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Fantasy Football Week 3 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Running Backs

The second week of the NFL season is now officially completed and we had another week filled with fantasy football goodness. It was running backs galore in Week 2 with seven running backs scoring at least 20 fantasy points.

Among the running backs who achieved that mark, there was one name that stood out among the rest. Of course, you have Saquon Barkley, Le’Veon Bell, and Ezekiel Elliott have their typical games.

But Raheem Mostert actually outscored all three of those guys on Sunday with 24.1 fantasy points against the Cincinnati Bengals. Mostert shares the backfield duties with Matt Breida in San Francisco but he is still someone to keep an eye on in the waiver wire.

Looking ahead to this week, we have a few running backs who could be in for productive games in Week 3. Before we list those players, all of the decisions in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.

Without any more time wasted, here are the running backs to start in fantasy football and the ones you want to avoid in Week 3.

RBs to Start in Week 3

Nick Chubb

Rams’ Todd Gurley (vs. Browns)

Todd Gurley was finally able to get into the end zone in Week 2, calming the nerves of his fantasy owners. There was some concern that Malcolm Brown would vulture some touches near the goal line again but it was Gurley who scored a four-yard touchdown.

Through two weeks, the All-Pro running back still has 30 carries for 150 yards and a score on the season. In Week 3, Gurley will face the Cleveland Browns, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to RBs this season.

Browns’ Nick Chubb (vs. Rams)

On the other side of the game, Nick Chubb seems to be in a decent spot against the Los Angeles Rams. The Browns offense has yet to put it all together but they’re going to need their second-year running back to step up on Sunday Night Football.

Expect to see Freddie Kitchens to run the ball more versus the Rams to try and control the time of possession. Along with that, the Rams have surrendered three rushing touchdowns this season (tied for most in NFL).

Bills’ Frank Gore (vs. Bengals)

Frank Gore is going to continue to run over defenders until he is 80-years-old isn’t he? Last week, the veteran running back was able to rush for 68 yards on 19 carries and he found the end zone.

With the injury to rookie Devin Singletary, Gore is in line to become the team’s starting running back. On top of that, the ageless rusher is going up against the Bengals, who have allowed 40.8 fantasy points per game through two weeks (most in NFL).

Other RBs to Start: 49ers’ Raheem Mostert (vs. Steelers), Lions’ Kerryon Johnson (vs. Eagles), Bears’ David Montgomery (vs. Redskins)

RBs to Sit in Week 3

Damien Williams

Chiefs’ Damien Williams (vs. Ravens)

The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens will be squaring off in a must-watch game in Week 3. With that being said, it is tough to trust Damien Williams in this matchup.

Williams has outscored LeSean McCoy in fantasy but he still only has 34 yards on 22 carries this season. It doesn’t get any easier for the Chiefs running backs in Week 3 against the Ravens, who have allowed just 9.5 fantasy points to RBs per game this season.

Redskins’ Adrian Peterson (vs. Bears)

Last week, Adrian Peterson was someone that everyone was scrambling to grab on the waiver wire. The veteran running back was able to find the end zone but he only managed to gain 25 yards on 10 carries in Week 2.

Now, Peterson will get his second start of the season against a stalwart Chicago Bears defense. The Bears are one of eight teams who have yet to allow a rushing touchdown in 2019.

Steelers’ James Conner (vs. 49ers)

Coming into this season, there were high expectations for James Conner in his second season as the starting running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Those expectations have come crashing down in the first two weeks of the season—especially with Ben Roethlisberger going down with an injury.

With Mason Rudolph under center, the 49ers will likely elect to stack the box more to force the second-year quarterback to beat them. As a result, it may be another tough week for Conner.

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