True stud running backs are difficult to find in fantasy football.
It's not easy to just draft a couple of great RBs and then plug them in every week. You need to draft many running backs, scour the waiver wire, watch for injuries and play the matchups.
And with most leagues requiring you to start two, three or even four running backs, it means that you have to be smart and dig deep at the position.
To help you out, I put together this summary of our top 10 ranked running backs for week 1.
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No teams have a bye week this week, so you have a full slate of players to choose from.
If you want to dive head-first into the full set of projections for this week, here are our rankings for each format:
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1. Jonathan Taylor - RB (IND)
We're projecting 18.9 carries, 97.2 yards and 0.9 touchdowns for Jonathan Taylor this week as he faces the Texans. Taylor was off last week with a bye.
2. Austin Ekeler - RB (LAC)
Austin Ekeler is up against the Raiders this week. We're projecting him for 13.2 carries, 66.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. Ekeler had a bye last week.
3. Derrick Henry - RB (TEN)
Derrick Henry is playing against the New York Giants this week. Our system projects him for 19.1 carries, 100.6 yards and 0.9 touchdowns. Henry was on bye last week.
4. Joe Mixon - RB (CIN)
Joe Mixon had a bye last week. He faces the Steelers this week. We're projecting him for 16.8 carries, 80.0 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.
5. Christian McCaffrey - RB (CAR)
We're projecting 14.0 carries, 55.2 yards and 0.4 touchdowns for Christian McCaffrey this week as he faces the Browns. McCaffrey was on bye last week.
6. Leonard Fournette - RB (TB)
We're projecting 14.2 carries, 67.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns for Leonard Fournette this week as he faces the Redskins. Fournette had a bye last week.
7. Dalvin Cook - RB (MIN)
Dalvin Cook was off last week with a bye. Dalvin Cook is against the Packers this week and is projected for 16.4 carries, 76.0 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.
8. Alvin Kamara - RB (NO)
Alvin Kamara had a bye last week. We're projecting 13.3 carries, 58.4 yards and 0.5 touchdowns for Alvin Kamara this week as he faces the Falcons.
9. James Conner - RB (ARI)
James Conner was off last week with a bye. James Conner is against the Bengals this week and is projected for 14.2 carries, 64.8 yards and 0.6 touchdowns.
10. Aaron Jones - RB (GB)
Our system projects Aaron Jones for 12.4 carries, 59.1 yards and 0.5 touchdowns versus the Vikings this week. Jones was off last week with a bye.
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