Hello again fantasy football owners and welcome to Week 3 of the fantasy football season. Hopefully, your team is not currently sitting at 0-2, but even if it is don’t fret because you have come to right place.
Before we get into our Week 3 version of our 2013 running back rankings, let’s take a quick look back at Week 2.
Things have not been great for fantasy running backs this season as high-end draft picks like Trent Richardson, Maurice Jones-Drew, David Wilson, DeMarco Murray and others have been disappointing early on. Yet, for every disappointment there’s a surprise like the Broncos’ Knowshon Moreno or the Packers James Starks.
Moreno, who was written off by most experts appears to have taken over the no.1 running back role in Denver, for now at least, after carrying the ball 13 times for 93 yards, while adding three receptions for 14 yards and scoring two rushing touchdowns for a 25-point fantasy performance.
In two games, the former first-round pick, has averaged 11 carries and three receptions. If the Broncos keep giving Moreno even this workload of around 15 touches a game, he can be a solid flex play going forward and if he continues to produce, his touches should only increase.
Then there’s Starks, who at one point this offseason looked like he could get cut by the Packers but rebounded to make the roster and now looks like he will be starting for Green Bay in Week 3 against the Bengals thanks to the concussion suffered last week by Eddie Lacy.
In Lacy’s absence, Starks looked like the back, who helped Green Bay win the Super Bowl in 2010 as he carried the ball 20 times for 132 yards and a rushing touchdown, as well as catching four passes for 36 yards in an easy win over Washington.
At this point, we have no idea if Lacy will play Sunday against Cincinnati but even if he does, expect Starks to carry the load this week and going forward as long as Starks keeps performing the Packers running back situation has time-share written all over it, meaning that even when Lacy returns, Starks should still get plenty of touches which means he has solid flex potential.
Well before I get too long winded let’s take a look at the Week 3 FantasyPPR.com Running Back Rankings:
1. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings vs Browns
2. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks vs Jaguars
3. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles vs Chiefs
4. Jamal Charles, RB, Chiefs vs Eagles
5. Matt Forte, RB, Bears vs Steelers
6. Arian Foster, RB, Texans vs Ravens
7. Doug Martin, RB, Bucs vs Patriots
8. Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins vs Lions
9. Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders vs Broncos
10. Trent Richardson, RB, Browns vs Vikings
11. C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills vs Jets
12. Darren Sproles, RB, Saints vs Cardinals
13. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens vs Texans
14. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers vs Colts
15. Joique Bell, RB, Lions vs Cardinals
16. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans vs Chargers
17. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys vs Rams
18. James Starks, RB, Packers vs Bengals
19. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins vs Atlanta
20. Daryl Richardson, RB, Rams vs Cowboys
21. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos vs Raiders
22. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers vs Giants
23. Ryan Matthews, RB, Chargers vs Titans
24. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals vs Packers
25. Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Cardinals vs Saints
26. David Wilson, RB, Giants vs Panthers
27. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills vs Jets
28. Bilal Powell, RB, Jets vs Bills
29. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Colts vs 49ers
30. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars vs Saints
31. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons vs Dolphins
32. Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints vs Cardinals
33. Benjarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals vs Packers
34. Ben Tate, RB, Texans vs Ravens
35. Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens vs Texans
36. Chris Ivory, RB, Jets vs Bills
37. Jason Snelling, RB, Falcons vs Dolphins
38. Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers vs Titans
39. Monte Ball, RB, Broncos vs Raiders
40. Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins vs Falcons