Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Running Back Rankings Week 1

David Johnson isn't No. 1, but he's not far behind Le'Veon Bell for that distinction either

Week 1 of the NFL season is upon us, which means fantasy football is back and so are the weekly running back rankings! It also appears that Ezekiel Elliott will be back Sunday night against division rival New York. And for fantasy purposes, that’s all that matters right now.


However, Jay Ajayi and Jacquizz Rodgers aren’t available because the Miami-Tampa Bay game has been rescheduled for Week 11 due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. But with every other team is in action there should be no lack of options when it comes to filling out your starting lineup.


So which RBs should you start and which ones should you consider leaving on the bench? Use these rankings to help you make those tough decisions. And enjoy the return of fantasy football!


Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex


Rank Player Team Opp
1 Le'Veon Bell PIT at CLE
2 David Johnson ARI vs. DET
3 LeSean McCoy BUF vs. NYJ
4 DeMarco Murray TEN vs. OAK
5 Devonta Freeman ATL at CHI
6 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. NYG
7 Todd Gurley LAR vs. IND
8 Jordan Howard CHI vs. ATL
9 Melvin Gordon LAC at DEN (Mon.)
10 Lamar Miller HOU vs. JAC
11 Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. PIT
12 Dalvin Cook MIN vs. NO (Mon.)
13 C.J. Anderson DEN vs. LAC (Mon.)
14 Leonard Fournette JAC at HOU
15 Christian McCaffrey CAR at SF
16 Carlos Hyde SF vs. CAR
17 Marshawn Lynch OAK at TEN
18 Kareem Hunt KC at NE (Thurs.)
19 Ty Montgomery GB vs. SEA
20 Bilal Powell NYJ at BUF
21 Mark Ingram NO at MIN (Mon.)
22 Mike Gillislee NE vs. KC (Thurs.)
23 Jonathan Stewart CAR at SF
24 Ameer Abdullah DET vs. ARI
25 LeGarrette Blount PHI at WAS
26 Joe Mixon CIN vs. BAL
27 Adrian Peterson NO at MIN (Mon.)
28 Tevin Coleman ATL at CHI
29 Terrance West BAL at CIN
30 Rob Kelley WAS vs. PHI
31 Frank Gore IND at LAR
32 Paul Perkins NYG at DAL
33 Danny Woodhead  BAL at CIN
34 Theo Riddick DET vs. ARI
35 Eddie Lacy GB at GB
36 Duke Johnson CLE vs. PIT
37 Derrick Henry TEN vs. OAK
38 James White NE vs. KC (Thurs.)
39 Matt Forte NYJ at BUF
40 Jeremy Hill CIN vs. BAL
41 Thomas Rawls SEA at GB
42 Darren Sproles PHI at WAS
43 Darren McFadden DAL vs. NYG
44 Jamaal Charles DEN vs. LAC (Mon.)
45 C.J. Prosise SEA at GB
46 Giovani Bernard CIN vs. BAL
47 Latavius Murray MIN vs. NO (Mon.)
48 Chris Thompson WAS vs. PHI
49 Rex Burkhead NE vs. KC (Thurs.)
50 Shane Vereen NYG at DAL

— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 17:40

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