Week 2 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season was a good one for many top running backs. Josh Jacobs had three TDs, and Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, Alvin Kamara, Chris Carson, Dalvin Cook, and even Nyheim Hines and Malcolm Brown got into the action for two each. Fantasy owners of these backs had to be happy with what they saw, but will it carry over into the next game? Or will new sleepers, waiver wire pickups, and injury replacements emerge? That’s what we have to decipher when putting together our Week 2 fantasy RB rankings.

Injuries, per usual, are having an impact on these rankings. Marlon Mack is the most notable name who is likely to miss time after suffering an apparent season-ending Achilles’ injury. With Mack out, Jonathan Taylor will likely be the Colts’ lead-back, so he’s a must-play upside against a Vikings defense that just got torn apart by the Packers. Additionally, the aforementioned Hines is on the rise because Philip Rivers seems to like throwing to him in an Austin Ekeler-type capacity. That will make him a good flex in standard and a potential RB2 in PPR leagues.

WEEK 2 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

There are some other injuries that could have an impact here. Le’Veon Bell’s hamstring will be the one to watch this week, along with the hamstring of Miles Sanders. If Sanders can’t go, the health of Boston Scott, who left Sunday’s game with an injury of his own, will be crucial. If both Sanders and Scott are out, Corey Clement could be the lead back for the Eagles against the Rams.

Despite those injuries, most of the league’s best backs made it through Week 1 unscathed and remain toward the top of this week’s rankings. Some are elevated in better matchups than usual, including Derrick Henry (vs. Jaguars) and Aaron Jones (vs. Lions). If you have a stud at the RB position, don’t get cute and sit them even in a bad matchup. The position is too thin to do that.

Right now, it’s too early to recommend fading any RB2s in poor matchups. It’s only Week 2, and there aren’t a ton of guys that you can rely on to be better than the top-25 backs. Just roll with the best players and keep them in your lineup until there’s a larger sample size from which to make informed lineup decisions.

Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates. 

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

Titans vs. Jaguars

Panthers @ Buccaneers

Cowboys vs. Falcons

Giants @ Bears

Saints @ Raiders

Packers vs. Lions

Chiefs @ Chargers

Vikings @ Colts

Raiders vs. Saints

Chargers vs. Chiefs

Falcons @ Cowboys

Colts vs. Vikings

Browns vs. Bengals

Bengals vs. Giants

Cardinals vs. Washington

49ers @ Jets

Bears vs. Giants

Seahawks vs. Patriots

Eagles vs. Rams

Texans vs. Ravens

Ravens @ Texans

Steelers vs. Broncos

Buccaneers vs. Panthers

Browns vs. Bengals

Bills @ Dolphins

26 JK Dobbins, BAL @ HOU
27 Malcolm Brown, LAR @ PHI
28 James Robinson, JAX @ TEN
29 Zack Moss, BUF @ MIA
30 Cam Akers, LAR @ PHI
31 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. MIN
32 Adrian Peterson, DET @ GB
33 Sony Michel, NE @ SEA
34 Le’Veon Bell, NYJ vs. SF
35 Melvin Gordon, DEN @ PIT
36 Peyton Barber, WAS @ ARZ
37 Joshua Kelley, LAC vs. KC
38 Phillip Lindsay, DEN @ PIT
39 Antonio Gibson, WAS @ ARZ
40 Tarik Cohen, CHI vs. NYG
41 D’Andre Swift, DET @ GB
42 James White, NE @ SEA
43 Latavius Murray, NO @ LV
44 Jordan Howard, MIA vs. BUF
45 Leonard Fournette, TB vs. CAR
46 Myles Gaskin, MIA vs. BUF
47 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ IND
48 Boston Scott, PHI vs. LAR
49 Tevin Coleman, SF @ NYJ
50 Kerryon Johnson, DET @ GB
51 Jerick McKinnon, SF @ NYJ
52 Duke Johnson, HOU vs. BAL
53 Carlos Hyde, SEA vs. NE
54 Chris Thompson, JAX @ TEN
55 Chase Edmonds, ARZ vs. WAS
56 Darrel Williams, KC @ LAC
57 Matt Breida, MIA vs. BUF
58 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. ATL
59 Jamaal Williams, GB vs. DET
60 Giovani Bernard, CIN @ CLE
61 J.D. McKissic, WAS @ ARZ
62 LeSean McCoy, TB vs. CAR
63 Brian Hill, ATL @ DAL
64 Rex Burkhead, NE @ SEA
65 Corey Clement, PHI vs. LAR
66 Jalen Richard, LV vs. NO
67 Dion Lewis, NYG @ CHI
68 AJ Dillon, GB vs. DET
69 Devontae Booker, LV vs. NO
70 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ PHI
71 Benny Snell Jr., PIT vs. DEN
72 Anthony McFarland Jr., PIT vs. DEN

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