NFL 2014 Week 3 Fantasy Rankings – Running Backs

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 | 0


It’s already Week 3 of the 2014 NFL season, and already, the top of the running back rankings has seen a decent amount of shakeup.

With top back Adrian Peterson suspended and Chiefs star Jamaal Charles dealing with a high ankle sprain, you might not have guessed that some of these names would top the list for 2014 so soon.

But here we are. Here are the fantasy rankings for the Top 15 running backs for Week 3:

1. DeMarco Murray:

Murray has already surged to the top of this list with a grinding 167 yards against Tennessee in Week 2.

With quarterback Tony Romo still on the mend from offseason back surgery, he’ll most likely continue that against the St. Louis Rams in Week 3.

2. LeSean McCoy:

McCoy looked solid in the Eagles’ Week 2 win over the Colts on Monday Night Football, but his touches are clearly being poached by free agent signee Darren Sproles.

Still he should be able to put up a ton of points against the Washington Redskins in Week 3.

3. Marshawn Lynch:

Lynch has silenced the doubters that said he was done by performing well so far.

He should be in line for a big workload when the Broncos come into Seattle this weekend.

4. Arian Foster:

Foster had a ton of question marks heading into this year, but he’s quieted them by putting up two big games already.

That should continue rather easily against the lowly New York Giants in Week 3.

5. Giovani Bernard:

Bernard has been a terror through the air and ground in the two games this year.

Rookie Jeremy Hill may be staling a few of his touches, but Bernard can take any catch or carry to the end zone, making him a top play against the weak Titans run defense in Week 3.

6. Matt Forte:

Forte had a bit of down game in San Francisco last Week, and he’ll face and even tougher defense when the Bears take on the Jets this week.

He’s one of the more talented backs in the NFL, but expectations should be tempered.

7. Knile Davis:

Davis found himself thrust into a massive workload when Jamaal Charles went down with a high ankle sprain.

He responded well and should put up good numbers when the Chiefs head into Miami in Week 3.

8. Le’Veon Bell:

Bell has been racking up all-purpose yards in 2014.

He has a tough match-up against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday Night Football, but he still has the skills to perform at home.

9. Eddie Lacy:

Lacy is off to a slow start in 2013, and he has yet another tough match-up when the Packers head into Detroit this week.

But head coach Mike McCarthy has said he regrets not giving Lacy more of a workload against the New York Jets last week. That should translate into some more carries for Lacy in Week 3.

10. Alfred Morris:

Morris was impressive in racking up two scores as Washington beat Jacksonville in Week 2.

Now he’ll have a much tougher test in the form of NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles, but he should be leaned on heavily with new quarterback Kirk Cousins still adjusting to the role of starter.

11. Montee Ball:

Ball was touted heading into this year, but he hasn’t exactly produced up to par.

He has the toughest match-up out there when the Broncos travel into Seattle in Week 3; so don’t count on him for too much.

12. Zac Stacy:

Stacy rebounded from a poor Week 1 with a decent Week 2 showing as the Rams upset Tampa Bay.

He’s tasked with the soft Dallas Cowboys defense in Week 3, so the potential is there for a solid game.

13. Joique Bell:

Bell has slowly taken over the Detroit backfield for himself, but a fumble at Carolina cost him some playing time last week.

Against Green Bay in Week 3, Bell has the potential to continue assuming a much bigger role for the Lions.

14. Andre Ellington:

Playing through pain in his foot since the season opener, Ellington is still managing a strong 5.1 yards per carry.

When the San Francisco 49ers come into town in Week 3, he could play an integral part in an Arizona victory.

15. Bobby Rainey:

With the announcement that Doug Martin is most likely out of tonight’s (Thurs., September 18, 2014) game against the Atlanta Falcons, Rainey will take over the starting role for Tampa Bay.

That’s okay, because he racked up 144 yards on the ground against St. Louis. Against the subpar Atlanta rush defense, he could be in line for even more.

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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