Week 3 Fantasy RB Rankings: Must starts, sleepers, potential busts at running back

Week 3 Fantasy RB Rankings: Must starts, sleepers, potential busts at running back

Kenyan Drake, ARZ vs. DET. The Lions were absolutely gashed by the Packers running backs last week to the tune of 8.0 backyards per carry and 72 backyards and a TD through the air. Austin Ekeler, LAC vs. CAR. Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. TB. James Robinson, JAX vs. MIA. Chris Thompson, JAX vs. MIA.

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Derrick Henry, TEN @ MIN

Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. TEN

Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ SEA

Kenyan Drake, ARZ vs. DET.

The Lions were absolutely gashed by the Packers running backs recently to the tune of 8.0 yards per carry and 72 backyards and a TD through the air. They simply don’t stop the run well, and just the Bengals have permitted more than the Lions 353 hurrying backyards. Drake logged 95 general backyards versus a tough Washington front 7, so he can be relied on as an RB1 in an even more beneficial matchup.

Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. NYJ.

Now, hell get to handle a Jets defense that permits 24.7 dream points per video game (FPPG) to RBs and just let Raheem Mostert scuttle unblemished for an 80-yard TD on the extremely first play of its Week 2 video game.

Alvin Kamara, NO vs. GB

Austin Ekeler, LAC vs. CAR.

Ekeler has a juicy match versus a Panthers defense that has in fact enabled three rushing TDs to RBs in each of their very first two computer game of the season after permitting a league-high 27 rushing TDs to the position in 2015. Ekeler might be splitting brings with Joshua Kelley, who got 23 brings compared to Ekelers 16 versus the Chiefs, however Ekeler was more effective (5.8 lawns per carry to Kelleys 2.8) and offers more as a receiver.

It wont be simple against the Ravens, who are linked with the Chargers for the least FPPG to RBs at 9.1, however he must get a lot of opportunities to produce when once again. If the Chiefs can prevent falling back and provide him more than the 10 brings he saw on Sunday, he ought to be positioned to rack up some yardage.

David Montgomery, CHI @ ATL.

Atlantas defense is allowing approximately 39 points per video game to offenses and has in fact made it possible for the fourth-most catches to RBs (15) and the most receiving TDs (2 ). Some may believe this seems like a smash location for Tarik Cohen, but after Montgomery captured 3 passes for 45 yards and a TD in Week 2, he may be in for a substantial computer game in Week 3.

Miles Sanders, PHI vs. CIN. The Bengals have permitted the most hurrying backyards to RBs this season (358) and the second-most overall TDs (5 ). Start Sanders, who just racked up 131 overall lawns and a TD versus the Rams, with confidence.

Aaron Jones, GB @ NO.

Josh Jacobs, LV @ NE.

Nick Chubb, CLE vs. WAS.

Washington has been fantastic versus RBs up until now this year and is among 4 groups yet to provide up a goal to the position as of this writing (the Ravens, Chargers, and Saints are the other three).

Joe Mixon, CIN @ PHI. Mixon is stabilizing simply 3.3 lawns per bring and the Eagles are enabling just 3.9 backyards per bring. His value will likely depend upon scoring a touchdown, however thankfully, the Eagles have in fact given up 3 to the RB position, terrific for third-most in the NFL.

James Conner, PIT vs. HOU. He can be relied on versus a Houston defense that has allowed 339 hurrying backyards and the seventh-most RB FPPG (25.1) through two weeks, fantastic for the third in the NFL.

Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. TB. The Bucs have in fact allowed the most receiving lawns to RBs (168) and the second-most receptions (18 ). Gordon should continue to work as the Broncos leading backfield alternative with Phillip Lindsay (toe) probably out another week, so he can be relied on a match that fits his getting skills well.

Chris Carson, SEA vs. DAL. Carson continues to be the lead back for the Seahawks and has currently obtained 3 getting TDs on the year. He can be counted on versus a permeable Dallas defense that has actually allowed around 110.5 rushing lawns and a hurrying TD per game.

Jerick McKinnon, SF @ NYG. With Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman both out due to the truth that of knee injuries, McKinnon requires to do well against a Giants defense that is allowing 4.6 yards per reach RBs. He revealed his flexibility recently by running for 77 yards and a score after scoring through the air in Week 1. He ought to get 15-plus touches with Jeff Wilson Jr. getting the remainder of the RB touches.

Todd Gurley, ATL vs. CHI. Gurley hasnt done much yardage-wise through 2 computer game, as he has just 117 hurrying backyards and a single getting lawn. Nevertheless, he is a TD risk for a fantastic Falcons offense that should see some red-zone chances against a Bears defense that has in fact allowed 4.0 red-zone trips per video game to begin the season.

James Robinson, JAX vs. MIA. In each of his first 2 computer game, Robinson has in fact gotten 16 brings for the Jaguars. He had his really first 100-yard video game and TD versus the Titans recently and ought to have an opportunity to do well versus a Dolphins group that is allowing 4.8 lawns per reach RBs this season.

Devin Singletary, BUF vs. LAR.

Mark Ingram, BAL vs. KC.

Joshua Kelley, LAC vs. CAR.

Kelly currently ranks 8th in the NFL in red-zone carries with 8. He saw 23 brings versus the Chiefs, and its clear that the Chargers wish to utilize him in tandem with Ekeler. Much like the Ekeler-Gordon tandem of previous years, both Chargers backs can be counted on as beginners, particularly in a match with the Panthers and their weak run defense.

Johnson managed all of the RB work for the Texans just recently with Duke Johnson out, but he has a hard matchup with the Steelers in Week 3. The Steelers are allowing just 48.5 rushing backyards per game and have in fact mostly contained Saquon Barkley and Melvin Gordon through two contests, though both did do some damage through the air.

Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. WAS. As talked about formerly, Hunt compares much better versus Washington than Chubb does. As such, hes a fringe RB2 today and might be in for a huge video game, particularly in PPR formats.

Antonio Gibson, WAS @ CLE. Gibson became the leader in the Washington backfield recently with 13 brings and scored his very first goal. That specified, the Browns have in fact allowed just 15 FPPG to RBs this season, so Gibson will be a boom-or-bust flex play this week.

JK Dobbins, BAL vs. KC. Despite getting just 3 touches against the Texans, Dobbins acquired 61 general yards and flaunted some explosive playmaking ability. He may still lag Mark Ingram and, at times, Gus Edwards, in the pecking order, nevertheless his benefit provides him some flex appeal.

Leonard Fournette, TB @ DEN. Has Fournette emerged as the leading ball-carrier in Tampa Bay? It sure appears like it. Fournette had 103 lawns and 2 rankings on just 12 generates Week 2. Given, it came versus a bad Carolina run defense, nevertheless he significantly outperformed Ronald Jones, who lost a necessary fumble. Fournette needs to get a bulk of the brings in Week 3, but hes only a flex play till we can be sure that he is the lead back.

Malcolm Brown, LAR @ BUF.

Sony Michel, NE vs. LV.

Darrell Henderson, LAR @ BUF.

Dion Lewis, NYG vs. SF. With Saquon Barkley out, Dion Lewis takes control of as the leading back in the Giants backfield. Right off the bat, he gets a tough matchup with a San Francisco 49ers group that has actually allowed simply 16.4 FPPG to RBs this season, terrific for the 11th-fewest in the NFL.

Davis appears like the prominent prospect to change Christian McCaffrey who is expected to miss out on several weeks with an ankle injury. This isnt a great match for him, however, as the Chargers have actually been amongst the finest defenses versus the run and have in fact permitted a league-best 9.1 FPPG to RBs.

Frank Gore, NYJ @ IND. Well, we comprehend what the Jets are going to do with LeVeon Bell out. Theyre going to ride Gore. Gore saw 21 brings for the Jets in their video game versus the 49ers, and while he averaged just 3.0 backyards per carry, the volume is there for him to be an efficient flex option. He may be more of a TD-dependent gamer, however hes still worth thinking about in spite of his difficult matchup with the Colts (13.5 FPPG to RBs).

Ronald Jones II, TB @ DEN.

Swift appears to be the only Lions RB with a distinct role, as he is the teams leading receiving back. He has seen 5 targets in each of his 2 trips this season and ought to have a chance to flourish versus a Cardinals defense that has actually permitted 159 getting yards to RBs (great for the second-most in the league) and 2 getting TDs (linked for the most in the league).

Tarik Cohen, CHI @ ATL. Speaking of groups that have allowed two getting TDs, the Falcons are among them. They have actually allowed 2 TDs to RBs as pass-catchers so that might give Cohen some worth, especially if the Falcons leap out to an early lead and the Bears need to play from behind.

The Jaguars have actually enabled 17 receptions for 142 yards and a TD to RBs this year, and Gaskin merely caught six passes for 36 yards against the Bills. He could be a sneaky-good flex play in this match on a brief week.

Gus Edwards, BAL vs. KC. Edwards actually led the Ravens backfield in brings (10) and rushing lawns (76) against the Texans. He needs to get flex aspect to think about because of the Ravens excellent rushing offense, however its tough to trust him given that Greg Roman likes to break up the brings and alter up the lead back on a weekly basis.

Jeff Wilson Jr., SF @ NYG. With both Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman out, Wilson Jr. will get an opportunity to serve as the leading backup to Jerick McKinnon. Wilson had 4 TDs on just 27 brings in 2015, so potentially he will be the goal-line enhance to McKinnon.

Jordan Howard, MIA @ JAX.

Kerryon Johnson, DET @ ARZ.

Adrian Peterson, DET @ ARZ.

Wayne Gallman, NYG vs. SF. Gallman didnt get a touch for the Giants after Barkleys injury just recently as he was non-active for the game, nevertheless he figures to factor into the rotation with Dion Lewis today. Beginning Gallman would be the ultimate dart throw, so its most likely far better to stash him on your bench till we see simply just how much action he sees on Sunday.

Matt Breida, MIA @ JAX.

Nyheim Hines, IND vs. NYJ. After dominating the Jaguars in Week 1 and tape-recording two TDs, Hines played just 12 percent of the offending snaps versus the Vikings. It mightve simply been deemed a bad match for Hines, but his doing not have production was actually worrying. He has a fantastic matchup versus the Jets, nevertheless if he isnt getting snaps, then its tough to play him.

Latavius Murray, NO vs. GB.

Jamaal Williams, GB @ NO.

Carlos Hyde, SEA vs. DAL.

Rex Burkhead, NE vs. LV.

Chris Thompson, JAX vs. MIA. After doing absolutely nothing in his first video game with the Jaguars, Thompson saw 4 targets and recorded 3 of them for 20 lawns and a TD. He has PPR upside, however considered that he has simply seen 2 brings in overall this season and Laviska Shenault seems to be working as a WR/RB hybrid, Thompsons worth completely is readily available in PPR.

LeSean McCoy, TB @ DEN. Pointing out PPR values, McCoy saw seven targets from Tom Brady on Sunday, great for second most on the group, and got 5 passes for 26 lawns. The numbers arent flashy, but you might do worse as a PPR flex. He needs to be prevented in fundamental formats.

Boston Scott, PHI vs. CIN.

Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. TEN.

Darrynton Evans, TEN @ MIN.

Royce Freeman, DEN vs. TB. Phillip Lindsay (toe) is more than likely out another week, so Freeman will support Melvin Gordon once again. Its challenging to trust him versus a great run defense after he just got 3 touches recently.

Chase Edmonds, ARZ vs. DET. Edmonds may dupe a long term versus a bad Lions run defense, however Kenyan Drake and Kyler Murray will do many of the damage on the ground.

Benny Snell Jr., PIT vs. HOU. It was annoying to see Snell handle simply 3 carries for 5 lawns after a promising 2020 launching. Hes highly behind James Conner on the Steelers depth chart, particularly after he lost a fumble versus the Broncos.

Darwin Thompson, KC @ BAL.

T.J. Yeldon, BUF vs. LAR.

Giovani Bernard, CIN @ PHI.

Tony Pollard, DAL @ SEA.

Peyton Barber, WAS @ CLE. Barber is losing work rapidly to Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic. Hes absolutely nothing more than a short-yardage back who might type the occasional TD.

Trenton Cannon, CAR @ LAC. Cannon is the brand-new leading handcuff in Carolina with Christian McCaffrey out short-term.

Brian Hill, ATL vs. CHI.

Corey Clement, PHI vs. CIN.

LaMical Perine NYJ @ IND. The Jets cant keep supplying Frank Gore 21 brings a video game, right? Perine has worth as a handcuff, nevertheless he cant be relied on as a starter up until he consumes into Gores work relocation.

J.D. McKissic, WAS @ CLE.

Devontae Booker, LV @ NE.

AJ Dillon, GB @ NO.

Jalen Richard, LV @ NE.