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Fantasy football rankings, Week 2: Consensus running backs for standard leagues

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The SB Nation fantasy team reveals which running backs rank in the top 50 for standard leagues heading into Week 2.

Small sample size. It is kryptonite for the statistically savvy among us.

As we look toward Week 2 of the NFL season, we come equipped with exactly 60 minutes of football per team, plus a few extra minutes thrown San Diego and Kansas City’s way. Some things were learned, some trends were established. But again, it’s just one game. Small sample size. Remember last year, when the San Francisco 49ers throttled the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1? Don’t read too much into these things.

Except right now. Let’s go right on reading and look at this week’s running back options in standard leagues. Specifically, let’s talk about Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott was the darling of both season-long drafts and DFS lineups last week. He acquitted himself nicely, if not spectacularly, while the rest of the Dallas Cowboys’ offense stumbled and scuffled against the New York Giants. In his first NFL game, Elliott ran for 51 yards on 20 carries and scored the Cowboys’ lone touchdown.

The yards were nothing to write home about, but the carries tell an important tale -- he logged three times as many carries as veteran teammate Alfred Morris. Elliott is the man in the backfield and his ceiling will only get higher.

That ceiling should be sky high this week against Washington. Look at what DeAngelo Williams did Monday night, shredding Washington for 143 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. He also added 28 yards receiving. There is no reason to think Elliott can’t do similar damage, especially with Washington playing on fewer days of preparation. Feel free to sample!

Want some sample sizes to ignore? Look no further than Todd Gurley and Adrian Peterson. Neither of them went off for the kind of big games we’ve grown accustomed to. Don’t expect that to last and don’t even think about getting cute with either of them against the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.

Mark Ingram didn’t exactly light the world on fire in a shootout against the Oakland Raiders. Another high-scoring game is on tap against the Giants. Something tells me the yards and touchdowns will be there this time.

Small sample size, after all.

Running backs (standard), Week 2

(ZS: Zach Senvisky, JM: Jason Marcum, AP: Adam Patrick, SK: Scott Kaliska, JG: Jeff Goldberg, KB: Kyle Bennett, DG: Derek Gordon)

Rk Consensus Tm Opp. ZS JM AP SK KB JG DG
1 David Johnson ARI vs. TB 1 1 1 1 2 1 3
2 Adrian Peterson MIN vs. GB 5 3 4 5 3 7 1
3 C.J. Anderson DEN vs. IND 3 8 2 2 4 2 8
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL at WAS 6 2 11 4 1 3 2
5 Lamar Miller HOU vs. KC 2 12 3 3 8 5 6
6 Todd Gurley LA vs. SEA 4 5 9 8 7 10 5
7 DeAngelo Williams PIT vs. CIN 7 6 12 6 6 4 12
8 Mark Ingram NO at NYG 9 10 8 9 5 8 11
9 Latavius Murray OAK vs. ATL 10 14 10 10 9 9 14
10 Eddie Lacy GB at MIN 14 11 5 15 10 13 10
11 Spencer Ware KC at HOU 8 13 19 7 12 6 13
12 Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. SF 12 7 18 12 11 15 9
13 Doug Martin TB at ARI 15 4 14 17 16 19 4
14 LeSean McCoy BUF vs. NYJ 16 9 15 16 15 12 7
15 Matt Forte NYJ at BUF 13 17 13 11 14 11 18
16 Devonta Freeman ATL at OAK 17 15 6 19 17 17 16
17 Ryan Mathews PHI at CHI 22 18 22 14 13 14 17
18 DeMarco Murray TEN at DET 11 31 7 13 21 16 31
19 Jeremy Langford CHI vs. PHI 19 21 16 20 20 21 21
20 Carlos Hyde SF at CAR 18 19 23 21 19 20 19
21 Rashad Jennings NYG vs. NO 23 23 17 18 23 18 23
22 Thomas Rawls SEA at LA 21 16 21 30 18 30 15
23 Arian Foster MIA at NE 20 20 26 23 26 25 20
24 Melvin Gordon SD vs. JAC 25 24 24 22 22 22 22
25 Jeremy Hill CIN at PIT 24 25 20 27 25 28 25
26 Ameer Abdullah DET vs. TEN 26 27 25 26 24 24 27
27 LeGarrette Blount NE vs. MIA 28 28 27 28 28 27 28
28 T.J. Yeldon JAC at SD 29 30 31 25 29 26 26
29 Frank Gore IND at DEN 30 22 28 37 27 37 24
30 Giovani Bernard CIN at PIT 31 32 30 29 31 29 32
31 Matt Jones WAS vs. DAL 27 29 32 33 30 36 29
32 Danny Woodhead SD vs. JAC 32 38 29 24 32 23 38
33 Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. BAL 34 33 36 34 33 35 30
34 Derrick Henry TEN at DET 33 26 35 41 34 38 33
35 Theo Riddick DET vs. TEN 30 43 33 36 36 32 43
36 Tevin Coleman ATL at OAK 43 34 41 32 39 33 34
37 Christine Michael SEA at LA 36 42 37 31 41 31 42
38 Charles Sims TB at ARI 37 36 38 40 35 40 39
39 James White NE vs MIA 39 35 44 38 37 42 35
40 Duke Johnson CLE vs. BAL 49 40 38 35 44 34 40
41 Darren Sproles PHI at CHI 35 39 40 44 38 41 45
42 Justin Forsett BAL at CLE 38 46 34 39 42 39 46
43 Bilal Powell NYJ at BUF 40 44 42 43 40 43 49
44 Terrance West BAL at CLE 41 37 -- 42 50 -- 37
45 Alfred Morris DAL at WAS 42 41 47 50 43 46 41
46 Shane Vereen NYG vs. NO 44 -- 43 45 45 44 --
47 Chris Thompson WAS vs. DAL 45 49 -- 46 46 45 44
48 Chris Johnson ARI vs. TB -- 45 49 -- 48 47 36
49 James Starks GB at MIN 48 47 39 -- -- -- --
50 Devontae Booker DEN vs. IND -- 48 45 -- 49 48 48
-- Charcandrick West KC at HOU -- -- 46 47 47 49 50
-- Jerick McKinnon MIN vs. GB 47 -- 50 48 -- -- --
-- Jalen Richard OAK vs. ATL 46 -- -- -- -- -- --
-- Chris Ivory JAC at SD 50 50 -- 49 -- 50 --
-- Jay Ajayi MIA at NE -- -- -- -- -- -- 47
-- Reggie Bush BUF vs. NYJ -- -- 48 -- -- -- --