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 2.
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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)
Last week, Jonathan Taylor faced the Texans. He ran for 31 carries, 161 yards and 1 touchdown. He is playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. We're projecting him for 21.0 carries, 102.9 yards and 1.0 touchdowns.
2. Christian McCaffrey - RB (SF)
Christian McCaffrey ran for 10 carries, 33 yards and 1 touchdown versus the Cleveland Browns last week. He faces the Giants this week. Our system projects him for 16.5 carries, 66.6 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.
3. Saquon Barkley - RB (NYG)
Saquon Barkley played against the Tennessee Titans last week. He ran for 18 carries, 164 yards and 1 touchdown. Saquon Barkley is against the Panthers this week and is projected for 16.8 carries, 72.9 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.
4. Joe Mixon - RB (CIN)
Our system projects Joe Mixon for 19.0 carries, 82.1 yards and 0.7 touchdowns versus the Cowboys this week. Mixon ran for 27 carries, 82 yards and zero touchdowns versus the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.
5. Austin Ekeler - RB (LAC)
Austin Ekeler played against the Las Vegas Raiders last week. He ran for 14 carries, 36 yards and zero touchdowns. He faces the Chiefs this week. Ekeler is projected for 14.2 carries, 63.0 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.
6. Dalvin Cook - RB (MIN)
Dalvin Cook ran for 20 carries, 90 yards and zero touchdowns versus the Green Bay Packers last week. We're projecting 17.0 carries, 78.0 yards and 0.6 touchdowns for Dalvin Cook this week as he faces the Eagles.
7. Leonard Fournette - RB (TB)
Leonard Fournette faces the Indianapolis Colts this week. We're projecting him for 15.2 carries, 69.9 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Fournette ran for 21 carries, 127 yards and zero touchdowns versus the Washington Redskins last week.
8. Najee Harris - RB (PIT)
Against the Bengals last week, Najee Harris ran for 10 carries, 23 yards and zero touchdowns. He is playing against the New England Patriots this week. Our system projects him for 15.4 carries, 61.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.
9. Aaron Jones - RB (GB)
Aaron Jones played against the Minnesota Vikings last week. He ran for 5 carries, 49 yards and zero touchdowns. He is up against the Bears this week. Jones is projected for 11.4 carries, 56.0 yards and 0.4 touchdowns.
10. Derrick Henry - RB (TEN)
Derrick Henry faces the Buffalo Bills this week. Our system projects him for 22.0 carries, 93.0 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Henry ran for 21 carries, 82 yards and zero touchdowns versus the New York Giants last week.
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