Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 2: Running Backs In PPR, Standard Leagues

Sept 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) runs for a touchdown during the first half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Week 2 is here. Check out how we rate the running backs for PPR and standard leagues.

Week 1 was relatively quiet on the injury front, so the vast majority of fantasy owners should still be in good shape in the running back department. Fred Jackson was the big name to go down with an injury to his LCL and he could miss eight weeks. C.J. Spiller is going to be an elite guy while Jackson is down and is likely a must-start back while F-Jax is on the mend.

Let's look at some other news:

Ryan Mathews is looking like he'll be a question mark for Sunday against the Titans. If he doesn't go, fantasy owners certainly won't have enough confidence to roll the dice on either Ronnie Brown or Curtis Brinkley after neither player topped 12 rushing yards.

Rashard Mendenhall was a full participant in practice on Wednesday. This is obviously fantastic news for his value, but it's going to be tough to start him. Jonathan Dwyer will likely get more carries this week and this could be the last week he has any sort of value. For what it's worth, Mendenhall is a much better player to own.

Daniel Thomas will be held out of Sunday's game against the Raiders. Reggie Bush should see a featured load while Lamar Miller will likely get his first action as a pro. If you can get Bush on the cheap, go for it. He was able to muster up 4.9 YPC on his 14 carries against the Houston defense. He might go off in a big way -- considering he's on the Dolphins.

Adrian Peterson got 17 carries and if he's able to keep that workload, he'll have tremendous value as a running back one. He averaged 18 carries per game over the last two seasons. Toby Gerhart is not a must-own player.

These rankings are for standard leagues and PPR leagues. Your league might reward for 100-yard games or long touchdowns, so you can bring up specifics to me on Twitter (@MikeSGallagher) and you can always check out the Fantasy War Room Monday through Friday 4 to 8:30 p.m. ET and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. Play SB Nation's new fantasy football game, Pick 6.

Standard League Points Per Reception (PPR)
1 Arian Foster Darren McFadden
2 Darren McFadden LeSean McCoy
3 LeSean McCoy Arian Foster
4 Ray Rice C.J. Spiller
5 DeMarco Murray Ray Rice
6 Adrian Peterson DeMarco Murray
7 C.J. Spiller Matt Forte
8 Doug Martin Adrian Peterson
9 Matt Forte Doug Martin
10 Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles
11 Stevan Ridley Steven Ridley
12 Chris Johnson Reggie Bush
13 Reggie Bush Steven Jackson
14 Steven Jackson Chris Johnson
15 Maurice Jones-Drew Darren Sproles
16 Trent Richardson
Trent Richardson
17 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Ahmad Bradshaw
18 Ahmad Bradshaw Maurice Jones-Drew
19 Frank Gore Donald Brown
20 Marshawn Lynch BenJarvus Green-Ellis
21 Kevin Smith Kevin Smith
22 Alfred Morris Marshawn Lynch
23 Donald Brown Frank Gore
24 Shonn Greene Alfred Morris
25 Darren Sproles Jacquizz Rodgers
26 Jonathan Stewart Jonathan Stewart
27 Willis McGahee Shonn Greene
28 Jonathan Dwyer Willis McGahee
29 Michael Bush Michael Bush
30 Jacquizz Rodgers Jonathan Dwyer
31 Michael Turner Peyton Hillis
32 Peyton Hillis Ben Tate
33 Cedric Benson Michael Turner
34 Ben Tate David Wilson
35 Ryan Williams Ryan Williams
36 David Wilson Cedric Benson
37 Evan Royster Dexter McCluster
38 Ryan Mathews Ryan Mathews
39 Kendall Hunter Kendall Hunter
40 Dexter McCluster Roy Helu
41 Mark Ingram Mark Ingram
42 Robert Turbin Ronnie Brown
43 Beanie Wells Evan Royster
44 DeAngelo Williams Robert Turbin
45 Ronnie Brown Beanie Wells
46 Roy Helu Toby Gerhart
47 Toby Gerhart Rashad Jennings
48 Rashard Mendenhall Knowshon Moreno
49 Knowshon Moreno Curtis Brinkley
50 Lamar Miller Alex Green

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