We’re through one Week of the 2020 NFL season, so we have more of an idea about we should expect at the running back position. We’ll take a look at some ideal starters for Week 2, as well as some you should consider sitting here.
Running Back Starts
Elliott rushed for 96 yards and a score against the Los Angeles Rams and also hauled in a receiving touchdown. He’ll be highly involved in the Cowboys’ offense regardless of how good their receiving corps is. Atlanta got torn apart by the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1, so I expect Elliott to have one of Week 2’s more impressive performances.
Benny Snell Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos
Snell exploded for 113 rushing yards on 19 carries against the New York Giants in Week 1 and could get a heavy workload in Week 2 if James Conner continues to miss time with his ankle injury. It’s unlikely that Anthony McFarland will get any carries, and Jaylen Samuels is more suited for passing situations. I like his upside against a Brocnos defense that forked up 116 rushing yards to Derrick henry in Week 1.
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts vs. Minnesota Vikings
Frank Reich has made it clear that Taylor will step into a starting role now that Mack is out for the year with an Achilles injury. He had one of the highest fantasy football ceilings among rookie running backs with Mack, so his upside should be higher with only Nyheim Hines competing with him for touches.
Running Back Sits
Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Brown got off to a strong start 79 rushing yards and two scores in Week 1, but I don’t forsee him replicating that against the Eagles’ elite defensive line. They held the Washington Football Team under three yards per carry. The Rams would be better suited passing against this group, so I don’t see Brown being very effective.
Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers
Jones has a firm hold on the RB1 job, as Leonard Fournette had no impact in Week 1 against the Saints. Carolina is young on defense and forked up three rushing scores to Josh Jacobs in their season opener. The Buccaneers have a good chance to air it out against the Panthers, and Jones could benefit from getting plenty of work in garbage time if his team builds a sizable lead.