Fantasy Football Week 3 Running Back Rankings: How to handle J.K. Dobbins in his return?


It’s great to see J.K. Dobbins set to make his debut in Week 3 against the Patriots, and he’s come a long way since suffering a rather horrific injury last preseason that required reconstructive surgery. He worked hard to get back, and the Ravens were patient with him, playing the long game, keeping him out of the field for the first few weeks, even as he sought a cleanup.

But I’m not quite ready to include him in my fantasy football roster just yet. I’m not saying Dobbins is mandatory or anything like that, but I’m also not ready to treat him like an RB2 you could have drafted him with. Robbins is the RB30 for me in his debut and that basically reflects my belief that he will work on the goal line. I expect him to have a fast count and a 20 carry debut seems highly unlikely.

Chances are you’ll get around a dozen carries and you’re hoping he’ll show enough juice to break a long run or two and get into the end zone. It’s a tough matchup against a very good Patriot defense, but the Ravens need to be able to move the ball well enough to give it some room. If Dobbins does make it to the end zone, he should be good enough to justify his place in your roster – if not, he probably won’t impress. This makes it RB3 if I’ve ever heard of such a thing.

Here is my RB rating for the 3rd week.

  1. Christian McCaffrey vs. NO
  2. Jonathan Taylor vs KC
  3. Saquon Barkley vs. DAL
  4. Austin Ekeler vs. Jax
  5. Leonard Furnett vs. GB
  6. Joe Mixon @NYJ
  7. Dalvin Cook vs. OUR
  8. Aaron Jones @TB
  9. Derrick Henry vs. L.V.
  10. D’Andre Swift @MIN
  11. Javonte Williams vs. SF
  12. David Montgomery vs. HOU
  13. James Conner vs. LAR
  14. Alvin Camara @CAR
  15. Antonio Gibson vs. PHI
  16. Josh Jacobs @TEN
  17. Cordarrell Patterson @SEA
  18. AJ Dillon @TB
  19. Ezekiel Elliot @NYG
  20. Miles Sanders @WAS
  21. Darrell Henderson @ARI
  22. Jeff Wilson @DEN
  23. James Robinson @LAC
  24. Nyheim Hines vs. KS
  25. Dameon Pierce @CHI
  26. Damien Harris vs BAL
  27. Clyde Edwards-Heler @IND
  28. Ramondre Stevenson vs BAL
  29. Michael Carter vs. CIN
  30. JD McKissic vs PHI
  31. JK Dobbins @NE
  32. Chase Edmonds vs. BUF
  33. Brice Hall vs. CIN
  34. Cam Akers @ARI
  35. Tony Pollard @NYG
  36. Devin Singletery @MIA
  37. Travis Etienne @LAC
  38. Jamaal Williams @MIN
  39. Rashaad Penny vs. ATL
  40. Raheem Mostert vs. BUF
  41. Melvin Gordon vs. San Francisco
  42. Tyler Allgaier @SEA
  43. Sony Michelle vs. Jax
  44. Alexander Mattison vs. OUR
  45. Kenneth Walker vs. ATL
  46. Zack Moss @MIA
  47. Kenneth Gainwell @WAS
  48. Mark Ingram @CAR
  49. One Benjamin vs. LAR
  50. Jordan Mason @THE
  51. Rex Burkhead @CHI
  52. Kenya Drake @NE
  53. Khalil Herbert vs. HOU
  54. Amir Abdullah @TEN
  55. Rachel White vs. GB
  56. Samage Perine @NYJ
  57. Amari Rogers @TB