The Fantasy Football Forbes List: Week 1 Running Back Rankings for PPR Leagues

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Just imagine if the NFL lockout was still looming over us...Wait, lockout?  I know, it seems like ages ago.  FINALLY, week 1 is upon us.  With that, comes the only "Forbes List" fantasy football rankings to help you with your start 'em sit 'em questions.  The rankings are for PPR formats.  Feel free to hit my partner and me () up on Twitter with standard league questions, or any other questions you may have.  Use and abuse the comments section below as well.


Updated September 9th

Rank Player Opponent Notes
1 Chris Johnson, TEN @JAX  
2 Jamaal Charles, KC BUF  
3 Darren McFadden, OAK @DEN P (Eye)
4 Adrian Peterson, MIN @SD  
5 LeSean McCoy, PHI @STL  
6 Frank Gore, SF SEA  
7 Jahvid Best, DET @TB  
8 Ray Rice, BAL PIT  
9 Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX TEN  
10 Arian Foster, HOU IND Q (Hamstring)
11 Matt Forte, CHI ATL  
12 Peyton Hillis, CLE CIN  
13 Rashard Mendenhall, PIT @BAL  
14 Steven Jackson, STL PHI  
15 Felix Jones, DAL @NYJ  
16 DeAngelo Williams, CAR @ARI  
17 Chris Wells, ARI CAR  
18 Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG @WAS  
19 LeGarrette Blount, TB DET  
20 Mark Ingram, NO @GB  
21 Tim Hightower, WAS NYG  
22 Ryan Mathews, SD MIN  
23 Reggie Bush, MIA NE  
24 Knowshon Moreno, DEN OAK  
25 Shonn Greene, NYJ DAL  
26 Brandon Jacobs, NYG @WAS  
27 Michael Turner, ATL @CHI  
28 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, NE @MIA  
29 Fred Jackson, BUF @KC  
30 Joseph Addai, IND @HOU  
31 James Starks, GB NO  
32 Marshawn Lynch, SEA @SF  
33 Ryan Grant, GB NO  
34 Cedric Benson, CIN @CLE  
35 Ben Tate, HOU IND (If Foster Out)
36 Mike Tolbert, SD MIN  
37 Derrick Ward , HOU IND (If Foster Out)
38 Jonathan Stewart, CAR @ARI  
39 Willis McGahee, DEN OAK  
40 Pierre Thomas, NO @GB  
41 Danny Woodhead, NE @MIA  
42 LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ DAL  
43 Delone Carter, IND @HOU  
44 C.J. Spiller, BUF @KC  
45 Michael Bush, OAK @DEN  
46 Roy Helu, WAS NYG  
47 Jason Snelling, ATL @CHI  
48 Earnest Graham , TB DET  
49 Marion Barber, CHI ATL Q (Knee)
50 Demarco Murray, DAL @NYJ  
51 Dexter McCluster, KC BUF  
52 Bernard Scott, CIN @CLE P (Hamstring)
53 Kendall Hunter, SF SEA  
54 Ronnie Brown, PHI @STL  
55 Deji Karim, JAX TEN  
56 Darren Sproles, NO @GB  
57 Montario Hardesty, CLE CIN  
58 Maurice Morris , DET @TB P (Hand)
59 Thomas Jones, KC BUF  
60 Joe McKnight, NYJ DAL P (Illness)
61 Daniel Thomas, MIA NE Q (Hamstring)
62 Stevan Ridley, NE @MIA Q (Ankle)
63 Jerome Harrison, DET @TB  
64 Leon Washington , SEA @SF  
65 Justin Forsett, SEA @SF  
66 Cadillac Williams, STL PHI  
67 Ricky Williams, BAL PIT  
68 Toby Gerhart, MIN @SD  
69 Javon Ringer, TEN @JAX Q (Back)
70 Jamie Harper, TEN @JAX  


Quick Hits -  Who was worried about Chris Johnson holding out?  He's set to run all over the Jaguars in this one...The last time Darren McFadden faced the Broncos in Denver, he only managed a measly 4 TDs.  He'll probably have a hard time matching that stat line, but the Broncos are not going to be able to stop him...Keep your eyes on Arian Foster's injury status.  He'll likely be a game-time decision, but should be in your lineups if he gets the OK...Ray Rice doesn't have the best matchup against a Pittsburgh D that is always stout against the run, but he is completely capable of racking up points through the air.  No worries here...Peyton Hillis will probably see upwards of 25 touches this week to take some pressure off Colt McCoy...Look for St. Louis to try to get Steven Jackson involved early and often to control the clock and keep Michael Vick and company on the sidelines...DeAngelo Williams has a pretty tasty matchup against the Cardinals, and Head Coach Ron Rivera is going to get him very involved  with top pick Cam Newton making his first start...Mark Ingram is slated for goal line duties in New Orleans' high powered offense, and he'll see plenty more than that.  Start him with confidence...Knowshon Moreno has a nice matchup against Oakland as we'll see if he can be the man for John Fox.  I still like Willis McGahee as a sneaky flex play this week as well...BenJarvus Green-Ellis is another back to consider this week.  New England should be able to jump up on Miami, leaving him to clean up.  Not to mention, he'll be looked to at the goal line.