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Fantasy Football Running Back Depth Chart

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Running Backs in Fantasy Football are becoming more important again, as proven by the scoring leaders from 2017.

The zero-RB theory strategy is becoming less and less utilized, but not completely disregarded by everybody. This is because the running back position is still a very volatile one. It is prone to injuries and busts more than just about any position on the field.

The volatility requires you to stay on top of the depth charts so you know who the next man up is when the starter goes down. You also want to know who is in that dreaded committee so you can draft/plan accordingly.

To stay in the know use our Fantasy Football Running Back Depth Chart.

Table explanation:

  • RBBC: If the touches will be split roughly 60/40 or less, this is marked as a running back by committee.
  • Starter: The running back who is most likely to start each game. This does not always mean they will get the most touches.
  • Handcuff(s): Player(s) who are likely to take over if the starter comes out of the game. In some cases, it is not 100% determined yet.
  • Third-Down Back(s): Player(s) who are likely to get the bulk of the passing down work.
  • Goal Line Back(s): Player(s) who are likely to get the bulk of the workload near the goal line.

Fantasy Football Running Back Depth Chart

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TeamStarterHandcuff(s)Third-Down Back(s)Goal Line Back(s)RBBCNotes
Arizona CardinalsDavid JohnsonChase EdmondsDavid JohnsonDavid JohnsonThis is David Johnson's backfield. Chase Edmonds is the handcuff here, but holds almost no standalone value.
Atlanta FalconsTevin Coleman- Brian Hill
- Jeremy Langford
- Tevin Coleman
- Tevin Coleman
Ito Smith is on IR leaving Coleman with more opportunities. Brian hill of Jeremy Langford will back him up.
Baltimore RavensGus Edwards- Kenneth Dixon
- Kenneth Dixon
- Gus EdwardsXWith Lamar Jackson under center, the running game has flourished. Edwards is the man to own here, but Kenneth Dixon is making noise and is the backup to own.
Buffalo BillsLeSean McCoy Chris Ivory
LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy It appears McCoy is going to be able to go this week.
Carolina PanthersChristian McCaffreyCameron Artis-PayneChristian McCaffreyChristian McCaffreyCMC is getting tons of work and its leading to plenty of Fantasy points.
Chicago BearsTarik Cohen
Jordan HowardTarik CohenJordan HowardXHoward is starting to see more work now and is useful once again. I still prefer Cohen in fantasy, especially PPR, but its closer than it was a few weeks ago.
Cincinatti BengalsJoe MixonGiovani Bernard

Giovani BernardJoe MixonXMixon is really all you care about here.
Cleveland BrownsNick ChubbDuke Johnson JrDuke Johnson Jr.Nick ChubbSo much for Duke Johnson being utilized more like he should. Nick Chubb or bust.
Dallas CowboysEzekiel ElliottRod SmithEzekiel ElliottEzekiel ElliottThis one is easy. Zeke and more Zeke.
Denver BroncosPhillip Lindsay- Royce Freeman
- Devonte Booker
Phillip Lindsay- Phillip Lindsay
- Royce Freeman
Lindsay is the man to own here. He may get snipped at the goalline by Freeman, but he is good enough to overcome it.
Detroit LionsTheo Riddick- LeGarrette BlountTheo RiddickLeGarrette BlountXKerryon has landed on the IR now that the Lions are out of it. This is not a backfield you want any part of.
Green Bay PackersJamaal Williams- Dany VitaleJamaal WilliamsJamaal WilliamsAaron Jones sprained his MCL in Week 15 and is done for the season. Back to Jamaal Williams.
Houston TexansLamar Miller- Alfred Blue
- D'Onta Foreman
Lamar Miller- Lamar Miller
- D'Onta Foreman
Lamar Miller injured his ankle in Week 15, but the Texans are saying he could be back next week. Until we hear otherwise he stays atop the depth chart.
Indianapolis ColtsMarlon Mack- Jordan Wilkins
- Nyheim Hines
- Robert Turbin
Nyheim HinesMarlon MackXMack is looking good and is definitely worth owning and starting.
Jacksonville JaguarsLeonard Fournette- David Williams
- Carlos Hyde

T.J. YeldonLeonard FournetteFournette saw one carry in the second half against Washington for David Williams. Who? Fournette may be rested more like that in Week 16 so there is risk in using him.
Kansas City ChiefsDamien Williams- Darrell Williams
- Charcandrick West
- Spencer Ware (INJ)
Damien WilliamsDamien WilliamsSpencer Ware missed Week 15 and in moved Damien Williams to save the day for those who started him. Ware may return Week 16 but if not Williams is a safe start.
Los Angeles ChargersMelvin Gordon- Justin Jackson
- Austin Ekeler (INJ)
- Melvin GordonMelvin GordonJackson filled in nicely while Ekeler and Gordon were out Week 15. Gordon is ready to return while Ekeler is not, leaving some room for Justin Jackson to get some work.
Los Angeles RamsTodd GurleyJohn KellyTodd GurleyTodd GurleyGurley still finished the day with a good fantasy total, but he looks hobbled by a knee injury and is clearly not the same. If he starts you start him but keep an eye on it and get John Kelly if you can.
Miami Dolphins- Kalen Ballage
- Kenyan Drake
- Kenyan Drake
- Kalen Ballage
Kenyan DrakeKalen BallageXFrank Gore was injured early in Week 15, so you would think Drake would have busy day... nope. Kalen Ballage out touched him 13-4. I really just don't know anymore with the Dolphins.
Minnesota VikingsDalvin Cook- Latavius Murray
- Mike Boone
Latavius MurrayDalvin CookXCook is back and should get the majority of the work, but to make sure he stays healthy Murray will see his fair share.
New England PatriotsSony Michel- James White
- Rex Burkhead


James White
- Sony Michel
- James White
- Rex Burkhead
XJames White has not been very productive over the last few weeks and is an iffy flex play now. Michel might be the only safe play here
New Orleans SaintsAlvin KamaraMark Ingram
Alvin KamaraMark IngramXKamara is the show here, while Ingram is proving to be game flow dependent. When it does go his way he has huge games.
New York GiantsSaquon Barkley- Wayne Gallman
- Jonathan Stewart
Saquon BarkleySaquon BarkleyThis is no doubt Barkley's backfield.
New York JetsElijah McGuireTrenton CannonElijah McGuireElijah McGuireXPowell is out for the season and Crowell will get the bulk of the carries with McGuire taking Powell's role.
Oakland RaidersDoug MartinJalen RichardJalen RichardDoug MartinXLynch is out for the season so it is Doug Martin getting early down work, with Richard getting pass catching duties.
Philadelphia EaglesJosh Adams
- Wendell Smallwood- Wendell Smallwood
- Darren Sproles
Josh AdamsXJosh Adams appears to have taken over the primary role here. It is still a backfield that I'm not interested in.
Pittsburgh SteelersJaylen Samuels- Stevan Ridley
- James Conner (INJ)
Jaylen SamuelsJaylen SamuelsLooking more and more doubtful that Conner will return for Week 16. Fire up those Samuel shares once more, especially in Yahoo where he has TE eligibility.
San Francisco 49ersMatt Breida- Jeff Wilson
- Alfred Morris

Matt BreidaMatt BreidaBreida returned in Week 15 only to reinjure the same ankle that has been bothering him most of the season. It looks like he will play though, but its hard to trust him considering he has left many games early.
Seattle SeahawksChris Carson- Rashaad Penny
- Mike Davis
C.J. ProsiseChris CarsonXCarson is really the only guy you can trust, but it is still a bit of a committee.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersPeyton Barber- Jacquizz Rodgers
- Ronald Jones II (INJ)
Jacquizz RodgersPeyton BarberXWith Jones injuried Barber becomes a viable RB2/Flex play.
Tennessee TitansDerrick HenryDion Lewis- Dion Lewis
- Derrick Henry
- Derrick Henry
- Dion Lewis
XWhere has this been. Derrick Henry has looked like the best running back in the NFL the last two weeks.
Washington RedskinsAdrian PetersonChris ThompsonChris Thompson

Adrian PetersonThompson is back but this is still all AP. Although with the QB injuries he is going to have a tough time with defenses focusing more on him.

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