Editor’s update: In the minutes since this published, Elliott has signed a six-year, $90 million contract extension. It remains to be seen what his workload will be like in Week 1 considering he has not practice since minicamp. If word gets out that he will play the majority of snaps, he is a top five play. We’ll update as we hear more.
The 2019 NFL season is upon us, and that means it’s time to set your fantasy football lineups! The NFL is turning into more and more of a passing league, but running backs remain arguably the most important position in fantasy football. We’ve got a full rundown of the running backs to consider for Week 1, and a few that you might want to hold off on for the time being.
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Ezekiel Elliott really complicates things here. If he were in camp all along, he’d be my top play on the Week 1 slate. If he’s completely ruled out of Week 1, I think we need to upgrade Tony Pollard to a top-15 play, at home against the Giants. The other outcome here is that Zeke does play in some capacity, but splits time with Pollard, which makes both just middle of the pack plays. Obviously, we’ll all be monitoring closely.
I think there’s an elite top tier of three RBs that we do know will play — Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffery and Alvin Kamara. I ranked them in that order, but if you have them on your season-long team, you’re obviously starting them. I think I prefer taking the discount on CMC from a DraftKings DFS perspective.
Once we get past that first tier, things get really interesting. Chris Carson is set up to potentially have a monster game, with everything working in his favor. Dalvin Cook isn’t far behind him. Nick Chubb is also in a great spot to get off to a strong start, especially while he has the backfield all to himself.
Week 1 RB Rankings (Standard)
|2||Christian McCaffrey||CAR||Los Angeles Rams|
|9||Leonard Fournette||JAX||Kansas City|
|10||James Conner||PIT||@New England|
|16||David Montgomery||CHI||Green Bay|
|19||Duke Johnson||HOU||@New Orleans|
|22||Tony Pollard||DAL||New York Giants|
|23||Marlon Mack||IND||@Los Angeles Chargers|
|26||Tevin Coleman||SF||@Tampa Bay|
|28||Matt Breida||SF||@Tampa Bay|
|32||Devin Singletary||BUF||@New York Jets|
|37||Tarik Cohen||CHI||Green Bay|
|39||Peyton Barber||TB||San Francisco|
|42||Jaylen Samuels||PIT||@New England|
|48||Nyheim Hines||IND||@Los Angeles Chargers|
|50||Frank Gore||BUF||@New York Jets|