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Running back PPR rankings for Week 3 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best PPR running backs going in Week 3 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Last week gave us another blow up game from Aaron Jones, the return of Leonard Fournette, Miles Sanders and James Conner and a whole lot of injuries that are trying to sink our fantasy teams. This week we wont have Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, or Raheem Mostert to count on, so we may have to get a little more inventive. But, let’s take a look at some of the injury damage before we delve into who might help us out this week, shall we?

Injury news

The Rams running backs are a group to keep an eye on this week, as Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown aren’t 100 percent, while Darrell Henderson had a breakout day last week. Brown seems like he’ll play, but isn’t a sure bet while Akers has separated cartilage in his ribs, which is probably a pain tolerance thing. If he does play, let’s hope they can give him a pain killer without injecting it directly into his lungs. If all three play, it’s anybody’s ball game.

The 49ers are also hurting big time, but we know that Tevin Coleman is going on IR and Mostert “likely won’t play” according to Kyle Shanahan. Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson will likely share work, but McKinnon has been outstanding so far and is a no-doubt start against the Giants.

Christian McCaffrey is out for 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury and Mike Davis will take over his spot while Curtis Samuel could see some carries as well. Davis caught nine passes in comeback mode last week and has value as a flex play this week against the Chargers.

Saquon Barkley’s season-ending injury pushes Dion Lewis, Wayne Gallman and now Devonta Freeman all into the mix. For this week, the get a 49ers defense that is without Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas and Dee Ford, so there is room there for fantasy production. The question is, will one back get enough work to be a fantasy asset? If I’m taking the risk here, it’s for Dion Lewis, but only as a flex.

Streaming RBs

Joshua Kelley, Panthers

The Panthers have given up six rushing touchdowns to running backs and rank 29th against the run in DVOA through two games. Kelley is very much in a committee with Austin Ekeler, making both Ekeler and Kelley startable in this matchup.

Myles Gaskin, Dolphins

Gaskin is getting enough work to be useful against a weak Jaguars defense. His ten receptions so far give him a good floor in PPR leagues and he appears to have won the bulk of the work. He’s not a sexy play, but he should give you useful numbers in a flex spot.

James Robinson, Jaguars

Sticking with the Thursday night theme, Robinson has averaged 5.1 yards per carry on 32 attempts while the Dolphins have allowed 4.82 yards per carry. Robinson has averaged 18 touches per game and appears settled into his role as the starter.

Running back PPR rankings for Week 3

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Alvin Kamara NO @ CAR
2 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs NO
3 Dalvin Cook MIN @ ARI
4 Aaron Jones GB vs DET
5 Joe Mixon CIN @ CHI
6 Derrick Henry TEN @ SEA
7 Nick Chubb CLE vs HOU
8 Najee Harris PIT vs LV
9 Antonio Gibson WAS vs NYG
10 Austin Ekeler LAC vs DAL
11 Chris Carson SEA vs TEN
12 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ LAC
13 Jonathan Taylor IND vs LAR
14 David Montgomery CHI vs CIN
15 Saquon Barkley NYG @ WAS
16 Miles Sanders PHI vs SF
17 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR @ IND
18 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC @ BAL
19 Damien Harris NE @ NYJ
20 Ty'Son Williams BAL vs KC
21 Elijah Mitchell SF @ PHI
22 Myles Gaskin MIA vs BUF
23 D'Andre Swift DET @ GB
24 Melvin Gordon III DEN @ JAC
25 Javonte Williams DEN @ JAC
26 Jamaal Williams DET @ GB
27 James Robinson JAC vs DEN
28 Kareem Hunt CLE vs HOU
29 Mike Davis ATL @ TB
30 Chase Edmonds ARI vs MIN
31 Devin Singletary BUF @ MIA
32 Leonard Fournette TB vs ATL
33 Mark Ingram II HOU @ CLE
34 Kenyan Drake LV @ PIT
35 Ronald Jones II TB vs ATL
36 Carlos Hyde JAC vs DEN
37 James White NE @ NYJ
38 Latavius Murray BAL vs KC
39 Kenneth Gainwell PHI vs SF
40 James Conner ARI vs MIN
41 Nyheim Hines IND vs LAR
42 Tony Pollard DAL @ LAC
43 Tony Jones Jr. NO @ CAR
44 Ty Johnson NYJ vs NE
45 David Johnson HOU @ CLE
46 Tevin Coleman NYJ vs NE
47 AJ Dillon GB vs DET
48 Damien Williams CHI vs CIN
49 J.D. McKissic WAS vs NYG
50 Phillip Lindsay HOU @ CLE
51 JaMycal Hasty SF @ PHI
52 Peyton Barber LV @ PIT
53 Trey Sermon SF @ PHI
54 Sony Michel LAR @ IND
55 Zack Moss BUF @ MIA
56 Giovani Bernard TB vs ATL
57 Darrel Williams KC @ BAL
58 Larry Rountree III LAC vs DAL
59 Malcolm Brown MIA vs BUF
60 Devontae Booker NYG @ WAS
61 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ NYJ
62 Salvon Ahmed MIA vs BUF
63 Alexander Mattison MIN @ ARI
64 DeeJay Dallas SEA vs TEN
65 Jerick McKinnon KC @ BAL
66 Chuba Hubbard CAR vs NO
67 Marlon Mack IND vs LAR
68 Boston Scott PHI vs SF
69 Michael Carter NYJ vs NE
70 Benny Snell Jr. PIT vs LV
71 Travis Homer SEA vs TEN
72 Jordan Wilkins IND vs LAR
73 Matt Breida BUF @ MIA
74 Samaje Perine CIN @ CHI
75 Justin Jackson LAC vs DAL
76 Kalen Ballage PIT vs LV
77 Alex Collins SEA vs TEN
78 Jaret Patterson WAS vs NYG
79 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ PHI
80 Rex Burkhead HOU @ CLE
81 Jake Funk LAR @ IND
82 Dare Ogunbowale JAC vs DEN
83 J.J. Taylor NE @ NYJ
84 Alec Ingold LV @ PIT
85 Devine Ozigbo JAC vs DEN
86 Chris Evans CIN @ CHI
87 Jaylen Samuels PIT vs LV
88 Kylin Hill GB vs DET
89 Khalil Herbert CHI vs CIN
90 Trayveon Williams CIN @ CHI
91 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs HOU