Every year after the NFL Draft, running back depth charts are shaken up by incoming rookies. Last weekend, we saw some top tier talent like Josh Jacobs, Miles Sanders, and David Montgomery land in very favorable situations, likely landing them atop their respective team’s depth chart. For a more detailed analysis on all the winners and losers from the NFL Draft, be sure to check out The Fantasy Footballers podcast. I’ll highlight a few notable changes to the running back depth chart in this article, but for a more detailed view of the depth chart before the NFL Draft, check out that article here.

For more great running back NFL Draft content, check out Ryan Weisse‘s articles highlighting RB landing spots (Part 1 / Part 2).

Team RB1 RB2 RB3 RB4
Arizona Cardinals David Johnson Chase Edmonds T.J. Logan
Atlanta Falcons Devonta Freeman Ito Smith Kenjon Barner Qadree Ollison
Baltimore Ravens Mark Ingram Gus Edwards Justice Hill Kenneth Dixon
Buffalo Bills LeSean McCoy Frank Gore Devin Singletary T.J. Yeldon
Carolina Panthers Christian McCaffrey Cameron Artis-Payne Jordan Scarlett Elijah Hood
Chicago Bears David Montgomery Tarik Cohen Mike Davis
Cincinnati Bengals Joe Mixon Giovani Bernard Trayveon Williams Rodney Anderson
Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb Kareem Hunt Duke Johnson
Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott Darius Jackson Jordan Chunn Tony Pollard
Denver Broncos Phillip Lindsay Royce Freeman Devontae Booker
Detroit Lions Kerryon Johnson C.J. Anderson Theo Riddick Ty Johnson
Green Bay Packers Aaron Jones Jamaal Williams Kapri Bibbs Dexter Williams
Houston Texans Lamar Miller D'Onta Foreman Buddy Howell
Indianopolis Colts Marlon Mack Nyheim Hines Jordan Wilkins
Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Fournette Ryquell Armstead Alfred Blue Thomas Rawls
Kansas City Chiefs Damien Williams Carlos Hyde Darrel Williams Darwin Thompson
Los Angeles Chargers Melvin Gordon Austin Ekeler Justin Jackson
Los Angeles Rams Todd Gurley Darrell Henderson Malcolm Brown
Miami Dolphins Kenyan Drake Kalen Ballage Myles Gaskin
Minnesota Vikings Dalvin Cook Alexander Mattison Ameer Abdullah
New England Patriots Sony Michel James White Damien Harris Rex Burkhead
New Orleans Saints Alvin Kamara Latavius Murray Dwayne Washington
New York Giants Saquon Barkley Wayne Gallman Elijahh Penny
New York Jets Le'Veon Bell Elijah McGuire Trenton Cannon
Oakland Raiders Josh Jacobs Isaiah Crowell Jalen Richard
Philadelphia Eagles Miles Sanders Jordan Howard Corey Clement Wendell Smallwood
Pittsburgh Steelers James Conner Jaylen Samuels Benny Snell Jr. Trey Edmunds
San Franciso 49ers Jerick McKinnon Tevin Coleman Matt Breida
Seattle Seahawks Chris Carson Rashad Penny J.D. McKissic Travis Homer
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ronald Jones II Peyton Barber Andre Ellington
Tennessee Titans Derick Henry Dion Lewis David Fluellen
Washington Redskins Derrius Guice Adrian Peterson Chris Thompson Bryce Love
Veteran Winners

Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
Miller was on this same list just a year ago after the 2018 NFL Draft. Fantasy football owners seem to want to write Miller off, despite finishing as the RB23 and RB13 over the past two seasons. The Texans only drafted one running back in the 6th round, but Cullen Gillaspia is a fullback, which should only help Miller in the blocking game. In addition, they signed an offensive tackle with their 1st round pick and didn’t sign any backs in free agency. He’ll have to hold off D’Onta Foreman for the starting spot, but Foreman still may not be himself after the torn Achilles from 2017.

Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs drafted Jones last year in the 2nd round to be “the guy,” but let’s just say that didn’t work out so well for them in 2018. Jones played in just eight games, carrying the ball only 23 times for 44 yards (1.9 YPC). He scored 17.2 fantasy points…on the season. Fantasy owners were hoping for a top rookie RB to land in Tampa, but after not drafting a rookie and not bringing in a free agent, Jones has a chance to start over with a new coaching staff in 2019. Expect Jones and Peyton Barber to battle it out for the starting role this offseason.

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts
Entering free agency, the Colts had the most money to spend, but they kept their wallet closed when it came to the running back position. Then, in the draft, the Colts decided to pass on running back with each and every one of their picks. Marlon Mack is officially THE man in Indy, and his fantasy value should skyrocket. Nyheim Hines should steal some passing work and Jordan Wilkins will get sprinkled in, but Mack will be a workhorse for one of the league’s best offenses.

Rookie Winners

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears
After trading Jordan Howard to the Eagles before the Draft, the Bears were left with a hole on their depth chart. They filled it with an impressive workhorse back out of Iowa State in David Montgomery. Unlike Howard, Montgomery is a good pass catching back and can do it all, displaying a 3-down skillset. Montgomery should compliment Tarik Cohen nicely in Matt Nagy’s offense and has a real chance to put up RB2 numbers in 2019.

Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders
Jacobs was the only running back drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. He immediately becomes the starter in Oakland for a revamped offense, which finally has some playmakers. Expect Jacobs to be the early-down back right out of the gates, but Jalen Richard is likely to take some pass-catching work away from him. Regardless, Jacobs has high-end RB2 upside in 2019 based on his projected workload alone.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles
A 5-star recruit coming out of high school, Miles Sanders was Mr. Football in the state of Pennsylvania. There was one problem…he had to sit behind Saquon Barkley at Penn State. However, Sanders proved his worth last season, rushing for an impressive 1,274 yards and 9 TD in Happy Valley. The Eagles selected Sanders in the 2nd round and will contribute immediately in year one. The Eagles traded a 6th round pick for Jordan Howard earlier this offseason, so it’ll be between these two when it comes to early down work. However, Sanders demonstrates superior pass-catching skills relative to Howard, which should help him find a role as early as Week 1.


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