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Fantasy Football Rankings: Running backs for Week 1

Ranking the best running backs by matchup and opportunity for Week 1 of the 2018 NFL Season.

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2018 looks like the Year of the Running Back. It’s anyone’s guess as to who the weekly Top 5 will be, as there at least 10 to 15 names that could stake claim to that tier. Lucky for you, I’m here to give you the competitive edge at fantasy’s most lucrative position.

Week 1 RB rankings

Rank Player Team Opponent
Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Todd Gurley LAR OAK
2 Alvin Kamara NO TB
3 David Johnson ARI WAS
4 Melvin Gordon LAC KC
5 Leonard Fournette JAX NYG
6 Ezekiel Elliott DAL CAR
7 Christian McCaffrey CAR DAL
8 Kareem Hunt KC LAC
9 Saquon Barkley NYG JAX
10 Alex Collins BAL BUF
11 Devonta Freeman ATL PHI
12 Joe Mixon CIN IND
13 Jordan Howard CHI GB
14 Dalvin Cook MIN SF
15 Rex Burkhead NE HOU
16 Royce Freeman DEN SEA
17 Jamaal Williams GB CHI
18 Derrick Henry TEN MIA
19 Lamar Miller HOU NE
20 Carlos Hyde CLE PIT
21 Jay Ajayi PHI ATL
22 James Conner PIT CLE
23 Marshawn Lynch OAK LAR
24 LeSean McCoy BUF BAL
25 Alfred Morris SF MIN
26 Dion Lewis TEN MIA
27 Chris Carson SEA DEN
28 Adrian Peterson WAS ARI
29 Kenyan Drake MIA TEN
30 Tevin Coleman ATL PHI
31 Peyton Barber TB NO
32 James White NE HOU
33 Tarik Cohen CHI GB
34 Chris Thompson WAS ARI
35 Matt Breida SF MIN
36 Kerryon Johnson DET NYJ
37 Jordan Wilkins IND CIN
38 Duke Johnson Jr. CLE PIT
39 Giovani Bernard CIN IND
40 Frank Gore MIA TEN
41 Bilal Powell NYJ DET
42 Latavius Murray MIN SF
43 Corey Clement PHI ATL
44 Isaiah Crowell NYJ DET
45 Sony Michel NE HOU
46 Theo Riddick DET NYJ
47 Javorius "Buck" Allen BAL BUF
48 Mike Gillislee NO TB
49 Doug Martin OAK LAR
50 Devontae Booker DEN SEA