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Week 2 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: September 15, 2019, 12:05 pm ET

Week 2 Running Backs

RK

Player

Pos

TM

Opp

1

Christian McCaffrey

RB

CAR

TB

2

Alvin Kamara

RB

NO

@LA

3

Saquon Barkley

RB

NYG

BUF

4

Ezekiel Elliott

RB

DAL

@WAS

5

Nick Chubb

RB

CLE

@NYJ

6

Dalvin Cook

RB

MIN

@GB

7

David Johnson

RB

ARI

@BAL

8

Chris Carson

RB

SEA

@PIT

9

Leonard Fournette

RB

JAC

@HOU

10

James Conner

RB

PIT

SEA

11

Le'Veon Bell

RB

NYJ

CLE

12

Derrick Henry

RB

TEN

IND

13

Austin Ekeler

RB

LAC

@DET

14

Mark Ingram

RB

BAL

ARI

15

Todd Gurley

RB

LA

NO

16

Josh Jacobs

RB

OAK

KC

17

Marlon Mack

RB

IND

@TEN

18

Matt Breida

RB

SF

@CIN

19

Sony Michel

RB

NE

@MIA

20

Aaron Jones

RB

GB

MIN

21

Devonta Freeman

RB

ATL

PHI

22

Kerryon Johnson

RB

DET

LAC

23

Joe Mixon

RB

CIN

SF

24

Damien Williams

RB

KC

@OAK

25

Duke Johnson

RB

HOU

JAC

26

Devin Singletary

RB

BUF

@NYG

27

Adrian Peterson

RB

WAS

DAL

28

James White

RB

NE

@MIA

29

Phillip Lindsay

RB

DEN

CHI

30

LeSean McCoy

RB

KC

@OAK

31

Miles Sanders

RB

PHI

@ATL

32

David Montgomery

RB

CHI

@DEN

33

Latavius Murray

RB

NO

@LA

34

Ronald Jones

RB

TB

@CAR

35

Tarik Cohen

RB

CHI

@DEN

36

Royce Freeman

RB

DEN

CHI

37

Carlos Hyde

RB

HOU

JAC

38

Kenyan Drake

RB

MIA

NE

39

Malcolm Brown

RB

LA

NO

40

Giovani Bernard

RB

CIN

SF

41

Justin Jackson

RB

LAC

@DET

42

Chris Thompson

RB

WAS

DAL

43

Raheem Mostert

RB

SF

@CIN

44

Jordan Howard

RB

PHI

@ATL

45

Peyton Barber

RB

TB

@CAR

46

Rashaad Penny

RB

SEA

@PIT

47

Justice Hill

RB

BAL

ARI

48

Dion Lewis

RB

TEN

IND

49

Frank Gore

RB

BUF

@NYG

50

Gus Edwards

RB

BAL

ARI

51

C.J. Anderson

RB

DET

LAC

52

Ito Smith

RB

ATL

PHI

53

Kalen Ballage

RB

MIA

NE

54

Dare Ogunbowale

RB

TB

@CAR

55

Jaylen Samuels

RB

PIT

SEA

56

Tony Pollard

RB

DAL

@WAS

 

RB Notes: Coming off his hard-to-repeat 2018, Christian McCaffrey opened 2019 with the second most yards from scrimmage of his career (209) vs. the reigning NFC champions. The Bucs are a smash spot at home. … Alvin Kamara’s 20 touches against the Texans were the sixth most of his career. @LAR isn’t a spot where the Saints will be able to manage their superstar running back’s workload. As you just read, the Rams are also fresh off coughing up over 200 yards to another all-purpose back. … Saquon Barkley’s 15 touches against the Cowboys were the fewest of his young career. Game flow won’t be as big of a problem against the Bills as it was in Dallas, but his awful teammates will be. The Bills’ defense is genuinely elite. … The Cowboys managed Ezekiel Elliott’s workload in a Week 1 blowout and are claiming they will do so again in another potential blowout in Washington. … Far from being eased into the Jets’ offense, Le’Veon Bell was its only good player in Week 1. With possession wideout Quincy Enunwa (neck) headed to injured reserve, Bell should again be in for a minimum of 5-6 receptions ... if his health checks out. He’s undergoing a Thursday MRI on his shoulder.

Dalvin Cook posted the fourth-most yards from scrimmage (120) of his career as the Vikings unveiled their Gary Kubiak-curated offense against the Falcons. @GB is looking like it will be a stiffer test after the Packers’ improved defense wiped the Bears off the face of the earth last Thursday. … Nick Chubb emerged from Week 1 with 75 yards rushing and three receptions despite disastrous game flow and third-down back Dontrell Hilliard vulturing work. The former should be improved vs. the Jets, while Hilliard is in danger of sitting with a concussion. … David Johnson’s 137 yards from scrimmage against the Lions would have been his third most of 2018. Johnson also ran 45 pass routes, seven more than he managed in any ‘18 contest. The highlight was his vertical route down the middle of the field where he caught a 27-yard jump ball touchdown. Even for tough spots like this weekend’s trip to Baltimore, Kliff Kingsbury’s offense once again has Johnson looking matchup-proof. … The stuff RB1s are made of? When they are held to 15/46/1 on the ground but compensate with 6/35/1 as a receiver. Chris Carson’s increased passing-game usage is looking like a summer meme that will actually come true. 

Leonard Fournette played 50-of-58 snaps in the Jaguars’ not-very-competitive loss to the Chiefs. Now an every-down player, Fournette’s increased passing-game usage should take on even greater fantasy prominence as the Jags make the switch to sixth-round rookie Gardner Minshew. … That was a “Derrick Henry game” if there ever was one. A Colts Defense that served up 106 yards to Henry last Week 17 just got decked by Austin Ekeler. … James Conner got erased as the Steelers came out flat and predictable in New England. He also played just 31-of-67 snaps, though it wasn’t because he was sharing touches with Jaylen Samuels. Shake it off. … Solid on the ground, Austin Ekeler was elite through the air against the Colts, posting a 6/96/2 line. With Hunter Henry out and Mike Williams looking doubtful, similar output is a real possibility for Week 2. … Mark Ingram gained 49 yards on his first carry against the Dolphins and finished with two touchdowns … and it was still kind of a concerning day? Although the bulk of Gus Edwards’ work came with the game out of reach, he was involved on the opening drive. Perhaps the Ravens’ three-man backfield really will come to fruition. Ingram does have goal-line duties on lock, and the Cardinals are another plus matchup.

Todd Gurley touched the ball “just” 15 times in Week 1. That was a number he was held below zero times before getting hurt last season. He drew one target. Again, he averaged 5.3 before his injury issues set in. Malcolm Brown was the goal-line back. Despite Gurley’s 101 yards, I’m very concerned. … Promisingly: Marlon Mack easily had a new career day on the ground as he was sprung by massive running lanes vs. the Chargers. Disappointingly: He drew zero targets after summer hype that he would be more involved as a pass catcher. All in all, it was a positive wash for Mack in the Colts’ post-Luck offense. … Josh Jacobs barely came off the field against the Broncos, handling 24 touches. Speaking afterward, coach Jon Gruden said that’s a formula he won’t be changing. It’s already safe to say that the fantasy community was too low on Jacobs this summer. … Tevin Coleman’s high-ankle sprain makes Matt Breida a clear-cut RB2. Raheem Mostert got all the hype this week, but to this point in his career he’s been an even more lightly used Damien Williams. … Sony Michel was one of the only Patriots skill players not to have himself a day vs. the Steelers. That’s going to be rectified against the expansion-level Dolphins. … Aaron Jones got devoured by a ferocious run defense last Thursday. He has another one for Week 2. 

Kerryon Johnson touched the ball only 18 times in a game where the Lions ran 84 plays and were operating with a big second half lead. That’s concerning. He was also removed in favor of waiver claim J.D. McKissic on one of the afternoon’s most important snaps. Hopefully we haven’t led ourselves astray. … Damien Williams out-touched LeSean McCoy 19-13 and more than doubled him up in snaps but got out-gained as Shady made hay in closing time. Fantasy owners looking for Williams to put daylight between himself and his backup instead got the opposite. Dame can still be treated as a low-end RB2 for an appetizing matchup, with McCoy earning FLEX appeal. … Joe Mixon (ankle) is looking like a game-time decision. … Miles Sanders led his committee in snaps, David Montgomery came in third. Sanders has the better Week 2 setup. … Devin Singletary out-snapped Frank Gore 45-19. This is a committee in name only. … Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman ran to a standstill, but Lindsay had the decisive pass-catching edge. That will be a factor vs. the Bears’ elite run D. … Almost the exact same dynamic played out in the Texans’ backfield, with pass-catcher Duke Johnson the Lindsay to Carlos Hyde’s Freeman. ... Bruce Arians claims Peyton Barber remains the Bucs’ starter, but Ronald Jones looked like a different player against the 49ers. He’s the only TB RB with fantasy juice.           

Patrick Daugherty

Patrick Daugherty is the Senior Fantasy Football content creator for NBC Sports EDGE. You can find him on Twitter @RotoPat.