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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.

Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Last week gave us another blow up game from Aaron Jones, the return of Leonard Fournette, Miles Sanders and James Conner and a whole lot of injuries that are trying to sink our fantasy teams. This week we wont have Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, or Raheem Mostert to count on, so we may have to get a little more inventive. But, let’s take a look at some of the injury damage before we delve into who might help us out this week, shall we?

Injury news

The Rams running backs are a group to keep an eye on this week, as Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown aren’t 100 percent, while Darrell Henderson had a breakout day last week. Brown seems like he’ll play, but isn’t a sure bet while Akers has separated cartilage in his ribs, which is probably a pain tolerance thing. If he does play, let’s hope they can give him a pain killer without injecting it directly into his lungs. If all three play, it’s anybody’s ball game.

The 49ers are also hurting big time, but we know that Tevin Coleman is going on IR and Mostert “likely won’t play” according to Kyle Shanahan. Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson will likely share work, but McKinnon has been outstanding so far and is a no-doubt start against the Giants.

Christian McCaffrey is out for 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury and Mike Davis will take over his spot while Curtis Samuel could see some carries as well. Davis caught nine passes in comeback mode last week and has value as a flex play this week against the Chargers.

Saquon Barkley’s season-ending injury pushes Dion Lewis, Wayne Gallman and now Devonta Freeman all into the mix. For this week, the get a 49ers defense that is without Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas and Dee Ford, so there is room there for fantasy production. The question is, will one back get enough work to be a fantasy asset? If I’m taking the risk here, it’s for Dion Lewis, but only as a flex.

Streaming RBs

Joshua Kelley, Panthers

The Panthers have given up six rushing touchdowns to running backs and rank 29th against the run in DVOA through two games. Kelley is very much in a committee with Austin Ekeler, making both Ekeler and Kelley startable in this matchup.

Myles Gaskin, Dolphins

Gaskin is getting enough work to be useful against a weak Jaguars defense. His ten receptions so far give him a good floor in PPR leagues and he appears to have won the bulk of the work. He’s not a sexy play, but he should give you useful numbers in a flex spot.

James Robinson, Jaguars

Sticking with the Thursday night theme, Robinson has averaged 5.1 yards per carry on 32 attempts while the Dolphins have allowed 4.82 yards per carry. Robinson has averaged 18 touches per game and appears settled into his role as the starter.

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