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):
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.
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.
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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.
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