Dynasty RB Fantasy Football Rankings 2021: Top Long-Term Running Back Draft Picks

Marcus Mosher ranks his top dynasty RB fantasy football rankings heading into the 2021 season. Which running backs have more value if you can keep them for multiple years? Considering age, skills and system, Marcus ranks the top 90 running backs for 2021 fantasy football dynasty leagues.


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Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2021 Dynasty: League Settings

  • Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB/WR/TE Flex, 1 PK, 1 DT
  • 0.5 PPR scoring
    • 1 point per 10 Rush/Receiving yards
    • 4 pts Pass TD
    • -1 pt Interception
    • 6 points all other TDs

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Dynasty RB Fantasy Football Rankings 2021

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RankNameTeamAge
1Christian McCaffreyCAR25
2Jonathan TaylorIND22
3Saquon BarkleyNYG24
4Alvin KamaraNOS25
5Dalvin CookMIN25
6Nick ChubbCLE25
7JK DobbinsBAL22
8Derrick HenryTEN27
9Antonio GibsonWAS22
10Najee HarrisPIT23
11Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCC22
12Ezekiel ElliottDAL25
13Aaron JonesGBP26
14D'Andre SwiftDET22
15Travis EtienneJAC22
16Miles SandersPHI24
17Austin EkelerLAC26
18Joe MixonCIN24
19Josh JacobsLVR23
20David MontgomeryCHI24
21Kareem HuntCLE25
22Chris CarsonSEA26
23Javonte WilliamsDEN21
24Darrell HendersonLAR23
25James RobinsonJAC22
26Chase EdmondsARI25
27Tony PollardDAL24
28Trey SermonSFO22
29Cam AkersLAR21
30Melvin GordonDEN28
31Ronald JonesTBB23
32AJ DillonGBP23
33Leonard FournetteTBB26
34Kenyan DrakeLVR27
35Myles GaskinMIA24
36Raheem MostertSFO29
37Damien HarrisNEP24
38Zack MossBUF23
39Alexander MattisonMIN22
40Mike DavisATL28
41Michael CarterNYJ22
42Devin SingletaryBUF23
43Nyheim HinesIND24
44James ConnerARI26
45David JohnsonHOU29
46Tarik CohenCHI25
47Gus EdwardsBAL26
48Jamaal WilliamsDET26
49Phillip LindsayHOU26
50Ke'Shawn VaughnTBB24
51Sony MichelNEP26
52JD McKissicWAS27
53James WhiteNEP29
54Marlon MackIND25
55Rashaad PennySEA25
56Darrynton EvansTEN22
57Wayne GallmanSFO26
58Kerryon JohnsonPHI23
59Chuba HubbardCAR21
60Lamical PerineNYJ23
61Kenneth GainwellPHI22
62Rhamondre StevensonNEP23
63Joshua KelleyLAC23
64Tevin ColemanNYJ28
65Latavius MurrayNOS31
66Jeff Wilson JrSFO25
67Jerick McKinnonKCC29
68Giovani BernardTBB29
69Boston ScottPHI26
70Justin JacksonLAC25
71Damien WilliamsCHI29
72Anthony McFarlandPIT23
73DeeJay DallasSEA22
74Benny SnellPIT23
75Salvon AhmedMIA24
76Justice HillBAL23
77Malcolm BrownMIA28
78Todd GurleyFA26
79Mark IngramHOU31
80Elijah MitchellSFO23
81Samaje PerineCIN25
82Larry RountreeLAC23
83Mike BooneDEN25
84Khalil HerbertCHI23
85Kalen BallagePIT25
86Carlos HydeJAC30
87Le'Veon BellFA29
88Kylin HillGBP22
89Duke JohnsonFA27
90Chris EvansCIN23

Dynasty RB Fantasy Football Rankings: Breakdown

The most crucial position in dynasty football is running back, but it’s also the most difficult to navigate. Most teams are shying away from using a single workhorse back in favor of two, three or even four players who can specialize in certain things. It’s also a position that can quickly change, as a back’s “prime” years often only last through their initial rookie contract. 

More so than any other position, age takes priority at the running back position in dynasty football. That is why we have Jonathan Taylor of the Indianapolis Colts ranked near the top of the list with Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook. During his rookie season (age 21), Taylor totaled nearly 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns. Behind one of the league’s best offensive lines, Taylor should continue to produce elite numbers for the foreseeable future. 

McCaffrey and Cook both remain strong RB1 options at the top of the board despite both players entering the fifth year of their NFL careers. When healthy, these are two of the highest-scoring backs in fantasy football, but each player has dealt with their fair share of injuries. Don’t be afraid to draft or trade premium assets for either player, but don’t be surprised if the production takes a dip sooner rather than later. 

Owners/league managers who typically have a lot of success in dynasty leagues can identify the next breakout running back. There are several worthy candidates this year, including two second-year backs in J.K. Dobbins and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Both impressed as rookies and are expected to see even more work within two elite offenses. One of these two players could undoubtedly find themselves ranked among the top five running backs in dynasty by this time next year. 

The top incoming rookie is none other than Najee Harris, who the Pittsburgh Steelers selected at No. 24 in the 2021 NFL Draft. If you find yourself a little hesitant to draft Harris ahead of proven stars like Ezekiel Elliott or Aaron Jones, remember that youth is the name of the game. Harris should be a workhorse back from the get-go. Look for Harris to eclipse 300 touches as a rookie and immediately be among the top-12 scoring running backs in 2021. 

So, where do you turn if you are searching for value at the running back position after the top-10 or -12 names? Can Tony Pollard eventually replace Elliott in Dallas as the lead back? What about Damien Harris in New England, who had a nice breakout season in 2020? Is A.J. Dillon‘s time in Green Bay ever going to come? These are just some of the decisions dynasty players have to ask themselves at the running back position.

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