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Week 3 Running Back Rankings- PPR Leagues

Armando Marsal shares his Week 3 Running Back Rankings for PPR Formats

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

In the first two weeks something I've been constantly thinking about is what kind of numbers Le'Veon Bell would have been putting up thus far. To date, DeAngelo Williams is second in rushing yards and leads the league in rushing touchdowns. It's been a funky season so far for some running backs, so taking Bell may not seem like such a risk at this time. For those who took a shot in the first round and drafted him, this the week you've been waiting for. Let's take a look at this week's PPR running back rankings.

Rank

Player

Team

Opponent

1

Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

@STL

2

Marshawn Lynch

Seattle Seahawks

CHI

3

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings

SD

4

Jamaal Charles

Kansas City Chiefs

@GB

5

Jeremy Hill

Cincinnati Bengals

@BAL

6

Eddie Lacy

Green Bay Packers

KC

7

Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

@CAR

8

Latavius Murray

Oakland Raiders

@CLE

9

Matt Forte

Chicago Bears

@SEA

10

LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

@MIA

11

Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

NO

12

Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

@ARI

13

Demarco Murray

Philadelphia Eagles

@NYJ

14

Chris Ivory

New York Jets

PHI

15

C.J. Anderson

Denver Broncos

@DET

16

Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

JAX

17

Alfred Morris

Washington Redskins

@NYG

18

Isaiah Crowell

Cleveland Browns

OAK

19

Matt Jones

Washington Redskins

@NYG

20

Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

@TEN

21

Rashad Jennings

New York Giants

WAS

22

Justin Forsett

Baltimore Ravens

CIN

23

Danny Woodhead

San Diego Chargers

@MIN

24

Shane Vereen

New York Giants

WAS

25

T.J. Yeldon

Jacksonville Jaguars

@NE

26

Joseph Randle

Dallas Cowboys

ATL

27

Lamar Miller

Miami Dolphins

BUF

28

Melvin Gordon

San Diego Chargers

@MIN

29

Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

@HOU

30

Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

@BAL

31

Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

DEN

32

Bishop Sankey

Tennessee Titans

IND

33

David Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

SF

34

LeGarrette Blount

New England Patriots

JAX

35

Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

@DAL

36

Tre Mason

St. Louis Rams

PIT

37

Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

SF

38

Darren Sproles

Philadelphia Eagles

@NYJ

39

Lorenzo Taliaferro

Baltimore Ravens

CIN

40

Karlos Williams

Buffalo Bills

@MIA

41

C.J. Spiller

New Orleans Saints

@CAR

42

James Sparks

Green Bay Packers

KC

43

Lance Dunbar

Dallas Cowboys

ATL

44

Darren McFadden

Dallas Cowboys

ATL

45

Dexter McCluster

Tennessee Titans

IND

46

Ronnie Hillman

Denver Broncos

@DET

47

Benny Cunningham

St. Louis Rams

PIT

48

Theo Riddick

Detroit Lions

DEN

49

Deangelo Williams

Pittsburgh Steelers

@STL

50

Joique Bell

Detroit Lions

DEN

It should come as no surprise that after opening my article with all this Bell talk he would be at the top of the rankings this week. However, it has little to do with my excitement for his return. In the past two weeks the Rams have surrendered the most rushing yards. They had a difficult time containing the Redskins backs last week. Bell is capable of running between the tackles and can catch the ball. Game flow does not affect his touches and the Steelers offense has been doing a great job running the ball. Look for him to jump right in and pick up where he left off last season. Making his first appearance in the top 10 this season is Latavius Murray. He's coming off of a solid performance against the Ravens and has a favorable matchup against Cleveland. The Browns are surrendering 105 yards and a one touchdown per game through the first two weeks. Murray is averaging over four yards per carry this season and has caught 10 passes. He also has one touchdown but has yet to eclipse the century mark in a single game. This would be a good spot for him to do so. He's the teams lead back and is also involved in the passing game. While some may say he has yet to carry the ball more than 15 times in a single game, that wouldn't concern me as game flow has been the issue and that's not something that worries me this week.

Two guys that may not be on most top 24 rankings, but managed to sneak into to mine are Dion Lewis and Danny Woodhead. Remember readers this is PPR rankings so receptions and targets play a big role in these rankings. Lewis has become of big part of the Patriots offense. He has 10 catches in the first two games and found the end zone last week. He played 73-of-86 offensive snaps against the Bills. He leads all running backs in the NFL in targets with 14. He's also run in 75 percent of the teams red zone rushing attempts. The only concern I have is that Bill Belichick and the Patriots base their game plan on opposing defenses and this week they host the Jags, so we could see more LeGarrette Blount. However, Lewis should still play a prominent role in the passing game of this offense and will always have the ability to catch a handful of passes. Woodhead is right behind Lewis in targets with 13. He took a step back last week after a huge week one, but still managed to catch six passes for 68 yards. Woodhead has received 100 percent of the teams red zone carries in the first two games. He should remain a steady part of this offense passing game, which is 50 percent of the plays ran.

Another player I'd like to quickly touch on is Justin Forsett. He's had a slow start to the season, but has a favorable matchup this week against the Bengals. Yes the Bengals are solid against the run, but they struggle against pass catching running backs and so far this season Forsett has caught eight of his 11 targets. The Bengals have surrendered the second most receptions (21), fourth most receiving yards (172), and most receiving touchdowns (2) to running backs this season.

Someone outside the top 24 that appeals to me is Shane Vereen. He has been targeted 13 times in two weeks and has looked good as a pass catcher for the Giants. He remains a solid flex play this week.