Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (Updated)
Injuries have caused a minor shakeup in our rankings. Let’s take a look at how Knowshon Moreno’s surprising scratch, as well as all the rest of the news, affected things:
- Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings - vs. Detroit
- Maurice Jones-Drew - Jacksonville Jaguars - vs. Philadelphia
- Ray Rice - Baltimore Ravens - vs. Cleveland
- Chris Johnson - Tennessee Titans - at New York Giants
- Frank Gore - San Francisco 49ers - at Kansas City
- Rashard Mendenhall - Pittsburgh Steelers - at Tampa Bay
- Michael Turner - Atlanta Falcons - at New Orleans
- LeSean McCoy - Philadelphia Eagles - at Jacksonville
- Steven Jackson - St. Louis Rams - vs. Washington
- Pierre Thomas - New Orleans Saints - vs. Atlanta
- DeAngelo Williams - Carolina Panthers - vs. Cincinnati
- Darren McFadden - Oakland Raiders - at Arizona
- Cedric Benson - Cincinnati Bengals - at Carolina
- Arian Foster - Houston Texans - vs. Dallas
- Ahmad Bradshaw - New York Giants - vs. Tennessee
- Ronnie Brown - Miami Dolphins - vs. New York Jets
- Matt Forte - Chicago Bears - vs. Green Bay
- Clinton Portis - Washington Redskins - at St. Louis
- Matt Tolbert - San Diego Chargers - at Seattle
- Jahvid Best - Detroit Lions - at Minnesota
- Tim Hightower - Arizona Cardinals - vs. Oakland
- Joseph Addai - Indianapolis Colts - at Denver
- LaDainian Tomlinson - New York Jets - at Miami
- Brandon Jackson - Green Bay Packers - at Chicago
- Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs - vs. San Francisco
- Jonathan Stewart - Carolina Panthers - vs. Cincinnati
- Fred Taylor - New England Patriots - vs. Buffalo
- Justin Forsett - Seattle Seahawks - vs. San Diego
- Marion Barber - Dallas Cowboys - at Houston
- Laurence Maroney - Denver Broncos - vs. Indianapolis
- Ricky Williams - Miami Dolphins - vs. New York Jets
- Shonn Greene - New York Jets - at Miami
- Peyton Hillis - Cleveland Browns - at Baltimore
- Thomas Jones - Kansas City Chiefs - vs. San Francisco
- Beanie Wells - Arizona Cardinals - vs. Oakland
- Jason Snelling - Atlanta Falcons - at New Orleans
- Felix Jones - Dallas Cowboys - at Houston
- Carnell Williams - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - vs. Pittsburgh
- Keiland Williams - Washington Redskins - at St. Louis
- Chester Taylor - Chicago Bears - vs. Green Bay
- Reggie Bush is out for the next two-to-six weeks and his touches in the Saints offense need to go somewhere. The likely new No. 2 back, Christopher Ivy, is returning from injury, so who knows how big of a role he’ll play this week. Pierre Thomas’ potential value gets a little bit of a boost.
- It came out of nowhere, but Knowshon Moreno will be out this week due to a strained hamstring. Correll Buckhalter’s value likely stays the same, with Laurence Maroney taking over Moreno’s starting duties. It sounds good, and he’s a bit of a sleeper, but I wouldn’t trust him as anything more then a FLEX option.
- While listed as questionable on the injury report, all signs point to Beanie Wells making his 2010 debut in Week 3. He’s tough to trust, however, as you wouldn’t think they would throw him right into the fire, especially with the revelation that he underwent arthroscopic surgery a few weeks back. Consider him a low-end option for this week, but we all know he has the potential for so much more. His potential presence hurts Tim Hightower’s value slightly.
- While there’s a chance Ryan Mathews plays this week, it appears to be highly unlikely as he’s classified as doubtful on the injury report and hasn’t practiced. Mike Tolbert takes his place and is usable as a RB2.
- The revelations that the Packers don’t view Brandon Jackson as a RB1 certainly hurts his stock a bit. As we mentioned in our Week 3 Sleepers (click here to view), John Kuhn could steal some carries and have similar value to Peyton Hillis.
- Speaking of Hillis, Jerome Harrison missed practice all week and may not play. He was a borderline option, at best, to begin with, so there’s no way to use him now. Hillis is the man to use at this point if you want a Cleveland running back.
- Clinton Portis is listed as questionable, but for now we’re going to leave him where we’ve got him ranked, as a usable RB2. You may want to handcuff him with Keiland Williams, however, and check the news at around noon on Sunday if he’s in your plans.
- Will the presence of Michael Bush hurt Darren McFadden’s value? Not at this point. McFadden has shown too much in the first few weeks.
What are your thoughts on these rankings? Who’s too high? Who’s too low?
Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 3 Rankings:
- Top 25 Quarterbacks
- Top 60 Wide Receivers
- Top 20 Tight Ends
- Top 15 Kickers
- Top 15 Defenses
- Sunday Sleepers
- Waiver Worthy
- Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em
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