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Big names remain atop running back PPR rankings

The running back position has its share of under-the-radar performers, but Week 1 saw a host of big names meet fantasy football expectations. We break down who moved where in our Week 2 PPR rankings.

Austin Ekeler of the Los Angeles Chargers runs the ball during the first half of a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The running back position was dominated mostly by the names we expected in Week 1. You’ll notice the top of the list for this week’s fantasy football rankings are most of the guys drafted at the top of our season-long leagues. Big names tend to hit like that.

Austin Ekeler gave the biggest breakout performance, earning plenty of touches, and finding his way into the end zone three times against the Colts. Josh Jacobs also gets a big boost, as the Raiders showed us on MNF that they plan to use the rookie from Alabama in a featured role — gaining over 100 total yards and two scores on 24 touches.

Chris Carson and Dalvin Cook remain high in the rankings despite entering more difficult matchups, simply because of their teams’ game plans. Seattle and Minnesota clearly proved its offenses will be focused on running the ball in 2019. Big things are expected from both.

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Rk Player Team Opp
Rk Player Team Opp
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR Tampa Bay
2 Alvin Kamara NO @Los Angeles Rams
3 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @Washington
4 Saquon Barkley NYG Buffalo
5 David Johnson ARI @Baltimore
6 Le'Veon Bell NYJ Cleveland
7 Mark Ingram BAL Arizona
8 Chris Carson SEA @Pittsburgh
9 Dalvin Cook MIN @Green Bay
10 James Conner PIT Seattle
11 Austin Ekeler LAC @Detroit
12 Nick Chubb CLE @New York Jets
13 Derrick Henry TEN Indianapolis
14 Leonard Fournette JAX @Houston
15 Josh Jacobs OAK Kansas City
16 Marlon Mack IND @Tennessee
17 Todd Gurley LAR New Orleans
18 Damien Williams KC @Oakland
19 Matt Breida SF @Cincinnati
20 Aaron Jones GB Minnesota
21 Devonta Freeman ATL Philadelphia
22 Kerryon Johnson DET Los Angeles Chargers
23 LeSean McCoy KC @Oakland
24 Joe Mixon CIN San Francisco
25 Gio Bernard CIN San Francisco
26 Tarik Cohen CHI @Denver
27 James White NE @Miami
28 Sony Michel NE @Miami
29 Duke Johnson HOU Jacksonville
30 Devin Singletary BUF @New York Giants
31 Chris Thompson WAS Dallas
32 Miles Sanders PHI @Atlanta
33 Latavius Murray NO @Los Angeles Rams
34 Rex Burkhead NE @Miami
35 Carlos Hyde HOU Jacksonville
36 Malcolm Brown LAR New Orleans
37 David Montgomery CHI @Denver
38 Phillip Lindsay DEN Chicago
39 Justin Jackson LAC @Detroit
40 Adrian Peterson WAS Dallas
41 Ronald Jones TB @Carolina
42 Dion Lewis TEN Indianapolis
43 Darren Sproles PHI @Atlanta
44 Nyheim Hines IND @Tennessee
45 Kenyan Drake MIA New England
46 Royce Freeman DEN Chicago
47 Ito Smith ATL Philadelphia
48 Jordan Howard PHI @Atlanta
49 Mike Davis CHI @Denver
50 Jaylen Samuels PIT Seattle