Week 3 Fantasy Football Running Back PPR Rankings

After last week, there should be some more confidence in projecting which running backs actually move up in PPR formats. As much as projections can be made about top receiving backs, it takes time to actually see who garners targets, especially when there isn’t a preseason. Additionally, injuries are having a major impact at the RB position, so our Week 3 fantasy RB PPR rankings will try to take that into account while balancing carries, targets, and touchdown chances.

This week, Austin Ekeler will be a top-10 back in PPR, as his matchup with the Panthers is excellent, but after losing the carry battle (and, more important, the goal-line carry battle) to teammate Joshua Kelley last week, the rookie is also in play as an RB 2. Kareem Hunt will continue to be highly rated in PPR formats despite Nick Chubb also having plenty of value. The two have been splitting snaps, and the matchup against Washington and their tough defensive line figures to even out the values of the two.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Per usual, James White (vs. Raiders), Tarik Cohen (@ Falcons), and D’Andre Swift (@ Cardinals) all move up into flex range because of their pass-catching abilities. The rise of White and Swift push down Sony Michel and Adrian Peterson/Kerryon Johnson since they don’t soak up a lot of targets.

Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

As for some of the injury-impacted backfields, it’s hard to know exactly how the pecking order will shake out. Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis will battle for playing time, while the Rams, with Cam Akers ailing after a rib injury, could rely more on Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson. Each player could emerge as a decent flex, but knowing the potential carry split will be important as fantasy owners look to make key lineup decisions. The same is true in Buffalo, where Devin Singletary has a little more value than Zack Moss in PPR, but Moss might be more likely to score. 

Jerick McKinnon (@ Giants) is moving up regardless of Raheem Mostert’s status, but he will move up even more if Raheem Mostert (knee) is ruled out. Myles Gaskin (@ Jaguars) is also moving up, but with an unappealing three-headed “monster” in Miami, it’s tough to recommend starting him. The Bucs backfield is also a tough one for PPR owners to figure, as LeSean McCoy is the best pass-catcher, but it seems clear that Leonard Fournette, who was a big receiver last year in Jacksonville, is about to get more playing time. Fortunately, both Fournette and Ronald Jones II can be used against Denver this week.

Reminder: Check back for updates during the week.

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

Panthers @ Chargers

Cowboys @ Seahawks

Cardinals vs. Lions

Saints vs. Packers

Chargers vs. Panthers

Colts vs. Jets

Chiefs @ Ravens

Titans @ Vikings

Eagles vs. Bengals

Vikings vs. Titans

Bears @ Falcons

Packers @ Saints

Raiders @ Patriots

Bengals @ Eagles

Steelers vs. Texans

Broncos vs. Buccaneers

Browns vs. Washington

Seahawks vs. Cowboys

Falcons vs. Bears

Texans @ Steelers

49ers @ Giants

Browns vs. Washington

Jaguars vs. Dolphins

Ravens vs. Chiefs

Chargers vs. Panthers

26 Dion Lewis, NYG vs. SF
27 Antonio Gibson, WAS @ CLE
28 Leonard Fournette, TB @ DEN
29 JK Dobbins, BAL vs. KC
30 Sony Michel, NE vs. LV
31 D’Andre Swift, DET @ ARZ
32 Devin Singletary, BUF vs. LAR
33 Tarik Cohen, CHI @ ATL
34 Myles Gaskin, MIA @ JAX
35 James White, NE vs. LV
36 Jerick McKinnon, SF @ NYG
37 Cam Akers, LAR @ BUF
38 Zack Moss, BUF vs. LAR
39 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ BUF
40 Frank Gore, NYJ @ IND
41 Ronald Jones II, TB @ DEN
42 Gus Edwards, BAL vs. KC
43 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. NYJ
44 Malcolm Brown, LAR @ BUF
45 Jordan Howard, MIA @ JAX
46 Kerryon Johnson, DET @ ARZ
47 Chris Thompson, JAX vs. MIA
48 Adrian Peterson, DET @ ARZ
49 Matt Breida, MIA @ JAX
50 Latavius Murray, NO vs. GB
51 Jamaal Williams, GB @ NO
52 LeSean McCoy, TB @ DEN
53 Boston Scott, PHI vs. CIN
54 Wayne Gallman, NYG vs. SF
55 Tevin Coleman, SF @ NYG
56 Royce Freeman, DEN vs. TB
57 Carlos Hyde, SEA vs. DAL
58 Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. TEN
59 Chase Edmonds, ARZ vs. DET
60 Giovani Bernard, CIN @ PHI
61 Benny Snell Jr., PIT vs. HOU
62 Darwin Thompson, KC @ BAL
63 Tony Pollard, DAL @ SEA
64 Rex Burkhead, NE vs. LV
65 J.D. McKissic, WAS @ CLE
66 Jalen Richard, LV @ NE
67 Peyton Barber, WAS @ CLE
68 Mike Davis, CAR @ LAC
69 Brian Hill, ATL vs. CHI
70 Corey Clement, PHI vs. CIN
71 La’Mical Perine NYJ @ IND
72 Devontae Booker, LV @ NE
73 AJ Dillon, GB @ NO

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