Week 3 is when we begin to see deviation from the preseason fantasy rankings. It's also around the time that so-called "experts" begin to disagree with one another more for both the ROS rankings and weekly rankings. We become more vocal about it too as we now have an eighth of a season of data. It's not much, but it's enough data to possibly support where we deviate from the pack.
For running backs, the first place I am deviating from the pack is Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He will be usable, but I just don't see him as an RB1 this week. The Ravens are currently allowing the fewest fantasy points to running backs. Home field means less this year, but I don't see the Chiefs going into Baltimore and running the ball down the Ravens' throat. This game will either be dominated by Baltimore or is going to be a shootout. Even if you think I'm wrong about game script, you are aware that Andy Reid is the coach, right? Reid is simply not a give-the-RB-30-carries kind of guy. If you own CEH, you probably have to start him. But I'd keep your expectations low.
On the other end of the spectrum is David Montgomery. I usually have him as an RB2, but I like him to produce RB1 numbers. He's averaging around 15 carries a game, just enough to make his five yards per carry average a decent floor. But I like his upside this week against Atlanta, who is giving up the 11th-most fantasy points to running backs.
On a hunch, I'm also moving Zack Moss above Devin Singletary in one of my bolder moves this week. See the rest of my RB rankings below.
NFL RB Rankings: Week 3
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.
(Top photo by Ben Green, courtesy of chiefs.com)