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Running back PPR rankings for Week 1 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best PPR running backs going in Week 1 for fantasy football.

Can Alvin Kamara benefit from having Jamies Winston under center?

Thursday injury update

Saquon Barkley, Giants — Barkley will play on Sunday against the Broncos. He was limited on Wednesday, but the team is just taking things slowly with him. That might mean he’s on some kind of snap count and will switch out with Devontae Booker more often than in Week 2 and onward.

Austin Ekeler, Chargers — Ekeler worked on the side riding a stationary bike on Wednesday and didn’t practice due to a hamstring designation. There is still time for Ekeler to get his work in before they take on Washington, but we’ll want to see him out there on Thursday.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs — Edwards-Helaire dealt with an ankle injury this preseason but is back to full practices in the run-up to their Sunday game against the Browns.

D’Andre Swift, Lions — Swift is practicing in full after dealing with a groin injury this preseason. He should be a full go in a tough matchup with the 49ers.

The NFL season is so close it fills the air with pizza, beer and Doritos commercials. Thursday night will be Sunday Night Football on Thursday, which is three days before Sunday, but still called Sunday Night Football, just to clear things up. That game might be a blowout or we might just CeeDee Lamb break out for 300 yards and five touchdowns, but the blowout is more-likely. Tom Brady isn’t going into this season with a torn up knee, no real off season with a new team, and no receiving back. I’m no Brady sycophant, but it really doesn’t seem fair.

Injury news

Zach Martin, OT, Cowboys

Martin os on the COVID-19 list and will miss Thursday night’s game against the Bucs tough defensive line. That does not bode well for Ezekiel Elliott or Dak Prescott in his first game back since his gruesome ankle injury.

Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants

All signs continue to be good for Barkley to be ready to start Week 1 against the Broncos. It’s hard to say how much of a workload he’ll see, but he’s likely going to be startable even if he’s on a snap count.

Justice Hill, RB, Ravens

Hill hadn’t practiced much this training camp with an ankle injury, but now he’s out for the season with a torn Achilles. The Ravens are going to add some running back help, but right now it’s all Gus Edwards and Ty’son Williams.

Sony Michel, RB, Rams

Michel was recently traded to the Rams to work behind or alongside or in front of Darrell Henderson. He’ll need to learn the playbook first, but is “on track” to play Week 1 against the Chicago Bears. Henderson should be the lead back no matter what for this first week.

Darrell Williams, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RBs, Chiefs

Both Chiefs backs came into this week hurting, as Williams was dealing with a concussion and CEH with an ankle injury. The good news is that both look like they’ll be ready to go against the Browns in the opener.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Buccaneers

Bernard returned to practice on Monday, which is a good sign he’ll be ready to go for their their Thursday night game against the Cowboys. Bernard was seen strictly on third-downs as the team’s receiving back while Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones fight for work on first and second downs. It’s not going to be great of fantasy football.

Running back PPR rankings for Week 18

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Jonathan Taylor IND @ JAC
2 Austin Ekeler LAC @ LV
3 Alvin Kamara NO @ ATL
4 Dalvin Cook MIN vs CHI
5 Nick Chubb CLE vs CIN
6 David Montgomery CHI @ MIN
7 Joe Mixon CIN @ CLE
8 Najee Harris PIT @ BAL
9 Josh Jacobs LV vs LAC
10 Elijah Mitchell SF @ LAR
11 Rashaad Penny SEA @ ARI
12 Devin Singletary BUF vs NYJ
13 Darrel Williams KC @ DEN
14 Sony Michel LAR vs SF
15 D'Andre Swift DET vs GB
16 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ MIA
17 D'Onta Foreman TEN @ HOU
18 Antonio Gibson WAS @ NYG
19 Javonte Williams DEN vs KC
20 Boston Scott PHI vs DAL
21 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ PHI
22 Saquon Barkley NYG vs WAS
23 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs KC
24 James Conner ARI vs SEA
25 Chase Edmonds ARI vs SEA
26 Damien Harris NE @ MIA
27 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs NO
28 Devonta Freeman BAL vs PIT
29 Dare Ogunbowale JAC vs IND
30 Rex Burkhead HOU vs TEN
31 Patrick Taylor Jr. GB @ DET
32 Tony Pollard DAL @ PHI
33 Jamaal Williams DET vs GB
34 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ BUF
35 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF @ LAR
36 Duke Johnson Jr. MIA vs NE
37 Kareem Hunt CLE vs CIN
38 Ronald Jones II TB vs CAR
39 Michael Carter NYJ @ BUF
40 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB vs CAR
41 Ty Johnson NYJ @ BUF
42 Mike Davis ATL vs NO
43 AJ Dillon GB @ DET
44 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ TB
45 Devontae Booker NYG vs WAS
46 Le'Veon Bell TB vs CAR
47 Jordan Howard PHI vs DAL
48 Aaron Jones GB @ DET
49 Justin Jackson LAC @ LV
50 Derrick Gore KC @ DEN
51 Jaret Patterson WAS @ NYG
52 Nyheim Hines IND @ JAC
53 Jeremy McNichols TEN @ HOU
54 Mark Ingram II NO @ ATL
55 Latavius Murray BAL vs PIT
56 Alexander Mattison MIN vs CHI
57 Craig Reynolds DET vs GB
58 Kenneth Gainwell PHI vs DAL
59 Dontrell Hilliard TEN @ HOU
60 Ameer Abdullah CAR @ TB
61 Phillip Lindsay MIA vs NE
62 Austin Walter NYJ @ BUF
63 Zack Moss BUF vs NYJ
64 DeeJay Dallas SEA @ ARI
65 Peyton Barber LV vs LAC
66 Cam Akers LAR vs SF
67 Brandon Bolden NE @ MIA
68 Myles Gaskin MIA vs NE
69 Samaje Perine CIN @ CLE
70 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs CIN
71 David Johnson HOU vs TEN
72 Khalil Herbert CHI @ MIN
73 Alex Collins SEA @ ARI
74 JaMycal Hasty SF @ LAR
75 Jonathan Williams WAS @ NYG
76 Royce Freeman HOU vs TEN
77 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ LAR
78 Ryquell Armstead JAC vs IND
79 Michael Burton KC @ DEN
80 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ BAL
81 Damien Williams CHI @ MIN
82 Eno Benjamin ARI vs SEA
83 Joshua Kelley LAC @ LV
84 Wendell Smallwood WAS @ NYG
85 Kene Nwangwu MIN vs CHI
86 Wayne Gallman Jr. MIN vs CHI
87 Travis Homer SEA @ ARI
88 Jalen Richard LV vs LAC
89 Ty Montgomery NO @ ATL
90 Corey Clement DAL @ PHI
91 Reggie Bonnafon CAR @ TB
92 Jake Funk LAR vs SF
93 Demetric Felton CLE vs CIN
94 Nathan Cottrell JAC vs IND
95 Elijhaa Penny NYG vs WAS
96 Keith Smith ATL vs NO
97 Deon Jackson IND @ JAC
98 Jakob Johnson NE @ MIA
99 Godwin Igwebuike DET vs GB
100 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC @ DEN