MIAMI, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- It's still early in the fantasy football calendar, when nearly everyone is still optimistic about his or her teams.
Although a few actual football franchises have already dealt with crippling injuries, the running back position did not see any of its elite players lost for the season during Week 1 action. But that is inevitable. You will be faced with difficult start or sit decisions regarding your rostered running backs all season long. To make those choices easier, I have ranked my top 30 running backs for Week 2.
Look for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to rebound from his lackluster NFL debut. Elliott eyes a Week 2 match up against Washington. Washington allowed 143 yards and two touchdowns to DeAngelo Williams last week. Arizona Cardinals' David Johnson and Denver Broncos' C.J. Anderson are also obvious starts after stellar Week 1 showings. Anderson faces a Lions defense which allowed 109 rushing yards and two rushing scores to running backs in Week 1.
Kansas City Chiefs' Spencer Ware faces a Houston Texans squad which allowed 61 rushing yards and a touchdown to running backs in Week 1. But Ware was one of the best stories of last weekend, for fantasy football purposes. Expect Ware to find space on the ground and also be a huge part of the passing game in Week 2 action. Don't be shocked if New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram works himself into top-3 consideration this weekend at the running back slot. Ingram, who rushed for just 58 yards on 12 carries in Week 1 action, is headed into a match up against the New York Giants. The Giants, who did add plenty of free agent talent this summer, allowed 13 rushing touchdowns to running backs in 2015. New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings is on the other end of that match up. He battles a Saints defensive line which allowed 151 rushing yards and three scores on the ground in Week 1.
San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead might not top the depth chart at the position, but he is sure to put up RB2 numbers in Week 2 action. After Allen's injury, Woodhead will be even more of a receiving option than he was before and also cut into Melvin Gordon's workload. While Jacksonville allowed 68 rushing yards to Eddie Lacy in Week 1, it could be susceptible to Woodhead's skill-set. Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster could put up RB2 numbers this weekend. It is obvious that the Dolphins want to heavily involve Foster in its game plan. It's also obvious that the team needs to get its ground game going if it wants to keep pace with high-octane offenses. The Patriots allowed 132 yards from scrimmage and a rushing score to Arizona's David Johnson in Week 1.
|1||Ezekiel Elliott||Dallas Cowboys||at Washington|
|2||David Johnson||Arizona Cardinals||vs. Tampa Bay|
|3||C.J. Anderson||Denver Broncos||vs. Indianapolis|
|4||Spencer Ware||Kansas City Chiefs||at Houston|
|5||Mark Ingram||New Orleans Saints||at New York Giants|
|6||Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings||vs. Green Bay|
|7||Lamar Miller||Houston Texans||vs. Kansas City|
|8||Todd Gurley||Los Angeles Rams||vs. Seattle|
|9||DeAngelo Williams||Pittsburgh Steelers||vs. Cincinnati|
|10||Latavius Murray||Oakland Raiders||vs. Atlanta|
|11||LeSean McCoy||Buffalo Bills||at New York Jets|
|12||Eddie Lacy||Green Bay Packers||at Minnesota|
|13||Doug Martin||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||at Arizona|
|14||DeVonta Freeman||Atlanta Falcons||at Oakland|
|15||DeMarco Murray||Tennessee Titans||at Detroit|
|16||Rashad Jennings||New York Giants||vs. New Orleans|
|17||Jeremy Langford||Chicago Bears||vs. Philadelphia|
|18||Jonathan Stewart||Carolina Panthers||vs. San Francisco|
|19||Jeremy Hill||Cincinnati Bengals||at Pittsburgh|
|20||Matt Forte||New York Jets||at Buffalo|
|21||LeGarrette Blount||New England Patriots||vs. Miami|
|22||Carlos Hyde||San Francisco 49ers||at Carolina|
|23||Danny Woodhead||San Diego Chargers||vs. Jacksonville|
|24||Tevin Coleman||Atlanta Falcons||at Oakland|
|25||Ameer Abdullah||Detroit Lions||vs. Tennessee|
|26||Arian Foster||Miami Dolphins||at New England|
|27||Ryan Mathews||Philadelphia Eagles||at Chicago|
|28||Theo Riddick||Detroit Lions||vs. Tennessee|
|29||Christine Michael||Seattle Seahawks||at Los Angeles|
|30||Isaiah Crowell||Cleveland Browns||vs. Baltimore|