Fantasy Football Week 2: Power Ranking Top 5 Running Backs

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 10: Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens is introduced before playing against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on September 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 44-13. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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If the first week of the 2012 fantasy football season didn't go well for you, you're in the right place.

Even if it did but you're looking for some extra help, stick around.

As you know (or may not), running backs are a hot commodity in the fantasy realm, especially in PPR leagues.

What I've done for you is power-ranked the top five running backs for Week 2 of the NFL season.

If you don't see your guy or have a question, hit me up on Twitter.


No. 5: Darren McFadden

McFadden was a disappointing Week 1 start, coming off of a season-ending injury in 2011, but there's reason for optimism in Week 2.

The reason? The Miami Dolphins.

Despite holding Arian Foster and the Houston Texans' ground game under 100 yards, Miami allowed two rushing touchdowns to Foster in Week 1.

McFadden pleased his owners in the passing game rather than on the ground in Week 1, racking up 13 catches for 86 yards.

McFadden was the NFL's leading rusher as of Week 6 in 2011, before going down with an injury, and he'll look to get back on track in Week 2.


No. 4: Adrian Peterson

Peterson silenced the doubters questioning the health of his knee in Week 1 when he rushed for 84 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns in a 26-23 overtime win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

AP will go up against a weak Indianapolis defense in Week 2, making him a must-start.

The Colts' D allowed 114 yards and three touchdowns on the ground to the Chicago Bears in Week 1, giving owners more motivation to start Peterson this Sunday.

Before 2011, Peterson was a fantasy lock for at least 1,000 yards rushing and double-digit TDs, and I expect the same in 2012.


No. 3 LeSean McCoy

For some reason, Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles don't use LeSean McCoy like the rest of us would.

Despite the struggles of Michael Vick against Cleveland last weekend, the Eagles continued to let Vick throw instead of handing the ball off to McCoy and letting him work his magic.

Still, McCoy finished the day with more than 100 yards rushing and six receptions in the passing game, making him one of the best selections in PPR leagues.

McCoy was the NFL's fourth-leading rusher a year ago and I expect him to build upon that this season.

He'll face a staunch Baltimore Ravens defense in Week 2, but it was still a defense that gave up 129 rushing yards and a TD to the Cincinnati Bengals a week ago.


No. 2 Ray Rice

Ray Rice and the Baltimore Ravens were so good against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 that Rice didn't even need to play in the fourth quarter.

In basically three quarters of work, Rice boasted a 6.8 YPC average—10 carries for 68 yards—and scored two touchdowns; whilst also adding three receptions for 25 yards in the passing game.

Like McCoy and Foster, Rice is a must-start, especially in PPR leagues. 

Rice will go up against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2, who allowed 99 rushing yards to a rookie quarterback and rookie running back last Sunday.

Just imagine what Rice can do in four quarters against the Eagles.


No. 1 Arian Foster

Arian Foster is likely going to be atop the weekly RB rankings each matchup.

Foster struggled at times against the Dolphins in Week 1 but still managed to score two touchdowns and rush for 79 yards in a win on Sunday.

Foster has a great matchup for his owners in Week 2, as he'll be facing off against a Jaguars' D that allowed more than 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns to the Vikings last week.

In two games against Jacksonville last season, Foster rushed for a combined 177 yards and two touchdowns as well as eight receptions for 36 yards out of the backfield.

Rejoice, fantasy owners, for Arian Foster will lead you to victory in Week 2.

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