Week 10 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Brandon Jacobs and RBs Sure to Fall Flat

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIIMarch 23, 2017

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 6:   Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants gains yards in the second half against the New England Patriots on November 6, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Giants won 24-20. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Although it’s nice to own a starting NFL running back on your squad, not all of them are worth your time on Sunday.

Defensive matchups and offensive schemes can both be causes for your starting RB to barely get double-digit carries. Inactivity can also cause a pesky backup to steal carries, while also causing you to explore other fantasy options.

Here are three starters who won’t prove their worth in Week 10.


Brandon Jacobs

Jacobs carried the ball 18 times for 75 yards and a touchdown in a Week 9 upset of the New England Patriots.

Considering it was Jacobs’ first solo start all season, it was a decent performance. However, the New York Giants are up against the San Francisco 49ers and their top-ranked run defense this week.

With Jacobs regularly forgetting to run downhill and always trying to cut, he’ll struggle to break 50 yards in this contest.


Willis McGahee

McGahee is on the field with Tim Tebow in Denver, meaning he has to split carries with his quarterback on a regular basis.

Last week, McGahee rushed 20 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns, so many will look for a similar performance from him this week against the Kansas City Chiefs.

However, a 60-yard TD run boosted his stats in a misleading way, as a defensive breakdown by the Oakland Raiders was the cause of the touchdown.

Without breaking off a long run, McGahee will struggle due to lack of carries.


Marshawn Lynch

Lynch is another RB coming off his best performance of the season.

However, the Dallas Cowboys allowed Lynch some running room, dropping back in coverage and picking off Tarvaris Jackson three times.

Lynch’s touchdown also came late in the third quarter with the game seemingly out of reach. The Seattle back is capable of things like this.

However, he’s a member of the Seahawks, so they’re few and far between.