The fantasy Football season is quickly approaching. Now that it's here, it's time for fantasy players to start making decisions about which players should be in your roster for the first week of the year. It's important to consider both the matchup and the talent of the fantasy player before inserting them into your starting lineup. Here's a list of the ten best fantasy running backs for week 1 of the regular season.

1. Todd Gurley

The best fantasy running back this year belongs at the top of the list. The Rams take on a San Francisco defense that isn't great against the run with a quarterback who isn't going to throw the ball downfield too much. The Rams will therefore rely on Gurley, who should be in every single lineup for the start of 2016.

2. Adrian Peterson

The Minnesota Vikings star running back is about to get a even bigger workload after quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down with an injury.

That means Peterson will have more opportunities to earn fantasy points and will almost certainly get 20 carries a game. He belongs in every lineup in week 1.

3. Devonta Freeman

Did you see what happened to the Buccaneers defense when they played the Redskins in week 4 of the preseason? Running back Mack Brown rushed for 149 yards and Rob Kelley tacked on 99 more. That's more than 200 yards in a preseason game! The Bucs run defense is awful and Devonta Freeman should be able to take advantage.

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4. Jamaal Charles

Does anyone even remember what this guy did before he got injured last year? He had 5 touchdowns in less than five games and was the integral part of a Chiefs offense that relied on him for pretty much everything. Now the running back gets to play against a Chargers defense that was terrible against the run last season.

5. David Johnson

The Arizona Cardinals will play a Patriots team without Tom Brady in week 1.

The Patriots defense was solid last season, but Johnson is a highly talented back who proved himself with several huge fantasy games last year. Plus, the Cardinals will likely be ahead for a majority of the game, giving Johnson even more opportunities for fantasy points.

6. Doug Martin

The Tampa Bay running back will get a chance to run against the Atlanta Falcons, one of the worst run defenses in the NFL last season.

He should have plenty of opportunities to rack up the points and will definitely be a viable fantasy option for week 1. Owners just hope that Charles Sims doesn't vulture away too many carries.

7. Lamar Miller

The former Miami Dolphin now gets a chance to run with the Houston Texans. In his first game, he will play against a Bears defense that is highly susceptible to the run. If the Texans figure out a way to use the speedy Miller effectively, he could have a huge fantasy game in week 1 against the Chicago Bears.

8. Mark Ingram

Ingram was having a really solid fantasy season last year until he got injured. He consistently scored double digit fantasy points by being productive in both the running and passing games. In week 1, he will get an opportunity to flash that versatility against an Oakland Raiders defense that is far better against the pass than the run.

9. Eddie Lacy

The Packers running back finally lost some weight in the offseason and will have a chance to show that off in his first matchup against the Jaguars. Jacksonville wasn't very good at defending the run last year and let up some huge games to running backs in the AFC South. Now Lacy will have a chance to add to that list of big games.

10. LeSean McCoy

The Bills starting running back doesn't have a great fantasy matchup in week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens. But he gets enough work with the league's leading rushing attack to be a must start in week 1 anyway. His contributions in the pass game make him worthy of a start every single week as long as he is healthy.

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