Week Three Running Back Rankings

By Zack Cimini

A season ending injury to Jamaal Charles means there are some carries and waiver wire opportunities in Kansas City. Jones and McCluster should only be considered flex options at this time with upside once Matt Cassel settles down. There are plenty of other injury concerns as well, Felix Jones, Steven Jackson, and Arian Foster. All are to be left benched until further notice later in the week.

Here is a breakdown of week three fantasy running back rankings.

1. LeSean McCoy-
Andy Reid has heightened McCoy’s impact per play even more in 2011. McCoy is going to be a weekly fantasy beast, a sure lock for dependability like Brian Westbrook use to be. A PPR and yardage monster, that is finding his way into the end zone.

2. Chris Johnson
This should be the week Johnson gets things going and gives fantasy owners that spent their first round pick on him a sigh of relief. If he doesn’t contribute to an expected breakout outing, opposing fantasy owners may want to try and probe a request to Johnson owners and try to steal him away.

3. Adrian Peterson
Detroit’s defensive line is halting opposing rushers with ease. Peterson will be up for the challenge as he is every week. Look for Peterson to do more damage on screens to offset the pass rush happy Lions young defense.

4. Ray Rice
It was disappointing to see the Ravens offense inefficiency against the Titans. Rice was contained in the second half vs. the Titans and that’s when the Ravens chances diminished to win the game.

5. Maurice Jones-Drew
The Jaguars are the laughing stock of the NFL currently for their poor decision to trade Garrard. They’ll do everything they can to try and win this game to get the spotlight of their organization. Expect long drawn out drives with a ton of carries from MJD.

6. Jahvid Best

7. Ahmad Bradshaw

8. Rashard Mendenhall

9. Matt Forte

10. Fred Jackson

11. Beanie Wells

12. Ben Tate

13. Mike Turner

14. Frank Gore

15. Peyton Hillis

16. Ryan Matthews

17. Tim Hightower

18. Danny Woodhead

19. Darren McFadden

20. Cedric Benson

21. Darren Sproles

22. Daniel Thomas

23. BenJarvus Green-Ellis

24. Shonn Greene

25. Dexter McCluster

26. LeGarrette Blount

27. Willis McGahee

28. James Starks

29. Cadillac Williams

30. Brandon Jacobs

31. DeAngelo Williams

32. Marshawn Lynch

33. Tashard Choice

34. Mark Ingram

35 Thomas Jones

36. Jonathan Stewart

37. Mike Tolbert

38. Reggie Bush

39. Felix Jones

40. Arian Foster (Limited carries if he plays)

41. DeLone Carter

42. Ricky Williams

43. Joey Addai

44. Roy Helu

45. Ryan Grant

46. Pierre Thomas

47. Mike Bush

48. LT

49. Isaac Redman

50. DejI Karim

51. Javon Ringer


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