Week 2 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

Week 1 was a bit weird for some of the NFL’s best pass-catching backs. Austin Ekeler only had one target; Tarik Cohen saw just two targets all game; even Chris Thompson didn’t see many targets despite a depleted Jaguars backfield. Heading into the second game of the season, it will be interesting to see if these targets stabilize or if backfields continue to be unsettled. Regardless of what we find out in the future, our Week 2 fantasy RB PPR rankings are tough to put together in the present.

Obviously, injuries are having an impact here. Marlon Mack’s Achilles’ injury will move Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines up in this week’s rankings. Both proved to be excellent pass-catchers in Week 1, creating the rare committee with two good receivers.

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Other risers are the usual “receiving backs.” After out-rushing Nick Chubb and logging six targets, Kareem Hunt is an RB2 this week. Meanwhile, Ekeler stays in the top tier in a favorable matchup against Kansas City, while Cohen, James White, and Jerick McKinnon all will be flex considerations.

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As for backs that move down, Derrick Henry is our No. 1 back for standard, but he drops several spots because he doesn’t do much in the receiving game. Nick Chubb falls into RB2 territory because of Hunt’s presence in the passing game. And further down, Sony Michel and Adrian Peterson move down a bit since both White and D’Andre Swift are there to take touches away from them in the passing game.

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Reminder: Check back for updates during the week. For individual analysis of key RBs, click here.

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Week 2 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 Christian McCaffrey, CAR @ TB
2 Saquon Barkley, NYG @ CHI
3 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. ATL
4 Alvin Kamara, NO @ LV
5 Aaron Jones, GB vs. DET
6 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC @ LAC
7 Dalvin Cook, MIN @ IND
8 Josh Jacobs, LV vs. NO
9 Austin Ekeler, LAC vs. KC
10 Derrick Henry, TEN vs. JAX
11 Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. MIN
12 Todd Gurley, ATL @ DAL
13 Kenyan Drake, ARZ vs. WAS
14 Joe Mixon, CIN vs. NYG
15 Raheem Mostert, SF @ NYJ
16 Miles Sanders, PHI vs. LAR
17 David Johnson, HOU vs. BAL
18 Nick Chubb, CLE vs. CIN
19 Chris Carson, SEA vs. NE
20 Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. CIN
21 Melvin Gordon, DEN @ PIT
22 David Montgomery, CHI vs. NYG
23 Devin Singletary, BUF @ MIA
24 Mark Ingram, BAL @ HOU
25 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. MIN
26 Malcolm Brown, LAR @ PHI
27 Ronald Jones II, TB vs. CAR
28 Benny Snell Jr., PIT vs. DEN
29 JK Dobbins, BAL @ HOU
30 James White, NE @ SEA
31 James Robinson, JAX @ TEN
32 Antonio Gibson, WAS @ ARZ
33 James Conner, PIT vs. DEN
34 Tarik Cohen, CHI vs. NYG
35 Zack Moss, BUF @ MIA
36 Cam Akers, LAR @ PHI
37 D’Andre Swift, DET @ GB
38 Adrian Peterson, DET @ GB
39 Sony Michel, NE @ SEA
40 Peyton Barber, WAS @ ARZ
41 Boston Scott, PHI vs. LAR
42 Jerick McKinnon, SF @ NYJ
43 Myles Gaskin, MIA vs. BUF
44 Royce Freeman, DEN @ PIT
45 Joshua Kelley, LAC vs. KC
46 Latavius Murray, NO @ LV
47 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ IND
48 Leonard Fournette, TB vs. CAR
49 Frank Gore, NYJ vs. SF
50 Jordan Howard, MIA vs. BUF
51 Tevin Coleman, SF @ NYJ
52 Chris Thompson, JAX @ TEN
53 Chase Edmonds, ARZ vs. WAS
54 C.J. Prosise, HOU @ BAL
55 La’Mical Perine, NYJ vs. SF
56 Kerryon Johnson, DET @ GB
57 Darrel Williams, KC @ LAC
58 Carlos Hyde, SEA vs. NE
59 Matt Breida, MIA vs. BUF
60 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. ATL
61 Jamaal Williams, GB vs. DET
62 Devontae Booker, LV vs. NO
63 J.D. McKissic, WAS @ ARZ
64 LeSean McCoy, TB vs. CAR
65 Corey Clement, PHI vs. LAR
66 Giovani Bernard, CIN @ CLE
67 Brian Hill, ATL @ DAL
68 Dion Lewis, NYG @ CHI
69 Rex Burkhead, NE @ SEA
70 Jaylen Samuels, PIT vs. DEN
71 AJ Dillon, GB vs. DET
72 Jalen Richard, LV vs. NO
73 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ PHI