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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 8

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Derrick Henry TEN @ IND
2 Dalvin Cook MIN vs DAL
3 Austin Ekeler LAC vs NE
4 Jonathan Taylor IND vs TEN
5 Alvin Kamara NO vs TB
6 Aaron Jones GB @ ARI
7 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ MIN
8 D'Andre Swift DET vs PHI
9 Joe Mixon CIN @ NYJ
10 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR @ HOU
11 James Robinson JAC @ SEA
12 Najee Harris PIT @ CLE
13 Damien Harris NE @ LAC
14 Nick Chubb CLE vs PIT
15 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs CAR
16 Darrel Williams KC vs NYG
17 Leonard Fournette TB @ NO
18 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ ATL
19 Elijah Mitchell SF @ CHI
20 Antonio Gibson WAS @ DEN
21 Khalil Herbert CHI vs SF
22 Kenneth Gainwell PHI @ DET
23 Devontae Booker NYG @ KC
24 Chase Edmonds ARI vs GB
25 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs WAS
26 Javonte Williams DEN vs WAS
27 James Conner ARI vs GB
28 Zack Moss BUF vs MIA
29 Alex Collins SEA vs JAC
30 Myles Gaskin MIA @ BUF
31 Michael Carter NYJ vs CIN
32 J.D. McKissic WAS @ DEN
33 Devin Singletary BUF vs MIA
34 Tony Pollard DAL @ MIN
35 Mike Davis ATL vs CAR
36 Jamaal Williams DET vs PHI
37 AJ Dillon GB @ ARI
38 Boston Scott PHI @ DET
39 Nyheim Hines IND vs TEN
40 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs PIT
41 Mark Ingram II HOU vs LAR
42 David Johnson HOU vs LAR
43 Samaje Perine CIN @ NYJ
44 Ty Johnson NYJ vs CIN
45 Rashaad Penny SEA vs JAC
46 Sony Michel LAR @ HOU
47 Alexander Mattison MIN vs DAL
48 Jerick McKinnon KC vs NYG
49 Damien Williams CHI vs SF
50 Salvon Ahmed MIA @ BUF
51 Brandon Bolden NE @ LAC
52 Ronald Jones II TB @ NO
53 JaMycal Hasty SF @ CHI
54 Giovani Bernard TB @ NO
55 Phillip Lindsay HOU vs LAR
56 Royce Freeman CAR @ ATL
57 J.J. Taylor NE @ LAC
58 Marlon Mack IND vs TEN
59 DeeJay Dallas SEA vs JAC
60 Jeremy McNichols TEN @ IND
61 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ CHI
62 Joshua Kelley LAC vs NE
63 Saquon Barkley NYG @ KC
64 Jordan Howard PHI @ DET
65 Carlos Hyde JAC @ SEA
66 Ty Montgomery NO vs TB
67 Justin Jackson LAC vs NE
68 Chris Evans CIN @ NYJ
69 Jaret Patterson WAS @ DEN
70 Elijhaa Penny NYG @ KC
71 Trey Sermon SF @ CHI
72 Demetric Felton CLE vs PIT
73 Kalen Ballage PIT @ CLE
74 Darrynton Evans TEN @ IND
75 Wayne Gallman Jr. ATL vs CAR
76 Kylin Hill GB @ ARI
77 Eno Benjamin ARI vs GB
78 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ CLE
79 Rex Burkhead HOU vs LAR
80 Travis Homer SEA vs JAC
81 La'Mical Perine NYJ vs CIN
82 John Kelly CLE vs PIT
83 Ryan Nall CHI vs SF
84 Gary Brightwell NYG @ KC
85 Jonathan Ward ARI vs GB
86 Devine Ozigbo NO vs TB
87 Artavis Pierce CHI vs SF
88 Khari Blasingame TEN @ IND
89 Alex Armah Jr. NO vs TB
90 Keith Smith ATL vs CAR
91 Jakob Johnson NE @ LAC
92 Ameer Abdullah CAR @ ATL
93 Trayveon Williams CIN @ NYJ
94 Johnny Stanton CLE vs PIT
95 Buddy Howell LAR @ HOU
96 Cullen Gillaspia NYG @ KC
97 Trenton Cannon SF @ CHI
98 Derrick Gore KC vs NYG
99 Jermar Jefferson DET vs PHI
100 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ LAC