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2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running backs for Week 1

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Week 1 features 36 running backs that demand fantasy-starter consideration. Hopefully you invested heavily in the position, as mid-to-late round picks Matt Breida, Justice Hill, and sleeper-favorite Dare Ogunbowale are set to have themselves a day. Known quantities like Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey are primed to lead the field overall, but 3rd and 4th-round picks Leonard Fournette and Chris Carson are right behind them — ahead of the showstoppers Le’Veon Bell and Todd Gurley II.

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Rank Player Team Opponent High Floor/High Ceiling RB1s
Rank Player Team Opponent High Floor/High Ceiling RB1s
1 Alvin Kamara NO HOU Kamara takes the top spot as the Saints square off for a smoke show at home against Houston in a game primed to go over 50 total points.
2 Christian McCaffrey CAR LAR CMC is the new LT -- it'll be Dump-Off City to negate the Rams' D-Line.
3 Saquon Barkley NYG at DAL Shurmer will acquiesce to John Mara & Dave Gettleman's wishes and feature their stud RB, even when getting blown out in the 4th.
4 Nick Chubb CLE TEN The Browns will live in the Titans' red-zone. Chubb has multi-TD upside.
5 James Conner PIT at NE Despite the stout defenses, this game has major shootout potential. Conner's the real deal and is a locked-in passing game weapon.
6 Dalvin Cook MIN ATL Dan Quinn schemes his defense to allow passes to running backs -- feast on them all year long.
7 David Johnson ARI DET The Prodigal Son returns in Kliff Kingsbury's newly installed offense.
8 Leonard Fournette JAX KC This is the week that Fournette announces his presence as a true 3-down back, as Jacksonville tries to keep pace with KC.
9 Chris Carson SEA CIN Cincinatti's defense won't know what hit them. If the rumors are true about Schotty learning how to throw to RBs, the sky is the limit.
Theoretical High-end RB1s
10 Le'Veon Bell NYJ BUF A tough defense and an unknown offense puts Bell in shaky territory. If he's featured, he's a no-problem RB1.
11 Todd Gurley II LAR at CAR Gurley should be as 100% as he'll ever be in Week 1. Expect 15-18 highly efficient touches.
12 Ezekiel Elliott DAL NYG Even on 20-25 snaps, Zeke can easily rack up 15+ touches and close the Week as an RB1 against the Giants.
High Floor/High Ceiling RB2s
13 Devonta Freeman ATL at MIN 20 touches against a tough opponent drops Freeman to the premier RB2 slot.
14 Mark Ingram II BAL at MIA Ingram will feast against Miami's nonexistent defense.
15 Joe Mixon CIN at SEA Usage and talent keep Mixon in the mix as a top-end RB2 against a tough Seattle run-defense.
16 Kerryon Johnson DET at ARI Workload questions abound but the matchup is too good for Johnson to fail.
High Floor/Capped Ceiling RB2s
17 Austin Ekeler LAC IND The Chargers' 1A is a rock-solid RB2.
18 Sony Michel NE PIT Michel can be safely pencilled in for 80 yards and a score on most weeks.
19 David Montgomery CHI GB Matt Nagy can't wait to show off his new toy.
20 Aaron Jones GB at CHI He'll have his work cut out for him but should see 18+ touches.
21 Josh Jacobs OAK DEN Usage keeps Jacobs afloat against a brutal Denver defense.
22 Matt Breida SF at TB Breida ends up running as the featured back as SF is forced to throw to keep pace in this surefire shootout.
23 Duke Johnson Jr. HOU at NO Duke will be featured in a high-scoring affair at the race-track-Super Dome on Monday night.
24 Royce Freeman DEN at OAK Freeman rumbles for 75+ and a score against a bad Oakland defense, running as the 1A in Shanahan-disciple-Rich Scangarello's new-look offense
High Floor/Capped Ceiling RB3s
25 Tevin Coleman SF at TB The nominal lead back will eat too.
26 Miles Sanders PHI WAS Being a rookie, Sanders will have to wrestle touches away from Jordan Howard but he's like to see 15 or so against a weak Washington Football Team.
27 Derrick Henry TEN at CLE A terrifying CLE front keeps Henry as his 20+ touches at the back-end of his normal RB2 range.
28 Marlon Mack IND at LAC Mack is in line for 18 or so touches behind a dominant offensive line, albeit against a downright scary defense.
29 Latavius Murray NO HOU The only question for this matchup is "How many points won't be scored?".
30 Damien Williams KC at JAX Williams should still lead this backfield and the KC lead back is an excellent option as a high-end flex.
31 Phillip Lindsay DEN at OAK Lindsay's in line for a Falcons'-style Tevin Coleman workload of 10-12 highly efficient touches.
32 James White NE PIT Consider him a low-end RB2 in .5PPR and PPR.
33 Darrell Henderson LAR at CAR The new James White.
34 Justice Hill BAL at MIA Look for Hill to make the most of his 8-10 touches with his lightning quicks against this bad, bad defense.
35 Lesean McCoy KC at JAX Both KC backs will eat in your Flex spot.
36 Tony Pollard DAL NYG Pollard should see 8-10 high-value touches, closing out the win.
Sneaky Boom-Play RB4s
37 Dare Ogunbowale TB SF The pass catcher will have to contend with Barber and Jones to start the year but this game could clear 50 points and it'll be a passing game boon.
38 Kenyan Drake MIA BAL Drake should see 60% of the backfield work.
39 Tarik Cohen CHI GB HC Matt Nagy made it a point to say they'll be using Cohen less this year but he'll still have a defined role in the offense.
40 Devin Singletary BUF at NYJ Shady's departure locks Singletary in for 12+ touches.
41 C.J. Anderson DET at ARI The big fella's undoubtedly won the heart of HC Matt Patricia. Look for CJA to Establish The Worry over Kerryon Johnson's ceiling.
Remaining RB4s
42 Justin Jackson LAC IND Should take on 1/3 of the backfield work and may rise in the rankings as the week progresses.
43 Adrian Peterson WAS at PHI Guice and his shaky knee have been talked up by HC Jay Gruden. The 2-down banger will bang for 2-downs.
44 Giovani Bernard CIN at SEA Recently inked a contract much bigger than he is.
45 Jordan Howard PHI WAS Could rumble for 50 yards and a score.
46 Chase Edmonds ARI DET Could see 5-6 touches in a high-octane offense.
47 Ty Montgomery NYJ BUF May need to be bumped to the late RB3 range -- Gase loves him.
48 Frank Gore BUF at NYJ Week-in and week-out, this spot belongs to Frank Gore.