NFL Best Ball 2023 Rankings: Top 20 Running Backs
RB4 Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor is a highly sought after running back in fantasy football, with an ADP of 12.8 in NFL Best Ball drafts. Despite missing six games due to injury last season, Taylor still managed to accumulate 192 rushes, 40 targets, and four touchdowns. The expectation is that he will return to his bell cow role for the Indianapolis Colts this season and fully recover from his ankle injury.
However, Taylor will have to adjust to a new offensive system under head coach Shane Steichen and work with a new quarterback in Anthony Richardson. It remains to be seen how these changes will impact his production on the field, but Taylor’s talent and ability to make plays both in the rushing and receiving game make him a valuable asset for any fantasy football team. If he can stay healthy and adapt to the new system, Taylor has the potential to be a top performer at his position in the 2023 season.
RB8 Josh Jacobs
Josh Jacobs had a productive 2022 season, rushing for over 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns while also catching 64 passes for 400 yards. As a result, he’s being drafted in the early rounds of NFL Best Ball drafts with an ADP of 28. With no major changes to the Raiders’ backfield, Jacobs should continue to be the team’s primary running back and receive a high volume of carries and targets in 2023.
While the Raiders did replace Derek Carr with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback, it’s unlikely to have a significant impact on Jacobs’ production. Garoppolo is a capable passer and should keep the Raiders’ offense running smoothly, but he’s not likely to be a major upgrade over Carr in terms of Jacobs’ fantasy production. Overall, Jacobs is a solid early-round pick in Best Ball drafts, given his high volume of touches and touchdown potential.
RB17 J.K. Dobbins
J.K. Dobbins presents an interesting value proposition in fantasy football best ball drafts for the 2023 season. With a current ADP of 58.5 in NFL Best Ball drafts, Dobbins has the potential to be a high-end RB2 if he sees enough volume in the Ravens’ offense. While he hasn’t been a bell cow in his NFL career, Dobbins is expected to be the lead back in 2023, with the Ravens reportedly running more of a spread offense under new offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
One concern with Dobbins is his lack of involvement in the passing game, as he only received 8 targets in 8 games in 2022. However, his career average of 5.9 yards per rushing attempt is impressive, and if he sees 15 carries per game, he could provide significant value at his current ADP.
Additionally, the fact that Dobbins is coming into the season healthy for the first time since his rookie year in 2020 is a positive sign for his potential in the upcoming season. Overall, Dobbins could be a great value pick in best ball drafts, especially if he sees an increase in volume in the Ravens’ offense.
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