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Week 10 Rankings

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Week 10 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Le'Veon Bell at IND -
2 Todd Gurley vs. HOU -
3 Leonard Fournette vs. LAC -
4 LeSean McCoy vs. NO -
5 Jordan Howard vs. GB -
6 Melvin Gordon at JAC -
7 Carlos Hyde vs. NYG -
8 Mark Ingram at BUF -
9 Alvin Kamara at BUF -
10 Devonta Freeman vs. DAL -
11 Adrian Peterson vs. SEA -
12 Christian McCaffrey vs. MIA -
13 Jerick McKinnon at WAS -
14 Lamar Miller at LAR -
15 Orleans Darkwa at SF -
16 Alfred Morris at ATL -
17 Bilal Powell at TB -
18 Doug Martin vs. NYJ -
19 Joe Mixon at TEN -
20 Chris Thompson vs. MIN -
21 DeMarco Murray vs. CIN -
22 Ameer Abdullah vs. CLE -
23 Tevin Coleman vs. DAL -
24 Frank Gore vs. PIT -
25 Kenyan Drake at CAR -
26 Dion Lewis at DEN -
27 Aaron Jones at CHI -
28 Isaiah Crowell at DET -
29 Latavius Murray at WAS -
30 Derrick Henry vs. CIN -
31 Thomas Rawls at ARZ -
32 C.J. Anderson vs. NE -
33 Duke Johnson at DET -
34 Marlon Mack vs. PIT -
35 James White at DEN -
36 Damien Williams at CAR Questionable (illness)
37 Wayne Gallman at SF -
38 Theo Riddick vs. CLE -
39 Jonathan Stewart vs. MIA -
40 Rob Kelley vs. MIN -
41 Ty Montgomery at CHI -
42 Devontae Booker vs. NE -
43 Elijah McGuire at TB -
44 D'Onta Foreman at LAR -
45 Rex Burkhead at DEN -
46 Tarik Cohen vs. GB -
47 Rod Smith at ATL -
48 Mike Gillislee at DEN -
49 Chris Ivory vs. LAC -
50 Jamaal Charles vs. NE -
51 Matt Breida vs. NYG -
52 C.J. Prosise at ARZ Sidelined (ankle)
53 Dwayne Washington vs. CLE -
54 Mike Tolbert vs. NO -
55 Darren McFadden at ATL -

RB Notes: Le'Veon Bell is averaging 29 touches. No one who has played at least 13 games has averaged more than 28 this decade, and only 2014 DeMarco Murray averaged more than 25. … Regardless of the outcome of his Thursday hearing, Ezekiel Elliott appears on track to play. If he does not, Alfred Morris will take the lead in a three-man committee that should also include Rod Smith and Darren McFadden. Only Morris would be playable in fantasy leagues. … Averaging 128 yards from scrimmage, Todd Gurley has been held below 96 just once. … Thanks to an ankle injury, bye and poor concept of time, Leonard Fournette will begin Sunday’s game having not taken a carry in 28 days. It’s not the worst thing, as the layoff should help Fournette remain fresh down the stretch against a soft slate of run defenses. … Coming off a shocking dud against the Jets, LeSean McCoy has had 10 days to rest up for a nice matchup with a Saints run defense permitting 4.71 yards per carry.  

Even though he had an excellent Week 8, the Chargers’ Week 9 bye probably came at a good time for Melvin Gordon, who seems to be listed with a different injury each week. With the Jags completely erasing the pass, Gordon will be the primary means of moving the ball against a defense allowing 125 rushing yards per game and 4.87 yards per carry. … There’s been a levee break along the Giants’ “defense.” The G-Men’s Week 9 “performance” will go down in infamy as one of the softest efforts in recent memory. Carlos Hyde is all but assured of clearing 20 touches for the second consecutive game. … Alvin Kamara’s 16-touch, 152-yard, two-touchdown Week 9 was the best game of his already impressive rookie season. And yet, he was still out-touched (17-16) and out-snapped (36-26) by Mark Ingram. Averaging 7.32 yards per touch, Kamara is for real, and here to stay. But so is Ingram. Coach Sean Payton has a wonderful thing going in his backfield. He’s not going to change the formula. Ingram is a weekly RB1, while Kamara is an RB2 who will sometimes find himself in the RB1 ranks. This is one of those weeks.

There’s been a variety of reasons at play, but Devonta Freeman hasn’t cleared 12 carries since Week 4. That was also the last time he scored. Freeman’s slump hasn’t coincided with an Alvin Kamara-like eruption from Tevin Coleman. The Falcons have just been playing bad football. Allowing 4.40 yards per carry and hemorrhaging running back receiver production (52/431/2 in eight games), the Cowboys are a potential get-right matchup in a game with a 50.5 over/under. That’s if Freeman’s knee cooperates. … Adrian Peterson’s 37 carries against the 49ers were the most ever for a back over the age of 30. He’s had two excellent games as a Cardinal and one sub-par one. The Seahawks have stiffened against the run, but AD should have a usable game on Thursday Night Football. … With Kelvin Benjamin gone and the Panthers more run- and spread-committed, Christian McCaffrey had far and away his best game as a pro, setting new highs in both counting and rate categories. The Panthers seemed to have found a way to create space for their space back. With Jonathan Stewart fading to oblivion, McCaffrey will be given every opportunity to get a hot streak going against the Dolphins.   

The Texans need Lamar Miller more than ever, but with Tom Savage making it impossible to sustain drives, Miller’s floor is lower than his ceiling is high. … Jerick McKinnon is averaging 106 yards from scrimmage and 5.36 yards per touch in four games since Dalvin Cook’s injury. Even with Latavius Murray remaining stubbornly involved on early downs, McKinnon has an RB2 floor to go along with his RB1 ceiling. … The Giants re-committed to Orleans Darkwa coming out of their bye week. His 18 touches were the second most of his career. He out-snapped Wayne Gallman 32-17. Even on the road, the 49ers are a mouthwatering matchup. … It’s become a disappointingly typical Doug Martin season, with consistency hard to come by. That being said, Week 9 was an outlier in the touch department. It was the first time in five games Martin got the ball fewer than 14 times. He should hit the over on that at home against the Jets. … Joe Mixon has at least 14 touches in five of his past six games. With Jeremy Hill (ankle) sidelined, Mixon’s workload will remain bankable.

DeMarco Murray (knee) will be playing at less than 100 percent health yet again. It’s a situation he’s rarely excelled in this season. Only his projected workload is keeping him in the RB2 ranks. … Although his 22 touches were his second most of the season, Ameer Abdullah had a disastrous Week 9, putting the ball on the ground twice inside the Packers’ 30-yard line, including at the one-yard line. He’s likely to revert to the 14-15 touch range vs. Cleveland. … The Dolphins’ backfield unfolded mostly as expected against the Raiders. Kenyan Drake should continue to offer more upside than Damien Williams, though the workloads will remain similar. … The Patriots’ backfield will be especially volatile coming off a bye, but Dion Lewis had command of early downs going into it. … Aaron Jones was the Packers’ best player in Brett Hundley’s first start. So naturally he was immediately thrust into a timeshare for the second. With the Pack seeming likely to employ more hurry up, it’s probably not coachspeak that Jones and Ty Montgomery will form an even rotation. … Thomas Rawls’ season-high for touches is 12. With Eddie Lacy sidelined, he shouldn’t have much trouble surpassing that against the Cardinals. Good luck getting anything out of it. Returning once again from his ankle troubles, C.J. Prosise needs a wait-and-see week.     

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