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Week 2 Fantasy RB Rankings

Few positions saw as many head-scratching results as running back last week, from inactive "sleepers" to breakout performances. We sort through the wreckage as we put together our Week 2 fantasy RB rankings.

The season's opening week started with a whimper for widely started running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Ronald Jones II, then proceeded to feature more stunning developments, from Trey Sermon and Zack Moss being inactives to Elijah Mitchell and Mark Ingram dominating carries and breaking out in big ways. There were a few backs who did what they were supposed to do (Alvin Kamara, Nick Chubb, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey), but it's likely more than a few fantasy fantasy football owners were left disappointed by their RB production. We did our best not to overreact when putting together our Week 2 fantasy RB rankings, but in some instances, how could we not?

We're still waiting to find out more about the Sermon and Moss situations, but with Raheem Mostert (knee) leaving Week 1 early, it's possible Sermon will be thrust into action in Week 2. He's in our rankings, but he's still well behind Mitchell (@ Eagles). Moss is also in our rankings for now, but we're treating Devin Singletary (@ Dolphins) as the clear starter. James Robinson (vs. Broncos), Saquon Barkley (@ Washington), Aaron Jones (vs. Lions), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (@ Ravens), and Najee Harris (vs. Bengals) were all major disappointments, too, but we still love this week's matchups for Jones and Harris, so we're not too worried about them. Robinson (usage, matchup), Barkley (usage, matchup, short rest), and CEH (effectiveness, matchup) all have major worries going into this week, though. For now, we have all three ranked merely as flex backs. Mike Davis (@ Buccaneers) and Josh Jacobs (@ Steelers) are in that tier, too.

QuarterbackWide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

Of course, when some backs disappoint, there are bound to be others who break out. Mitchell (@ Eagles) and Ingram (@ Browns) were the big winners in Week 1, and for now, we like them as RB2s in fairly neutral matchups this week. Darrell Henderson (@ Colts) also looked better than expected and dominated touches over Sony Michel, while Leonard Fournette (vs. Falcons) figures to continue to be Tampa's primary guy while RoJo is in the doghouse with his fumbling issues.

Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

Several other RB situations remain unsettled. Chase Edmonds and James Conner (vs. Vikings) both had 16 touches for the Cardinals, with Edmonds serving more as the receiving back (four catches) and Conner serving as the goal-line back. Both were decent, but Conner is shaping up to be a TD-or-bust play most weeks, while Edmonds is better suited for PPR leagues. Still, he has a slightly higher floor thanks to his yards. Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon also saw a similar split (three more carries for Williams, two more catches for Gordon), but Gordon popped a 70-yard TD while Denver was running out the clock, giving him the much better fantasy day. Still, this is as equal as it gets, and against Jacksonville this week, both are in play as RB2/flex backs. Detroit will likely have a nearly even split again between D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams again, and against Green Bay, that gives both flex value.

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Myles Gaskin (14 touches) was the clear leader in the Dolphins backfield, but he had a relatively subpar day (76 total yards). A matchup against the Bills, who shut down Najee Harris, doesn't figure to help his cause, but he still has flex value, too. The same can't be said for Tevin Coleman in New York. He was the clear leader in the Jets backfield, getting nine carries compared to four apiece for Ty Johnson and Michael Carter, but he did nothing with them (24 yards). Against New England, all Jets backs are stayaways. 

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It's not uncommon to see pretty wild swings in workload from Week 1 to Week 2. It shouldn't shock anyone if the Jaguars decide to lean on Robinson in Week 2 after getting thumped in Week 1. The Bucs could give Jones another chance, the Rams could use Michel more now that he's had another valuable week with the team, Sermon could be the 49ers lead back, and Salvon Ahmed could suddenly start racking up carries for the Dolphins. Hell, even Larry Rountree III (vs. Cowboys) could continue to get more carries and operate as the goal-line back for the Chargers. We're not taking anything for granted, but obviously we have to base our rankings on something, so here's hoping coaches don't get too crazy in Week 2.

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

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

Rankings are based on standard, non-PPR scoring .

  • Panthers vs. Saints

  • Titans @ Seahawks

  • Vikings @ Cardinals

  • Browns vs. Texans

  • Saints @ Panthers

  • Packers vs. Lions

  • Bears vs. Bengals

  • Colts vs. Rams

  • Bengals @ Bears

  • Eagles vs. 49ers

  • Patriots @ Jets

  • Cowboys @ Chargers

  • Washington vs. Giants

  • Chargers vs. Cowboys

  • Seahawks vs. Titans

  • Lions @ Packers

  • Steelers vs. Raiders

  • 49ers @ Eagles

  • Broncos @ Jaguars

  • Broncos @ Jaguars

  • Rams @ Colts

  • Texans @ Browns

  • Ravens vs. Chiefs

  • Bills @ Dolphins

  • Chiefs @ Ravens

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