Fantasy Football Week 10 Rankings: Running Backs

Kevin Hanson@EDSFootballAnalyst IIINovember 10, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 30: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 30, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Coming off their bye, the Vikings and Adrian Peterson take on the Packers, who rank eighth in the NFL in rushing defense.

Green Bay has allowed only four rushing touchdowns this season, only four teams have allowed fewer.

In his first matchup against the Packers this season, however, Peterson carried the ball 24 times for a season-high 175 yards and a touchdown. Peterson, who leads the NFL in rushing touchdowns, has now scored in four consecutive games.

This will be Peterson's 10th game of his career against the Packers and he has scored a touchdown in six of their past seven matchups. In addition, he has also rushed for 100-plus yards five times against the Packers.

Through 69 career regular season games, Peterson has rushed for 100-plus yards 27 times and scored at least one touchdown in 42 games.

Here are some more running back notes for Week 10:

- Redskins running back Roy Helu got the first start of his career last week against the 49ers. Although he rushed for only 41 yards on 10 carries, Helu set the franchise record for most receptions (14) in a game and finished with 105 receiving yards.

- 49ers running back Frank Gore has a streak of five games with 100-plus yards. This week, the 49ers host the Giants, who have allowed four 100-yard rushers in their past six games. Gore sprained his ankle in last week's game, but he is expected to play this week.

- Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy has scored a rushing touchdown in seven of his eight games this season and has a career-high nine rushing touchdowns with eight games still to go. The only game in which McCoy did not score a rushing touchdown was against the 49ers, who have yet to allow a rushing touchdown all season. McCoy, who leads the NFL in rushing, has rushed for 120-plus yards in half of his games this season.

- Chicago's Marion Barber has rushed for 30-plus yards and, more importantly, a touchdown in each of his past three games. On the season, Barber has a team-high four rushing touchdowns.

- Dallas running back DeMarco Murray, who was the Cowboys' third-round pick, has 466 rushing yards on 55 carries (8.47 yards per carry) and five receptions for 45 yards during the three-game span that Felix Jones has been out with a high-ankle sprain. During that span, Murray has two 100-yard games including the game in which he set the franchise single game rushing record.

- Denver's Willis McGahee rushed for a season-high 163 yards and scored two touchdowns last week. In his past six games, McGahee has rushed for 100-plus yards four times and he left one of the other two games early with a broken hand.

- Titans running back Chris Johnson went over 100 yards from scrimmage last week for the first time since Week 4. This week, the Titans face the Panthers, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

- With the exception of Week 3 against Tampa Bay, Atlanta's Michael Turner has scored double-digit fantasy points in every game this season. Turner has scored in five games and has four 100-yard games this season.

- Houston's Arian Foster and Ben Tate rushed for 100-plus yards each last week for the second time in three weeks. This week, the Texans face the Bucs, who will be without defensive tackle Gerald McCoy for the remainder of the season.

- In his past three games, Carolina's DeAngelo Williams has 29 carries for 105 yards combined and no touchdowns. In other words, Williams has three straight games with less than five fantasy points.

- Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has scored a touchdown in four consecutive games and is coming off a season-high 135-yard performance in Dallas. That said, Lynch has three games with 73-plus yards and four games with 33 or less rushing yards this season, and none in between.

Here are our Top 40 fantasy running backs for Week 10:

1. Arian Foster, Texans (at TB)
2. LeSean McCoy, Eagles (vs ARI)
3. Matt Forte, Bears (vs DET)
4. Adrian Peterson, Vikings (at GB)
5. Fred Jackson, Bills (at DAL)
6. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars (at IND)
7. Frank Gore, 49ers (vs NYG)
8. Ray Rice, Ravens (at SEA)
9. Michael Turner, Falcons (vs NO)
10. Steven Jackson, Rams (at CLE)
11. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys (vs BUF)
12. Michael Bush, Raiders (at SD)
13. Chris Johnson, Titans (at CAR)
14. Willis McGahee, Broncos (at KC)
15. Ryan Mathews, Chargers (vs OAK)
16. Beanie Wells, Cardinals (at PHI)
17. Darren Sproles, Saints (at ATL)
18. Shonn Greene, Jets (vs NE)
19. LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers (vs HOU)
20. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers (at CIN)
21. Reggie Bush, Dolphins (vs WAS)
22. Cedric Benson, Bengals (vs PIT)
23. Mike Tolbert, Chargers (vs OAK)
24. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants (at SF)
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots (at NYJ)
26. Roy Helu, Redskins (at MIA)
27. Chris Ogbonnaya, Browns (vs STL)
28. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers (vs TEN)
29. Jackie Battle, Chiefs (vs DEN)
30. Ben Tate, Texans (at TB)
31. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks (vs BAL)
32. James Starks, Packers (vs MIN)
33. Daniel Thomas, Dolphins (vs WAS)
34. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers (vs TEN)
35. Brandon Jacobs, Giants (at SF)
36. Pierre Thomas, Saints (at ATL)
37. Maurice Morris, Lions (at CHI)
38. Donald Brown, Colts (vs JAC)
39. Javon Ringer, Titans (at CAR)
40. Marion Barber, Bears (vs DET)

If you're in a point-per-reception (PPR) league, here are our running back PPR rankings for Week 10.

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Good luck in Week 10!


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