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Running back PPR rankings for Week 2 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best PPR running backs going in Week 2 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Nyheim Hines #21 of the Indianapolis Colts catches a pass in the game against the Carolina Panthers at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

UPDATE 9/19: NFL teams released their final injury reports for Week 2. Here are final statuses for names of note.

Miles Sanders: Removed from final injury report and is good to go
James Conner: Removed from final injury report and is good to go
Phillip Lindsay: Out

UPDATE 9/18: We have a few running back injuries that will move this week’s rankings around. Let’s take a look at the most important for fantasy.

Miles Sanders has practiced in full this week and all but assured to play. He could lose some work to Boston Scott and Corey Clement, but I expect after a full week of practice he will get the majority of the looks. I’ve moved him up.

James Conner practiced in full on Thursday, so it looks good for him to play against the Broncos. I don’t have a lot of trust in him, but he should get the start and a chance to prove himself. Benny Snell gets moved down and will be tough to start this week unless we hear otherwise.

Phillip Lindsay has turf toe and hasn’t practiced this week. He is almost certainly out against the Steelers. That will give Royce Freeman a step up and likely more work for Melvin Gordon. Unfortunately for them, the Steelers run defense is a beast.

Le’Veon Bell is on IR and Frank Gore will get the start against his old 49ers team. IT’s not the best matchup and we could see the ball spread out between Kalen Ballage, Josh Adams and possibly Lamical Perine if he is healthy enough. Gore is a flex play in deeper leagues, but his upside is low on a bad Jets team.

Some of the usual suspects finished Top-3 in PPR scoring last week, as Josh Jacobs, Christian McCaffrey and Ezekiel Elliott all got theirs. As we move down the Week 1 finishes we come to Nyheim Hines and Malcolm Brown at fourth and fifth. Those aren’t the names you’re used to seeing up there, but if you check the waiver adds for this week, you’ll sure see their names at the top. Both are startable this week, but let’s not bank our hopes and dreams on them being in the Top 5 again.

Derrick Henry got his 100 yards in Week 1 but it took 31 carries. But this week he gets the Jaguars, who he has put up big numbers on in the past. McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley and Jacobs all have tough matchups this week, so I’m all in on Henry rebounding against a weak Jaguars run defense.

Speaking of Barkley, he does face the Bears, but Adrian Peterson did well against them last week and they aren’t the Steelers, who shut Barkley down in Week 1. Barkley’s tough start to the season shouldn’t be too concerning, as he was a usage hog and he’s still very good at football.

It will be a real shame if the Chargers don’t get Austin Ekeler more involved in the receiving game this week, as he has a great matchup with the Chiefs. He totaled 17 receptions in their two matchups last season and should set up for similar numbers this week if Tyrod Taylor will throw it to him. Last week he had just one target.

Streaming RBs

Nyheim Hines, Colts

The opposite of Ekeler last week was Hines, who caught all eight of his targets and should again be on the receiving end of Philip Rivers’ dinky-dunks. We can’t count on the two touchdowns again, but we should be able to count on the receptions in PPR leagues.

Benny Snell Jr., Steelers

Denver doesn’t look like they’ll be the best matchup for running backs this season, but if James Conner remains out, Snell will receive the bulk of the touches. He was able to put up good numbers on a decent Giants defensive line on Monday night and as long as the Steelers passing game is working, he has a shot to do the same at home against Denver.

Running back PPR rankings for Week 18

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Jonathan Taylor IND @ JAC
2 Austin Ekeler LAC @ LV
3 Alvin Kamara NO @ ATL
4 Dalvin Cook MIN vs CHI
5 Nick Chubb CLE vs CIN
6 David Montgomery CHI @ MIN
7 Joe Mixon CIN @ CLE
8 Najee Harris PIT @ BAL
9 Josh Jacobs LV vs LAC
10 Elijah Mitchell SF @ LAR
11 Rashaad Penny SEA @ ARI
12 Devin Singletary BUF vs NYJ
13 Darrel Williams KC @ DEN
14 Sony Michel LAR vs SF
15 D'Andre Swift DET vs GB
16 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ MIA
17 D'Onta Foreman TEN @ HOU
18 Antonio Gibson WAS @ NYG
19 Javonte Williams DEN vs KC
20 Boston Scott PHI vs DAL
21 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ PHI
22 Saquon Barkley NYG vs WAS
23 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs KC
24 James Conner ARI vs SEA
25 Chase Edmonds ARI vs SEA
26 Damien Harris NE @ MIA
27 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs NO
28 Devonta Freeman BAL vs PIT
29 Dare Ogunbowale JAC vs IND
30 Rex Burkhead HOU vs TEN
31 Patrick Taylor Jr. GB @ DET
32 Tony Pollard DAL @ PHI
33 Jamaal Williams DET vs GB
34 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ BUF
35 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF @ LAR
36 Duke Johnson Jr. MIA vs NE
37 Kareem Hunt CLE vs CIN
38 Ronald Jones II TB vs CAR
39 Michael Carter NYJ @ BUF
40 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB vs CAR
41 Ty Johnson NYJ @ BUF
42 Mike Davis ATL vs NO
43 AJ Dillon GB @ DET
44 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ TB
45 Devontae Booker NYG vs WAS
46 Le'Veon Bell TB vs CAR
47 Jordan Howard PHI vs DAL
48 Aaron Jones GB @ DET
49 Justin Jackson LAC @ LV
50 Derrick Gore KC @ DEN
51 Jaret Patterson WAS @ NYG
52 Nyheim Hines IND @ JAC
53 Jeremy McNichols TEN @ HOU
54 Mark Ingram II NO @ ATL
55 Latavius Murray BAL vs PIT
56 Alexander Mattison MIN vs CHI
57 Craig Reynolds DET vs GB
58 Kenneth Gainwell PHI vs DAL
59 Dontrell Hilliard TEN @ HOU
60 Ameer Abdullah CAR @ TB
61 Phillip Lindsay MIA vs NE
62 Austin Walter NYJ @ BUF
63 Zack Moss BUF vs NYJ
64 DeeJay Dallas SEA @ ARI
65 Peyton Barber LV vs LAC
66 Cam Akers LAR vs SF
67 Brandon Bolden NE @ MIA
68 Myles Gaskin MIA vs NE
69 Samaje Perine CIN @ CLE
70 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs CIN
71 David Johnson HOU vs TEN
72 Khalil Herbert CHI @ MIN
73 Alex Collins SEA @ ARI
74 JaMycal Hasty SF @ LAR
75 Jonathan Williams WAS @ NYG
76 Royce Freeman HOU vs TEN
77 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ LAR
78 Ryquell Armstead JAC vs IND
79 Michael Burton KC @ DEN
80 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ BAL
81 Damien Williams CHI @ MIN
82 Eno Benjamin ARI vs SEA
83 Joshua Kelley LAC @ LV
84 Wendell Smallwood WAS @ NYG
85 Kene Nwangwu MIN vs CHI
86 Wayne Gallman Jr. MIN vs CHI
87 Travis Homer SEA @ ARI
88 Jalen Richard LV vs LAC
89 Ty Montgomery NO @ ATL
90 Corey Clement DAL @ PHI
91 Reggie Bonnafon CAR @ TB
92 Jake Funk LAR vs SF
93 Demetric Felton CLE vs CIN
94 Nathan Cottrell JAC vs IND
95 Elijhaa Penny NYG vs WAS
96 Keith Smith ATL vs NO
97 Deon Jackson IND @ JAC
98 Jakob Johnson NE @ MIA
99 Godwin Igwebuike DET vs GB
100 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC @ DEN