In last week’s regular season debut of the Dynasty Stock Market, I dug deep into my recently updated quarterback rankings and now it’s time to give the same treatment to the running back spot. I found myself making many drastic updates as running backs underperform or outperform expectations and others deal with serious injuries. The regular season has a way of greatly changing our perception and the way we value players in dynasty leagues.
As I mentioned in the quarterback piece, I rarely spend up on the running back position. I avoid drafting any running backs early in startup drafts and can never convince myself to pay the price it takes to acquire an upper echelon back. Because of that, most of my teams are filled with PPR specialists who are often easier to acquire. Many of these players can be found in my third and fourth tiers. I am perfectly comfortable managing contending teams that lack a top tier running back. When it comes to rookie drafts, I pounce on backs in the second and third rounds. This usually gives me some much needed depth, even when some of these players bust.
RB1 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (21 years old)
RB2 Todd Gurley, LA (22)
RB3 David Johnson, ARZ (24)
RB4 Le’Veon Bell, PIT (24)
The top tier is certainly an interesting group with the disappointing play of Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley early this season and the continued off-field issues of Le’Veon Bell. Those factors have many now valuing Arizona’s David Johnson as the top overall back in dynasty leagues. While his dynamic talent makes him fun to watch, I’m not quite ready to rank him in my top spot. In the end though, there is little difference in value between these four and while there have been some frustrating moments, I’d gladly take any of these players on my team.