The Week 2 Running Back Rankings will be somewhat easier than Week 1, but there are still a few questions that remain. With Ray Rice not only cut from the Ravens, but indefinitely suspended, where does that leave Baltimore's backfield? Justin Forsett was the hero of last week's game after Bernard Pierce blew a costly fumble, but is Pierce now taking a backseat? Ben Tate is already starting to show his injuries creeping back, as it is now likely Tate will miss up to 4-6 weeks with a sprained knee. Does Terrance West get a majority of the carries, or will Isaiah Crowell vulture scores like the two he ran in last week?
With those dilemmas out of the way, here we go with the Week 2 Running Back Rankings.
THE FABULOUS ONES (GUYS YOU MUST START)
1. LeSean McCoy (PHI) at IND - Might have lost more carries to Darren Sproles than initially predicted, but still racked up over 100 total yards against the Jags.
3. Jamaal Charles (KC) at DEN - I have faith Andy Reid won't make the mistake of limiting Charles this week.
4. Adrian Peterson (MIN) vs. NE - Cordarrelle Patterson was the rushing leader for the Vikings against the Rams, but AP should bounce back against a Patriots Defense that needs to find it's identity.
5. Matt Forte (CHI) at SF - Tougher matchup this week, but Forte was a beast with over 80 yards rushing and receiving in Week 1.
6. Marshawn Lynch (SEA) at SD - All the talk of limiting his touches and getting Christine Michael more involved seemed to have been a mirage. Lynch will go off again this week.
7. Le'Veon Bell (PIT) at BAL - Quickly escalates back to a top RB1 after destroying the Browns in Week 1. All we need now is some touchdowns.
8. Alfred Morris (WAS) vs. JAC - Morris looked his usual self against the Texans. And with the Redskins' passing game in flux, expect more of the same against the Jags. Lets just hope Darrel Young's touchdown was a fluke.
9. Montee Ball (DEN) vs. KC - Could have easily been ranked one spot higher, but Ball will see fewer carries than Morris. Love the matchup.
10. Giovani Bernard (CIN) vs. ATL - Bernard did most of his damage through the air with 6 catches for 62 yards against the Ravens. He'll get more rushing touches against a Falcons team that got lit up by Mark Ingram.
11. DeMarco Murray (DAL) at TEN - Murray was the one shining bright spot on the Cowboys offense. Lance Dunbar doesn't look like he will be in the equation for more touches anytime soon.
12. Frank Gore (SF) vs. CHI - Gore got off to a slow start last week. It didn't help that Carlos Hyde looked great while also scoring a touchdown. The matchup is easier this week.
THE QUESTIONABLE ONES (STARTERS THAT HAVE QUESTION MARKS)
13. Eddie Lacy (GB) vs. NYJ - This one has some serious question marks, but Lacy looks better and better coming off a concussion. Some might consider this too high. However, if Lacy plays, he's the last of the three-down backs left on the list. Keep an eye on James Starks on the wire.
14. Andre Ellington (ARI) at NYG - Ellington hobbled a bit as the game against the Chargers went on, but he can't do anymore damage to his foot that's already been done. He averaged a healthy 4.1 yards per carry and caught 5 passes Monday night. The Giants were a wreck against Joique Bell and Reggie Bush.
15. Shane Vereen (NE) at MIN - A touchdown run salvaged Vereen's Week 1, but it will be hard gauging how he will be used in Week 2 as Stevan Ridley continues to get touches. As always, Vereen's value is in true PPR leagues.
16. Rashad Jennings (NYG) vs. ARI - The Giants passing game was a mess against Detroit, but Jennings looked the part of a bell cow after rushing for 46 yards and a score. He also added another 50 receiving yards. This week should be more of the same.
17. Toby Gerhart (JAC) at WAS - Gerhart was just flat out awful last week before he came out of the Eagles game with an injured ankle. 57 total yards was a huge disappointment. Hopefully Gerhart starts Week 2 and can get back on track.
18. Chris Johnson (NYJ) at GB - In an easier matchup against the Raiders, CJ looked almost like his old self after hauling in 91 total yards, 5 receptions and a receiving touchdown. Chris Ivory also looked just as good, which means Johnson will be sharing the ball again this week. Still, Johnson is a strong RB2/Flex option for your starting roster.
19. C.J. Spiller (BUF) vs. MIA - Spiller started over Fred Jackson and wound up gaining 53 rushing yards and 3 catches that went for one touchdown. Hopefully the Bills coaching staff realize Spiller is the most dynamic of the team's backs. He's not a shabby low-end RB2.
20. Knowshon Moreno (MIA) at BUF - Moreno was "the man" in the Dolphins backfield, carrying the rock 24 times for 134 yards and a touchdown against New England. Which is the biggest surprise of Week 1. Now lets see if the team sticks with Moreno as their featured back.
THE BARGAIN BIN (WHERE SOME ITEMS ARE GREAT,
BUT THERE ARE ITEMS WE HATE)
21. Justin Forsett (BAL) vs. PIT
22. Pierre Thomas (NO) at CLE
23. Zac Stacy (STL) at TB
24. Joique Bell (DET) at CAR
25. Christopher Ivory (NYJ) at GB
26. Mark Ingram (NO) at CLE
27. Terrance West (CLE) vs. NO
28. Steven Jackson (ATL) at CIN
29. Ahmad Bradshaw (IND) vs. PHI
30. Darren Sproles (PHI) at IND
31. Ryan Mathews (SD) vs. SEA
32. Isaiah Crowell (CLE) vs. NO
33. Stevan Ridley (NE) at MIN
34. Trent Richardson (IND) vs. PHI
35. Bernard Pierce (BAL) vs. PIT
36. Carlos Hyde (SF) vs. CHI
37. Shonn Greene (TEN) vs. DAL
38. James Starks (GB) vs. NYJ
39. Jeremy Hill (CIN) vs. ATL
40. Maurice Jones-Drew (OAK) vs. HOU