Top Running Backs for Fantasy Football: Top 12 RBs Heading into 2020 NFL Season

Jason Schandl
Fantasy football top running back rankings for the 2020 NFL season.
Fantasy football top running back rankings for the 2020 NFL season. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images
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The 2020 fantasy football season is finally here, and The Duel has you covered with everything you need to prepare, from funny fantasy football team names to complete fantasy football rankings.

Running back remains one of the most crucial positions in fantasy football, so let's take a closer look at the top players at the position for 2020 in point-per-reception (PPR) leagues.

Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

12. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

11. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

10. Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals

Kenyan Drake only played eight games with the Arizona Cardinals in 2019, but the results were incredibly encouraging. He averaged 80.4 rushing and 21.4 receiving yards per game, which came on 15.4 carries and 4.4 targets per game. That put him on a 16-game pace for 316 opportunities (246 carries plus 70 targets), which would have ranked No. 7 in the NFL for the entire season.

9. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

8. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Clyde Edwards-Helaire's fantasy outlook absolutely skyrocketed when Damien Williams opted out for the season. CEH has proven versatility, having notched 215 carries and 55 receptions at LSU in 2019, showing he already has the potential to be an every-down player. Playing in the NFL's best offense, with a coach in Andy Reid who tends to get running backs heavily involved as receivers, there's a lot to like here.

7. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

6. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

5. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

4. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

2. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

1. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

No surprise here. Last season, Christian McCaffrey scored 156.4 fantasy points more than any other running back. That's just shy of 10 fantasy points per game. That was backed by an unmatched workload, ranking fourth in the NFL with 287 carries as well as second with 116 receptions. That kind of volume should continue to make him a safe bet as the top RB in fantasy.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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