Top 5 Fantasy Running Backs for 2019

1) Saquon Barkley

This rookie phenom took the fantasy world by storm last season. He quickly became the New York Giants offensive focal point. In his first season in the league he had 1307 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 91 receptions out of 121 passes, 721 receiving yards and 4 touchdown receptions. With some questionable off season moves, its become clear that the Giants will focus their offense even more around Barkley in 2019. This season he will move up to the number one fantasy running back with 1156 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, 95 receptions for 836 yards and 5 touchdowns receptions.

2) Christian McCaffrey

Towards the end of the 2018 season Christian McCaffrey was trending upwards and seeing his overall usage increase. He was 3rd overall last season with 1098 rushing yards, 7 touchdowns, a league high 107 receptions out of 124 looks, 867 receiving yards and 6 touchdown receptions. I originally had McCaffrey ranked 3rd again this season but i think his upward trend and usage will continue into the 2019 season. I’m predicting 1032 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 99 receptions for 822 yards and 7 touchdown receptions and of course a little frustration when Cam Newton calls his own number.

3) Ezekiel Elliot

Elliot is an elite running back and has been in the top 5 conversation since he entered the league in 2016. He was ranked 5th last season with a league high 1435 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 77 receptions out of 95 passes for 567 yards and 3 touchdown receptions. The Cowboys have been relying heavily on this running back and his stats show it. Even with last seasons acquisition of Amari cooper,  Elliot still got his chance to shine. He’s my 3rd best running back this season. Ezekiel Elliot will have 1255 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns 73 receptions for 779 yards and 4 touchdown receptions. 

4) Alvin Kamara

With Mark Ingram is now on the Ravens, The Saints offense will lean on Kamara even more. Hes a dynamic pass catcher and one of the key players on offense. If Brees didn’t have Mike Thomas and Ted Ginn to throw to then i’d have Kamara ranked higher. If you’ve read my Top 5 Fantasy Quarter Backs for 2019 then you know this team is playing with a chip on their shoulders. In 2018 Alvin Kamara ranked 4th overall with 883 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns, 81 receptions out of 105 passes, 709 receiving yards and 4 receiving touchdowns. This season he will see his touchdown count drop off a bit especially with the addition of Latavius Murray. Nevertheless Kamara will remain in 4th place. He will end the season with a very respectable 923 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns 86 receptions, 812 receiving yards and 5 touchdown receptions.

5) David Johnson

I think we are going to see Johnson return to his 2016 form this year. He’s got rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, old reliable Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk spreading out the opposing defense. He is an amazing pass catcher and down hill runner. Johnson also has his personal goals of 1000 yards rushing and 1000 yards receiving. Unfortunately, I don’t think he will reach that goal this season. But regardless, he will see a major fantasy resurgence. Last season he was 10th overall with 941 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, a surprisingly low 50 receptions out of 76 passes, 446 receiving yards and 3 touchdown receptions. I think his both his standard receptions and touchdown reception count will absolutely increase this season. I originally had him ranked above Alvin Kamara but after my predictions he is now ranked 5th with a predicted 1083 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns, 71 receptions for 689 yards and 4 touchdown receptions.

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