Week 1 Fantasy RB Rankings: Should begins, sleepers, potential busts at operating again

It is at all times troublesome to determine precisely who to start out and who to take a seat in Week 1 of the fantasy soccer season. Certain, you are by no means going to take a seat considered one of your studs, however these second operating backs, third large receivers, and matchup-based flex performs will be tough to determine, particularly in a 12 months and not using a preseason to bolster confidence in sure gamers. Our Week 1 fantasy RB rankings will assist you determine tips on how to craft your lineup for the opening week of the season.

The same old suspects prime the listing, although robust matchups for Alvin Kamara (vs. Bucs) and Saquon Barkley (vs. Steelers) will transfer them down a hair in our rankings. And in a positive matchup with a Panthers staff that allowed probably the most fantasy factors per recreation (FPPG) to RBs final 12 months, Josh Jacobs strikes up the listing.

WEEK 1 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Broad receiver | Tight finish | D/ST | Kicker

Within the RB2/FLEX vary, there are many committee-based choices. Notably, the Colts backs, Jonathan Taylor and Marlon Mack, have a pleasant matchup in opposition to the Jaguars who allowed the second-most FPPG to RBs final season. Had been there an outlined pecking order in Indy, it could be simpler to choose a favourite, however each must be viable performs this week.

WEEK 1 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Operating again | Broad receiver | Tight finish | D/ST | Kicker

Talking of committees, it will likely be vital to look at among the extra unknown backfield rotations as they set up who the lead again goes to be. Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay of the Broncos would be the prime one to look at in that space, however the Mark Ingram/JK Dobbins break up in Baltimore, the Kerryon Johnson/D’Andre Swift break up in Detroit, and the Antonio Gibson/Bryce Love/Peyton Barber trio in D.C. all can have a bearing on begin ’em, sit ’em technique transferring ahead.

It’s kind of too early to search out any true matchup-based fades. We have downgraded Derrick Henry and Chubb barely due to their matchups with the Broncos and the Ravens, respectively, and Le’Veon Bell falls into the flex vary in a troublesome matchup in opposition to the Payments. Leonard Fournette has additionally moved down due to a somewhat-uncertain Week 1 position together with his new staff. However, once more, you do not sit your studs in fantasy, particularly with out viable sleeper choices rising. All of these gamers ought to nonetheless be lead backs, to allow them to be trusted. Simply mood expectations a bit early on within the season.

Reminder: As at all times, we count on to make loads of adjustments to those RB rankings all through the week, so verify again for updates and particular person participant evaluation. 

Week 1 Fantasy RB Rankings (Customary)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

Rank
Participant
1
Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. LV
2
Josh Jacobs, LV @ CAR
three
Dalvin Cook dinner, MIN vs. GB
four
Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ LAR
5
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC vs. HOU
6
Saquon Barkley, NYG vs. PIT
7
Derrick Henry, TEN @ DEN
eight
Aaron Jones, GB @ MIN
9
Alvin Kamara, NO vs. TB
10
Miles Sanders, PHI @ WAS
11
Joe Mixon, CIN vs. LAC
12
Austin Ekeler, LAC @ CIN
13
Chris Carson, SEA @ ATL
14
Nick Chubb, CLE @ BAL
15
David Johnson, HOU @ KC
16
Kenyan Drake, ARZ @ SF
17
Raheem Mostert, SF vs. ARZ
18
Mark Ingram, BAL vs. CLE
19
Devin Singletary, BUF vs. NYJ
20
Jonathan Taylor, IND @ JAX
21
Cam Akers, LAR vs. DAL
22
James Conner, PIT @ NYG
23
Todd Gurley, ATL @ SEA
24
Leonard Fournette, TB @ NO
25
Le’Veon Bell, NYJ @ BUF
26
Sony Michel, NE vs. MIA
27
Marlon Mack, IND @ JAX
28
JK Dobbins, BAL vs. CLE
29
Phillip Lindsay, DEN vs. TEN
30
D’Andre Swift, DET vs. CHI
31
Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. TEN
32
Tarik Cohen, CHI @ DET
33
Antonio Gibson, WAS vs. PHI
34
Zack Moss, BUF vs. NYJ
35
Kareem Hunt, CLE @ BAL
36
Latavius Murray, NO vs. TB
37
Tevin Coleman, SF vs. ARZ
38
Kerryon Johnson, DET vs. CHI
39
Duke Johnson, HOU @ KC
40
James White, NE vs. MIA
41
Chris Thompson, JAX vs. IND
42
Jordan Howard, MIA @ NE
43
Matt Breida, MIA @ NE
44
Devine Ozigbo, JAX vs. IND
45
James Robinson, JAX vs. IND
46
Ronald Jones II, TB @ NO
47
Justin Jackson, LAC @ CIN
48
Darrell Henderson, LAR vs. DAL
49
Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. GB
50
Boston Scott, PHI @ WAS
51
Bryce Love, WAS vs. PHI
52
Cordarelle Patterson, CHI @ DET
53
Peyton Barber, WAS vs. PHI
54
Ito Smith, ATL vs. SEA
55
Jerick McKinnon, SF vs. ARZ
56
Nyheim Hines, IND @ JAX
57
Carlos Hyde, SEA @ ATL
58
Chase Edmonds, ARZ @ SF
59
Tony Pollard, DAL @ LAR
60
Frank Gore, NYJ @ BUF
61
Malcolm Brown, LAR vs. DAL
62
Jamaal Williams, GB @ MIN
63
Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. LAC
64
Jalen Richard, LV @ CAR
65
Joshua Kelley, LAC @ CIN
66
AJ Dillon, GB @ MIN
67
Darrynton Evans, TEN @ DEN
68
Anthony McFarland Jr., PIT @ NYG
69
LeSean McCoy, TB @ NO
70
Dion Lewis, NYG vs. PIT
71
Benny Snell Jr., PIT @ NYG
72
Justice Hill, BAL vs. CLE
73
J.D. McKissic, WAS vs. PHI

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