In the first week of the NFL season and the fantasy football season, many fantasy managers may struggle with who to start. For the most part, take the guys that you drafted early in the draft and insert them in your lineup. You drafted them for a reason and that reason is to win your fantasy league. In Week 1, it is hard to judge the matchups as we haven’t seen defenses play. We aren’t sure how much any given team will use their running back, but we can look at history and reports from training camp.
For the most part, you are going to start the guys that you drafted in the early rounds. It will get tougher when you may be looking at a second running back for your roster. It may be tempting to grab one of your late-round picks and start them, just in case they have a great game. That strategy may work… but it also may backfire. For Week 1, at least, start your studs. Keep an eye on the injury reports just to make sure everyone is healthy, but trust your draft. Unfortunately, Gus Edwards reportedly suffered a torn ACL in practice on Thursday. He was poised to take on a bigger role in Baltimore's backfield following season-ending injuries to J.K. Dobbins and Justice Hill, but instead it looks like he'll join them on injured reserve. Le’Veon Bell, who was signed to the Ravens' practice squad on Tuesday, could be added to the active roster but don't forget about Ty'Son Williams, who was already there. For fantasy purposes, whoever gets the carries (Devonta Freeman was reportedly signed to the practice roster Thursday afternoon) could be productive on Monday night against what figures to be a generous Las Vegas defense. Just good luck figuring out who.
NFL Running Back Rankings: Week 1
— Rankings by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.