Fantasy Football Week 3: Top 50 Running Backs for the Rest of the Year

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIISeptember 22, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 20:  Andre Brown #35 of the New York Giants breaks away from Charles Godfrey #30 of the Carolina Panthers for a long gain during play at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw’s injury paved the way for backup running back Andre Brown to exploit a matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

Brown’s stat line was certainly fantasy worthy and may even be a top-10 performance at his position during Week 3 play.

On Thursday night, he was keeping Bradshaw’s seat warm while making a case to get more carries in the future. So where does he rank among the other guys at his position for the rest of the season?

Find out below.


1. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles (Week 2: 1). I’ll still take Shady first for the rest of the year. When the Eagles stop turning the ball over so frequently, McCoy will have a better shot at a monster game.


 2. Arian Foster, Houston Texans (2). He’s easily lived up to his first-round hype so far.


3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens (4). Fourth among RBs in scoring and hasn’t seen 20 carries in a game yet.


4. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks (10). Beast Mode: 21 carries in one game, 26 carries in the other.


5. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (5). The Cowboys failed to get Murray 20 touches again in Week 2 as they got blown out in Seattle. How many times should the ‘Boys get blown out, though?


6. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (12). Fantasy’s No. 1 scoring running back is playing like he wants to completely take over the job in Buffalo.


7. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (3). McFadden is the featured back in Oakland and still healthy, but not getting very many chances to make plays in the running game.


8. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7). Martin has gotten 20 carries in each of his first two games. That’s the stuff of a top-10 running back.


9. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (6). Peterson didn’t find the end zone in Week 2, but he still saw 16 hand-offs. That’s encouraging news as he works his way back from his ACL tear.


10. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (20). Every time Gore gets the ball, he gashes the defense on the other side of the line of scrimmage. He has 33 carries this season, plus 201 yards and a couple of touchdowns. He’s the fifth-highest scoring running back entering Week 3.


11. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars (8). MJD actually got fewer carries in Week 2 than he did the first time around. Fellow rusher Rashad Jennings left Week 1 with an injury.


12. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns (18). Richardson showed he’s for real in Week 2 while scoring a touchdown via the ground and the air.


13. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins (22). As fantasy’s second-best RB thus far, Bush will continue to climb this list with strong performances.


14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals (16). Green-Ellis didn’t top 20 carries in Week 1, but that was against the Baltimore Ravens. He’s got 39 totes on the season and gained 166 yards on the ground so far.


15. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (13). Like Green-Ellis, Ridley has had games of 21 and 18 carries. He has 196 rushing yards and a touchdown to his credit.


16. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams (11). Jackson’s phantom benching/groin injury concerns make him a bit less attractive as a fantasy option for the foreseeable future.


17. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers (21). Mathews seems to be ready to go. If the Chargers throw him into the fire with 20-25 touches, he’ll quickly ascend the ranks as long as he’s healthy.


18. Michael Bush, Chicago Bears (17). He’s still got the job to himself while Matt Forte is out.


19. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (14). While the Chiefs continue to get pummeled on a weekly basis, their running backs will roll on down this list.


20. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (9). Eventually, he’ll have a big game. But do you have the patience to wait for it?


21. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (19).

22. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints (23).

23. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos (26).

24. Andre Brown, New York Giants (unranked).

25. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (24).

26. Ben Tate, Houston Texans (31).

27. Cedric Benson, Green Bay Packers (32).

28. Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions (25).

29. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (33).

30. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (34).

31. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants (15).

32. Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams (unranked).

33. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers (29).

34. Shonn Greene, New York Jets (28).

35. Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions (41).

36. Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons (30).

37. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (36).

38. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons (37).

39. Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers (35).

40. Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals (38).

41. David Wilson, New York Giants (40).

42. Ryan Williams, Arizona Cardinals (27).

43. Jackie Battle, San Diego Chargers (unranked).

44. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh (43).

45. Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks (45).

46. Peyton Hillis, Kansas City Chiefs (42).

47. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints (47).

48. Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings (44).

49. LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (48).

50. Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers (50). 



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