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Fantasy Football Week 2 Running Back Rankings

Fantasy Football Week 2 Running Back Rankings

The 2021-22 NFL season began last week which means so did fantasy football. After getting a taste of the NFL season last week, it is important not to overreact some and make risky moves when setting lineups for this week. For the first few weeks, fantasy managers should pay attention to trends that they see from teams that could shape the rest of the season. Here are fantasy football week 1 running back rankings.

*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*

(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Key:
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting RB1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High-End RB2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between RB1 and RB2 category.
Starting RB2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low RB2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and causes a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deep League Flex- a player who is more of a Hail Mary throw at the position. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
CategoryNameOpponentRanking
Must StartChristian McCaffreyvs New Orleans SaintsRB1
Must StartDalvin Cookvs Arizona CardinalsRB2
Must StartAlvin Kamaravs Carolina PanthersRB3
Must StartDerrick Henryvs Seattle SeahawksRB4
Starting RB1Nick Chubbvs Houston TexansRB5
Starting RB1Aaron Jonesvs Detriot LionsRB6
Starting RB1Austin Ekelervs Dallas CowboysRB7
Starting RB1Jonathan Taylorvs Los Angeles RamsRB8
Starting RB1Najee Harrisvs Las Vegas RaidersRB9
Starting RB1David Montgomeryvs Cincinnati BengalsRB10
High-End RB2Antonio Gibsonvs New York GiantsRB11
High-End RB2Ezekiel Elliottvs Los Angeles ChargersRB12
Starting RB2D’Andre Swiftvs Green Bay PackersRB13
Starting RB2Chris Carsonvs Tennessee TitansRB14
Starting RB2Myles Gaskinvs Buffalo BillsRB15
Starting RB2Ty’Son Williamsvs Kansas City ChiefsRB16
Low RB2Elijah Mitchellvs Philadelphia EaglesRB17
Low RB2Joe Mixonvs Chicago BearsRB18
Low RB2Miles Sandersvs San Francisco 49ersRB19
Low RB2Saquon Barkley*vs Washington Football TeamRB20
Low RB2Clyde Edwards-Helairevs Baltimore RavensRB21
FlexMelvin Gordonvs Jacksonville JaguarsRB22
FlexDarrell Hendersonvs Indianapolis ColtsRB23
FlexKareem Huntvs Houston TexansRB24
FlexChase Edmondsvs Minnesota VikingsRB25
FlexDamien Harrisvs New York JetsRB26
FlexLeonard FournetteAtlanta FalconsRB27
FlexNyheim Hinesvs Los Angeles RamsRB28
Deep League FlexJames Robinsonvs Denver BroncosRB29
Deep League FlexJames Whitevs New York JetsRB30
Deep League FlexJavonte Williamsvs Jacksonville JaguarsRB31
Deep League FlexJamaal Williamsvs Green Bay PackersRB32
Deep League FlexJames Connervs Minnesota VikingsRB33
Deep League FlexDevin Singletaryvs Miami DolphinsRB34
Deep League FlexMike Davisvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB35
Deep League FlexJosh Jacobs*vs Pittsburgh SteelersRB36
Deep League FlexLatavius Murrayvs Kansas City ChiefsRB37
Leave on the BenchA.J. Dillonvs Detriot LionsRB38
Leave on the BenchKenneth Gainwellvs San Fransisco 49ersRB39
Leave on the BenchRonald Jones IIvs Atlanta FalconsRB40
Leave on the BenchKenyan Drakevs Pittsburgh SteelersRB41
Leave on the BenchJaMycal Hastyvs Philadelphia EaglesRB42
Leave on the BenchMark Ingramvs Cleveland BrownsRB43
Leave on the BenchTony Jones Jr.vs Carolina PanthersRB44
Leave on the BenchCarlos Hydevs Denver BroncosRB45
Leave on the BenchTevin Colemanvs New England PatriotsRB46
Leave on the BenchDavid Johnsonvs Cleveland BrownsRB47
Leave on the BenchCordarrelle Pattersonvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB48
Leave on the BenchPhillip Lindsayvs Cleveland BrownsRB49
Leave on the BenchDamien Williamsvs Cincinnati BengalsRB50
Leave on the BenchTony Pollardvs Los Angeles ChargersRB51
Leave on the BenchGiovanni Bernardvs Atlanta FalconsRB52
Leave on the BenchLarry Rountree IIIvs Dallas CowboysRB53
Leave on the BenchSamaje Perinevs Chicago BearsRB54
Leave on the BenchRhamondre Stevensonvs New York JetsRB55
Leave on the BenchSony Michelvs Indianapolis ColtsRB56
Leave on the BenchDevontae Bookervs Washington Football TeamRB57
Leave on the BenchTrey Sermonvs Philadelphia EaglesRB58
Leave on the BenchSalvon Ahmedvs Buffalo BillsRB59
Leave on the BenchJ.J. Taylorvs New York JetsRB60
Leave on the BenchDarrel Williamsvs Baltimore RavensRB61
Leave on the BenchJeremy McNicholsvs Seattle SeahawksRB62
Leave on the BenchTy Johnsonvs New England PatriotsRB63
Leave on the BenchJ.D. McKissicvs New York GiantsRB64
Leave on the BenchMatt Breidavs Miami DolphinsRB65
Leave on the BenchAlex Collinsvs Tennessee TitansRB66
Leave on the BenchMalcolm Brownvs Buffalo BillsRB67
Leave on the BenchAlexander Mattisonvs Arizona CardinalsRB68
Leave on the BenchMichael Cartervs New England PatriotsRB69
Leave on the BenchKyle Juszczykvs Philadelphia EaglesRB70
Leave on the BenchDeejay Dallasvs Tennessee TitansRB71
Leave on the BenchChuba Hubbardvs New Orleans SaintsRB72
Leave on the BenchJustin Jacksonvs Dallas CowboysRB73
Leave on the BenchZack Mossvs Miami DolphinsRB74

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

RB20 Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Last week Giants running back Saquon Barkley played his first game since tearing is ACL last year. Barkley did not have an outstanding performance, but it was a step forward for him to get to the player he was two years ago. The Giants could take a safe approach with Barkley and could sit him out on a short week. New York is playing Washington Thursday night and that may not be long enough of a break from game action for Barkley who is not 100%. If the Giants decide to rest Barkley Devontae Booker moves up to RB40 betwen Ronald Jones and Kenyan Drake.

RB36 Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

If it wasn’t for Josh Jacobs’ two touchdowns his performance Mondady versus the Ravens would have been alarming. It was impressive that he played out the entire game dealing with an illness and a toe issue. That toe issue appeared to affect Jacobs a lot during that game. He is still on the injury report with that toe issue. If it gets worse or the Raiders decide to let him heal up Kenyan Drake moves up to RB33 between James Conner and Devin Singletary.

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