Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings: Updated Top 65 Running Backs

The Eagles lost on Thursday Night in Andy Reid's return to The Linc albeit on the visitor sidelines as Reid and the Chiefs became the league's first three-win team. Considering they won only two games last year, that is an impressive turnaround even though most thought they had more talent than their league-worst record indicated.

On the Eagles side of the ball, LeSean McCoy continued to impress as well with his third consecutive 100-yard game to begin the 2013 season.

After rushing for a league-high 184 yards in Week 1 and finishing with 114 receiving yards in Week 2, McCoy rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown in Week 3.

Through three games, he has 514 yards from scrimmage — 395 rushing yards and 119 receiving yards.

If he maintains his pace of 171.33 YFS per game, McCoy would break CJ2K's single-season YFS record with his full-season pace of 2,741 YFS.

Looking forward to the rest of the games this week, here are my Week 3 running back rankings (standard scoring):

1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (vs. CLE): Compared to his finish last season, Peterson is off to a slow start, but he is still second in the NFL among RBs in fantasy points through two games.

2. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks (vs. JAX): Against the tough 49ers defense last week, Lynch had 135 yards from scrimmage and three TDs. Lynch should get a chance to binge on Skittles on the sidelines this Sunday.

3. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at NE): Only McCoy has averaged more rushing yards per game than The Muscle Hamster this season although he has minus one receiving yard through two games.

4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (at PIT): Through two games, Forte has 53 touches including 14 receptions, which leads RBs on a per-game basis. That's a pace of 112 receptions for the season.

5. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (at NYJ): After a slow start, Spiller rushed for 103 yards on 16 carries (6.4 yards per carry) against the tough Panthers front-seven last week. Spiller is an every-week RB1 despite the tough matchup against the Jets, who have the league's third-ranked rush defense (59.5 yards per game allowed).

6. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (vs. DET): Morris has only 25 carries through two games, but that is largely due to the fact that Washington has found themselves trailing big early. He had 107 rushing yards last week and is averaging 6.1 YPC.

7. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions (at WAS): It appears that Bush (knee) will be ready to go this week against the league's friendliest of fantasy defenses for RBs, but you should make sure to check his status before the game.

8. Arian Foster, Houston Texans (at BAL): The Texans say that they want more of an even split between Foster and Ben Tate, but Foster (44) has nearly twice as many touches as Tate (23) through two weeks.

9. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (vs. SD): CJ2K is off to a slow start (3.3 YPC), but the Titans have given him exactly 25 carries in back-to-back weeks. With that type of workload, he's a low-end RB1.

10. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (vs. IND): Gore is off to a slow start (30 carries for 60 yards), but he should get back on track this week against the Colts.

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11. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (vs. STL): Even after a disappointing performance against the Chiefs, Murray is still averaging just shy of 100 YFS per game and has 13 receptions in two games.

12. Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens (vs. HOU): With Ray Rice listed as doubtful, Pierce should get 20 or so carries against the Texans.

13. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (at DEN): McFadden ran for 129 yards last week against the Jags, but it will much tougher this week against the Broncos, who are allowing a league-low 2.0 YPC and 29.5 YPG rushing.

14. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (vs. TB): Although he struggled against the Jets last week (2.5 YPC) and has a tough matchup this week, Ridley could come close to 20 carries this week and get some goal-line touches.

15. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (at NO): With few 100-yard rushers to date, Williams ranks sixth in the NFL in rushing (171 yards) through two games.

16. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions (at WAS): Even if Bush starts and finishes the game, there should be enough of an opportunity for Bell to produce as a low-end RB2 or flex.

17. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK): Moreno has averaged 5.5 yards per carry and will get plenty of work in what should be a blowout win over the Raiders.

18. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints (vs. ARI): Better in PPR formats, Sproles has 12 receptions for 124 yards and 15 carries for 48 yards through two games.

19. Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams (at DAL): Richardson is averaging 20 touches — 15 carries and five receptions — per game.

20. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins (vs. ATL): After a disappointing opener (10 carries for three yards), Miller was much more effective in Week 2 — 14 carries for 69 yards (4.9 YPC) and a touchdown.

- See the rest of my top 65 fantasy running backs for Week 3

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