Fantasy Football Running Back Tier Rankings for 2021

Jason Schandl
Fantasy football tier rankings for running backs in 2021.
Fantasy football tier rankings for running backs in 2021. / Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Fantasy Football Tier Rankings

Despite the pass-heavy direction the NFL is going in, the running back position continues to reign supreme in fantasy football. After all, the first six players in average draft position (ADP) in 2021 are all running backs.

With that in mind, here are The Duel's 2021 fantasy football running back rankings broken into tiers.

RB Tiers

Tier 1

1. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

2. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

3. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

4. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Tier 2

5. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

6. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Tier 3

7. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers

8. Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

9. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

10. Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

11. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

12. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

Tier 4

13. D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions

14. David Montgomery, Chicago Bears

15. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

16. JK Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens

17. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

18. Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers

Tier 5

19. Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins

20. Mike Davis, Atlanta Falcons

21. Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams

22. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Tier 6

23. Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars

24. Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns

25. Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos

26. Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals

27. Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos

28. Michael Carter, New York Jets

29. Zach Moss, Buffalo Bills

30. Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills

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