Towards the end of this month, July, NFL Teams will head to this season's training camps. That's where the best professional football teams on the planet will attempt to do what the Philadelphia Eagles did last season, win the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.
When it comes to NFL Fantasy Football, point per reception, or PPR Fantasy Football, is different than traditional Standard Fantasy Football. PPR Fantasy Football adds a point for every reception. Standard Scoring Fantasy Football doesn't. If you're playing in a season long PPR Fantasy Football League, you'll want to keep reading. This list is all about those running backs that figure to catch the most passes at the running back position this season.
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Top NFL PPR Fantasy RBs Heading to Training Camps
1. Todd Gurley II, L.A. Rams
The Rams don't just throw to their running backs. L.A. figures to have one of the very best offenses in the league this season. A main reason for the Rams' offense being so dynamic rests on the passing game with Jared Goff to his wide receivers. That's the way Sean McVeigh likes it.
Another big reason for the Rams' likely success on the scoreboard this season rests with Todd Gurley rushing the football. Gurley might be the best pure running back in the NFL. He can take it to the house every time he touches it. But, he's also great at catching the football.
If you draft Gurley in your PPR League, you can rest assured that you'll not only pick up rushing yards and rushing TDs, but you'll pick up points via catches. Todd caught a fantastic 64 passes last season for 788 yards. He also caught 6 TD passes.
Todd Gurley is not only the best running back in Standard Fantasy Football Leagues, he's also the best running back in PPR Fantasy Football Leagues.
2. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Some might feel I've got Kamara ranked too high on my list of running backs for PPR Leagues. I don't think so. Alvin scored a combined 14 TDs last season. That led the New Orleans Saints. He didn't even get it going until Week 3. Kamara only rushed for 728 yards. No worries. He scored 8 rushing TDs. He caught 6 TD passes.
Overall, he caught 81 passes. He could eclipse that number this season because fellow Saints' RB Mark Ingram must miss the first 4 games of the season. Alvin Kamara could absolutely be your anchor in your PPR Fantasy Football League.
3. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
Kareem Hunt only caught 53 passes last season. He only caught 3 TD passes. He did rush for 1,327 yards. He also rushed for 8 TDs. Those numbers make him a lock to be one of the first running backs taken in Round 1.
Going back to his pass catching ability, the Chiefs break in a new QB this season, Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes will send the ball to Hunt on multiple occasions in every game because that's what Andy Reid will tell him to do. I think Hunt easily eclipses the 53 catches he had in 2017.
4. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Here's another running back that most every other NFL Fantasy Football fan will believe I've rated too high. Here me out before disagreeing with me, though. Saquon Barkley will prove that he can catch the football out of the backfield about as well as any RB in the league not named Alvin Kamara. Not only that, but the Giants haven't had a star running back in the backfield in years.
Saquon should have a monster season. That includes not only rushing for over 1,000 yards, but catching at least 60 Eli Manning passes. The Giants are desperate to get their offense going beyond Eli to Odell. Barkley, and the fantasy players that draft him, will benefit.
5. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers have a new offensive coordinator in Randy Fichtner. Fichtner was Pittsburgh's QB coach. That means, he's most likely to continue with the same offensive schemes that Todd Haley has run the past few seasons in Pittsburgh.
That could be a benefit to Le'Veon. But, I'm not so sure the Steelers are set on throwing the football to Bell as much as they have in season's past. Bell is an unrestricted free agent in 2019. The Steelers, again, franchised Le'Veon. It's becoming sort of ridiculous, the contract banter between the two sides.
I'm sure Pitt is ready to let Le'Veon go. That means spending time developing their RB2, James Conner. It doesn't mean the Steelers don't use Bell at all, though. It just means he might not be one of the Top 5 PPR League Fantasy RBs to draft this season.
6. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
I'm pretty sure that if David Johnson is healthy he'll have a great season. I'm not exactly sure he turns into the pass catching monster that he did before the injury that derailed his 2017. The reason I write that is because Arizona has a new head coach, new offensive coordinator, and a new QB. The Cards will be looking for an identity this training camp.
DJ will absolutely be a part of whatever identity they end up with. He might not be as big of a part as he was 2 seasons ago.
7. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
Cook was on his way to becoming Offensive Rookie of the Year before an injury kept him from playing as many games as a Viking as so many had hoped he would. Cook can rush it and catch it. More than a couple of teams are looking to emulate the success New Orleans had with their running backs. The Vikings could be one of those teams. If they are, Cook might be a sneaky Round 1 choice. He most definitely will fall out of the Top 10 in Round 1 because of the injury.
8. Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49'ers
Can Jerick McKinnon become one of the best running backs in the NFL as a San Francisco 49'er? He showed flashes with the Minnesota Vikings. At SF, he's their undisputed RB1. The Niners don't have great wide receivers. They're good. They're not great. That means McKinnon, on plenty of occasions, might be QB Jimmy Garoppolo's first option. McKinnon has enough speed to catch and run to the end zone on every pass. He's definitely one to keep an eye on before your PPR Fantasy Football League draft.
9. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
I'm not sure why the Dallas Cowboys haven't thrown the football to Ezekiel Elliott as much in the RBs first two seasons. My guess, it's because they had a great WR1 in Dez Bryant and a great TE in Jason Witten. Both those guys are no longer playing in Big D.
This could be the season where Elliott establishes himself as the best overall running back in the NFL. If it is this season, you'll be kicking yourself if you passed on drafting the great running back.
10. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
McCaffrey's stats should go up across the board because Jonathan Williams no longer plays for Carolina. His pass catching stats might be better this season as well. They weren't bad last season. Who wouldn't take 80 catches for 651 yards and 5 TD catches? So, if you believe that Christian's rushing stats improve, he could be a great RB1 for your PPR Fantasy Football team.