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Fantasy football rankings, Week 1: Running backs for standard, PPR leagues

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The NFL has become more of a passing league, but running backs remain an essential part of a championship fantasy squad. The top of our Week 1 rankings are stable, but the middle of the rankings feature notable differences in standard and PPR leagues.

Editor's Update: Since these rankings came out, Andre Ellington has become a game-time decision. Your best bet if you do not have another Monday option is to start your Sunday running backs.

It's no shock to see the top tier of running backs ranked in their rightful positions. After all, in most cases, you didn't draft one of the big four to simply sit them on your bench. And fortunately, they each have their own fortuitous matchup during Week 1. After that, however, is an entirely different story.

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There isn't much jostling in the top 10 between Standard and PPR ranks. But once you reach the mid-teens, Reggie Bush and Shane Vereen jump considerably. Frank Gore, on the other hand, just can't seem to fight off the next generation of PPR staples. As for Bishop Sankey and Knowshon Moreno, wel l... prove it, then we'll talk.

Here are our Week 1 RB Rankings.

Consensus Writer Rankings (Standard)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent
1 LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Jacksonville
2 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Tennessee
3 Matt Forte Chicago Buffalo
4 Adrian Peterson Minnesota at St. Louis
5 Montee Ball Denver Indianapolis
6 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Green Bay
7 Arian Foster Houston Washington
8 Eddie Lacy Green Bay at Seattle
9 DeMarco Murray Dallas San Francisco
10 Andre Ellington Arizona San Diego
11 Alfred Morris Washington at Houston
12 Le'Veon Bell Pittsburgh Cleveland
13 Frank Gore San Francisco at Dallas
14 Zac Stacy St. Louis Minnesota
15 Doug Martin Tampa Bay Carolina
16 Giovani Bernard Cincinnati at Baltimore
17 Reggie Bush Detroit NY Giants
18 Ben Tate Cleveland at Pittsburgh
19 C.J. Spiller Buffalo at Chicago
20 Toby Gerhart Jacksonville at Philadelphia
21 Rashad Jennings NY Giants at Detroit
22 Shane Vereen New England at Miami
23 Ryan Mathews San Diego at Arizona
24 Chris Johnson NY Jets Oakland
25 Joique Bell Detroit NY Giants
26 Pierre Thomas New Orleans at Atlanta
27 Steven Jackson Atlanta New Orleans
28 Fred Jackson Buffalo at Chicago
29 Bernard Pierce Baltimore Cincinnati
30 Trent Richardson Indianapolis at Denver
31 Maurice Jones-Drew Oakland at NY Jets
32 Shonn Greene Tennessee at Kansas City
33 Knowshon Moreno Miami New England
34 Danny Woodhead San Diego at Arizona
35 Stevan Ridley New England at Miami
36 Bishop Sankey Tennessee at Kansas City
37 DeAngelo Williams Carolina at Tampa Bay
38 Darren Sproles Philadelphia at Jacksonville
39 Ronnie Hillman Denver Indianapolis
40 Lamar Miller Miami New England
41 Mark Ingram New Orleans at Atlanta
42 Jeremy Hill Cincinnati at Baltimore
43 Lance Dunbar Dallas San Francisco
44 Chris Ivory NY Jets Oakland
45 Darren McFadden Oakland at NY Jets
46 Carlos Hyde San Francisco at Dallas
47 Jonathan Stewart Carolina at Tampa Bay
48 Terrance West Cleveland at Pittsburgh
49 Benny Cunningham St. Louis Minnesota
50 Jacquizz Rodgers Atlanta New Orleans

Consensus Writer Rankings (PPR)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent
1 LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Jacksonville
2 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Tennessee
3 Matt Forte Chicago Buffalo
4 Adrian Peterson Minnesota at St. Louis
5 Montee Ball Denver Indianapolis
6 Arian Foster Houston Washington
7 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Green Bay
8 Eddie Lacy Green Bay at Seattle
9 Andre Ellington Arizona San Diego
10 DeMarco Murray Dallas San Francisco
11 Reggie Bush Detroit NY Giants
12 Le'Veon Bell Pittsburgh Cleveland
13 Giovani Bernard Cincinnati at Baltimore
14 Doug Martin Tampa Bay Carolina
15 Shane Vereen New England at Miami
16 Alfred Morris Washington at Houston
17 Zac Stacy St. Louis Minnesota
18 C.J. Spiller Buffalo at Chicago
19 Frank Gore San Francisco at Dallas
20 Rashad Jennings NY Giants at Detroit
21 Joique Bell Detroit NY Giants
22 Chris Johnson NY Jets Oakland
23 Pierre Thomas New Orleans at Atlanta
24 Ben Tate Cleveland at Pittsburgh
25 Toby Gerhart Jacksonville at Philadelphia
26 Ryan Mathews San Diego at Arizona
27 Danny Woodhead San Diego at Arizona
28 Steven Jackson Atlanta New Orleans
29 Fred Jackson Buffalo at Chicago
30 Darren Sproles Philadelphia at Jacksonville
31 Bernard Pierce Baltimore Cincinnati
32 Trent Richardson Indianapolis at Denver
33 Maurice Jones-Drew Oakland at NY Jets
34 Knowshon Moreno Miami New England
35 Bishop Sankey Tennessee at Kansas City
36 Lamar Miller Miami New England
37 Shonn Greene Tennessee at Kansas City
38 DeAngelo Williams Carolina at Tampa Bay
39 Stevan Ridley New England at Miami
40 Mark Ingram New Orleans at Atlanta
41 Darren McFadden Oakland at NY Jets
42 Jeremy Hill Cincinnati at Baltimore
43 Terrance West Cleveland at Pittsburgh
44 Chris Ivory NY Jets Oakland
45 Jonathan Stewart Carolina at Tampa Bay
46 Devonta Freeman Atlanta New Orleans
47 Carlos Hyde San Francisco at Dallas
48 Jacquizz Rodgers Atlanta New Orleans
49 Ronnie Hillman Denver Indianapolis
50 Benny Cunningham St. Louis Minnesota

Individual Writer Rankings (Standard)

Rank Daniel Kelley Dan Ciarrocchi John Daigle Scott Kaliska
1 LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy
2 Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles
3 Adrian Peterson Matt Forte Matt Forte Matt Forte
4 Matt Forte Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson
5 Marshawn Lynch Montee Ball Montee Ball Montee Ball
6 Arian Foster Marshawn Lynch Andre Ellington Marshawn Lynch
7 Alfred Morris Eddie Lacy Arian Foster Eddie Lacy
8 Montee Ball DeMarco Murray Marshawn Lynch Arian Foster
9 Eddie Lacy Arian Foster Eddie Lacy DeMarco Murray
10 Le'Veon Bell Zac Stacy Reggie Bush Giovani Bernard
11 DeMarco Murray Andre Ellington Frank Gore Zac Stacy
12 Andre Ellington Doug Martin DeMarco Murray Andre Ellington
13 Doug Martin Frank Gore Joique Bell Le'Veon Bell
14 C.J. Spiller Le'Veon Bell Shane Vereen Alfred Morris
15 Reggie Bush Alfred Morris Le'Veon Bell Doug Martin
16 Ryan Mathews Gio Bernard Alfred Morris Frank Gore
17 Ben Tate Toby Gerhart Giovanni Bernard Toby Gerhart
18 Frank Gore Ben Tate Zac Stacy C.J. Spiller
19 Giovani Bernard Rashad Jennings Chris Johnson Rashad Jennings
20 Zac Stacy Reggie Bush Pierre Thomas Reggie Bush
21 Rashad Jennings Shane Vereen Ben Tate Ryan Mathews
22 Chris Johnson CJ Spiller Doug Martin Ben Tate
23 Pierre Thomas Ryan Mathews Rashad Jennings Shane Vereen
24 Toby Gerhart Joique Bell Toby Gerhart Chris Johnson
25 Steven Jackson Chris Johnson C.J. Spiller Joique Bell
26 Fred Jackson Pierre Thomas Ryan Mathews Steven Jackson
27 Bernard Pierce Fred Jackson Stephen Jackson Bernard Pierce
28 Shane Vereen Bernard Pierce Danny Woodhead Pierre Thomas
29 Trent Richardson Steven Jackson Fred Jackson Fred Jackson
30 DeAngelo Williams Trent Richardson Shonn Greene Trent Richardson
31 Joique Bell Stevan Ridley Maurice Jones-Drew Stevan Ridley
32 Maurice Jones-Drew Maurice Jones-Drew Mark Ingram Bishop Sankey
33 Shonn Greene Knowshon Moreno Darren Sproles Maurice Jones-Drew
34 Darren Sproles Bishop Sankey Knowshon Moreno Lamar Miller
35 Danny Woodhead Mark Ingram Trent Richardson Knowshon Moreno
36 Knowshon Moreno Lamar Miller Stevan Ridley Mark Ingram
37 Benny Cunningham Shonn Greene Ronnie Hillman Shonn Greene
38 Lamar Miller Danny Woodhead Jeremy Hill Danny Woodhead
39 Bishop Sankey Jeremy Hill DeAngelo Williams DeAngelo Williams
40 Darren McFadden DeAngelo Williams Jacquizz Rodgers Darren Sproles
41 Chris Ivory Darren Sproles Bernard Pierce Jeremy Hill
42 Ahmad Bradsahw Carlos Hyde Bishop Sankey Carlos Hyde
43 Stevan Ridley Christopher Ivory Chris Ivory Christopher Ivory
44 Bobby Rainey Jonathan Stewart Lamar Miller Terrance West
45 Jonathan Stewart Darren McFadden Carlos Hyde Darren McFadden
46 Jeremy Hill Terrance West Christine Michael Jonathan Stewart
47 Terrance West LeGarrette Blount Darren McFadden Devonta Freeman
48 Ronnie Hillman Devonta Freeman Lance Dunbar Khiry Robinson
49 Donald Brown Khiry Robinson Andre Williams Andre Williams
50 LeGarrette Blount Andre Williams Johnathan Stewart Ahmad Bradshaw

Individual Writer Rankings (PPR)

Rank Daniel Kelley Dan Ciarrocchi John Daigle Scott Kaliska
1 Jamaal Charles LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy
2 LeSean McCoy Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles
3 Matt Forte Matt Forte Matt Forte Matt Forte
4 Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson
5 Arian Foster Montee Ball Montee Ball Montee Ball
6 Montee Ball Eddie Lacy Andre Ellington Marshawn Lynch
7 Marshawn Lynch Demarco Murray Reggie Bush Arian Foster
8 Eddie Lacy Marshawn Lynch Arian Foster Eddie Lacy
9 DeMarco Murray Andre Ellington Marshawn Lynch DeMarco Murray
10 Le'Veon Bell Arian Foster Eddie Lacy Giovani Bernard
11 Andre Ellington Giovani Bernard Shane Vereen Andre Ellington
12 Alfred Morris Doug Martin DeMarco Murray Le'Veon Bell
13 Doug Martin Zac Stacy Joique Bell Zac Stacy
14 Reggie Bush LeVeon Bell Le'Veon Bell Reggie Bush
15 C.J. Spiller Reggie Bush Giovanni Bernard Doug Martin
16 Giovani Bernard Shane Vereen Frank Gore Shane Vereen
17 Ben Tate Alfred Morris Pierre Thomas Rashad Jennings
18 Frank Gore C.J. Spiller Chris Johnson C.J. Spiller
19 Rashad Jennings Rashad Jennings Alfred Morris Alfred Morris
20 Pierre Thomas Frank Gore Doug Martin Toby Gerhart
21 Chris Johnson Toby Gerhart Ben Tate Frank Gore
22 Shane Vereen Ryan Mathews Zac Stacy Ryan Mathews
23 Zac Stacy Joique Bell C.J. Spiller Chris Johnson
24 Ryan Mathews Chris Johnson Rashad Jennings Joique Bell
25 Joique Bell Pierre Thomas Toby Gerhart Pierre Thomas
26 Toby Gerhart Ben Tate Danny Woodhead Ben Tate
27 Darren Sproles Bernard Pierce Ryan Mathews Steven Jackson
28 Danny Woodhead Fred Jackson Fred Jackson Bernard Pierce
29 Steven Jackson Steven Jackson Darren Sproles Fred Jackson
30 Fred Jackson Danny Woodhead Stephen Jackson Danny Woodhead
31 DeAngelo Williams Darren Sproles Maurice Jones-Drew Trent Richardson
32 Knowshon Moreno Trent Richardson Knowshon Moreno Lamar Miller
33 Bernard Pierce Maurice Jones-Drew Shonn Greene Darren Sproles
34 Trent Richardson Bishop Sankey Jeremy Hill Maurice Jones-Drew
35 Darren McFadden Lamar Miller Mark Ingram Bishop Sankey
36 Maurice Jones-Drew Jeremy Hill Trent Richardson Knowshon Moreno
37 Lamar Miller Shonn Greene Jacquizz Rodgers Stevan Ridley
38 Bishop Sankey Mark Ingram Bishop Sankey Mark Ingram
39 Shonn Greene Stevan Ridley Stevan Ridley Shonn Greene
40 Benny Cunningham DeAngelo Williams Ronnie Hillman Dexter McCluster
41 Donald Brown Knowson Moreno Bernard Pierce Terrance West
42 Ahmad Bradshaw Darren McFadden DeAngelo Williams DeAngelo Williams
43 Jonathan Stewart Terrance West Lamar Miller Darren McFadden
44 Stevan Ridley Devonta Freeman Chris Ivory Devonta Freeman
45 Bobby Rainey Christopher Ivory Darren McFadden Christopher Ivory
46 Terrance West Carlos Hyde Carlos Hyde Carlos Hyde
47 Chris Ivory Jonathan Stewart Lance Dunbar Jeremy Hill
48 Ronnie Hillman Mike Tolbert Andre Williams Jonathan Stewart
49 Jeremy Hill Roy Helu Christine Michael Lance Dunbar
50 Devonta Freeman
Tre Mason Roy Helu