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2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 2 RB Rankings

Scoring: These rankings are based on standard-scoring formats -- one point per 10 rushing yards, six points per rushing touchdown plus one point per 10 receiving yards and six points per receiving touchdown. These rankings are for Week 2 of the 2018 NFL season.


While his lost fumble partly led to an undesirable game outcome (tie in Cleveland), it was a highly successful day for his fantasy owners.

In the season debut and with no Le'Veon Bell, who continues his hold out, Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner had 31 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns and added five receptions for 57 yards.

Conner's Week 1 production was nearly identical to his rookie season numbers -- 32/144 rushing with no catches.

Before Sunday's game, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted that the team's "guess" was that Bell would report on (this past) Saturday. Of course, he didn't.

It's anyone's guess when Bell will report, but it's clear that Conner is set for a massive role for as long as Bell is out.

Not only did Conner get 36 touches, but no other Steelers back had any carries or targets.

This week, the Steelers will host the Chiefs and the matchup sets up well for Conner to have another big day.

Not only do the Chiefs have a high-powered offense, but they have a weak overall defense. The duo of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler racked up nearly 300 yards from scrimmage against them on Sunday.



Gordon and Ekeler: L.A.'s Dynamic Duo

As noted above, Los Angeles Chargers running backs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler combined for a monster day against the Chiefs.

While Gordon (24) had more touches than Ekeler (10), the duo both accounted for more than 100 YFS. In addition, both scored -- TD for Ekeler and 2-point conversion for MG3.

Of course, Gordon is an every-week slam-dunk RB1.

Ekeler still may not be a start most weeks, but he has some stand-alone value and could be in the flex conversation in certain situations. This may be one of those weeks.

The Chargers will head east to Buffalo as they look to get on track. As we've seen with the Bills in Week 1, they have plenty of issues.

It's certainly possible that the Chargers establish an early lead and run away with the game (no pun intended). If so, game script could lead to higher percentage of run plays. In addition, a blowout could lead to more work for Ekeler earlier in the game.

More notes heading into Week 2:
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Our Week 2 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings from Kevin Hanson:



- Fantasy Football PPR Running Back Rankings

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