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Fantasy Football RB Rankings Have Saquon Barkley on Top With Todd Gurley Falling Heading Into 2019

By Ian McCafferty
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With the 2019 NFL Draft nearly upon us, it's as good a time as any to start thinking about your fantasy draft. As fantasy rankings are likely going to shift once the draft kicks off, let's break down the top fantasy running backs in the NFL ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Saquon Barkley sits atop Evans' rankings after putting up one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history. The Giants running back tallied 2,028 total yards and 15 total touchdowns last season, so it's no surprise he's ranked No. 1 here.

Additionally, it looks like Evans isn't expecting much of a drop in production from Le'Veon Bell, as he has him ranked No. 4 overall. While Bell is undeniably talented, it's a lot to expect from a player who just willingly sat out an entire season.

Meanwhile, Todd Gurley's fantasy stock has taken a serious hit, as Evans has him ranked at No. 10. Gurley completely fell apart down the stretch due to a knee injury last season. Investing a first-round pick on the Los Angeles Rams' running back looks risky at the moment.

Similarly, the Fantasy Football Bros also have Gurley ranked outside of the Top-5.

Considering that Gurley was a consensus Top-3 pick last season, this is quite the drop.

While Gurley's value has seemingly taken a hit, Christian McCaffrey's stock is on the rise. McCaffrey proved he was one of the top running backs in the NFL last season, tallying 1,965 total yards. Both fantasy analysts we highlighted here have him ranked in their Top-5.

All in all, these rankings could change once we see where this year's crop of rookie running backs will land in the NFL Draft. But as things currently stand, Barkley looks like the consensus No. 1 running back, according to both Evans and the Fantasy Football Bros.


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Ian McCafferty is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Ian McCafferty also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username itmccaff. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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