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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.

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Week 2 was filled with some wild performances at the running back position, including a 237 scrimmage yard and four TD day from stud RB Derrick Henry. It ended with a bang, too, as fantasy managers enjoyed a four TD performance from Packers RB Aaron Jones. Unsurprisingly, they join Christian McCaffrey to top the running back rankings through the first two weeks of the season.

Despite the big performances, there have been plenty of disappointments so far on the season. High-end fantasy football draft picks like Jonathan Taylor and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are ranking as the RBs 23 and 46, respectively. It’s not time to panic just yet, but any managers plugging these disappointing backs into their lineups should perhaps swing for upside at the flex.

Injury news

Dalvin Cook came in and out of the team’s Week 2 contest after taking a big tackle, and Mike Zimmer announced that he’s dealing with an ankle sprain. We don’t yet know what his status is for Week 3, but Cook managers should take a glance to see if backup Alexander Mattison is available on waivers — just in case.

Josh Jacobs was inactive in Week 2 with toe and ankle injuries. Despite the opportunity available to Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber as his backups, injuries to the offensive line will make any efficiency an uphill battle. Jon Gruden announced that Jacobs is “very questionable” for Week 3, but even the most desperate fantasy football managers should avoid these backs in their lineups.

The 49ers continue to mount with injuries at the running back position. After fantasy football managers used their waiver wire priority or bulk of their free agent acquisition budget on RB Elijah Mitchell, there were some bumps in the road along the way. Mitchell totaled 19 touches on the day but suffered a shoulder injury in the meantime. Fellow RBs Trey Sermon, active in Week 2, left the game after being diagnosed with a concussion, while JaMycal Hasty suffered a high ankle sprain.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson suffered a rib cartilage injury and his status is uncertain for Week 3 against the Buccaneers. Given the injury and horrid matchup against the Bucs, he and all Rams RBs are likely better left on the bench.

Streaming options

Tony Pollard, DAL vs. PHI

As lead back Ezekiel Elliott continues to struggle with efficiency, Pollard shows out. He racked up 23 PPR points as the RB5 on the week, seeing a bump from 7 touches in Week 1 to 16 touches in Week 2. He earned some extra touches with his 8.38 yards per attempt and has looked like the better back on the field next to Elliott. Pollard’s floor is a low-end RB3, but his ceiling is as high as ever with how things are trending in Dallas.

James White, NE vs. NO

White played half of the Patriots' offensive snaps in Week 2 — the highest share among all Patriots RBs, and his rapport with Mac Jones is clear. Through the first two weeks, he’s seen a 19.4% target share — the third-highest among all running backs — and ranks as the RB12 in full PPR scoring formats. Though the ceiling doesn’t feel particularly high for White given a tough matchup against the Saints, the target share alone should leave White in flex consideration as a relatively safe low-end RB2.

Running back PPR rankings for Week 7

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Derrick Henry TEN vs KC
2 Jonathan Taylor IND @ SF
3 Alvin Kamara NO @ SEA
4 Aaron Jones GB vs WAS
5 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR vs DET
6 Joe Mixon CIN @ BAL
7 Damien Harris NE vs NYJ
8 Leonard Fournette TB vs CHI
9 Josh Jacobs LV vs PHI
10 D'Andre Swift DET @ LAR
11 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL @ MIA
12 Darrel Williams KC @ TEN
13 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ NYG
14 Elijah Mitchell SF vs IND
15 James Conner ARI vs HOU
16 Miles Sanders PHI @ LV
17 Chase Edmonds ARI vs HOU
18 Antonio Gibson WAS @ GB
19 Devontae Booker NYG vs CAR
20 Mike Davis ATL @ MIA
21 Javonte Williams DEN @ CLE
22 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs DEN
23 Alex Collins SEA vs NO
24 Melvin Gordon III DEN @ CLE
25 Damien Williams CHI @ TB
26 Michael Carter NYJ @ NE
27 Myles Gaskin MIA vs ATL
28 J.D. McKissic WAS @ GB
29 AJ Dillon GB vs WAS
30 Khalil Herbert CHI @ TB
31 Devonta Freeman BAL vs CIN
32 Rhamondre Stevenson NE vs NYJ
33 Mark Ingram II HOU @ ARI
34 Jamaal Williams DET @ LAR
35 David Johnson HOU @ ARI
36 Kenneth Gainwell PHI @ LV
37 Sony Michel LAR vs DET
38 Le'Veon Bell BAL vs CIN
39 Kenyan Drake LV vs PHI
40 Ty Johnson NYJ @ NE
41 Ronald Jones II TB vs CHI
42 Nyheim Hines IND @ SF
43 Salvon Ahmed MIA vs ATL
44 Demetric Felton CLE vs DEN
45 Trey Sermon SF vs IND
46 Jeremy McNichols TEN vs KC
47 Latavius Murray BAL vs CIN
48 Giovani Bernard TB vs CHI
49 Rashaad Penny SEA vs NO
50 DeeJay Dallas SEA vs NO
51 Malcolm Brown MIA vs ATL
52 Ty'Son Williams BAL vs CIN
53 Samaje Perine CIN @ BAL
54 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ NE
55 Phillip Lindsay HOU @ ARI
56 Royce Freeman CAR @ NYG
57 Marlon Mack IND @ SF
58 Jaret Patterson WAS @ GB
59 Jerick McKinnon KC @ TEN
60 Chris Evans CIN @ BAL
61 Elijhaa Penny NYG vs CAR
62 Brandon Bolden NE vs NYJ
63 Travis Homer SEA vs NO
64 Kyle Juszczyk SF vs IND
65 Ty Montgomery NO @ SEA
66 Kylin Hill GB vs WAS
67 Wayne Gallman Jr. ATL @ MIA
68 Saquon Barkley NYG vs CAR
69 Artavis Pierce CHI @ TB
70 Dwayne Washington NO @ SEA
71 Peyton Barber LV vs PHI
72 Jalen Richard LV vs PHI
73 Jonathan Ward ARI vs HOU
74 Gary Brightwell NYG vs CAR
75 Boston Scott PHI @ LV
76 Rex Burkhead HOU @ ARI
77 Alec Ingold LV vs PHI
78 Patrick Ricard BAL vs CIN