Fantasy Football 2023 Rankings: A look at the top 12 running backs in the Fantasy Football Today team

The 2022 season isn’t over yet with the NFL playoffs about to begin, but we’re already looking into next year. We want to make sure you’re more than ready for the Fantasy Football 2023 campaign.

With that in mind, here’s a first look at our top 12 fantasy running backs for 2023 in PPR, and that’s very subject to change. We know a lot is going to happen between now and the start of training camp – coaching changes, free agency, the NFL Draft, etc. – and we will adjust our ranking accordingly.

But for now, here’s the first look at the 12 best running backs for 2023 from Adam Aizer, Heath Cummings, Dave Richard, Chris Towers and myself. Start your prep work now and hopefully win a championship this season.

Adam Aiser

1. Christian McCaffrey

2. Austin Thanks

3.Jonathan Taylor

4. Saquon Barkley

5. Joe Mixon

6. Derrick Henry

7. Travis Etienne

8. Kenneth Walker III

9. Josh Jacobs

10. By Andre Swift

11. Brecece Room

12. Javonte Williams

Heath Cummings

1. Christian McCaffrey

2. Saquon Barkley

3.Jonathan Taylor

4. Austin Thanks

5. Joe Mixon

6.Kenneth Walker III

7. Travis Etienne

8. Josh Jacobs

9. Derrick Henry

10. Brecee Hall

11. Nick Chubb

12. Dalvin Cook

Jamey Eisenberg

1. Christian McCaffrey

2. Austin Thanks

3.Jonathan Taylor

4. Saquon Barkley

5.Kenneth Walker III

6. Travis Etienne

7. Joe Mixon

8. Josh Jacobs

9. Derrick Henry

10. Brecee Hall

11. Tony Pollard

12. Raymond Stevenson

David Richard

1. Christian McCaffrey

2. Austin Thanks

3.Jonathan Taylor

4. Saquon Barkley

5.Kenneth Walker

6. Derrick Henry

7.Josh Jacobs

8. Najee Harris

9. Brecee Hall

10. Joe Mixon

11. Nick Chubb

12. Travis Etienne

Chris Towers

1. Austin Thanks

2. Christian McCaffrey

3.Jonathan Taylor

4. Saquon Barkley

5.Josh Jacobs

6. Derrick Henry

7. Brecee Hall

8. Joe Mixon

9. Nick Chubb

10. Tony Pollard

11. Dalvin Cook

12. Raymond Stevenson

Welcome back, Christian McCaffrey. For the past two seasons, we’ve waited to see what healthy McCaffrey could do, and he showed it to us in 2022 – with two different teams. For the season, McCaffrey averaged 21.1 PPR points per game, which was second only to Ekeler (21.9). But McCaffrey has been amazing with the 49ers, giving us hope for another strong campaign in 2023.

He’s averaged 22.2 PPR points per game in his last 10 games in San Francisco, including five outings with at least 25 PPR points. He also had 50 catches in that span. Although he could share touches with Elijah Mitchell next season, McCaffrey should have a lot of work to justify his selection as the No. 1 running back in all leagues and a potential No. 1 overall.

Now Chris has Ekeler as the No. 1 running back – he’s No. 2 for Adam, Dave and I and No. 4 for Heath – and Ekeler should be great once again. It’s now the second year in a row that he’s averaged at least 21.5 PPR points per game, and hopefully that continues into 2023. The only concern might be his age (28 in May), and a potential downside could occur. The counter to that is that he wasn’t a featured running back until 2021, so hopefully he doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear on his body.

Taylor is the consensus No. 3 for all of us, and hopefully he bounces back in 2023 after a year of decline in 2022. The No. 1 in 2021 at 21.9 PPR points per game, Taylor struggled against the injuries and a dire situation around him this season and has averaged just 13.3 PPR points per game. He’s only 24, and we expect the Colts to move into coaching, quarterbacking and offensive line roles this offseason, which is why we’re all back on Taylor.

Barkley is a top four running back for all of us (he’s No. 2 for Heath), and it was great to see him bounce back in 2022 after two down seasons. He averaged 17.8 PPR points per game, which was his best season since 2019. Barkley is heading to free agency this offseason, so his Fantasy value could change drastically if he leaves the Giants. But if he stays, which is ideal, he’ll be with a great coach in Brian Daboll and a rising offensive line. He’ll also only be 26, so another stellar production season is just around the corner.

When we get to #5, things start to change in our rankings. Adam and Heath have Mixon there, me and Dave have Walker and Chris has Jacobs.

Let’s start with Mixon, who averaged 17.1 PPR points per game for the season but only exceeded 17 PPR points twice, including a 54-point outing in Week 9. Positives for Mixon are that he had career highs in targets (75), catches (60) and receiving yards (441) in just 14 games. But he’s gone from 16 total touchdowns in 2021 to just nine in 2022, and his yards per carry have dropped to 3.9. I expect Mixon’s touchdowns to bounce back in 2023 because he plays in an explosive offense, and if his receiving totals stay in that range, he’s worth drafting as a running back n ° 5.

I’ll take Walker ahead of Mixon, and I love what Walker did as a rookie. He’s only averaged 13.5 PPR points per game for the season, but in his last 11 healthy games he’s averaged 17.2 PPR points per game. The Seahawks have plenty of draft capital to improve their offensive line, which should be a strength in 2023, and Walker will have a lot to do under coach Pete Carroll. I’m surprised Chris doesn’t have it in the top 12.

For Chris, he goes with Jacobs at No. 5, and he just led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,653. He also averaged 19.3 PPR points per game and was outstanding. He’s a free agent this offseason, so we’ll see where he ends up, and his view of Fantasy could change drastically with a new team. We also have to see who ends up quarterbacking for the Raiders, and there’s a lot to watch out for with Jacobs over the next few months.

Adam, Dave and Chris have Henry at No. 6, and he had another stellar season in 2022 with 19.0 PPR points per game. It’s now been four straight seasons at 19.0 PPR ppg or better, and we’ll see if he can do it again in 2023. It’s hard to bet against Henry, but he’s 29 and Father Time is coming. He also has a poor offensive line, a questionable quarterback situation, and the Titans fired their offensive coordinator in Todd Downing this week. Heath and I are most concerned about Henry, who is ranked No. 9 for both of us.

I’d rather bet on Etienne’s potential than Henry, and Etienne could be a star in 2023 with the Jaguars on the rise. He’s averaged just 12.1 PPR points per game, but he’s played four games with at least 18 PPR points in his last 10 healthy outings after James Robinson was traded to the Jets. We’ll see what Jacksonville does to complement Etienne next season, but he’s rising to a potentially explosive team, making him someone to covet in the second round.

The last consensus running back for all of us is Hall, and I’ll move him if he’s ready for Week 1. He suffered a torn ACL in Week 7, but he was a star before the injury, with an average of 16.4 PPR points per game. That includes scoring 13 PPR points in the injured Denver game when he had just four carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. I hope his rehabilitation goes well and that we receive positive reports throughout the offseason.

Adam has Swift and Williams ranked in his top 12, and hopefully Williams is ready for Week 1 after tearing his ACL in Week 4. Before the injury, he only had one match with more than nine PPR points, but he has a lot of potential if he can come back to full strength at the start of the season. And Swift could be a star if the Lions made him their star running back. He played three games in 2022 with double-digit runs and scored at least 20 PPR points in each of them. Jamaal Williams is a free agent this offseason, so maybe Swift will finally have a breakout campaign in 2023.

Heath and Chris have Chubb and Cook in their top 12, and Dave has Chubb at No. 11. Chubb had another stellar season in 2022 at 16.6 PPR points per game, and he could get a value boost if Kareem Hunt leaves as a free player. agent. Chubb is just outside the top 12 for me. I’m more concerned about Cook, who will turn 28 and is coming off a slack season in 2022 at 14.0 PPR points per game. It’s his worst season since 2018, and it’s hard to count on him bouncing back to a much higher level in 2023.

For me and Chris, we both have Pollard and Stevenson in our top 12. I ranked them that high based on a few contingencies. With Pollard just averaging a career-high 15.6 PPR points per game, hopefully he re-signs with Dallas as a free agent and the Cowboys move on from Ezekiel Elliott. . If that happens, Pollard is in the top five in all leagues. And Stevenson could benefit greatly if Damien Harris leaves New England as a free agent. Stevenson had a breakout season in 2022 at 14.7 PPR points per game, and he could be even better if the Patriots improve their offense this offseason.

The final difference for all of us is Dave with Harris at No. 8. He was a bust for the season, going from 17.7 PPR points per game in 2021 to 13.2, but he closed the year on a high with four outs in a line with at least 14 PPR points. The biggest difference for Harris from his rookie season was his role in the passing game, which cratered from 74 catches on 94 targets to 41 catches on 53 targets. I’m not sure his receptions will bounce back in 2023, which is why he’s outside the top 12 for me.

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