Week 3 Top 20 RB Rankings

1. Ray Rice,  Ravens (at STL):  Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy is the only RB that hasscored more fantasy points than Rice, and the Rams have allowed a league-high 177.5 rushing yards per game. Granted, the Rams faced the league’s best rushing quarterback in Michael Vick, but they have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs as well. Ray Ray is slotted to have a huge all purpose week.

2. LeSean McCoy, Eagles (vs NYG): Surprisingly, McCoy has only 36 receiving yards through two games. That said, he has scored four touchdowns and gained more fantasy points than any other running back through two weeks.

3. Adrian Peterson, RB Vikings (vs DET): In eight games against the Lions,
Peterson has rushed for 100-plus yards in five games. In two of the other three
games, he has 100-plus yards from scrimmage. He has eight touchdowns against
the Lions as well. Regardless of matchups, however, AP remains a must-start
every week.

4. Michael Turner, Falcons (at TB): While Turner Burner has back-to-back 100-yard
games, it’s perhaps more surprising that he already has four receptions for 72
yards. (His career high in receiving yards is 85, last year’s total.) Safe start week in and week out.

5. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars (at CAR): Transitioning to a rookie quarterback
probably means a heavy dose of the Pocket Hercules. I need him to blow up this week if I have any shot of winning.

6. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers (at IND): Yet to have a big game this season,
Mendenhall could be poised for a monster game in Week 3. The Steelers face the
Colts, who have allowed a league-high four rushing touchdowns. Blow out alert!

7. Matt Forte, Bears (vs GB): No running back has more yards from
scrimmage than the shifty Forte, who has 117 rushing and 207 receiving yards.

8. Darren McFadden, Raiders (vs NYJ): McFadden has 222 rushing yards, which is
second in the NFL behind Buffalo’s Fred Jackson (229). This week, however,
McFadden will have his toughest matchup to date.

9. Chris Johnson, Titans (vs DEN): Im not at all surprised that CJ has
started off slow, but I never expected it to be this bad. Johnson has 33
carries for 77 rushing yards (2.3 yards per carry) and has a long run of nine
yards. Hopefully a matchup against the Broncos, who allowed a league-high 26
rushing touchdowns in 2010, will help him get going.

10. Peyton Hillis, Browns (vs MIA): Hillis ranks third in rushing attempts
(44) and is tied for fifth in receptions (10). Last year, he wore down and
there could be concern later in the year if he continues to get this much work.

11. Fred Jackson, Bills (vs NE): Jackson leads the NFL in rushing (229
yards) through two games and the Bills lead the NFL in scoring offense. As good
as the Patriots are, they have given up the second-most yards through two
games.

12. Ben Tate, Texans (at NO): Tate, who will likely make his first
start in Week 3, has back-to-back 100-yard games in the first two games of his
NFL career. With the team’s other backs dealing with injuries, however, Tate
has received lots of touches and leads the NFL in rushing attempts (47).

13. Frank Gore, 49ers (at CIN): Gore is averaging only 2.5 yards per
carry and only 71 yards from scrimmage through the team’s first two games.

14. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants (at PHI): The Eagles have allowed a league-high 301
rushing yards to running backs. Not only do I expect Bradshaw to have a big
game, I expect Brandon Jacobs to be worthy of starting as a flex this week.

15. Beanie Wells, Cardinals (at SEA): Wells, who is off to a great start (two
games with 90-plus rushing yards and a score), suffered a hamstring injury that
limited him at practice on Thursday. Depending on his level of participation at
Friday’s practice, we may move Wells down from here.

16. Jahvid Best, Lions (at MIN): In both games this season, Best has
exceeded 100 yards from scrimmage. Although he’s only averaging 3.5 yards per
attempt, he has ten receptions for 108 yards as well. No the typical pure bred running
back, but a solid start in all leagues.

17. LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers (vs ATL): A worry with Blount is that the Bucs fall
behind and need to pass, which means we would see much more Earnest Graham than
Blount. After all, no team has run the ball less than Tampa (17.5 attempts per
game).

18. Mike Tolbert, Chargers (vs KC): Tolbert has missed practice on Wednesday
and Thursday although he expects to play on Sunday. Considering the Chiefs have
allowed a league-high 89 points, Tolbert, who leads the NFL in receptions (17),
may get quite a few goal-line carries.

19. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots (at BUF): The Law
Firm has rushed for a touchdown in each of the Patriots first two games. Only
the Colts have allowed more rushing touchdowns than the Bills, one of six teams
to allow at least 5.0 yards per carry. That sounds like a match to me.

20. Ryan Mathews, Chargers (vs KC): Depending on Tolbert’s status, Mathews
could move up quite a bit in the rankings. That said, I expect the Chargers to
rack up lots of yards and points, which means there is more than enough to go
around for two running backs. Tolbert remains the TD thief though so keep a wary eye on the Chargers duo.


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