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Week 3 Rankings Update

Saturday, September 24, 2011



Week 3 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Adrian Peterson vs. DET -
2 Ray Rice at STL -
3 LeSean McCoy vs. NYG -
4 Chris Johnson vs. DEN Probable(ribs)
5 Matt Forte vs. GB -
6 Maurice Jones-Drew at CAR -
7 Darren McFadden vs. NYJ Probable(shoulder)
8 Rashard Mendenhall at IND -
9 Jahvid Best at MIN -
10 Michael Turner at TB -
11 Ben Tate at NO Probable(-)
12 Peyton Hillis vs. MIA Sidelined(illness)
13 Frank Gore at CIN -
14 Fred Jackson vs. NE -
15 Cedric Benson vs. SF -
16 Mike Tolbert vs. KC Probable(calf)
17 Ryan Mathews vs. KC -
18 Ahmad Bradshaw at PHI -
19 Shonn Greene at OAK -
20 LeGarrette Blount vs. ATL -
21 Beanie Wells at SEA Questionable(hamstring)
22 Mark Ingram vs. HOU -
23 Felix Jones vs. WAS Questionable(shoulder)
24 Tim Hightower at DAL -
25 James Starks at CHI -
26 Jonathan Stewart vs. JAC -
27 DeAngelo Williams vs. JAC -
28 BenJarvus Green-Ellis at BUF -
29 Willis McGahee at TEN -
30 Daniel Thomas at CLE -
31 Steven Jackson vs. BAL Questionable(quadriceps)
32 Arian Foster at NO Questionable(hamstring)
33 Brandon Jacobs at PHI -
34 Reggie Bush at CLE Probable(groin)
35 Dexter McCluster at SD -
36 Knowshon Moreno at TEN Questionable(hamstring)
37 Darren Sproles vs. HOU -
38 Thomas Jones at SD -
39 Cadillac Williams vs. BAL Questionable(hamstring)
40 Marshawn Lynch vs. ARZ Probable(ankle)
41 Danny Woodhead at BUF -
42 Roy Helu at DAL -
43 Pierre Thomas vs. HOU -
44 DeMarco Murray vs. WAS -
45 Joseph Addai vs. PIT -
46 Ryan Grant at CHI -
47 Michael Bush vs. NYJ -
48 LaDainian Tomlinson at OAK -
49 C.J. Spiller vs. NE -
50 Tashard Choice vs. WAS -
51 Deji Karim at CAR -
52 Delone Carter vs. PIT -
53 Javon Ringer vs. DEN Probable(back)
54 Jerome Harrison at MIN -
55 Ricky Williams at STL -
56 Kendall Hunter at CIN -
57 Ronnie Brown vs. NYG -
58 Bernard Scott vs. SF -
59 Earnest Graham vs. ATL -
60 Montario Hardesty vs. MIA -

 

RB Notes: The Vikings beleaguered  offensive line has been more of an issue for Donovan McNabb than Peterson. … McCoy looks as explosive as any back in the league this season. It wouldn’t be an upset if he finishes as the top fantasy back for 2011. … It’s now or never for CJ2K against an injury-depleted Broncos defense. We’re betting on a breakout game. … Forte is the lone beneficiary of Chicago’s shaky offensive line. He’s turning Jay Cutler’s dumpoffs into big plays.


It’s time for the Jags’ coaching staff to take the reins off Jones-Drew. Backup Deji Karim has yet to impress while MJD’s knee checks out just fine. With Blaine Gabbert making his first career start, the matchup against Carolina’s woebegone run defense is made to order. … Running with more power than expected, McFadden is proving that last season was no fluke. … Mendenhall had five goal-line opportunities against Seattle last week. Expect more of the same against the Colts.


The Lions running game has yet to take off, but Best’s skill-set is perfect for the Lions’ pass-heavy offense. He’s playing the Brian Westbrook role for Matthew Stafford. … Tate will start against the Saints after trucking a Dolphins team that closed out last season as an elite run defense. Expect 20+ touches in Tate’s first start. … Seattle’s run defense is tougher than advertised, but Wells is showing impressive power on his way to 5.71 yards per carry through two weeks. … Tolbert still has better odds of scoring a touchdown, but Mathews has been the more explosive back on the ground and through the air the first two weeks. Mathews’ role could grow at Tolbert’s expense. … Don’t bother with the Kansas City backfield. It’s a committee attack in an offense that doesn’t move the ball and won’t have many scoring opportunities.





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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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