Considering the pounding NFL running backs take each week, it's amazing that the snap counts for those on our top 10 list see a minimum of 42-plays-per game.
Now that's some guts and stamina.
Let's check out the top 10 running backs leading the NFL in snap counts, because you can't rack up fantasy points if your RB1 isn't on the field, right?
Note: All points below are for non-PPR leagues
10. Dalvin Cook – 42.3
Unfortunately this is the last time you'll see Dalvin Cook on this list as the rookie stud will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL last week against the Lions. Here's hoping Cook can return stronger as ever the same way former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson did.
9. Christian McCaffrey – 44.8
The jack-of-all-trades running back has seen snap counts of 47, 43, 41, and 48 through 4 weeks. Expect to see his snap count do nothing but hold steady or increase throughout the season.
8. LeSean McCoy – 45
After a massive 54 snaps in a week 1 win over the Jets, McCoy has averaged 42 over the past three games. He went over 100 all-purpose yards in week four's upset over the Falcons, and he'll continue to be a workhorse for the Bills all season.
7. C.J. Anderson – 49.3
This team always seems to plug in a running back and finds success. Anderson is out-touching Jamaal Charles and saw the ball 24 times in a week 4 win over Oakland. I wouldn't be surprised to see him climb up this list.
6. Carlos Hyde – 51
After 45 and 40 snaps his first two weeks, Hyde has seen 61 and 58 the past two. Probably a good idea considering the 49ers offense has little firepower.
5. Ty Montgomery – 52.3
It's a testament to how much Green Bay was using Montgomery that despite only seeing five snaps against the Bears in week 4 before exiting to a rib injury, the running back is still fifth on the list. Expect him to drop as he's probably not going to see action in week 5.
4. Todd Gurley – 52.5
The Todd Gurley we saw during his rookie campaign appears to be back.
After tallying snap counts in the forties the first two weeks, Gurley shredded the 49ers over 63 snaps in week 3 and did the same to Dallas over 55 snaps in week 4.
3. Lamar Miller – 55
Miller's lack of fantasy points can't be blamed on limited snaps. He's averaging 55, and he finally paid dividends for patient fantasy owners by racking up 25 points during a 57-14 thrashing of Tennessee last Sunday.
2. Ezekiel Elliott – 57.5
Fantasy owners had better enjoy Elliott's high snap count now because judgment day regarding his suspension is almost here.
1. Le'Veon Bell 60.5
The only running back in the NFL averaging over 60 snaps per game, Bell is the ultimate workhorse and fantasy football scoring machine. After a slow start the first two weeks of the season, Bell gave fantasy owners 15 and 28 points the past two weeks.