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With the NFL season about to get underway, it’s time to get serious about fantasy football. For those who want to dominate their fantasy football league this season, having the right running back in your stable can be a huge difference maker, as you cannot only get a lot of yards and touchdowns on the ground but get a lot through the air as well.
If you are looking for the top group of running backs this season, here is the group you want to pay attention to.
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Gurley was an absolute stud last season, joining a handful of players in NFL history who have combined to go over 2000 yards total in terms of rushing and receiving yards. Last season, the Rams running back gained 1305 yards rushing and fell just short of 800 yards receiving, plus he scored 19 touchdowns. The best part about the RB was that he got better as the season went along, averaging 6.5 yards per carry over his final three weeks of the season.
LeVeon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell had another outstanding fantasy football year, rushing for 1291 yards and adding 655 receiving yards. He scored 11 total touchdowns. In each of his seasons where he has played in at least 12 games, he has recorded over 1400 yards and eight touchdowns.
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
Johnson really came into his own last season, recording 1239 yards rushing, 879 yards receiving, and 20 total touchdowns. He had a streak of 15 consecutive games where he gained at least 100 yards from scrimmage, tying an NFL record. You know you’re going to get big numbers out of him virtually every week.
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
The rookie is going to get every opportunity to carry the ball. He is the all-time leader at Penn State in touchdowns (53), rushing touchdowns (43), and all-purpose yards (5538), and could easily be a 1700 yard from scrimmage guy.
Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas Cowboys
Because of a suspension, Elliott only appeared in 10 games, totaling just over 1200 yards from scrimmage with nine touchdowns. It was a disappointing season for the second year player, but the load should fall on him this season. With two of the teams big-play receivers gone, expect Dallas to run a lot more this season.
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
In just seven games last season, Hunt was already over a thousand yards from scrimmage, becoming the second player in NFL history to do so. He finished with 1237 yards rushing, had 455 receiving yards, and scored 11 touchdowns. With a rookie quarterback at the helm, Hunt will take on an even more prominent role with the offense.
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Kamara was part of a dynamic duo last season that gained over 3000 yards from scrimmage. He had 81 catches as a rookie last season, including five touchdown receptions, making him only the second rookie in NFL history to have that many touchdown catches. Kamara had 728 yards rushing and eight scores and should take on a bulk of the load for the offense this season, especially with his partner, Mark Ingram, out for the first four games of the season.
Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
Gordon has been a big-time fantasy football performer since season two, and last season was no exception. The Chargers running back gained 1105 yards rushing, had 476 yards receiving, and scored 12 total touchdowns. Only three players last season touched the ball more than Gordon (342), so you know he will get a lot of reps.
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
Fournette put together an outstanding rookie campaign, rushing for 1040 yards and nine touchdowns. He also added 302 yards receiving and a score. The Jacksonville running back had a touchdown in each of the first six weeks of the season and had at least 16 touches in 15 of the team’s games last year. His star is definitely rising.
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
Cook sat out much of last year with a torn ACL, appearing in just four games. However, prior to that, he was on pace for a 1416 yard season and eight touchdowns. The knee looks healthy, and he could be overlooked in many fantasy football drafts, allowing you to pick him up after choosing one of the other top-tier running backs.
No doubt, there is some great talent out there for you to choose from. Now is the time to start getting your draft board in order.