2022 Fantasy Football ADP Risers and Fallers – Running Backs

by Keith Lott
2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 5

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Football ADP Risers and Fallers! Our first look at Sleeper's ADP will focus on the running backs.

If you are looking for the ADP data, Sleeper has made it public on Google Sheets! We will be using PPR ADP for this article as there was no half-PPR ADP data prior to the July 13th update. Below we compare June 2nd data to the most current data dump, July 13th.

It is important to follow ADP trends so that you know which players you need to pounce on and which players you can wait for.

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2022 Fantasy Football ADP Risers and Fallers - Running Backs

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Rising PPR Running Backs

James Conner, Arizona Cardinals

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  • Up 7.3 spots from 39.3 to 32
  • June 2nd (RB19) - July 13th (RB16)

Despite a career-low 3.7 yards per carry, Conner plodded his way to a career-high 15 rushing touchdowns and added three scores receiving. He only rushed for more than 75 yards in one game!

Conner was targeted more in the passing game in the second half of the season catching 32 of his 34 targets over his final seven games played.

Arizona's offense is going to look different to start the year with DeAndre Hopkins suspended and Marquise Brown the team's top wide receiver.

Chase Edmonds signed with the Miami Dolphins this offseason. Darrel Williams and Eno Benjamin round out the running back depth chart.

Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Up 5.6 spots from 51.8 to 46.2
  • June 2nd (RB23) - July 13 (RB22)

We never got to see Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne together in a Jaguars uniform during the regular season. Now, in year two, they have a new head coach in Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator in Press Taylor.

James Robinson is hoping to be ready for Week 1 but if he isn't fully recovered from the Achilles injury, Etienne will have a chance to claim the backfield first.

Changes to the coaching staff, an upgraded offensive line and the money spent in free agency has Fantasy managers hyped for Jacksonville's offense to provide some nice value pieces on draft day.

Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys

  • Up 6 spots from 94.5 to 88.5
  • June 2nd (RB33) - July 13th (RB32)

Pollard is entering his fourth season with the Dallas Cowboys, and is coming of his best season yet, having eclipsed 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2021. However, as long as Ezekiel Elliott is around, Pollard's ceiling is going to be very limited; Zeke dominates the red zone touches.

Tony Pollard has just ten career touchdowns.

Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos

  • Up 5.4 spots from 109.4 to 104
  • June 2nd (RB39) - July 13th (RB37)

Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams split the 2021 snaps and touches just about 50/50, leaving both running backs as solid RB2s. We can expect things to stay the same with Gordon returning, but now they have Russell Wilson leading the offense!

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings

  • Up 8.5 spots from 132.8 to 124.3
  • June 2nd (RB44) - July 13th (RB44)

Despite a career-high in rushing attempts last year, Mattison failed to rush for 500 yards. He rushed for a career-low 3.7 yards per attempt while Dalvin Cook, when healthy, was rushing for nearly five yards per carry.

Mattison is a must-have running back handcuff.

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts

  • Up 24.3 spots from 157.3 to 133
  • June 2nd (RB48) - July 13th (RB45)

Hines signed a three-year $18 mil deal at the beginning of last season and then they just failed to use him on Sundays. A lot of that has to do with Jonathan Taylor being on the roster.

However, with Matt Ryan in town now, we might see the Colts throwing the ball more often, including targeting the running backs.

Both Hines and Taylor had over 50 targets last year. However, in the season prior, Hines caught 63 of his 76 targets and scored four receiving touchdowns.

Marlon Mack, Houston Texans

  • Up 24.2 spots from 169.9 to 145.7
  • June 2nd (RB52) - July 13th (RB49)

Mack was run out of town in Indy by Jonathan Taylor. He now joins a rebuilding Houston Texans offense that saw Rex Burkhead lead the team with 122 rushing attempts last year. Other veterans who put on a Texans uniform last year include - Mark Ingram, David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay.

Burkhead is still around and Houston added Dameon Pierce in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

Lovie Smith and Pep Hamilton are likely to use the veteran back often in the early part of the season. It will be up to Mack to prove he deserves consistent playing time before they turn things over to the rookie.

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Up 13 spots from 164.7 to 151.7
  • June 2nd (RB49) - July 13th (RB50)

J.D. McKissic, Washington Commanders

  • Up 14.2 spots from 166.2 to 152
  • June 2nd (RB50) - July 13th (RB51)

Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears

  • Up 20 spots from 177.2 to 157.2
  • June 2nd (RB53) - July 13th (RB52)

Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins

  • Up 9.5 spots from 167.7 to 158.2
  • June 2nd (RB51) - July 13th (RB53)

Darrel Williams, Arizona Cardinals

  • Up 49.7 spots from 217.1 to 167.4
  • June 2nd (RB63) - July 13th (RB54)

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens

  • Up 11.1 spots from 183.2 to 172.1
  • June 2nd (RB55) - July 13th (RB55)

Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints

  • Up 57.6 spots from 231.1 to 173.5
  • June 2nd (RB60) - July 13th (RB56)

Alvin Kamara is facing a potential suspension, despite being allowed to play in the Pro Bowl.

Tyrion Davis-Price, San Francisco 49ers

  • Up 37.4 spots from 215.8 to 178.4
  • June 2nd (RB61) - July 13th (RB57)

Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions

  • Up 11.1 spots from 190.1 to 179
  • June 2nd (RB57) - July 13th (RB58)

Brian Robinson, Washington Commanders

  • Up 27.6 spots from 216 to 188.4
  • June 2nd (RB62) - July 13th (RB59)

D'Onta Foreman, Carolina Panthers

  • Up 26.5 spots from 219.9 to 193.4
  • June 2nd (RB64) - July 13th (RB61)

Falling PPR Running Backs

Antonio Gibson, Washington Commanders

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  • Down 7.8 spots - 33.1 to 40.9
  • June 2nd (RB16) - July 13th (RB19)

Gibson has now scored at least ten touchdowns in each of his first two NFL seasons. In his rookie year, he rushed for 11 touchdowns on just 170 attempts and last year he added three receiving touchdowns to go with seven rushing touchdowns on 258 attempts.

Despite only six running backs in the NFL scoring more touchdowns than Gibson over the past two seasons, his draft stock continues to fall. J.D. McKissic returned this offseason and Washington added Brian Robinson in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft this spring.

All seven of his rushing touchdowns last year came inside the red zone, six of them from five yards or closer. Many worry that's where Brian Robinson will step in and explains the drop in ADP.

Michael Carter, New York Jets

  • Down 6.9 spots - 103.3 to 110.2
  • June 2md (RB35) - July 13th (RB38)

Michael Carter saw 183 touches as a rookie, gaining 984 yards from scrimmage, scoring four rushing touchdowns. He showed a lot of promise in his first season, but then the New York Jets went and traded up for Iowa State running back Breece Hall!

Despite all this, Carter has plenty of experience making the most of his touches in a shared backfield. He split time at North Carolina with Javonte Williams.

James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Down 12.1 spots - 106.3 to 118.4
  • June 2nd (RB38) - July 13th (RB 41)

After suffering an Achilles injury in Week 16, it is possible that James Robinson is ready for Week 1. Problem is, Travis Etienne (Lisfranc) is back.

Isaiah Spiller, Los Angeles Chargers

  • Down 6.3 spots - 110.7 to 117
  • June 2nd (RB40) - July 13th (RB40)

Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers

  • Down 10.3 spots - 181 to 191.3
  • June 2nd (RB54) - July 13 (RB60)

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