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Running back PPR rankings for Week 1 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best PPR running backs going in Week 1 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Wednesday injury report: NFL teams released their first injury reports of the 2020 season on Wednesday for Week 1. Among running backs, the following made an appearance:

Darrel Williams (hamstring) — Full participation — nopt listed on final injury report, so good to go for Thursday

David Montgomery (groin) — Limited participation — appears on track to play in Week 1 after some concerns he might miss the game

D’Andre Swift (hip) — Limited participation — on track to play in Week 1

Justice Hill (thigh) — DNP — Likely to miss the game, even if he were to end up a healthy scratch

Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) — DNP — Status is uncertain, but team is attempting to sign Dare Ogunbowale, which is not a good sign for Ozigbo’s Week 1 status

Miles Sanders (hamstring) — Limited — Expected to play, but could see his workload cut back a bit in Week 1

Football is back! Right? Yeah, it is! And we’re back with weekly fantasy football rankings. With no preseason games and limited to no fans in the stadiums, it will likely take these teams a little while to get to top performance.

As usual, Christian McCaffrey leads the running back rankings and against the Raiders, that ranking has a good shot of coming true. He will again be the focal point of this offense both on the ground and through the air.

Saquon Barkley is the back who has the best shot at taking over as the No. 1 fantasy player, but he’ll get a tough game to start against the Steelers tough defensive line. He’s still a must start and will likely get peppered with targets if Daniel Jones’ line can’t hold.

Josh Jacobs gets possibly one of his best matchups of the season against the Panthers depleted defense. Both teams will likely play it conservatively and the game could be close, giving Jacobs plenty of work in a prime matchup.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire gets a great matchup to start his career, as he takes on a Texans defense that was smoked by receiving backs last season. The Chiefs can win in multiple ways of course, but I expect Edwards-Helaire to at the very least get his feet wet as a receiver in this game.

Streaming RBs

Darrel Williams, Chiefs

He’s risky, but he’s also the backup to Edwards-Helaire in a game with the highest over/under of the week. Will Andy Reid push everything onto the rookie’s plate? I doubt it. Williams could be in line for some rushing attempts near the goal line and split work to start the season.

Chris Thompson, Jaguars

Thompson is strictly a PPR pick, as I expect the Jaguars will trail and Thompson will see a lot of work in the second half. He also doesn’t have much competition after Leonard Fournette was let go.

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