The running back position is once again king in fantasy football, and it looks like it's going to stay that way for awhile. In 2018, the average age of the top 30 runners was 23.9. That's the youngest since 2000, when the average age of the top 30 runners was 26.5 ... or almost three years older. With points being scored at such a high rate, let's dig a little deeper into who was the most productive when the football was in their hands. And no, I'm not talking about just overall points scorers.
While the final scoring leaders offer a look at how well a player performed in the stat sheets, it fails to offer us a complete picture of how good the player really was for fantasy fans. In the case of the running backs, here are the position's top 25 players (minimum 80 touches) ranked based on a combination of rushing attempts and receptions and the positive points that resulted via the rushing and receiving yards gained in addition to total touchdowns scored from last season.
1. James White, New England Patriots (1.53): White finished the season on a low note, but he did rank seventh among backs in PPR formats. He ranked just 26th at the position in touches, however, so he wasn't a true featured back. White's best success came as a receiver, averaging 2.35 points per catch.
2. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns (1.52): Johnson barely met our criteria with just 87 touches, but he did produce when allowed the chance. In fact, he averaged 2.3 points per reception. His 2019 value is up in the air after the Browns added Kareem Hunt, but an offseason trade might make him very relevant.
3. Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears (1.38): Cohen was a draft bargain in his first season under Matt Nagy, rankings 11th among backs. Most of his statistical success came as a pass catcher, of course, with 73.3 percent of his points coming from that role. His PPR point per rush attempt average was just 0.59.
5. Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders (1.27): Richard's top-five rank proves that he's a playmaker with the ball in his hands. Unfortunately, he had just 123 touches last season. His point-per-catch rate (1.89) was right behind Kamara, but Richard will find it hard to make an impact in Oakland's committee.
T-8. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers (1.18) McCaffrey ranked second in PPR points behind only Saquon Barkley, and he did it despite seeing just 26 fewer touches. While CMC did more of his point scoring as a receiving threat, he did produce 40.4 percent of his total PPR points as a true runner.
T-14. TJ Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars (1.09): Yeldon produced 73.7 percent of his PPR points as a receiver last season. He's slated to become a free agent this offseason, so his value is up in the air.
Notes:Ezekiel Elliott ranked outside of the top 30 in this category for the second straight season, but it's not a negative in this case due to his high volume of touches. In fact, Barkley was the lone runner within 45 carries of Zeke's 304 totes last season. Elliott also lapped the field in terms of touches (381) at the position. In his case, volume is truly king. ... Nick Chubb averaged 0.90 PPR points per touch and scored almost 76 percent of his PPR points as a runner. To compare, Hunt averaged more points per touch (1.11) and was wildly successful as a pass catcher (4.07 points per reception). Once Hunt has served his suspension, fantasy fans have to fear a backfield committee in Cleveland next season. ... Matt Breida averaged 0.90 as the lead back for the 49ers this past season. Ironically, Jerick McKinnon averaged nearly the identical total (0.89) in what was his final season in Minnesota. With McKinnon coming back from an injured knee, a committee scenario is very likely in San Francisco in 2019. ... Mark Ingram saw an obvious decrease in touches (remember, he missed the first four games due to a suspension), but he still averaged fewer points per touch (0.90) than he did in 2017 (0.97). A free agent in 2019, I'd like to see Ingram land with the Baltimore Ravens. ... Dalvin Cook finished an injury-plagued second NFL season with a points-per-touch average of 0.88. If you project that total over a season with 300 touches, he would have ranked ninth among running backs in PPR points. ... Derrick Henry averaged a very unimpressive 0.68 PPR points per touch from Weeks 1-13. That was 38th among backs. He went off in the fantasy postseason, however, with a 1.29 points-per-game clip. That led his position over that three-week stretch. Let's hope we see more of the latter Henry in 2019.