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Running Back Rankings Week 1

David Johnson: Running Back Rankings Week 1

David Johnson: Running Back Rankings Week 1

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.

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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.