Fantasy Football 2020 Draft Preparation: Running Back Tiers 5.0 and Rankings


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There comes a point in every fantasy football draft where you’ll look at the carriers left on the board and find that you’re not cool to start one of them. Determining where that point depends on your risk aversion and scoring in your particular league, but building a winning list is essential.

You don’t have to worry about any of these things through the first three levels of running back. Almost all of the 18 players listed are considered reliable, although you might have an issue with a rookie like Clyde Edwards-Helaire or an injury risk like James Conner among them. It’s okay, scan them and find out before your draft how many of those 18 you would agree to start.

Then do the same with the fourth and fifth levels. You don’t feel like that much of a guy, right? The less you like running backs, the more you lean towards drawing for the first three levels.

The remaining levels are a mix of guys whose names you will recognize with “lottery ticket” players who COULD get special if they get regular playing time. There is rarely a shortage of those running backs, just a lack of patience on the part of the fantasy managers who don’t want to field a guy who doesn’t play every snap. You might find some backs who don’t mind being patient. Prioritize them with runners you would agree to start if you had to.

More levels and strategies:

PPR: first level and a half

Tour 1

PPR: fourth level

Rounds 4-5

PPR: high-end backups

Tours 9 to 10

PPR: solid safeguards

Day 11+

PPR: low-end backups

Rounds 12+

Non-PPR: first level

Tour 1

Non-PPR: first level and a half

Tour 1

Non-PPR: second level

2ème round

Non-PPR: third level

Between 35 and 50 in total

Non-PPR: fourth level

Tour 5

Non-PPR: fifth level

Round 7

Non-PPR: sixth level

Tours 7

Non-PPR: sixth level

Round 8

Non-PPR: high-end backups

Tours 9 to 10

Non-PPR: strong safeguards

Day 11

Non-PPR: low-end backups

Round 12+


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