Fantasy Football: Week 10 Running Back (RB) Rankings

Kevin HansonAnalyst IIINovember 11, 2010

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball against the New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Earlier today, we released our Week 10 fantasy rankings. Here are some notes about running backs and run defenses as we head into this week's games:

  • Browns running back Peyton Hillis, the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, had 29 carries for 184 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots last week. This week, he faces the Jets, who have allowed no 100-yard rushers and the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
  • After facing the Jets last week, Detroit's Jahvid Best gets a much more fantasy-friendly matchup this week against the Buffalo Bills, who have allowed a league-high 178.3 rushing yards per game. The Bills have held opponents to under 100 rushing yards only twice—coincidentally, they were both NFC North teams (Green Bay and Chicago).
  • As for the Jets' running backs, LaDainian Tomlinson has rushed for 54 or 55 yards in three consecutive games on either 15 or 16 carries, in that same three-game span, Shonn Greene has 25 carries for 111 yards. Going forward, the two backs are expected to get more of an even split of carries.
  • Giants running back Brandon Jacobs ended his four-game scoring streak in last week's game against the Seahawks. But for a second consecutive week, Jacobs finished with double-digit carries and 75-plus yards.
  • As bad as the Cowboys rushing game has been (75.6 yards per game), it will be tough to kickstart it this week against the Giants. New York has allowed the second fewest rushing yards per game (80.9) this season. Running back Felix Jones has only 105 rushing yards in his past four games combined.
  • Atlanta's Michael Turner has had 20-plus carries, 100-plus yards and two touchdowns in each of his past two games. This week, he faces the Baltimore Ravens in the Thursday Night prime-time game. While the Ravens' run defense may not be as dominant as it once was, they have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
  • Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has only 20 carries for 55 yards in his past two games combined. In other words, it's unlikely he'll take advantage of his favorable matchup against the Cardinals this week.
  • Houston's Arian Foster, who currently leads the NFL in rushing, has scored five touchdowns in his past three games. In addition, he has gone over 100 yards in his past two games. He has 19 receptions for 161 yards in his past three games as well.
  • Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has scored in four consecutive games. Peterson has had at least 73 rushing yards in every game this season.
  • San Francisco's Frank Gore has a three-game streak of 100-plus rushing yards. This week, he faces the St. Louis Rams, who are one of nine teams that are allowing under 100 yards rushing on average this season.
  • With the exception of Week 5 vs. Carolina, Bears running back Matt Forte has yet to go over 50 yards rushing. Except for Week 1 vs. Detroit, Forte hasn't had more than 40 yards receiving in a game.

Here are the top ten running backs for Week 10:

1. Arian Foster, Texans (at JAC)
2. Frank Gore, 49ers (vs STL)
3. Adrian Peterson, Vikings (at CHI)
4. Chris Johnson, Titans (at MIA)
5. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs (at DEN)
6. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants (vs DAL)
7. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers (vs NE)
8. Stephen Jackson, Rams (at SF)
9. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars (vs HOU)
10. Michael Turner, Falcons (vs BAL)

See our full top 40 running back rankings for Week 10.

More rankings for Week 10: Top 25 QBs | Top 50 WRs | Top 20 TEs

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Good luck in your Week 10 matchup(s) and in our Week 10 contest.