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Faraz's Notable Week 1 RB Rankings



Josh Jacobs: RB7


Denver has a good defense, but Josh Jacobs didn’t care. He averaged 30 touches and 167.5 scrimmage yards in his two games against the Broncos last year. Same offense, same coach. I’m expecting similar usage.


Aaron Jones: RB11


With Christian Watson banged up, we could see Aaron Jones take on more responsibility in the passing game. The Bears’ defense got some help this offseason, but it better make a big difference after allowing the 3rd most rushing yards and 2nd most rushing TDs to RBs last year.


Kenneth Walker III: RB18


Walker looks to be healthy now, but it remains a mystery as to what a split, if any, will look like with Zach Charbonnet. However, the Rams defense is a mess, the Seahawks offensive line has become an underrated strength, and therefore, a positive game script is likely.


Raheem Mostert: RB22


With Jeff Wilson out, I’m confidently starting Mostert as a RB2. The matchup with the Chargers is a fantasy haven, and Mostert is going to get a sizable workload with a goal line role on a good offense.


Khalil Herbert: RB28


Herbert is the 1a in Chicago’s backfield, but there is a threat that both Roschon Johnson and D’onta Foreman steal some work, as well. The goal line and passing down role is up for grabs, so it leaves Herbert as a very solid flex with upside in a pretty good matchup.


Brian Robinson: RB31


Robinson’s usage in the preseason indicates that he isn’t going anywhere, and will still likely be the primary RB in this offense on early downs. If this offense improves, he’ll be the beneficiary of more goal line TDs. The game script is perfect for him this week against Arizona.


Kenneth Gainwell: RB38


The Eagles listed four RBs as co-starters this week. They are truly trying to mess with us. I’m weary of believing that Gainwell will have a big role in the backfield, but everything we’re hearing is that he is going to be one of the primary ball carriers in this offense.

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