Publish date:

Fantasy Football 2014 Running Back Rankings: Week 2

Author:
Le'Veon Bell

Le'Veon Bell

Adrian Peterson was handed a tasty matchup, which was why he was the easy choice for the top spot in Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Week 2 Running Back Rankings. However, Peterson was deactivated by Minnesota on Friday night after it was announced he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Peterson owners need to go a different direction as unheralded Matt Asiata (No. 27) will likely see the bulk of the carries against New England.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

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

2014 NFL Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

Comments

1

LeSean McCoy

PHI

at IND (Mon.)

No TDs, but 27 total touches.

2

Jamaal Charles

KC

at DEN

Expect to see him double his 11 touches.

3

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

at SD

Beastly (110, 2) in opener against Packers.

4

Arian Foster

HOU

at OAK

51 of his 103 yards rushing came after contact.

5

Matt Forte

CHI

at SF

Can 49ers' D bottle up Forte?

6

Montee Ball

DEN

vs. KC

Scored a TD, but held in check by Colts.

7

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

at BAL (Thurs.)

Put up 197 total yards, TD vs. Browns.

8

Giovani Bernard

CIN

vs. ATL

Should see about 20 touches per game.

9

DeMarco Murray

DAL

at TEN

Put up 118 yards rushing on 49ers last week.

10

Alfred Morris

WAS

vs. JAC

Gained 91 yards on the ground on just 14 att.

11

Eddie Lacy

GB

vs.  NYJ

Concussion concerns already?

12

Frank Gore

SF

vs. CHI

Bears' run D still lacks bite.

13

Shane Vereen

NE

at MIN

Scored rushing TD, but did little else.

14

Chris Johnson

NYJ

at GB

Caught a TD pass in his Jets' debut.

15

Toby Gerhart

JAC

at WAS

Redskins gave up 115 yards rushing, but just 3.0 ypc.

16

Zac Stacy

STL

at TB

Tough sledding (43 yards rushing) vs. MIN.

17

C.J. Spiller

BUF

vs. MIA

Caught a TD, got 18 total touches vs. Bears.

18

Andre Ellington

ARI

at NYG

Played, but foot injury a factor vs. SD.

19

Rashad Jennings

NYG

vs. ARI

Finished with 96 total yards, TD in Giants' debut.

20

Knowshon Moreno

MIA

at BUF

Huge (134 yds., TD) debut for Dolphins.

21

Doug Martin

TB

vs. STL

16 yards on 10 touches is not going to cut it.

22

Ryan Mathews

SD

vs. SEA

 

23

Joique Bell

DET

at CAR

Needed late TD to salvage his output.

24

Reggie Bush

DET

at CAR

More effective as receiver than rusher vs. NYG.

25

Terrance West

CLE

vs. NO

Gets start w/ Tate (sprained knee) out.

26

Shonn Greene

TEN

vs. DAL

Led Titans in yards (71) and carries (15).

27

Matt Asiata

MIN

vs. NE

Surprise starter following Peterson's deactivation.

28

Darren Sproles

PHI

at IND (Mon.)

Impact came on ground w/ 49-yard TD.

29

Fred Jackson

BUF

vs. MIA

Big 38-yard run set up game-winning FG in OT.

30

Steven Jackson

ATL

at CIN

 

31

Chris Ivory

NYJ

at GB

71-yard TD run upstages CJ's Jets debut.

32

Justin Forsett

BAL

vs. PIT (Thurs.)

Took over (70 yds., TD) when Pierce faltered.

33

Pierre Thomas

NO

at CLE

Saints backfield could be a true timeshare.

34

Mark Ingram

NO

at CLE

Only 60 yards, but 2 TDs.

35

Lamar Miller

MIA

at BUF

Fewer touches following Moreno's big debut?

36

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

vs. DET

Averaged 5.1 ypc (14 att.) vs. Bucs.

37

Trent Richardson

IND

vs. PHI (Mon.)

More of same (6 att., 20 yds.) from T-Rich.

38

Maurice Jones-Drew

OAK

vs. HOU

Jets held him to 11 yards on 9 carries.

39

Bernard Pierce

BAL

vs. PIT (Thurs.)

Can he seize starting job?

40

Jeremy Hill

CIN

vs. ATL

Got just 4 carries last week.

41

Stevan Ridley

NE

at MIN

Practically non-existent (28 total yds.) vs. MIA.

42

Carlos Hyde

SF

vs. CHI

Made his presence felt (50 yds., TD) vs. DAL.

43

Isaiah Crowell

CLE

vs. NO

No. 2 behind West w/ Tate out. 2 TDs last week.

44

Danny Woodhead

SD

vs. SEA

 

45

Khiry Robinson

NO

at CLE

Took one goal-line look away from Ingram.

46

Ahmad Bradshaw

IND

vs. PHI (Mon.)

More effective (85 total yards) than T-Rich.

47

Bishop Sankey

TEN

vs. DAL

Not big part (6 att., 25 yds.) of Week 1 game plan.

48

James Starks

GB

vs. NYJ

Next in line if Stacy's concussion issues persist.

Recommended Articles

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Need more fantasy help? Visit www.FantasyRundown.com