Welcome back! Week 1 is in the books, so it’s time to do some research and look for the top 12 running back plays for Week 2. I based my top 12 running back plays for Week 2 on the possible game flow, skill, and opponents that they will be facing for the week. Time for us to dive right in.
1Alvin Kamara, NO at CAR
Alvin Kamara had 23 touches, 3 of which were receptions, for 91 total yards and no touchdowns in New Orleans blowout victory over the Packers on Sunday. He is number one on my list of top 12 running back plays for Week 2 because of the number of touches he received. This week his yards per touch should increase, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the end-zone a time or two.
2Christian McCaffrey vs NO
Christian McCaffrey can do it all. Last week against the Jets he had 21 carries for 98 yards rushing. Then he also added 9 receptions for 89 yards receiving. McCaffrey appears to be back to his 2019 form after missing most of last season. The Saints are a tougher defense than the Jets, but I would still expect McCaffrey to get his touches.
3Dalvin Cook, MIN at ARI
Dalvin Cook comes in third on my list of top 12 running back plays for Week 2. In a Week 1 overtime loss against the Bengals, Cook had 104 total yards and 1 score on 26 touches, and 6 of which were receptions. Arizona was able to contain Derrick Henry last week, but look for Cook to put up some good numbers as a receiver out of the backfield and helping spread out this defense.
4Austin Ekeler, LAC vs DAL
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler had 57 rushing yards and a score against Washington on Sunday. Surprisingly, Ekeler was not targetted in the passing game as Ekeler is a good receiver out of the backfield. Against a bad Dallas defense on Sunday, Ekeler should see more carries and be targeted more in the passing game.
5David Montgomery, CHI vs CIN
David Montgomery had 108 yards rushing and 1 touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams. He also had 1 reception for 10 yards. Next week, the Chicago Bears host the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Bengals do not have as good of a defense against the run as the Rams. Expect Montgomery to have another 100-yard rushing game in Week 2.
6Nick Chubb, CLE vs HOU
Nick Chubb and the Cleveland Browns will host the Houston Texans on Sunday. Chubb had 101 total yards and 2 touchdowns rushing against the Chiefs in Week 1. He was able to do this while splitting time with Kareem Hunt. The Browns’ offensive line should be able to beat the Texans’ defensive line off the snap and help Chubb have another great game.
7Aaron Jones, GB vs DET (MNF)
Much like the rest of the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones did not have a good game against the New Orleans Saints. He had 22 total yards on 7 touches, 2 of which were receptions. Going against Detroit on Monday Night Football, Jones should see more carries and be relied on more in this favorable matchup.
8Najee Harris, PIT vs LV
The Buffalo Bills run defense contained Najee Harris in Week 1 in Buffalo. Harris had 49 total yards on 17 touches. The Raiders defense is not as strong against running backs as Buffalo. Look for Pittsburgh to try to re-establish the run with Harris and have a good game against a poor Las Vegas run defense.
9Chris Carson, SEA vs TEN
The Seattle Seahawks will face the Tennessee Titans in Week 2. In Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts, Chris Carson had 117 total yards. The Titans’ run defense is suspect against the run and Carson should benefit from that, especially if the Seahawks get up early.
10Derrick Henry, TEN at SEA
Derrick Henry couldn’t get going in Week 1 against the Cardinals. Henry had 58 yards on 17 carries, he also caught 3 passes for 19 yards. Derrick Henry should see more touches and have more yards in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks.
11Saquon Barkley, NYG at WAS (TNF)
The number 11 player on the top 12 running back plays for Week 2 is Saquon Barkley. The Denver Broncos bottled up Barkley in Week 1, allowing him to rush just 10 times for just 26 yards. The Washington Football Team hosts the Giants on Thursday night, which is a short turnaround for both teams. Barkley is good at catching the ball and can make big plays whenever he touches it.
12Joe Mixon, CIN at CHI
Joe Mixon is a three-down back for the Cincinnati Bengals. Last week against the Vikings, Mixon rushed for 127 yards and a score. He also added 4 receptions for 23 yards. The Bengals head to Chicago for a Week 2 matchup and should be used heavily to help keep the Bears defense honest.