After a Week 2 that was full of carnage, Week 3 wasn't too bad on the injury front for running backs. Let's take a look at which backs could have some questions as we head to the quarter pole of the fantasy season. Here's some news on the backs heading into Week 4:
- Reggie Bush was back at practice on Wednesday and it sounds like he's good to go. Obviously, Joique Bell owners should stick with the second-string back.
- Ray Rice is on track to return on Sunday and could have a monster game at Buffalo.
- Daryl Richardson looks ready to go for Week 4 with a foot injury. Although, he played just two snaps early in the game and didn't return. He's going to be a risky play, and Isaiah Pead should be owned in all leagues.
- Steven Jackson could be out until Week 7 with a thigh injury, so his owners are going to be without him for a little while. Jacquizz Rodgers has to be owned across the board.
- LeSean McCoy had a minor issue on Thursday night, but he's fine. He's the top option in standard leagues.
- C.J. Spiller (knee) was back at practice on Wednesday. If you have some time in the next couple days, try and send out some buy-low offers.
- Le'Veon Bell could be back this week and the Steelers need him. He has to be owned in even four-man leagues.
- Chris Ivory could miss time with a hamstring issue. Bilal Powell has been a revelation after a sub-par 2012 and he's an RB2 for now. It's also worth noting that Mike Goodson could be a sneaky pickup in deeper leagues.
- James Starks (knee) and Eddie Lacy could miss time in Week 5, so Johnathan Franklin could be worth a look. The Packers have a bye this week.
- Mark Ingram could miss more time with a toe injury. The Saints couldn't get their ground game moving against the Cardinals on Sunday, but that could change against the Dolphins on Monday Night Football.
- Willis McGahee was signed last week and could be atop the depth chart for the Browns. The Browns are not going to have a dominant rushing attack, but Willis has to be owned should the team get it figured out.
- Ahmad Bradshaw was surprisingly good with Trent Richardson in uniform, and the Colts are going to use a committee approach for now. It shouldn't take long for T-Rich to figure it out, and he could become an elite RB1, but Bradshaw should remain owned.
- Brandon Bolden is on the upswing, and the ball-security issues of Stevan Ridley may have come back to bite him. Ridley is a bit of a risky play until this smooths over and obviously has more value than Bolden. Of course, Bolden should be owned in most leagues.
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|Standard League||PPR League|
|1||LeSean McCoy (@DEN)||LeSean McCoy (@DEN)|
|2||Adrian Peterson (PIT)||Matt Forte (@DET)|
|3||Jamaal Charles (NYG)||Adrian Peterson (PIT)|
|4||Doug Martin (AZ)||Jamaal Charles (NYG)|
|5||Matt Forte (@DET)||Doug Martin (AZ)|
|6||Alfred Morris (@OAK)||Ray Rice (@BUF)|
|7||Ray Rice (@BUF)||DeMarco Murray (@SD)|
|8||DeMarco Murray (@SD)||C.J. Spiller (BAL)|
|9||Marshawn Lynch (@HOU)||Alfred Morris (@OAK)|
|10||C.J. Spiller (BAL)||Marshawn Lynch (@HOU)|
|11||Frank Gore (@STL)||Darren McFadden (WAS)|
|12||Trent Richardson (@JAX)||Reggie Bush (CHI)|
|13||Lamar Miller (@NO)||Lamar Miller (@NO)|
|14||Darren McFadden (WAS)||Trent Richardson (@JAX)|
|15||Reggie Bush (CHI)||Darren Sproles (MIA)|
|16||Chris Johnson (NYJ)||Arian Foster (SEA)|
|17||Arian Foster (SEA)||Chris Johnson (NYJ)|
|18||Darren Sproles (MIA)||Frank Gore (@STL)|
|19||Knowshon Moreno (PHI)||Giovani Bernard (@CLE)|
|20||Bilal Powell (@TEN)||Maurice Jones-Drew (IND)|
|21||Giovani Bernard (@CLE)||Bilal Powell (@TEN)|
|22||Maurice Jones-Drew (IND)||Jacquizz Rodgers (NE)|
|23||Stevan Ridley (@ATL)||Knowshon Moreno (PHI)|
|24||David Wilson (@KC)||David Wilson (@KC)|
|25||Jacquizz Rodgers (NE)||Pierre Thomas (MIA)|
|26||Ryan Mathews (DAL)||Ryan Mathews (DAL)|
|27||Pierre Thomas (MIA)||Daryl Richardson (SF)|
|28||LeVeon Bell (@MIN)||Joique Bell (CHI)|
|29||Daryl Richardson (SF)||Fred Jackson (BAL)|
|30||Fred Jackson (BAL)||Stevan Ridley (@ATL)|
|31||Joique Bell (CHI)||LeVeon Bell (@MIN)|
|32||Rashard Mendenhall (@TB)||Danny Woodhead (DAL)|
|33||Bernard Pierce (@BUF)||Rashard Mendenhall (@TB)|
|34||Ahmad Bradshaw (@JAX)||Brandon Bolden (@ATL)|
|35||Willis McGahee (CIN)||Bernard Pierce (@BUF)|
|36||Brandon Bolden (@ATL)||Ahmad Bradshaw (@JAX)|
|37||Montee Ball (PHI)||Willis McGahee (CIN)|
|38||Jason Snelling (NE)||Ronnie Hillman (PHI)|
|39||Daniel Thomas (@NO)||Bobby Rainey (CIN)|
|40||Michael Bush (@DET)||Isaiah Pead (SF)|
|41||Jonathan Dwyer (@MIN)||Ben Tate (SEA)|
|42||Ben Tate (SEA)||Jason Snelling (NE)|
|43||Andre Ellington (@TB)||Marcel Reece (WAS)|
|44||Danny Woodhead (DAL)||Kendall Hunter (@STL)|
|45||Ronnie Hillman (PHI)||Andre Ellington (@TB)|
|46||Marcel Reece (WAS)||Da'Rel Scott (@KC)|
|47||Bobby Rainey (CIN)||Chris Ogbonnaya (CIN)|
|48||Kendall Hunter (@STL)||Jonathan Dwyer (@MIN)|
|49||Isaiah Pead (SF)||Michael Bush (@DET)|
|50||Bryce Brown (@DEN)||Montee Ball (PHI)|