Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Adrian Peterson and the Top 3 RBs

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 11, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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In fantasy football, running backs are vital to victory each week. Week 2 of the NFL season in 2011 will be no different.

Those of you who spent all of their high draft picks on high profile backs can't afford even one down week from your team's main guy. If you have one of these backs in that role, you should have plenty of reasons to be happy after this weekend.


Adrian Peterson

Despite playing in an offense with a dysfunctional passing game and some questionable play calls, Adrian Peterson had a big game against a tough defense in Week 1.

On his way to 98 yards rushing Peterson averaged 6.1 yards per carry. The Chargers are a very good run stuffing defense and didn't have to worry much about the passing game last week. As such they focused completely on shutting down Peterson.

However, as the best back in the league and most violent runner, Peterson still managed to put up respectable numbers in a terrible situation. Donovan McNabb likely won't finish with a worse performance again this year so teams won't be able to solely focus on Peterson.

This week Peterson goes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who allowed Jahvid Best to put up 72 yards last week. At home, Peterson should see more than 20 carries and could take over with upwards of 150 yards.


Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden lit up the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football in Denver on opening week. McFadden finished the game with 150 yards on 22 carries.

That 6.8 average could be replicated against the Buffalo Bills who gave up a 5.6 average to Jamaal Charles last week. Not only that, the Bills also allowed Dexter McCluster to go over 40 yards on only four carries.

The Raiders will likely stick with the running game because they shouldn't fall behind early unlike the Chiefs. For that reason McFadden could once again have a huge game this week. He will be looking to get more involved as a receiver also after finishing the game with only one reception last week.


Peyton Hillis

Peyton Hillis specializes in carrying the ball a lot. The Indianapolis Colts specializes in struggling to stop the run a lot.

Hillis' power and abrasive running will allow him to punch huge holes in the Colts defense. Hillis struggled during the first week of the season as he finished with 57 yards on 17 carries. The Bengals are not a good run defense but nobody is as horrendous as the Colts.

The Colts defense is soft and the perfect matchup for Hillis to blow open holes before accelerating to the end zone. Expect him to receive close to 30 carries this weekend and take advantage of his opportunities.