Fantasy RB Rankings Week 1: Jamaal Williams and Javonte Williams inside top 30

After a long wait, Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season is here, and getting your RB rankings right is one of the most crucial elements for a fantasy football manager. Thursday brought us poor performances from Ezekiel Elliott, while we may have got some early clarity in the Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones situation. With those options now off the table, what is the case with the remainder of the Week 1 RB rankings?

Update 09/12/21: In a surprising move, the San Francisco 49ers announced late Sunday afternoon that RB Trey Sermon was going to be inactive for their game against the Detroit Lions.

The below rankings are intended as a guide for half-PPR formats. They do not take into account individual league rules and setups. The Week 1 RB rankings are consensus rankings from PFN Senior Fantasy Analyst Eric Moody and Fantasy Analyst Tommy Garrett.

Fantasy RB rankings for Week 1 | 1-20

1. Christian McCaffrey | Carolina Panthers vs. NYJ
2. Dalvin Cook | Minnesota Vikings @ CIN
3. Alvin Kamara | New Orleans Saints vs. GB
4. Derrick Henry | Tennessee Titans vs. ARI
5. Joe Mixon | Cincinnati Bengals vs. MIN
6. James Robinson | Jacksonville Jaguars @ HOU
7. Aaron Jones | Green Bay Packers @ NO
8. Jonathan Taylor | Indianapolis Colts vs. SEA
9. Nick Chubb | Cleveland Browns @ KC
10. Antonio Gibson | Washington Football Team vs. LAC

11. Najee Harris | Pittsburgh Steelers @ BUF
12. Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Kansas City Chiefs vs. CLE
13. Austin Ekeler | Los Angeles Chargers @ WAS
14. Saquon Barkley | New York Giants vs. DEN
15. Chris Carson | Seattle Seahawks @ IND
16. Raheem Mostert | San Francisco 49ers @ DET
17. Mike Davis | Atlanta Falcons vs. PHI
18. David Montgomery | Chicago Bears @ LAR
19. Miles Sanders | Philadelphia Eagles @ ATL
20. D’Andre Swift | Detroit Lions vs. SF

Top 75 running backs for Week 1 | 21-40

21. Darrell Henderson | Los Angeles Rams vs. CHI
22. Chase Edmonds | Arizona Cardinals @ TEN
23. Damien Harris | New England Patriots vs. MIA
24. Myles Gaskin | Miami Dolphins @ NE
25. Ty’Son Williams | Baltimore Ravens @ LV
26. Josh Jacobs | Las Vegas Raiders vs. BAL
27. Kareem Hunt | Cleveland Browns @ KC
28. Trey Sermon | San Francisco 49ers @ DET ***Inactive***
29. Javonte Williams | Denver Broncos @ NYG
30. Jamaal Williams | Detroit Lions vs. SF

31. Melvin Gordon III | Denver Broncos @ NYG
32. Nyheim Hines | Indianapolis Colts vs. SEA
33. James Conner | Arizona Cardinals @ TEN
34. Tevin Coleman | New York Jets @ CAR
35. AJ Dillon | Green Bay Packers @ NO
36. Devin Singletary | Buffalo Bills vs. PIT
37. Zack Moss | Buffalo Bills vs. PIT
38. James White | New England Patriots vs. MIA
39. David Johnson | Houston Texans vs. JAX
40. Kenyan Drake | Las Vegas Raiders vs. BAL

Week 1 RB rankings | 41-60

41. Tony Jones Jr. | New Orleans Saints vs. GB
42. J.D. McKissic | Washington Football Team vs. LAC
43. Sony Michel | Los Angeles Rams vs. CHI
44. Phillip Lindsay | Houston Texans vs. JAX
45. Salvon Ahmed | Miami Dolphins @ NE
46. Mark Ingram II | Houston Texans vs. JAX
47. Ty Johnson | New York Jets @ CAR
48. Carlos Hyde | Jacksonville Jaguars @ HOU
49. Alexander Mattison | Minnesota Vikings @ CIN
50. Michael Carter | New York Jets @ CAR

51. Rhamondre Stevenson | New England Patriots vs. MIA
52. Joshua Kelley | Los Angeles Chargers @ WAS
53. Rashaad Penny | Seattle Seahawks @ IND
54. Damien Williams | Chicago Bears @ LAR
55. Boston Scott | Philadelphia Eagles @ ATL
56. Chuba Hubbard | Carolina Panthers vs. NYJ
57. Larry Rountree III | Los Angeles Chargers @ WAS
58. Devontae Booker | New York Giants vs. DEN
59. Wayne Gallman Jr. | Atlanta Falcons vs. PHI
60. Kenneth Gainwell | Philadelphia Eagles @ ATL

Week 1 Top 75 running backs | 61-75

61. Darrel Williams | Kansas City Chiefs vs. CLE
62. Marlon Mack | Indianapolis Colts vs. SEA
63. Malcolm Brown | Miami Dolphins @ NE
64. Samaje Perine | Cincinnati Bengals vs. MIN
65. Jerick McKinnon | Kansas City Chiefs vs. CLE
66. Kyle Juszczyk | San Francisco 49ers @ DET
67. Rex Burkhead | Houston Texans vs. JAX
68. Benny Snell Jr. | Pittsburgh Steelers @ BUF
69. Jake Funk | Los Angeles Rams vs. CHI
70. Matt Breida | Buffalo Bills vs. PIT

71. Alex Collins | Seattle Seahawks @ IND
72. Ty Montgomery | New Orleans Saints vs. GB
73. Jermar Jefferson | Detroit Lions vs. SF
74. Justin Jackson | Los Angeles Chargers @ WAS
75. Kalen Ballage | Pittsburgh Steelers @ BUF

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