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Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings: RB


Joe Mixon goals to proceed piling up touches vs. the Jets, Austin Ekeler angles for his first landing in opposition to the Jaguars, and Nick Chubb greets a divisional matchup within the Steelers.

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Week 3 Running Backs

RB Notes: Christian McCaffrey lastly shook unfastened from his sluggish begin with a 49-yard fourth quarter run in opposition to the Giants. Despite his to date pedestrian fantasy manufacturing, CMC unsurprisingly leads all backs with an 86.5 p.c snap price. Bigger days are forward. … Speaking of snap price, Saquon Barkley‘s is a monstrous 83.5 p.c. His 48 touches are third amongst working backs. This is the utilization we now have at all times needed. Monday night does mission as a low-scoring, drag-out affair with the Cowboys. … Dalvin Cook managed simply 10 Week 2 touches whilst Kirk Cousins turned in a basic point-shaving “mafia game.” Coach Kevin O’Connell kicked himself afterward, saying he has to do a greater job of getting Cook into rhythm. Enter a Week 3 date with a Lions protection surrendering essentially the most working again fantasy factors via dates with the Commanders and Eagles. … No again has dealt with the ball greater than Joe Mixon via two video games. With their go blocking in disaster, anticipate the Bengals to goal for a Week 3 reset and a bushel of Mixon touches as they function as five-point highway favorites in opposition to a Jets protection that bought run over by Nick Chubb final Sunday.

The fantasy group has had a tough time coping with Austin Ekeler‘s preliminary 2022 utilization, together with ceding literal goal-line handles to Sony Michel and somebody named Zander Horvath in Week 2. He’s misplaced some third downs to Joshua Kelley. Not supreme, although it is not precisely panic time with 21 touches via two video games. Ekeler had 4 handles contained in the 20 vs. the Chiefs. Kelley and Michel have been going nowhere as Ekeler’s change-of-pace backs. With (*3*) battling a painful rib challenge, anticipate an enormous Ekeler dedication vs. the Jaguars. … D’Andre Swift (ankle) is “feeling much better” after being restricted to seven touches and 38 snaps in Week 2. He nonetheless managed 87 yards and a landing on that paltry utilization. With a 52.5 over/below for this weekend’s showdown with the Vikings, Swift can have scores and massive performs for the taking. … Derrick Henry has two first downs through two games. He has performed simply 57.9 p.c of the Titans’ snaps as sport scripts have gone sideways. This rating might be a little bit of an overreaction, however we have to see Henry have an enormous day in a spot just like the one he has Sunday. The Titans are slim two-point house ‘canines, hopefully presaging a aggressive contest with ample carries.

Nick Chubb is doing as Nick Chubb does. Suppressing his Week 3 upside is a hellaciously unhealthy scoring surroundings for Thursday night in opposition to the Steelers. Vegas’ present over/below sits at an eye-bleeding 38.5. Maybe Jeff Bezos ought to repair this as an alternative of making an attempt to ship a person to Mars. … Leonard Fournette has made a public pledge to fantasy managers to attain extra touchdowns. Almost actually the final ability participant standing within the Bucs’ banged up offense, Fournette has a date with a Packers run D that has appeared smooth via two contests. … I ranked Aaron Jones forward of AJ Dillon for Week 2 and naturally Jones proceeded to go nuclear. Lost within the shuffle is that Dillon nonetheless out-touched Jones 19-18. The Bucs are a troublesome run protection, making Jones’ superior play-making capability the higher Week 3 wager, however there needs to be loads of “Dillon weeks” going ahead. … Out-touching Melvin Gordon 34-25 via two video games and out-snapping him 85-50, Javonte Williams had three Week 2 touches contained in the five-yard line. Checking virtually each field regardless of his committee, Williams is a spiked week ready to occur.

Alvin Kamara (ribs) appears prone to return in opposition to the Panthers, however the Saints seem to stay one of many league’s most injury-opaque groups below Dennis Allen. … Najee Harris is in effectivity hell with Mitch Trubisky below middle. His 32 touches additionally go away one thing to be desired. A probable Thursday night time slugfest with the Browns retains him within the high-end RB2 combine for Week 3. … David Montgomery has been a rookie contract Benjamin Button, wanting extra explosive as his four-year deal ticks down as an alternative of vice versa. Justin Fields has 28 go makes an attempt via two begins. We can deduce the Bears’ plan as 2.5-point house favorites in opposition to the Texans. … With Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle) becoming a member of Elijah Mitchell on the shell, Jeff Wilson has consolidated RB2 workloads shockingly rapidly. … The unchallenged lead again in an offense that seems to have discovered one other gear this season, Miles Sanders is a protected RB2 even with Jalen Hurts continuously calling his personal quantity within the pink zone. … Antonio Gibson‘s receiving utilization predictably cratered in Week 2. It’s not an amazing signal that even with Brian Robinson sidelined Gibson has maxed out at 14 carries the previous two weeks. He can grasp his Week 3 hat on potential shootout situations with the Eagles.

For the second time in two weeks, Texans coach Lovie Smith has pledged to get Dameon Pierce extra concerned. The rookie is quietly tied for seventeenth in carries via two weeks. … At least via two video games, Ezekiel Elliott‘s lacking ceiling stays nowhere to be discovered. … I’m crying uncle on Rhamondre Stevenson vs. Damien Harris. Despite Harris’ increased ground in the meanwhile, Stevenson nonetheless has a clearer path to ceiling. … James Robinson has a frightening contact benefit over Travis Etienne, however he generated 27 yards on 22 Week 2 carries when you take away his 37-yard landing the place the Colts form of simply stood round. Etienne might slowly shut the hole. … I’m unsure what it was, however Sean McVay proved his level with Cam Akers. McVay has by no means trusted Darrell Henderson as a characteristic again. I must assume Akers’ elevated Week 2 utilization was not a one-time factor. Henderson maintains the rankings benefit after remaining extra environment friendly on the bottom. … I’m not hitting the eject button on Chase Edmonds fairly but even after Raheem Mostert decisively out-touched and narrowly out-snapped him vs. the Ravens. Edmonds’ in-space and receiving work could possibly be essential vs. the mighty Bills.

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