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Fantasy Football 2016 Running Back Rankings: Week 3

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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.

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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.