Week 1 Quick Links
The first week is finally here as every fantasy owner’s hibernation comes to an end. Especially in the first weeks, there is always confusion on who to start or sit. In addition to these rankings, our entire staff is always available to answer any questions you have in the forums.
Remember that these are NOT equivalent to our yearly rankings. Opponents, injuries, and expected usage are all taken into account. Just because we don’t like Ray Rice for his week 1 game does not mean we don’t like Ray Rice for his 2013 – 2014 season.
Let’s get to the rankings, which for running back will include our top 50 players for week 1.
|Rank||Player||TEAM||FPTS (YTD)||Week 1|
|15||Maurice Jones – Drew||JAC||0||KC|
CJ Spiller: You’re starting Spiller every week no matter what in all likelihood. But, if in some weird scenario where the thought of Spiller on your bench would even cross your mind, don’t do it. Spiller has a shot to go crazy this week as whether EJ Manuel (Questionable, Meniscus) plays or not, Spiller should get a monster workload. If Manuel were to miss, UDFA Jeff Tuel would get the start. With a top notch RB, handing the ball to Spiller extremely often seems like the best thing to do for the Bills. Manuel starting would be arguably even better. Manuel is a rookie, and the Bills may want to ease him into his NFL career. The only difference is the Bills wouldn’t be a one trick pony and the Patriots may not stack the box on every play. Either way, expect a big week from Spiller.
Arian Foster: Boy, did Arian Foster take a fall in the past couple of weeks or what? He was a universal top 3 pick not too long ago and all the sudden some are suggesting to back off of him in the first round. I’m not quite as quick to say that but in the first week he’s a RB2 as opposed to a RB1. Ben Tate should have a bigger role in week 1 as it is becoming more and more obvious that Foster was overworked last season. Start him if you got him, but don’t expect his typical production.
Montee Ball/Ronnie Hillman: What a mess… At first it seemed like just a matter of time before Ball took over the starting gig; however, the momentum has been moving in Hillman’s direction for a while. Neither were preseason studs or did anything to separate themselves from the pack, but Hillman has been consistently listed atop the depth chart and been taking the first team reps. Still, if I had to take my pick on who leads the Broncos in week 1 carries, I’d put my money on Ball. Hillman simply isn’t built as an every down back, Ball is. He’s a grinder. Hillman is a change of pace type of guy. Even if Hillman has a slightly better YPC, I like Ball for carries and is their guy around the goal line. The situation is probably best left avoided, but if necessary, start Ball.