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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 3 Running Back Rankings

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The fantasy regular season is 15 percent over for most of us. While this might sound scary, there is still a lot of football to be played. The running backs, as per usual, have not produced what many of us have foreseen. A lot of guys were just handed bad matchups and some guys just didn't have it one game. The bottom line is an owner that is panicking is an owner that is easiest to rip off in a trade.

If you're sitting there at 0-2 and think you're already dead money, you're not. Chris Johnson isn't going to finish the season outside of the top 40 for backs and Darren Sproles isn't going to be a must-start RB in shallow leagues. Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't make.

Guys I Like

Shonn Greene- Greene has been a bust at this early point in the season. What's more, if two weeks ago someone told Rex Ryan that his team ranked 28th in rushing after two weeks he might go on a hunger strike until that problem was rectified. The Jets are also just 27th in YPC (3.0). The Jets' rushing attack gets the right medicine as they head to Oakland. The Raiders currently rank 27th in rushing defense this season and were 29th over the course of last season. I'm expecting him to shine like C3PO (I've seen that Star Wars commercial too many times). If Greene doesn't have flirt with 100 yards on Sunday, it'll be close to panic time.

Mike Tolbert and Ryan Mathews- The Chiefs have allowed 44.5 PPG. What's not to like about playing these two? The Chargers should have this game locked up by half and it should lead to over 35 touches between them and close to 200 yards as well.

Guys I Don't Like

Cedric Benson- While the Niners arguably had the least active offseason, they are currently the league's best defense against the run. Yes, they played the inept Seahawks and the pass-happy Cowboys, but they have some great personnel in stopping the run. Their middle linebackers in the 3-4 scheme, Patrick Willis and NoVarro Bowman, are two of the best in the NFC and have a solid group of linemen in front of them. Benson is coming off a bad outing against the Broncos with only 59 yards (Denver allowed 150 to Run DMC in the opener). His value is on the rise with the Andy Dalton learning at a very quick pace. However, he's not a guy worth starting in most formats this week.

Marshawn Lynch- Have you seen the Seattle offense? They have 383 total yards of offense on the season. Cam Newton has surpassed that total by 50 yards for each week.

Knowshon Moreno- Moreno is falling flat on his face so far this year. He missed last week with a hammy, he has coughed it up, missed pass protections and isn't running the ball effectively. Plus the Titans were able to hold Ray Rice in check on the ground and Denver will likely struggle to move the ball.

Mark Ingram- The former Heisman winner hasn't done anything to prove he is worthy of starting on your team just yet. He does have an intriguing game with the Texans. Houston is 26th in YPC (4.8) allowed and Ingram could be able to put up some nice runs. He won't get more than 20 carries though.

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Rk Running Back Team Opp
1 Ray Rice BAL @STL
2 Rashard Mendenhall PIT IND
3 Adrian Peterson MIN DET
4 Chris Johnson TEN DEN
5 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX @CAR
6 LeSean McCoy PHI NYG
7 Frank Gore SF @CIN
8 Matt Forte CHI GB
9 Jahvid Best DET @MIN
10 Michael Turner ATL @TB
11 Peyton Hillis CLE MIA
12 Darren McFadden OAK NYJ
13 Ben Tate HOU @NO
14 Mike Tolbert SD KC
15 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG @PHI
16 Tim Hightower WAS @DAL
17 LeGarrette Blount TB ATL
18 Ryan Mathews SD KC
19 Shonn Greene NYJ @OAK
20 Beanie Wells ARI @SEA
21 Fred Jackson BUF NE
22 Felix Jones DAL WAS
23 James Starks GB @CHI
24 Cedric Benson CIN SF
25 Mark Ingram NO HOU
26 BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE @BUF
27 Dexter McCluster KC @SD
28 DeAngelo Williams CAR JAX
29 Reggie Bush MIA @CLE
30 Daniel Thomas MIA @CLE
31 Thomas Jones KC @SD
32 Brandon Jacobs NYG @PHI
33 Jonathan Stewart CAR JAX
34 Steven Jackson STL BAL
35 Willis McGahee DEN @TEN
36 Danny Woodhead NE @BUF
37 LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ @OAK
38 Arian Foster HOU @NO
39 Roy Helu WAS @DAL
40 Darren Sproles NO HOU
41 C.J. Spiller BUF NE
42 Marshawn Lynch SEA ARI
43 Pierre Thomas NO HOU
44 Knowshon Moreno DEN @TEN
45 Isaac Redman PIT @IND
46 Delone Carter IND PIT
47 Joseph Addai IND PIT
48 Montario Hardesty CLE MIA
49 DeMarco Murray DAL WAS
50 Michael Bush OAK NYJ
51 Justin Forsett SEA ARI
52 Ryan Grant GB @CHI
53 Earnest Graham TB ATL
54 Deji Karim JAX @CAR
55 Javon Ringer TEN DEN
56 Toby Gerhart MIN DET
57 Ricky Williams BAL @STL
58 Jerome Harrison DET @MIN
59 Ronnie Brown PHI NYG
60 Le'Ron McClain KC @SD
61 Marcel Reese OAK NYJ
62 John Kuhn GB @CHI
63 Chester Taylor ARI @SEA
64 Jason Snelling ATL @TB
65 Stevan Ridley NE @BUF
66 Steve Slaton HOU @NO
67 Keiland Williams DET @MIN
68 Bernard Scott CIN SF
69 Kendall Hunter SF @CIN
70 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL @TB

Thanks for reading and feel free to post your lineup questions below.