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Fantasy Football Week 3: Ranking the Top 5 RB Matchups

Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIOctober 25, 2016

Fantasy Football Week 3: Ranking the Top 5 RB Matchups

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    I've long been a believer that RBs are the key to fantasy football success. You can have a weak WR corps, a decent QB and a mediocre TE, but if you have two or three studs at the RB position, you're going to be just fine. 

    Going into Week 3, there are a lot of tough matchups for fantasy RBs, but there are some really great ones that owners can exploit to get a ton of points.

    So, here are the five RBs whom I believe will have the most fantasy points this week given who they're squaring up against. 

5. Darren Sproles vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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    Darren Sproles has been having a really nice season up to this point, and that should continue against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend. Sproles has been tearing up defenses through the air and is a terrific option at this point, no matter who the Saints are playing against. 

    Sproles essentially is a WR for the Saints right now, as he's yet to record any carries in his first two games. But he has 18 catches for 163 yards and a TD on the season, and he recorded 13 catches in his last game (per Sproles' value only increases in PPR leagues. 

    Simply put, he's going to have a nice game against Kansas City. 

4. Ray Rice vs. New England Patriots

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    Ray Rice is a fantasy football juggernaut, and right now there's really nothing that can stand in his way of being a top-five back every single week.

    Week 3 will be no exception, as Rice is squaring off against a NE defense that's struggled and is coming off a rough game against the Arizona Cardinals. 

    Like Sproles, Rice has even more value in PPR leagues; he hasn't been getting as many touches on the ground as his owners would like. However, he's stayed active in the passing game, hauling in nine catches for 78 yards, which bumps him up a little bit (per

    Look for the Ravens to pound the rock and for Rice to get 20-plus carries. 

3. C.J. Spiller vs. Cleveland Browns

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    It seems crazy, but at the moment, C.J. Spiller is the top fantasy (as well as outright) RB in the NFL. He leads the league in TDs, YPG and total yards (per

    Spiller easily has surpassed 100 yards in each of his first two games, and this week against Cleveland should be no exception for the budding Buffalo Bills star.

    I mean, he's averaging more than 10 YPC, for crying out loud. 

    Spiller is an absolute monster right now, and you have to start him. He's going to have yet another big week, and with a matchup like this, he could yet again be the best back in the league when we're making this list for Week 4. 

2. LeSean McCoy vs. Arizona Cardinals

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    McCoy's been a workhorse all year for the Eagles, and that's unlikely to change in their Week 3 matchup against the (shockingly) undefeated Arizona Cardinals. The Arizona defense has played very well, but expect McCoy to still have a great day against it. 

    With Michael Vick's constant turnover issues—he only seems to be able to play great in the fourth quarter—McCoy's going to get at least 22-25 carries. The Eagles realize they have to keep the ball in his hands if they want to win and not let Vick throw the ball 50-plus times. 

    McCoy could have a huge game on Sunday, so start him with complete confidence. 

1. Arian Foster vs. Denver Broncos

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    Arian Foster's recorded 54 carries in his first two games, a stat you'll seldom see in the NFL today (per When you have a guy who touches the ball as much as he does and with his level of talent, he can't help but be an elite fantasy option.

    And this week is no exception. 

    The Texans will match up against a Denver Broncos team that's been pretty solid against the run this year, although they've yet to play a team with a RB who's as dynamic as Foster. He's going to have the most fantasy points this week, guaranteed. 


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