Fantasy Football Week 2 RB Rankings: Malcolm Brown, Nyheim Hines Up

Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings Week 2

Getty Malcolm Brown #34 of the Los Angeles Rams.

Welcome to our Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 2 of the 2020 NFL regular season. In this week’s column, we discuss the budding fantasy values of Los Angeles Rams‘ Malcolm Brown and Indianapolis Colts‘ Nyheim Hines.

* If you’re looking for more information on how to best set your lineup this coming week check out our Week 2 RB Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Reminder: These rankings are based on full-PPR scoring formats.

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Running Back Outlook Week 2

I’ll toot my own horn here for a moment and note that I had Nyheim Hines (RB14) as one of my preseason top-three RB sleepers for 2020. However, a potential season-ending injury to Marlon Mack may lead to Hines completely demolishing any perceived ceiling I would have envisioned for him.

Hines was grossly underutilized a season ago, just one year removed from ranking seventh amongst all RBs in targets (81). That was bound to change this year with Phillip Rivers at the helm, as Rivers-led offenses have had a RB rank within the top-seven of most targeted players at their position in two of the past three seasons. If Week 1 is any indication, Hines (eight targets) may very well make it three out of the last four.

Yet, more important than anything was his usage in the run game. Jonathan Taylor out-attempted Hines just nine-to-seven. Expect Hines’ usage to grow as the Colts continue to operate out of the shotgun. Furthermore, the Vikings allowed nine receptions to Packers RBs in Week 1 and an average of nine targets to the position dating back to Week 13 of last year.

Malcolm Brown (RB26) will likely find himself a tad higher on other rankings this coming week. However, Cam Akers is still the player Los Angles would like to assume the workload in their backfield sooner rather than later. Brown only out-attempted Akers by four rushes this past Sunday night. Obviously, Brown was the more effective, averaging 4.4 ypc and scoring twice.

Brown has a welcoming matchup in Week 2 vs. a Washington defense who surrendered two touchdowns to Peyton Barber in Week 1 and allowed the third-most points to the position a season ago. He’s a viable flex-start, but his ceiling is vastly limited if he fails to find the end zone.

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Week 2 Fantasy Rankings: Running Back

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    • Matchup: Great l Avg l Tough
  1. # Running Backs TEAM Opp.

    1

    Christian McCaffrey CAR

    @ TB

    2

    Ezekiel Elliott DAL

    vs. ATL

    3

    Saquon Barkley NYG

    @ CHI

    4

    Alvin Kamara NO

    @ LV

    5

    Josh Jacobs LV

    vs. NO

    6

    Derrick Henry TEN

    vs. JAC

    7

    Dalvin Cook MIN

    @ IND

    8

    C, Edwards-Helaire KC

    @ LAC

    9

    Austin Ekeler LAC

    vs. KC

    10

    Joe Mixon CIN

    @ CLE

    11

    Miles Sanders PHI INJ

    vs. LAR

    12

    Raheem Mostert SF

    @ NYJ

    13

    Aaron Jones GB

    vs. DET

    14

    Nyheim Hines IND

    vs. MIN

    15

    Kenyan Drake ARI

    vs. WAS

    16

    Nick Chubb CLE

    vs. CIN

    17

    Todd Gurley ATL

    @ DAL

    18

    Chris Carson SEA

    vs. NE

    19

    David Johnson HOU

    vs. BAL

    20

    Kareem Hunt CLE

    vs. CIN

    21

    Ronald Jones II TB

    vs. CAR

    22

    Mark Ingram II BAL

    @ HOU

    23

    Benny Snell Jr. PIT

    vs. DEN

    24

    Devin Singletary BUF

    @ MIA

    25

    David Montgomery CHI

    vs. NYG

    26

    Malcolm Brown LAR

    @ PHI

    27

    James White NE

    @ SEA

    28

    Jonathan Taylor IND

    vs. MIN

    29

    Melvin Gordon DEN

    @ PIT

    19

    James Conner PIT INJ

    vs. DEN

    30

    Le’Veon Bell NYJ INJ

    vs. SF

    31

    James Robinson JAC

    @ TEN

    32

    J.K. Dobbins BAL

    @ HOU

    33

    Leonard Fournette TB

    vs. CAR

    34

    Phillip Lindsay DEN

    @ PIT

    35

    Adrian Peterson DET

    @ GB

    36

    Frank Gore NYJ

    vs. SF

    37

    Zack Moss BUF

    @ MIA

    38

    Cam Akers LAR

    @ PHI

    39

    D’Andre Swift DET

    @ GB

    39

    Sony Michel NE

    @ SEA

    40

    Latavius Murray NO

    @ LV

    41

    Boston Scott PHI

    vs. LAR

    43

    Tarik Cohen CHI

    vs. NYG

    44

    Chase Edmonds ARI

    vs. WAS

    45

    Antonio Gibson WAS

    @ ARI

    47

    Carlos Hyde SEA

    vs. NE

    48

    Myles Gaskin MIA

    vs. BUF

    49

    Peyton Barber WAS

    @ ARI

    50

    Joshua Kelley LAC

    vs. KC

    51

    Jordan Howard MIA

    vs. BUF

    52

    Duke Johnson HOU INJ

    vs. BAL

    53

    Jerick McKinnon SF

    @ NYJ

    54

    Chris Thompson JAC

    @ TEN

    55

    Alexander Mattison MIN

    @ IND

    56

    Jamaal Williams GB

    vs. DET

    57

    Kerryon Johnson DET

    @ GB

    58

    Matt Breida MIA

    vs. BUF

    59

    Rex Burkhead NE

    @ SEA

    60

    Devontae Booker LV

    vs. NO

    61

    Giovani Bernard CIN

    @ CLE

    62

    Patrick Laird MIA

    vs. BUF

    63

    Tevin Coleman SF

    @ NYJ

    64

    A.J. Dillon GB

    vs. DET

    65

    Dion Lewis NYG

    @ CHI

    66

    J.J. Taylor NE

    @ SEA

    67

    Darrell Henderson LAR

    @ PHI

    68

    Tony Pollard DAL

    vs. ATL

    69

    Brian Hill ATL

    @ DAL

    70

    Wayne Gallman NYG

    @ CHI

    71

    Corey Clement PHI

    vs. LAR

    72

    Kyle Juszczyk SF

    @ NYJ

    73

    Tyler Ervin GB

    vs. DET

    74

    Jalen Richard LV

    vs. NO

    75

    LeSean McCoy TB

    vs. CAR

    76

    Darrynton Evans TEN

    vs. JAC

    77

    Justin Jackson LAC

    vs. KC

    78

    DeeJay Dallas SEA

    vs. NE

    79

    Josh Adams NYJ

    vs. SF

    80

    Royce Freeman DEN

    @ PIT

    81

    Jaylen Samuels PIT

    vs. DEN

    82

    Gus Edwards BAL

    @ HOU

    83

    Ito Smith ATL

    @ DAL

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