Todd Gurley
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With the NFL Training Camp approaching us, it is time to start thinking about the 2018 fantasy football season. We’ll continue with a first look at the running backs.
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1. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
2. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
4. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
5. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
6. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
7. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
8. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
9. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
10. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
11. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
12. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
13. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
14. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
15. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
16. Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers
17. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
18. Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Eagles
19. Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins
20. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
21. Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks
22. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
23. Sony Michel, New England Patriots
24. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
25. Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Bucaneers
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Saquon Barkley
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1. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Barkley not only is the odds on favorite to be the top rookie running back, he is a strong candidate to finish in the top ten of fantasy football scoring for all running backs. The last two seasons at Penn State Barkley averaged 1,813 total yards and 20.5 touchdowns.
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2. Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks have been looking for a Marshawn Lynch replacement for a couple of years now. Penny more than doubled his production last year at San Diego State with 2,027 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns with another 18 catches for 142 yards and a pair of scores. If he can stay healthy, perhaps Penny can solidify Seattle’s backfield.
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3. Sony Michel, New England Patriots
Michel ran for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns on a 7.2 yards per carry clip last year for Georgia. He’ll form a committee with James White and Rex Burkhead, but given his explosiveness look for Bill Belichick to find ways to get him the ball.
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4. Derrius Guice, Washington Redskins
Guice averaged 1,373 total yards and 13.5 touchdowns over teh last two years at LSU. He should emerge as the lead back for Washington, but Chris Thompson should limit him to 1st and 2nd downs. Samaje Perine could be in the mix for some carries as well.
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5. Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos
Freeman finished his collegiate career at Oregon with 6,435 total yards and 64 touchdowns, including 1,639 total yards and 16 touchdowns last year. Freeman may enter the season behind Devontae Booker, but Booker may be better suited as the third down back leaving Freeman for early downs and goal line work.
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6. Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jones saw his production at USC improve each year culminating with 1,637 total yards and 19 touchdowns last year. He should enter the year as the lead back for the Bucs, which puts him in RB2/3 conversations.
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7. Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts
Hines does not have a challenging climb to the top of Indy’s depth chart. He ran for 1,040 yards with 9 touchdowns at 5.7 ypc for NC State last year. If Marlon Mack struggles Hines could see RB3 status based on opportunity.
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8. Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions
Johnson had 1,508 total yards and 19 touchdowns at Auburn last year. LeGarrette Blount will cut into goal line work and perhaps some 4th quarter duties if the Lions are ahead. If they fall behind, then Theo Riddick will cut into the time. Johnson is an intriguing dynasty pick though.
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9. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Chubb’s prospects would be much higher had the Browns not signed Carlos Hyde. He averaged 6.2 ypc with 1,175 yards and 13 touchdowns for Georgia.
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10. Kalen Ballage, Miami Dolphins
Ballage has to get past Kenyon Drake and Frank Gore to make an impact as a rookie. Barring injury, that isn’t a likely scenario. You never know though. Ballage did catch 44 passes as a junior for 469 yards and a touchdown to go along with 536 yard and 14 touchdowns on the ground.

Dion Lewis
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Super Bowl LII features two bruising backs for the Eagles and two quick backs for the Patriots. Brady will look to use their speed against linebackers to create mismatches. Philly will look to dominate the line of scrimmage and set up play action passes. I give Lewis a slight edge here, but we know White can shine on the biggest stage.
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1. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
2. Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Eagles
3. James White, New England Patriots
4. LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Eagles
5. Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots
6. Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
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Leonard Fournette
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football running back rankings for the Conference Championship Round.
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1. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
2. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
3. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
4. Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Eagles
5 James White, New England Patriots
6. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
7. Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots
8 T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
9. LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Eagles
10. Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
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Le’Veon Bell
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football running back rankings for the Divisional Round.
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1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
3. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
4. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
5. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
6. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
7. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
8. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
9. Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Eagles
10. James White, New England Patriots
11. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
12. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
13. LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Eagles
14. Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots
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Todd Gurley
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football running back rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
2. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
3. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
4. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
5. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
6. Devonata Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
7. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
8. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
9. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
10. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
11. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
12. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
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Le'Veon Bell ball flip
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Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 17 running back rankings.
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1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
3. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
4. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
5. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
6. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
7. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
8. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
9. Devonata Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
10. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
11. Kenyon Drake, Miami Dolphins
12. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
13. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
14. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
15. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
16. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
17. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
18. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
19. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
20. Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers
21. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
22. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
23. Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
24. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
25. Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots
26. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
27. Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks
28. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
29. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
30. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
31. Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins
32. Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
33. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
34. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
35. Alfred Blue, Houston Texans
36. Brandon Oliver, Los Angeles Chargers
37. Kerwynn Williams, Arizona Cardinals
38. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens
39. Kapri Bibbs, Washington Redskins
40. Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
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Le'Veon Bell ball flip
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Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 16 running back rankings.
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1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
3. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
4. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
5. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
6. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
7. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
8. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
9. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
10. Devonata Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
11. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
12. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
13. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
14. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
15. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
16. Kenyon Drake, Miami Dolphins
17. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
18. Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Eagles
19. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
20. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
21. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
22. Demarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
23. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
24. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
25. Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins
26. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
27. Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers
28. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
29. Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
31. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
32. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
33. Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks
34. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
35. James White, New England Patriots
36. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
37. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
38. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens
39. Kerwynn Williams, Arizona Cardinals
40. Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
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Le'Veon Bell ball flip
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Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 15 running back rankings.
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1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
3. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
4. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
5. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
6. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
7. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
8. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
9. Devonata Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
10. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
11. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
12. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
13. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
14. Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers
15. Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots
16. Kenyon Drake, Miami Dolphins
17. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
18. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
19. Alfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys
20. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthes
21 Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins
22. Demarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
23. Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Eagles
24. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
25. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
26. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
27. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
28. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
29. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
30. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
31. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
32. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
33. Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
34. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
35. Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants
36. Mike Davis, Jacksonville Jaguars
37. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
38. Rod Smith, Dallas Cowboys
39. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
40. Matt Forte, New York Jets
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Le'Veon Bell ball flip
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Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 14 running back rankings.
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1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
3. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
4. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
5. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
6. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
7. Devonata Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
8. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
9. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
10. Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers
11. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
12. Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins
13. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
14. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
15. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
16. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
17. Alfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys
18. Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots
19. Kenyon Drake, Miami Dolphins
20. Demarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
21. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
22. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
23. Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
24. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
25. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
26. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
27. Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants
28. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
29. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
30. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthes
31. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
32. Mike Davis, Jacksonville Jaguars
33. Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Eagles
34. Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals
35. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
36. Matt Forte, New York Jets
37. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
38. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
39. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
40. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
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