It's still the most important position in fantasy football. Here is an early ranking of the top 50 RBs for 2018, according to ASL's Brian Murphy.

Important: These initial 2018 RB rankings are only my opinion, not ASL's. And, as a human being who is comfortable with changing his mind without a moment's notice in light of further research, these ranks could move at any time. In the weeks ahead, I'll provide more analysis for my ranks beyond just posting a chart. We've got about four long, mostly uneventful months in the NFL ahead of us until the regular season begins. Expect a lot of rankings talk from me between now and then. These ranks assume standard scoring. 

Other early rankings: Top 25 QBs || Top 50 WRs || Top 25 TEs

Rank Player Team
1 Le'Veon Bell  PIT
2 Todd Gurley  LAR
3 David Johnson  ARI
4 Ezekiel Elliott  DAL
5 Melvin Gordon LAC
6 Alvin Kamara  NO
7 Saquon Barkley  NYG
8 LeSean McCoy BUF
9 Leonard Fournette JAC
10 Dalvin Cook  MIN
11 Joe Mixon  CIN
12 Kareem Hunt  KC
13 Christian McCaffrey  CAR
14 Devonta Freeman  ATL
15 Jordan Howard CHI
16 Kenyan Drake  MIA
17 Jay Ajayi  PHI
18 Derrick Henry  TEN
19 Lamar Miller HOU
20 Alex Collins BAL
21 Tevin Coleman ATL
22 Jerick McKinnon  SF 
23 Carlos Hyde  CLE 
24 Derrius Guice  WAS 
25 Sony Michel  NE 


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Rank Player Team
26 Chris Thompson WAS
27 Marshawn Lynch  OAK
28 Ronald Jones  TB
29 Royce Freeman  DEN
30 Mark Ingram  NO
31 Duke Johnson CLE
32 C.J. Anderson  CAR
33 Rashaad Penny SEA
34 Rex Burkhead  NE
35 Marlon Mack  IND
36 Isaiah Crowell  NYJ
37 Kerryon Johnson DET
38 Tarik Cohen  CHI
39 Aaron Jones  GB
40 Jamaal Williams GB
41 Theo Riddick  DET
42 Nick Chubb  CLE
43 Corey Clement  PHI
44 Doug Martin  OAK
45 Chris Carson  SEA
46 James White NE
47 Devontae Booker  DEN
48 Giovani Bernard  CIN
49 Frank Gore  MIA
50 Bilal Powell NYJ


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