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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 1

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs NYJ
2 Dalvin Cook MIN @ CIN
3 Alvin Kamara NO vs GB
4 Derrick Henry TEN vs ARI
5 Aaron Jones GB @ NO
6 Najee Harris PIT @ BUF
7 Raheem Mostert SF @ DET
8 Nick Chubb CLE @ KC
9 Joe Mixon CIN vs MIN
10 Antonio Gibson WAS vs LAC
11 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ TB
12 Saquon Barkley NYG vs DEN
13 Miles Sanders PHI @ ATL
14 Jonathan Taylor IND vs SEA
15 James Robinson JAC @ HOU
16 Austin Ekeler LAC @ WAS
17 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC vs CLE
18 Damien Harris NE vs MIA
19 Chris Carson SEA @ IND
20 David Montgomery CHI @ LAR
21 Josh Jacobs LV vs BAL
22 Myles Gaskin MIA @ NE
23 Ty'Son Williams BAL @ LV
24 Mike Davis ATL vs PHI
25 Darrell Henderson LAR vs CHI
26 Kareem Hunt CLE @ KC
27 Chase Edmonds ARI @ TEN
28 Melvin Gordon III DEN @ NYG
29 D'Andre Swift DET vs SF
30 Ronald Jones II TB vs DAL
31 Javonte Williams DEN @ NYG
32 Trey Sermon SF @ DET
33 James Conner ARI @ TEN
34 Leonard Fournette TB vs DAL
35 Jamaal Williams DET vs SF
36 Zack Moss BUF vs PIT
37 Nyheim Hines IND vs SEA
38 Devin Singletary BUF vs PIT
39 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ CAR
40 David Johnson HOU vs JAC
41 Ty Johnson NYJ @ CAR
42 Kenyan Drake LV vs BAL
43 AJ Dillon GB @ NO
44 Tony Pollard DAL @ TB
45 J.D. McKissic WAS vs LAC
46 Tony Jones Jr. NO vs GB
47 Carlos Hyde JAC @ HOU
48 Phillip Lindsay HOU vs JAC
49 James White NE vs MIA
50 Sony Michel LAR vs CHI
51 Giovani Bernard TB vs DAL
52 Rhamondre Stevenson NE vs MIA
53 Darrel Williams KC vs CLE
54 Justin Jackson LAC @ WAS
55 Rashaad Penny SEA @ IND
56 Malcolm Brown MIA @ NE
57 Devontae Booker NYG vs DEN
58 Boston Scott PHI @ ATL
59 Alex Collins SEA @ IND
60 Salvon Ahmed MIA @ NE
61 Alexander Mattison MIN @ CIN
62 Kenneth Gainwell PHI @ ATL
63 Mark Ingram II HOU vs JAC
64 Damien Williams CHI @ LAR
65 Marlon Mack IND vs SEA
66 Jerick McKinnon KC vs CLE
67 Joshua Kelley LAC @ WAS
68 Chuba Hubbard CAR vs NYJ
69 DeeJay Dallas SEA @ IND
70 Larry Rountree III LAC @ WAS
71 Michael Carter NYJ @ CAR
72 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ BUF
73 Jordan Wilkins IND vs SEA
74 Matt Breida BUF vs PIT
75 Samaje Perine CIN vs MIN
76 Jermar Jefferson DET vs SF
77 Kalen Ballage PIT @ BUF
78 Wayne Gallman Jr. ATL vs PHI
79 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ DET
80 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB vs DAL
81 Rex Burkhead HOU vs JAC
82 Jaret Patterson WAS vs LAC
83 Eno Benjamin ARI @ TEN
84 Jordan Howard PHI @ ATL
85 Jake Funk LAR vs CHI
86 Dare Ogunbowale JAC @ HOU
87 Travis Homer SEA @ IND
88 Devine Ozigbo JAC @ HOU
89 Elijah Mitchell SF @ DET
90 Chris Evans CIN vs MIN
91 Jaylen Samuels PIT @ BUF
92 Kylin Hill GB @ NO
93 Khalil Herbert CHI @ LAR
94 Trayveon Williams CIN vs MIN
95 JaMycal Hasty SF @ DET
96 Alec Ingold LV vs BAL
97 D'Ernest Johnson CLE @ KC