Fantasy Football Week 3: Running Backs (RB) PPR Rankings

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIISeptember 19, 2012

Sep 16, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) celebrates with fans after scoring in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium . Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Because of an early turnaround on Thursday night, both Jonathan Stewart and Ahmad Bradshaw are possible scratches. Last week Packers star receiver Greg Jennings fell victim to a short week, but if the running backs are down, they will have a week and a half to get ready for their teams' next game.

Ultimately that extra time makes it tempting for any coach to hold a player out, especially at this point in the season. The last thing you want to do is risk further injury to a key player, so if you decide to have Stewart in your lineup, make sure he’s a go before kickoff.

Redman vs Dwyer

The Steelers running backs have an attractive matchup against the Raiders this week. Of the two I would go with Redman if you’re in need of a desperation play at running back because he scored the touchdown last week. Both will likely split time, but if Redman can put together a full week of practice perhaps he will start to outwork Dwyer in the offense.

Pittsburgh faithful had high hopes for Redman before his injuries at the start of the preseason but for now, if you can avoid using him it would be for the best. Until someone clearly steps up as the starter, this will be a committee situation all year.

1 C.J. Spiller @ Browns
2 Arian Foster @ Broncos
3 Ray Rice Patriots
4 Maurice Jones-Drew @ Colts
5 Trent Richardson Bills
6 Reggie Bush Jets
7 LeSean McCoy @ Cardinals
8 DeMarco Murray Bucs
9 Darren Sproles Chiefs
10 Marshawn Lynch Packers
11 Doug Martin @ Cowboys
12 Darren McFadden Steelers
13 Ryan Mathews Falcons
14 Jamaal Charles (I) @ Saints
15 Michael Bush Rams
16 Stevan Ridley @ Ravens
17 BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Redskins
18 Frank Gore @ Vikings
19 Adrian Peterson 49ers
20 Willis McGahee Texans
21 Steven Jackson (I) @ Bears
22 Alfred Morris Bengals
23 Andre Brown @ Panthers
24 Donald Brown Jaguars
25 Jonathan Stewart Giants
26 Chris Johnson Lions
27 Kevin Smith @ Titans
28 Ben Tate @ Broncos
29 Mark Ingram Chiefs
30 DeAngelo Williams Giants
31 Shonn Greene (I) @ Dolphins
32 Beanie Wells Eagles
33 Peyton Hillis @ Saints
34 Isaac Redman @ Raiders
35 Cedric Benson @ Seahawks
36 Michael Turner @ Chargers
37 Jonathan Dwyer @ Raiders
38 Dayrl Richardson @ Bears
39 Mikel Leshoure @ Titans
40 Kendall Hunter @ Vikings

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