Fantasy Football Week 3 RB Rankings: Ezekiel Elliott Leads The Way

Ezekiel Elliott Picks

Getty DFS players may have to choose between Ezekiel Elliott and Alvin Kamara.

After a fairly slow start to the 2019 NFL season, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott finally got the ball rolling in Week 2. Zeke topped 100 yards while also hitting paydirt for the second week in a row.

Still, those numbers were average for what many consider the best running back in football. However, fantasy football owners fear not, as Elliott is set up with a matchup from the gods this weekend. Elliott takes on the woeful Miami Dolphins in what should be a huge day for the Dallas running back.

See who joins Elliott atop the ranks of the best players for this coming week, plus who’s bound to disappoint, all in our Week 3 running back rankings below.

* Player rankings are based off of full-PPR scoring formats.

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Better Than Usual

  1. Last Week’s Better Than Usual:
  2. Austin Ekeler – 23.30 pts. (RB4) 
  3. Sony Michel – 12.50 pts. (RB22) 

David Johnson vs. CAR

Johnson’s fantasy stock took a nosedive following a Week 2 showing littered with an injury and mediocre performance. However, it was somewhat expected considering the matchup, which explains why he made our Worse Than Usual list a week ago.

How quickly things can change. Johnson takes on a Carolina Panthers defense who has struggled to defend the run thus far this season. The Panthers have surrendered 120.5 rushing yards and 22+ fantasy points to running backs over the first two weeks of gameplay. Including 82 yards to Peyton Barber, I repeat … Peyton Barber.

Johnson should undoubtedly top Barber’s performance from a week ago, if not just for the added value he brings in the passing game. Plus, Arizona got away from the ground game way too early in Week 2, and it hurt them. Look for the Cards to slow the game down a bit in Week 3, and control the clock against a possible Cam Newton-less Panthers team.

Miles Sanders vs. DET

Philadelphia Eagles Running back Miles Sanders

GettyEagles RB Miles Sanders

Miles Sanders has done very little to warrant a spot in this category, however, here he is.

Sanders has struggled to get things going in the ground game thus far, but he seems to be the Eagles’ top choice in the run game. Sanders has led the team in carries in each of the first two weeks of the season.

Sanders’ matchup vs. the Detroit Lions bodes well for the rookie running back looking to elevate his production. The Lions have surrendered the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

The Eagles are already without Desean Jackson, and Alshon Jeffery may be inactive as well. The Eagles will need to find new playmakers to get the ball to. It’s time for Sanders to prove he is one.

Worse Than Usual

  1. Last Week’s Worse Than Usual: 
  2. David Johnson- 8.40 pts. (RB37) 
  3. Marlon Mack – 8.30 pts. (RB38) 

Damien Williams vs. BAL

Williams doesn’t have much going his way at the moment. He’s currently listed as questionable for this week’s coming game. Williams is also coming off a game where he had more carries (9) than he had yards (8). To make matters worse, the Chiefs take on the second-ranked defense in all of football in the Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens have allowed an average of just slightly over eight fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, far and away the fewest in the league.

Adrian Peterson vs. CHI

AP struggled to get things going in his first start of the season last Sunday. However, he saved face with a rushing TD to elevate his fantasy output into the double digits. This is something he may struggle to do this coming Monday.

Peterson faces off with the ferocious Bears defense this week. The Bears have allowed the ninth-fewest points to opposing running backs this season. Chicago has allowed just five rushing touchdowns over their past 18 games.

Week 3 PPR Fantasy Rankings: Running Backs

QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | FlexDEFK]

  • Keys: RB1 l RB2 RB3 RB4
  • Matchup: Great l Avg l Tough
Rank Runningbacks TEAM OPP
1 Ezekiel Elliott DAL

vs. MIA


Christian McCaffrey CAR

at ARI


Dalvin Cook MIN

vs. OAK


Saquon Barkley NYG

at TB


Alvin Kamara NO

at SEA


Austin Ekeler LAC

vs. HOU


Nick Chubb CLE

vs. LAR


Todd Gurley LAR

at CLE


David Johnson ARI

vs. CAR


Le’Veon Bell NYJ

at NE


Aaron Jones GB

vs. DEN


Derrick Henry TEN

at JAC


Marlon Mack IND

vs. ATL


Chris Carson SEA

vs. NO


Matt Breida SF

vs. PIT


Leonard Fournette JAC

vs. TEN


Mark Ingram BAL

at KC


James Conner PIT

at SF


James White NE

vs. NYJ


Josh Jacobs OAK

at MIN


Sony Michel NE

vs. NYJ


Kerryon Johnson DET

at PHI


Devonta Freeman ATL

at IND


Miles Sanders PHI

vs. DET


David Montgomery CHI

at WAS


Joe Mixon CIN

at BUF


Damien Williams KC

vs. BAL


Royce Freeman DEN

at GB


Raheem Mostert SF

vs. PIT


Phillip Lindsay DEN

at GB


Peyton Barber TB

vs. NYG


LeSean McCoy KC

vs. BAL


Tarik Cohen CHI

at WAS


Duke Johnson HOU

at LAC


Devin Singletary BUF

vs. CIN


Carlos Hyde HOU

at LAC


Chris Thompson WAS

vs. CHI


Rashaad Penny SEA

vs. NO


Jaylen Samuels PIT

at SF


Kenyan Drake MIA

at DAL


Adrian Peterson WAS

vs. CHI


Frank Gore BUF

vs. CIN


Malcolm Brown LAR

at CLE


Latavius Murray NO

at SEA


Rex Burkhead NE

vs. NYJ


Ronald Jones II TB

vs. NYG


Justice Hill BAL

at KC


Justin Jackson LAC

vs. HOU


Giovani Bernard CIN

at BUF


Ito Smith ATL

at IND

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