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Week 3 RB Starts
START OF THE WEEK: Aaron Jones (@TB) – Jones stole the show for the Packers in Week 2, showcasing his elite talent on nearly every touch. While AJ Dillon managed just 61 yards with his 18 carries, Jones turned his 15 rushes into 132 yards, at a ridiculous 8.8 YPC. Jones also found the endzone twice, and was arguably more effective as a receiver, adding 3 catches for 38 yards. With Sammy Watkins and Christian Watson ruled out, Jones should have an even bigger role in the passing game against the Bucs.
Cordarrelle Patterson (@SEA) – After rushing for 120 yards on 22 carries in Week 1, Patterson’s workload was scaled back, with just 10 carries against the Rams. This was due to rookie Tyler Algeier making his debut, but he was ineffective with his 10 carries, finishing with just 30 yards. Patterson will have an easier time against a rebuilding Seahawks defense, aligning well for a bounce-back to his Week 1 production levels.
David Montgomery (vs HOU) – After a complete dud on opening day, where he averaged 1.5 YPC on 17 totes, Montgomery finished with 122 rushing yards in Week 2. Given that the Bears are easily the most run-heavy team in the NFL, the volume will certainly be there for Montgomery. He’ll face a vulnerable Texans unit that ranks 3rd-worst in the league against the rush, allowing 163 YPG.
More Starts: James Robinson (@LAC), Dameon Pierce (@CHI), Rashaad Penny (vs ATL)
Deep League & DFS Sleepers: Darrel Williams (@LAR), J.K. Dobbins (@NE)
Week 3 RB Sits
SIT OF THE WEEK: Travis Etienne Jr (@LAC) – Etienne took another backseat to James Robinson in Week 2, playing just 37% of offensive snaps to 63% for Robinson. The offseason hype around Etienne has yet to materialize, and he needs a bigger role in the passing game to meet expectations. Robinson is the clear lead back on the ground, and as a receiver, Etienne has only registered 5 catches on 7 targets for 51 yards thus far.
Josh Jacobs (@TEN) – Jacobs made the trip to Tennessee yesterday apart from the team, so there has been concern about his Week 3 status. While the travel logistics have been solved, Jacobs missed practice Thursday with an illness, so there is uncertainty about his workload if he’s active. Roll with him if you have limited options, but be aware of the extra risk this week.
Breece Hall (vs CIN) – Hall is coming off his best game as a pro, averaging 7 yards on the ground, and finishing with 60 all-purpose yards in the Jets’ comeback win in Cleveland. The pessimism here is in his usage, as he was outsnapped 43-19 by Michael Carter, and his workload was further cannibalized by 13 snaps to 3rd-stringer Ty Johnson. Facing a stout Bengals front that has only allowed 91 rushing yards per game, it’s wise to look elsewhere this week.
More Sits: Cam Akers (@ARI), Melvin Gordon (vs SF), Kenneth Gainwell (@WAS)