The 2022 NFL Draft is over, giving a clearer picture of rosters for the 2022 season. With that fantasy football rankings can be released. Here are the 2022 fantasy football running back rankings. (Note: These are best used for standard-scoring leagues and will be updated until the season starts)
1. Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
After finishing as the top running back last season, running lanes should be more open with Matt Ryan at quarterback. Taylor is the safest pick atop fantasy football drafts.
2. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
Henry was on a great pace before suffering a foot injury in 2021. With an offseason to heal, he should have elite production again, even if teams can continue to focus on stopping the run even more now without A.J. Brown on the team.
3. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
Over the last few seasons, McCaffrey has dealt with injuries. When he is on the field, he is one of the best running backs in the game. It is still worth taking McCaffrey in the first round, but selecting backup option is necessary.
4. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
From a points-per-game perspective, Cook was a top 10 running back last season. He only played in 13 games though due to injuries. With a full season, Cook can regain his spot as a top-five running back.
5. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
Ekeler rebounded from an injury-plagued 2020 to have a fantastic 2021 season that saw him finish as RB2. With Justin Herbert improving, he and Ekeler can both have big-time fantasy seasons in 2022.
6. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
After he finished as RB3 last season, the Bengals significantly upgraded the offensive line. Mixon is set for another big season, as there really isn’t anyone on the Bengals’ roster worth taking too many carries away from him.
7. Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers
Harris had a great rookie season where he was RB4. The Steelers have improved the offensive line and a new quarterback will help Harris stay productive.
8. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Despite only playing 14 games in 2021, Chubb ranked seventh for fantasy running backs. Chubb will continue to be a great running back in 2022, even if Deshaun Watson ends up being suspended and boxes are stacked against him.
9. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
He played in 14 games and ranked as RB9 in 2021. The 2022 season provides a similar opportunity, if not better for Kamara. New Orleans will have Jameis Winston back healthy and more help at wide receiver to keep the field spread.
10. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
Jones was the 13th-ranked running back in just 15 games played. A.J. Dillon will continue to cut into his workload, but Jones is still a solid fantasy running back.
11. James Conner, Arizona Cardinals
Conner went from being a touchdown vulture to being a great fantasy running back from the start of the season to the end last year. In 15 games played, he was able to rank as RB5 in 2021. Chase Edmonds is now in Miami, which keeps things open for Conner to produce in 2022.
12. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
If it weren’t for injuries, Barkley would rank higher. He didn’t look great even after returning from injury in 2021. Barkley should be selected with caution, but the talent is there.
13. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Elliott isn’t the running back he once was, but he still finished sixth in fantasy points for running backs in 2021. Tony Pollard may take some carries away, but Elliott is still a decent fantasy option.
14. D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions
In 11 games played, Swift ranked as RB23 in 2021. Staying healthy is the name of the game for Swift, as is one of the best weapons the Lions have on the roster.
15. Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ronald Jones is no longer with the Bucs, so Fournette could be very successful. Other backs on the roster may get some third-down work, but the rest should be Fournette’s.
16. Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams showed last year that they prefer to utilize one running back mostly. Darrell Henderson benefitted, while Akers was hurt last season. Now it is Akers’ turn.
17. David Montgomery, Chicago Bears
In 14 games, Montgomery was able to rank 20th in points per game. Teams are going to stack the box against him with the limited outside weapons in Chicago, but Montgomery will get a lot of work.
18. Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos
Williams ranked 18th last season while splitting time with Melvin Gordon last year. Gordon is back, but Williams could get even more of the carries out of the backfield this season.
19. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
While he did finish as RB16 last season (15 games played), the Raiders haven’t shown great faith in him. They’ve declined his fifth-year option, which could mean they may utilize him a little less.
20. Breece Hall, New York Jets
Hall is joining Michael Carter in the Jets’ backfield. He is more of the ever-down back than Carter, which makes him an intriguing option for fantasy.
21. J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens
Unfortunately, Dobbins was injured last year and missed the season. He can be very good this season, but the Ravens will have several running backs contributing like usual.
22. Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers
In just 12 games played, Mitchell ranked as RB24. The rookie had a great season, but Kyle Shanahan has shown that he doesn’t stick to one running back. Selecting Ty Davis-Price could cut into Mitchell’s workload.
23. Damien Harris, New England Patriots
The Patriots keep adding running backs in the middle to late rounds of the NFL Draft, but Harris should be the most utilized. He ranked in the top 10 last season and will have to help keep the chains moving for New England.
24. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles
Sanders has had trouble being consistent at the NFL level. He is the lead running back in the Eagles’ offense, but some of his production will be taken away by Jalen Hurts.
25. Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars
Although he missed his rookie season, Etienne figures to be good in his second season. He will likely split time with James Robinson, but both can be viable fantasy options.
26. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs
Edwards-Helaire hasn’t played up to his expectations, but he is still the lead back in Kansas City. He was RB38 after only playing in 10 games last season.
27. Antonio Gibson, Washington Commanders
Gibson has been benched in Washington. There is still time to earn his spot back, but he should not be trusted extremely early in drafts this season because his status is uncertain.
28. Chase Edmonds, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins needed running back help and they went out and got it. Edmonds lost favor after James Conner broke loose in Arizona, but can get most of the work in Miami this season.
29. Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks
Chris Carson‘s neck injury caused him to retire. That leaves Rashaad Penny and Ken Walker III to fill in before he returns. Penny will have the head start on Walker, as Walker is dealing with a hernia injury.
30. Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns
Even playing behind Nick Chubb, Hunt has been able to carve out a nice role with his pass-catching abilities. That will be the same this season.
31. A.J. Dillon, Green Bay Packers
Dillon just continues to get more work as his time in Green Bay goes on. He will still be behind Aaron Jones, but the Packers will use both to keep them fresh. Dillon was RB21 last season.
32. Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos
The Broncos decided to bring back Gordon to pair with Javonte Williams again. Finishing top 20 might be too rich this season, but he can still be useful on fantasy rosters.
33. Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills
In Buffalo, reps will likely be split between Singletary, Zack Moss and James Cook. Josh Allen will also take some of the rushing production away. Singletary should be the lead back, but his ceiling is relatively low.
34. Ken Walker III, Seattle Seahawks
Walker has a hernia injury, but will battle for carries with Rashaad Penny when he is healthy. The offense will not be great, but there is some production to be had.
35. Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys
Every season, the Cowboys explore new ways to get Pollard the ball. He was a top 30 running back last season and offers similar value this season. His consistency just can’t be relied upon.
36. Cordarelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons
Patterson broke out in 2021, but can he keep it up? With a passing attack that will likely take a huge hit, defenses will be keying on him. His production dropped as the season went on in 2021 and it might be a sign of things to come in 2022.
37. Michael Carter, New York Jets
While Breece Hall figures to get most of the work, Carter is the more viable pass-catcher. He also has experience, as he was RB30 last season, so he can still be a huge factor in the backfield.
38. James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Robinson will lose some carries to Travis Etienne, but he is still a proven and talented running back.
39. Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots
The Patriots use multiple running backs, so Stevenson will be used. He was RB36 last season.
40. Dameon Pierce, Houston Texans
Pierce looks really good in the preseason and is likely going to get some opportunities in the Texans’ offense.
41. Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins
42. Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams
43. Brian Robinson, Washington Commanders
44. Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings
45. Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions
46. Ronald Jones, Kansas City Chiefs
47. James Cook, Buffalo Bills
48. Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts
49. Sony Michel, Miami Dolphins
50. Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
51. D’Onta Foreman, Carolina Panthers
52. Marlon Mack, Houston Texans
53. Isaiah Spiller, Los Angeles Chargers
54. Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears
55. Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles
56. Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins
57. Rachaad White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
58. Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta Falcons
59. Isiah Pacheco, Kansas City Chiefs
60. Trey Sermon, San Francisco 49ers
61. Kenyan Drake, FA
62. Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers
63. Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs
64. Samaje Perine, Cincinnati Bengals
65. J.D. McKissic, Washington Commanders
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