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PPR Running Back Tiered Rankings for 2015 Fantasy Football


What's up RotoBallers. The 2015 fantasy football draft season is upon us, and we've been churning out tons of great fantasy football rankings & analysis throughout the preseason. Throughout this week we'll be releasing our tiered fantasy football rankings. Putting players into tiers is a great strategy to prepare for your drafts, and allows you to easily identify which players to draft when.

Today we're starting with our tiered running back PPR rankings for 2015. These staff consensus rankings take the average ranks of our best and brightest analysts, and break the players out into color-coded tiers so you can easily group players to target on draft day. Let's get to it.

Editor's note: Be sure to check out our Who To Draft Tool, a free player comparison tool which can help you make decisions on who to draft. Need to choose between a few players? Not sure who to pick next? Compare any two NFL players and see which is recommended for your drafts.

 

Tiered PPR Running Back Rankings - 2015 Fantasy Football

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Rank
Rankings
Tiers
Running Backs
(Team/BYE Week)
AVERAGE DRAFT POSITION BY PROVIDER
Yahoo ESPN CBS AVG
1 1 Jamaal Charles KC/9 1 5 1 2.3
2 1 Eddie Lacy GB/7 3 3 2 2.7
3 1 Le'Veon Bell PIT/11 5 2 4 3.7
4 1 Adrian Peterson MIN/5 2 1 3 2
5 1 Marshawn Lynch SEA/9 4 4 5 4.3
6 2 Matt Forte CHI/7 15 9 8 10.7
7 2 DeMarco Murray PHI/8 11 8 12 10.3
8 2 Justin Forsett BAL/9 24 33 23 26.7
9 2 C.J. Anderson DEN/7 18 7 9 11.3
10 2 Jeremy Hill CIN/7 13 18 19 16.7
11 2 LeSean McCoy BUF/8 19 15 17 17
12 3 Lamar Miller MIA/5 42 31 25 32.7
13 3 C.J. Spiller NO/11 84 67 79 76.7
14 3 Mark Ingram NO/11 37 26 34 32.3
15 3 Frank Gore IND/10 30 38 33 33.7
16 3 Joseph Randle DAL/6 57 50 50 52.3
17 3 Melvin Gordon SD/10 29 39 27 31.7
18 3 Jonathan Stewart CAR/5 77 41 62 60
19 4 Andre Ellington ARI/9 60 55 40 51.7
20 4 Carlos Hyde SF/10 48 36 41 41.7
21 4 Latavius Murray OAK/6 43 47 38 42.7
22 4 Alfred Morris WAS/8 40 29 37 35.3
23 4 Giovani Bernard CIN/7 104 64 73 80.3
24 4 Ameer Abdullah DET/9 80 79 58 72.3
25 4 T.J. Yeldon JAC/8 81 59 55 65
26 4 Shane Vereen NYG/11 139 91 105 111.7
27 4 Christopher Ivory NYJ/5 97 72 70 79.7
28 4 Isaiah Crowell CLE/11 127 80 95 100.7
29 4 Todd Gurley STL/6 64 46 59 56.3
30 4 Danny Woodhead SD/10 153 114 150 139
31 4 Devonta Freeman ATL/10 169 104 86 119.7
32 5 Rashad Jennings NYG/11 99 66 53 72.7
33 5 LeGarrette Blount NE/4 87 71 82 80
34 5 Reggie Bush SF/10 128 165 122 138.3
35 5 Doug Martin TB/6 98 77 78 84.3
36 5 Joique Bell DET/9 106 57 54 72.3
37 5 Tevin Coleman ATL/10 107 93 85 95
38 5 Denard Robinson JAC/8 178 228 203
39 5 Bishop Sankey TEN/4 173 106 131 136.7
40 5 Fred Jackson BUF/8 140 202 171
41 5 Roy Helu OAK/6 192 182 187
42 6 Arian Foster HOU/9 56 73 84 71
43 6 Tre Mason STL/6 145 95 88 109.3
44 6 Ryan Mathews PHI/8 144 78 94 105.3
45 6 Darren Sproles PHI/8 123 158 145 142
46 6 Charles Sims TB/6 181 125 133 146.3
47 6 Alfred Blue HOU/9 126 97 89 104
48 6 Duke Johnson CLE/11 176 112 143 143.7
49 6 Matt Jones WAS/8 200 200
50 6 Lance Dunbar DAL/6 240 240
51 6 Darren McFadden DAL/6 119 119 110 116
52 6 David Johnson ARI/9 180 155 167.5
53 6 Terrance West CLE/11 194 233 213.5
54 6 Theo Riddick DET/9 186 211 198.5
55 7 Chris Polk HOU/9
56 7 Cameron Artis-Payne CAR/5
57 7 Andre Williams NYG/11 151 133 191 158.3
58 7 Jay Ajayi MIA/5 166 197 201 188
59 7 Knile Davis KC/9 184 160 127 157
60 7 David Cobb TEN/4 171 138 118 142.3
61 7 Jerick McKinnon MIN/5 185 227 206
62 7 DeAngelo Williams PIT/11 142 150 159 150.3
63 7 James White NE/4
64 7 Daniel Herron IND/10 196 196
65 7 Javorius Allen BAL/9
66 7 Jonas Gray NE/4 150 174 114 146
67 7 Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL/9 142 235 188.5
68 7 Damien Williams MIA/5 241 241
69 7 Branden Oliver SD/10 232 232
70 7 Stevan Ridley NYJ/5
71 7 James Starks GB/7 206 206
72 7 Trent Richardson OAK/6
73 7 Toby Gerhart JAC/8
74 7 Montee Ball DEN/7 140 153 167 153.3
75 7 Ronnie Hillman DEN/7 143 166 185 164.7
76 7 Zac Stacy NYJ/5
77 7 Brandon Bolden NE/4

 
 

Running Back (RB) PPR Rankings Analysis

Alfred Morris falls in my ranking as Matt Jones continues to make bigger and bigger cases for seeing the field. The Redskins have already talked about potentially having Jones eat into Morris' ground game workload, and we already know that Morris will see no time in the passing game.

The upside with Morris is capped, and minimizing with every passing day. Unless Morris can have some convincing early season performances, he'll immediately be put on alert by Jones attempting to take him over as the lead running back in Washington.

Cameron Artis-Payne, despite not being a big name on my rookie board, has big 2015 potential thanks to the constant nagging injury history of Jonathan Stewart and the 3-down abilities he has to offer. It's likely that Artis-Payne sees time even without Stewart being injured, just due to the need to keep the workload light to avoid getting hurt.

If Stewart does go down (as he has nearly every year), then obviously Artis-Payne's value takes off. Although he'll be unlikely to be used as a bell-cow type, he'll be the lead man in a rotation that'll involve him rushing and catching passes.

Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman have both been injured for a majority of this preseason, but Coleman's still not the guy to expect to win the starting job outright. Coleman still won't fit into the scheme he's being asked to play.

Once Freeman is back, he should be able to take all the pass catching opportunities (Coleman offers nearly no value there right now) as well as lead the backfield due to how well his skills fit into the Shanahan zone scheme. Ultimately, this is likely a situation to avoid drafting altogether, but if value falls into it- Freeman's the one to take and Coleman's ADP is worth letting pass.

 

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