Running Back Fantasy Averages By Career Year  
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Running Back Fantasy Averages By Career Year

Running Backs have averaged about the same amount of fantasy pointes per game throughout their first 10 years. The top running back years are career years 5, 6 and 8 with 6 being the best. It is surprising, when taking into account all starters and backups over the past 15 years, that RBs for their first 10 years are very close to the position average. The production from the top 5 or 6 running backs is so much greater than the other RBs, that when you average all of them together there is not much of a rise or fall in the trend line. There are some wild swings in averages for career years 13 - 16, but that is mainly because there are fewer games to average out so the data is not as reliable. Not many running backs play for 13 plus seasons.

Top 10 Running Backs: The best career year for a Top 10 fantasy running back is year 6. Career year 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 are the prime fantasy years for Top 10 fantasy running backs. Career Year 3 is the year when RBs have been in the Top 10 the most.

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Running Back Fantasy Production by Career Year
Career Year Fantasy Game Average Total Games Averaged
1 5.82 2803
2 6.28 3157
3 6.06 3072
4 6.06 2775
5 6.43 2091
6 6.97 1967
7 6.32 1512
8 6.83 1078
9 6.26 894
10 6.14 613
11 4.83 416
12 4.2 206
13 3.82 88
14 2.08 48
15 4.45 37
16 0.31 18



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Top 10 Running Backs Fantasy Production by Career Year
Career Year Fantasy Season Total Average Fantasy Game Average Total Games Averaged
1 215.43 13.69 203
2 226.22 14.27 379
3 227.69 14.23 383
4 240.9 15.22 284
5 222.91 13.85 256
6 244.13 15.27 367
7 225.43 13.97 224
8 226.71 14.21 127
9 223.86 13.99 80
10 218.17 13.27 80



Running Backs Entering Their Prime Fantasy Year(s)
   Player    Team Entering Career Year 2017 Total Fantasy Points Projection 2016 Total Fantasy Points
   Jordan Howard [+]    Bears 2 183.57 188.20
   David Johnson [+]    Cardinals 3 235.52 287.85
   Melvin Gordon [+]    Chargers 3 164.87 192.65
   Jay Ajayi [+]    Dolphins 3 143.84 182.75
   Todd Gurley [+]    Rams 3 119.80 136.40
   Tevin Coleman [+]    Falcons 3 71.78 139.05
   Thomas Rawls [+]    Seahawks 3 70.30 57.70
   Zach Zenner [+]    Lions 3 63.96 67.20
   Devonta Freeman [+]    Falcons 4 190.04 209.00
   Latavius Murray [+]    Raiders 4 144.34 164.00
   Jeremy Hill [+]    Bengals 4 137.44 146.60
   Carlos Hyde [+]    49ers 4 129.28 160.95
   Isaiah Crowell [+]    Browns 4 116.31 152.35
   Terrance West [+]    Ravens 4 105.42 125.20
   James White [+]    Patriots 4 68.51 74.15
   Spencer Ware [+]    Chiefs 4 56.50 144.55
   Lamar Miller [+]    Texans 6 131.23 152.70
   Doug Martin [+]    Buccaneers 6 83.62 66.80
   Rashad Jennings [+]    Giants 8 91.82 93.35