Avoid Chicago Bears’ Matt Forte At All Costs For Week 3 Of Fantasy Football

It’s Week 3, and while this match-up won’t make or break your entire fantasy football season, no one wants to take a loss. There are an absurd amount of injuries heading into this week, so let’s look at the running backs who seem primed to capitalize this Sunday.

3 Must-Start Running Backs This Week

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Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
Wrist StretchThis may be slightly obvious considering Peterson is the best bell-cow in the NFL, but he is set for a big day against the San Diego Chargers. The last time Peterson faced the Bolts, he rushed for an NFL-record 296 yards. While that isn’t likely to repeat itself, the Vikings were much more successful pounding the ball last week in their win against the Detroit Lions. Expect much of the same this weekend, resulting in big things for “All Day.”
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Joseph Randle – Dallas Cowboys
Wrist StretchBrandon Weeden is the quarterback in Jerry World now. It’s safe to say that the team is going run, run, and then run some more this weekend. The Cowboys have the best offensive line in the league and plan to prove that by running the ball effectively. Randle will get a full workload and should benefit in a solid match-up against the Atlanta Falcons.
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Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints
Wrist StretchDrew Brees’ labrum isn’t doing too well. With news that Brees will miss this game against the Panthers, Luke McCown will get the start. Much like the Brandon Weeden situation, the last thing Sean Payton wants is to have McCown airing it out all game. This means the Saints will turn to Ingram early and often against a defense that will likely still be missing Luke Kuechly. It is still a tough match-up against the Carolina Panthers, but 20+ carries makes Ingram a reliable fantasy option.
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Running Back ‘Bust’ Of The Week
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Matt Forte – Chicago Bears
Wrist StretchThe Bears are hurt everywhere. Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal are all dealing with injuries and Seattle is hungry. The Seahawks are 0-2 and with Kam Chancellor back, the “Legion of Boom” will be in full force. Expect the defense to stack the box and stuff Forte on almost every down. If I was Forte, I’d fake an injury and sit out alongside Cutler and the rest of the offense.
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Deep Sleeper Running Back Of The Week
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James Starks – Green Bay Packers
Wrist StretchEven if Eddie Lacy plays, Starks should still get a solid workload. Kansas City has an excellent pass defense, which should force the Cheese-heads to attack with the ground game. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the Chiefs will be dropping eight men in coverage to try and slow down the Packers’ aerial assault. This all adds up to a great (and unexpected) game for Starks.
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