September 16, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) runs the ball in the rain against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Running Back Rankings-Week 3-Fantasy Football Who To Start


Running backs can be the most valuable members of your fantasy football team. However, they’re also tricky to predict as manjor changes happen at the position on a week-to-week basis. For example, this week Matt Forte is out of our top 30 while Michael Bush climbs in the rankings.

C.J. Spiller and Reggie Bush are both on the rise and make the top 10 this week while Chris Johnson, Michael Turner, and Steven Jackson tumble due to issues both on the field and off the field. If you were able to grab Trent Richards, BenJarvus Green Ellis, or Stevan Ridley later in your drafts, you’re looking good headed into this weekend according to our starter rankings.

Our weekly rankings are a collaborative effort. My selections are in the ZT column and Steve Copps (SC) and Jeffrey Littrell (JL) joined me for this week’s rankings. Our three rankings are averaged into the composite score which is used for the ranking. The higher the rank the better the start. In other words, we’d start Marshawn Lynch against the Packers over Chris Johnson as the Titans host the Lions. Check back throughout the week as our other staffers rankings are added.

ZT SC JL
1 Arian Foster Hou at Den 1 1 1 1
2 Ray Rice Bal NE 2.3 3 2 2
3 LeSean McCoy Phi at Ari 3.3 4 3 3
4 C.J. Spiller Buf at Cle 3.7 2 5 4
5 Maurice Jones-Drew Jac at Ind 5 5 4 6
6 Reggie Bush Mia NYJ 8.3 9 6 10
7 Adrian Peterson Min SF 9 8 8 11
8 Marshawn Lynch Sea GB 10.3 7 11 13
9 Darren McFadden Oak Pit 10.7 10 7 15
10 Frank Gore SF at Min 11 6 22 5
11 DeMarco Murray Dal TB 13 11 20 8
12 Jamaal Charles KC at NO 13 17 15 7
13 Trent Richardson Cle Buf 13.3 15 16 9
14 Darren Sproles NO KC 14.7 14 10 20
15 Chris Johnson Ten Det 16.7 19 13 18
16 Doug Martin TB at Dal 17.3 16 19 17
17 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Cin at Was 17.7 13 18 22
18 Stevan Ridley NE at Bal 19 22 12 23
19 Ryan Mathews SD Atl 20.3 12 NR 14
20 Michael Bush Chi Stl 20.3 18 27 16
21 Willis McGahee Den Hou 21.3 26 17 21
22 Steven Jackson STL at Chi 22.7 21 NR 12
23 DeAngelo Williams Car NYG 23.3 27 24 19
24 Michael Turner Atl at SD 26.7 NR 21 24
25 Shonn Greene NYJ at Mia 27.3 29 26 27
26 Alfred Morris Was Cin 28 NR 14 NR
27 Andre Brown NYG at Car 28.3 NR 25 25
28 Ben Tate Hou at Den 28.7 28 23 NR
29 Donald Brown Ind Jac 29.3 25 NR 28
30 Kevin Smith Det at Ten 30 20 NR NR

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