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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.

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Thursday injury update

Saquon Barkley, Giants — Barkley will play on Sunday against the Broncos. He was limited on Wednesday, but the team is just taking things slowly with him. That might mean he’s on some kind of snap count and will switch out with Devontae Booker more often than in Week 2 and onward.

Austin Ekeler, Chargers — Ekeler worked on the side riding a stationary bike on Wednesday and didn’t practice due to a hamstring designation. There is still time for Ekeler to get his work in before they take on Washington, but we’ll want to see him out there on Thursday.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs — Edwards-Helaire dealt with an ankle injury this preseason but is back to full practices in the run-up to their Sunday game against the Browns.

D’Andre Swift, Lions — Swift is practicing in full after dealing with a groin injury this preseason. He should be a full go in a tough matchup with the 49ers.

The NFL season is so close it fills the air with pizza, beer and Doritos commercials. Thursday night will be Sunday Night Football on Thursday, which is three days before Sunday, but still called Sunday Night Football, just to clear things up. That game might be a blowout or we might just CeeDee Lamb break out for 300 yards and five touchdowns, but the blowout is more-likely. Tom Brady isn’t going into this season with a torn up knee, no real off season with a new team, and no receiving back. I’m no Brady sycophant, but it really doesn’t seem fair.

Injury news

Zach Martin, OT, Cowboys

Martin os on the COVID-19 list and will miss Thursday night’s game against the Bucs tough defensive line. That does not bode well for Ezekiel Elliott or Dak Prescott in his first game back since his gruesome ankle injury.

Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants

All signs continue to be good for Barkley to be ready to start Week 1 against the Broncos. It’s hard to say how much of a workload he’ll see, but he’s likely going to be startable even if he’s on a snap count.

Justice Hill, RB, Ravens

Hill hadn’t practiced much this training camp with an ankle injury, but now he’s out for the season with a torn Achilles. The Ravens are going to add some running back help, but right now it’s all Gus Edwards and Ty’son Williams.

Sony Michel, RB, Rams

Michel was recently traded to the Rams to work behind or alongside or in front of Darrell Henderson. He’ll need to learn the playbook first, but is “on track” to play Week 1 against the Chicago Bears. Henderson should be the lead back no matter what for this first week.

Darrell Williams, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RBs, Chiefs

Both Chiefs backs came into this week hurting, as Williams was dealing with a concussion and CEH with an ankle injury. The good news is that both look like they’ll be ready to go against the Browns in the opener.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Buccaneers

Bernard returned to practice on Monday, which is a good sign he’ll be ready to go for their their Thursday night game against the Cowboys. Bernard was seen strictly on third-downs as the team’s receiving back while Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones fight for work on first and second downs. It’s not going to be great of fantasy football.

Running back PPR rankings for Week 3

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