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Fantasy Football 2015 Running Back Rankings: Week 1

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Is there any better time of year than Week 1 of the NFL season? You’ve got your dozen or so fantasy teams and now it’s time to sit down and figure out which players are going to give you the best chance to win in week 1.

When it comes to running backs for week 1 you’ve got your no brainers…

*Adrian Peterson — he’s pissed off and going to prove to everyone why he’s still the best in the league

*Eddie Lacy — he’s playing the Bears, enough said

*Jeremy Hill — the Bengals are going to feature their ground and pound game and against the Raiders, Hill is going to go for over 100 yards and score at least one touchdown

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The real fun comes in finding that diamond in the rough.

Guys like Chris Ivory, who is the unquestioned starter for the Jets and is going to get around 25 carries. Other breakout guys will be Lamar Miller, who finally has the trust of head coach Joe Philbin and will see an increased role in rush attempts and passing targets.

Last but not least there’s Jonathan Stewart. Carolina doesn’t have anyone other than Greg Olsen to throw the ball to, so they are going to have to rely on Stewart to move the chains.

And with the breakouts come the disappointments like DeMarco Murray (he’s going to split time with Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles) and Marshawn Lynch (who is always a stud, except against a Rams defense that has the best D-line in the league).

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Here are the RB rankings for week 1:

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

1

Adrian Peterson

MIN

at SF (Mon.)

2

Eddie Lacy

GB

at CHI

3

Jeremy Hill

CIN

at OAK

4

C.J. Anderson

DEN

vs. BAL

5

Jamaal Charles

KC

at HOU

6

Lamar Miller

MIA

at WAS

7

Chris Ivory

NYJ

vs. CLE

8

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

at JAC

9

Matt Forte

CHI

at CHI

10

Mark Ingram

NO

at ARI

11

Justin Forsett

BAL

at DEN

12

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

at STL

13

Andre Ellington

ARI

vs. NO

14

DeMarco Murray

PHI

at ATL (Mon.)

15

Frank Gore

IND

at BUF

16

T.J. Yeldon

JAC

vs. CAR

17

Ameer Abdullah

DET

at SD

18

DeAngelo Williams

PIT

at NE (Thurs.)

19

Tevin Coleman

ATL

vs. PHI (Mon.)

20

Carlos Hyde

SF

vs. MIN (Mon.)

21

Alfred Morris

WAS

vs. MIA

22

Melvin Gordon

SD

vs. DET

23

Joseph Randle

DAL

vs. NYG

24

Latavius Murray

OAK

vs. CIN

25

Doug Martin

TB

vs. TEN

26

Rashad Jennings

NYG

at DAL

27

Giovani Bernard

CIN

at OAK

28

Darren McFadden

DAL

vs. NYG

29

LeSean McCoy

BUF

vs. IND

30

Isaiah Crowell

CLE

at NYJ

31

Benny Cunningham

STL

vs. SEA

32

Joique Bell

DET

at SD

33

Alfred Blue

HOU

vs. KC

34

Shane Vereen

NYG

at DAL

35

Josh Robinson

IND

vs. BUF

36

Dion Lewis

NE

vs. PIT (Thurs.)

37

Duke Johnson

CLE

at NYJ

38

Devonta Freeman

ATL

vs. PHI (Mon.)

39

James White

NE

vs. PIT (Thurs.)

40

Bishop Sankey

TEN

at TB

41

Khiry Robinson

NO

at ARI

42

Ryan Mathews

PHI

at ATL (Mon.)

43

Tre Mason

STL

vs. SEA

44

Charles Sims

TB

vs. TEN

45

Danny Woodhead

SD

vs. DET

46

Darren Sproles

PHI

at ATL (Mon.)

47

Denard Robinson

JAC

vs. CAR

48

Matt Jones

WAS

vs. MIA

49

Anthony Dixon

BUF

vs. IND

50

Bilal Powell

NYJ

vs. CLE

— 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.