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Week 1 Running Back Rankings - Standard Leagues

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

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The long wait is finally over. Regular season NFL football is upon us. Months of projections and predictions will soon go to waste, with many proving to be wrong and fewer proving to be right. With Week 1 only a couple of days away, here's how I would rank the running backs in standard leagues for Week 1.

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

Eddie Lacy faces off against a Bears defense that has bled points to the Packers the last few years...Demarco Murray against the Falcons run defense is a guarantee for a score or two...Lamar Miller will probably bust out a couple long runs against the Redskins...The Browns defense gave up the most rushing yards last season, so hello Chris Ivory...Doug Martin has looked great in preseason and has a tasty matchup against a Titans defense that couldn't stop the run last year...Look for Ameer Abdullah and Tevin Coleman to make strong claims for their starting jobs against two not-too-great defenses...Alfred Morris doesn't produce nearly as well without RG3 in the lineup, but he is still a solid RB2...Isaiah Crowell has a tough matchup against the Jets, but will receive maybe every single running back touch...Alfred Blue and Tre Mason will have big workloads, but it will be tough sledding against the Chiefs and Seahawks...Bishop Sankey has an appealing matchup against the Bucs and will handle the starting touches for the Titans...With C.J. Spiller looking to be out for Week 1, Khiry Robinson might provide some flex appeal as Ingram's backup...Damien Williams might get double digit touches as Lamar Miller's backup against a Redskins defense that might make this game a blowout...Who knows what Bill Belichick will do, but Brandon Bolden and James White figure to get the early-down and passing-down work, respectively...If C.J. Anderson is ineffective, look for Ronnie Hillmans to get sprinkled in a good amount...James Starks might be able to put up a good week if the Packers blow out the Bears, which is very possible.