week: 11
  • Projected Points: 257.1
  • Projections
    • Carries: 260
    • Rushing Yards: 1,350
    • Rushing TD: 11
    • Fumbles Lost: 1
    • Receptions: 35
    • Receiving Yards: 231
    • Total TD: 11

6) Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 18
  • Bye Week: 9
  • Projected Points: 260.3
  • Projections
    • Carries: 272
    • Rushing Yards: 1,382
    • Rushing TD: 8
    • Fumbles Lost: 1
    • Receptions: 32
    • Receiving Yards: 321
    • Total TD: 10

5) Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 11
  • Bye Week: 9
  • Projected Points: 271
  • Projections
    • Carries: 281
    • Rushing Yards: 1,050
    • Rushing TD: 9
    • Fumbles Lost: 5
    • Receptions: 54
    • Receiving Yards: 500
    • Total TD: 12

4) Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 14
  • Bye Week: 5
  • Projected Points: 273
  • Projections
    • Carries: 253
    • Rushing Yards: 1,115
    • Rushing TD: 9
    • Fumbles Lost: 2
    • Receptions: 53
    • Receiving Yards: 465
    • Total TD: 11

3) LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 15
  • Bye Week: 6
  • Projected Points: 281.2
  • Projections
    • Carries: 229
    • Rushing Yards: 1,275
    • Rushing TD: 10
    • Fumbles Lost: 1
    • Receptions: 47
    • Receiving Yards: 367
    • Total TD: 12

2) David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 2
  • Bye Week: 8
  • Projected Points: 346.8
  • Projections
    • Carries: 270
    • Rushing Yards: 1,113
    • Rushing TD: 13
    • Fumbles Lost: 4
    • Receptions: 70
    • Receiving Yards: 715
    • Total TD: 17

1) Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

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  • Average Draft Position (ADP): 3
  • Bye Week: 9
  • Projected Points: 357.5
  • Projections
    • Carries: 297
    • Rushing Yards: 1,420
    • Rushing TD: 12
    • Fumbles Lost: 2
    • Receptions: 65
    • Receiving Yards: 525
    • Total TD: 17

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