Week 2 RB Rankings, Projections and Analysis
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Texans RB Arian Foster
This is how we rank the RBs for Week 2 of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each RBs past performance and factor that into our projections. Just click on the links to read our rationale behind the ranking. The ratings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 rushing or receiving yards equal 1 point, rushing and receiving TDs equal 6 pts. and fumbles deduct 2 points.

Running Back Rankings
  1. Arian Foster
  2. LeSean McCoy
  3. Montee Ball
  4. Alfred Morris
  5. Knowshon Moreno
  6. DeMarco Murray
  7. C.J. Spiller
  8. Matt Forte
  9. Toby Gerhart
  10. Jamaal Charles
  11. Marshawn Lynch
  12. Gio Bernard
  13. Shonn Greene
  14. Le'Veon Bell
  15. Doug Martin
  16. Chris Johnson
  17. Mark Ingram
  18. Andre Ellington
  19. Eddie Lacy
  20. Shane Vereen
  21. Frank Gore
  22. Maurice Jones-Drew/ Darren McFadden
  23. Matt Asiata
  24. Terrance West
  25. Justin Forsett
  26. Zac Stacy
  27. Darren Sproles
  28. Carlos Hyde
  29. Chris Ivory
  30. Jacquizz Rodgers
  31. Jeremy Hill
  32. Bishop Sankey
  33. Rashad Jennings
  34. Ryan Mathews
  35. DeAngelo Williams
  36. Reggie Bush
  37. Ahmad Bradshaw
Titans RB Shonn Greene
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud RBs who may fail to deliver:

Start
Arian Foster
Texans RB Arian Foster
Foster had a nice game against a weak Redskins run defense last week, gaining 103 yards on the ground and another 17 catching the ball out of the backfield. He gets another weak run defense again this week, facing the Raiders on the road. The Raiders allowed the fifth-most fantasy points by any team last year, giving up 21.4 points per game to RBs. Last week they allowed Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson to run all over them to the tuneof 191 total yards. He received 29 total touches and is the undisputed workhorse back in Houston so you should expect similar results again this week, along with a score or two in a game the Texans should dominate.

Alfred Morris
Redskins RB Alfred Morris
Morris is a one-dimensional back who won't get many, if any, receiving yards but this week he faces a toothless Jaguars run defense that ranked 29th in the league in rushing yards per game last year. The Jags gave up 145 rushing yards last Sunday to LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles so we think Morris should have a great game. The Redskins offense should get back on track this week. This should be a competitive game with a lot of offense, which should provide some goal-line opportunities for the RB.

Matt Forte
Bears RB Matt Forte
Forte hits the road to take on a 49er defense that's undergone a lot of changes in the off-season. While they ranked 4th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game, they had a difficult time last week stopping DeMarco Murray, who piled up 143 total yards on just 25 touches. They're a different defense without Aldon Smith and Navorro Bowman so we wouldn't hesitate to start Forte in what should be a high-scoring game between two teams with high-powered offenses and major problems on defense. He should receive plenty of scoring opportunities and we expect the Bears to try and exploit the 49ers makeshift LB corps by getting Forte to the second-level where he can take advantage of the match-up. This may be a game where he does more damage catching the ball than running so if you're in a PPR league, he's doubly recommended.


Sit
Eddie Lacy
Packers RB Eddie Lacy
Poor Eddie Lacy just can't catch a break! Fresh off a rough outing against the Seahawks top-ranked overall defense, he now has a home match-up against a very stout Jets defense that allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to RBs last year, giving up just 13.4 per game. The Jets manhandled Jones-Drew last week, holding him to just 23 yards. While Lacy's certainly a better back at this stage of his career, we think the Packers will focus on attacking a suspect secondary rather than try and run the ball on one of the better front fours in the league. The Packers should rebound this week and score plenty of points, so there's a chance Lacy provides a good fantasy line with a couple cheap TDs and some receiving yards, but the yards on the ground should be tough to come by, so if you have another decent option, we'd sit Lacy again this week.

Ryan Mathews
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews
Mathews struggled last week against the Cardinals' top-ranked run defense. This week probably won't be any better, as he has a home match-up against a stout Seahawks run defense that allowed only 13.4 points per game to RBs. San Diego should make a game of it but this may be a low-scoring affair. We'd sit him in favor of a RB2/Flex with a great match-up, such as Shonn Greene, Toby Gerhart or even Carlos Hyde.

Zac Stacy
Rams RB Zac Stacy
As if it's not worrisome enough that Stacy hits the road to face a Tampa Bay run defense that allowed the 7th fewest points to RBs last year, he's ceding touches to Benny Cunningham, who's being used as the third-down back. The problem with this is St. Louis' offense is not very good with Sam Bradford out, so we're concerned that when the Rams fall behind and abandon the run, Stacy may end up with 10 or 11 carries again. The QB situation is not very encouraging, so we're not optimistic that they right the ship in this game. We'd sit Stacy in favor of a RB on a better offense until whoever the Rams settle on at QB (presumably it's still Shaun Hill at this point) shows he can get the job done.


Shonn Greene
Titans RB Shonn Greene
Last week we recommended Greene and he had a nice game, running for 71 yards on 15 carries but failed to find the end zone. This week he has another nice match-up against a porous Dallas defense that allowed Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde to run loose for 116 yards. This should be a high-scoring game, since Dallas can't seem to stop any one. They ranked dead last in fantasy points allowed to RBs last year, giving up 24.6 points per game, so this should be the week Greene finds the end zone. He's a nice start as a RB2/Flex and we'd start him over your studs who have terrible match-ups like Eddie Lacy.

Maurice Jones-Drew/ Darren McFadden
Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew
MJD struggled against a stout Jets defense last week, gaining only 11 yards on 9 carries. We're not sure he hasn't hit a wall and all the mileage hasn't taken a toll but he does have a nice match-up against a Texans defense that ranked 23rd against the run last year and allowed 19.1 fantasy points per game to RBs. The Texans have a very good secondary and with a rookie QB, we'd be surprised if the Raiders don't try and establish a running game early on. With Clowney out we expect them to exploit the match-ups on the right side of the Texans defense (avoiding J.J. Watt and LBs Brian Cushing and Brooks Reed), which should create some running room for Jones-Drew or Darren McFadden if MJD doesn't suit up. There is a risk the Raiders fall behind and get taken out of the running game but we think this game should be more competitive than many believe it'll be.

Jeremy Hill
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill
Many fantasy owners have probably already dropped Jeremy Hill after he received just 4 carries last week but OC Hue Jackson has indicated he plans to get the rookie more involved going forward and the Bengals RBs have an excellent match-up against a Falcons defense that can't stop the run. Atlanta ranked 31st in the league against the run last year, allowing 135.8 yards a game, and gave up nearly 20 fantasy points a contest to opposing RBs. Last week the Saints had a field day running on Atlanta with Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas accounting for 150 total yards. The Bengals ran Gio Bernard up the middle a lot and it allowed Baltimore to get back in the game, as he was largely ineffective. We think they get the memo this week and use Gio where he excels (in space) and allow Hill to get the tough yards up the middle and goal line touches. This is a risky pick, since there's no guarantee the Bengals follow through on Jackson's words but it could pay dividends. If you're hurting for a flex starter, he's not a bad choice this week.

Saints RB Khiry Robinson
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Running Backs to Add

Knile Davis
When a big dog goes down in the NFL, the entire Fantasy Football World is shaken up. This is the case for Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs. After just two carries for four yards and an eight-yard reception, Charles suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos. Davis totaled over 100 yards from scrimmage and rushed for two touchdowns in the losing effort. Charles is considered week to week so if Davis is still available, grab him while you still can. He will get 15-20 touches a game as long as he is the starter.

Khiry Robinson
Now that Robinson will only be sharing touches with Pierre Thomas, he is a great add if you are in need of a running back. Mark Ingram was finally breaking out this year finding holes as he rushed for three touchdowns in the New Orleans Saints first two losses. However, with Ingram’s broken hand, look for Robinson to get most of the early-down work in the Saints offense. Drew Brees forces defenses to put extra cornerbacks on the field, which will create more space for Robinson to run.

Donald Brown
With Ryan Matthews proving yet again that he is too injury prone to be a three-down back in the NFL, Donald Brown has the opportunity to prove himself in the San Diego Chargers offense. He will be featured as the early-down back in this run-heavy offense while Danny Woodhead will maintain his role as the pass-catcher out of the backfield on third down. Both of these guys should get increased roles while Matthews tries to recover from his torn MCL. Look for Matthews to return in about a month. Until then, Brown should be owned in all leagues.

Matt Asiata
With All Day Adrian Peterson taking loads of heat from the media and another child abuse investigation looming, Matt Asiata could be a great addition to your fantasy squad should Peterson be suspended. Asiata recorded 18 touches for 84 yards from scrimmage and a nice 25-yard touchdown reception. Although Peterson was activated by the Vikings and intends on starting against the Saints, we wouldn’t be surprised if Commissioner Goodell suspends him after reviewing the case under the Personal Conduct policy. Asiata is a good add if you’re looking for a running back.

Running Backs to Drop

Bishop Sankey
Many experts expected Sankey to take on the role of the featured back in the Titans mediocre offense. They were wrong. Sankey has recorded a dismal 8 touches in two games with no success. He is averaging 3.5 YPC and is being played sparingly. Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster are clearly the preferred running backs in this system. Sankey may assume more duties in the future but we just don’t see it happening anytime soon. Drop this kid.

Knowshon Moreno
Moreno was proving to the world that last year was not a fluke at all. All running backs can flourish with Peyton Manning by their side but Moreno blew up in week one for 134 yards on the ground and a touchdown. However, after just one touch this week, he dislocated his elbow and is out for 1-2 months. Lamar Miller will assume Moreno’s role as the featured back and it may be very difficult for Moreno to move his way back up the depth chart if he eventually returns. We suggest dropping him for a player with more upside.

Maurice Jones-Drew
Jones-Drew came to Oakland for a fresh start in a new system but it has not gone according to plan. In week 1, he carried the ball 9 times for just 11 yards and looked slower and less elusive than ever. Surgery on his hand kept him out of week 2 as Darren McFadden shouldered most of the load. DMC managed only 37 yards on 12 touches but was able to find his way into the end zone. Jones-Drew is not expected to play in week 3 and as long as McFadden does not make any huge mistakes, he will be the new starter.