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Heading into the season, the Top 5 fantasy running backs were roughly listed in this order: Le'Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott, and Saquon Barkley, with Kareem Hunt on a list here and there. 


Apparently, Alvin Kamara should have been at the top of that list.


Kamara had a monster start to the season, rushing for 29 yards and two touchdowns while notching nine receptions for 112 yards and another touchdown. He's quickly become one of Drew Brees' favorite targets, and without Mark Ingram active those goal-line touches will come more frequently as well.


He was so impressive in Week 1 that he's the favorite for most running back fantasy points in Week 2. 

Kamara might be the favorite, but Gurley is close behind after his 108 yards rushing, 39 yards receiving and a touchdown in Monday's game against the Raiders. Kamara and the Saints take on the Cleveland Browns this week while Gurley matches up with the Arizona Cardinals, who just got gashed by Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson.


There are plenty of other big names here too. Johnson will be on the opposite sideline of Gurley on Sunday; Melvin Gordon gets to run all over the Buffalo Bills; and Elliott will look to improve off a poor Week 1 against the Giants on Sunday night. Meanwhile, Week 1 standout James Conner is listed at +2500, despite putting up 135 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns with a similarly nice matchup against the Chiefs defense this week. 


Pretty much any name on that list could finish the week as the running back fantasy points leader, so it might just be time to go with your gut and hope for the best. 


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