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What to do with Todd Gurley in Week 3 fantasy football

Can Gurley turn back the clock against the Chicago Bears this weekend?

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The Atlanta Falcons have been one of the NFL’s most productive offenses through two weeks, ranking among the top five in both points and yards. However, running back Todd Gurley hasn’t been able to share in much of the fun as he has just one touchdown and 119 yards from scrimmage on 37 touches. His next opportunity to get on track will come Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Fantasy Football analysis: Falcons RB Todd Gurley

Everyone was aware of the concerns with Gurley’s problematic left knee heading into this season. That lingering health issue is one reason why the Falcons signed him to a very cheap, one-year deal in April and why Gurley fell into the middle of the third round in fantasy drafts this summer. So far, those concerns appear to be warranted. Gurley hasn’t looked very explosive through two weeks, and although the Falcons’ offensive line hasn’t done him many favors, Gurley, at 26 years old, looks like a mediocre version of his former self.

But that’s not to say he should be treated like hazardous chemicals in fantasy. At the very least, Gurley is still seeing a good amount of opportunity. He received 16 touches and scored a short touchdown in a Week 1 game where Atlanta trailed for the majority of the afternoon. He then turned 21 carries into 61 yards last week in a shootout versus Dallas. It’s disappointing that Gurley hasn’t been more of a factor in the passing game, but at least he is a focal point in this offense.

A matchup with the Bears isn’t all that daunting; another formerly great running back on the backside of his career, Adrian Peterson, looked pretty spry as he gained 93 yards on 14 carries versus Chicago in Week 1.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Gurley, with all of his warts, is still too heavily involved in Atlanta’s offense to ignore. Especially given this past week’s carnage at the running back position, he is a fine play as a mid-range RB2 in season-long leagues. In DFS, however, there are better values on the board than paying for Gurley at $5,800.