There are no lack of running backs appearing on the Week 3 injury report. The late Sunday games alone is full of top-10 options entering this season, and that group doesn't include Eddie Lacy, who is Questionable for Monday night. So what should a worried fantasy owner do? Be sure to read the latest on these banged-up ball carriers below and check out the other key RB injuries before setting your lineup and then do what everyone else does — sit back and hope for the best. Also, don't forget about the important WR and QB/TE injuries.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)
Questionable – Calf
After Lynch missed practice on Wednesday, fantasy owners thought it was just for a day of rest. He returned to practice in a limited capacity on Thursday and everyone breathed a sigh of relief. Then Lynch did not practice on Friday, which raised alarm bells. The Seahawks have said that he is going to be a game-time decision after testing his calf. This is the toughest call of the week. If he plays, Lynch is a clear RB1 against a terrible Bears defense. If he doesn't play, fantasy owners need to have a better option that is playing in the later Sunday games or Monday night.
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)
Questionable – Ankle
Miller injured his ankle in Week 2 and put in limited practices Thursday and Friday. He is on track to play, despite the Dolphins signing Jonas Gray from the practice squad. That may have just been an insurance move. Look for Miller to struggle on Sunday against a tough Bills defense. Between the matchup and the injury, Miller is a low-end RB2 this week with little upside.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Monday, 8:30 p.m.)
Questionable – Ankle
During Week 2, Lacy injured his ankle and did not return to the game. He missed practice time this week, but did put in a limited practice on Friday. The reports out of Green Bay are optimistic that he will suit up and play. However, not playing until Monday night leaves fantasy owners with a tough decision. Hopefully Lacy owners also have James Starks and just have to play one of them on Monday. If you are a Lacy owner without Starks, you may want to play it safe and start a running back you know is playing. Lacy could still be a RB1 for those willing to roll the dice to wait and see if he plays.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)
Probable – Hamstring
McCoy has been dealing with a bum hamstring since the preseason, but he was able to practice in full this past week. He is going to play this weekend and is a RB1. His Week 1 totals were low, but in Week 2, he rushed for 89 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards. Expect him to improve on those numbers against a weaker-than-expected Dolphins defense.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions (Sunday, 8:30 p.m.)
Probable – Ankle
Anderson had been battling ankle/toe injuries, but he claims that he is healthy for Week 3. He will play, but the question is how effective will he be. In danger of losing the starting job to Ronnie Hillman, Anderson is on a short leash. Anderson will still likely split carries with Hillman, but he should get another chance at establishing his role as Hillman hasn't run away with the job. If Anderson can get the red zone carries (and convert them and not fumble), he should keep his job. For Week 3, he's a RB2.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)
Probable – Knee
Forte was limited in practice this week, thus earning the Probable tag. However, he is going to play. He's still an RB1 in Week 3, despite a tough matchup against the Seahawks. With Jimmy Clausen at the helm, expect Chicago to try to run the ball as much as possible. Forte is a solid pass-catching back as well, thus cementing his RB1 status, especially in PPR leagues.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.