2011 NFL Fantasy Football RB Rankings: Week 1

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer ISeptember 4, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 09:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs hands the ball off to running back Jamaal Charles #25 against the Baltimore Ravens during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Here are my Week 1 2001 fantasy football running back rankings.

1. Jamaal Charles vs. Buffalo: Buffalo was dreadful against the run last year. They don't have the horses to slow down Charles.

2. Darren McFadden @ Denver: John Fox will rebuild Denver's defense, but it's going to take some time. Run DMC goes off.

3. LeSean McCoy @ St. Louis: The Birds are going to lean on Shady this week to keep the pressure off of Vick.

4. Adrian Peterson @ San Diego: Expect a heavy dose of All Day.

5. Frank Gore vs. Seattle: Hopefully he's still hungry after getting paid.

6. Chris Johnson @ Jacksonville: Rusty? Maybe, but he's still CJ2K.

7. Peyton Hillis vs. Cincinnati: Madden Curse shouldn't start against the pathetic Bengals.

8. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Tennessee: Mojo averaged 121.5 yards per game against Tennessee last year.

9. Ray Rice vs. Pittsburgh: Tough draw, but Rice will be active running and catching the ball.

10. Shonn Greene vs. Dallas: Let the breakout season begin.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29:   Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants in action against the New York Jets during their pre season game on August 29, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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11. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Washington: Bradshaw's speed will be too much for Washington.

12. Rashard Mendenhall @ Baltimore: Averaged 75.5 yards and a score against Baltimore last year.

13. Matt Forte vs. Atlanta: Should be active in ground game and air attack.

14. Michael Turner @ Chicago: The Falcons are going to pass more, but there is still plenty of work for Turner to do.

15. LeGarrette Blount vs. Detroit: I like that he's playing at home (+31.6 ypg last year), but Detroit's defense looks tough.

16. Beanie Wells vs. Carolina: I'm giving Beanie another chance. I hope he doesn't let me down again.

17. Steven Jackson vs. Philadelphia: Jackson gets an early test against the new look Eagles.

18. Ben Tate vs. Indianapolis: I'm not sure Arian Foster will be ready to go or if Houston would want to take that risk this early.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 19:  Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins loses his helmet during a Preseason NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at Sun Life Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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19. Mark Ingram @ Green Bay Packers: The rookie could struggle to accumulate yards, but a touchdown seems likely.

 

20. DeAngelo Williams @ Arizona: D-Will gets to start earning that big contract.

 

21. Tim Hightower vs. New York Giants: G-Men are banged up on defense.

22. Reggie Bush vs. New England: Gets his shot at redemption.

23. Knowshon Moreno vs. Oakland: Moreno better get going quickly or he could fall behind McGahee.

24. Joseph Addai @ Houston: Peyton won't be 100 percent so the Colts may have to lean on Addai a little more.

25. Felix Jones @ New York Jets: Tough Week 1 draw.

26. Cedric Benson @ Cleveland: From jail to the Dog Pound.

27. Fred Jackson @ Kansas City: Spiller will play a bigger role than last year, but Jackson is still a viable RB2.

28. Ryan Mathews vs. Minnesota: Should be a pretty even split with Tolbert.

29. Brandon Jacobs @ Washington: Has looked good this summer. Will it carry over into the regular season?

30. Jahvid Best @ Tampa Bay: I'm just not sure he can stay healthy.

 

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