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Fantasy Football 2023 Rankings: An early stare upon the cease-12 running backs from the Fantasy Football Right now time crew

The 2022 season is never any longer over but with the NFL playoffs about to initiating, nonetheless we’re already ready for next yr. We prefer to be distinct you are greater than ready for the 2023 Fantasy Football marketing campaign.

With that in mind, right here is an early stare upon our top 12 Fantasy running backs for 2023 in PPR, and it be very important topic to replace. We know plenty is going to happen between now and the originate of practising camp — coaching changes, free agency, the NFL Draft, and many others. — and we will have the option to adjust our rankings accordingly.

But for now, right here is the principle stare upon the cease 12 running backs for 2023 from Adam Aizer, Heath Cummings, Dave Richard, Chris Towers and myself. Launch your prep work now — and confidently rep a championship this season.

Adam Aizer

1. Christian McCaffrey

2. Austin Ekeler

3. Jonathan Taylor

4. Saquon Barkley

5. Joe Mixon

6. Derrick Henry

7. Travis Etienne

8. Kenneth Walker III

9. Josh Jacobs

10. D’Andre Swift

11. Breece Hall

12. Javonte Williams

Heath Cummings

1. Christian McCaffrey

2. Saquon Barkley

3. Jonathan Taylor

4. Austin Ekeler

5. Joe Mixon

6. Kenneth Walker III

7. Travis Etienne

8. Josh Jacobs

9. Derrick Henry

10. Breece Hall

11. Reduce Chubb

12. Dalvin Cook

Jamey Eisenberg

1. Christian McCaffrey

2. Austin Ekeler

3. Jonathan Taylor

4. Saquon Barkley

5. Kenneth Walker III

6. Travis Etienne

7. Joe Mixon

8. Josh Jacobs

9. Derrick Henry

10. Breece Hall

11. Tony Pollard

12. Rhamondre Stevenson

Dave Richard

1. Christian McCaffrey

2. Austin Ekeler

3. Jonathan Taylor

4. Saquon Barkley

5. Kenneth Walker

6. Derrick Henry

7. Josh Jacobs

8. Najee Harris

9. Breece Hall

10. Joe Mixon

11. Reduce Chubb

12. Travis Etienne

Chris Towers

1. Austin Ekeler

2. Christian McCaffrey

3. Jonathan Taylor

4. Saquon Barkley

5. Josh Jacobs

6. Derrick Henry

7. Breece Hall

8. Joe Mixon

9. Reduce Chubb

10. Tony Pollard

11. Dalvin Cook

12. Rhamondre Stevenson

Welcome wait on, Christian McCaffrey. For the past two seasons, now we had been in a position to scrutinize what McCaffrey could function when wholesome, and he confirmed us in 2022 — with two diverse groups. For the season, McCaffrey averaged 21.1 PPR aspects per sport, which modified into once second at the wait on of totally Ekeler (21.9). But McCaffrey modified into once unbelievable with the 49ers, which offers us hope for but any other sturdy marketing campaign in 2023.

He averaged 22.2 PPR aspects per sport in his final 10 games in San Francisco, including 5 outings with at least 25 PPR aspects. He additionally had 50 catches over that span. Whereas he could allotment touches with Elijah Mitchell next season, McCaffrey ought to amassed acquire a lot of labor to justify drafting him because the No. 1 running wait on in all leagues and the aptitude No. 1 general accumulate.

Now, Chris has Ekeler because the No. 1 running wait on — he’s No. 2 for Adam, Dave and me and No. 4 for Heath — and Ekeler ought to amassed once but again be superior. Here’s now the second yr in a row he’s averaged at least 21.5 PPR aspects per sport, and confidently, that continues in 2023. The utterly wretchedness could be his age (28 in Could simply), and a probably decline could be coming. The counter to that is he wasn’t a featured running wait on until 2021, so confidently he would no longer bear important wear and hobble on his body.

Taylor is the consensus No. 3 running wait on for all of us, and confidently he’ll leap wait on in 2023 after a down yr in 2022. The No. 1 running wait on in 2021 at 21.9 PPR aspects per sport, Taylor battled accidents and a disastrous plan back spherical him this season and averaged correct 13.3 PPR aspects per sport. He’s totally 24, and we request the Colts to pork up at coach, quarterback and offensive line this offseason, which is why we’re all in but again on Taylor.

Barkley is a top-four running wait on for all of us (he’s No. 2 for Heath), and it modified into once large to scrutinize him rebound in 2022 after two down seasons. He averaged 17.8 PPR aspects per sport, which modified into once his most efficient season since 2019. Barkley is headed into free agency this offseason, so his Fantasy price could replace dramatically if he leaves the Giants. But when he stays, which is splendid, he’ll be with a large coach in Brian Daboll and an offensive line on the upward thrust. He’ll additionally be correct 26, so but any other season of standout production is wisely within perceive.

After we acquire to No. 5 is when issues initiating to replace in our rankings. Adam and Heath bear Mixon there, me and Dave bear Walker and Chris has Jacobs. 

Let’s originate with Mixon, who averaged 17.1 PPR aspects per sport for the season nonetheless went over 17 PPR aspects correct twice, including a 54-level day outing in Week 9. The positives for Mixon are he had occupation highs in targets (75), catches (60) and receiving yards (441) in totally 14 games. But he went from 16 total touchdowns in 2021 to correct 9 in 2022, and his yards per elevate dropped to a pair.9. I request Mixon’s touchdowns to rebound in 2023 because of he plays in an explosive offense, and if his receiving totals stay on this vary then he’s price drafting because the No. 5 running wait on.

I’ll rep Walker forward of Mixon, and I adore what Walker did as a rookie. He totally averaged 13.5 PPR aspects per sport for the season, nonetheless in his final 11 wholesome games, he averaged 17.2 PPR aspects per sport. The Seahawks bear a lot of draft capital to pork up their offensive line, which needs to be a energy in 2023, and Walker will acquire a lot of labor beneath coach Pete Carroll. I’m bowled over Chris would no longer bear him in the cease 12.

For Chris, he’s going with Jacobs at No. 5, and he correct led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,653. He additionally averaged 19.3 PPR aspects per sport and modified into once distinctive. He’s a free agent this offseason, so we will scrutinize where he ends up, and his Fantasy outlook could replace dramatically with a novel crew. We additionally bear to scrutinize who ends up at quarterback for the Raiders, and there’s plenty to show screen with Jacobs over the following couple of months.

Adam, Dave and Chris bear Henry at No. 6, and he had but any other standout season in 2022 at 19.0 PPR aspects per sport. That is now four seasons in a row at 19.0 PPR aspects per sport or better, and we will scrutinize if he can function it but again in 2023. Or no longer it’s onerous to wager against Henry, nonetheless he’s 29 and Father Time is coming. He additionally has a immoral offensive line, a questionable quarterback plan back and the Titans fired their offensive coordinator in Todd Downing this week. Heath and I are essentially the most pondering about Henry, who is ranked No. 9 for both of us.

I’d prefer to gamble on the upside of Etienne over Henry, and Etienne could be a large title in 2023 with the Jaguars on the upward thrust. He totally averaged 12.1 PPR aspects per sport, nonetheless he had four games with at least 18 PPR aspects over his final 10 wholesome outings after James Robinson modified into once traded to the Jets. We will scrutinize what Jacksonville does to supplement Etienne next season, nonetheless he’s ascending on a almost definitely explosive crew, making him somebody to covet in Spherical 2. 

The last consensus running wait on for all of us is Hall, and I will saunter him up if he’s ready for Week 1. He suffered a torn ACL in Week 7, nonetheless he modified into once a large title sooner than getting concern, averaging 16.4 PPR aspects per sport. That entails scoring 13 PPR aspects in the sport he modified into once injured at Denver when he totally had four carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. I’m hopeful his rehab goes wisely and we acquire positive reports all offseason.

Adam has Swift and Williams ranked in his top 12, and I’m hoping Williams is ready for Week 1 coming off a torn ACL in Week 4. Sooner than getting concern, he totally had one sport with greater than 9 PPR aspects, nonetheless he has a lot of capacity if he can return to beefy energy initially of the season. And Swift could be a large title if the Lions made him their featured running wait on. He had three games in 2022 with double digits in carries and scored at least 20 PPR aspects in all of them. Jamaal Williams is a free agent this offseason, so presumably Swift will in the waste bear a breakout marketing campaign in 2023.

Heath and Chris bear Chubb and Cook of their top 12, and Dave has Chubb at No. 11. Chubb had but any other standout season in 2022 at 16.6 PPR aspects per sport, and he could acquire a capture in price if Kareem Hunt leaves as a free agent. Chubb is correct exterior the cease 12 for me. I’m extra pondering about Cook, who will seemingly be 28 and correct had a down season in 2022 at 14.0 PPR aspects per sport. That is his worst season since 2018, and it be onerous to count on him rebounding to a important increased diploma in 2023.

For me and Chris, we both bear Pollard and Stevenson in our top 12. I bear them ranked that excessive per a few contingencies. With Pollard, who correct averaged a occupation-excessive 15.6 PPR aspects per sport, I’m hoping he re-signs with Dallas as a free agent and the Cowboys saunter on from Ezekiel Elliott. If that happens then Pollard has top-5 upside in all leagues. And Stevenson could again in a large come if Damien Harris leaves Recent England as a free agent. Stevenson had a breakout season in 2022 at 14.7 PPR aspects per sport, and he could be even better if the Patriots pork up their offense this offseason. 

The final contrast for any of us is Dave with Harris at No. 8. He modified into once a bust for the season, going from 17.7 PPR aspects per sport in 2021 to 13.2, nonetheless he closed the yr on a excessive inform with four outings in a row with at least 14 PPR aspects. The very most nice looking contrast for Harris from his rookie season modified into once his role in the passing sport, which cratered, going from 74 catches on 94 targets to 41 catches on Fifty three targets. I’m no longer decided his receptions will rebound in 2023, which is why he’s exterior the cease 12 for me.

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