Analysis of 2024 Rookie Running Backs By ADP: RBs 1-4

Justin Taylor

As we prepare for the 2024 NFL Draft, we now have had time to digest the Scouting Combine and pro day events, so what does the running back landscape look like in 2024? Unlike past years, where there were some clearcut top dogs in the draft, we are left guessing what GMs are thinking about this class.

This year the running back class might be more up in the air than any year I can remember in my last 15 years of playing dynasty fantasy football. Draft capital and landing spots are always important, but it might swing where this class of RBs goes in fantasy drafts more than in any year I can remember.

I’m going to run down my top RBs in the class as well as go through my favorite sleepers in this series. I will try to help you analyze and rank the rookie running backs in this year’s draft and decide where to take them in your rookie drafts.

Why should you listen to me? What are my credentials you ask? Good question. Before writing for DLF, I had extensive experience as a sports journalist covering top-level high school football, Division 1 college football in the Big 10, Big 12, and SEC, and I also spent time covering the NFL. After that, I spent seven years as a high school varsity running backs coach at my alma mater among other schools. I have learned what characteristics make elite running backs and what causes players to not reach their potential.

I have spent the last few years playing in CFF, C2C, and Devy leagues to get a better grasp of the players coming out of college before they come into the NFL. As is the case with any evaluator, I have my hits and misses. But I am confident in my assessment of these players and their possible success in the NFL.

Now I would like to introduce you to the grading system for this year’s rankings. This will help you to see where I rank the rookie running backs compared to their ADP on DLF. Below is the ranking system I will be using as well as each grade’s definition.

Grading System:

  • A = Elite - Early to late first-round NFL pick
  • B = NFL starter - Day two selection, second or third-round pick
  • C = RBBC, needs an opportunity - Day three selection, fourth or fifth-round pick
  • D = Backup or Specialty back – Day three selection, sixth or seventh-round pick
  • F = Longshot - Late pick or undrafted free agent

Trey Benson, RB Florida State

Rookie ADP RB1

The first running back off the board in the NFL Draft will likely be the first RB selected in fantasy drafts. But the current RB1 as far as ADP on DLF is Trey Benson. I have to agree with the people. He is my RB1. I have had him as the top RB in this class since the end of the 2023 college season.


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