The Top Rookie RB for 2020

The Footballguys staff offer their picks for the top rookie running back

Who is your top running back in a normal fantasy league? Does your answer change for PPR leagues?

Jason Wood

This was one of those years where I could see quite a few rookie running backs ending up in key roles no later than next season. I have far less conviction on picking the top redraft rookie running back than I do at quarterback or wide receiver.

For now, Clyde Edwards-Helaire sits atop the list. Not only was he the first running back drafted, and the only first-rounder, but he landed on the defending Super Bowl champions. Edwards-Helaire isn't stepping into a situation with questions about his supporting cast or blockers; they're proven. The only question for Edwards-Helaire is whether the COVID-19 situation clouds his ability to displace Damien Williams atop the depth chart.

Edwards-Helaire is an ideal scheme fit for Andy Reid's multi-faceted system. The former LSU Tiger can handle RPOs with aplomb and should be instantly comfortable in Reid's complex zone schemes.

Jordan McNamara

I’ll echo what Jason said. This is a historic running back class. For dynasty leagues, it’s a great situation to restock your roster with talent for years to come. For this season, I think weekly production from Clyde Edwards-Helaire may be difficult to predict. Damien Williams is a pro and will not just go away. They also have role players in Darwin Thompson and Darrel Williams. Edwards-Helaire is the long-term play in the Kansas City backfield, but it could be difficult to forecast early in the season. I think Jonathan Taylor has the best floor and highest ceiling in 2020. He plays behind an elite offensive line and laps Marlon Mack in skill. While the passing numbers were low at Wisconsin, some advanced metrics, like yards per route run, signal opportunity for growth in the NFL.

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