Week 10 Fantasy Rankings: Running Back Risers and Fallers

Nick SeroCorrespondent IIINovember 8, 2011

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 06:  Running back Ben Tate #44 of the Houston Texans rushes past  defensive lineman Jayme Mitchell #92 of the Cleveland Browns at Reliant Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Week 10 fantasy football rankings are here! Running backs are becoming harder and harder to figure out in fantasy.

Back-by-committees are ruining fantasy teams as certain players get more (or fewer) carries in certain matchups. Relying on one back to get you optimum points week in and week out is tough to do…unless you check the TheSportsCannon.com's positional rankings, detailing which running backs consistently perform even when they face a tough a matchup.


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20(24). Ben Tate, Houston Texans

Is Tate actually worth of a flex start each week despite only garnering a handful of carries? It is starting to look that way.

The Texans got out to a big lead on the Browns and just ran the clock out with Tate and Arian Foster for the remainder of the day. Still, Tate looked his fastest and strongest on the year. The Texans passing game is almost nonexistent without Andre Johnson, so Tate becomes a reasonable play in the right matchup (i.e. Week 10 against the Buccaneers).

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 06:  Running back Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins rushes down field against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter on November 6, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  Miami defeated Kansas City 31
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24(30). Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins

Bush had his best rushing day of the year in the Dolphins' first win of the season. Bush picked up 92 yards on the ground and an extra 50 through the air. There was a reason why Bush decided to sign with the lackluster Dolphins: to be a feature back.

It looks like the Dolphins are finally starting to block to his strengths, using stretch plays to the outside to complement his quickness. While Daniel Thomas continues to nurse injuries, Bush has put together two games in a row of at least 120 all-purpose yards.


26(33). Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Lynch has been very hot-and-cold this season despite seemingly being in the best shape of his career. His recent 135-yard outburst against the Cowboys probably didn’t help his owners as the matchup may have kept him on the bench. Despite the good performance, we can’t see Lynch being more than a RB3 at this point.


32(37). Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 06:  Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants carries the ball in for a touchdown in the third quarter against the New England Patriots on November 6, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images
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Jacobs drew the praise of his coaching staff for returning to his power-focused run style that made him a favorite in New York. There is no timetable for Ahmad Bradshaw’s return, though most speculate it will be sooner rather than later. Until then, Jacobs will be the feature back in NY as he took 75 percent of the carries for the Giants this past Sunday.


40(44). DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

Surprised Murray isn’t ranked higher? Well, the surprising rookie has only one touchdown on the year, severely impacting his value. Although all indications are that he will continue to take the majority of the snaps for the Cowboys, something has to be said about the lack of scoring and looming return of Felix Jones.




12(8). Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals

We could be nearing that dreaded moment in the season where “we told you so” comes into play. Wells has had four subpar games rushing in a row and just doesn’t look to be 100 percent healthy. The Cardinals don’t have any plans to rest him in the future, which means Wells' owners could be in for a rough end to the season.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:   Jim Leonhard #36 of the New York Jets grabs Daniel Thomas #33 of the Miami Dolphins during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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30(21). Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins indicated that Thomas and Reggie Bush would split time before their Week 9 win over the Chiefs but it was Reggie Bush that did the most with his carries. Thomas has been limited this season with hamstring issues and the Dolphins will likely stick with the hot hand and run with Bush as long as they can.


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