Adrian Peterson is healthy, scoring 20.7 fantasy points on nearly five yards per carry (YPC). Arian Foster is fine, though he had to work to get his fantasy points. Matt Forte got his, despite two vultured touchdowns from Michael Bush.
Ray Rice needed just 10 carries and three receptions to score 21.3 standard points. LeSean McCoy got 136 total yards despite the Eagles calling 61 pass plays for Michael Vick.
Barring injury, these are the cream of the fantasy crop.
The Bills looked like they took three steps backwards this offseason as they got crushed by the Jets. Adding injury to insult, Fred Jackson—their starting running back—was injured and could miss several weeks.
Then, C.J. Spiller exploded for 169 yards and a touchdown. Even if you remove his 59-yard touchdown scamper, Spiller averaged an eye-popping 8.46 YPC, though much of that came in the second half after the game was all but over.
With no Fred Jackson to compete with for playing time, Spiller is a solid fantasy starter going forward.
His comeback from an ACL injury was short-circuited by the big lead Atlanta took in Kansas City's Week 1 loss, but Jamaal Charles looked good when he was in the game.
The electrifying back showed he is all the way back from his injury, severely outperforming his backfield dance partner, Peyton Hillis.
So much for a limited workload.
MJD carried the ball 17 times and caught three passes on five targets in Jacksonville's heartbreaking loss to the Vikings.
The Raiders looked stout against the run versus the Chargers, but they were going up against Ronnie Brown and Curtis Brinkley.
At this point, Reggie Bush is the Miami offense. He had a good fantasy day against the Texans considering he did not get into the end zone. He is a better PPR start than in standard leagues, but Bush should be a solid RB2 all year long.
A Bill Belichick running back? Safe?
Ridley took the starting job and ran with it, and the Patriots suddenly have a balanced attack. The Cardinals gave up decent yardage to Marshawn Lynch, who had just returned from back spasms.
Considering they will have to deal with an explosive passing game as well, Ridley should find himself with another nice fantasy score at the end of the day.
Greg Schiano has himself a bell cow, as Doug Martin answered the starting bell for the Buccaneers.
The Giants gave up good yardage against DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys. Considering Schiano's penchant for running the ball, Martin should have a fine day.
The good news is that Kevin Smith did not injure himself in Week 1. He had a fine performance, getting to the end zone twice, and the second touchdown secured a Lions victory in the waning seconds of the game.
The bad news is that Smith gets the vaunted 49ers defense next. This is the same defense that held Cedric Benson to a lower-than-usual 2.0 YPC last week and Jahvid Best to just 37 yards rushing last season, one week after Best had gone off for 163 yards.
The Falcons got to a big lead on the Chiefs, meaning plenty of clock-killing rushing yardage for Michael Turner, right?
Much like his decline during the second half of last season, Turner was underwhelming in this high-scoring affair. He rushed 11 times for 32 yards, a yawn-worthy 2.9 clip.
The Broncos did not afford Isaac Redman much running room last week, though Jonathan Dwyer had a decent output in limited duty. Consider Jacquizz Rodgers this week's Jonathan Dwyer in Atlanta.
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Alfred Morris had a Tim Hightower-esque line of 28 carries for 96 yards—a 3.4 YPC average.
Of course, he also got into the end zone twice, causing a run on Alfred Morrises on waiver wires across the globe.
Not only is Morris part of a Mike Shanahan backfield—not to be trusted—but 28 carries per game is just not in the cards. The Redskins had the luxury of handing him the ball over and over again because they had a lead.
Unless you expect Bush to score 32 touchdowns, he is a risky start on a weekly basis. Matt Forte is the main man in that backfield, with Bush brought in to spell him and to use in goal-line situations.
He had a pedestrian 3.5 YPC against the Colts—artificially deflated because of the goal-line carries, to be sure, but about par for the course for Bush, who has never been a playmaker.
The Steelers are impressed enough with Dwyer—and depressed enough with Isaac Redman—to give him an increased role going forward, at least until Rashard Mendenhall's return.
The Jets have a good defense, but C.J. Spiller had a rather big game against them. Dwyer might not go for 169 yards and a touchdown, but he could have a nice day.
He had an abysmal Week 1 thanks to the lead the Saints spotted the Redskins. Ingram was simply not on the field very much as the Saints used Sproles most of the game while they played catch-up. But do not give up on him just yet.
The Panthers were pounded into submission by Doug Martin and the Buccaneers. While the Saints are not exactly committed to running the ball with that frequency, Ingram should see a much bigger role.
That is unless the New Orleans defense lets Cam Newton pull a Robert Griffin III pulling a Cam Newton.