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Week 10 Rankings

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Week 10 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Todd Gurley vs. SEA -
2 Kareem Hunt vs. ARZ -
3 Melvin Gordon at OAK -
4 James Conner vs. CAR Questionable (concussion)
5 Saquon Barkley at SF -
6 Alvin Kamara at CIN -
7 Ezekiel Elliott at PHI -
8 Joe Mixon vs. NO -
9 Christian McCaffrey at PIT -
10 Marlon Mack vs. JAC -
11 James White at TEN -
12 Nick Chubb vs. ATL -
13 David Johnson at KC -
14 Aaron Jones vs. MIA -
15 Tevin Coleman at CLE -
16 Adrian Peterson at TB Questionable (shoulder)
17 Jordan Howard vs. DET -
18 Mike Davis at LAR -
19 Matt Breida vs. NYG -
20 Sony Michel at TEN -
21 Leonard Fournette at IND -
22 Mark Ingram at CIN -
23 Dion Lewis vs. NE -
24 Tarik Cohen vs. DET -
25 Isaiah Crowell vs. BUF -
26 Kenyan Drake at GB -
27 Kerryon Johnson at CHI -
28 LeSean McCoy at NYJ -
29 Duke Johnson vs. ATL -
30 Ito Smith at CLE -
31 Austin Ekeler at OAK -
32 Peyton Barber vs. WAS -
33 Doug Martin vs. LAC -
34 Frank Gore at GB -
35 Elijah McGuire vs. BUF -
36 Wendell Smallwood vs. DAL -
37 Jalen Richard vs. LAC -
38 Derrick Henry vs. NE -
39 Jamaal Williams vs. MIA -
40 Alfred Morris vs. NYG -
41 Rashaad Penny at LAR -
42 Corey Clement vs. DAL -
43 T.J. Yeldon at IND -
44 Giovani Bernard vs. NO -
45 Josh Adams vs. DAL -
46 Nyheim Hines vs. JAC -
47 Kapri Bibbs at TB -
48 Theo Riddick at CHI -
49 Carlos Hyde at IND -
50 LeGarrette Blount at CHI -
51 Jacquizz Rodgers vs. WAS -

RB Notes: Kareem Hunt has seven total touchdowns over his past three games, and five receiving scores over his past four. He is catching up with Todd Gurley when it comes to the top spot. The Cardinals are a mouthwatering matchup. … Returning from his hamstring injury, Melvin Gordon ran all over the Seahawks’ stout run defense in Week 9. Continually breaking into the open field, Gordon was running angry. He’s eased by 120 yards from scrimmage in four-straight starts. … Fresh off decking the Ravens’ elite defense, James Conner is averaging 173 yards from scrimmage over his past four games, scoring seven times. He is beginning to do things not even Le'Veon Bell does. … In a mini slump on the ground, Saquon Barkley has compensated with three-straight nine-reception performances. He is averaging seven catches. Although reasonably solid on the ground, the 49ers have given up the fifth-most running back receptions (55). … Mark Ingram out-touched Alvin Kamara 18-9 in his Week 5 return, but Kamara has him 62-40 in the three games since. Kamara has out-scored Ingram 6-0 in the process. The Bengals leave the gate open on the ground.

Ezekiel Elliott’s efficiency has been on the wane over the past month, but he’s still being fed the ball. Coach Jason Garrett’s Week 10 plan will undoubtedly be to run the rock right at the Eagles’ pass rush. Elliott has yet to touch the ball fewer than 17 times. … Joe Mixon is facing the league’s least-permissive run defense in the Saints, but his real concern is the healthy return of Giovani Bernard. How much will the Bengals’ No. 2 mix in? The answer could be “a lot,” but it might not harm Mixon as much as you think. With A.J. Green sidelined, Bernard should operate more as an extension of the passing game than change-up runner. … Christian McCaffrey comes off his second-best game of the season to a tough matchup in the Steelers. Fantasy owners can hang their hats on CMC’s increased goal-line usage in Week 9. Despite some uneven outings, McCaffrey is averaging 110 yards from scrimmage. … Sony Michel is returning for the Pats, but we have already seen James White operate as a near RB1 with Michel in the lineup. White keeps the Week 10 advantage as we see how things re-establish in the Patriots’ backfield. Michel had turned into an RB1 before his knee injury.

Marlon Mack is averaging 116 yards rushing since his return. The Jags are a tough foe, but one Mack will be dealing with as a home favorite. … The Chiefs are the league’s worst run defense by both yards per carry and fantasy points allowed. A slam dunk for David Johnson, right? Not necessarily. The Cardinals are 16.5-point road underdogs. Even if Johnson is involved as a pass catcher, game flow could get away from him too quickly. I’ll hedge the splendid spot and dire betting line with an RB1/2 ranking. … With back-to-back 75-yard/5.4-YPC performances, Aaron Jones is getting harder to fade. For Week 10, he will be running as a 9.5-point home favorite vs. the Dolphins’ bottomed-out run D. Giddy up. … The Bucs are a smash spot for opposing runners, but caution is warranted with Adrian Peterson, who will be missing three, and possibly four, linemen. Peterson had an excellent Week 9 setup against the Falcons but managed just 9/17 amidst the injury carnage. … Even as he finally went off last week, Tevin Coleman still ceded 11 touches to Ito Smith. The Browns are a plus matchup, but Coleman dudded in a similarly plum spot with the Bucs three weeks ago. Despite last week’s encouragement, Coleman has more to do to earn true RB2 trust.

Something that really bothered me after the fact last week was ranking Tarik Cohen ahead of Jordan Howard. I felt like I should have known a probable big lead would mean more Howard and less Cohen. With the caveat that the Lions are much better than the Bills, I won’t make that same mistake again. The Bears are 6.5-point home favorites against a Lions team that just got roughhoused by the Vikings. Howard should have game to salt away. … With Chris Carson (thigh, hip) looking doubtful to face the Rams, Mike Davis will lead the Seahawks’ backfield in a game with a 50 over/under. Rashaad Penny will also be involved. The ‘Hawks should run enough plays to get Davis RB2 numbers and make Penny RB4 viable. … “Tis But A Flesh Wound” Matt Breida will have had 11 days to heal from his latest injury-colored performance when he faces the Giants on Monday. Breida has not scored or cleared 50 yards since Week 6. … With Dion Lewis posting 277 yards from scrimmage over his past two games, someone is finally pulling away in the Titans’ backfield. Trying to keep up with the Patriots will play into Lewis’ Week 10 fantasy hands.

Leonard Fournette is returning after a four-game absence. What to make of a player who has 24 touches for 90 yards in 2018? I’m honestly not sure following the Jags’ aggressive acquisition of Carlos Hyde. The Jags have traditionally thrown Fournette right back into the fire upon his return from injury. I’m guessing they will be a little more cautious this time around. … Elijah McGuire slid right into Bilal Powell’s role. That more or less dashes any hopes of RB2 consistency from Isaiah Crowell. … Theo Riddick’s return immediately doomed Kerryon Johnson to his previous usage. When the Lions are using three backs, Johnson is too risky to treat as a locked-in RB2. … LeSean McCoy has hit 14 touches in 4-of-5 games but is not doing anything with them. He’s a low-ceiling FLEX. … For a longer piece on Duke Johnson, check out my Monday article. The short of it? You can chase last week’s points against the Falcons. … Doug Martin will be touchdown-or-bust vs. the Bolts. … I have zero idea what to expect out of the Eagles’ backfield coming off bye.

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