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Running Back Rankings Week 1

Running Back Rankings Week 1

AP is #1 (UPDATED Saturday)
By: Pete Davidson : September 05, 2013 10:18pm

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Welcome to the the running back rankings for Week 1.  I'll be updating this at some point before Sunday though there aren't too many injuries to track right now with the bigger names.  Then again, things change quickly as we've learned far too often this season.  If you want the quarterbacks rankings, they are posted already.  You can find them here.  You can also find our weekly lineup rankings any time by going to the "All Rankings" tab on the top toolbar.  If you want to be aware of all updates to our weekly rankings and other content, you should consider following us on Twitter.  Click here to follow us.

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Rank PLAYER TEAM Opponent THE SKINNY
1 Adrian Peterson MIN @DET You might want to start this guy.
2 Doug Martin TB @NYJ Solid matchup and Martin is the core of Bucs’ offense.
3 Jamaal Charles KC @JAC JC should go off here.
4 LeSean McCoy PHI @WSH He's ready to go and should have a very good day here.
5 Arian Foster HOU @SD We expect a blowout and a solid first half from Foster.
6 Trent Richardson CLE MIA He’ll get his stats one way or the other here. Miami is no slouch against the run.
7 Steven Jackson ATL @NO He should find the zone and be effective overall.
8 C.J. Spiller BUF NE Opens with a tough matchup, but he’ll be featured and the Bills have more ways to stress the defense in 2013.
9 Alfred Morris WAS PHI He should get plenty of chances to pound away at Philly on Sunday.
10 Stevan Ridley NE @BUF He should have a big day though he may be put away early.
11 David Wilson NYG @DAL He’s going to get the rock and he should do some damage in this one.
12 Reggie Bush DET MIN He’s going to be an RB1 or a fringe RB1 for as long as he’s healthy.
13 Marshawn Lynch SEA @CAR A very tough matchup as we like the Panthers’ front seven more than last year.
14 Matt Forte CHI CIN He’ll have to be a 2-way threat to have a big day, but he is going to be very active.
15 DeMarco Murray DAL NYG No reason to doubt a healthy Demarco here. Running is the way to attack the G-Men.
16 Lamar Miller MIA @CLE The Browns should improved against the run, but they are still nothing scary. Miller should be a big part of the game plan.
17 Frank Gore SF GB A solid matchup for a fresh legged Gore.
18 Darren Sproles NO ATL Great matchup for the little man.
19 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC KC Still want to see him run like the old MJD, but this could be his coming out party. He’s a solid RB2 play, but with both Blackmon and Marcedes Lewis out, the defense will be keying in MJD and Cecil Shorts even more than usual.
20 Darren McFadden OAK @IND It’s a good matchup at least, so he has a chance and they have to use him a ton.
21 Daryl Richardson STL ARI Not the best matchup, but with Pead out, he should get a lot of work for sure.
22 Eddie Lacy GB @SF Lacy gets a very tough matchup right out of the box. He’s a RB2 option if you need him.
23 Ben Tate HOU @SD He could end up leading the Texans in carries this week as the game could be put away early.
24 Chris Johnson TEN @PIT I’ve spoken about CJ’s first half schedule enough, but here’s a example of what I meant. Pitt is a very tough matchup for tailbacks.
25 Shane Vereen NE @BUF He’ll be a serious play-maker this week and on most weeks. Vereen is a worthy flex option with upside.
26 Ahmad Bradshaw IND OAK We’ve seen nothing of him yet, so this week is his debut. We expect good things, but knowing how much they’ll use him is impossible and it could be over early.
27 Ryan Mathews SD HOU Mathews could have some good days, but this is a rough matchup.
28 DeAngelo Williams CAR SEA Terrible matchup, but I like him as long as he is starting. A flex option in Week 1.
29 Mark Ingram NO ATL Ingram is a nice flex option in this game. The Saints will try to hold the ball some with the ground game.
30 Vick Ballard IND OAK Will get a bump if he starts and Bradshaw is unlikely to play a ton of snaps.
31 Rashard Mendenhall ARI @STL He’s banged up and it’s not an great matchup, but he should start.
32 Giovani Bernard CIN @CHI A tough way to start off, but he could make a few plays in the passing game.
33 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN @CHI Not a good matchup for BJGE.
34 Bryce Brown PHI @WSH Brown is a very interesting option. He’s got an ankle issue, so we’ll be watching that this week.
35 Isaac Redman PIT TEN Should see some carries along with Felix Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling.
36 Pierre Thomas NO ATL Will get a chance to make some plays.
37 Kendall Hunter SF GB He’ll make some plays and LaMichael James is banged up and unlikely to play.
38 Fred Jackson BUF NE It will be interesting to see how much they play him. He could have some flex value in deeper leagues.
39 Joique Bell DET MIN Always a threat and Bush can’t play heavy snaps.
40 Roy Helu WAS PHI Could make a big play at any time. Worth a flier in deeper formats as a flex.
41 Bilal Powell NYJ TB It’ll be tough sledding in Week 1, but Powell is supposed to start so he’s a viable play in deeper formats.
42 Chris Ivory NYJ TB Not a great matchup and he may not even start. Just a flex option this week and not a great one with Tampa’s stiff run defense.
43 Mike Tolbert CAR SEA Could post some numbers with both Barner and Stewart out.
44 Danny Woodhead SD HOU They’ll use him this week, but it’s a terrible matchup.
45 Felix Jones PIT TEN He’ll be bumped up if he starts though it looks like Redman at this point.
46 Michael Bush CHI CIN A tough week one matchup. Cincy is stout.
47 Knile Davis KC @JAC Knile is a big play waiting to happen. How long we have to wait is a legit question and Jamaal Charles could be very high volume at this point. Keep an eye on Davis though. He’s got flex upside if he can clean his game up just a little bit.
48 Shonn Greene TEN @PIT Tough matchup.
49 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL @NO Should be mostly Jackson’s gig, especially in the red zone.
50 Daniel Thomas MIA @CLE The coaching staff is talking him up, but Thomas has never really stepped up, so it’s tough to buy in. He’s a guy to watch if Lamar Miller struggles, but we’re still higher on Mike Gillisleee than Thomas in that scenario.
51 Denard Robinson JAC KC Tough to buy into just yet, but he’s a player to watch, especially in larger formats.
52 Ryan Williams ARI @STL We’ll see if he can handle some carries this week. The knee is still a big problem.
53 LaRod Stephens-Howling PIT TEN Should have a role.
54 Robert Turbin SEA @CAR Watching Turbin and Christine Michael’s carries will be on a lot of fantasy geek’s to-do lists this weekend.
55 Da'Rel Scott NYG @DAL We like Scott a lot and he could finally get a chance to show his stuff.
56 James Starks GB @SF His role will be interesting to watch.
57 Christine Michael SEA @CAR He’s going to be a player to watch.
58 Marcel Reece OAK @IND Could have a bigger role than Jennings.
59 Zac Stacy STL ARI Could get a few looks this week.
60 Stepfan Taylor ARI @STL It’ll be interesting to see if Taylor and Ellington get any usage.
61 Toby Gerhart MIN @DET Little used when AP is healthy.
62 LeGarrette Blount NE @BUF He could have value in a cleanup role.
63 Mikel Leshoure DET MIN Will he be involved at all? We’ll find out. He still has ability.
64 Ray Rice BAL @DEN (Already Played) This is no gimme matchup, but Rice will be a central figure and they’ll need him.
65 Montee Ball DEN BAL (Already Played) Ball is my bet for most valuable back and to eventually become THE back. Right now, if you are playing him, you’ll probably need a score to make it work.
66 Knowshon Moreno DEN BAL (Already Played) He should have some value while he’s fresh, but Knowshon has proven to be less than durable. He could start the game this week.
67 Bernard Pierce BAL @DEN (Already Played) Not the greatest matchup.
68 Ronnie Hillman DEN BAL (Already Played) Not a game that we see him doing well in though he may “start.”