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. Christian McCaffrey - RB (CAR)
Christian McCaffrey was on bye last week. Christian McCaffrey is against the Raiders this week and is projected for no carries, 72.7 yards and 0.6 touchdowns.
2. Austin Ekeler - RB (LAC)
Austin Ekeler was on bye last week. He is up against the Bengals this week. Our system projects him for no carries, 48.8 yards and 0.3 touchdowns.
3. Alvin Kamara - RB (NO)
Alvin Kamara had a bye last week. Alvin Kamara is against the Buccaneers this week and is projected for no carries, 57.4 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.
4. Ezekiel Elliott - RB (DAL)
Ezekiel Elliott faces the Los Angeles Rams this week. We're projecting him for no carries, 81.3 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Elliott was on bye last week.
5. Derrick Henry - RB (TEN)
Derrick Henry is against the Broncos this week and is projected for no carries, 96.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. Henry had a bye last week.
6. Dalvin Cook - RB (MIN)
Dalvin Cook is against the Packers this week and is projected for no carries, 73.3 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Cook was on bye last week.
7. Saquon Barkley - RB (NYG)
Saquon Barkley is against the Steelers this week and is projected for no carries, 75.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Barkley had a bye last week.
8. Josh Jacobs - RB (LV)
Josh Jacobs was on bye last week. He is playing against the Carolina Panthers this week. Jacobs is projected for no carries, 86.6 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.
9. Clyde Edwards-Helaire - RB (KC)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire faces the Texans this week. We're projecting him for no carries, 58.7 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. Edwards-Helaire had a bye last week.
10. James Conner - RB (PIT)
James Conner had a bye last week. He faces the New York Giants this week. We're projecting him for no carries, 65.9 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.
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