The 2022-23 NFL season began two weeks ago which means so did fantasy football. After getting a taste of the NFL season last week, it is important not to overreact and make risky moves when setting lineups for this week. For the first few weeks, fantasy managers should pay attention to trends that they see from teams that could shape the rest of the season. Here are fantasy football week 3 running back rankings.
*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*
(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting RB1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High-End RB2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between RB1 and RB2 category.
Starting RB2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low RB2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and causes a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deep League Flex- a player who is more of a Hail Mary throw at the position. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
|Must Start||Jonathan Taylor||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB1|
|Must Start||Christian McCaffrey||vs New Orleans Saints||RB2|
|Starting RB1||Dalvin Cook||vs Detriot Lions||RB3|
|Starting RB1||Joe Mixon||vs New York Jets||RB4|
|Starting RB1||Austin Ekeler||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB5|
|Starting RB1||Saquon Barkley||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB6|
|Starting RB1||D’Andre Swift||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB7|
|Starting RB1||Derrick Henry||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB8|
|High-End RB2||Leonard Fournette||vs Green Bay Packers||RB9|
|High-End RB2||David Montgomery||vs Houston Texans||RB10|
|High-End RB2||Alvin Kamara*||vs Carolina Panthers||RB11|
|High-End RB2||Nick Chubb||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB12|
|High-End RB2||Najee Harris*||vs Cleveland Browns||RB13|
|Starting RB2||Antonio Gibson||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB14|
|Starting RB2||James Conner*||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB15|
|Starting RB2||Aaron Jones||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB16|
|Low RB2||Javonte Williams||vs San Francisco 49ers||RB17|
|Low RB2||James Robinson||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB18|
|Low RB2||Miles Sanders||vs Washington Commanders||RB19|
|Low RB2||Damien Harris||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB20|
|Low RB2||Cordarrelle Patterson||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB21|
|Low RB2||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB22|
|Flex||Michael Carter||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB23|
|Flex||Ezekiel Elliott||vs New York Giants||RB24|
|Flex||Josh Jacobs||vs Tennessee Titans||RB25|
|Flex||Kareem Hunt||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB26|
|Flex||A.J. Dillon||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||RB27|
|Flex||Jeff Wilson Jr.||vs Denver Broncos||RB28|
|Flex||Breece Hall||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB29|
|Flex||Darrell Henderson||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB30|
|Deep League Flex||Rashaad Penny||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB31|
|Deep League Flex||Travis Etienne Jr.||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB32|
|Deep League Flex||Cam Akers||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB33|
|Deep League Flex||Chase Edmonds||vs Buffalo Bills||RB34|
|Deep League Flex||Jamaal Williams||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB35|
|Deep League Flex||Tony Pollard||vs New York Giants||RB36|
|Deep League Flex||Raheem Mostert||vs Buffalo Bills||RB37|
|Deep League Flex||J.K. Dobbins*||vs New England Patriots||RB38|
|Deep League Flex||Devin Singletary||vs Miami Dolphins||RB39|
|Deep League Flex||Rhamondre Stevenson||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB40|
|Leave on the Bench||Rex Burkhead||vs Chicago Bears||RB41|
|Leave on the Bench||J.D. McKissic||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB42|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyler Allgeier||vs Seattle Seahawks||RB43|
|Leave on the Bench||Melvin Gordon III||vs San Francisco 49ers||RB44|
|Leave on the Bench||Khalil Herbert||vs Houston Texans||RB45|
|Leave on the Bench||Jerick McKinnon||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB46|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenneth Walker III||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB47|
|Leave on the Bench||Nyheim Hines||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB48|
|Leave on the Bench||Zack Moss||vs Miami Dolphins||RB49|
|Leave on the Bench||Eno Benjamin||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB50|
|Leave on the Bench||Brandon Bolden*||vs Tennessee Titans||RB51|
|Leave on the Bench||Sony Michel||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB52|
|Leave on the Bench||Alexander Mattison||vs Detroit Lions||RB53|
|Leave on the Bench||Dontrell Hilliard*||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB54|
|Leave on the Bench||Joshua Kelley||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB55|
|Leave on the Bench||Darrel Williams||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB56|
|Leave on the Bench||Boston Scott||vs Washington Commanders||RB57|
|Leave on the Bench||Rachaad White||vs Green Bay Packers||RB58|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenyan Drake||vs New England Patriots||RB59|
|Leave on the Bench||Travis Homer||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB60|
|Leave on the Bench||Jordan Mason||vs Denver Broncos||RB61|
|Leave on the Bench||Mark Ingram||vs Carolina Panthers||RB62|
|Leave on the Bench||Samaje Perine||vs New York Jets||RB63|
|Leave on the Bench||James Cook||vs Miami Dolphins||RB64|
|Leave on the Bench||Kyle Juszczyk||vs Denver Broncos||RB65|
|Leave on the Bench||Hassan Haskins||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB66|
|Leave on the Bench||Chuba Hubbard||vs New Orleans Saints||RB67|
|Leave on the Bench||Isiah Pacheco||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB68|
|Leave on the Bench||Zander Horvath||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||RB69|
|Leave on the Bench||Mike Davis||vs Miami Dolphins||RB70|
|Leave on the Bench||Marlon Mack||vs Denver Broncos||RB71|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
RB11 Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara missed last week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a rib injury. If Kamara cannot play this week against the Carolina Panthers Mark Ingram moves up to RB31 between Rashaad Penny and Travis Etienne Jr. New Orleans’ change of pace back will then be Tony Jones Jr.
RB15 James Conner, Arizona Cardinals
James Conner left last week’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders early because of an ankle injury. There is a chance he could miss this week against the Los Angeles Rams. If Conner does miss this week’s game, then Darrel Williams moves up to RB34 between Chase Edmonds and Jamaal Williams. Eno Benjamin would then move up to RB38 between Raheem Mostert and J.K. Dobbins.
RB38 J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens
J.K. Dobbins is still recovering from his ACL tear from last season. There is still some uncertainty about if he will be available in Week 23 after he sat out Baltimore’s first two games. If Dobbins misses this week’s game against the New England Patriots then Kenyan Drake moves up to RB42 between J.D. McKissic and Tyler Allgeier. Mike Davis would move up to RB61 between Travis Homer and Jordan Mason.
RB51 Brandon Bolden, Las Vegas Raiders
Brandon Bolden suffered a hamstring injury in Las Vegas’ game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1. He missed last week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals because of this injury. If Bolden misses this week’s game against the Tennessee Titans then Ameer Abdullah will become the RB56 between Darrel Williams and Boston Scott.
RB54 Dontrell Hilliard, Tennessee Titans
Dontrell Hilliard missed last week’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a hamstring injury. If he cannot play this week against the Las Vegas Raiders then Hassan Haskins moves up to RB64 between James Cook and Kyle Juscszyk.