Week 1 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings are all set!

When basing these rankings, I tried to take how the opponent finished last year against the run, what that defense has done to get better, as well as what the running backs team has done to better themselves.

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Week 1 Fantasy Football PPR Running Back Rankings

You can use these rankings as well to find a good flex player. Running backs get high volume whether it is in the run game or pass game.

1Christian McCaffreyCARLA
2Saquon BarkleyNYGDAL
3Alvin KamaraNOHOU
4Dalvin CookMINATL
5Le’Veon BellNYJBUF
6David JohnsonARIDET
7Todd GurleyLACAR
8James ConnerPITNE
9Kerryon JohnsonDETARI
10Joe MixonCINSEA
11Leonard FournetteJACKC
12Nick ChubbCLETEN
13Chris CarsonSEACIN
14Devonta FreemanATLMIN
15Ezekiel ElliottDALNYG
16Austin EkelerLACIND
17Duke JohnsonHOUNO
18Sony MichelNEPIT
19Mark IngramBALMIA
20Aaron JonesGBCHI
21Damien WilliamsKCJAC
22Derrick HenryTENCLE
23Phillip LindsayDENOAK
24Marlon MackINDLAC
25Josh JacobsOAKDEN
26David MontgomeryCHIGB
27Tarik CohenCHIGB
28James WhiteNEPIT
29Tevin ColemanSFTB
30Miles SandersPHIWAS
31Matt BreidaSFTB
32Kenyan DrakeMIABAL
33Latavius MurrayNOHOU
34Royce FreemanDENOAK
35Peyton BarberTBSF
36Devin SingletaryBUFNYJ
37Kalen BallageMIABAL
38Tony PollardDALNYG
39Justin JacksonLACIND
40Nyheim HinesINDLAC
41Derrius GuiceWASPHI
42Rashaad PennySEACIN
43Jordan HowardPHIWAS
44Dion LewisTENCLE
45Darrell HendersonLACAR
46Dontrell HilliardCLETEN
47Giovani BernardCINSEA
48LeSean McCoyKCJAC
49Ronald JonesTBSF
50Jalen RichardOAKDEN

Number One – Christan McCaffrey/ Carolina Panthers

MCM will be a #1 ranked Rb through out the year. In week one , Carolina host the Rams . The Rams in 2018 were ranked 23rd against the run giving up 122.3 on the ground and 12 touchowns. With an over/under of 50 and the Panthers playing at home, this game aligns perfect for MCM having a great week 1!

Running Back To Watch

Fantasy Football Week 1

Dalvin Cook/Minnesota Vikings

One of the running backs I am looking forward to watching this year is Dalvin Cook! The most important thing that Cook has to do is stay healthy in 2019. In week 1, the Vikings host the Atlanta Falcons and are a 4.5 home favorite. In 2019 the Falcons were ranked 25th against the run. The spread and the Falcons weak run defense make this a top-notch matchup for Cook this week. The Vikings also added some key pieces to their offensive line.

Running Back Not High On This Week

Fantasy Football Week 1

Aaron Jones/Green Bay Packers

Since I am looking at last year in order to rank these Rb’s, then I can not ignore the fact that the Bears, the Packers opponent this week were the number one ranked defense in the league. The Bears gave up under 100 yards a game and a whopping 5 touchdowns for the whole regular season. With the Bears playing at home and a 3 point favorite, I feel that it will be hard for Jones to have a good game on the ground. With a lingering hamstring injury as well, if I could stay away from him i will. If you drafted him as a number 2 back and it is all you have to roll with, just understand this may not be his week.

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