Running backs in week one has some surprises, including a huge game for LeSean McCoy and Reggie Bush. According to ESPN on Sept. 13, one big name fantasy football running back will be playing despite a week one injury, as Jamaal Charles is set to return to the field.
Here is a look at the fantasy football week 2 running back ratings.
1. LeSean McCoy – That fast paced Chip Kelly offense loves to run the ball, and LeSean McCoy found new life with his 184 yard performance, and in this offense, he could easily win the rushing title this year. McCoy said he wants less carries to help him survive the season, but he should find more nice yards against San Diego in week two.
2. Adrian Peterson – While he had a nice game, almost all of Peterson’s week one yards came on the first play of the game. However, over his career, Peterson has 14 touchdowns against Chicago and should continue to see success against them this week.
3. Doug Martin – The New Orleans defense is still nowhere near where they need to be, and every game will be an adventure for Saints fans. In week two, Doug Martin is looking at a big chance as the best weapon in the Bucs offense. Martin only ran for 65 yards in week one, but he scored a touchdown and should see the end zone again this week.
4. Matt Forte – While Peterson should have a good game against Chicago, expect Bears running back Matt Forte to attempt to keep up all game. Minnesota couldn’t contain Reggie Bush in week one and Forte can run and catch the ball like Bush, so expect a lot from him – especially in PPR leagues.
5. Jamaal Charles – It looked like Charles might be iffy heading into this game, but he is good to go and that is not good news for the Dallas Cowboys. While Dallas has fantastic linebackers and a pretty solid secondary, their defensive line is a mess and Charles should find holes all day to chip away at Dallas.
6. Reggie Bush – Who would have bet that Reggie Bush would be the top fantasy football running back in week one of the season? In week two, he gets the Arizona Cardinals, another below average defense, and should continue to get a lot of yards as defenses focus on stopping Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.
7. Arian Foster – It is still strange that Arian Foster went from being the best back in the game to a question mark, despite still playing like a star. Fantasy football owners jumped all over Ben Tate, but Foster ran 74-percent of the touches for the Houston running backs and this week he gets the Tennessee Titans defense to feast on.
8. DeMarco Murray – Despite the Dallas passing game being the stars of week one, DeMarco Murray still finished the game with 125 all-purpose yards, although he was held out of the end zone. In week two, he gets a Kansas City Chiefs defense that shut down Maurice Jones Drew in week one. Difference is that the Jaguars have no passing game, so they could stack the line. They can’t do that this week, and as long as Murray gets 20-plus touches, he will have a nice game.
9. C.J. Spiller – Spiller was at the top of most fantasy football owners wish lists this offseason, but he started out the season running for less yards than Fred Jackson, and that has some owners panicking. Don’t panic. Spiller missed a lot of practice after going through a personal tragedy and this week he should be back to normal against the Carolina defense.
10. Ray Rice – Over his career, Ray Rice has averaged 92.2 rushing yards a game against the Cleveland Browns. With a cornerback like Joe Haden shutting down the passing game, this will be all Rice’s game when it comes to moving the chains for Baltimore.