Fantasy RB PPR Rankings

Receptions are a big thing — but not the only thing — in PPR leagues. Yards and touchdowns still matter most, so even though someone like Derrick Henry moves down in our fantasy RB PPR rankings, he still has plenty of value. Likewise, reception-machines like Tarik Cohen and James White move up, but they’re not suddenly elite running backs. Keeping a balance between “traditional” workhorse backs and receiving specialists can give you a good blend of consistency and upside, as well as help you find the right sleepers and breakout candidates.

The subtle movers in the top tier can be easy to overlook. Everyone knows Alvin Kamara is an elite receiver, but Kenyan Drake is a possible breakout candidate who can be had for a slightly lower cost. Drake averaged 5.5 targets and 3.7 receptions in six games with the Cardinals last year. That averages to just under 59 receptions over a 16-game season, which would have tied him for ninth among all RBs last year. With Kyler Murray a year more experienced and Drake having a full offseason in the Cardinals system, it’s entirely possible that number increases even more.

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On the flip side you have Leonard Fournette, who surprised almost everyone with 76 receptions last season. That number is likely to come down this year with the addition of Chris Thompson. Given his history, it’s safe to say Thompson won’t stay healthy all year, but Fournette, while still gaining some value in PPR leagues, might be overvalued.

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Along those lines, it’s important to know which back in a committee will be the preferred pass-catcher. Again, this doesn’t mean they’ll have more value, but it might mean they have more value than most realize. We prefer Phillip Lindsay to Melvin Gordon in standard leagues, but Gordon should have the edge in PPR formats. Similarly, we prefer JK Dobbins to Mark Ingram, James White to Sony Michel, Matt Breida to Jordan Howard, and Antonio Gibson to Adrian Peterson in PPR. It’s possible touchdowns will ultimately give the latter halves of those duos more value, but if carries are relatively close, then we’ll stick with the far superior receivers in PPR formats. Given the ages/relative mediocrity of some of the veteran backs, we foresee more of an overall workload split than many think.

Regardless, having a few “receiving backs” gives your team a higher floor in PPR leagues, as they’re not totally reliant on touchdowns, heavy workloads, or big plays. You’ll have to deal with the occasional dud, but that’s true of most players at most positions. Ideally you’d have a team full of Saquon Barkley’s and Christian McCaffrey’s, but since that isn’t possible, you have to crunch the numbers and look for advantages where you can find them. 

We’ll continue to update our RB PPR rankings throughout the preseason. Check back for updates.  For our standard RB rankings, click here

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

26 Raheem Mostert, 49ers
27 Jonathan Taylor, Colts
28 Phillip Lindsay, Broncos
29 D’Andre Swift, Lions
30 Marlon Mack, Colts
31 Tevin Coleman, 49ers
32 Ronald Jones II, Buccaneers
33 Kareem Hunt, Browns
34 Melvin Gordon, Broncos
35 Sony Michel, Patriots
36 Adrian Peterson, Washington
37 Darwin Thompson, Chiefs
38 Kerryon Johnson, Lions
39 Jordan Howard, Dolphins
40 Matt Breida, Dolphins
41 Antonio Gibson, Washington
42 Latavius Murray, Saints
43 Darrell Henderson, Rams
44 Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Buccaneers
45 Alexander Mattison, Vikings
46 James White, Patriots
47 Tarik Cohen, Bears
48 Duke Johnson, Texans
49 Chase Edmonds, Cardinals
50 Zack Moss, Bills
51 Boston Scott, Eagles
52 Ito Smith, Falcons
53 Justin Jackson, Chargers
54 Tony Pollard, Cowboys
55 Devontae Booker, Raiders
56 Malcolm Brown, Rams
57 Rashaad Penny, Seahawks
58 Jamaal Williams, Packers
59 Giovani Bernard, Bengals
60 Nyheim Hines, Colts
61 Lamical Perrine, Jets
62 Damien Harris, Patriots
63 Ryquell Armstead, Jaguars
64 Joshua Kelley, Chargers
65 A.J. Dillon, Packers
66 Dare Ogunbowale, Buccaneers
67 Chris Thompson, Jaguars
68 Darrynton Evans, Titans
69 Bryce Love, Washington
70 Anthony McFarland Jr., Steelers
71 Elijah McGuire, Chiefs
72 Dion Lewis, Giants
73 Jerick McKinnon, 49ers
74 Justice Hill, Ravens
75 Lynn Bowden Jr., Raiders
76 Frank Gore, Jets
77 Royce Freeman, Broncos
78 Carlos Hyde, Seahawks
79 Jalen Richard, Raiders
80 DeAndre Washington, Chiefs
81 Gus Edwards, Ravens
82 Benny Snell Jr., Steelers
83 Reggie Bonnafon, Panthers

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