Week 3 Fantasy Rankings (RB)
The running back position as a whole has struggled to both produce and stay healthy so far this season. That also means that starting the right guy is imperative to maximize your points from your RB’s. Without further ado…
RB (Opponent in parenthesis)
1. Adrian Peterson (CLE) – On this one 78 yard run by Peterson in week 1 (the first play of the game), he out-rushed the entire Steelers team in their first 2 weeks combined.
2. Marshawn Lynch (JAC) – Again, who wouldn’t you start against the Jaguars defense? This guy had 98 yards and 3 total TD’s against the Niners last week.
3. LeSean McCoy (KC) – Despite only rushing for 53 yards and no TD’s last week, McCoy still posted 16 fantasy points because of his receiving stats (114 yards).
4. Jamaal Charles (@PHI) – Philadelphia’s defense has given up an average of 30 points per game this season. Charles has to score at least once on Thursday night.
5. Alfred Morris (DET) – Had a much improved week 2 after a disastrous week 1.
6. Matt Forte (@PIT) – Pittsburgh’s pass defense is actually quite good, which means the Bears will be force-feed Forte the ball on the ground.
7. Doug Martin (@NE) – I think that Doug Martin will struggle this week against a New England defense that has had 10 days to prepare for him.
8. C.J. Spiller (@NYJ) – The Jets defense held Stevan Ridley to just 36 rushing yards last week.
9. Arian Foster (@BAL) – If you are a regular reader of this site, then you know that I’m a big believer in Ben Tate. Foster will get his touches, but will he make the most of them on Sunday?
10. Chris Johnson (SD) – Look for him to excel in the receiving game this week.
11. Reggie Bush (DET) – Assuming he plays, Bush is in for a monster day. The two running backs to play the Redskins this year (LeSean McCoy and James Starks) have gained 184 and 132 yards respectively.
12. Knowshon Moreno (OAK) – He has taken the reigns as the number 1 back in Denver, but in a passing offense, how much will he be used?
13. Demarco Murray (STL) – Poor showing last week with 10 carries for 25 yards. I expect him to improve this week and rush for 4 times as many yards as he did last weekend.
14. Lamar Miller (ATL) – Great outing last week; now he gets to face an injury depleted Falcons defense.
15. Stevan Ridley (TB) – If he continues to hold on to the ball, he will continue to get carries. Ridley is too talented to not make something happen when he gets the ball.
16. Frank Gore (IND) – Gore has 30 carries for 60 yards this season which amounts to 2.0 yards per carry. I need to see something from Gore that shows me he has fuel left in the tank before I believe it.
17. Darren Mcfadden (@DEN) – The matchup isn’t great as Oakland will be playing from behind all game, but Mcfadden has quietly put up double-digit fantasy points two weeks in a row.
18. Darren Sproles (ARI) – Drew Brees will check it down often to Sproles once he sees Patrick Peterson in the secondary.
19. Trent Richardson (@SF) – First game with his new team and only will have 2 practices under his belt to know the system. Plus he has to face the 49ers D.
20. Giovani Bernard (GB) – Looked explosive on Monday Night Football and I believe he will continue to impress.
*Note: These rankings assume Ray Rice WILL NOT play on Sunday.