Top 50 Veteran Running Backs - Dynasty Football Fan

Top 50 Veteran Running Backs

Top 50 Veteran Running BacksDec 4, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Running back is the muse of dynasty fantasy football. They are short-lived, easily-injured producers that are critical to success. Even in zero-RB theory strategies the point is that some of those low round RBs are going to pop and help win you the league. It’s critically important to position this position with depth on your dynasty team. As I’ve now done with QBs and WRs, below is a projection three years out of potential fantasy scoring for the top 50 veteran running backs. This considers both their potential over the next three years, given their age and DMX score which is also shown for your convenience. The commentary will help provide some context for these projections. By all means leave a comment if you agree or disagree with this ranking.

Rank Name Last 3 Years Next 3 Years Age  DMX Comments
1 David Johnson                 500                   900    25.5     0.54 Extremely talented at peak age
2 Ezekiel Elliott                 294                   881    21.9     1.74 Slight risk of small sophomore slump
3 Le’Veon Bell                 615                   870    25.4     1.49 3rd here only due to off-the-field issues
4 Jay Ajayi                 222                   825    24.3     0.67 Will establish himself this year
5 Jordan Howard                 201                   750    22.7     0.35 Least talented of top 5
6 Ameer Abdullah                 114                   750    24.6     1.17 Expecting big things, must stay healthy
7 Melvin Gordon                 285                   735    24.3     1.49 Should put it all together for year 3
8 Devonta Freeman                 531                   690    25.3     0.32 Hard to argue with this production
9 Todd Gurley                 343                   680    23.0     1.21 Think this is the floor w/ new coach
10 Doug Martin                 339                   600    28.7     0.90 Assumes he performs this yr and carries over
11 Carlos Hyde                 296                   600    26.0     0.65 Lots of risk here but a talented runner
12 Kenneth Dixon                   72                   590    23.9     0.40 Assumes he establishes himself post suspension
13 Paul Perkins                   62                   590    23.2     0.49 Assumes he establishes himself this year
14 LeSean McCoy                 562                   585    29.0     1.35 will have  a downward arc over next 3 years
15 Tevin Coleman                 201                   560    24.5     1.30 Too talented not to breakout at some point
16 Derrick Henry                   93                   540    23.3     1.39 see Tevin Coleman
17 DeMarco Murray                 677                   526    29.4     0.72 will cede to Henry over time
18 Lamar Miller                 532                   525    26.2     1.10 Not convinced he’s elite, will cede to Foreman
19 Mark Ingram                 507                   525    27.6     0.91 Sharing time and may leave NO soon
20 Isaiah Crowell                 397                   525    24.6   (0.04) Not convinced he’s the long term answer
21 Jeremy Hill                 493                   493    24.8     0.93 Is what he is at this point
22 Marshawn Lynch                 333                   460    31.2     1.51 Pops for a couple of years, then out of league
23 C.J. Anderson                 380                   450    26.5   (0.40) Assumes he does not establish himself
24 Devontae Booker                 112                   450    25.3     0.20 Assumes he gradually works into play time
25 Mike Gillislee                 162                   450    27.0     0.16 In RBBC that will never end
26 James White                 190                   450    25.9     0.41 See Mike Gillislee
27 LeGarrette Blount                 431                   425    30.7   (0.76) On the downside, in RBBC that shared a lot last yr.
28 Terrance West                 260                   425    26.8     0.64 Good but not great, best yr in next 3 will be 2017
29 Bilal Powell                 249                   425    29.0     0.51 Good in PPR but not long term
30 Latavius Murray                 406                   406    27.6     0.17 Think he is what he is and will cede to Cook
31 C.J. Prosise                   44                   400    23.8     0.69 This could be his floor, future is murky at this point
32 Eddie Lacy                 390                   390    27.2     0.56 Not convinced he does much in Seattle
33 Jonathan Williams                   11                   375    24.5     0.10 Assumes he takes over by 2019
34 Rob Kelley                 121                   370    24.9   (1.08) Never going to be long term answer
35 Giovani Bernard                 360                   360    25.8     1.16 Is what he is at this point
36 Spencer Ware                 238                   357    25.8   (0.04) Will cede to Hunt over time
37 Jonathan Stewart                 406                   335    30.4     1.68 On the downward arc of his career
38 Danny Woodhead                 191                   325    33.0   (0.10) Old but mildly productive
39 Wendell Smallwood                   41                   325    24.1     0.33 Assumes he’s part of the RBBC in Philly
40 T.J. Yeldon                 208                   311    24.0     0.91 Future murkey with Fournette in town
41 Chris Ivory                 382                   300    29.4   (0.64) Will go away soon
42 Duke Johnson                 195                   300    24.0     1.07 Good but not great, may have a chance to pop
43 Thomas Rawls                 181                   300    24.2   (0.29) Murky and DMX says he is not long term answer
44 Chris Thompson                 166                   300    27.3     0.24 PPR stud, that’s about it
45 Frank Gore                 483                   275    34.2     0.79 Maybe 2 more years tops, right?
46 Theo Riddick                 269                   269    26.5   (0.09) PPR stud, that’s about it
47 Darren Sproles                 311                   250    34.3     0.75 THE original PPR stud, will retire soon
48 Matt Jones                 163                   244    24.4     0.56 Future murkey but talented if fumbles go away
49 Jerick McKinnon                 233                   233    25.6     0.88 Stuck in RBBC land
50 Alfred Blue                 229                   229    26.6   (0.57) Nothing more than a backup

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