The 33rd Team’s weekly top-10 RB rankings are a snapshot of where the league’s best running backs are right now, taking into account the player’s recent production, health, and an evaluation by our scouting department, led by former NFL team executive T.J. McCreight and assisted by scouts Justin Casey, Kevin Cohn and Evan Pritt.
1. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
Carries: 91 | Yards: 490 | TD: 3 | Explosive Plays: 3 | Previous Rank: 3
Comment: Three straight games over 140 yards rushing with six TDs during that stretch pushes Jacobs to the top spot.
2. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Carries: 110 | Yards: 649 | TD: 7 | Explosive Plays: 7 | Previous Rank: 1
Comment: He rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown — and is still the leading rusher in the NFL — but it was not quite enough to get a win over division rival Baltimore. A steady dose of Chubb will lead to wins for the Browns.
3. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Carries: 119 | Yards: 616 | TD: 4 | Explosive Plays: 5 | Previous Rank: 2
Comment: He had a big day against the Jaguars, rushing for 110 yards while racking up 25 yards receiving to keep the Giants on the winning track.
4. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
Carries: 104 | Yards: 408 | TD: 5 | Explosive Plays: 1 | Previous Rank: 6
Comment: He rushed for 128 yards in the Titans’ win against division rival Indianapolis. Henry has carried the Titans to the top of the AFC South Standings, a lead that is starting to feel insurmountable.
5. Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers
Carries: 85 | Yards: 393 | TD: 2 | Explosive Plays: 1 | Previous Rank: 4
Comment: In his first game with his new team, he rushed for 38 yards and caught two passes for 24 yards. The 49ers have a lot of playmakers. Are there enough balls to go around?
6. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles
Carries: 105 | Yards: 485 | TD: 4 | Explosive Plays: 3 | Previous Rank: 5
Comment: He has 485 yards rushing and four touchdowns on the year, as the Eagles had the week off.
7. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Carries: 66 | Yards: 302 | TD: 0 | Explosive Plays: 2 | Previous Rank: 8
Comment: He put together 105 total yards, but it was not enough in a loss to Arizona on Thursday night.
8. Dameon Pierce, Houston Texans
Carries: 86 | Yards: 412 | TD: 3 | Explosive Plays: 3 | Previous Rank: 9
Comment: Pierce churned out 92 yards on 20 carries and four catches, but it was not enough as the Texans lost to the Raiders.
9. Kenneth Walker III, Seattle Seahawks
Carries: 75 | Yards: 349 | TD: 4 | Explosive Plays: 3 | Previous Rank: NR
Comment: Since he has taken over for the injured Rashaad Penny, he is showing why he should have at least been invited to the Heisman ceremony last season. He averages 6.1 yards per carry and has two touchdown runs over 60 yards.
10. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
Carries: 75 | Yards: 349 | TD: 4 | Explosive Plays: 3 | Previous Rank: 10
Comment: The Chargers struggled to get their run game going against Seattle, as Ekeler only had 3.4 yards per carry. He did have 12 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.