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Week 2 Fantasy Football RB Report: Starts, Sits and the Consensus No. 1

  • The Action Network ranked fantasy football running backs across standard, PPR and half-point PPR leagues for Week 2.
  • Here's a deeper dive on four RBs you should start, including James Conner and Christian McCaffrey -- plus one you should fade.

Which running backs have the most favorable fantasy matchups? Who should you fade?

Here’s a breakdown of five notable running backs featured in Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman’s Week 2 fantasy football rankings.

The No. 1 RB

Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

For the second week in a row, Todd Gurley is our rankers’ unanimous No. 1 RB across standard, PPR and half-point PPR leagues. And rightfully so, considering the Rams are 11.5-point home favorites against the Cardinals.

Gurley leads all running backs in floor, median and ceiling projections in the FantasyLabs Player Models for Week 2.

The Most Favorable Matchups

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Kamara is a force to be reckoned with as he averaged 2.42 fantasy PPR points per touch against the Buccaneers in Week 1.

Now, he takes on a Browns defense that just surrendered 192 total yards and two touchdowns to Steelers backup running back James Conner.

James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers

Conner cracks the top 10 among our rankers across leagues thanks in part to a matchup against a Chiefs defense that ranked 32nd in Football Outsiders’ DVOA last season.

He’ll look to build upon his season-opening performance against the Browns.

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

The Falcons could be in trouble against an elite pass-catching back like McCaffrey.

Atlanta allowed 8.5 targets and 51.3 receiving yards per game to opposing running backs last season. The Falcons also just linebacker placed Deion Jones (foot) on injured reserve. He was Pro Football Focus’ No. 1 linebacker in pass coverage last season.

The Fade

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

With Marcus Mariota’s (elbow) status in question for Week 2, this game doesn’t have a Vegas line yet, but you can expect the Titans to be an underdog against the Texans.

And as a likely underdog, this screams “Dion Lewis game.” Lewis out-touched Henry 21-11 in their Week 1 loss to the Dolphins.

Want another edge? Be sure to keep up with the week’s news on FantasyLabs.

Credit:

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Christian McCaffrey

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