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Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 3 running back rankings.
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1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
3. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
4. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
5. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
6. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
7. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
8. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
9. Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
10. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
11. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
12. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
13. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
14. Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots
15. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
16. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
17. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks
18. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
19. Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
21. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
22. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
23. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
24. Javorius Allen , Baltimore Ravens
25. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
26. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
27. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
28. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
29. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
30. James White, New England Patriots
31. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
32. Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins
33. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
34. Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
35. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles
36. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
37. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
38. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
39. Paul Perkins, New York Giants
40. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
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Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 3 running back rankings.
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1. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
2. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
3. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
5. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
6. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
7. Matt Forte, New York Jets
8. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
9. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
10. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
11. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
12. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
13. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
14. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
15. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
16. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
17. Spencer Ware, , Kansas City Chiefs
18. Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears
19. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
20. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
21. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
22. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
23. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
24. Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks
25. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
26. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
27. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
28. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
29. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
30. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
31. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
32. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
33. Fozzy Whittaker, Carolina Panthers
34. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
35. Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins
36. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Monitor Hamstring)
37. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
38. Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings
39. James White, New England Patriots
40. Shane Vereen, New York Giants
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Here’s my Week 3 running back rankings.

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1. Adrian Peterson
2. Ray Rice
3. Chris Johnson
4. Frank Gore
5.  Rashard Mendenhall
6. Maurice Jones-Drew
7. Arian Foster
8. Pierre Thomas
9. Michael Turner
10. Steven Jackson
11. Jahvid Best
12. LeSean McCoy
13. Clinton Portis
14. Darren McFadden
15. Cedric Benson
16. DeAngelo Williams
17. Mike Tolbert
18.  Matt Forte
19. Ahmad Bradshaw
20. Shonn Greene
21. Joseph Addai
22. Tim Hightower
22. Jamaal Charles
24. Brandon Jackson
25. Fred Taylor
26.  Ronnie Brown
27. Jonathan Stewart
28. Felix Jones
29. Thomas Jones
30. Petyon Hillis
31. Cadillac Williams
32. Ladainian Tomlison
33. Ricky Williams
34. Justin Forsett
35. Correll Buckhalter

 

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Notable changes:

  • Tom Coughlin’s doghouse is not easy to get out of, which bumps Brandon Jacobs from the list.
  • Jason Snelling played too well not to get additional touches, especially with Turner at less than 100%. I wouldn’t do anything drastic like bench him, but I did knock him down to the nine slot.
  • Even though the Raiders make a QB change and Michael Bush returned to practice, Darren McFadden was just too low. I moved the NFL’s #2 rusher up to #14.
  • I slid Thomas Jones’ former running mate Shonn Greene down to #20 because LT looks so good, and his current running mate Jamaal Charles to 23 because Thomas Jones remains the starter. Thomas Jones takes Brandon Jacobs’ spot on the list.
  • Initially Ronnie Brown was off the list because Ricky Williams had twice as many rushing yards against the Jets last year, but I think I was putting too much stock in last year. Ronnie makes the list at #26.
  • Knowshon Moreno will miss this week’s game against Seattle, meaning Correll Buckhalter joins the ranks.
  • Beanie Wells is expected to play this week. I think they’ll limit his touches so Hightower is still the RB to use, though I did move him down a few slots.
  • Marshawn Lynch was bumped from the list to make room for Ronnie Brown.

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Here’s my Week 3 running back rankings.

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1. Adrian Peterson: 259 total yards & 3 TDs vs. DET last year.
2. Ray Rice:  179 totals yards & 2 TD vs. Browns last year.
3. Chris Johnson:  Will bounce back big time.
4. Frank Gore:  Dual-threat great play vs. KC.
5.  Rashard Mendenhall:  He’s all the Steelers have.
6. Michael Turner:  151 yards and a score vs. NO last year. Monitor injury.
7. Maurice Jones-Drew:  103 total ypg and 9 TDs at home last year.
8. Arian Foster:  Continues his strong start vs. Dallas.
9. Pierre Thomas:  200 total yards and 2 TDs vs. ATL last year.
10. Steven Jackson:  124.9 total yards per game at home last year.
11. Jahvid Best:  Silencing critics (myself included).
12. LeSean McCoy:  Dual-threat takes on Jacksonville.
13. Clinton Portis:  Strong play against St. Louis.
14. Shonn Greene:  Jets need him to come up big against Miami.
15. Knowshon Moreno:  Should be able to run vs. Indy.
16. Cedric Benson:  Effective, but not the same runner on the road.
17. DeAngelo Williams:  QB issues have Panthers struggling.
18. Mike Tolbert:  This will change depending on Ryan Mathews’ status.
19. Tim Hightower:  Doesn’t look like Beanie will go against Oakland.
20. Jamaal Charles:  Thomas Jones is still a factor.
21. Matt Forte:  Held to 123 total yards by GB last year.
22. Joseph Addai:  116 total yards vs. Denver last year.
23. Ahmad Bradshaw:  Which Giants team show up? Which Titans team?
24. Darren McFadden:  Finally producing. Should gash Arizona.
25. Brandon Jackson:  Faces Chicago as he gets used to the lead role.
26. Fred Taylor:  Favorable match-up against Buffalo.
27. Jonathan Stewart:  Panthers are a mess.
28. Felix Jones:  Threat to break one against Houston.
29. Brandon Jacobs:  Tough test vs. Titans.
30. Petyon Hillis:  He’s the back I’d use vs. Ravens.
31.  Cadillac Williams:  Stiff test vs. Pittsburgh.
32. Ladainian Tomlison:  Still life in those legs.
33. Ricky Williams:  206 total yards vs. Jets last year.
34. Justin Forsett:  Should get decent total yards vs. SD.
35. Marshawn Lynch:  Bills are tough to trust.

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