Fantasy football rankings: Running backs for PPR leagues, Week 3

Here are our fantasy football running back rankings for PPR leagues entering Week 3.

With two weeks of the NFL season in the books, sample sizes are still small, but certain trends are starting to take hold. And when it comes to which running backs are best used in PPR leagues, a direction our experts at SB Nation are going is straight through the soft Jets defense.

While Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell remains the unanimous choice as the top running back in Week 3 PPR leagues, a new back has emerged in the second spot. After shredding the Los Angeles Chargers for 122 yards on 28 carries his season debut last Sunday, Jay Ajayi moved into the No. 2 spot in our rankings, and a date with the Jets on Sunday certainly doesn’t hurt his cause.

In Week 1, it was Buffalo’s LeSean McCoy who went for 20 fantasy points against Gang Green. Last week, it was the 1-2 punch of Marshawn Lynch and Jaren Richard, who each found the end zone against the Jets in Oakland.

Now it’s Ajayi, who figures to improve on his two targets in Week 2 and become more of a factor in the passing game against the Jets’ weak front seven.

The big slide in our rankings belongs to Ezekiel Elliott, who dropped from second to fifth in our rankings after an abysmal showing against the Broncos on the road and with another tough road test in Arizona this weekend. Moving up to fill the void were Chiefs’ rookie sensation Kareem Hunt, who showed little signs of slowing down in Week 2 with three more receptions, making him a perfect 8-for-8 on targets through two games, and the Chargers’ Melvin Gordon, who has 12 receptions on 14 targets through two games.

After Elliott, the rest of the top 10 included Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman, Lynch, San Francisco’s Carlos Hyde, the resurgent Todd Gurley of the Rams, and Green Bay’s receiver-turned-running back Ty Montgomery.

Running back (PPR) rankings, Week 3

(SK: Scott Kaliska; JG: Jeff Goldberg; DG: Derek Gordon; KB: Kyle Bennett ZS: Zach Senvisky; JM: Jason Marcum)

RB PPR rankings, Week 3

Rk Consensus Tm Opp SK JG DG KB ZS JM
1 Le’Veon Bell PIT @ CHI 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Jay Ajayi MIA @ NYJ 2 2 3 2 2 3
3 Kareem Hunt KC @ LAC 3 3 5 3 3 5
4 Melvin Gordon LAC vs. KC 8 4 2 4 4 2
5 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ ARI 4 5 6 5 5 6
7 Devonta Freeman ATL @ DET 6 6 7 6 6 7
8 Marshawn Lynch OAK @ WAS 15 9 4 7 8 4
8 Carlos Hyde SF vs. LAR 11 8 8 8 9 8
10 Todd Gurley LAR @ SF 5 7 13 11 7 13
11 Ty Montgomery GB vs. CIN 7 13 10 10 10 10
11 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs. NO 13 12 9 9 11 9
13 C.J. Anderson DEN @ BUF 10 10 11 12 12 11
14 LeSean McCoy BUF vs. DEN 9 11 15 13 14 15
15 Leonard Fournette JAC vs. BAL 14 14 12 14 13 12
16 Dalvin Cook MIN vs. TB 12 15 14 15 15 14
17 Mike Gillislee NE vs. HOU 21 17 18 16 16 17
17 Mark Ingram NO @ CAR 24 19 17 17 17 16
19 Jacquizz Rodgers TB @ MIN 26 18 16 18 18 18
20 Tevin Coleman ATL @ DET 27 22 19 19 19 19
21 Ameer Abdullah DET vs. ATL 20 25 20 21 21 21
22 Lamar Miller HOU @ NE 19 20 29 20 24 24
23 Chris Carson SEA @ TEN 29 21 22 22 27 22
24 Buck Allen BAL @ JAC 17 23 25 25 20 33
24 Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. NO 28 24 21 23 28 20
26 Isaiah Crowell CLE @ IND 18 26 27 24 23 27
27 Tarik Cohen CHI vs. PIT 16 16 36 26 22 40
28 Frank Gore IND @ CLE 30 31 30 31 25 23
29 James White NE vs. HOU 22 27 31 27 33 38
30 Jordan Howard CHI vs. PIT 39 29 26 28 32 25
31 Joe Mixon CIN @ GB 35 30 28 29 30 28
32 Chris Thompson WAS vs. OAK 25 28 35 32 36 30
33 Darren Sproles PHI vs. NYG 31 34 34 33 35 34
34 Matt Forte NYJ vs. MIA 40 33 33 34 34 31
35 Derrick Henry TEN vs. SEA 32 37 38 36 26 36
36 Kerwynn Williams ARI vs. DAL 41 24 30 31 29
37 Theo Riddick DET vs. ATL 23 32 37 37 37 46
38 Samaje Perine WAS vs. OAK 41 36 23 35 41 37
39 Terrance West BAL @ JAC 44 48 40 41 29 26
40 DeMarco Murray TEN vs. SEA 33 35 48 40 40 32
41 Chris Johnson ARI vs. DAL 43 40 41 42 38 39
41 Duke Johnson Jr. CLE @ IND 36 42 43 43 39 42
43 Bilal Powell NYJ vs. MIA 38 38 46 48 42 43
44 Alvin Kamara NO @ CAR 37 39 44 46 44 45
45 Thomas Rawls SEA @ TEN 39 39 35
46 Adrian Peterson NO @ CAR 32 38 48 48
47 Paul Perkins NYG @ PHI 46 44 45 47 43 44
48 Giovani Bernard CIN @ GB 42 43 49 45 45 47
49 Jeremy Hill CIN @ GB 49 42 44 46 41
50 Shane Vereen NYG @ PHI 34 47
Jamaal Charles DEN @ BUF 45 50 50 49 47
Charles Sims TB @ MIN 48 45 50
LeGarrette Blount PHI vs. NYG 47 49 50
Jalen Richard OAK @ WAS 49 46
Tyler Ervin HOU @NE 47
T.J. Yeldon JAC vs. BAL 49
D’Onta Foreman HOU @NE 50
Andre Ellington ARI vs. DAL 50