Fantasy Football 2016 Running Back Rankings: Week 3

Doug Martin's injury opens the door for Charles Sims to emerge as a reliable, every-week starting option

So did every fantasy-relevant running back go down with an injury in Week 2 or it did it just seem that way? In case you missed the carnage here are the main casualties: Adrian Peterson (torn meniscus), Doug Martin (hamstring), Arian Foster (groin), Jonathan Stewart (hamstring), Ameer Abdullah (foot), and Danny Woodhead (ACL).


Some of these injuries are pretty serious (Woodhead and Abdullah on IR, Peterson expected to miss 3-4 months after surgery), while some others should only result in a few missed games, if that. If you were one of the fortunate owners that escaped with your stable of running backs intact, good for you. If not, then be sure to use these rankings to figure out which ball carrier to start in Week 3. As you can see, there have been some changes, starting with the guy who leads things off.


Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex


Rk Player Team Opp
1 Melvin Gordon SD at IND
2 David Johnson ARI at BUF
3 Ezekiel Elliot DAL vs. CHI
4 Lamar Miller HOU at NE (Thurs.)
5 C.J. Anderson DEN at CIN
6 Matt Forte NYJ at KC
7 DeAngelo Williams PIT at PHI
8 DeMarco Murray TEN vs. OAK
9 Todd Gurley LA at TB
10 Mark Ingram NO vs. ATL (Mon.)
11 Latavius Murray OAK at TEN
12 Eddie Lacy GB vs. DET
13 LeGarrette Blount NE vs. HOU (Thurs.)
14 LeSean McCoy BUG vs. ARI
15 Christine Michael SEA vs. SF
16 Spencer Ware KC vs. NYJ
17 Tevin Coleman ATL at NO (Mon.)
18 Charles Sims TB vs. LA
19 Devonta Freeman ATL at NO (Mon.)
20 Theo Riddick DET at GB
21 Giovani Bernard CIN vs. DEN
22 Jeremy Langford CHI at DAL
23 Isaiah Crowell CLE at MIA
24 Frank Gore IND vs. SD
25 Ryan Matthews PHI vs. PIT
26 Jerick McKinnon MIN at CAR
27 Jay Ajayi MIA vs. CLE
28 Chris Ivory JAC vs. BAL
29 Jeremy Hill CIN vs. DEN
30 Rashad Jennings NYG vs. WAS
31 Matt Jones WAS at NYG
32 Carlos Hyde SF at SEA
33 Shane Vereen NYG vs. WAS
34 Fozzy Whitaker CAR vs. MIN
35 T.J. Yeldon JAC vs. BAL
36 James White NE vs. HOU (Thurs.)
37 Justin Forsett BAL at JAC
38 Derrick Henry TEN vs. OAK
39 Darren Sproles PHI vs. PIT
40 Matt Asiata MIN at CAR
41 Duke Johnson CLE at MIA
42 Kenyan Drake MIA vs. CLE
43 Chris Thompson WAS at NYG
44 Cameron Artis-Payne CAR vs. MIN
45 Terrance West BAL at JAC
46 Dwayne Washington DET at GB
47 DeAndre Washington OAK at TEN
48 Charcandrick West KC vs. NYJ
49 Chris Johnson ARI at BUF
50 James Starks GB vs. DET


— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.

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