The Panthers disastrous run game of late pushed me to push Aaron Jones up a bit in the rankings to RB5. The possibility of Matthew Stafford not playing or playing hurt has me even more in on David Montgomery, who shouldn’t have much trouble putting up numbers as long as he gets the touches. I’ve moved him to RB13, but he’s firmly in the second tier. James Conner is officially out, so Jaylen Samuels gets a boost to RB18 in standard and RB 14 in PPR. Devonta Freeman didn’t get much of a change, but I feel better about him now that Ito Smith is on I.R.
Week 10 is here. The season has flowed underground and you may find yourself managing a losing team and you may ask yourself, how did I get here? And you may repeat to yourself — same as it ever was — same as it ever was. But wait! There’s still time. A winning streak is on the horizon. Don’t let the days go by without spending that FAAB and setting the best lineup possible! Let’s get to it!
Le’Veon Bell: Bell had another MRI on his knee, but Adam Schefter says his source told him Bell is “good.” His knee is not 100 percent at this point, though. Bilal Powell has served as his direct backup of late.
Josh Jacobs: Jacobs continues to play and play well through an injured shoulder but does have a quick turnaround against the Chargers on Thursday Night Football. He is expected to play in this favorable matchup.
James Conner: Adam Schefter said last week that Conner was in jeopardy of not playing Week 10 against the Rams. If he can’t go, Trey Edmonds and Jaylen Samuels will likely split work against the L.A., with Samuels as the preferred fantasy play.
Chase Edmonds: Edmond’s hamstring injury looks like it will keep him out a “few weeks,” according to Kingsbury. His absence would help Drake see more work.
Mark Walton: Walton is suspended for four games, which pushes Kalen Ballage up to starting reps and a flex spot on your team.
Malcolm Brown: Brown’s status isn’t well known after coming off a bye week. We should know more once practice reports come out.
Ito Smith: Smith should be ready to return after getting the bye week to rest his brain injury.
RB Ranking Tiers
Christian McCaffrey is so far above the rest of the field that he should have a tier of his own, but for now, we’ll call him Tier 1A. He’s ethered good defenses of late and now gets a Packers defense that has been poor against running backs all season.
The rest of this tier has the usual suspects, with Saquon Barkley getting a great matchup against the collapsing Jets to hold down the No. 2 spot. Alvin Kamara should be back and shouldn’t have much trouble against the Falcons. He may lose a few carries to Latavius Murray in what could be a blowout, but he’ll get his.
Kareem Hunt will return from suspension this week, but he shouldn’t cut too much into Chubb’s workload in his first game back. The Bills are a nice matchup for Chubb, who needs a bounceback game.
Josh Jacobs head up Tier 2 in a good matchup against the Chargers, who are easier to run on than pass. His nagging shoulder injury could limit his touches on a short turnaround for Thursday night, but as long as he’s a go, he’s going to get his behind the Raiders excellent line.
Marlon Mack and Derrick Henry both get strong matchups and make for strong standard league plays. Henry’s workload is a little more worrisome if Patrick Mahomes plays and can push the Titans to move more to the pass.
Tier 2 is deep this week, as we get excellent matchups for Mark Ingram, Devin Singletary, and David Montgomery.
David Johnson looks to return this week and will face a tough Tampa Bay defense against the run. Johnson has looked much better as a receiver this season as it is, so he should have more luck in PPR leagues than standard.
Tevin Coleman sunk a lot of teams last Thursday night, but he will still be the lead back on a good rushing offense. I’ve dropped him into Tier 3, but he’s still a must-start.
Latavius Murray should see more work than he was with Kamara healthy, as he proved himself in his absence, and the Saints probably don’t want to overwork Kamara as they position themselves for the playoffs. Murray has a good shot at some goal-line looks and mop-up duty.
Ronald Jones is worth a start this week at home against the Cardinals. He looked good in Seattle as the starter, and I expect he’ll keep that job for now.
Kalen Ballage isn’t very good, but there’s nobody else who’s going to see much work now that Kenyan Drake and Mark Walton aren’t there. His upside is low, but in a week with six teams on bye, he’s likely flex material.
Gus Edwards could be a useful standard streamer against the awful Bengals run defense. The Ravens should be able to trounce Cincinnati, and Edwards should see enough work to have value in that scenario.
Running Back Standard Rankings, Week 10
|1||Christian McCaffrey||CAR||@ GB|
|2||Saquon Barkley||NYG||@ NYJ|
|3||Dalvin Cook||MIN||@ DAL|
|4||Ezekiel Elliott||DAL||vs MIN|
|5||Aaron Jones||GB||vs CAR|
|6||Alvin Kamara||NO||vs ATL|
|7||Josh Jacobs||OAK||vs LAC|
|8||Nick Chubb||CLE||vs BUF|
|9||Marlon Mack||IND||vs MIA|
|10||Derrick Henry||TEN||vs KC|
|11||Mark Ingram||BAL||@ CIN|
|12||Chris Carson||SEA||@ SF|
|13||David Montgomery||CHI||vs DET|
|14||Tevin Coleman||SF||vs SEA|
|15||Melvin Gordon||LAC||@ OAK|
|16||Devin Singletary||BUF||@ CLE|
|17||Todd Gurley||LAR||@ PIT|
|18||Jaylen Samuels||PIT||vs LAR|
|19||Le'Veon Bell||NYJ||vs NYG|
|20||David Johnson||ARI||@ TB|
|21||Damien Williams||KC||@ TEN|
|22||Latavius Murray||NO||vs ATL|
|23||Devonta Freeman||ATL||@ NO|
|24||Matt Breida||SF||vs SEA|
|25||Austin Ekeler||LAC||@ OAK|
|26||Ronald Jones II||TB||vs ARI|
|27||Gus Edwards||BAL||@ CIN|
|28||Joe Mixon||CIN||vs BAL|
|29||Jamaal Williams||GB||vs CAR|
|30||Kenyan Drake||ARI||@ TB|
|31||Kalen Ballage||MIA||@ IND|
|32||Ty Johnson||DET||@ CHI|
|33||LeSean McCoy||KC||@ TEN|
|34||Frank Gore||BUF||@ CLE|
|35||Tarik Cohen||CHI||vs DET|
|36||Trey Edmunds||PIT||vs LAR|
|37||Alexander Mattison||MIN||@ DAL|
|38||Kareem Hunt||CLE||vs BUF|
|39||J.D. McKissic||DET||@ CHI|
|40||Peyton Barber||TB||vs ARI|
|41||Jordan Wilkins||IND||vs MIA|
|42||Darrell Henderson||LAR||@ PIT|
|43||Myles Gaskin||MIA||@ IND|
|44||Rashaad Penny||SEA||@ SF|
|45||Nyheim Hines||IND||vs MIA|
|46||Brian Hill||ATL||@ NO|
|47||Dion Lewis||TEN||vs KC|
|48||Giovani Bernard||CIN||vs BAL|
|49||DeAndre Washington||OAK||vs LAC|
|50||Jeff Wilson||SF||vs SEA|
|51||Tony Pollard||DAL||vs MIN|
|52||Dare Ogunbowale||TB||vs ARI|
|53||Raheem Mostert||SF||vs SEA|
|54||Darrel Williams||KC||@ TEN|
|55||Jalen Richard||OAK||vs LAC|
|56||Paul Perkins||DET||@ CHI|
|57||Bilal Powell||NYJ||vs NYG|
|58||Ty Montgomery||NYJ||vs NYG|
|59||Tony Brooks-James||PIT||vs LAR|
|60||Patrick Laird||MIA||@ IND|
|61||Wayne Gallman||NYG||@ NYJ|
|62||Malcolm Brown||LAR||@ PIT|
|63||Justice Hill||BAL||@ CIN|
|64||Reggie Bonnafon||CAR||@ GB|
|65||CJ Ham||MIN||@ DAL|
|66||Dwayne Washington||NO||vs ATL|
|67||Dontrell Hilliard||CLE||vs BUF|
|68||Zach Line||NO||vs ATL|
|69||Zach Zenner||ARI||@ TB|
|70||Alex Armah||CAR||@ GB|
|71||Patrick DiMarco||BUF||@ CLE|
|72||Ameer Abdullah||MIN||@ DAL|
|73||Jordan Scarlett||CAR||@ GB|
|74||Elijhaa Penny||NYG||@ NYJ|
|75||Dan Vitale||GB||vs CAR|
|76||C.J. Prosise||SEA||@ SF|