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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 ColemanIto Smith
- Tevin Coleman
- Ito Smith
- Tevin Coleman
- Ito Smith
XFreeman is on IR opening the door for Ito Smith to take the old Coleman role.
Baltimore RavensAlex Collins- Javorius Allen
- Ty Montgomery
- Javorius Allen
- Ty Montgomery
- Javorius Allen
- Alex Collins
XCollins and Allen are splitting the workload a lot more than most thought they would. If Collins can't fix his fumbling problems then he will be benched. The addition of Montgomery doesn't feel like it means much.
Buffalo BillsLeSean McCoyChris IvoryLeSean McCoyLeSean McCoyMcCoy is getting the bulk of the carries here but not producing thanks to a lackluster offense.
Carolina PanthersChristian McCaffreyCameron Artis-PayneChristian McCaffreyChristian McCaffreyCMC is getting tons of work and its leading to plenty of Fantasy points especially in PPR.
Chicago BearsTarik Cohen
Jordan HowardTarik CohenJordan HowardXCohen is seeing more and more work each week it seems. Yes, Howard scored, but that appears to be the only way he keeps any value. I'm making the swap on the depth chart to Cohen being the guy you want to use more.
Cincinatti BengalsJoe MixonGiovani Bernard

Giovani BernardJoe MixonXGio returned and it is back to the Mixon and Gio show. Mixon is still the guy you really want.
Cleveland BrownsNick ChubbDuke Johnson JrDuke Johnson Jr.Nick ChubbChubb had a fantastic Week 10 and is the clear guy to own here, but Johnson is starting to be used more like he should since the coaching change.
Dallas CowboysEzekiel ElliottRod SmithEzekiel ElliottEzekiel ElliottThis one is easy. Zeke and more Zeke.
Denver BroncosPhillip Lindsay- Devonte Booker
- Royce Freeman (INJ)
Phillip Lindsay- Phillip Lindsay
- Devonte Booker
XLindsay is locked into a role here now and Freeman and him are splitting most of the work.
Detroit LionsKerryon Johnson- Theo Riddick
- LeGarrette Blount
Theo RiddickLeGarrette BlountXKerryon has distanced himself from this group and finally taken over as expected.
Green Bay PackersAaron JonesJamaal WilliamsJamaal WilliamsAaron JonesXTy Montgomery was shipped out. All we can hope for is this opens the door for Jones to get even more work after his strong Week 8.
Houston TexansLamar Miller- Alfred Blue
- D'Onta Foreman (PUP)
Lamar Miller- Lamar Miller
- D'Onta Foreman (PUP)
Lamar Miller is starting to show signs of life lately. I'm removing the committee tag for now.
Indianapolis ColtsMarlon Mack- Jordan Wilkins
- Nyheim Hines
- Robert Turbin
Nyheim HinesMarlon MackXMack is looking good and is definitely worth owning and starting most weeks now.
Jacksonville JaguarsLeonard Fournette- Carlos Hyde

T.J. YeldonLeonard FournetteFournette is back and there goes the committee tag.
Kansas City ChiefsKareem HuntSpencer Ware- Kareem Hunt
- Spencer Ware
Kareem HuntThere was some worry for Hunt early on, but he has seen his workload increase each week. He is one of the safe running backs out there and on a great offense.
Los Angeles ChargersMelvin GordonAustin Ekeler- Melvin Gordon
- Austin Ekeler
Melvin GordonGordon is the primary back here and should get enough third down work to be considered a workhorse back.
Los Angeles RamsTodd GurleyJohn KellyTodd GurleyTodd GurleyGurley is the guy and you should have no issues with him.
Miami Dolphins- Kenyan Drake
- Frank Gore
- Kenyan Drake
- Frank Gore
Kenyan DrakeFrank GoreXI have no idea what they are doing in Miami. Gore has actually out-touched Drake in multiple games this season. I am putting them 1A/1B for now.
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 PatriotsJames White- Kenjon Barner
- Sony Michel (INJ)

James White
James WhiteXSony Michel's injury this past Sunday looked bad and I expect him to miss significant time. James White will see his workload increase a bit, but expect Barner to be involved too.
New Orleans SaintsAlvin Kamara- Mark 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 JetsIsaiah CrowellElijah McGuireElijah McGuireIsaiah CrowellXPowell is out for the season and Crowell will get the bulk of the carries with McGuire taking Powell's role.
Oakland RaidersDoug Martin- Jalen RichardJalen RichardDoug MartinXLynch is out for the season so it is Doug Martin getting early down work, with Richard getting pass catching duties.
Philadelphia EaglesWendell Smallwood- Corey Clement
- Josh Adams
- Wendell Smallwood
- Darren Sproles (INJ)
- Corey Clement
- Josh Adams
XClement and Smallwood have underwhelmed since Ajayi's injury. In Week 8 Josh Adams stepped up so add his name to the mix here.
Pittsburgh SteelersJames ConnerJames Conner
- Le'Veon Bell (holdout)
James ConnerJames ConnerLook like more and more Le'Veon Bell won't report to the Steelers. Congrats to those of you who snatched up Conner.
San Francisco 49ersMatt BreidaAlfred MorrisMatt BreidaMatt BreidaMostert broke his arm and is done for the year. This leave Breida as the primary ball carrier and Morris to back him up. I'm removing the committee tag though as Alf has not been utilized much at all.
Seattle SeahawksChris Carson- Mike Davis
- Rashaad Penny
C.J. ProsiseChris CarsonXThis backfield is hard to figure out. One week its Carson the next its Davis and now in Week 10 it was Penny. You're guess is as good as ours.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersPeyton Barber- Jacquizz Rodgers
- Ronald Jones II (INJ)
Jacquizz RodgersPeyton BarberXWith Jones injuried Barber becomes a viable RB2/Flex play.
Tennessee TitansDion LewisDerrick Henry- Dion Lewis
- Derrick Henry
- Derrick Henry
- Dion Lewis
XThe run game has not been strong this season, Lewis and Henry are flex plays at best now.
Washington RedskinsAdrian Peterson- Kapri Bibbs
- Chris Thompson (INJ)
- Kapri Bibbs
- Chris Thompson (INJ)
Adrian PetersonBibbs is filling in nicely for Thompson while he is injured, but this is still APs backfield.

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