After tallying no more than 11 touches in either of Seattle’s first two games, Chris Carson led all running backs in touches in week three. (Credit: CBS Sports)

Week three has come and gone, and trends are starting to take shape. Here is the latest update on which RBs are getting the most touches, and a closer look at some of the most notable workloads of the week.

Player Team Week 3 Touches Season Total Average
Chris Carson SEA 34 50 16.7
Alvin Kamara NO 31 67 22.3
Christian McCaffrey CAR 30 68 22.7
Todd Gurley LAR 28 73 24.3
Jordan Howard CHI 26 63 21.0
Carlos Hyde CLE 24 64 21.3
Chris Ivory BUF 23 29 9.7
Saquon Barkley NYG 22 68 22.7
Marshawn Lynch OAK 22 52 17.3
Alex Collins BAL 21 41 13.7
James Conner PIT 20 69 23.0
Ezekiel Elliott DAL 19 58 19.3
Corey Clement PHI 19 35 11.7
Adrian Peterson WAS 19 61 20.3
Kerryon Johnson DET 18 39 13.0
LeGarrette Blount DET 18 31 10.3
Kareem Hunt KC 18 53 17.7
Isaiah Crowell NYJ 18 42 14.0
Derrick Henry TEN 18 47 15.7
Tevin Coleman ATL 17 47 15.7
Giovani Bernard CIN 17 29 9.7
Melvin Gordon LAC 17 56 18.7
David Johnson ARI 16 44 14.7
Lamar Miller HOU 15 52 17.3
Sony Michel NE 15 15 15.0
Royce Freeman DEN 14 37 12.3
Bilal Powell NYJ 14 37 12.3
Alfred Morris SF 14 42 14.0
T.J. Yeldon JAX 13 42 14.0
Wendell Smallwood PHI 13 21 7.0
Matt Breida SF 13 39 13.0
Dion Lewis TEN 12 48 16.0
Nyheim Hines IND 10 27 9.0
Javorius Allen BAL 9 29 9.7
Marcus Murphy BUF 9 19 6.3
Doug Martin OAK 9 23 7.7
Tarik Cohen CHI 8 21 7.0
Jordan Wilkins IND 8 37 12.3
Peyton Barber TB 8 44 14.7
Aaron Jones GB 7 7 7.0
Jamaal Williams GB 7 41 13.7
Corey Grant JAX 7 18 6.0
Austin Ekeler LAC 7 31 10.3
Kenyan Drake MIA 7 39 13.0
James White NE 7 27 9.0
Chris Thompson WAS 7 35 11.7
Frank Gore MIA 6 25 8.3
Chase Edmonds ARI 5 19 6.3
Phillip Lindsay DEN 4 36 12.0

Chris Carson

Prior to week three, fantasy owners were wondering what happened to feeding Chris Carson the ball. He was not getting the touches many expected he would. Was Rashaad Penny set to make a push for the starting job? Carson only received a combined 16 touches in the first two games, being out touched by Penny 21-16. When Pete Carroll was asked about the little workload Carson was getting he responded, “I just wanted to give Rashaad a chance to go play.” But Penny had his chance and it resulted in 2.2 yards per carry. He also fumbled a handoff in the first half this past week leaving him in the dog house. This opened the door for Carson as he out touched Penny by a monstrous margin 34-3. 34 touches for a guy who was barely seeing work the first two weeks. That total led all RBs in week three. Carson only had 3.2 yards per carry but when you’re getting the ball 34 times, that’s really all you need since he turned it into 124 scrimmage yards and a TD. Carson isn’t anything special in the passing game but he’s the safest bet when the Seahawks can take a lead and lean on the run. Seattle likes to control the clock and they need an efficient run game to do so. This week they are against a disastrous Cardinals team and the game script should go in Carson’s favor. I don’t see any reason why he can’t receive another 25+ touches this week.

Sony Michel

Sony Michel did not have the best game against the Lions in his second career game. However, the coaching staff obviously has a lot of faith in him. “He’s working hard,” Belichick said of Michel on Wednesday morning. “He’s getting better every day – got a long way to go, but he’s working hard and he’s improving.” He received 15 carries against Detroit, four more than he received in week two. Looking forward, Michel should see an increased workload now that Rex Burkhead is on the IR with a neck injury. The Patriots signed Kenjon Barner but I do not envision him having the kind of impact Burkhead had when healthy. An increase in Michel’s workload is likely and if he is consistently getting 15 carries a week in an offense like the Patriots, fire him up.

Alex Collins

After only touching the ball 8 times in week one, it wasn’t looking like Collins would have the kind of success he had at the end of last season. Not much changed in week two as he had another pedestrian total with just 12 touches. But week three was a different story as Collins received a workload that will make fantasy owners very happy. He had 21 touches and parlayed them into 18 carries for 68 yards and a TD, adding 3 catches for 6 yards. The fear that Javorius Allen is going to slowly overshadow Alex Collins in fantasy needs to go away. Allen only has a total of 16 carries in the first three weeks combined. Allen is being looked at as a decent flex play going forward but keep in mind that he has scored a TD every week so far. Unless you think he’s going to finish the season with 16 TDs, Allen has to slow down at some point. Allen’s involvement at the goal line might be a thorn in the side of Collins owners the rest of the season, but the touches that Collins received in week three are a positive sign of things to come. He is a viable starter every week and will be a big factor in week four against a Steelers team that should make for a very physical matchup.

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