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2021 Fantasy Football: Week 2 Running Back Streaming Options

Matt Brandon Sep 16th 1:23 PM EDT.

Week 1 was the best of times. Week 1 was the worst of times. All I know is that the NFL is back in action! Can you dig it?

Hopefully, it was the best of times for you. For those of you with a lot of Raheem Mostert shares, it was the worst of times. But like a great cornerback who just got burned, we must quickly regroup and move on. On to the next play. On to the next matchup.

So whether you’re filling in a giant Mostert-sized hole, dealing with some late-week injury news (will Odell Beckham ever get healthy?), or still making up for a poor draft, let’s see if we can find some streaming options for Week 2.

Week 2 RB Streamers

Mark Ingram, Houston Texans

It’s hard to call a guy who just carried the ball 26 times a streaming option, but Ingram doesn’t scream fantasy starter at this point in his career. While I’m fully prepared for a dud after last week’s huge game, the Texans will again lean on their running game against the Browns this week. If you’re in desperate need of a streamer to fill in for Mostert (or otherwise), Ingram should be near the top of your list.

Kenyan Drake, Las Vegas Raiders

Another week on the list for Drake. He’s very much the RB2 in Las Vegas, but he’s also very much the passing back and has a floor of at least 7-8 points in PPR leagues. With five receptions for 59 yards last week, Drake exceeded that floor and showed why the Raiders paid him in the offseason. Josh Jacobs is still the main guy in Vegas, but Drake is a solid streamer if you are thin at the position.

Trey Sermon, San Francisco 49ers

Everyone is going to be on the Elijah Mitchell train this week. From what I’ve read, Sermon was only inactive last week because he doesn’t play on special teams and Mitchell does. There is no doubt in my mind that Sermon suits up for his NFL debut in Week 2. I would not be shocked if he was San Francisco’s starting running back either. San Francisco spent more draft capital on Sermon than Mitchell and Sermon is clearly the superior back. Time will tell if Sermon’s game translates to the NFL level, but I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t. The 49ers will continue to be a run-first offense with Jimmy Garoppolo under center, which obviously bodes well for both Sermon and Mitchell. Both could easily exceed double-digit fantasy points.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons

Cordarrelle Patterson? Really? Most thought this electric kick returner retired. And almost nobody knew that he was a member of the Falcons’ rejuvinated backfield along with Mike Davis. Patterson somehow seems to have found a second wind to his career as a running back and looked better than Davis at times last week. Patterson is much quicker and will be used to get around the edges whereas Davis is more of an in-between-the-tackles runner. I wouldn’t feel great starting Patterson this week, but things are bleak out there once you get past the top 25 or 30 running backs in the fantasy realm.

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