Fantasy Football: 10 Running Backs to Target in PPR Leagues
In recent years, point-per-reception (PPR) leagues have grown in popularity, and in those formats, pass-catching running backs are considerably more valuable than they are in standard leagues.
It's those pass-game backs we want to hone in on here. While some of these guys are already well-known commodities in standard leagues, a lot of them come off the board earlier in PPR formats as the scoring settings give a boost to both their floor and ceiling.
Since you already know Todd Gurley and Le'Veon Bell are money picks in any format, let's dig a little deeper and look at only backs who are going outside the top 20 at the position, per Fantasy Football Calculator's PPR average draft position (ADP) data.
Also, check out our Draft Kit, where you can customize our projections to fit your league's settings. It is set to standard scoring as a default, but you can put in your league's settings (over on the right) and update the numbers to see overall PPR rankings as well as PPR rankings for each position. The projected rankings listed on the following slides reflect what happens when you change the league settings on our preseason rankings to one full point per reception and then look at running backs in terms of FireFactor, our internal method of ranking players according to overall production and value over replacement.
Enough of the pleasantries -- here are 10 running backs you should be targeting in PPR leagues.