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Week 2 Running Back Rankings - Standard Leagues

Your guide to the top standard league running back plays for Week 1.

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As is the case every week in fantasy football, especially in Week 1, some unlikely running backs came through big for owners who might not have even been starting them. Danny Woodhead and Bishop Sankey scored multiple touchdowns. Most top tier guys produced for their owners, which is great because that's not always the case on a week-to-week basis. Will Week 2 come with big performances from unexpected guys, or will there finally be some consistency? Here's how I believe it will play out.


Player Team Opponent
1 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks @GB
2 Matt Forte Chicago Bears ARI
3 Jeremy Hill Cincinnati Bengals SD
4 Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers SEA
5 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings DET
6 Justin Forsett Baltimore Ravens @OAK
7 Demarco Murray Philadelphia Eagles DAL
8 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs DEN
9 Mark Ingram New Orleans Saints TB
10 Lamar Miller Miami Dolphins @JAX
11 Chris Ivory New York Jets @IND
12 LeSean McCoy Buffalo Bills NE
13 Doug Martin Tampa Bay Buccaneers @NO
14 Ameer Abdullah Detroit Lions @MIN
15 Joseph Randle Dallas Cowboys @PHI
16 T.J. Yeldon Jacksonville Jaguars MIA
17 Carlos Hyde San Francisco 49ers @PIT
18 Bishop Sankey Tennessee Titans @CLE
19 Tevin Coleman Atlanta Falcons @NYG
20 Alfred Morris Washington Redskins STL
21 Jonathan Stewart Carolina Panthers HOU
22 Latavius Murray Oakland Raiders BAL
23 C.J. Anderson Denver Broncos @KC
24 Danny Woodhead San Diego Chargers @CIN
25 Deangelo Williams Piitsburgh Steelers SF
26 David Johnson Arizona Cardinals @CHI
27 C.J. Spiller New Orleans Saints TB
28 Melvin Gordon San Diego Chargers @CIN
29 Frank Gore Indianapolis Colts NYJ
30 Rashad Jennings New York Giants ATL
31 Giovani Bernard Cincinnati Bengals SD
32 LeGarrette Blount New England Patriots @BUF
33 Isaiah Crowell Cleveland Browns TEN
34 Joique Bell Detroit Lions @MIN
35 Benny Cunningham St. Louis Rams @WAS
36 Ryan Mathews Philadelphia Eagles DAL
37 Duke Johnson Cleveland Browns TEN
38 Chris Johnson Arizona Cardinals @CHI
39 Alfred Blue Houston Texans @CAR
40 Shane Vereen New York Giants ATL
41 Khiry Robinson New Orleans Saints TB
42 Dion Lewis New England Patriots @BUF
43 Terrance West Tennessee Titans @CLE
44 Ronnie Hillman Denver Broncos @KC
45 Javorius Allen Baltimore Ravens @OAK
46 Karlos Williams Buffalo Bills NE
47 Matt Jones Washington Redskins STL
48 Charles Sims Tampa Bay Buccaneers @NO
49 Fred Jackson Seattle Seahawks @GB
50 Darren McFadden Dallas Cowboys @PHI

Marshawn Lynch faces off against a Packers defense that got torched by Matt Forte in Week 1...Matt Forte faces the Cardinals, who gave up massive amounts of receiving yards to Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson...Jeremy Hill is always a good bet for a touchdown or two...Adrian Peterson goes up against a Lions defense that gave up two touchdowns to Danny Woodhead...Justin Forsett was disappointing in Week 1, but look for him to bounce back strong against the Raiders...The Demarco Murray revenge game against his former team comes early this year...Mark Ingram gets a tasty matchup against what looks to be an awful Bucs defense, who couldn't stop Bishop Sankey...Lamar Miller had an underwhelming debut, but look for him to come back strong against the Jaguars...LeSean McCoy wasn't very good, but the Patriots defense got gashed by Deangelo Williams in Week 1, so the matchup is nice for a bounce back...Speaking of Bishop Sankey, he looked great against the Bucs, and the Browns defense shouldn't pose too much of a problem for him...Ameer Abdullah is an absolute stud, but you already knew that...Joseph Randle looked good on Sunday night, and has established himself as the lead back on the Cowboys...Yeldon and Martin face off against two defenses that gave up a lot of running back production in Week 1...Latavius Murray has a very tough matchup, but is operating as the Raiders every down back...C.J. Anderson didn't look good in a tough matchup, and got outplayed by Ronnie Hillman, evoking Montee Ball flashbacks for a lot of fantasy owners...Danny Woodhead is the Chargers running back that gets the most touches in general and in the red zone, but Melvin Gordon looked pretty good himself...David Johnson has a prime opportunity with Andre Ellington out and Chris Johnson a shell of his former self, and facing a weak Bears defense...C.J. Spiller is set to return for an offense that last week fed its running backs several targets, and gets a prime matchup against a weak Bucs defense...Frank Gore's Colts career did not start out as planned, and this week may not be much better as the Jets have one of the best front seven's in the NFL...LeGarrette Blount returns from his one-game suspension, but will have a rude welcome from the Bills dominant defense...Benny Cunningham might have another huge workload with Tre Mason and Todd Gurley most likely out, yet he will face a Redskins defense that held Lamar Miller very much in check...Even with Spiller back, there will be a role for Khiry Robinson every week; he's too talented.