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Running Back Best Ball Rankings and Analysis (Tier 1-3)

We have already persevered through the most uneventful weeks of the offseason, and have embraced the accelerated news cycle that was fueled by free agency and the NFL Draft. Each transformation of the fantasy landscape has compelled managers to expand their involvement in best ball drafts, and this process has accelerated as we progress through the offseason.

The unwavering popularity of this format remains intact for multiple reasons. That includes the opportunity to complete all forms of roster management at the conclusion of each draft. However, that also makes it critical for you to assemble a team that can withstand the various challenges that emerge during the season - since the best ball format does not present the option of using a waiver wire.

That is why the team at RotoBaller continues to supply a non-stop arsenal of news, analysis, and tiered rankings to help you capture your best ball leagues. We also provide breakdowns of our rankings after each update, including our two-part series that will examine the critical running back position. This article will focus on Tiers 1-3, and you can find all of the latest rankings here.

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RB Best Ball Rankings

Position Rank Position Tier Player Name Overall Rank Overall Tier
1 1 Christian McCaffrey 1 1
2 1 Dalvin Cook 2 1
3 1 Derrick Henry 3 1
4 1 Saquon Barkley 4 1
5 2 Alvin Kamara 5 1
6 2 Jonathan Taylor 6 1
7 2 Ezekiel Elliott 7 1
8 2 Nick Chubb 11 2
9 2 Aaron Jones 13 2
10 2 Cam Akers 14 2
11 2 Austin Ekeler 17 2
12 3 D'Andre Swift 21 3
13 3 Antonio Gibson 22 3
14 3 Joe Mixon 25 3
15 3 Miles Sanders 29 4
16 3 J.K. Dobbins 34 4
17 3 Najee Harris 35 4
18 3 Clyde Edwards-Helaire 37 4
19 4 David Montgomery 39 4
20 4 Chris Carson 43 4
21 4 Josh Jacobs 46 4
22 4 Travis Etienne 50 5
23 4 James Robinson 56 5
24 4 Kareem Hunt 62 6
25 5 Myles Gaskin 72 6
26 5 Melvin Gordon III 76 7
27 5 Chase Edmonds 80 7
28 5 AJ Dillon 81 7
29 5 Raheem Mostert 84 7
30 5 Kenyan Drake 87 8
31 5 Leonard Fournette 88 8
32 6 Damien Harris 90 8
33 6 Ronald Jones II 92 8
34 6 Javonte Williams 96 8
35 6 Mike Davis 100 9
36 6 James Conner 105 9
37 6 David Johnson 108 9
38 6 Michael Carter 110 9
39 6 Rashaad Penny 111 9
40 7 Gus Edwards 116 10
41 7 Trey Sermon 120 10
42 7 Devin Singletary 122 10
43 7 Nyheim Hines 131 10
44 7 Tony Pollard 132 10
45 7 Zack Moss 136 11
46 7 Jamaal Williams 139 11
47 8 Jeff Wilson Jr. 140 11
48 8 Kenny Gainwell 144 11
49 8 Latavius Murray 149 12
50 8 Marlon Mack 153 12
51 8 James White 155 12
52 8 J.D. McKissic 156 12
53 8 Chuba Hubbard 161 13
54 8 Alexander Mattison 170 13
55 8 Tarik Cohen 175 13
56 9 Sony Michel 176 13
57 9 Darrell Henderson 183 14
58 9 Giovani Bernard 184 14
59 9 Damien Williams 185 14
60 9 Le'Veon Bell 187 14
61 9 Phillip Lindsay 189 14
62 9 Darrynton Evans 191 14
63 9 Kylin Hill 192 14
64 10 Lynn Bowden Jr. 196 14
65 10 Joshua Kelley 199 14
66 10 Khalil Herbert 200 14
67 10 Ito Smith 201 14
68 10 Salvon Ahmed 202 15
69 10 Jermar Jefferson 203 15
70 10 Jaret Patterson 208 15
71 10 Darrel Williams 210 15
72 10 Ke'Shawn Vaughn 212 15
73 10 Benny Snell Jr. 214 15
74 10 La'Mical Perine 215 15
75 10 Wayne Gallman 217 15
76 11 Boston Scott 219 15
77 11 Mark Ingram II 221 16
78 11 Brian Hill 222 16
79 11 Samaje Perine 228 16
80 11 Javian Hawkins 229 16
81 11 Carlos Hyde 230 16
82 11 Malcolm Brown 231 16
83 11 Tevin Coleman 234 16
84 11 Todd Gurley II 235 16
85 11 Ty Johnson 237 16
86 11 Justin Jackson 246 16
87 11 Jerick McKinnon 249 17
88 11 Rhamondre Stevenson 250 17
89 12 Duke Johnson Jr. 251 17
90 12 Anthony McFarland Jr. 255 17
91 12 Matt Breida 257 17
92 12 Eno Benjamin 260 17
93 12 Chris Evans 262 18
94 12 Devontae Booker 270 18
95 12 Kalen Ballage 273 18
96 12 DeeJay Dallas 276 18
97 12 Larry Rountree III 277 18
98 12 Kerryon Johnson 279 18
99 12 Justice Hill 289 18
100 13 JaMycal Hasty 293 18
101 13 Mike Boone 295 18
102 13 Adrian Peterson 299 18
103 13 Bryce Love 300 18
104 13 Ryquell Armstead 304 19
105 13 Jordan Wilkins 305 19
106 13 Jordan Howard 309 19
107 13 Rex Burkhead 312 19
108 13 Jalen Richard 313 19
109 13 Dare Ogunbowale 320 20
110 13 Devine Ozigbo 321 20
111 13 Elijah Mitchell 322 20
112 13 Devonta Freeman 329 20
113 13 Royce Freeman 333 20
114 13 Jaylen Samuels 335 20
115 13 Peyton Barber 339 20
116 13 Frank Gore 343 20

 

Tier 1

Christian McCaffrey Dalvin Cook,  Derrick Henry, Saquon Barkley

McCaffrey’s protracted health issues sidelined him during 13 matchups in 2020, which prevented him from finishing among the top two in scoring for a third consecutive season. However, he remained proficient whenever he did perform. McCaffrey led all backs in point-per-game scoring and finished at RB54 despite playing in just three games. He averaged 19.7 carries, 6.3 targets, 75 rushing yards, 125 total yards, and 49.7 receiving yards per game when he was available, while also generating six touchdowns.

McCaffrey remains the first overall selection in most drafts which underscores the sizable confidence that exists surrounding his ability to approach his production from 2018-2019. He became the first back to achieve two 100-catch seasons during that sequence, and just the third runner to accumulate 1,000 yards in both rushing and receiving during the same year.

Cook finished second only to Derrick Henry in rushing attempts (312/22.3 per game), rushing yardage (1,557/111.2 yards per game), and rushing touchdowns (16), even though he was absent in  Week 6 (groin), and Week 17 (family emergency). He also stockpiled 562 carries, 2,692 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 13 100-yard performances during 2019-2020 while finishing among the top three in point-per-game scoring during each of those seasons. Cook also finished second in yards before contact (801), yards after contact (756), and red zone touchdowns (13), and is primed to operate as the cornerstone of Minnesota’s ground-oriented attack once again.

Henry led all rushers in attempts (378/23.6 per game), rushing yardage (2,027/126.7 per game), and rushing touchdowns (17) for a second consecutive season in 2020. He also paced the league in rushes of 20+yards (16), and 40+ yards (4), while exceeding 100 yards in a league-high 10 contests. Henry also delivered three of the five 200-yard performances that were registered during the season, led all rushers in yards before contact (954), and accumulated 317 more yards after contact than any other back (1,073).

Weeks 1-17 Yards After Contact
Derrick Henry 1073
Dalvin Cook 756
James Robinson 615
Aaron Jones 592
David Montgomery 590
Ronald Jones II 584
Josh Jacobs 540
Ezekiel Elliott 521
Nick Chubb 511
Jonathan Taylor 479
Kareem Hunt 465
Melvin Gordon 456

Henry also finished first in Football Outsiders’ DYAR (Defense-Adjusted Yards Above Replacement) and finished second in red zone attempts (59). The cumulative effects of his enormous workload might be a source of concern, but he should still be selected among the top five in all drafts.

Barkley earned his place among the elite backs after delivering outstanding numbers during his 2018 rookie season and remains entrenched among the tier 1 options entering 2021. He finished first in PPR scoring as a newcomer, while rushing for 1,307 yards, collecting 91 receptions, and leading the league in total yards from scrimmage (2,028).

His current ADP (4) is based on the expectation that he can evade further injuries after multiple health issues (ankle/ACL) conspired to sideline him for 17 contests during 2019-2020. Barkley should resurface with his health completely restored and is primed to regain his responsibilities as the Giants’ workhorse back. This provides the incentive to seize him among the top five in all drafts.

 

Tier 2

Alvin Kamara, Jonathan TaylorEzekiel ElliottNick ChubbAaron JonesCam AkersAustin Ekeler

If Kamara was on your roster during 2020, then you will welcome another reminder of his historic 6-touchdown performance in Week 16. That propelled him to RB1 for the season, while he also averaged 5.0 yards per attempt, and tied for second in rushing touchdowns (16). Kamara also led all backs in targets per game (7.1), receiving yards (756/50.4 per game), receiving touchdowns (5), while his league-high 83 receptions (5.5 per game) continued a streak of four consecutive seasons with 80+. His averages dropped to 4.0 targets, 2.5 receptions, and just 12.8 yards per game from Weeks 11-14, when Taysom Hill was under center. However, Kamara remains established as a first-round selection regardless of whether Hill or Jameis Winston emerges as the Saints’ starting signal-caller.

Taylor was the third running back to be selected during the 2020 NFL Draft, and the 19th to be chosen in the majority of best ball leagues. But from Weeks 1-10, Taylor was just 27th in point-per-game scoring, while averaging 12.6 carries per game. However, he soared to third in scoring from Weeks 11-17, while averaging 19.8 attempts and 123.5 yards per game. His 742 yards placed him second overall behind Henry during that sequence as he assembled 74+ during each contest. Nyheim Hines and Marlon Mack lurk as candidates to pilfer touches. But Taylor will commandeer a workload that should compel fantasy managers to select him as a top-six back.

Elliott’s ADP has descended from his customary place among the top-five during 2021 best ball drafts. But his status as an RB1 remains intact entering his sixth year. He had exceeded 300 attempts, surpassed 1,350 yards, and finished at WR5 or higher in three of his first four seasons (2016/2018/2019), while also averaging 21.2 attempts and 96.9 yards per game during that sequence. But he dropped outside the top 15 in point-per-game scoring during 2020, as his per-game averages also declined (16.3 carries/65.3 yards). Elliott will operate with Tony Pollard as a prospective threat to pilfer opportunities. But he will not turn 26 until July, and his role within the Cowboys’ explosive offense makes him a viable top-10 selection.

Chubb was sidelined from Weeks 5-8 (MCL) and reached a 60% snap share percentage just twice throughout the 2020 regular season. But he finished third with an 88.9 yards per game average. That propelled him to seventh in rushing yards (1,067) despite the four-game absence. He would have finished third overall with 1,422 yards if his yards per game average had been maintained for 16 games. He also finished sixth in yards-after-contact per attempt (2.7) and was second in Football Outsiders’ DVOA (Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average). Chubb remains an unquestioned RB1 who could become a top-four back if Kareem Hunt is sidelined for any reason.

Jones finished at WR5 in scoring despite being sidelined by a troublesome calf in Weeks 7-8. He also finished fourth overall with a career-high 1,104 rushing yards (78.9 per game) and has now accumulated 2,188 yards on 437 attempts during his last two seasons. Jones has also collected 96 of his 131 targets and generated 829 yards as a receiver.

His sustained proficiency has compelled Brian Gutekunst and Matt Lafleur to secure him with a four-year contract. This has cleared a runway for Jones to finish the season as a top 10 back, providing that Aaron Rodgers ultimately returns under center for the Packers.

From Weeks 1-11, Akers missed four contests, while averaging just 8.3 attempts and 33.5 yards per game. But he delivered a late-season statistical surge which cemented his role as LA’s lead back. Akers averaged 19 carries and 84.8 yards per game during the Rams’ final five regular-season matchups while finishing fifth overall in attempts (95/19 per game), 10th in yardage (424/84.8 per game), and third in red zone attempts (24) during that span.

Weeks 1-11 Attempts Attempts/Gm Yards Yards/Gm Red Zone Att
Darrell Henderson 110 11 491 49.1 30
Malcolm Brown 84 8.4 367 36.7 15
Cam Akers 50 8.3 201 33.5 7

 

Weeks 12-17 Attempts Attempts/Gm Yards Yards/Gm Red Zone Att
Cam Akers 95 19 424 84.8 24
Darrell Henderson 28 5.6 133 26.6 4
Malcolm Brown 17 3.4 52 10.4 1

He also exploded for 221 yards (110.5 per game) on 46 attempts (23 per game) during the Rams’ two postseason matchups. Akers can be targeted as a top 10 back who can be selected late in Round 1.

Ekeler’s current ADP of 13 (RB9) is essentially unchanged from his early second-round status during the 2020 draft process (ADP14/RB10). A problematic hamstring sidelined him for six matchups last season. However, he re-emerged to lead all backs in targets (48/8 per game), receptions (37/6.2 per game), and red zone targets (8) from Weeks 12-17.

Weeks 12-17 Targets Targ/Gm Red Zone
Austin Ekeler 48 8 8
J.D. McKissic 44 7.3 6
Nyheim Hines 31 5.2 4
David Montgomery 27 4.5 5
Alvin Kamara 26 5.2 3
Chase Edmonds 25 4.2 3
Dalvin Cook 24 4.8 2
David Johnson 21 3.5 7
Kareem Hunt 21 3.5 1
Chris Carson 21 3.5 0
Tony Pollard 21 5.3 5
James White 21 3 3
Jeff Wilson 21 4 4

Ekeler also averaged 12 attempts and 53 yards per game from Weeks 12-16, and the fifth-year back should maintain an extensive workload in the Chargers’ restructured offense. He should also benefit from offseason upgrades that the Chargers made to their offensive line by adding rookie Rashawn Slater, along with a trio of veterans (Corey Linsley/Matt Feiler/Oday Aboushi).

 

Tier 3

D'Andre SwiftAntonio GibsonJoe MixonMiles Sanders, J.K. Dobbins, Najee Harris, Clyde Edwards-Helaire

If you extract Swift's season-high 116 yards in Week 5, the obstructions of a crowded backfield limited him to just 4.5 attempts and a microscopic 11.7 yards per game from Weeks 1-8. But he ignited for 246 total yards on 37 touches in Weeks 9-10, before illness and a concussion derailed his momentum from Weeks 11-14. He also finished 11th among all backs in receiving yardage (357/27.5 per game) and was 13th in both targets (57/4.4 per game), and receptions (46/3.5 per game). The backfield has been reshaped by the addition of former Packer Jamaal Williams and the release of Kerryon Johnson. This has placed Swift in a position to operate with a favorable workload, while Williams will also be allotted a reasonable percentage of touches.

It has been well-chronicled that Gibson only accumulated 33 rushing attempts during his two seasons with Memphis. But that quickly became insignificant when he surpassed that number in Week 4. He finished the season at 18th overall in 170 attempts (12.1 per game) and rushing yards (795/56.8 per game) and was sixth in rushing touchdowns (11). Gibson also led all backs in touchdowns (8) and was sixth in yardage (402/80.4 per game) from Weeks 7-12, before being limited to just four snaps from Weeks 13-15 (toe).

Weeks 7-12 TDs Attempts Yards
Antonio Gibson 8 75 402
Derrick Henry 6 133 669
Dalvin Cook 6 127 641
Wayne Gallman 6 78 293
Josh Jacobs 4 100 405
Alvin Kamara 4 67 304
Todd Gurley 4 68 188
James Robinson 3 109 528
Melvin Gordon 3 69 273
Kenyan Drake 3 63 241
Zack Moss 3 46 225
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 3 44 187
Gus Edwards 3 46 168
Malcolm Brown 3 32 154
Jeff Wilson 3 29 152

He also finished 10th among backs in targets (32/4.0 per game) and seventh in receiving yards (217/27.1 per game) from Weeks 4-12. It is unlikely that J.D. McKissic will match last season’s usage (110 targets/6.9 per game), and any increase in Gibson targets would elevate him toward RB1 status.

If you were among the fantasy GMs who contributed to Mixon’s ADP (10) during the 2020 draft process, then your investment delivered a reasonable return from Weeks 1-6. Mixon was RB9 in scoring, second in attempts (119/19.8 per game), seventh in rushing yards (428/71.3 per game), and 10th among backs in targets (26/4.3 per game). But his season abruptly concluded at that point due to a troublesome foot issue. However, Zac Taylor and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan appear committed to providing Mixon with an extensive workload. The release of Giovani Bernard also allows Mixon to function in an improving Cincinnati attack without legitimate competition for touches within the backfield.

Sanders was drafted as a borderline RB1 during 2020 drafts (ADP 20/RB13) However, that enthusiasm from fantasy managers has not been matched during this offseason (ADP 32/RB18). Sanders did finish at RB23 in (PPR) scoring and rushed for 434 yards (86.8 per game) from Weeks 2-10 last season. But that average dropped to 58 per game from Weeks 11-16. Sanders also collected just 28 of his 52 targets, while his receiving yardage dropped significantly when contrasted with 2019 (509/31.8 per game-197/16.4 per game). Sanders will operate as the Eagles’ lead back. But his inefficiency as a receiver could prevent him from reaching last year’s touch totals.

Dobbins averaged just 4.2 carries and 25.7 yards per game from Weeks 1-6 while performing on 36.5% of Baltimore’s offensive snaps. But his snap share rose to 53.3% from Weeks 8-17. He was also allotted 11+ attempts during eight of the Ravens’ final nine matchups and averaged 12.1 carries during that span. He also finished eighth in rushing yards (651/72.3 yards per game) and sixth in touchdowns (7) during those contests, while leading all backs in Football Outsiders DVOA (Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average). Lamar Jackson and Gus Edwards will continue to confiscate carries. But Dobbins will still function as an RB2 for fantasy managers.

Pittsburgh finished just 31st in run play percentage during 2020 (35.8%) and ranked dead last in rushing yardage (84.4 per game). But the arrival of Harris ensures that those percentages will rise. He will have an immediate opportunity to perform as the Steelers’ workhorse back, which has fueled his Round 2 ADP (17/RB13). Harris finished his collegiate career as Alabama’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (46), touchdowns from scrimmage (57), and rushing yardage (3,843), which includes the results from his stellar 2020 season (1,466 rushing yards/425 receiving yards/30 touchdowns). Concerns surrounding Pittsburgh’s offensive line still exist. But Harris is cemented atop the Steelers’ depth chart and will operate with an extensive workload.

Edwards-Helaire was the only back to be selected during Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft, which catapulted his ADP to fifth overall. The initial return on investment was favorable, as he was RB11 in scoring, second in rushing yardage (505/84.2 per game) third in attempts (107/17.8 per game), and fourth in targets (31/5.2 per game) after Week 6. But those averages dropped sizably from Weeks 7-17 (10.6 attempts/42.6 yards/3.3 targets per game). However, the depth chart below him is unimposing, and his output should improve as he accumulates touches within the potent Kansas City offense. This provides the incentive to target him in Round 2 of your drafts.



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RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season. Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for August 16th, 2022. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


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Week 19 Waiver Wire Rankings - Fantasy Baseball Pickups Include Vaughn Grissom, Edward Cabrera, Elehuris Montero

Welcome fellow RotoBallers, as we enter Week 19 of the fantasy baseball season. Last week's list featured players like Ian Kennedy, Rowan Wick, Jesus Luzardo and Jonathan Hernandez off the waiver wire, and we're back at it for more. Just like any other week, we have put together a full assortment of fantasy baseball waiver... Read More


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MLB Closers and Saves: Fantasy Baseball Depth Charts

Saves are an important component for many fantasy baseball leagues. Closers are one of the most volatile positions in fantasy baseball, and one of the highest turnover positions in MLB. Each year, closers drop like flies and many MLB teams make in-season changes due to injuries or poor performance. In addition to closers and saves, relief... Read More


MLB Hitter Studs and Duds - Advanced Metrics Leaders for Barrel% (Week 19)

We're now three weeks removed from the All-Star break so there's enough data to glean something from one of the most prominent metrics that tells of power production - barrel rate. The usual suspects are represented on the leaderboard but more than half of the top 20 second-half barrel% leaders will make you do a... Read More


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Starts & Sits for MLB Week 19 - All Starting Pitcher Matchups for Fantasy Baseball

Welcome back RotoBallers! Big week in fantasy leagues as we approach the end of the season and playoffs! As always, we are here with our starting pitcher starts and sits series to help you set those winning lineups for the week ahead! For those who are not familiar, RotoBaller puts out a weekly grid of... Read More


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MLB Pitcher Studs and Duds - Advanced Metrics Leaders for ERA-xERA (Week 19)

Welcome back to fantasy baseball and RotoBaller’s Statcast Pitcher Studs and Duds article series! Each week, I select one advanced metric, choose two pitchers with strong values and two with poor values, and analyze what those values may mean for future performance. I wrote about expected ERA (xERA) in Week 10; xERA is a 1:1... Read More


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DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks (8/15/22): Today's Top MLB DFS Lineups

Happy Monday, Rotoballers! It's hard to believe we are entering the home stretch of the 2022 season already. It feels like yesterday that we kicked the year off. Still, we go again for another week and start the action with a 10-game slate. There's some earlier action between the Tigers-Guardians, Phillies-Reds, and Padres-Marlins, but none... Read More


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Free MLB Betting Picks - Today's Best Bets, Expert Predictions, Odds (8/15/22)

It's Monday, August 15th, the start of another week and some exciting MLB action! We have a 14-game slate today, including some fun pitching matchups like Joe Musgrove and Sandy Alcantara, Carlos Carrasco and Spencer Strider, and Luis Castillo and Shohei Ohtani.  This article will be focused on sides and totals. I am a huge baseball fan and baseball has been my bread... Read More


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PrizePicks MLB DFS Prop Picks for Fantasy Baseball - Monday August 15th

Hello everybody and welcome! The 2022 MLB season is heading towards the home stretch and we here at Rotoballer have you covered with some terrific plays from our friends over at PrizePicks. PrizePicks is a great DFS props site where you can choose to select plays in terms of fantasy points or single stats. The... Read More


Thunder Dan's MLB Betting Picks for August 15: Pitcher Props, Totals, Money Line Bets

Let me just start by saying thanks for taking a minute to check out my bets and models today! Whether you like game totals, sides, or player props, I have something in here for you and try to cover a little bit of everything! Last month, I started my own free sports betting newsletter, and... Read More


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The Cut List - Time to Let Go? Week 19

Welcome back to The Cut List. This is our weekly article looking at players who fantasy managers might be considering cutting from their teams and struggling players who need a closer look. We'll look at players who are worthy of a drop, players who are worth monitoring for replacing, and someone on the hot seat... Read More


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Daily MLB Injury Roundup for August 15th, 2022

RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season. Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for August 15th, 2022. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


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2022 Fantasy Sleeper: Allen Lazard

The Green Bay Packers receiving corps was wiped out during the offseason. Top target and perennial Pro Bowl receiver Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders for a treasure trove of draft picks, and big-play man Marquez Valdes-Scantling took his talents to the Kansas City Chiefs. Meanwhile, the Packers signed injury-prone veteran Sammy... Read More


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Boom or Bust Wide Receivers for Fantasy Football in 2022

We’re here looking for the next Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson. The kind of guys who will help win and lose fantasy football seasons this year. The reality is, we’re very unlikely to have any players who end up in the same stratosphere of season Kupp and Robinson had last year, but that doesn’t mean... Read More


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Saquon Barkley- RB1 Or Overvalued?

Saquon Barkley is a player that the fantasy football industry is divided on as we head into the 2022 season. On one hand, there are those who will be completely avoiding him because of the past two seasons. However, there are some that still believe in the ability of tone of the greatest running back... Read More


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NFL Rookies Most Likely to Make Fantasy Football Impacts (And Those Who Won't)

With the popularity of dynasty leagues growing and the fantasy impact of the last few rookie classes, fantasy managers seem to be flocking to NFL newbies at far higher rates than before. Our expectations increased, oftentimes to unrealistic levels. Guys like Ja’Marr Chase and Najee Harris have spoiled us. They were also drafted into picture-perfect... Read More


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Is Allen Lazard The Packers WR1? Where Should I Draft Allen Lazard?

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard jumped to the top of the team's chart after losing Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling this offseason. The 26-year-old signed his second-round tender in June and is expected to be Aaron Rodgers' top target in 2022. He finished with career highs in receptions (40), receiving yards (513), and... Read More


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Will James Robinson or Travis Etienne Be The RB1 For The Jaguars?

With James Robinson suffering a torn Achilles deep into last season, it quickly became the expectation that a healthy Travis Etienne would be the Jaguars' RB1 this year. Miraculously, Robinson avoided entering training camp on the PUP list and is already taking some reps with the first-team offense. If he continues to progress and sees... Read More


Is James Washington Out for the Season?

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver James Washington earned his fair share of hype during the offseason. After leaving the Steelers and joining Dallas' high-powered offense, his stock started to grow. Then, with Amari Cooper traded to the Browns and Michael Gallup recovering from a torn ACL, it looked like Washington had a chance to carve out... Read More


Aaron Rodgers - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Targets, NFL Injury News

Quarterback Fantasy Football Rankings for 2022 Drafts: Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Deshaun Watson, Matt Ryan

Fellow RotoBallers, we present our updated 2022 fantasy football quarterback rankings. We have been updating our fantasy football rankings all throughout the preseason, and will continue until the season kicks off. Our quarterback fantasy football rankings are put together by Nick Mariano, Pierre Camus, Scott Engel and Brandon Murchison. Below you will also see recent fantasy football... Read More


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Unique Ways To Determine Your Fantasy League's Draft Order

The most wonderful time of the year has arrived! No, not Christmas. It's fantasy football draft season! The time to hang out with loved ones as you draft the team that is going to decimate each and every other one in your league. The time to trash talk your opponents and make them feel worthless.... Read More


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Must-Have Fantasy Football Players To Draft - Ellis' Essential NFL Picks for 2022

It’s flag-planting season! Just like last year, I’m coming at you with my essential fantasy football players to draft in 2022. Last season was definitely a mixed bag with standouts like Ja’Marr Chase and the Rams passing attack, but also hot takes on Calvin Ridley and Lamar Jackson. Whoops. This season, I’m hoping to be... Read More


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7 Bold Predictions for the 2022 Fantasy Football Season

Everyone likes bold predictions. Whether that’s because they like glancing at unexpected, but technically possible outcomes or because they like getting worked up over the absurdity of the bold predictions, I have no idea. If I were a betting man, which I am, I lean towards the latter. With that mindset, I fully embrace the... Read More


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Kenneth Gainwell - 2022 Fantasy Football Draft Sleeper and Undervalued Running Back

There is a ton of hype surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles entering the 2022 season, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Eagles acquired A.J. Brown via trade from the Tennessee Titans in the offseason, leading many to believe that we'll see a breakout season from Jalen Hurts at the quarterback position. Besides Hurts,... Read More


Fantasy Football Breakouts, Busts, and Locks - Washington Commanders 2022 Outlook

Welcome to our fantasy football Breakouts, Busts, and Locks, a series on RotoBaller where our writers look at three key players on each NFL team. Today, we're talking about the Washington Commanders. With Carson Wentz under center, what will we see from this Commanders team this season? Can they be a surprise contender in the... Read More


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Real or Not? Legitimate Stats from Guards - 2021-22 NBA Season Review: Darius Garland, Anthony Edwards, Will Barton

We're still weeks away from the regular-season tip-off, and while there is a ton of hype about the incoming rookies, we still need to reflect on the 2021-2022 campaign and what happened just a few weeks and months ago. Things have finally settled when it comes to the NBA offseason timeline, so it's time to... Read More


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Real or Not? Misleading Stats from Guards - 2021-22 NBA Season Review: Anfernee Simons, Reggie Jackson, Spencer Dinwiddie

We're still weeks away from the regular-season tip-off, and while there is a ton of hype about the incoming rookies, we still need to reflect on the 2021-2022 campaign and what happened just a few weeks and months ago. Things have finally settled when it comes to the NBA offseason timeline so it's time to... Read More


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Real or Not? Legitimate Stats from Forwards- 2021-22 NBA Season Review: Pascal Siakam, Brandon Ingram, Kristaps Porzingis

We're still weeks away from the regular-season tip-off, and while there is a ton of hype about the incoming rookies, we still need to reflect on the 2021-2022 campaign and what happened just a few weeks and months ago. Things have finally settled when it comes to the NBA offseason timeline so it's time to... Read More


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Real or Not? Misleading Stats from Forwards - 2021-22 NBA Season Review: Kyle Kuzma, Saddiq Bey, Devin Vassell

We're still weeks away from the regular-season tip-off, and while there is a ton of hype about the incoming rookies, we still need to reflect on the 2021-2022 campaign and what happened just a few weeks and months ago. Things have finally settled when it comes to the NBA offseason timeline so it's time to... Read More


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Real or Not? Legitimate Stats from Centers - 2021-22 NBA Season Review: Steven Adams, Mitchell Robinson, Jakob Poeltl

We're still weeks away from the regular-season tip-off, and while there is a ton of hype about the incoming rookies, we still need to reflect on the 2021-2022 campaign and what happened just a few weeks and months ago. Things have finally settled when it comes to the NBA offseason timeline so it's time to... Read More


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Real or Not? Misleading Stats from Centers - 2021-22 NBA Season Review: Robert Williams, Mo Bamba, Bobby Portis

We're still weeks away from the regular-season tip-off, and while there is a ton of hype about the incoming rookies we still need to reflect on the 2021-2022 campaign and what happened just a few weeks and months ago. Things have finally settled when it comes to the NBA offseason timeline so it's time to... Read More


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Fantasy Basketball - Veteran Free Agency Losers (Part 2): Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez, Otto Porter Jr.

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who find themselves in a bad situation. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. On the other hand, rostering players in perfect situations can be the ultimately league-winning move for savvy fantasy GMs. Today, let's talk about some veterans that entered Unrestricted Free... Read More


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Fantasy Basketball - Veteran Free Agency Losers (Part 1): P.J. Tucker, Danilo Gallinari, Gary Payton II

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who find themselves in a bad situation. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. On the other hand, rostering players in perfect situations can be the ultimately league-winning move for savvy fantasy GMs. Today, let's talk about some veterans that entered Unrestricted Free... Read More


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Fantasy Basketball - Veteran Free Agency Winners (Part 2): James Harden, T.J. Warren, JaVale McGee

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who find themselves in a bad situation. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. On the other hand, rostering players in perfect situations can be the ultimately league-winning move for savvy fantasy GMs. Today, let's talk about some veterans that entered Unrestricted Free... Read More


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Fantasy Basketball - Veteran Free Agency Winners (Part 1): Patty Mills, John Wall, Ricky Rubio

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NBA Summer League Losers - Forwards: Nikola Jovic, Trevelin Queen, Caleb Houstan

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who find themselves in a bad situation. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. On the other hand, rostering players in perfect situations can be the ultimately league-winning move for savvy fantasy GMs. Today, let's talk about some potential busts and sleepers that... Read More


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NBA Summer League Winners - Forwards: Keegan Murray, Quentin Grimes, Moses Moody

A key part of doing a fantasy draft is avoiding players who find themselves in a bad situation. The wrong pick can completely tank your season. On the other hand, rostering players in perfect situations can be the ultimately league-winning move for savvy fantasy GMs. Today, let's talk about some potential busts and sleepers that... Read More