The most essential player to any fantasy team is their running back, and I am here to make sure you get the best ones. So welcome back to my dojo and prepare to be the dominant fantasy player in your league because here are my Running Back Rankings.
Just a reminder: All my rankings are based from PPR scoring and 6-point throwing TDs.
Running Back Ranking
Zac Stacy (Memphis Express)
Zac Stacy is a safe pick at number two. Although he does not have the same pass-catching ability as Denard, he still averaged over 20 catches a season and over 7 yards per catch during his time as a starter for the Ram. Nevertheless, he is number 2 because the Express OC David Lee has a long history of a run-first ground and pound offense. Combine that with the big mauling O-Line they rostered, Stacy poised to be a safe no.1 RB.
Kenneth Farrow (San Antonio Commandeers)
Stacy and Farrow are interchangeable at 2 and 3. Both are on teams that rostered big mauling O-Line and San Antonio paired them up with some gigantic TE’s. I gave the edge to Stacy because I think the receiving options are more talented in Memphis which may give Stacy a little more cushion before the first contact, but Farrow will get plenty of work and is another safe pick at the top of any draft.
Ryan Green (Orlando Apollo)
I put Ryan Green fourth on my list for his upside. He looks to be the starting RB for a team that looks poised to put up points this season. You will see this theme a lot in my rankings, grab pieces of the Apollo offense.
Trent Richardson (Birmingham Iron)
Trent Richardson sits at number 5 because of the pedigree he brings to the AAF. This former round 1 draft pick in the NFL, was once a thousand-yard rusher and at one point in time, the darling of dynasty startup drafts everywhere. He is a safe bet to be a key part of the Iron’s offense.
Josh Stockton (Arizona Hotshot)
Stockton will the pass-catching back for the Hotshot, and I think he will be a safety blanket for Trevor Knight. Trevor is a mobile QB and when he gets outside of the pocket to avoid pressure, and when he does, he will be looking for Stockton in space to make something happen.
Brandon Oliver (Salt Lake City Stallions)
If you cannot get one of the top 3 RBs, but want a safe back to play, look no further than Brandon Oliver. He is projected to be the starter in Salt Lake City and has shown during his time with the Chargers he can be a 3-down workhorse. I do not think he provides the upside of some of the RB’s I have ranked before him, but fantasy owners should be happy with the floor he provides.
Tarean Folston (Atlanta Legend)
Folston is the named starter for the Legend. There will be a lot of scoring opportunity for Folston. He has decent hands and will be a check down option for Simms.
Denard “Shoelace” Robinson (Atlanta Legend)
You might not have to reach this early for Shoelace since Folston was named the starter, but Shoelace could be the steal of the draft. When gets back to 100% I expect to fully take over this offense. If Shoelace were fully healthy, he would be my no.1 RB. The Legend should be able to put points up, thus making Robinson a safe RB. Furthermore, his ability catches passes out of the backfield gives him a high ceiling as well.
Akeem Hunt (Orlando Apollo)
He’s projected to be the pass-catching back in what will be a very generous offense.
David Cobb (San Antonio Commandeers)
Cobb is the backup to Farrow in what will be a very run-friendly offense. There should be plenty of carries to go around. In addition, the upside of Cobb is immense if Farrow were to miss time. If you are the Farrow owner I highly recommend locking up this handcuff.
Terrell Watson (San Diego Fleet)
Watson is the starter for the Fleet, however, I project the Fleet to be behind in most contest, therefore could game script Watson out of games. Watson should still fall on most draft boards, and if you can get a lead ball carrier on any team late in your draft, it is a steal.
Rajion Neal (Memphis Express)
If you are the Stacy owner, it would be wise to handcuff Neal. That should be a very friendly offense for the RB position and you will want to maintain your piece of it. Neal is also a plus pass catcher and should hold value on his own.
Terrell Newby (Salt Lake City Stallions)
When Brandon Oliver sat out for the Stallion’s scrimmage game against the Express, Newby got most of the carries and looked explosive. I expect the Stallions to use lean on a committee for their run game, and if Newby gets hot, could run away with the job. He’s worth a late round flyer.
Tim Cook (Arizona Hotshots)
Tim Cook is projected to be the power back for the Hotshots and should provide a safe floor for a flex position on your fantasy team. His lack of work in the passing game gives Cook a low ceiling though.
Joel Bouagnon (Salt Lake City Stallions)
Like Newby, Bouagnon got a lot of work during the Stallions scrimmage. He had a few more receptions than Newby. He worth a late round flyer.
D’Ernest Johnson (Orlando Apollo)
He got some late run during the Apollo scrimmage. If anything were to happen to Green, I project Johnson to be the primary ball carrier and Hunt to maintain his role as the pass-catching B. Johnson is a valuable handcuff to the Ryan Green owner.
Ladarius Perkins (Birmingham Iron)
Perkins is projected to be the pass-catching option for Birmingham and is one of two sleeper options I wanted to put at the bottom of my projections. He has the potential to be game scripted into a few weak winning games.
Paul James (San Diego Fleet)
James is the second sleeper who is a good pass catcher who could be thrust into major roles on his team due to his team playing from behind. A great piece to add to the bottom of your bench.
Come out of your draft with your RB’s handcuff secure on your bench. RB is the most grueling position on the field, every starting RB will not be able to play the entire season, so if you have run of those run heavy teams, secure their backfield.