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Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Running Back Rankings Week 1

David Johnson

David Johnson

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Week 1 of the NFL season is upon us, which means fantasy football is back and so are the weekly running back rankings! It also appears that Ezekiel Elliott will be back Sunday night against division rival New York. And for fantasy purposes, that’s all that matters right now.

However, Jay Ajayi and Jacquizz Rodgers aren’t available because the Miami-Tampa Bay game has been rescheduled for Week 11 due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. But with every other team is in action there should be no lack of options when it comes to filling out your starting lineup.

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So which RBs should you start and which ones should you consider leaving on the bench? Use these rankings to help you make those tough decisions. And enjoy the return of fantasy football!

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

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

1

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

at CLE

2

David Johnson

ARI

vs. DET

3

LeSean McCoy

BUF

vs. NYJ

4

DeMarco Murray

TEN

vs. OAK

5

Devonta Freeman

ATL

at CHI

6

Ezekiel Elliott

DAL

vs. NYG

7

Todd Gurley

LAR

vs. IND

8

Jordan Howard

CHI

vs. ATL

9

Melvin Gordon

LAC

at DEN (Mon.)

10

Lamar Miller

HOU

vs. JAC

11

Isaiah Crowell

CLE

vs. PIT

12

Dalvin Cook

MIN

vs. NO (Mon.)

13

C.J. Anderson

DEN

vs. LAC (Mon.)

14

Leonard Fournette

JAC

at HOU

15

Christian McCaffrey

CAR

at SF

16

Carlos Hyde

SF

vs. CAR

17

Marshawn Lynch

OAK

at TEN

18

Kareem Hunt

KC

at NE (Thurs.)

19

Ty Montgomery

GB

vs. SEA

20

Bilal Powell

NYJ

at BUF

21

Mark Ingram

NO

at MIN (Mon.)

22

Mike Gillislee

NE

vs. KC (Thurs.)

23

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

at SF

24

Ameer Abdullah

DET

vs. ARI

25

LeGarrette Blount

PHI

at WAS

26

Joe Mixon

CIN

vs. BAL

27

Adrian Peterson

NO

at MIN (Mon.)

28

Tevin Coleman

ATL

at CHI

29

Terrance West

BAL

at CIN

30

Rob Kelley

WAS

vs. PHI

31

Frank Gore

IND

at LAR

32

Paul Perkins

NYG

at DAL

33

Danny Woodhead 

BAL

at CIN

34

Theo Riddick

DET

vs. ARI

35

Eddie Lacy

GB

at GB

36

Duke Johnson

CLE

vs. PIT

37

Derrick Henry

TEN

vs. OAK

38

James White

NE

vs. KC (Thurs.)

39

Matt Forte

NYJ

at BUF

40

Jeremy Hill

CIN

vs. BAL

41

Thomas Rawls

SEA

at GB

42

Darren Sproles

PHI

at WAS

43

Darren McFadden

DAL

vs. NYG

44

Jamaal Charles

DEN

vs. LAC (Mon.)

45

C.J. Prosise

SEA

at GB

46

Giovani Bernard

CIN

vs. BAL

47

Latavius Murray

MIN

vs. NO (Mon.)

48

Chris Thompson

WAS

vs. PHI

49

Rex Burkhead

NE

vs. KC (Thurs.)

50

Shane Vereen

NYG

at DAL


— 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.