Fantasy Football Running Back Depth Charts

Updated w/Rookies

by A.J. Applegarth

Welcome to the Fantasy Six Pack Fantasy Football Running Back Depth Charts! Now updated after the 2024 NFL Draft with the incoming Rookie Class including Jonathon Brooks and Trey Benson.

Throughout the season, this depth chart will be updated weekly with the latest injury news and hierarchy changes for each NFL team.

Before you set your fantasy football lineups for sheer domination, be sure to review the in-depth explanation of each category on our depth chart.

Also, don't miss our Wide Receiver Depth Charts.

Running Back Depth Chart Category Breakdown

  • Starting Backs: These players will likely be on the field for their team's first offensive series. However, the Starting Backs may not always receive the highest Snap% each week.
  • Handcuffs: Players listed in this category will typically come into the game when the Starting Back exits. Handcuffs also become more valuable if their team's Starting Back suffers a major injury.
  • Receiving Backs: These running backs tend to see the majority of the work on passing downs. Therefore, the Receiving Backs are especially valuable in PPR/Half-PPR leagues.
  • Goal Line Backs: These players are likely to see the majority of the carries near the goal line. Even though these bruisers have a true knack for finding the end zone, their value can fluctuate weekly.
  • RBBC: Teams marked with an asterisk (*) on the depth chart are using a Running Back By Committee approach. Simply put, these teams have multiple running backs that split the workload.

Fantasy Football Running Back Depth Charts

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Depth Chart Injury Status Key

(Q) = Questionable / (D) = Doubtful / (O) = Out/Inactive / (PUP) = NFL Physically Unable to Perform List / (IR) = Injured Reserve /
(IR-R) = Designated for IR Return / (NFI-R) = Reserve/Non-Football Illness / (SUS) = Reserve/NFL Suspended List

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dk November 8, 2019 - 4:54 pm

who are the must own handcuffs would you say? im currently holding damien harris and malcolm brown.. but i dont see much upside.

would you rather drop them and pick up guys like armstead and bonnafon (if you’re a CMC owner)?

A. J. Applegarth November 9, 2019 - 10:28 pm

I would have no problem dropping Harris in any non-dynasty format. I’m not a huge fan of NE RB as it is due to their inconsistency week-to-week. Brown does have some upside, especially if something were to happen to Gurley. But, even then, I could see a timeshare with Henderson.

My Top-2 handcuffs would be Gus Edwards and Alexander Mattison, with Armstead/Bonnafon as my 3a/3b. Edwards has already been utilized a fair amount, and I think he would easily get the nod over Justice Hill if something were to happen to Ingram. Please Baltimore is a run-first team. As is Minnesota, and we know that Cook has a checkered injury history, hence why I love Mattison’s upside. The other guys are good to hold, but their value hinges on the health of Fournette and CMC.


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