Whether you’re a season-long or daily fantasy sports (DFS) player, finding success in fantasy football is all about finding and exploiting the right matchups — especially at the running back position. And as we head into Week 3 of the NFL season, there are a handful of running backs who stand out above the rest.
We’re not going to touch on guys like Todd Gurley III, Alvin Kamara, and Ezekiel Elliott who have favorable matchups in seemingly every game they play. Instead, we’re going to give you guys who don’t necessarily qualify as must-start players in every game they play.
With that being said, here is a look at five running backs with favorable fantasy matchups in Week 2.
Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers
Conner is quickly becoming a must-start fantasy running back. In fact, with all due respect, Conner’s performance thus far in 2018 has made Le’Veon Bell look like a ‘system running back.’
The former Pitt Panther leads the NFL in both snaps played by a running back (74.5 per game) and total touches (24.5 per game). And with a very favorable matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scheduled for Monday night, Conner projects to be a top-five fantasy running back in Week 3.
Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
With Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles both expected to be out this week, Clement could be in for a heavy workload against the Indianapolis Colts.
With Sproles out of the lineup in Week 2, Clement got 11 touches (six carries, five receptions). In Week 3, that number could easily double.
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
There is some cause for concern here with Bernard being limited at practice on Wednesday. But when it comes down to it, he is going to play in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers, and he is the only running back on Cincinnati’s roster that has more than a few days of experience in the team’s offensive system.
Bottom line: Bernard is in line for at least 20 touches in Week 3.
Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
If you are a believer in game-flow, then Thompson should be among your top options at running back in Week 3. The Redskins’ offense is going to have to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, which should result in another heavy dose of Thompson catching passes out of the backfield.
Thompson may not catch 13 passes or see 14 targets through the air, like he did in Week 2. But when the dust settles, we are expecting him to get 15+ touches on Sunday.
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
All signs are pointing towards Devonta Freeman missing his second-straight game this week, making Coleman a very attractive fantasy option.
In Week 2 with Freeman out of the lineup, Coleman rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries, and he caught four passes for 18 yards against the Carolina Panthers. In Week 3, the former Indiana Hoosier has an even better matchup against the New Orleans Saints.
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