2020 Fantasy Football Running Back Tiers: Is Dalvin Cook Still in the Top?

SI Fantasy Football insider Dr. Roto orders running backs in ranked tiers, so you can more easily evaluate the talent available when drafting.
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As many of you know, I much prefer tiers to straight rankings. I like to look at players in similar ranges, which are based around their ability and upside, to see who is available right before I make a pick. I think this makes for easier drafting and gives you a better idea of where players rank across multiple positions.

Tier 1: Superstars

These are the guys who are expected to make the biggest impact and will be selected in the first round of most fantasy leagues.

  • Christian McCaffrey, CAR
  • Saquon Barkley, NYG
  • Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
  • Alvin Kamara, NO
  • Dalvin Cook, MIN
  • Derrick Henry, TEN
  • Joe Mixon, CIN
  • Miles Sanders, PHI
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC
  • Nick Chubb, CLE
  • Kenyan Drake, AZ

Tier 2: The Next Best

If you decide to take a wide receiver with your first pick, then these are the running backs I would be targeting in either Round 2 or 3.

  • Josh Jacobs, LV
  • Austin Ekeler, LAC
  • Aaron Jones, GB
  • Todd Gurley, ATL
  • James Conner, PIT
  • Melvin Gordon, DEN
  • Chris Carson, SEA
  • Leonard Fournette, JAX

Tier 3: High Upside Guys

These players have the upside to help you win a fantasy title, and you can draft them in Rounds 4-6.

  • Jonathan Taylor, IND
  • David Johnson, HOU
  • Devin Singletary, BUF
  • D’Andre Swift, DET
  • David Montgomery, CHI
  • Le’Veon Bell, NYJ
  • Mark Ingram/J.K. Dobbins, BAL
  • Raheem Mostert, SF
  • Cam Akers, LAR

Tier 4: Imperfections

These running backs have talent, but they also have something that makes them inconsistent (injuries, playing time, coaching staff).

  • Derrius Guice, WAS
  • Tevin Coleman, SF
  • Ronald Jones, TB
  • Sony Michel, NE

Tier 5: PPR Beasts

These players are terrific pass-catchers out of the backfield and help you accrue fantasy points.

  • Kareem Hunt, CLE
  • Tarik Cohen, CHI
  • Phillip Lindsay, DEN
  • James White, NE
  • Boston Scott, PHI
  • Duke Johnson, HOU
  • Nyheim Hines, IND
  • Chris Thompson, JAX

Tier 6: Timeshare Issues

These players are caught up in timeshare issues limiting their touches.

  • Marlon Mack, IND
  • Kerryon Johnson, DET
  • Jordan Howard/Matt Breida, MIA
  • Darrell Henderson, LAR

Tier 7: Valuable Handcuffs

  • Tony Pollard, DAL
  • Alexander Mattison, MIN
  • Zack Moss, BUF
  • Latavius Murray, NO
  • Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TB
  • Darrynton Evans, TEN
  • A.J. Dillon, GB
  • Justin Jackson/Joshua Kelley, LAC
  • DeAndre Washington, KC
  • Carlos Hyde, SEA
  • Anthony McFarland/Benny Snell, PIT

Tier 7: Best of the Rest

Here are some guys worth taking a shot on at the end of your draft.

  • Chase Edmonds, AZ
  • Damien Harris, NE
  • Ryquell Armstead, Jax
  • LeSean McCoy, TB
  • Ito Smith, ATL
  • Adrian Peterson/Antonio Gibson, WAS
  • Dion Lewis, NYG
  • Gus Edwards, BAL
  • Reggie Bonnafon, CAR
  • Jalen Richard/Lynn Bowden, LV
  • Mike Boone, MIN