Fantasy Football Rankings 2015: NFL Week 1 Running Backs

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is a perennial fantasy star. (Getty)

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is a perennial fantasy star. (Getty)

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Despite the shift to the pass-heavy style the NFL has shifted to, the running back is still the lifeblood of a fantasy football team.

If you’re in a standard, season-long fantasy league, you need to get yourself a workhorse back. One that can take 25 carries per game and get into the endzone. How many of them are left in the league in 2015? Eh, it’s not too many. But they are out there.

And we’re going to find out who rises to the top as the NFL season kicks off Thursday night in New England when the Patriots host the Steelers.

All 32 teams are on the schedule in Week 1, so ranking the backs is a tougher task. Though we all kind of know who the usual suspects are that will land in the top 10.

Each week we’ll be doing fantasy football rankings for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and defenses/special teams. Bookmark our fantasy football rankings 2015 page to keep up-to-date on the latest projections and rankings so you know you who to start and who to sit.

Keep reading to see our Week 1 running back rankings:

1. Eddie Lacy, Packers, at Bears

2. Adrian Peterson, Vikings, at 49ers

3. DeMarco Murray, Eagles, at Falcons

4. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, at Texans

5. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, at Rams

6. Matt Forte, Bears, vs. Packers

7. Jeremy Hill, Bengals, at Raiders

8. Lamar Miller, Dolphins, at Redskins

9. CJ Anderson, Broncos, vs. Ravens

10. LeSean McCoy, Bills, vs. Colts

11. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers, at Jaguars

12. Justin Forsett, Ravens, at Broncos

13. Carlos Hyde, 49ers, vs. Vikings

14. Chris Ivory, Jets, vs. Browns

15. Doug Martin, Buccaneers, vs. Titans

16. Andre Ellington, Cardinals, vs. Saints

17. Latavius Murray, Raiders, vs. Bengals

18. Mark Ingram, Saints, at Cardinals

19. Rashad Jennings, Giants, at Cowboys

20. Frank Gore, Colts, at Bills

21. TJ Yeldon, Jaguars, vs. Panthers

22. Alfred Morris, Redskins, vs. Dolphins

23. Melvin Gordon, Chargers, vs. Lions

24. Joseph Randle, Cowboys, vs. Giants

25. Tevin Coleman, Falcons, vs. Eagles

26. DeAngelo Williams, Steelers, at Patriots

27. Alfred Blue, Texans, vs. Chiefs

28. Ameer Abdullah, Lions, at Chargers

29. Bishop Sankey, Titans, at Buccaneers

30. Giovani Bernard, Bengals, at Raiders

31. Joique Bell, Lions, at Chargers

32. Danny Woodhead, Chargers, vs. Lions

33. Ryan Mathews, Eagles, at Falcons

34. Isaiah Crowell, Browns, at Jets

35. Shane Vereen, Giants, at Cowboys

36. Brandon Bolden, Patriots, vs. Steelers

37. Denard Robinson, Jaguars, vs. Panthers

38. Roy Helu, Raiders, vs. Bengals

39. Tre Mason, Rams, vs. Seahawks

40. Darren McFadden, Cowboys, vs. Giants

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