Top 20: Fantasy Running Backs for Week Two

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Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs against New York Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Week Two kicks off tonight with the Houston Texans squaring off with the Cinncinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football. As you prepare for your Week Two fantasy football matchups, the cover32 Fantasy Football staff will bring you their top 20 players at each position.

Top 20 Running Backs – Week Two
1  Ezekiel Elliot With 25 touches, can’t go wrong here. Denver’s run Defense isn’t great and they are vulnerable up the middle.
2 Le’Veon Bell Plenty of opportunity here. Vikes gave up 74 receiving yards to RB in week one, and Bell should have success as well.
3 Marshawn Lynch The Jets gave up 152 rushing yards in week one, and over 200 total to running backs. An effective 15 carries
4 Ty Montgomery Atlanta gave up almost 30 fantasy points to RB in their opener, and Montgomery is THE man in the Green Bay backfield. Led all RB with a snap count of 74.
5 Todd Gurley 20 touches against a Washington front seven full of question-marks, should get a solid performance.
6 Lamar Miller Cincinnati got gashed in week one for 155 yards on the ground. Expect 20 carries, and a good game for Miller. Second among RB with 64 snaps played in week 1
7 Melvin Gordon Miami gave up over 17 fantasy points a game to running backs in 2016. Gordon should get around 23 touches.
8 LeSean McCoy Carolina gave up over 100 total yards to running backs in week one, McCoy should get around 18 touches, and plenty of snaps after 54 last week.
9 Leonard Fournette With their best receiver, Allen Robinson out for the year, Fournette is likely to get more opportunities. Tennessee gave up 102 yards on the ground last week.
10 Jay Ajayi The Chargers gave up 121 yards in week one and Ajayi had an extra week to prepare. Plenty of touches.
11 Jordan Howard Tampa Bay gave up over 19 fantasy points a game last season to opposing RB. With Kevin White out, Howard’s usage will rise.
12 Kareem Hunt As the main back in KC, there will be plenty of opportunity. Philadelphia gave up over 14 points to RB’s in the opener.
13 Demarco Murray Jacksonville gave up over 110 total yards to RB’s last week, and Murray should see around 20 touches.
14 Devonta Freeman As the lead back in a high powered offense, Freeman will get touches. Last week was an aberration for the Packers defense. Seahawks O-line is a disaster.
15 Mike Gillislee New Orleans is bad defensively. Real bad.  Although we never know how the RB will be used in New England, figure after a 3 TD performance in the opener, Gillislee will be used in the red zone.
16 LeGarette Blount The Patriots RB had 15 red zone touches against the Chiefs in week one, and if the Eagles can get in the red zone that often, Blount should be able to capitalize.
17 Terrence West With Danny Woodhead out, West should see an increase in volume.
18 Dalvin Cook Pittsburgh gave up over 100 total yards in week one, and Cook is the main back in Minnesota, logging 51 snaps last week.
19 Jacquizz Rogers The Bears gave up over 15 fantasy points to RB in week one, and Rogers should see the bulk of the workload, with Doug Martin suspended.
20 Christian McCaffrey If McCaffrey can get 15-18 touches he should put up solid numbers. Played 47 snaps last week, so opportunity will be there.

 

– Chad Miller is a Staff Writer for cover32/Fantasy and covers Fantasy Football. Like and follow on


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