2017 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Running Back Tiers 2.0 – CBSSports.com


Jay Ajayi
is supposed to be one of this year’s must-start, stud running backs. He’s expected to contend for the league lead in carries, dominating touches in Miami’s backfield. 

So when it was learned that the 
Miami Dolphins
 lead back suffered a concussion on his first day of practice in full pads, Fantasy owners had to wonder if he was still worth taking with a top-20 pick. 

As of now, the answer is still yes, which is why he’s still just below the top-tier running backs, regardless of format. It’s also believed that this is Ajayi’s first documented concussion, which doesn’t necessarily mean anything in terms of severity. However, it does suggest he’s handled 987 carries over his college and pro career without one, so he’s either very lucky, or he’s playing the game the right way. 

If you’re drafting in the next couple of weeks, you might snag Ajayi at a slight discount because of the news. When the opportunity arises, don’t hesitate.  

Here are the latest tiers at running back in both standard and PPR formats: 

Non-PPR PPR
Elite Elite
Round 1 Round 1
Le’Veon Bell Le’Veon Bell

David Johnson
David Johnson

Ezekiel Elliott
Ezekiel Elliott

Melvin Gordon
Melvin Gordon

LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy

Devonta Freeman
Devonta Freeman
Non-PPR PPR
Near-Elite Near-Elite
Round 2 Round 2

Jordan Howard
Jordan Howard

DeMarco Murray
DeMarco Murray
Jay Ajayi Jay Ajayi

Leonard Fournette
Leonard Fournette
Non-PPR PPR
Excellent Excellent
Round 3 Round 3

Isaiah Crowell
Isaiah Crowell

Todd Gurley
Todd Gurley

Lamar Miller
Lamar Miller
Non-PPR PPR
Very Good Very Good
Rounds 4, 5 Rounds 4, 5

Mike Gillislee
Mike Gillislee

Mark Ingram

Christian McCaffrey

Marshawn Lynch
Mark Ingram

Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook

Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon

Ty Montgomery
Ty Montgomery
Christian McCaffrey
Carlos Hyde
Carlos Hyde
Non-PPR PPR
No. 2/Upside No. 2/Upside
Round 6 Round 6
C.J. Anderson
Danny Woodhead

Paul Perkins
Marshawn Lynch

Tevin Coleman
Paul Perkins

Eddie Lacy
C.J. Anderson

Ameer Abdullah
Tevin Coleman

Doug Martin
Eddie Lacy
Ameer Abdullah
Doug Martin
Non-PPR PPR
No. 3/Less Upside No. 3/Less Upside
Round 7 Round 7

Kareem Hunt

Bilal Powell

Frank Gore
Kareem Hunt
Danny Woodhead
Terrance West
Terrance West Frank Gore

Samaje Perine

Spencer Ware
Bilal Powell

Rob Kelley

Derrick Henry
Non-PPR PPR
High-End Reserves High-End Reserves
Rounds 8, 9 Rounds 8, 9

LeGarrette Blount
Samaje Perine

Adrian Peterson
Spencer Ware

Joe Williams

Matt Forte

Jeremy Hill

Theo Riddick

Latavius Murray
Adrian Peterson
Matt Forte Rob Kelley

Jamaal Williams
Derrick Henry
Latavius Murray
LeGarrette Blount
Joe Williams

Jacquizz Rodgers
Non-PPR PPR
Low-End Reserves Low-End Reserves
Round 10+ Round 10+
Jacquizz Rodgers
Jonathan Stewart
Jonathan Stewart Jeremy Hill

Jonathan Williams
Jamaal Williams

Thomas Rawls

James White
Theo Riddick Jonathan Williams

Jamaal Charles

Duke Johnson
Jamaal Charles

Giovani Bernard