2016 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings: Week 1 Running Backs

Rejoice, praise the almighty, and hold open every door to build your fantasy karma… Football is officially back! Get ready for Week One with The Wolf’s PPR Fantasy Football rankings. Every week initial rankings will be released Wednesday night, with analysis added throughout the week and weekend until they are locked in Sunday mornings before kickoff. 

Note – as compared to draft preparation, the schedule and matchups play a far greater role week-to-week for ranking prep. 

Tier One – Elite RB1s who’ll threaten to be Week One’s top scorer

True studs that’ll show why in Week 1.

1. Todd Gurley @ SF

2. David Johnson vs. NE

3. Ezekiel Elliott vs. NYG

4. Lamar Miller vs Chi

Tier Two – RB1 options 

Expect some serious 15+ point production from any of the below

5. Devonta Freeman vs. TB

6. LeSean McCoy @ Bal

7. Adrian Peterson @ Ten

8. DeAngelo Williams @Was

9. Eddie Lacy @ Jax

Tier Three – RB2s with RB1 upside

All of these guys offer two TD upside, or run-of the-mill 7-point downside

10. Mark Ingram vs. Oak

11. Doug Martin @ Atl

12. Latavius Murray @ NO

13. C. J. Anderson vs. Car

14. Ryan Mathews vs Cle

15. Spencer Ware vs. SD

16. Matt Forte vs. Cin

17. DeMarco Murray vs. Min

18. Rashad Jennings @ Dal

Tier Four – Middling RB2 options

19. Jeremy Langford @ Hou

20. Melvin Gordon @ KC

21. Jeremy Hill @ NYJ

22. Carlos Hyde vs. LA

23. Frank Gore vs. Det

Tier Five – Potential Flex Plays… If you don’t start a fourth WR in PPR for some unknown reason

24. Danny Woodhead @ KC

25. Duke Johnson @ Phi

26. Darren Sproles vs. Cle

27. Charles Sims @ ATL

28. Christine Michael vs Mia

29. Thomas Rawls vs Mia

30. Giovani Bernard @ NYJ

31. Jonathan Stewart @ Den

32. Matt Jones vs. Pit

33. Ameer Abdullah @ Ind

34. Isiah Crowell @ Phi

35.  James White @ Ari

Tier Six – Last names worth a look  (shot at a TD or some cheap catches)

36. Derrick Henry vs. Min

37. LeGarrette Blount vs. Ari

38. T.J. Yeldon vs. GB

39. Chris Ivory vs. GB

40. Arian Foster vs. Sea

41. Justin Forsett vs. Buf

42. Bilal Powell vs. Cin

43. Theo Riddick @ Indy

44. Terrance West vs. Buf

45. Chris Thompson vs. Pit


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