The 2020 NFL Draft Combine has come and gone. Here’s what we learned: Henry Ruggs isn’t slow, two large trees were killed in the making of A.J. Dillon’s legs, Jonathan Taylor is THE MAN, and eight large deep dish pizzas (Pequods-only) in three days is too much for any one donkey. So now what? First, I’ll probably need to go to the gym to work off these 30 extra combine-pizza-pounds. But you’re here for fantasy football discussion, not updates on Donkey’s rapidly deteriorating physical and mental health. Well, our 2020 Dynasty and Rookie Rankings are now being populated and updated frequently, and B_Don is plowing thru the film on his 2020 NFL Draft Previews. I went over my top 20 and top 40 dynasty running backs last week and made a couple minor post-combine tweaks once the dust settled (insert Jonathan Taylor eggplant emoji). Anyway, here’s my top 60 running backs for 2020 PPR dynasty football:
Disclaimer: If you’re sensitive to ridiculously high rankings of Kerryon Johnson, don’t scroll too far.
41. Rashaad Penny – This tier a new tier. It goes from here until Dillon. I call this tier, “Four Young Dudes—Wait, Raheem Mostert Is 28?!” Penny is coming off ACL surgery and behind Chris Carson on the depth chart. So maybe #41 seems a little high? Some readers weren’t thrilled with my ranking of Carson at #26 last week, but I’m not convinced the hip issue isn’t going to be an, uh, issue. Carson also had some very real fumbling whoas and Penny was starting to take a larger share of the touches when he went down with the ACL. I’d try to buy the 24 year old right now. There’s a chance it’s the Penny show in Seattle come 2021.
42. Darrell Henderson – I’ll admit it, I loved Henderson coming into last season. Really seemed like the writing was on the wall. The Rams traded up to take this kid—a versatile weapon—and Gurley’s knees were being held together by play-doh. But I haven’t given up on the youngster yet, his star may still shine in Hollywood.
43. Raheem Mostert – I gave you my Raheem Mostert Dynasty Outlook a couple weeks back, I wrote it will imagining I was massaging Kerryon Johnson’s feet and other body parts. Think I’ll be steering clear of the 49ers backfield this season.
44. A.J. Dillon – Am I ranking him solely based on his sexy legs? Maybe. An overreaction? Possibly. But he can really get those legs moving, posting a 4.53 combine forty time at a swole 247 pounds. You can bet NFL GMs took note.
45. James White – This is a new tier. It goes from here until Johnson. I call this tier, “Throw Me The Rock!” Over the past two seasons White has averaged 79.5 receptions, 698 receiving yards and 6 receiving touchdowns. Not bad for a wide receiver!
46. Duke Johnson – Last year was supposed to be the Duke Johnson coming out party, but then Carlos Hyde showed up drunk and threw up all over the appetizer table. Hyde’s now a free agent but the Texan’s will almost certainly draft a back, and maybe one of the top three.
47. Jordan Howard – This is a new tier. It goes from here until Moss. I call this tier, “Looking For Work.” People keep doubting JHow and JHow keeps piling carries and posting numbers. It feels like he’s been around for ages but he’ll only be 25 this year. If he lands in a decent situation this offseason then he’ll easily move into my top 40.
48. Tevin Coleman – So Coleman might not be looking for work, but if I was his dynasty owner I’d be hoping he’s looking for work soon. The 49ers have an opt out clause in his contract this offseason which would save them $3,500,000. The Shanahan offense has “fantasy backfield headache” written all over it, like it passed out early at a party.
49. Zack Moss – Here’s what our man Alfred (better known as BOOF) said about Moss in his top 15 rookie running back rankings, “will probably be a polarizing prospect throughout the process. I like his overall profile as an early producer who maintained backfield equity throughout his career. He was also more involved in the passing game than you probably think. The word is he doesn’t pop with burst on film but his career yards per touch is on par with any NFL prospect at 6.1. Since I’m not that familiar with his tape, Moss’ athleticism remains a question. If he can’t get a forty time to meet the HaSS threshold or just otherwise tests slow, I think he’d be knocked out of a 3rd round selection and this ranking will suffer.” Well he ran a 4.65 forty which is yuck, but BOOF is holding strong with him as his #5 RB draft prospect; I moved Freight Train Dillon ahead. Like with any rookie RB, everything depends on where the Moss grows.
50. Benny Snell – This is a new tier. It goes from here to Pollard. I call this tier, “Rooting For Guys To Get Hurt? Shame On You!” These are some nice attrition plays. Call me crazy but I think Benny the Jet just might be better than James Conner. And that’s more about how impressed I was with Snell’s 2019 showing than a knock on Conner. There might be some deep league value here even without a Conner injury.
51. Chase Edmonds – There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Cardinals backfield with the Drake and DJ question marks but the 24 year old Edmonds flashed against the Giants for 150 yards and 3 touchdowns before getting hurt. It was a weak defense but I still believe the flash was mostly real. Might be worth sniffing around the buy low window while it appears he’s destined to be buried on the depth chart. Things change quickly in RB-land.
52. Matt Breida – Alright, so I’m not fully out on 49ers running backs. Breida is pretty much free in early redraft best balls (187 ADP vs. Mostert’s 55 ADP). You could do worse on the end of your bench in dynasty leagues, plus he’s only 25 this year.
53. Tony Pollard – I was a bit surprised Pollard wasn’t utilized more last year to take the load off the billion dollar star back down in Dallas. He’s still a must-own handcuff for Zeke owners and one of those guys with fill-in RB1 upside if Elliott ever goes down.
54. Justice Hill – This is a new tier. It goes from here to Thompson. I call this tier, “What the Hell was I Thinking Last Preseason?!” Darrell Henderson should be in this tier too, if I wasn’t such a fanboy. Hill was hyped during the 2019 preseason (my bad!), but never got much of an opportunity behind Ingram and Gus the Bus. I’d expect an increased role in 2020, but beginning to think his upside isn’t much more than PPR specialist.
55. Darwin Thompson – The only RB who caught more late season hype than Hill was Darwin (my bad again!). I thought he was the natural selection in the K.C. backfield but Andy Reid had other plans. While he still has plenty of upside, there’s speculation the Chiefs might grab a top back in this year’s draft which wouldn’t be great for Darwin’s fantasy evolution.
56. Jamaal Williams – This is a new tier. It goes from here until Hines. I call this tier, “Modern Slot Machines.” Not sure what it’s like by you, but a lot of counties in the Chicago-area allow gaming in bars now. These modern slot machines are so confusing. There’s way too much going on. Whatever happened to putting a quarter in and pulling the lever? I don’t really have a strong opinion on these backs but who knows, you could get lucky and hit it big without having any clue what you’re doing. Williams seems far behind Aaron Jones at this point, but I mentioned in my Jones blurb that I don’t fully trust LaFleur and the Packers. Williams has good hands and can get the job done if Jones goes down.
57. Justin Jackson – My read on the San Angeles backfield is that Ekeler will return and Gordon will depart. If they don’t bring anyone else in (coin flip?) then Jackson stands to spell Ekeler, and while I think Dirty Eck can handle a full workload, I doubt the Charger go full bellcow.
58. Carlos Hyde – Do I trust Hyde? Not at all. But I didn’t trust him last year and he posted respectable RB2 numbers most of the season in Houston. I don’t expect him to land in a great spot for fantasy purposes, but at this point he’s over in the penny slots corner. Maybe he’s worth a pull? Blech.
59. Lamar Miller – Miller is ‘only’ 29 years old, but he’s been around the block. He came into the league at age 21 and has piled 1,354 carries in eight seasons. He’s now coming off a torn ACL and MCL. Which NFL team will take the gamble?
60. Adrian Peterson – This is a new one man tier. I call this tier, “Proof That Dinosaurs Are Real.” Frank Gore is an honorary member of this tier and if he doesn’t retire he’ll become an official member. The Redskins picked up A.D.’s 2020 option a couple weeks back so the freak will give it one more go at age 35. You’ll never be excited to start him, but there could be some bye week fill in value with the old man.
|Rank||Name||Team||Age on 9/1/2020||Year of Free Agency|
|46||Duke Johnson Jr.||HOU||26||2022|