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Fantasy football rankings: Running backs in Week 1

So, here we are in Week 1 (finally). Time to look at our rosters and set our line-ups. Here are the running backs you want.

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Through the ups and downs of the preseason, we are finally at Week 1. Ready to resume our fantasy title hunts, we look at the match-ups and rankings for running backs. With the news that Ezekiel Elliott will get to play through Week 1 due to the late publishing of the appeal, he finds himself at number two on the list.

Le'Veon Bell drops a because hold outs have a way of hurting the final numbers traditionally. I would be completely unshocked if he finished first in points this week, but there is a risk there that would not exist if he had been here the entire time.

Without further ado, he are the Week 1 Running Back Rankings.

Running Back Rankings: Week 1

Rank Name Opponent Change
Rank Name Opponent Change
1 David Johnson at Detroit -
2 Ezekiel Elliott vs. NY Giants ↑ 1
3 Devonta Freeman at Chicago ↑ 1
4 LeSean McCoy vs NY Jets ↓1
5 Le'Veon Bell at Cleveland ↓1
6 DeMarco Murray vs Oakland -
7 Melvin Gordon at Denver ↓2
8 Jay Ajayi vs. Tampa Bay ↓1
9 Lamar Miller vs. Jacksonville -
10 Jordan Howard vs. Atlanta ↓2
11 Todd Gurley vs. Indianapolis ↓1
12 Isaiah Crowell vs. Pittsburgh -
13 Carlos Hyde vs. Carolina -
14 Christian McCaffrey at San Francisco -
15 Kareem Hunt at New England ↑ 23
16 Eddie Lacy at Green Bay ↓1
17 Leonard Fournette at Houston ↓6
18 Marshawn Lynch at Tennessee -
19 Delvin Cook vs New Orleans ↑ 6
20 Ty Montgomery vs. Seattle ↓4
21 Mark Ingram at Minnesota ↓4
22 Mike Gillislee vs. Kansas City ↓3
23 Paul Perkins at Dallas ↓3
24 Tevon Coleman at Chicago ↓1
25 Danny Woodhead at Cincinnati ↑ 5
26 CJ Anderson vs. San Diego ↓6
27 Joe Mixon vs. Baltimore ↓6
28 Ameer Abdullah vs. Arizona ↓6
29 Bilal Powell at Buffalo ↓3
30 James White vs. Kansas City ↓1
31 Frank Gore at LA Rams ↓4
32 LeGarrette Blount vs. Kansas City ↓4
33 Rob Kelley vs. Philadelphia ↓4
34 Derrick Henry vs. Oakland ↓3
35 Theo Riddick vs. Arizona -
36 Terrance West at Cincinnati ↑ 5
37 Adrian Peterson vs. New Orleans ↓3
38 Matt Forte at Buffalo ↓6
39 Jonathan Stewart at San Francisco ↓6
40 Samaje Perine vs. Philadelphia ↓3
40 CJ Prosise at Green Bay ↓1
41 Duke Johnson, Jr. vs. Pittsburgh ↓1
42 Latavius Murray vs. New Orleans ↓1
43 Jeremy Hill vs. Baltimore ↓1
44 Giovanni Bernard vs. Baltimore ↓1
45 Darren Sproles at Washington ↓1
46 Deandre Washington at Tennessee ↑ 8
47 Jamaal Charles vs. San Diego ↓2
48 Jamaal Williams vs. Seattle ↓2
49 Thomas Rawls at Green Bay ↓2
50 Chris Thompson vs. Philadelphia -
51 Dion Lewis vs. Kansas City ↓3
52 Jacquizz Rodgers at Miami ↓3
53 Alvin Kamara at Minnesota ↓3
54 Rex Burkhead vs. Kansas City ↓3