2018 Outlook: White has emerged into one of the league's top receiving backs over the past three seasons. During that span, he ranks fourth at the position in targets (207), fifth in receptions (156), fifth in receiving yards (1,390), and first in touchdown receptions (12). The heavy receiving work has led to occasional PPR value, but White has managed only 104 carries during that span. His best fantasy season came when he finished 26th in 2016. Primed for a similar role in 2018, White is no more than a flex option and should be downgraded to bench material in non-PPR formats.
2018 Outlook: Converted from wide receiver during the 2016 season, Montgomery burst onto the running back scene by posting league-best 5.94 YPC and 3.27 YAC marks on 77 attempts. He also ranked among the top backs in receiving efficiency, hauling in all but six of his 50 targets for 348 yards. The strong play led to Montgomery opening 2017 as the Packers' workhorse, but the honeymoon didn't last long. The 2015 third-round pick ended the season with a 3.85 YPC (1.70 YAC) on 71 attempts and only 173 receiving yards on 23 catches. Second-year backs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones earned significant roles, which leaves Montgomery this season on the short end of a committee, at best.
2018 Outlook: Anderson signed a one-year deal with the Panthers after he was released by the Broncos. Since entering the league in 2013, Anderson's 4.40 YPC ranks fifth and his 1.97 YAC ranks sixth among 28 backs who have 600-plus carries. Anderson posted his first 1,000-yard rushing season in 2017 and his second top-20 fantasy campaign in four campaigns. On the other hand, he wasn't involved much as a receiver and scored only four touchdowns as the result of being an average of 59 yards away from the goal line on his 245 rushes (fifth highest). He's only 27 years old and an effective rusher who provides Carolina with an upgrade over Jonathan Stewart. Anderson's ceiling will be limited as McCaffrey will handle a share of the carries and nearly all receiving work. Anderson is worth flex consideration in non-PPR formats.
2018 Outlook: Dixon had a disastrous 2017, missing the entire season with a knee injury while being suspended twice for violations of the PED and substance-abuse policies. The 2016 fourth-round pick is now without a clear path to lead back duties and will need to emerge in a backfield that includes 2017 breakout Alex Collins and do-it-all backup Javorius Allen. On the plus side, Dixon was terrific as a rookie. He averaged 4.3 YPC, including 2.22 after contact, the latter of which ranked sixth at the position. Dixon is only 24 years old with big upside, so he's worth a late flier.
2018 Outlook: Wilkins is an intriguing 2018 sleeper after the running back-needy Colts picked him in the fifth round of the draft. The Ole Miss product averaged 6.5 YPC last season, while converting 64 percent of his third downs and running for 5-plus yards on 41 percent of his carries and 10-plus yards on 19 percent. His 1.6 YAC is a red flag, but per Pro Football Focus, he forced a missed tackle for every 4.3 touches, which is fourth in the class. Wilkins (6-foot-1, 216 pounds) is a big power back with decent speed, agility and receiving chops. With only Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines in his way, Wilkins is a sneaky bet to lead the Colts' backfield in 2018. Take a late flier.
2018 Outlook: Last season, Breida generated about as much fantasy hype as you can imagine for a player who went undrafted. The Georgia Southern product worked his way up to second on the 49ers' depth chart but was out-snapped 755 to 295 by Carlos Hyde. Breida averaged a healthy 4.43 YPC but struggled after contact (1.66 YPC). He also dropped four of 36 targets and posted a position-worst 58 percent catch rate. Hyde is gone, but Jerick McKinnon is in, and 2017 fourth-round pick Joe Williams is back to full health. Breida is no more than a handcuff.
2018 Outlook: Powell finished 2017 as fantasy's No. 30 scoring running back, which can be described only as a disappointment. The longtime Jets scat back posted his best season in 2016, racking up a career-high 1,110 yards and five touchdowns from scrimmage. He averaged a massive 5.5 YPC (fifth best) and finished in the top 10 at the position in receptions for the second straight season. Even with declining Matt Forte and late-round rookie Elijah McGuire in the mix, Powell was limited to 178 carries and inexplicably saw only 31 receiving targets. The Jets added Isaiah Crowell, and McGuire is still around, so Powell can be counted on for only 10 or so touches per game.
2018 Outlook: Over the past two seasons, only Ezekiel Elliott (22) has exceeded Murray's 20 rushing touchdowns. Murray has ranked in the top 20 at the position in touches and top 25 in fantasy points each of the past three seasons. Murray's career rushing efficiency hasn't been great (4.11 YPC, 1.74 YAC), but he has finished in the 85th percentile in average box defenders faced during three of his four seasons. Murray was a top-12 fantasy running back after Dalvin Cook's injury last season, but with Cook back in the mix, Murray will revert to backup duties. He showed that he has RB1 upside as a handcuff in 2017, but Murray won't have standalone value as long as Cook is active.
2018 Outlook: Labeled '2017's Jordan Howard' by ESPN fantasy analyst Mike Clay last spring, Carson slipped to the seventh round of the NFL draft but quickly made his presence felt in the Seattle backfield. After dominating the preseason, Carson racked up 208 yards on 49 carries (4.2 YPC, 2.14 YAC) prior to going down with a broken leg in Week 4. Carson also caught seven of his eight targets for 59 yards. The Oklahoma State product was super-efficient in his final collegiate season and showed extremely well at the combine. Unfortunately, he'll be limited to handcuff duties moving forward after Seattle spent a first-round pick on Rashaad Penny in April's draft.
2018 Outlook: Over the past decade, 76 running backs have carried the ball at least 550 times. None has a better yards-after-contact mark than Blount's 2.27. The big man finished second in that category last season (2.61 YAC) and has finished in the top four four times in his career. Blount has also ranked top-10 in carries inside the opponent's 5-yard line in each of the past three seasons. Although he offers the bare minimum as a receiver (he has never caught more than 15 passes in eight seasons), Blount is an effective and underrated rusher. Expect him to handle some early-down and goal-line work in Detroit, though Theo Riddick and rookie Kerryon Johnson will also be busy. Blount has a shot at flex value in non-PPR leagues.
2018 Outlook: The Colts drafted Hines in the fourth round of the draft. Hines is an explosive, elusive and fast back, who figures to do most of his damage as a pass-catcher and returner. At 5-foot-8, 198 pounds, he simply lacks the frame to support a three-down gig and goal-line work in the pros. Hines did a nice job after contact at NC State last season (2.4 YAC), but he ran for a loss too often (20 percent) and his receiving efficiency was weak (5.9 YPR). The Colts' backfield is wide open, but Hines is a poor bet for anything more than situational work behind Marlon Mack and likely Jordan Wilkins.
2018 Outlook: The Jets drafted McGuire in the sixth round of the 2017 draft and the Louisiana-Lafayette product was surprisingly and quickly able to make some noise in a backfield that also included Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. McGuire racked up 105 touches, averaging 3.58 YPC (1.84 YAC) on 88 carries and 10.4 YPR on 17 catches. The 24-year-old's future is likely that of a reserve, but he figures to remain part of a 2018 committee that also includes Powell and Isaiah Crowell. McGuire will need an injury or two ahead of him on the depth chart in order to find his way to fantasy relevance.
2018 Outlook: Barber has racked up 163 carries and 21 receptions since he was signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Barber's efficiency hasn't been spectacular (3.96 YPC, 1.75 YAC), but he managed a trio of top-20 fantasy weeks in place of Doug Martin late in the 2017 season. Barber has a shot to open 2018 as the Buccaneers' No. 2 back, but second-round pick Ronald Jones II figures to immediately step in as the team's featured back ,and Charles Sims is also in the mix. Barber is no more than a handcuff.
2018 Outlook: Gore has been one of the best backs in football over the past decade or so, racking up 14,026 yards and 77 touchdowns on 3,226 carries in 13 seasons with the 49ers and Colts. Now 35 years old, Gore heads back home to Miami, where he'll compete with 24-year-old Kenyan Drake for touches. Although Gore has ranked in the top 12 at the position in each of the past seven seasons, his rushing efficiency has dropped off dramatically in recent years (3.77 YPC since 2015). At this stage of his career, Gore is more likely to be a thorn in the side of those invested in Drake than he is to be a fantasy-relevant producer.