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Week 2 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings

Running back was a nightmare position for many in the season's opening week. We do our best to break down what it all means for your start 'em, sit 'em decisions this week. Check out our Week 2 fantasy RB PPR rankings.

Congratulations if you made it through the season's opening week with no busts at running back. Between surprise inactives, injuries, odd usage, and good ol' fashioned disappointing performances, it wasn't a great day for a lot of RBs who were either drafted as sure-fire starters or high-upside sleepers. We always caution against overreacting heading into Week 2, but it's tough not to when these performances are going to hang in the air for seven days. We advise letting the dust settle a bit and consulting our Week 2 fantasy RB PPR rankings before making any rash start 'em, sit 'em decisions.

The high-target, high-reception RBs in Week 1 were all pretty much who you'd expect. D'Andre Swift (11 targets, eight catches) and Jamaal Williams (nine targets, eight catches) took advantage of ample garbage-time opportunities to finish tied for second in RB receptions behind only Christian McCaffrey (9). Colts backs Nyheim Hines (eight targets, six catches), Jonathan Taylor (seven targets, six catches) were in similar situations. Dalvin Cook and James White also had six catches apiece, while Leonard Fournette and Myles Gaskin each had five. No one else had more than four catches, with just James Robinson (6) and Mike Davis (6) seeing more than five targets.

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Perhaps more noteworthy for the PPR crowd is who didn't have a lot of catches, namely J.D. McKissic (no catches, one target) and Austin Ekeler (no targets). Ekeler feels like a fluke, but McKissic could be worthless if Washington keeps using Antonio Gibson (three catches, five targets) on passing downs. Najee Harris (one catch, three targets), Kenneth Gainwell (two catches, three targets), and Saquon Barkley (one catch, three targets) also disappointed majorly as pass-catchers. Harris and Barkley were huge letdowns overall, but Gainwell managed to get into the end zone. 

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Overall, our PPR rankings are pretty similar to our standard rankings aside from a few obvious risers (Hines, White, Gaskin, Fournette, Devin Singletary, Chase Edmonds, etc.). We expect some of these guys to bounce back in their respective receiving games, but with Barkley (knee) and Ekeler (hamstring) still less than 100 percent and Harris still getting up to speed in the NFL, it could be a slower burn. Fortunately, Ekeler (vs. Cowboys) and Harris (vs. Raiders) have much better matchups this week, giving them safe RB2 values. Barkley (short week vs. Washington) isn't quite so lucky and is merely a flex in our rankings.

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We also expect bounce-back performances from Ezekiel Elliott (@ Chargers), Aaron Jones (vs. Lions), and Javonte Williams (@ Jaguars), but we're not quite as optimistic about Robinson (vs. Broncos), Davis (@ Buccaneers), and Gaskin (vs. Bills). Fortunately, all three get bumps in value in PPR leagues, so they can still pay off as at least flexes.

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Elijah Mitchell (@ Eagles) and Mark Ingram (vs. Browns) were two of Week 1's biggest surprises, and we like both this week. Ingram is a pure volume play, while Mitchell will need Raheem Mostert (knee) to be inactive. Even then, Trey Sermon could make his season debut, but Mitchell seems to be the preferred option right now. The same is true in Buffalo for Singletary even if Zack Moss is active after his surprise scratch.

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Ultimately, we'll know a lot more about the RB landscape after this week. By no means will we know everything -- after all, many teams overreact themselves to Week 1 results and swing too far back in the other direction -- but we should at least get a better idea of which backs are in line for more targets this year. That can make a huge difference in PPR leagues, so pay attention to more than just the final point totals.

Note: We'll be updating these RB PPR rankings as needed throughout the week. so check back for the latest changes.

Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 2: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring .


  • Panthers vs. Saints

  • Saints @ Panthers

  • Vikings @ Cardinals

  • Titans @ Seahawks

  • Browns vs. Texans

  • Bears vs. Bengals

  • Packers vs. Lions

  • Colts vs. Rams

  • Bengals @ Bears

  • Eagles vs. 49ers

  • Cowboys @ Chargers

  • Washington vs. Giants

  • Chargers vs. Cowboys

  • Lions @ Packers

  • Steelers vs. Raiders

  • Patriots @ Jets

  • Seahawks vs. Titans

  • 49ers @ Eagles

  • Broncos @ Jaguars

  • Broncos @ Jaguars

  • Rams @ Colts

  • Bills @ Dolphins

  • Chiefs @ Ravens

  • Jaguars vs. Dolphins

  • Texans @ Browns

  • 26 Mike Davis, ATL @ TB
    27 Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. HOU
    28 Saquon Barkley, NYG @ WAS
    29 Leonard Fournette, TB vs. ATL
    30 Chase Edmonds, ARI vs. MIN
    31 Myles Gaskin, MIA vs. BUF
    32 Jamaal Williams, DET @ GB
    33 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. LAR
    34 Ty'Son Williams, BAL vs. KC
    35 Kenneth Gainwell, PHI vs. SF
    36 James Conner, ARI vs. MIN
    37 James White, NE @ NYJ
    38 Kenyan Drake, LV @ PIT
    39 Tevin Coleman, NYJ vs. NE
    40 Trey Sermon, SF @ PHI
    41 Ronald Jones II, TB vs. ATL
    42 AJ Dillon, GB vs. DET
    43 Damien Williams, CHI vs. CIN
    44 David Johnson, HOU vs. CLE
    45 Phillip Lindsay, HOU @ CLE
    46 Tony Jones Jr., NO @ CAR
    47 JD McKissic, WAS vs. NYG
    48 Peyton Barber, LV @ PIT
    49 Devontae Booker, NYG @ WAS
    50 Giovani Bernard, TB vs. ATL
    51 Michael Carter, NYJ vs. NE
    52 Sony Michel, LAR @ IND
    53 Larry Rountree III, LAC vs. DAL
    54 Ty Johnson, NYJ vs. NE
    55 Carlos Hyde, JAX vs. DEN
    56 Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL @ TB
    57 Darrel Williams, KC @ BAL
    58 Tony Pollard, DAL @ LAC
    59 Samaje Perine, CIN @ CHI
    60 Rhamondre Stevenson, NE @ NYJ
    61 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ ARI
    62 Devonta Freeman, BAL vs. KC
    63 Salvon Ahmed, MIA vs. BUF
    64 Justin Jackson, LAC vs. DAL
    65 DeeJay Dallas, SEA vs. TEN
    66 Zack Moss, BUF @ MIA
    67 Wayne Gallman, ATL @ TB
    68 Malcolm Brown, MIA vs. BUF
    69 Jeremy McNichols, TEN @ SEA
    70 Marlon Mack, IND vs. LAR
    71 Benny Snell Jr., PIT vs. LV
    72 Chuba Hubbard, CAR vs. NO

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