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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.

Is Nick Chubb the best RB available for Week 3 DFS Lineups?

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 18

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Jonathan Taylor IND @ JAC
2 Austin Ekeler LAC @ LV
3 Alvin Kamara NO @ ATL
4 Dalvin Cook MIN vs CHI
5 Nick Chubb CLE vs CIN
6 David Montgomery CHI @ MIN
7 Joe Mixon CIN @ CLE
8 Najee Harris PIT @ BAL
9 Josh Jacobs LV vs LAC
10 Elijah Mitchell SF @ LAR
11 Rashaad Penny SEA @ ARI
12 Devin Singletary BUF vs NYJ
13 Darrel Williams KC @ DEN
14 Sony Michel LAR vs SF
15 D'Andre Swift DET vs GB
16 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ MIA
17 D'Onta Foreman TEN @ HOU
18 Antonio Gibson WAS @ NYG
19 Javonte Williams DEN vs KC
20 Boston Scott PHI vs DAL
21 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ PHI
22 Saquon Barkley NYG vs WAS
23 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs KC
24 James Conner ARI vs SEA
25 Chase Edmonds ARI vs SEA
26 Damien Harris NE @ MIA
27 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs NO
28 Devonta Freeman BAL vs PIT
29 Dare Ogunbowale JAC vs IND
30 Rex Burkhead HOU vs TEN
31 Patrick Taylor Jr. GB @ DET
32 Tony Pollard DAL @ PHI
33 Jamaal Williams DET vs GB
34 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ BUF
35 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF @ LAR
36 Duke Johnson Jr. MIA vs NE
37 Kareem Hunt CLE vs CIN
38 Ronald Jones II TB vs CAR
39 Michael Carter NYJ @ BUF
40 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB vs CAR
41 Ty Johnson NYJ @ BUF
42 Mike Davis ATL vs NO
43 AJ Dillon GB @ DET
44 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ TB
45 Devontae Booker NYG vs WAS
46 Le'Veon Bell TB vs CAR
47 Jordan Howard PHI vs DAL
48 Aaron Jones GB @ DET
49 Justin Jackson LAC @ LV
50 Derrick Gore KC @ DEN
51 Jaret Patterson WAS @ NYG
52 Nyheim Hines IND @ JAC
53 Jeremy McNichols TEN @ HOU
54 Mark Ingram II NO @ ATL
55 Latavius Murray BAL vs PIT
56 Alexander Mattison MIN vs CHI
57 Craig Reynolds DET vs GB
58 Kenneth Gainwell PHI vs DAL
59 Dontrell Hilliard TEN @ HOU
60 Ameer Abdullah CAR @ TB
61 Phillip Lindsay MIA vs NE
62 Austin Walter NYJ @ BUF
63 Zack Moss BUF vs NYJ
64 DeeJay Dallas SEA @ ARI
65 Peyton Barber LV vs LAC
66 Cam Akers LAR vs SF
67 Brandon Bolden NE @ MIA
68 Myles Gaskin MIA vs NE
69 Samaje Perine CIN @ CLE
70 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs CIN
71 David Johnson HOU vs TEN
72 Khalil Herbert CHI @ MIN
73 Alex Collins SEA @ ARI
74 JaMycal Hasty SF @ LAR
75 Jonathan Williams WAS @ NYG
76 Royce Freeman HOU vs TEN
77 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ LAR
78 Ryquell Armstead JAC vs IND
79 Michael Burton KC @ DEN
80 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ BAL
81 Damien Williams CHI @ MIN
82 Eno Benjamin ARI vs SEA
83 Joshua Kelley LAC @ LV
84 Wendell Smallwood WAS @ NYG
85 Kene Nwangwu MIN vs CHI
86 Wayne Gallman Jr. MIN vs CHI
87 Travis Homer SEA @ ARI
88 Jalen Richard LV vs LAC
89 Ty Montgomery NO @ ATL
90 Corey Clement DAL @ PHI
91 Reggie Bonnafon CAR @ TB
92 Jake Funk LAR vs SF
93 Demetric Felton CLE vs CIN
94 Nathan Cottrell JAC vs IND
95 Elijhaa Penny NYG vs WAS
96 Keith Smith ATL vs NO
97 Deon Jackson IND @ JAC
98 Jakob Johnson NE @ MIA
99 Godwin Igwebuike DET vs GB
100 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC @ DEN