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Fantasy Football Running Backs Best Ball Rankings for 2024 (Tiers 4-8)

Tyjae Spears - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, Waiver Wire Pickups

We are now rapidly approaching the process of free agency, which will soon provide pathways for some running backs to seize significant roles in their new landing spots. Josh JacobsSaquon BarkleyDerrick HenryTony PollardAustin Ekeler, and D'Andre Swift are among the collection of backs who could resurface in new environments. The player movement that will eventually transpire will also negatively impact the stock of other backs whose workloads will be diminished within their backfield rotations.

Participation in the best ball draft process has also intensified, which provides fantasy football managers with the opportunity to construct rosters that will not require additional management following the conclusion of each draft. This makes it essential to assemble rosters that can withstand injuries, insufficient production, and other challenges without the benefit of a waiver wire.

The team at RotoBaller is providing tiered rankings and detailed analysis to help you navigate the draft process in this format, and every alteration within the fantasy landscape will be infused into the best ball rankings throughout the offseason. That includes this article, which will focus on running backs that are contained in Tiers 4-8. We will continually update our rankings in every format and you can find the latest rankings for Tiers 1-3 here.

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Running Back Best Ball Rankings

Position Rank Position Tier Player Name Overall Rank  Overall Tier
1 1 Christian McCaffrey 3 1
2 1 Breece Hall 7 1
3 1 Bijan Robinson 9 1
4 1 Jahmyr Gibbs 10 2
5 1 Kyren Williams 11 2
6 2 Jonathan Taylor 13 2
7 2 De'Von Achane 16 2
8 2 Travis Etienne Jr. 18 2
9 2 Saquon Barkley 24 3
10 3 Kenneth Walker III 26 3
11 3 Rachaad White 31 4
12 3 James Cook 38 4
13 3 Isiah Pacheco 44 4
14 4 Rhamondre Stevenson 50 5
15 4 Josh Jacobs 51 5
16 4 Alvin Kamara 54 5
17 4 Joe Mixon 55 5
18 4 David Montgomery 58 6
19 4 Tyjae Spears 60 6
20 5 Nick Chubb 65 6
21 5 Tony Pollard 66 6
22 5 Aaron Jones 68 6
23 5 D'Andre Swift 70 6
24 5 Derrick Henry 71 6
25 5 Javonte Williams 72 6
26 5 James Conner 74 7
27 5 Jaylen Warren 77 7
28 5 Najee Harris 79 7
29 6 Jerome Ford 84 7
30 6 Raheem Mostert 86 7
31 6 Austin Ekeler 90 8
32 6 Brian Robinson Jr. 91 8
33 6 Chase Brown 97 8
34 6 Khalil Herbert 98 8
35 6 Chuba Hubbard 99 8
36 6 Devin Singletary 103 9
37 6 Zach Charbonnet 107 9
38 6 Ty Chandler 109 9
39 6 Roschon Johnson 115 10
40 7 Braelon Allen 118 10
41 7 Tyler Allgeier 125 10
42 7 Kendre Miller 127 10
43 7 Zack Moss 129 10
44 7 Jonathon Brooks 132 11
45 7 Blake Corum 138 11
46 8 Ezekiel Elliott 141 11
47 8 J.K. Dobbins 142 11
48 8 Alexander Mattison 143 11
49 8 Antonio Gibson 147 11
50 8 Zamir White 148 12
51 8 Miles Sanders 154 12
52 8 AJ Dillon 156 12
53 9 Gus Edwards 157 12
54 9 Keaton Mitchell 161 13
55 9 Jerick McKinnon 162 13
56 9 Dameon Pierce 165 13
57 9 Jaleel McLaughlin 167 13
58 9 Kenneth Gainwell 173 13
59 9 Kareem Hunt 181 14
60 9 Elijah Mitchell 187 14
61 10 D'Onta Foreman 192 14
62 10 Audric Estime 201 14
63 10 Samaje Perine 204 15
64 10 Justice Hill 208 15
65 10 Israel Abanikanda 210 15
66 10 Jamaal Williams 211 15
67 10 Rico Dowdle 214 15
68 10 Clyde Edwards-Helaire 217 15
69 10 Damien Harris 220 15
70 11 Trey Benson 222 16
71 11 D'Ernest Johnson 224 16
72 11 Jeff Wilson Jr. 240 16
73 11 Michael Carter 245 16
74 11 Dalvin Cook 249 17
75 11 Emari Demercado 250 17
76 11 Ray Davis 253 17
77 11 Tank Bigsby 258 17
78 11 Bucky Irving 259 17
79 11 Cordarrelle Patterson 260 17
80 11 Chase Edmonds 262 18
81 12 Jordan Mason 267 18
82 12 Ronnie Rivers 268 18
83 12 Chris Rodriguez Jr. 277 18
84 12 Evan Hull 279 18
85 12 Marshawn Lloyd 281 18
86 12 Latavius Murray 282 18
87 12 Pierre Strong Jr. 287 18
88 12 Boston Scott 295 18
89 13 Craig Reynolds 297 18
90 13 Royce Freeman 298 18
91 13 Ameer Abdullah 303 19
92 13 Sean Tucker 304 19
93 13 Kenny McIntosh 307 19
94 13 Joshua Kelley 308 19
95 13 Zach Evans 311 19
96 13 Will Shipley 314 19
97 13 Jaylen Wright 315 19

Tier 4

Rhamondre StevensonJosh Jacobs, Alvin KamaraJoe MixonDavid Montgomery, Tyjae Spears 

Rhamondre Stevenson was drafted as a low-end RB1 during the 2023 draft season (ADP 31/RB11). This was justifiable after he vaulted to 11th in points-per-game scoring (14.7) in 2022. He was also 12th in rushing yardage (1,040/61.2 per game/5.0 per attempt) and ninth in yards after contact per attempt (2.1) while finishing among the top five in targets (89/5.2 per game), receptions (69/4.1 per game), and targets per route run (28.3%).

Rushing Yards/Att Yards/Gm YBC/Att 20+
2022 5 61.2 2.9 7
2023 4 51.6 1.9 1

 

Receiving  Targ/Gm Rec/Gm Yards/Gm YPRR
2022 5.2 4.1 24.8 1.34
2023 4.3 3.2 19.8 0.95


Stevenson was also 16th in rushing attempts from Weeks 1-12 (147/13.0 per game) last season
before being sidelined with an ankle injury from Weeks 14-18. Stevenson's five-game absence impeded him from replicating the overall numbers that he had attained in 2022. His averages also declined in rushing yards (51.6), targets (4.3), receptions (3.2), and receiving yards per game (19.8).

However, Stevenson remains positioned to operate with a sizable workload if the Patriots do not add significant competition for touches during free agency or the NFL Draft. He is also capable of functioning as an RB2 for fantasy managers if that scenario transpires. 

Josh Jacobs has emerged among the most intriguing free agents due to his history of accumulating yardage and fantasy points. Jacobs finished third among all backs with 1,072 rushing attempts (17.9 per game) and 40 rushing touchdowns from 2019-2022 while rising to fourth with 4,740 rushing yards (79 per game). That includes his career-best numbers during 2022 when Jacobs led the league in rushing yards (1,653/97.2 per game) and yards after contact (821).

Jacobs entered Week 14 with a league-high 220 carries (18.3 per game) last season and was sixth with 771 rushing yards (64.3 per game). However, he was affixed to the sideline from Weeks 15-18 after sustaining a quad injury.

The prospects of Jacobs re-signing with Las Vegas have increased following the decision to retain Antonio Pierce as the Raiders’ head coach. His unsettled situation leaves him available until Round 5 (53/RB16). However, any favorable resolution of his current situation will ignite a rise in his ADP.

Alvin Kamara did not make his season debut until Week 4 in 2023, due to his three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. However, he soared to third among backs with an average of 17.9 points per game from Weeks 4-17. Kamara also rose to second with 86 targets (6.6 per game).

Kamara also paced all backs in targets per route run (31.4%) and receptions (75/5.8 per game), was third in yards after catch, (465) and finished fourth in receiving yards (466/35.8 per game). He also tied for 12th in rushing attempts (180/13.8 per game). However, he only averaged 3.9 yards per attempt, which was the second-lowest average of his career.

He would retain a sizable workload under new offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak if he remains with New Orleans, although the Saints are contending with significant cap issues. This has elevated Kamara among the league’s potential cut candidates. His unresolved situation also creates risk in targeting him at his current ADP (50/RB15).

Joe Mixon’s ADP placed him in Round 3 during the 2023 draft season (29/RB10), which was the first time that his draft position had dropped below Round 2 since his 2017 rookie season. However, Mixon played in a career-high 17 games, while ascending to sixth with 728 snaps (69.5%), rising to fifth in rushing attempts (257/15.1 per game), and finishing eighth in rushing yards (1,034/60.8 per game).

He was also sixth in routes run (376), ninth in receptions (52/3.1 per game), 12th in receiving yards (376/22.1 per game), and 13th in targets (64/3.8 per game), while rising to 11th with an average of 15.7 points per game. Mixon was also eighth in carries (96/16 per game) and ninth in rushing yards (413/68.8 per game) from Weeks 13-18 (413 yards/70.8 per game), which coincided with Chase Brown’s  emergence within Cincinnati’s backfield rotation.

Mixon’s contract was restructured in 2023, although his status for 2024 is still unclear. He is no longer an unquestioned RB1 for fantasy managers, but is worthy of selection at his Round 6 ADP if he remains with the Bengals. 

David Montgomery signed a three-year contract with Detroit during the 2023 offseason, which appeared to position him for lead back duties with the Lions. The configuration of Detroit’s backfield was quickly altered when Detroit seized Jahmyr Gibbs during the NFL Draft. However, both backs maintained critical roles within the offense even though they shared opportunities throughout the year.

Montgomery rose to ninth in rushing yards (1,015), while securing career-best averages in yards per game (72.5) and yards per attempt (4.6). He also finished fifth in yards after contact per attempt (2.3) and vaulted to fifth with a career-best 53 red zone carries. He also accumulated a career-high 13 touchdowns, while finishing 15th with an average of 14.8 points per game.

Gibbs has ascended into RB1 territory for fantasy managers. However, that will not prevent Montgomery from functioning as an RB2.

Tyjae Spears’ enticing blend of speed and explosiveness fuel his big-play capabilities. Those attributes also provided his path to a sizable role as Tennessee’s RB2 during his promising rookie season.

Spears secured a 52.4% snap share while eclipsing 50% during 12 of his matchups. Derrick Henry’s probable extraction from the Titans’ depth chart now positions Spears to seize a larger workload this season.

Weeks 13-18 Targets Targ/Gm  Targ%
Breece Hall 46 7.7 21.5
Ezekiel Elliott 39 6.5 23.8
Bijan Robinson 37 6.2 20.6
Tyjae Spears 30 5 17.6
Austin Ekeler 30 5 13.5
Jaylen Warren 29 4.8 19
De'Von Achane 25 4.2 13.7
Travis Etienne 25 4.2 10.5
Alvin Kamara 25 5 16.2
Christian McCaffrey 25 5 16.8

 

Weeks 13-18 Rec Yards Yards/Gm YAC
Breece Hall 271 45.2 297
Bijan Robinson 247 41.2 267
Tyjae Spears 206 34.3 234
Ezekiel Elliott 199 33.2 235
Rachaad White 185 30.8 191
Christian McCaffrey 175 35 120
Travis Etienne 164 27.3 185
Jerome Ford 156 26 152
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 152 30.4 174
Austin Ekeler 150 25 211

Spears also averaged 4.5 yards per attempt as a rusher, vaulted to ninth in targets (70/4.1 per game) and receptions (52/3.1 per game), and forced 27 missed tackles on his receptions, according to PFF.

Spears was also third in receiving yards (206/34.3 per game) from Weeks 13-18, while finishing fourth in targets (30/5.0 per game) and fifth in receptions (23/3.8 per game).

Spears provides the Titans with a dynamic playmaker that will be desperately needed in their attack. That elevates him among your most viable options in Round 5 of upcoming drafts.

 

Tier 5

Nick Chubb, Tony PollardAaron Jones, D'Andre SwiftDerrick HenryJavonte WilliamsJames ConnerJaylen Warren, Najee Harris 

Nick Chubb exceeded 100 yards for the 30th time in his career during Cleveland’s season opener in 2023. Unfortunately, he only played on 18 snaps in Week 2 before sustaining his season-ending knee injury.

That precluded Chubb from building upon the impressive numbers that he had assembled from 2019-2022. This includes his 5,345 rushing yards (90.6 per game), which was second only to Derrick Henry. He also averaged a league-high 5.3 yards per attempt and finished among the top three in yards after contact three times during that span.

The timeline for Chubb’s recovery is unclear, and he might remain sidelined at the onset of the regular season. The Browns are also contending with cap issues and could either restructure Chubb’s contract or release him. Chubb’s Round 8 ADP might change significantly depending on how this situation unfolds during the upcoming weeks.

Tony Pollard averaged 5.1 yards per attempt from 2019-2022 and finished ninth with an average of 15.6 points per game in 2022. His effectiveness while operating in a rotation with Ezekiel Elliott fueled surging expectations surrounding his potential to generate massive numbers if he secured a larger workload.

Rushing  Att/Gm Yards/Gm Yards/Att YAC/Att
2022 12.1 62.9 5.2 2.6
2023 14.8 59.1 4 2

 

Receiving Rec/Gm Yards/Gm TPRR YPRR
2022 2.4 23.2 24.7 1.7
2023 3.2 18.3 19 0.85

That scenario developed in 2023 when the Cowboys released Elliott, but Pollard did not deliver the same level of explosiveness that had been displayed before Elliott’s departure.

He accumulated a career-high 252 carries (14.8 per game), but only averaged 4.0 yards per attempt. Pollard also averaged 2.0 yards after contact per attempt after attaining a league-high average of 2.6 during 2022.

Pollard's ADP has plummeted to Round 6 (70/RB21). However, the degeneration of his numbers could be a byproduct of the broken left leg and sprained ankle that he sustained in January 2023. This creates an opportunity for anyone who believes that he will perform with greater proficiency, whether he remains with Dallas or is infused into a new environment.

Multiple injuries (hamstring/knee) kept Aaron Jones on the sideline during six different matchups in 2023. His numbers from Weeks 1-14 were uninspiring, as he was limited to 245 rushing yards (35 per game) and 66 attempts (9.4 per game).

Weeks 16-18 Yards Yards/Gm 100+ Attempts Att/Gm
Aaron Jones 358 119.3 3 63 21
Breece Hall 357 119 1 70 23.3
Zamir White 328 109.3 2 67 22.3
Jonathan Taylor 327 109 1 69 23
James Conner 323 107.7 2 65 21.7
Najee Harris 312 104 2 72 24
Derrick Henry 283 94.3 1 50 16.7
Khalil Herbert 264 88 2 50 16,7
Joe Mixon 219 73 1 46 15.3
Kyren Williams 191 95.5 1 42 14

However, Jones operated with an average of 21 attempts per game from Weeks 16-18 and erupted for a league-high 358 rushing yards (119.3 per game).

That includes his usage and output in Weeks 16-17 (41 attempts/20.5 per game), (247 yards/123.5 per game), which rewarded managers for their perseverance during his production-inhibiting injuries.

Jones turned 29 in December and is entering the final year of his contract. However, A.J. Dillon is a free agent, and Jones’ late-season statistical surge supplies your incentive for targeting him during Round 6 of your drafts.

Detroit jettisoned D'Andre Swift to Philadelphia during the final day of the 2023 NFL Draft, which propelled him into lead back duties with the Eagles. That provided Swift with the opportunity to improve upon the underwhelming numbers that he had assembled with the Lions in 2022 -- (41.3% snap share/7.1 attempts per game/38.7 yards per game/173 yards after contact).

Swift finished 12th with a career-high 229 rushing attempts (14.3 per game) with the Eagles while vaulting to fifth in rushing yards (1,049/65.6 per game) and eighth in yards before contact per attempt (2.8).

He also averaged 3.1 targets/2.4 receptions/13.4 receiving yards per game, which were also below his averages from 2020-2022 (5.1 targets/3.9 receptions/30.0 yards per game). Swift is an unrestricted free agent, and his Round 8 ADP will rise if he is placed in a position to thrive this season.

Derrick Henry stockpiled more rushing yards (7,209/100.1 per game), attempts (1,529/21.2 per game), and rushing touchdowns (68) than any other back from 2019-2023.

That includes Henry’s numbers last season, when he paced the league in carries (280/16.6 per game), finished second in yardage (1,167/68.6 per game), and rose to third in yards after contact (601). He also generated 12 touchdowns and finished 16th with an average of 14.5 points per game.

Henry turned 30 in January, and his impressive tenure as the cornerstone of Tennessee’s offense appears to have reached a conclusion. However, his ability to function as an effective resource for fantasy managers should remain intact. Henry could also exceed the expectations of his Round 5 ADP (49/RB14) if he secures an extensive workload in his new landing spot.

Javonte Williams will enter his fourth season having failed to match the yardage total (903/53.1 per game) or the 12.1 points per game average that he attained during his 2021 rookie season.

Williams did remain in the lineup during 16 matchups last season while accumulating a career-high 217 rushing attempts (13.6 per game). However, he also registered career lows in yards per attempt (3.6), yards per game (48.4), and yards after contact per attempt (1.7). Williams also trailed  Samaje Perine in routes run, receptions, and receiving yards, while Jaleel McLaughlin's explosiveness could propel the second-year back into an expanded role.

Williams will not turn 24 until April, but the potential for Sean Payton to allocate touches to multiple backs should deter you from selecting him before his Round 8 ADP (86/RB25).

James Conner rose to 13th with an average of 15.5 points per game from Weeks 1-18 while he soared to a league-best 23.9 per game from Weeks 13-18. Conner was sidelined from Weeks 6-9 with a knee injury while finishing 21st in rushing attempts (208/16.0 per game).

However, he still rose to sixth with a career-high 1,040 yards despite his four-game absence. Conner was also third with a career-best average of 80 yards per game while finishing fourth in yards before contact per attempt (2.8) and sixth in yards after contact per attempt (2.2).

Conner also accumulated a league-high 404 yards after contact from Weeks 13-18, while rising to third in rushing yards (514/102.8 per game) and touchdowns (five). He will turn 29 in May and is entering a contract year. However, his performance during 2023 should keep him atop the Cardinals’ depth chart.

The Steelers’ allocation of touches to Jaylen Warren and Najee Harris has impeded both backs from accruing the numbers that they would deliver if either member of the tandem was operating without the restraints of a timeshare.

However, Warren’s efficiency as a rusher and his role as Pittsburgh’s pass-catching presence from the backfield has enabled him to perform effectively with his allotted workload. Warren generated 784 yards (46.1 per game) with his 149 attempts (8.8 per game), secured the league’s second-highest average in yards per attempt (5.3), and tied for third in yards after contact per attempt (2.4).

Warren also tied for fifth in targets (74/4.4 per game) and receptions (61/3.6 per game), and finished sixth in yards after catch (486). The arrival of Arthur Smith as Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator should keep Warren involved in the restructured offense and his versatility elevates him among your most viable options in Round 8 (96/RB31).

Pittsburgh’s deployment of Warren and Najee Harris (11.5) propelled the duo to averages above 11 points per game (Warren-11.6), (Harris-11.5) -- even though the ongoing constraints that were inherent with the Steelers’ backfield rotation prevented either back from functioning as the team’s unquestioned RB1.

Weeks 1-18 YAC YAC/Att Yard/Gm
Najee Harris 618 2.4 60.9
Christian McCaffrey 606 2.2 91.2
Derrick Henry 601 2.1 68.6
Tony Pollard 510 2 59.1
David Montgomery 504 2.3 72.5
Breece Hall 494 2.2 58.5
Saquon Barkley 482 2 68.7
James Cook 482 2 66
Raheem Mostert 465 2.2 67.5
Kyren Williams 459 2 95.3
James Conner 459 2.2 80

 

Weeks 12-18 Inside 20 Inside 10 Inside 5
Najee Harris 32 14 8
Kyren Williams 31 20 10
Joe Mixon 31 22 13
James Conner 23 11 8
Tony Pollard 22 8 4
Raheem Mostert 22 18 11
Aaron Jones 21 5 5
Christian McCaffrey 20 13 8
Jahmyr Gibbs 20 8 6
Kareem Hunt 20 9 6

Harris finished 19th with 548 snaps (53.3%), although he ascended to sixth with 255 attempts (15.0 per game). He also finished seventh in rushing yards (1,035/60.9 per game), while accumulating a league-high 618 yards after contact. Harris also led all backs with 32 carries inside the red zone from Weeks 12-18, and should sustain his workload with Smith concocting the Steelers' offense.

 

Tier 6

Jerome FordRaheem MostertAustin EkelerBrian Robinson Jr. Chase BrownKhalil HerbertChuba HubbardDevin SingletaryZach Charbonnet, Ty Chandler, Roschon Johnson 

Jerome Ford is currently positioned to operate as Cleveland’s RB1 if Nick Chubb’s aforementioned knee injury prevents him from resurfacing in Week 1. Ford operated with a sizable workload during Chubb's absence in 2023, while finishing 12th in snaps (553/52.1% share) from Weeks 2-17. Ford also led the Browns in rushing attempts (186/12.4 per game) and rushing yards (771/47.9 per game) during those matchups.

Ford was also fifth in broken tackles (26), 21st in yards after contact (367), and finished among the top 15 in routes run (319), targets (63/3.7 per game), and receiving yards (319/20.1 per game). He is currently being drafted as a low-end RB3 (116/RB36) but will surpass those expectations if Chubb does not reemerge during the Browns' early-season matchups.

Raheem Mostert finished fourth with an average of 17.8 points per game during 2023, while generating a league-high 18 rushing touchdowns. He also rose to 10th in rushing yardage (1,012/67.5 per game) and ninth in yards after contact (465).

It will be difficult for Mostert to match the career numbers that he assembled last season, as he will turn 32 in April, and De'Von Achane could exceed last year’s average of 11.9 touches per game. That should compel you to avoid selecting him at his Round 8 ADP (88/RB26).

Austin Ekeler led all running backs in targets (394/6.7 per game), receptions (323/5.5 per game), receiving yards (2,769/46.9 per game), and receiving touchdowns (23) from 2019-2022, while also accumulating 2,913 rushing yards (49.4 per game) and 29 rushing touchdowns.

However, Ekeler failed to match those numbers during 2023. He averaged 5.3 targets/31.1 yards/3.6 receptions per game and generated just one receiving touchdown. He was also 36th overall with 628 rushing yards (44.9 per game) and registered five touchdowns after stockpiling 25 in 2021-2022. Ekeler will turn 29 in May and will reemerge in a new environment. It is unlikely that his numbers will approach the results that he attained during his most productive seasons.

Brian Robinson Jr. sustained a hamstring injury in Week 13 and only registered 46 snaps during Washington’s remaining contests. However, the numbers that he attained from Weeks 1-12 propelled him to 16th with an average of 14.2 points per game. He also tied for 14th in snaps (418/52.4% share) and was 12th in carries (153/12.8 per game), 17th in rushing yards (611/50.1 per game), and 10th in yards after contact (425).

Robinson is currently primed to sustain his role as the Commanders’ lead back, although the offseason transformation of Washington’s coaching staff could fuel modifications within the team’s depth chart.

Chase Brown was limited to eight snaps, five touches, and 13 total yards from Weeks 1-12. However, he accumulated 28 snaps, 20 touches, and 166 total yards in Weeks 13-14. He also averaged 5.1 yards per attempt, while finishing in 12th in yards after contact (73) and generating a 54-yard touchdown reception.

Brown also generated 173 rushing yards (28.8 per game) on 42 attempts (7.0 per game) from Weeks 13-18, while infusing an additional level of explosiveness into Cincinnati’s backfield. Brown's role would expand if Joe Mixon is not retained by Cincinnati. Brown would also emerge as an enticing handcuff if Mixon returns.

Khalil Herbert's usage and output fluctuated throughout the 2023 regular season, due to the inconsistent distribution of touches within the Bears backfield. Herbert operated as Chicago’s lead back from Weeks 1-5, while averaging 10.2 attempts/54.4 rushing yards per game. Herbert was inactive from Weeks 6-10 (ankle), but reemerged to pace the Bears in carries (81/11.6 per game) and yardage (339/48.4 per game) from Weeks 11-18.

Chicago’s backfield rotation remains challenging to forecast as Herbert enters the final year of his rookie contract. However, he is worthy of consideration at his Round 11 ADP (131/RB42).

Chuba Hubbard seized lead-back duties in Carolina during Week 5 after that role had initially been entrusted to Miles Sanders. Hubbard also secured career highs in attempts (238/14.0 per game), rushing yards (902/53.1 per game), red zone carries (36), and yards after contact (426), while surpassing his previous bests in routes run (293), targets (44/2.6 per game), receptions (39/2.3 per game), and receiving yards (233/13.7 per game).

Hubbard’s role within Carolina’s backfield will be dependent upon the modifications that are made to the Panthers’ depth chart under new head coach Dave Canales.

Devin Singletary leapfrogged the inefficient Dameon Pierce (2.9 yards per attempt) to seize Houston’s lead-back responsibilities during the regular season. That propelled him to career highs in rushing attempts (216/12.7 per game), rushing yards (898/52.8 per game), and yards before contact (550).

Singletary also finished fourth in snaps (436/68.9%) and rushing attempts (167/16.7 per game) from Weeks 9-18, while vaulting to third with 715 rushing yards (71.5 per game). Singletary is a free agent, and his status should be monitored during the upcoming weeks. However, he can currently be targeted at his Round 11 ADP (127/RB41).

Zach Charbonnet was the third running back to be selected during the 2023 NFL Draft and entered the league with the ability to function effectively as a three-down back. He secured a 48.5% snap share and averaged 8.9 touches/31 total yards per game from Weeks 1-18 while tying for 19th in yards after contact per attempt (1.9).

Charbonnet also averaged 19.7 touches, 75.3 total yards, and 13.2 points per game from Weeks 11-13, as Kenneth Walker contended with an oblique injury. Charbonnet is also capable of seizing a larger role in Seattle’s restructured offense under head coach Mike Macdonald and offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb.

Alexander Mattison rose to sixth in snaps from Weeks 1-9 (377/65.6% share) and was 11th in carries (122/13.6 per game) during that span. However, he averaged 3.6 yards per attempt and was 21st with 434 rushing yards (48.2 per game).

Mattison’s inefficiency provided a path for Ty Chandler to seize a sizable workload, as Chandler led Minnesota’s backfield in snaps (260/51.6% share), rushing attempts (94/11.8 per game), and rushing attempts (419/52.4 per game) from Weeks 10-18.

Chandler is now positioned to build upon those numbers following the release of Mattison. He is also capable of capitalizing on any expanded workload that would emerge if the Vikings do not add formidable competition for touches during free agency or the NFL Draft.

The unpredictable touch totals that were allocated within the Bears' backfield led to erratic workloads for Roschon Johnson  during his rookie season. He did lead Chicago’s backs in snaps from Weeks 1-18 (378/39.3% share), while pacing the unit in routes run (188), targets (40/2.7 per game), receptions (34/2.3 per game), receiving yards (209/13.9 per game), yards after catch (251), and yards per route run (1.11).

Johnson’s pathway toward an increased workload should expand as D'Onta Foreman is a free agent, while Khalil Herbert will be operating on the final year of his contract.

 

Tiers 7-8

Braelon AllenTyler AllgeierKendre MillerZack MossJonathon BrooksBlake CorumEzekiel ElliottJ.K. DobbinsAlexander MattisonAntonio GibsonZamir WhiteMiles SandersA.J. Dillon

The value for backs that are contained in Tiers 7 and 8 could easily rise or descend depending upon various factors that might emerge during the upcoming weeks of the offseason.



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Khris Middleton1 hour ago

WIll Play On Friday
Grant Williams1 hour ago

Downgraded On Friday Night
Al Horford1 hour ago

Kristaps Porzingis, Al Horford Unavailable Friday
Day'Ron Sharpe1 hour ago

Won't Face The Knicks
Isaiah Hartenstein1 hour ago

Sitting On Friday
Jrue Holiday1 hour ago

Derrick White Out On Friday
Jaylen Brown1 hour ago

Won't Play On Friday
Cameron Johnson1 hour ago

Sidelined Versus The Knicks
Jayson Tatum1 hour ago

Out On Friday
Rashee Rice6 hours ago

Surrenders To Police
Alex Pereira6 hours ago

Set For First Light Heavyweight Title Defense
Jamahal Hill6 hours ago

Faces Alex Pereira In The Main Event Of UFC 300
Yan Xiaonan6 hours ago

Set For A Title Shot At UFC 300
Charles Oliveira7 hours ago

Returns To Action On UFC 300 Main Card
Arman Tsarukyan7 hours ago

Has A Tough Test In Front Of Him
Laurent Brossoit9 hours ago

Shuts Out Stars With 24 Saves
Lucas Raymond10 hours ago

Erupts For Four Points
Sidney Crosby10 hours ago

Enters Top 10 On NHL's All-Time Scoring List
Sergei Bobrovsky10 hours ago

Logs Sixth Shutout Of The Season
Timo Meier10 hours ago

Notches Three Points In Win Over Toronto
Noah Dobson10 hours ago

Sustains An Upper-Body Injury
Colton Cowser18 hours ago

Hits First Two MLB Homers
Yariel Rodriguez19 hours ago

Blue Jays Calling Up Yariel Rodriguez
Rafael Devers19 hours ago

Likely To Need Another Day Off
Justin Verlander22 hours ago

Astros Won't Rush Back Justin Verlander
Cody Brundage22 hours ago

A Massive Underdog At UFC 300
Bo Nickal22 hours ago

Puts Undefeated Record On The Line
Max Holloway22 hours ago

Moves Back Up To Lightweight At UFC 300
Justin Gaethje22 hours ago

Puts BMF Belt On The Line At UFC 300
Zhang Weili23 hours ago

Defends Strawweight Title At UFC 300
Tom Brady23 hours ago

Won't Rule Out Return To NFL
Treylon Burks23 hours ago

Has To Earn It In 2024
Tua Tagovailoa23 hours ago

Doesn't Plan On Holding Out
Mason Miller1 day ago

Locks Down Second Save
Jose Altuve1 day ago

Picks Up Three Hits Thursday
Bobby Witt Jr.1 day ago

Has Monster Day At The Plate
Brandon Lowe1 day ago

Heading To Injured List With Oblique Strain
Rafael Devers1 day ago

Still Bothered By Shoulder
Vaughn Grissom1 day ago

Starting Rehab Assignment Friday
Eloy Jiménez1 day ago

Eloy Jimenez Could Return This Weekend
Nathaniel Lowe1 day ago

To Start Rehab Assignment Friday
Lars Nootbaar1 day ago

Cardinals Activate Lars Nootbaar From Injured List
C.J. Uzomah1 day ago

Expected To Sign With Eagles
Rafael Devers1 day ago

Sitting Out On Thursday
Washington Commanders1 day ago

Commanders Hosting Top QB Prospects Next Week
Nick Chubb1 day ago

Browns, Nick Chubb Agree To Reworked Contract
Connor Hellebuyck1 day ago

Connor HelleBuyck Getting A Breather Thursday
Timothy Liljegren1 day ago

Could Return Before Postseason
Igor Shesterkin1 day ago

Getting A Rest Day Thursday
Matt Tomkins1 day ago

Getting Rare Start Thursday
Cody Bradford1 day ago

To Stick In Rangers Rotation
Jake McCabe1 day ago

To Sit Out On Thursday
Joel Edmundson1 day ago

To Return On Thursday
Framber Valdez1 day ago

Feeling Better
David Bednar1 day ago

In Line For Save Chance On Thursday
Shohei Ohtani1 day ago

Ex-Interpreter Facing Federal Charges
Evan Carter1 day ago

Resting Against Lefty
José Abreu1 day ago

Jose Abreu Sitting Out Thursday
Leon Draisaitl1 day ago

Enjoys Multi-Point Outing Versus Vegas
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins1 day ago

Picks Up Two Assists Wednesday
Jordan Kyrou1 day ago

Scores Twice In Wednesday's Win
Elias Pettersson1 day ago

Extends Point Streak With Power-Play Goal
Quinn Hughes1 day ago

Sends Out Three Assists Wednesday
Dylan Guenther1 day ago

Celebrates Birthday With Four Points
Tony Pollard2 days ago

Titans Calling Tyjae Spears, Tony Pollard 1A And 1B
Rashee Rice2 days ago

Arrest Warrant Issued For Rashee Rice
Nick Foligno2 days ago

Out On Wednesday
Petr Mrazek2 days ago

Between The Pipes Wednesday
Connor Ingram2 days ago

Expected To Start Wednesday
Jayden Daniels2 days ago

Meeting With Giants On Monday
Jacksonville Jaguars2 days ago

Jaguars, Josh Allen Agree On Five-Year Extension
Jason Day2 days ago

Heads To Augusta After Rough March Stretch
Sepp Straka2 days ago

Save Yourself The Heartache And Don't Play Sepp Straka At The Masters
Bryson DeChambeau2 days ago

: The Battle Of Form Versus Recent History
Dustin Johnson2 days ago

Is A True Wild Card At Augusta
Patrick Cantlay2 days ago

Lost With His Irons Of Late
Rory McIlroy2 days ago

In Good Form Heading To Augusta
Keegan Bradley2 days ago

Coming To Augusta National With Ice-Cold Putter
Nicolai Hojgaard2 days ago

Looking For Putter At Augusta National
Tiger Woods2 days ago

Set To Make Another Start At The Masters
Nick Taylor3 days ago

A Boring Play At The Masters
Akshay Bhatia3 days ago

Earns Last Remaining Invite To The Masters
Tom Kim3 days ago

Looking For Turnaround At Year's First Major
Sahith Theegala3 days ago

Making Second Start At Augusta National
Wyndham Clark3 days ago

Chasing History At Augusta
Will Zalatoris3 days ago

In Questionable Form Ahead Of Masters
Tony Finau3 days ago

Seeking First Major Victory At Augusta
Shane Lowry3 days ago

In Top Form Heading To Augusta
PGA3 days ago

Tyrell Hatton An Overlooked LIV Option At Augusta
Min Woo Lee3 days ago

A Risky Option For The Masters
Sergio Garcia3 days ago

Can Always Lurk At The Masters
PGA3 days ago

J.T. Poston Needs To Show Early 2024 Form Now
Chase Briscoe4 days ago

Has Great Run At Martinsville
Alex Bowman4 days ago

Still Solid Despite Teammates' Podium Sweep
Anthony Richardson4 days ago

Making Good Progress
CeeDee Lamb4 days ago

Holdout Could Be Coming For CeeDee Lamb
Chris Curtis4 days ago

Defeated Via Split Decision
Brendan Allen4 days ago

Wins Split Decision In A Back-And-Forth Fight
Morgan Charrière4 days ago

Morgan Charriere Drops Decision Matchup
MMA4 days ago

Jose Mariscal Edges Decision Win At UFC Vegas 90
Lukasz Brzeski4 days ago

Snaps Losing Streak At UFC Vegas 90
Valter Walker4 days ago

Defeated In UFC Debut
Joey Logano4 days ago

Had Best Pit Strategy But Lacked Winning Speed at Martinsville
Kyle Larson4 days ago

Fastest at Martinsville But Not When It Mattered
NASCAR4 days ago

Bubba Wallace Earns His First Top-Five Finish At Martinsville Speedway
Chase Elliott4 days ago

Finishes Third At Martinsville
Ryan Blaney4 days ago

Makes Best Of Evening At Martinsville
Ryan Preece4 days ago

Finds Way Into Top Ten At Martinsville
George Pickens5 days ago

Skips Session With New QB
Tyler Reddick5 days ago

Quietly Obtains Seventh At Martinsville
William Byron5 days ago

Scores His Second Martinsville Win
Atlanta Falcons5 days ago

Falcons Would Consider Re-Signing Calais Campbell
Trevor Peek5 days ago

Falls To .500 In The UFC
Charlie Campbell5 days ago

Remains Undefeated In The UFC
Christos Giagos5 days ago

Loses In The First Round
Ignacio Bahamondes5 days ago

Gets First-Round Stoppage
Alexander Hernandez5 days ago

Loses A Decision At UFC Vegas 90
Martin Truex Jr5 days ago

Is Martin Truex Jr. One Of The Top Favorites At Martinsville?
Daniel Suarez5 days ago

Should Daniel Suarez Be Rostered For Martinsville?
Kyle Larson5 days ago

Wins The Pole For Martinsville
New England Patriots5 days ago

Patriots, Kyle Dugger Agree To Four-Year Extension
Corey Lajoie5 days ago

Corey LaJoie Is A Likable DFS Value Play For Martinsville
Denny Hamlin5 days ago

Is One of The Top Favorites To Win At Martinsville
Chase Elliott5 days ago

Will Start Third at Martinsville
Ross Chastain5 days ago

Roster Ross Chastain With Caution At Martinsville
Chase Briscoe5 days ago

Must Not Be Underestimated At Martinsville
Christopher Bell5 days ago

Is A Top-10 Recommendation For Martinsville
NASCAR5 days ago

Bubba Wallace Will Start On The Front Row In Sunday's Race At Martinsville
Ryan Preece5 days ago

Should You Play Ryan Preece In DFS This Weekend?
Odell Beckham Jr.6 days ago

Dolphins Still Looking To Sign Odell Beckham Jr.
Tyler Boyd6 days ago

To Pittsburgh Reportedly Unlikely
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