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Running back non-PPR rankings for Week 2 fantasy football

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

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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. Malcolm Brown came in fourth for Non-PPR with his two touchdown game. And even Peyton Barber got into RB1 territory with just 27 yards rushing on 17 carries! Of course, he also found the end zone twice. In PPR leagues he finished 16th.

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

Adrian Peterson, Lions

D’Andre Swift will continue to see plenty of snaps for the Lions, but Peterson showed he is ahead of Kerryon Johnson last week by putting up decent numbers against a strong Bears defense. The Packers should be a better matchup and Peterson has good touchdown upside.

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 non-PPR rankings Week 17

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Derrick Henry TEN @ HOU
2 Dalvin Cook MIN @ DET
3 Jonathan Taylor IND vs JAC
4 Alvin Kamara NO @ CAR
5 David Montgomery CHI vs GB
6 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs LV
7 Nick Chubb CLE vs PIT
8 David Johnson HOU vs TEN
9 Josh Jacobs LV @ DEN
10 Chris Carson SEA @ SF
11 Aaron Jones GB @ CHI
12 Austin Ekeler LAC @ KC
13 Myles Gaskin MIA @ BUF
14 Malcolm Brown LAR vs ARI
15 D'Andre Swift DET vs MIN
16 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ NYG
17 Miles Sanders PHI vs WAS
18 Kareem Hunt CLE vs PIT
19 Ronald Jones II TB vs ATL
20 J.K. Dobbins BAL @ CIN
21 Gus Edwards BAL @ CIN
22 Antonio Gibson WAS @ PHI
23 Sony Michel NE vs NYJ
24 Kenyan Drake ARI @ LAR
25 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF vs SEA
26 Giovani Bernard CIN vs BAL
27 James Conner PIT @ CLE
28 Mike Davis CAR vs NO
29 J.D. McKissic WAS @ PHI
30 Wayne Gallman NYG vs DAL
31 Zack Moss BUF vs MIA
32 La'Mical Perine NYJ @ NE
33 Tony Pollard DAL @ NYG
34 Samaje Perine CIN vs BAL
35 Darrel Williams KC vs LAC
36 Dare Ogunbowale JAC @ IND
37 Nyheim Hines IND vs JAC
38 Latavius Murray NO @ CAR
39 Devin Singletary BUF vs MIA
40 Alfred Morris NYG vs DAL
41 Leonard Fournette TB vs ATL
42 AJ Dillon GB @ CHI
43 Chase Edmonds ARI @ LAR
44 Ito Smith ATL @ TB
45 James White NE vs NYJ
46 Jerick McKinnon SF vs SEA
47 Le'Veon Bell KC vs LAC
48 Ty Johnson NYJ @ NE
49 Rodney Smith CAR vs NO
50 Brian Hill ATL @ TB
51 Salvon Ahmed MIA @ BUF
52 Lynn Bowden Jr. MIA @ BUF
53 Devontae Booker LV @ DEN
54 Kalen Ballage LAC @ KC
55 Devine Ozigbo JAC @ IND
56 Todd Gurley II ATL @ TB
57 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ CLE
58 Adrian Peterson DET vs MIN
59 Carlos Hyde SEA @ SF
60 Darrynton Evans TEN @ HOU
61 Raymond Calais LAR vs ARI
62 Tevin Coleman SF vs SEA
63 Royce Freeman DEN vs LV
64 Darwin Thompson KC vs LAC
65 Jeremy McNichols TEN @ HOU
66 J.J. Taylor NE vs NYJ
67 Jalen Richard LV @ DEN
68 Rashaad Penny SEA @ SF
69 Kyle Juszczyk SF vs SEA
70 Jordan Wilkins IND vs JAC
71 Alec Ingold LV @ DEN
72 Justin Jackson LAC @ KC
73 Kerryon Johnson DET vs MIN
74 Dion Lewis NYG vs DAL
75 Boston Scott PHI vs WAS
76 Peyton Barber WAS @ PHI
77 Trayveon Williams CIN vs BAL
78 Ameer Abdullah MIN @ DET
79 Gabe Nabers LAC @ KC
80 Buddy Howell HOU vs TEN
81 LeSean McCoy TB vs ATL
82 Artavis Pierce CHI vs GB
83 Jakob Johnson NE vs NYJ
84 Mike Boone MIN @ DET
85 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs PIT
86 Michael Burton NO @ CAR
87 Jordan Howard PHI vs WAS
88 Alex Armah CAR vs NO
89 Patrick Ricard BAL @ CIN
90 James Robinson JAC @ IND
91 Damien Harris NE vs NYJ
92 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB vs ATL
93 Joshua Kelley LAC @ KC
94 Matt Breida MIA @ BUF
95 Justice Hill BAL @ CIN
96 Jaylen Samuels PIT @ CLE