Even though it’s Week 10 in the NFL, not every team has a clear-cut plan for their backfield. By now, the So-Called Fantasy Experts hope that your Fantasy Football teams do have well-laid RB plans . Regardless,we offer up the running back rankings reaction to help you with some Start or Sit dilemmas.
Unlike Week 8, Week 9 games brought forth far fewer RB injuries. However, we still saw Dion Lewis tear his ACL, ending his 2015 season. James White will see more action in the New England Patriots’ offense, and LeGarette Blount is expected to get more snaps, too.
The Green Bay Packers continued to juggle their two RBs until Eddie Lacy left with a groin injury, but there’s more on that in the following running back rankings reaction. The Oakland Raiders held their breath when Latavius Murray took a helmet-to-helmet shot, fumbled the ball and limply hit the ground. He is going through the NFL’s concussion protocol before being cleared for this Sunday’s game, but reports indicate he’ll be ready to go.
As always, keep in mind the teams with byes: the Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers. Most notably, that means no Devonta Freeman. Actually, most notably, it means there are four defenses not playing this week that have allowed at least 21.7 Fantasy points per game against RBs. They’ve all allowed at least 10 total TDs to RBs this season!
Still, there’s plenty to like in the Week 10 running back rankings. Have a look.
Week 10 Running Back Rankings Reaction
Who I Like
Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
Despite a meager performance against the New England Patriots in Week 8, Miller’s been a reliable RB1 since the Dolphins’ Week 5 bye. In those last four games, Miller rushed for 347 yards on 54 attempts and he caught 17-of-18 targets for 182 yards and six total TDs. Miller and the Dolphins head to Philadelphia this Sunday to play the Eagles who have allowed only 14.8 Fantasy points per game against RBs. Nevertheless, Miller stays in the Top 10 of the running back rankings.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 10 is Martin’s chance to bounce back from a sad showing against the New York Giants’ weak run defense last week. Martin had 11 carries for just 31 yards. But the Buccaneers face the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday, and the Cowboys have allowed the second most Fantasy points per game to RBs (24). Martin needs to return form as he did in Weeks 4, 5 and 7, otherwise he’ll fall further down in the running back rankings. This week, he’s ranked 11th, five spots lower than his Week 9 spot.
James Starks, Green Bay Packers
The Packers’ backfield has frustrated Fantasy Football owners all season. Chances are, it will continue to do so, but I’m willing to posit that Starks gets more snaps than Eddie Lacy going forward. The running back rankings put Starks 15th and Lacy 33rd, a reasonable pair of assessments based on Starks’ 122 total yards of offense last week and Lacy’s meager 10 yards. Lacy also left the game with a groin injury in Week 9. Against the Detroit Lions this Sunday, Starks could further solidify his role as the starting back.
#Packers James Starks feet/agility/vision are making him a much more productive RB right now.. Lacy looks heavy footed and runs too upright
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) November 9, 2015
Who I Don’t Like
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
The Arizona Cardinals rudely welcomed back the Seahawks from their bye, and the Cardinals’ elite run defense poses a challenge to Lynch. Against RBs, the Cardinals have allowed 553 rushing yards, 420 receiving yards and four total TDs. As for Lynch, he’s almost certain to break his streak of seasons with 11-plus rushing TDs, as he’s rushed for just two in 2015, both of which came on rush attempts inside the five yard line. His longest run this year was 24 yards. Bouncing back seems tough against the Cardinals, but he still earned the sixth spot in the running back rankings.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
With only three TDs this season, Stewart’s value is limited. He hasn’t had more than one reception in a game since Week 1, and has had three games with no receptions. Ranked 14th, Stewart holds mid-tier RB2 value even against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10. Although the Titans have allowed RBs to run for 726 yards, they’ve submitted only four total TDs to RBs, which does not bode well for the TD-starved Stewart.
Odds two years ago of Darren McFadden, Chris Johnson, Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams all being productive starters in Nov. of 2015? — Christopher Liss (@Chris_Liss) November 3, 2015
LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
With all the injuries and unexpected standout performers at RB this year, it makes sense that I’m flip flopping from week to week. Last week, McCoy was one of my favorite backs for the week and he ran for 112 yards and a TD. But he hurt his shoulder and has to play on the road this Thursday. Shady was limited in practice on Tuesday and will likely see fewer carries this week, which dropped him to 21st in the Week 10 running back rankings. Karlos Williams won’t make for a great handcuff since the Bills go to New York to play the Jets, the league’s best run defense.
Remember to take a look at all the rankings by position each week. The So-Called Fantasy Experts get you prepared with the Week 10 Game Previews and Injury Report, too. Never hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter or in the comments section below.
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