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Running Back Deep Dive 

Thu Aug 4 1:10pm ET
By JEFF PAUR @jeffpaur
Sr Fantasy Writer

Running back is the toughest position to select come draft day. It is an unpredictable position that seems to vary from season to season. There are plenty of factors that go into this, so we thought it might be a good idea to delve deeper into the subject. We decided to look at age and wear and tear of the top rated backs from past seasons to help figure out the best running backs to take come draft day. We took a look at the top 10 fantasy running backs from the last five seasons, going over age, seasons played to date, and whether they were rookies or not. 

2021 AGE EXP  2020 AGE  EXP 
1. J. Taylor  22  1 1. A. Kamara    25  3 
2. A. Ekeler  26  4 2. D. Cook  25 3
3. N. Harris ®  23  0 3. D. Henry  26 4
4. J. Mixon  25  4 4. D. Montgomery  23  1 
5. J. Conner  26  4 5. A. Jones  26  3 
6. L. Fournette  26  4 6. J. Taylor ®  21 0
7. E. Elliott  26  5 7. J. Robinson ®  22  0 
8. A. Kamara  26  4 8. J. Jacobs  22  1 
9. C. Patterson  30  8 9. E. Elliott  25  4 
10. A. Gibson  23  1 10. K. Hunt  25  3 
2019 AGE EXP 2018 AGE EXP
1. C. McCaffrey   23   2 1. S. Barkley ®   21   0 
2. D. Henry  25  3 2. C. McCaffrey  22  1
3. A. Jones  25  2 3. T. Gurley  24  3
4. E. Elliott  24  3 4. A. Kamara  23  1
5. D. Cook  24  2 5. E. Elliott    23  2
6. N. Chubb  24  1 6. J. Conner  23  1
7. A. Ekeler  24  2 7. J . White  26  4
8. M. Ingram  30  8 8. M. Gordon  25  3
9. C. Carson  25  2 9. D. Johnson    27  3
10. S. Barkley  22  1 10. J. Mixon  22  1
2017 AGE EXP
1. T. Gurley  23  2 
2. L. Bell  25  4
3. A. Kamara ®  22  0
4. K. Hunt ®  22  0
5. M. Gordon  24  2
6. M. Ingram  28  6
7. L. McCoy  29  8
8. C. Hyde  27  3
9. L. Fournette ®  22  0
10. C. McCaffrey ®  21  0


Here are the big takeaways from the data. First off, the average age of the top 10 fantasy backs from the past five seasons was 24.26. That is quite young, showing that this position can age out in a hurry. And many of the top backs in the game are just a season or two into their careers. The running back spot is a young man’s game. 

During the last two seasons, just one back over the age of 27 made the list. And there are just six backs total in five seasons that are 27 years old or older (12 percent). Again, the data overwhelmingly shows that younger backs have the best chance to produce big for fantasy owners. 

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