CFL running back rankings ahead of week 4 as well as 3 stars of the week for week 3.
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Week 3; 3 RB Stars of the Week:
1st Star: A.J. Oulette (TOR)
18 carries for 84 yards, 4.7 yards per carry, and 3 touchdowns.
2nd Star: Jamal Morrow (SSK)
22 carries for 133 yards, 6 yards per carry, and 2 receptions for 6 yards.
3rd Star: William Stanback (MTL)
9 carries for 69 yards, 7.7 yards per carry, and 3 receptions for 37 yards.
1. Brady Oliveira, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Previous Ranking #RB3
Oliveira managed to pick up 52 yards on 10 carries (5.2 average). Pretty good production considering how BC’s defense was dominating the battle at the offensive line most of the game. Oliveira also had 1 reception on 3 targets for 11 yards.
2. Taquan Mizzell, BC Lions, Previous Ranking #RB4
Mizzell had a pretty good performance against Winnipeg. Winnipeg kept him well in check for the first portion of the game but he ended up finishing with 50 yards on 10 carries (5.0 average). Not bad considering Winnipeg just held Jamal Morrow to 20 yards on 6 carries the week before.
3. Dedrick Mills, Calgary Stampeders, Previous Ranking #RB5
Dedrick Mills continued to be a reliable back for Calgary as he fills in for the injured Ka’Deem Carey. In week 3 he had 14 carries for 74 yards (5.3 average). He also added 2 catches on 3 targets for 14 yards in Calgary’s win over Saskatchewan.
4. Jamal Morrow, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Previous Ranking #RB9
Saskatchewan committed to establishing the run in week 3 against Calgary handing the ball to Jamal Morrow 22 times and it produced very good results. Morrow rushed 133 yards on his 22 carries (6 average). His longest run of the day was a 22-yarder.
5. William Stanback, Montreal Alouettes, Previous Ranking #RB6
William Stanback made some nice plays against Hamilton. Stanback had over 100 yards from scrimmage in week 3 as he rushed 9 times for 69 yards (7.7 average) and caught all 3 of his targets for 37 yards. A lot of his rushing yards came on a very nice 40-yard play. Without the 40-yard gain, Stanback would have had 29 yards on 8 carries (3.6 yards per carry). Stanback does look to be ramping back up toward his old level of production.
6. A.J. Oullette, Toronto Argonauts, Previous Ranking #RB8
A.J. Oullette had himself a game against Edmonton as he scored a hat trick of touchdowns. He had 18 carries for 84 yards (4.7 average) and 3 touchdowns. Toronto has the best running back duo in the league with Andrew Harris contributing as well and it looks as though Harris will be getting roughly a quarter of the carries.
7. James Butler, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Previous Ranking #RB2
James Butler was pretty well contained by Montreal in week 2. He had 5 carries for 14 yards (2.8 average) and caught 3 of his 5 targets for 10 yards. This production level is surprising from James Butler, but this is more a case of good defensive play rather than poor play from Butler. Hamilton threw the ball 47 times while only handing it off to Butler 5 times. Hamilton only ran the ball 1 time in the final 40 minutes of the game.
Hamilton has struggled in establishing the run in 2 of their 3 games.
8. Kevin Brown, Edmonton Elks, Previous Ranking #RB7
Kevin Brown was kept in check by Toronto as he rushed 6 times for 16 yards (2.7 average). Brown did add 17 yards receiving on 2 receptions and a touchdown. Edmonton’s second-string running back had 1 rush for 5 yards.
9. Devonte Williams, Ottawa Redblacks, Previous Ranking #RB10
Williams was on the 1-game injured list with a hamstring injury for week 2. Ottawa is on the bye for week 4 and plays next against Edmonton in week 4.
10. Andrew Harris, Toronto Argonauts, Previous Ranking #RB11
Andrew Harris had 6 carries for 32 yards (5.3 average). He also added 1 reception for 11 yards. He received 25% of the carries prior to Toronto putting their third string in, Daniel Adeboboye when the game was out of reach.
11. Johnny Augustine, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Previous Ranking #12
Augustine had 3 carries for 13 yards (4.3 average) in the loss to BC. Depending on Oliveira’s injury status, Augustine could be given a lot of touches in future games.
12. Daniel Adeboboye, Toronto Argonauts, Previous Ranking Unranked
I don’t normally discuss players listed third on the depth chart in these rankings. I was very impressed with Adeboboye’s carries against Edmonton. He was put in late in the game when the game was getting out of reach for Edmonton thus they were expecting the run. Adeboboye rushed 7 times for 48 yards (6.9 average) and had the longest run of the day for Toronto at 21 yards.
(IR)1. Ka’Deem Carey, Calgary Stampeders, Previous Ranking #RB1
Was the CFL All-Star last season at the runningback position. He was placed on the 6-game injured list following an injury sustained in week 1. He had 7 carries for 43 yards (6.1 average). While Carey is injured Calgary will look to Dedrick Mills to start at running back.
For these rankings, I am going to keep Carey off of them for now while he is injured and move him back to his ranking when he returns. Last week Carey was listed as number 1.
Week 4 Matches:
Friday, June 30, 7:30 PM ET, 4:30 PT: Edmonton Elks @ Ottawa Redblacks
Saturday, July 1, 7 PM ET, 4 PM PT: Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Montreal Alouettes
Monday, July 3, 7 PM ET, 4 PM PT: BC Lions @ Toronto Argonauts
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