Fantasy Football Rankings Week 2: 6 RBs Who Will Dominate
Following a crazy Week 1 in the NFL where we saw Ray Rice and Mike Tolbert lead all running backs in fantasy points, Week 2 seems a bit more predictable after seeing what teams have to offer.
Michael Turner led the NFL in yards per carry in Week 1 and has a great opportunity to go off with an easier matchup in Week 2.
Let's check out the six running backs who will dominate your fantasy football league in Week 2.
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LeSean McCoy—The Philadelphia Eagles led all teams in rushing yards in Week 1 thanks to both LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick. McCoy is set to face off against the Atlanta Falcons and the Falcons got burnt by Matt Forte in Week 1. Forte finished as the fourth highest running back on espn.com. Expect McCoy to be very effective both on the ground and through the air.
Adrian Peterson—Peterson had a decent Week 1 performance as he rushed for 98 yards on 16 carries. He also hauled in two passes for six yards. The reason that Peterson doesn't make the cut is because of Donavan McNabb. Anyone see his Week 1 performance? McNabb was 7-15 for 39 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Expect the Bucs to stack the box early and often to force McNabb to beat them.
6) Jahvid Best
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When healthy, Jahvid Best is one of the best running backs in the NFL. He is explosive and very elusive. In Week 1, Best put up 72 yards rushing on 21 carries. He also added four catches for 42 yards.
The Lions now face off against the Kansas City Chiefs at home and the Chiefs gave up the fourth most rushing yards in Week 1 to Buffalo (163). The Chiefs will be without arguably their best defender in safety Eric Berry also.
Detroit's offense is high flying and will put up plenty of points. Best will be the focal point of the offense as Calvin Johnson is ailing a bit.
5) Matt Forte
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Matt Forte had a huge Week 1 rushing for 68 yards on 16 carries. Forte also led the Bears in receiving with five receptions, 90 yards, and a touchdown.
In Week 2, the Bears travel to New Orleans. For some reason the Saints defense does not scare me whatsoever.
The Saints gave up 103 rushing yards to a Packers team that doesn't run the ball extremely well.
Matt Forte will be all around the field in Week 2 and will be able to post huge numbers vs. a questionable Saints defense that gave up 42 points Week 1.
4) Peyton Hillis
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Hillis had an average Week 1 only rushing for 57 yards on 17 carries. He did also have six catches for 30 yards, which made him a solid play in PPR leagues.
In Week 2 the Browns travel to Indianapolis, who will be without stud linebacker Gary Brackett. In Week 1, the Colts gave up 167 rushing yards to the Texans, who didn't even have Arian Foster.
Don't worry too much about the struggles for Hillis in Week 1. He is primed for a huge game against a porous Colts defense in Week 2.
3) Darren McFadden
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McFadden led the NFL in rushing yards in Week 1 with 150. McFadden did hurt his shoulder a bit in the Monday night win over the Broncos, but you shouldn't worry too much.
While the Bills did blow out the Chiefs in Week 1, they also allowed 108 rushing yards.
Run DMC should have a huge Week 2 even coming off a short week. Expect McFadden to get plenty of touches and to record more than the one catch he had in Week 1.
2) Michael Turner
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Even though the Falcons were blown out by the Bears 30-12 in Week 1, Michael Turner was able to post 100 yards on only 10 carries. Turner also added three catches for 40 yards, but did fumble once.
Turner only had less than 15 carries once in 2010 and the Falcons will surely have to run on the Eagles in Week 2.
Philadelphia was less than impressive against the run in Week 1 as they allowed 154 yards combined to Steven Jackson and Cadillac Williams.
Look for the Falcons to key in on the run and for Turner to have a huge Week 2 against the Eagles.
1) Ray Rice
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Any list that doesn't have Ray Rice at No. 1 should be disregarded right away. Did you see what Rice did to the Steelers in Week 1?
Rice rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. He also had four catches for 42 yards and another score.
The Ravens travel to Tennessee in Week 2 and the Titans allowed the fifth most rushing yards in Week 1. MJD had his way with the Titans and I fully expect Ray Rice to have his way with them as well.