Fantasy Football Week 3: Last-Minute Top 40 Running Back Rankings

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIISeptember 23, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 16:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans bows following a touchdown during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 16, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday, C.J. Spiller of the Buffalo Bills (and his 10.1 yards per carry) topped my early Week 3 running back rankings. I haven’t backed off of that, as the former Clemson Tiger is still a must-start rusher this week.

A couple of names have been shuffled around, though.

Darren McFadden of the Oakland Raiders moves up a spot at home against the Steelers with the news that Troy Polamalu and James Harrison will not be on the field for the contest.

Darrelle Revis’ inclusion in the New York Jets defensive unit suggests that the Miami Dolphins might utilize their run game more often on Sunday. As a result, Reggie Bush has jumped into my top 10.

Andre Brown of the New York Giants had a great game in the Thursday night matchup against the Carolina Panthers. He took 20 carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Subsequently, he dropped out of my list from the No. 20 spot because his game has been completed.

The other running backs in that game were less fantastic. Mike Tolbert had 51 total yards on seven touches.

Carolina’s starter DeAngelo Williams collected 50 rushing yards on 11 carries in Jonathan Stewart’s absence.

As the Panthers were getting blown out by the Giants, they were unable to stick with running the football. It’s just more of a reason to stay away from the backfield situation in Carolina if you can avoid it.

But that’s a lesson for another time. There will be no more decisions made this week on whether to start a Panthers rusher over a running back wearing a different uniform.

One final note on the St. Louis Rams running back situation: If Steven Jackson is unable to go on Sunday at Chicago, I like rookie rusher Daryl Richardson to go in the spot that Jackson is currently listed.


1. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (at Cleveland Browns)

2. Arian Foster, Houston Texans (at Denver Broncos)

3. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars (at Indianapolis Colts)

4. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles (at Arizona Cardinals)

5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks (vs. Green Bay Packers)

6. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (at Minnesota Vikings)

7. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

8. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)

9. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins (vs. New York Jets)

10. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens (vs. New England Patriots)

11. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Dallas Cowboys)

12. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns (vs. Buffalo Bills)

13. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers (vs. Atlanta Falcons)

14. Michael Bush, Chicago Bears (vs. St. Louis Rams)

15. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals (at Washington Redskins)

16. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

17. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams (at Chicago Bears)

18. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (vs. San Francisco 49ers)

19. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints (vs. Kansas City Chiefs)

20. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (at Baltimore Ravens)

21. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos (vs. Houston Texans)

22. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)

23. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (vs. Detroit Lions)

24. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (at New Orleans Saints)

25. Ben Tate, Houston Texans (at Denver Broncos)

26. Cedric Benson, Green Bay Packers (at Seattle Seahawks)

27. Shonn Greene, New York Jets (at Miami Dolphins)

28. Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions (at Tennessee Titans)

29. Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons (at San Diego Chargers)

30. Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Oakland Raiders)

31. Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions (at Tennessee Titans)

32. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints (vs. Kansas City Chiefs)

33. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints (vs. Kansas City Chiefs)

34. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons (at San Diego Chargers)

35. Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)

36. Jackie Battle, San Diego Chargers (vs. Atlanta Falcons)

37. Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams (at Chicago Bears)

38. Peyton Hillis, Kansas City Chiefs (at new Orleans Saints)

39. Ryan Williams, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)

40. Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers (at Minnesota Vikings)




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