Fantasy football RB tiers 2022: First-round locks to sleepers

2022-08-19 21:02:09 By : Ms. Millie Zhuang

We’ve given you some running back rankings and some sleepers at the position to check out.

So now it’s time to help you out by breaking RBs into tiers, a really good exercise for fantasy football leagues both with snake or salary cap drafts. When is there a dropoff at the position as the draft goes on? Who’s elite and who might have some flaws?

This should hopefully help at the position that has so much volatility, whether it’s due to running back time shares or health or offensive lines.

So let’s break them down by tier, starting with the elite names:

4. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers

The cream of the crop. If you’re in a PPR league, Ekeler is more valuable than Henry, but generally, if you’re in the first five picks, you can’t go wrong with any of these guys.

9. D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions

10. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

I like Harris as a contender to get into the top tier, and the rest are perfectly good RB1 types, many of whom who catch passes or who run behind elite offensive lines (like Chubb).

11. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

12. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

13. Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The group where you start to poke holes in their resumes. Jones is so good but has A.J. Dillon around. Barkley is in a questionable offense and is coming off of a rough season post-injury. Fournette may be sharing carries with others. Can Conner really repeat 2021?

I’d be fine rostering any, but there are concerns.

15. Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams

17. Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers

18. Breece Hall, New York Jets

Hmm. A group that could explode, or be in a frustrating 50-50 timeshare.

19. J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens

21. A.J. Dillon, Green Bay Packers

22. Travis Etienne Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars

Related to Tier 4, but I have concerns about each of them, whether it’s injury recovery (Dobbins), timeshare (Dillon and Etienne Jr.), or O-line (Montgomery).

24. Damien Harris, New England Patriots

26. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

All potential top backs with their teams, but so many flaws.

31. Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots

32. Ken Walker III, Seattle Seahawks

They could either take a bigger chunk of their team’s snaps or they could be sitting on your bench as you wait for clarity. Not the worst group, honestly!

34. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

I’m not happy about any of them, but there’s value if they drop a lot.

40. Darrell Henderson Jr. Los Angeles Rams

42. Michael Carter, New York Jets

Some sleepers, some possible names who could do more than we think.

45. Isaiah Spiller, Los Angeles Chargers

Any of these five could end up with the lion’s share of carries due to the guy in front of them missing games.

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