James Conner and Alvin Kamara drop in the rankings due to having a backup quarterback
Fantasy football owners might be panicking about their quarterback situation, but the running back landscape, for the time being, is still doing ok (please, don't let me jinx that). With no major injuries to look at yet, the running backs that are faltering are seemingly the result of poor play or perhaps poor offensive schemes or maybe poor game planning. It's hard to tell, but some running backs may be making their fantasy owners nervous. Todd Gurley needs to be viewed as a RB2 at this point. Hopefully, he was drafted as such, but if not, that's where fantasy owners need to start him.
The quarterback injuries do affect the running backs. Alvin Kamara, for example, is usually a top-five running back. However, for Week 3, he is ranked outside the top 10. With Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, opposing defenses are going to stack the box, making running tougher for Kamara. He certainly can catch short passes, but overall it's going to be more difficult without Drew Brees. In Pittsburgh, James Conner has dropped to No. 19. Between the knee injury (he says he'll be good to go for Week 3) and the absence of Ben Roethlisberger, he's dropped to a low RB2 instead of a borderline RB1.
NFL RB Rankings: Week 3
— Rankings by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.