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Fantasy Football 2023: Week 1 RB Rankings (Saturday Update!)

Week 1 is finally here and that means another season of RB rankings at your disposal. Lots of teams made changes this year and trust me, you’re going to need these weekly rankings to know who to start.

Week 1 is always interesting for players moving up to the number one slot or rookies. James Cook, Rachaad White and Jahmyr Gibbs will all have the keys this year. But, which one will produce and which will have problems?

For this week it is merely based on matchups. Week 1 is always the toughest since you have to go by what happened in training camp or preseason. That is why the matchup battle is so important this week.

Let’s get into this week’s notes.

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Running Back Notes

  • As I said before, White has the keys this year and has a great matchup against the Vikings. The Vikings gave up 21.4 fantasy points per game to RBs last season. White came alive at the end of last season and that was with Leonard Fournette in the backfield as well. Now White is all by himself and will be the workhorse back. He also has the ability to catch and we saw what Baker Mayfield did with Kareem Hunt. This is why White is my RB15 this week.
  • Another second-year back that I believe is going to go off this season is Dameon Pierce. I have him as my RB20. He does have a slightly tougher matchup this week against the Ravens, but he is another RB who will be a three-down back. Pierce is also someone who can catch the ball as well. He caught 30 of his 39 targets last year and I expect that to grow this year. Especially with Rex Burkhead gone. 
  • D’Andre Swift has been a solid RB in past years, but I don’t like his matchup this year. This week he has the Patriots who are always great on defense and last year they finished as the fourth toughest fantasy defense against RBs. Also, the Eagles have a trio of RBs, Even though Swift looks to be the lead, you just never know. I expect Jalen Hurts to be the lead rusher this game. This is why I have Swift as my RB32 this week.
  • Lastly, I have Aaron Jones as my RB10. Jones may have slipped in a lot of drafts with Aaron Rodgers gone and AJ Dillon growing into a solid RB. But, Jones is still talented and I believe Jordan Love is going to look his way a lot this week. The Packers play the Bears this week and the Bears defense gave up the second most fantasy points to RBs last season. Jones is always a threat and this week he will show why he is still a top RB.

2023 Fantasy Football: Week 1 RB Rankings

More Week 1 Rankings: Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End

*These RB rankings are based on half-PPR scoring

1Christian McCaffreySFat PIT
2Nick ChubbCLEvs. CIN
3Austin EkelerLACvs. MIA
4Tony PollardDALat NYG
5Bijan RobinsonATLvs. CAR
6Saquon BarkleyNYGvs. DAL
7Josh JacobsLVat DEN
8Joe MixonCINat CLE
9Derrick HenryTENat NO
10Aaron JonesGBat CHI
11Travis Etienne Jr.JACat IND
12Rhamondre StevensonNEvs. PHI
13Najee HarrisPITvs. SF
14Rachaad WhiteTBat MIN
15J.K. DobbinsBALvs. HOU
16Miles SandersCARat ATL
17Jahmyr GibbsDETat KC
18James ConnerARIat WAS
19Kenneth Walker IIISEAvs. LAR
20Dameon PierceHOUat BAL
21Alexander MattisonMINvs. TB
22Cam AkersLARat SEA
23David MontgomeryDETat KC
24Jamaal WilliamsNOvs. TEN
25James CookBUFat NYJ
26Brian Robinson Jr.WASvs. ARI
27Isiah PachecoKCvs. DET
28Breece HallNYJvs. BUF
29Khalil HerbertCHIvs. GB
30Raheem MostertMIAat LAC
31Javonte WilliamsDENvs. LV
32D'Andre SwiftPHIat NE
33Zach CharbonnetSEAvs. LAR
34Antonio GibsonWASvs. ARI
35Dalvin CookNYJvs. BUF
36AJ DillonGBat CHI
37Jerick McKinnonKCvs. DET
38Tyler AllgeierATLvs. CAR
39Samaje PerineDENvs. LV
40Elijah MitchellSFat PIT
41Jaylen WarrenPITvs. SF
42Damien HarrisBUFat NYJ
43Kenneth GainwellPHIat NE
44Rashaad PennyPHIat NE
45Devin SingletaryHOUat BAL
46Tank BigsbyJACat IND
47De'Von AchaneMIAat LAC
48Gus EdwardsBALvs. HOU
49Deon JacksonINDvs. JAC
50Roschon JohnsonCHIvs. GB
51Chuba HubbardCARat ATL
52Ezekiel ElliottNEvs. PHI
53Tyjae SpearsTENat NO
54Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCvs. DET
55Evan HullINDvs. JAC
56Kyren WilliamsLARat SEA
57D'Onta ForemanCHIvs. GB
58Sean TuckerTBat MIN
59Latavius MurrayBUFat NYJ
60Kendre MillerNOvs. TEN

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