Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 3: Running Backs In PPR, Standard Leagues

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Week 3 is here and we have the top 50 backs ranked for your standard and PPR formats.

Week 2 didn't provide us with any huge injury news, so fantasy teams should be in a similar position to last week. Let's take a look at some developing stories going on around the league:

Tom Coughlin said that he's expecting Ahmad Bradshaw to play on Thursday against the Panthers. We should take him at his word, since Bradshaw was on the sideline after the injury and looked like he wanted to go back in. Moments later, he was ruled out for the game. Coughlin said that Andre Brown would pick up most of the work, so Bradshaw owners really have to try to pick him up. If Bradshaw does give it a go, he'd be a weak RB2 with a favorable matchup.

According to Jeff Fisher, Steven Jackson (groin) could have returned to the game on Sunday, but rookie Daryl Richardson was performing well enough to keep the star back out. Jackson likely will have the dreaded game-time decision coming into this week and owners might want to make sure they own Richardson just in case he is out.

Mikel Leshoure is going to be active this week and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said he plans on using the Illinois product. This news puts a dent in Kevin Smith's value in a big way and his long-term prospects aren't looking good. If Smith is your RB3 or RB4, it might be a good idea to take a flier on another bench back. Leshoure should be owned in all competitive leagues.

Jacquizz Rodgers played just 17 fewer snaps than Michael Turner on Monday Night Football. Turner has been a disaster this year with his pathetic 2.6 YPC on 28 carries. He isn't doing much right and just looks horrible on passing downs. 'Quizz went from a player to watch to take over the starting job to now someone that looks like it's almost his to lose. The Oregon State Beaver has to be owned for his upside.

Rashard Mendenhall is going to take part in contact drills this week for the first time since his injury. While this is obviously a good sign, the word on the street is that he won't make his debut until Week 5. Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer have done nothing to be a threat to Mendy, so if he comes back healthy, the job should be his.

If your league rewards for 100-yard games, return yards or something like that, you can ask me on Twitter (@MikeSGallagher) for lineup help. Here are the rankings for Week 3 PPR and standard leagues:

Standard PPR
1 Arian Foster Arian Foster
2 Ray Rice DeMarco Murray
3 DeMarco Murray C.J. Spiller
4 LeSean McCoy Ray Rice
5 C.J. Spiller LeSean McCoy
6 Doug Martin Trent Richardson
7 Trent Richardson Darren McFadden
8 Maurice Jones-Drew Darren Sproles
9 Michael Bush Doug Martin
10 Darren McFadden Reggie Bush
11 Marshawn Lynch Maurice Jones-Drew
12 Stevan Ridley Michael Bush
13 Adrian Peterson Stevan Ridley
14 Reggie Bush Jamaal Charles
15 Frank Gore Marshawn Lynch
16 Jamaal Charles Adrian Peterson
17 Chris Johnson Chris Johnson
18 Steven Jackson Steven Jackson
19 Ryan Mathews Ryan Mathews
20 Darren Sproles Frank Gore
21 Cedric Benson Cedric Benson
22 Shonn Greene Kevin Smith
23 Donald Brown Donald Brown
24 Jonathan Stewart Shonn Greene
25 Kevin Smith Jonathan Stewart
26 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Alfred Morris
27 Alfred Morris Ahmad Bradshaw
28 Ahmad Bradshaw Pierre Thomas
29 Michael Turner Jacquizz Rodgers
30 Willis McGahee Willis McGahee
31 Pierre Thomas BenJarvus Green-Ellis
32 Jonathan Dwyer Michael Turner
33 Jacquizz Rodgers Ben Tate
34 Ben Tate Kendall Hunter
35 Peyton Hillis Dexter McCluster
36 Kendall Hunter Jonathan Dwyer
37 Beanie Wells Bilal Powell
38 Mark Ingram Mark Ingram
39 DeAngelo Williams Mikel LeShoure
40 Mikel LeShoure Peyton Hillis
41 Bilal Powell Beanie Wells
42 Isaac Redman DeAngelo Williams
43 Lamar Miller Evan Royster
44 Evan Royster Andre Brown (up 20 with Bradshaw out)
45 Andre Brown (if Bradshaw is out, move up 20) Lamar Miller
46 Ryan Williams Isaac Redman
47 Jackie Battle David Wilson
48 Daryl Richardson Roy Helu
49 David Wilson Chris Ogbonnaya
50 Dexter McCluster Ryan Williams


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