Running Back Rankings Week 1

Fantasy owners are happy to see David Johnson return to action after a lost 2017 season

Week 1 of the fantasy football season is finally here and unlike in previous years, most of the running backs made it through the preseason unscathed.


Le'Veon Bell: Running Back Rankings Week 1

Unless of course, you drafted Jerick McKinnon in the third round on three of your fantasy teams. And there's also the unresolved matter of whether Le'Veon Bell will make a surprise appearance or frustrate those owners that took him early in the first round by letting his contract holdout carry over into Week 1. A no-show is looking more and more likely, so if you have Bell start working on your Plan B. And maybe go pick up James Conner, if he's available.


The good news is that every team is playing in Week 1, but a flush RB pool also can lead to some tough roster decisions if you went heavy on the position in your draft. As a general rule of thumb, trust your studs if you were fortunate to land one or two of them. As for the rest, hopefully these rankings will help you sort through your options.


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


Rk Player Team Opp
1 Todd Gurley LAR at OAK (Mon.)
2 David Johnson ARI vs. WAS
3 Alvin Kamara NO vs. TB
4 Melvin Gordon LAC vs. KC
5 Ezekiel Elliott DAL at CAR
6 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs. DAL
7 Leonard Fournette JAC at NYG
8 Kareem Hunt KC at LAC
9 Saquon Barkley NYG vs. JAC
10 Dalvin Cook MIN vs. SF
11 Joe Mixon CIN at IND
12 Alex Collins BAL vs. BUF
13 Jordan Howard CHI at GB
14 Devonta Freeman ATL at PHI (Thurs.)
15 Le'Veon Bell PIT at CLE
16 LeSean McCoy BUF at BAL
17 Kenyan Drake MIA vs. TEN
18 Lamar Miller HOU at NE
19 Derrick Henry TEN at MIA
20 Jay Ajayi PHI vs. ATL (Thurs.)
21 Royce Freeman DEN vs. SEA
22 Jamaal Williams GB vs. CHI
23 Rex Burkhead NE vs. HOU
24 Carlos Hyde CLE vs. PIT
25 Marshawn Lynch OAK vs. LAR (Mon.)
26 Dion Lewis TEN at MIA
27 Peyton Barber TB at NO
28 Tevin Coleman ATL at PHI (Thurs.)
29 Chris Carson SEA at DEN
30 Adrian Peterson WAS at ARI
31 Isaiah Crowell NYJ at DET (Mon.)
32 Duke Johnson CLE vs. PIT
33 Bilal Powell NYJ at DET (Mon.)
34 Kerryon Johnson DET vs. NYJ (Mon.)
35 Chris Thompson WAS at ARI
36 Alfred Morris SF at MIN
37 Tarik Cohen CHI at GB
38 Jordan Wilkins IND vs. CIN
39 Matt Breida SF at MIN
40 James White NE vs. HOU
41 Ty Montgomery GB vs. CHI
42 James Conner PIT at CLE
43 Giovani Bernard CIN at IND
44 Sony Michel NE vs. HOU
45 Marlon Mack IND vs. CIN
46 Devontae Booker DEN vs. SEA
47 Latavius Murray MIN vs. SF
48 C.J. Anderson CAR vs. DAL
49 Rashaad Penny SEA at DEN
50 LeGarrette Blount DET vs. NYJ (Mon.)


— 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.

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