Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Who Are NFL's Best RB Plays This Week?

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Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Who Are NFL's Best RB Plays This Week?
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As you prepare to set your fantasy football lineups for Week 2 of the NFL season, consider these locks and sleepers for the running back position. 


Matt Forte, Bears (at Saints)

 It's hard not to like what Forte was able to accomplish in the Bears' Week 1 win.

He didn't blow the Falcons away by running the football (16 carries, 68 yards), but he was a huge factor in the passing game, catching five passes for 90 yards and a 56-yard touchdown. 

Those kind of numbers in the passing game could continue. After all, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz has a history of getting the most out of his multi-talented backs (see: Marshall Faulk).

Expect Forte to keep putting up big numbers. This is a guy who's trying to prove to his employer that's he worth a big contract extension.

Adrian Peterson, Vikings (vs. Bucs)

 As the Vikings painfully showed last Sunday, the passing game in Minnesota lacks playmakers. The Vikings struggles to throw the ball will continue, but offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will also keep feeding the ball to Peterson.

For a guy as talented as Peterson, touches are all he really needs to be a major fantasy factor. He's a must start.

Ray Rice, Ravens (at Titans)

 Rice was a big reason why the Steelers looked so slow defensively on Sunday. He sliced the NFL's No. 1 defense from a year ago for 107 yards and a touchdown when running the ball. He put up another 42 yards and score when catching the ball out of the backfield.

Like some have speculated, Rice has a good shot at being the top running back in fantasy this season. Start him every week, regardless of matchup.

Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers (vs. Seahawks)

 Like most of the Steelers who played on Sunday, Mendenhall had a rough day at the office. He was kept under 50 yards rushing and lost a fumble. 

However, the Steelers have the Seattle Seahawks coming into Heinz Field for their home opener this weekend. That should give Mendenhall a good opportunity to rebound from his Week 1 disappointment. He should be a solid bet for 100 yards and a score on Sunday.

Darren McFadden, Raiders (at Bills)

 I think it's time that most realized what kind of fantasy weapon McFadden really is.

He didn't find the end zone against the Broncos, but his 150 yards led all NFL rushers in Week 1.

While the Bills aren't a pushover against the run—last week, they held Jamaal Charles to just 56 yards rushing—McFadden will see the ball enough to push 100 yards once again. He'll get his first score of the season, too.


Ben Tate, Texans (at Dolphins)

 I still don't trust Arian Foster to be completely healthy on Sunday, which means the Texans should give Tate carries. He went over 100 yards with a score to start the season. 

James Starks, Packers (at Panthers)

 Green Bay should build a lead in Carolina. Whether Starks is a reason for the lead or not, he'll be a big part of putting the Panthers away in the second half.

Cadillac Williams, Rams (at Giants)

 The Rams will likely be without Steven Jackson on Sunday against the Giants.

Insert Williams, who combined for 140 total yards against the Eagles after Jackson left with a quad injury.

Darren Sproles, Saints

 Was Sproles a one-hit wonder? I don't think so. The Saints will continue to use him in similar ways as they did with Reggie Bush, and Sproles will continue to take advantage of those opportunities. 

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