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Running back rankings for XFL Week 2

We take you through some of the best running backs going into Week 2 of the XFL for fantasy football.

Jhurell Pressley #26 of the DC Defenders carries the ball as Anthony Johnson #91of the Seattle Dragons defends during the first half of the XFL game at Audi Field on February 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Welcome to the Week 2 XFL rankings. Thankfully we have some snap and usage numbers to help guide us this week, so if there isn’t a ton of turnover, we should be a little more honed in for Saturday and Sunday’s games.

Running backs were fairly useless in Week 1, with only two topping 15 touches and two scoring from the ground. We deal with DraftKings scoring around here, so we also saw some value backs helped out by receptions, but no receiving back really broke out.

For now, we probably need to stick with the backs that saw the most snaps and touches, even if they didn’t put up good numbers. We do just have one game worth of data for each player, and opportunity is king in fantasy. A player like James Butler gets a big bump after scoring two touchdowns and leading the backfield in Week 1, but he still had just 11 touches in a pass-first offense.

De’Veon Smith had one of the better games in Week 1 despite not putting up many fantasy points. He rushed 16 times for 79 yards and caught one pass for eight yards, giving him the second-most touches and most yards for any running back in Week 1. If Aaron Murray and Nick Truesdell hadn’t sabotaged their scoring opportunities, he would have had more chances around the goal line as well.

Jhurell Pressley saw the third-most touches with 15, including three targets. The Defenders take on the Guardians who held the Vipers to three points, but they also allowed 150 rushing yards and 5 yards per carry.

Matt Jones saw 21 carries to lead the league, but we still need to worry about Christine Michael getting work and this week St. Louis plays the Roughnecks, who should be able to score more than the Phillip Nelson led Renegades. I expect St. Louis to still ru plenty, but they may be forced to pass more than last week.

Lance Dunbar led the league in running back receptions and had 11 touches despite not being listed on the depth chart. He ended up with more touches than starter Cameron Artis-Payne and in Bob Stoops pass-first offense, that could continue.

We saw quite a bit of Darius Victor in Week 1, as he had nine carries and three receptions to Tim Cook’s five touches. He split snaps, but appears to be the favorite for touches moving forward.

On DraftKings, Roughnecks wide receiver Nick Holley is considered a running back. His four receptions for 50 yards last week made him a Top-10 running back last week. He could be a consistent source of DraftKings running back points in Houston’s Run N’ Shoot.

Running back rankings for XFL Week 2

RK Player Tm Opp DK
RK Player Tm Opp DK
1 De'Veon Smith TB @ SEA 7500
2 Jhurell Pressley DC @NY 7000
3 James Butler HOU vs STL 6300
4 Matt Jones STL @HOU 5900
5 Darius Victor NY vs DC 4100
6 Elijah Hood LA vs DAL 6500
7 Lance Dunbar DAL @LA 4600
8 Kenneth Farrow SEA vs TB 6100
9 Trey Williams SEA vs TB 5000
10 Cameron Artis-Payne DAL @LA 5600
11 Nick Holley HOU vs STL 4800
12 Ja'Quan Gardner SEA vs TB 4000
13 Christine Michael STL @HOU 5300
14 Tim Cook NY vs DC 4400
15 Keith Ford STL @HOU 3600
16 Jacques Patrick TB @ SEA 4200
17 Larry Rose LA vs DAL 3500
18 Donnel Pumphrey DC @NY 3900
19 Austin Walter DAL @LA 3400
20 Marquis Young DAL @LA 3700
21 Andre Williams HOU vs STL 3100
22 DeAngelo Henderson HOU vs STL 3700
23 Dujuan Harris LA vs DAL 3200
24 Khalid Abdullah DC @NY 3000
25 Justin Stockton NY vs DC 3300
26 Matthew Colburn NY vs DC 3000
27 Martez Carter LA vs DAL 3000
28 Mack Brown TB @ SEA 3000
29 Nick Brosette DC @NY 3000
30 Winston Dimel LA vs DAL 3000
31 Tarean Folston TB @ SEA 3000
32 Lenard Tillery STL @HOU 3000
33 Sherman Badie STL @HOU 3000
34 Tommy Bohanon NY vs DC 3000
35 Marcus Murphy TB @ SEA 3000
36 Ralph Webb TB @ SEA 3000
37 James Wilder LA vs DAL 3000
38 Ryan Yurachek DC @NY 3000