Week 1. It’s always so exciting.
The running back storylines this season, oh, the storylines.
Can Justin Forsett keep up the pace he set last season at 29 years old? Is C.J. Anderson really the answer in Denver? Is Ameer Abdullah as good as advertised in the preseason? Can Doug Martin take advantage of what should be an easy schedule and become a post-hype sleeper? Is Adrian Peterson going to be fresh or will his numbers fall off in this, his age-30 season? Can DeMarco Murray produce remotely close to what he did with the Cowboys? Are we going to see more of the Jeremy Hill from last season? Does Frank Gore really need a pitch count?
Really, does he? We’ve been expecting the 32-year-old’s demise for years now and all he does is go out and average 4.3 yards per carry and, when he’s not playing on an epically disastrous offense, score eight touchdowns. He gets to 1,000 and eight easy this season, but he’ll probably start slow against a solid Buffalo Bills defense this week.
However, you’ll probably start him anyway because he was the kind of value that fell to a lot of players as a late second running back.
Well, now that we’re back from that Gore deep dive, let’s get too the rankings.
As with any rankings or advice, you want to check player statuses right up until game time. We’re never always right and players can be scratched from lineups unexpectedly.
Week 1 running back rankings
May variance be in your favor today and every day.