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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.

The Ross Tucker Football Podcast | 2021 Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

Sunday update

Josh Jacobs is out. Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber will move up the depth chart for this game against a tough Steelers run defense. Neither make for great plays, but Drake can be used in a pinch.

Trey Sermon will get a call up with Raheem Mostert out for the year. Elijah Mitchell should get the start, but the situation is fluid.

Both D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams will play as usual this week. Both have upside to be starters, especially with Tyrell Williams out.


Week 1 of fantasy football is officially in the books, and hopefully, you walked away with a “W”! There were plenty of surprises in store for fantasy football managers, including a top-five fantasy performance for not one but two Lions running backs. Melvin Gordon also cracked the top-10 after taking an explosive 70-yard run to the house. On the other end, we had plenty of disappointment, too, with top-end draft picks like Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott and Najee Harris all having fewer than six PPR points in their season debuts.

Injury news

Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that 49ers starting running back Raheem Mostert is set to undergo season-ending knee surgery. Rookie RB Elijah Mitchell carried the load in Week 2 after Mostert suffered the injury on his second carry of the game. Keep an eye on Mitchell and fellow rookie Trey Sermon (a surprise inactive Week 1) to score the fantasy points for the time being.

Saquon Barkley made his debut in Week 1 returning from a torn ACL and held up well. He finished the week as the RB53 in PPR leagues, but fantasy managers shouldn’t hit the panic button just yet. The Giants are being cautious with their franchise RB, deploying him on just 48% of offensive snaps in his first game back. He’ll heat up soon, barring any setbacks, though his upcoming schedule (@WAS, ATL, @NOR) isn’t overly friendly.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny exited Week 1 with a calf strain after playing seven offensive snaps in his return from a torn ACL that kept him out of the 2020 season. Alex Collins is listed next on the depth chart behind Penny. Collins looked outstanding in the preseason, totaling seven touches for 48 yards and a score in the final preseason game versus the Chargers.

Week 2 running back flex plays

Javonte Williams, DEN vs. JAX

Fantasy football managers may be eyeing Melvin Gordon after his 70-yard rushing touchdown, but I’m ready to look at rookie Javonte Williams heading into Week 2. Gordon had the flashier stat line to start the year, but his usage in Week 1 was encouraging. Williams led the team with 14 carries and saw both of the team’s only rush attempts in the red zone. This week, the Broncos face Jacksonville, who allowed the muddled Texans backfield a stunning 36 fantasy points in PPR formats. Don’t be surprised if both of these backs have themselves a solid Week 2.

Jamaal Williams, DET vs. GB

A report circulated just ahead of Week 1 Sunday kick-off that RB Jamaal Williams was going to “carry the load” in the team’s outing versus the 49ers. Though that wasn’t quite accurate, Williams did hold a sizeable role as a receiver. As the “backup,” Williams totaled 9 carries for 54 rushing yards and a score and saw the team’s lone carry inside of the five-yard line. Lions RBs combined for 20 targets on the day, while the entire wide receiver corps saw 22 targets. By the looks of it, there should still be plenty of work to go around for Williams

Week 2 running back rankings, PPR leagues

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