Ranking All 32 Starting NFL Running Backs From Worst To Best

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32. Jerick McKinnon – Minnesota Vikings

Week 13 stats: 9 carries, 41 yards (4.6 yards per carry), 0 rushing touchdowns, 5 catches, 14 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
2016 stats: 115 carries, 357 yards (3.1 yards per carry), 1 rushing touchdown, 20 catches, 102 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown

Taking on the impossible task of trying to fill Adrian Peterson’s void, Jerick McKinnon has been rather underwhelming. The speedster can’t find any running room behind his atrocious offensive line, and lacks the necessary strength to run effectively between the tackles. Once again reminding people he should be nothing more than a third-down back in passing situations, McKinnon’s lack of impact only makes Peterson’s inevitable return more important.

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31. James Starks – Green Bay Packers

Week 13 stats: 4 carries, 1 yard (0.25 yards per carry), 0 rushing touchdowns, 0 catches, 0 receiving yards
2016 stats: 61 carries, 142 yards (2.2 yards per carry), 0 rushing touchdowns, 19 catches, 134 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns

No one has thrown out a more bizarre cast of ball carriers this season than the Green Bay Packers. Following a season-ending injury to Eddie Lacy, a two-week stint with Knile Davis and a few weeks of wide receiver Ty Montgomery becoming a RB/WR option in fantasy football, James Starks has returned from a knee injury to assume starting duties. The only problem? James Starks isn’t particularly fast, good at catching the football, making defenders miss or breaking tackles. The only reason he doesn’t place last on this list is because he won a Super Bowl as the Packers’ starting running back – a feat that Jerick McKinnon has no chance of ever achieving.

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30. Chris Ivory – Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 13 stats: Out (hamstring)
2016 stats: 93 carries, 350 yards (3.8 yards per carry), 2 rushing touchdowns, 16 catches, 117 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns

The Jaguars have been piecing together one of the younger, more dynamic offenses in the entire league, but then went and signed the 28 year-old Ivory to a five-year, $32 million contract. There’s no question the front office wishes they could take this one back. Jacksonville’s offensive line hasn’t made matters any easier, but Ivory’s lack of speed and inability to catch the football is a poor combination. As a bruiser who finds himself on the injury report every week, Ivory should be nothing more than goal-line back in today’s NFL.

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