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Week 1 – RB Rankings

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Let’s get the ball rolling as another season of fantasy football is alive and well, and our week one running back rankings are ready to go. Below I have a listing of our top 40 running backs for the first week of the season, and will have updates on these rankings by the weekend.

Arian Foster Ready After All?

Texans beat writer John McClain wrote a glowing piece for fantasy owners with Arian Foster as the expectation now is that Foster is a possible full go in practice. This would be huge news for Foster as he looked dicey after the Texans failed to play Ben Tate and Derrick Ward in the teams final preseason game.

If Foster is a go, he would move up from his current ninth overall ranking this week, and would likely be the top runner listed. Foster destroyed the Colts last year, and with Peyton Manning likely out this week, the Texans should walk all over their division rival.

Reggie Bush Feature Back?

It’s time to believe in Reggie Bush being not just the Dolphins No.1 running back but a possible feature back in the early portion of the season. Rookie Daniel Thomas has struggled in camp, and will have a hard time finding the field, and Miami went ahead and released Larry Johnson over the weekend. Bush should be considered a must start flex play in ten team PPR leagues, as Chad Henne is likely to check down to Bush, early and often.

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Wear Your Beanie Proud

Is it time to believe in Beanie Wells as a weekly fantasy running back? Maybe not, but you should have him in your lineup as a flex play starter against the Panthers. Wells will benefit from Ryan Williams and Tim Hightower begin out of the mix, as well as quarterback Kevin Kolb coming to the team.

Don’t worry about Chester Taylor as the veteran was brought in for more of a veteran depth presence than anything else. Taylor was horrible in Chicago and will be a backup.

Please Note - Our rankings are now updated as of September 9th, and because the Packers and Saints have already played, we don’t have players from those teams listed. For injury updates, head over to the Fantasy Philosophers Podcast as Sean and Matt breakdown notable players.

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Last Updated – Sep. 9th

1 Jamaal Charles Bills
2 Darren McFadden @ Broncos
3 Frank Gore Seahawks
4 Chris Johnson @ Jaguars
5 Adrian Peterson @ Chargers
6 Peyton Hillis @ Browns
7 Jahvid Best @ Buccaneers
8 LeSean McCoy @ Rams
9 Maurice Jones-Drew Titans
10 Ray Rice Steelers
11 Rashard Mendenhall @ Ravens
12 Ahmad Bradshaw @ Redskins
13 Steven Jackson Eagles
14 LeGarrette Blount Lions
15 Beanie Wells Panthers
16 Michael Turner Bears
17 DeAngelo Williams @ Cardinals
18 Matt Forte @ Falcons
19 Felix Jones @ Jets
20 BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Dolphins
21 Ryan Mathews Vikings
22 Tim Hightower Giants
23 Arian Foster (I) Colts
24 Shonn Greene Cowboys
25 Joseph Addai @ Texans
26 Cedric Benson @ Browns
27 Knowshon Moreno Raiders
28 Reggie Bush Patriots
29 Brandon Jacobs @ Redskins
30 Fred Jackson @ Chiefs
31 Derrick Ward Colts
32 Ben Tate Colts
33 Willis McGahee Raiders
34 Marshawn Lynch (I) @ 49ers
35 Mike Tolbert Vikings
36 Michael Bush @ Broncos


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Comments (1)

  • tylo

    ive got the top four on my roster, need a receiver as my top two are likely dez bryant a mike williams (Tampa Bay)….any suggestions?

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