Week 10 Fantasy RB Rankings: Should begins, sleepers, potential busts at working again


Aaron Jones, GB vs. JAX
James Robinson, JAX @ GB
Alvin Kamara, NO vs. SF
Dalvin Cook, MIN @ CHI
Antonio Gibson, WAS @ DET. Gibson cracking the top five may seem strange, but he is getting a chance to take on the Lions in Week 10. Detroit is allowing more fantasy points per game (FPPG) to RBs than any other team in the NFL at a mark of 30.4. They’re the only team to have allowed 15 total TDs and more than 1,000 rushing yards on the season and they are allowing the sixth-most receiving yards to RBs (413). The factors all play into Gibson’s strengths, so feel free to fire him up in a great matchup, especially since Washington may lean on their run game after losing Kyle Allen (ankle) for the season.
James Conner, PIT vs. CIN
Derrick Henry, TEN vs. IND
Miles Sanders, PHI @ NYG. Sanders (knee) seems likely to return from a knee injury that sidelined him for two weeks and he should have a chance to do some damage against a Giants team that has allowed the most receiving yards to RBs this season (503).
Josh Jacobs, LV vs. DEN
Nick Chubb, CLE vs. HOU. Chubb (knee) is expected to be back for the Browns after missing time with a knee injury. His first matchup back is a nice one, as he’ll take on a Texans team that has allowed more rushing yards than any other team (1,159). They also are one of two teams to allowed 10-plus TDs on the ground, joining the Packers (11) and Lions (10).
David Johnson, HOU @ CLE
Chase Edmonds, ARZ vs. BUF
Chris Carson, SEA @ LAR
Joe Mixon, CIN @ PIT. Mixon (foot) will likely return to action for the Bengals this week. Unfortunately, he’s walking right into a brutal matchup against a Steelers defense that has allowed only 15 FPPG to RBs this season, tied for the sixth-fewest in the NFL. Mixon will still be a volume-based RB2 with TD upside, but running behind his offensive line against this defense could get dicey fast.
Phillip Lindsay, DEN @ LV
Mike Davis, CAR vs. TB. In his first game back from an ankle injury, Christian McCaffrey suffered a shoulder injury, and while he is day-to-day with the malady, he may need to miss Week 10 to get right again. Davis would take over as the Panthers’ lead back if McCaffrey is out and while the Bucs have allowed the second-fewest rushing yards to RBs this season (502), they have allowed the sixth-most receiving yards to the position (417). Davis can take advantage of the latter part of the equation and make some plays in the passing game.
David Montgomery, CHI vs. MIN
Melvin Gordon, DEN @ LV
Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. HOU. With Nick Chubb back, Hunt’s role will be decreased a little bit, but this is still an excellent matchup for Hunt. He should have a chance to rack up yards, and it’s possible that both he and Chubb will crack the 100-yard mark if each gets their opportunities.
Ronald Jones II, TB @ CAR. The Buccaneers logged just five carries in total against the Saints. That’s the fewest in NFL history. That won’t happen again, and Jones should have a chance to bounce back against a porous Panthers run defense. The Panthers are allowing the fifth-most FPPG to the RB position (21.6) and are one of six teams to allow nine or more rushing TDs on the year. Jones should have a chance to rack up a lot of yardage and maybe a score depending on how his carries are split with Leonard Fournette.
Damien Harris, NE vs. BAL. Harris is the top between-the-tackles option in the Patriots and he should get enough volume to be an RB2 in Week 10. However, the Ravens allow the fewest FPPG to RBs (13.6) and Sony Michel (quad) may be set to return and take some touches away from Harris. Again, because of his potential carry volume, Harris will have a high floor, but his ceiling is capped by his opponent and the Patriots’ desire to mix up RBs.
Darrell Henderson, LAR vs. SEA. Henderson has established himself as the lead back for the Rams this season and since Week 2, he has averaged 14.5 touches per game for 81.7 yards. That includes his Week 8 game, a contest that he left early because of a thigh injury. Occasionally, Malcolm Brown may outwork him in any game, but Henderson still is the leader in the Los Angeles backfield. The Seahawks defense allows the eighth-most receiving yards to RBs (407), so perhaps Henderson can take advantage of this matchup as a receiver.
Justin Jackson, LAC @ MIA. Week 9 was a frustrating one for Jackson’s owners who saw the talented back suffer a knee injury on his first snap of the game and only go on to play three snaps for the Chargers without logging a touch. Still, the fact that he was healthy enough to at least run a couple of plays indicates that he shouldn’t be sidelined too long. Anthony Lynn may like to mix up his RBs and ride the hot hand, but Jackson did have 142 scrimmage yards on 20 touches in Week 8, so he is the most well-rounded and proven option in the Chargers’ backfield. The Dolphins have a good defense, but they allow 19.5 FPPG to RBs, good for 13th most in the league.
Gus Edwards, BAL @ NE. Ahead of their Monday night game against the Jets, the Patriots have allowed RBs to total at least 127 yards against them in three consecutive games. That’s absurd. Given that the Ravens have the NFL’s best rushing offense (170.1 yards per game), they should have a chance to do well against the Patriots. Edwards struggled against the Colts, but he should have a chance to rack up more yards and possible score against a weaker run defense (the Colts are one of the best in the league against RBs).
Leonard Fournette, TB @ CAR. The last time Fournette played the Panthers, he had his best game as a Buccaneer and racked up over 100 yards and two TDs. He could find success once again and may command more touches than his teammate Ronald Jones depending on how the Bucs start in Week 10.
JK Dobbins, BAL @ NE. Dobbins and Edwards have been splitting work for the Ravens, so both are viable RB2/flex options. Dobbins is a bit more explosive and is better as a pass-catcher, so perhaps he can do some damage in that role. He has slightly more PPR upside than Edwards, so he can definitely be trusted in that format.
Jonathan Taylor, IND @ TEN. The good news is that Taylor scored a TD for the Colts against the Ravens. The bad news is that he lost a fumble and was out-touched by Jordan Wilkins for the second consecutive week. Colts coach Frank Reich indicated that he has “a level of confidence” in Taylor, but it doesn’t seem like Taylor is the clear-cut lead back anymore. He may well get the goal-line work and could do well against a Titans team that has surrendered the eighth-most FPPG to RBs (20.2) this year, but his uncertain workload makes him a flex play.
Zack Moss, BUF @ ARZ. Bills RBs handled just 11 carries against the Seahawks last week. Moss had nine of them. It’s clear that the Bills are trusting him over Devin Singletary at this point and his three TDs in the last two weeks indicate that he is the top goal-line option for the team. That’ll make him a solid flex play, though there may be some inconsistencies if Josh Allen vultures some TDs and Moss can’t generate more than the 3.9 yards per carry he has averaged this year.
Jamaal Williams, GB vs. JAX. Before missing Week 9 due to close contact with AJ Dillon, who had tested positive for COVID, Williams had logged at least 100 total yards in three of his previous four games. Two of those outings came as a starter, but one came primarily while getting receiving work out of the backfield. Given the issues the Packers have had finding receiving weapons this year, Williams could catch a lot of passes against the Jaguars. Jacksonville has allowed the fifth-most FPPG to RBs this year (21.6), and they are one of just a handful of teams to allow 10-plus TDs to the RB position.
Devonta Freeman, NYG vs. PHI. Freeman (ankle) will likely be questionable in Week 10 and has to face a tough Eagles run defense (16.1 FPPG). Still, with the Giants playing at least a little bit better on offense in recent weeks and volume potentially being available for Freeman if healthy, he can be started as a flex. If Freeman ends up being out for this contest, Wayne Gallman would rise into this range.
Jerick McKinnon, SF @ NO
Matt Breida, MIA vs. LAC
Jordan Wilkins, IND @ TEN
Malcolm Brown, LAR vs. SEA
D’Andre Swift, DET vs. WAS
Joshua Kelley, LAC @ MIA
JaMycal Hasty, SF @ NO
Duke Johnson, HOU @ CLE
J.D. McKissic, WAS @ DET
Devin Singletary, BUF @ ARZ
Adrian Peterson, DET vs. WAS
Boston Scott, PHI @ NYG
Jordan Howard, MIA vs. LAC
Wayne Gallman, NYG vs. PHI
Sony Michel, NE vs. BAL
James White, NE vs. BAL
Nyheim Hines, IND @ TEN
Devontae Booker, LV vs. DEN
Latavius Murray, NO vs. SF
Kalen Ballage, LAC @ MIA
DeeJay Dallas, SEA @ LAR
Alexander Mattison, MIN @ CHI
Giovani Bernard, CIN @ PIT
Cam Akers, LAR vs. SEA
Kerryon Johnson, DET vs. WAS
Rex Burkhead, NE vs. BAL
Dion Lewis, NYG vs. PHI
Corey Clement, PHI @ NYG
D’Onta Foreman, TEN vs. IND
Jeremy McNichols, TEN vs. IND
Jalen Richard, LV vs. DEN
Royce Freeman, DEN @ LV
Benny Snell, PIT vs. CIN
Anthony McFarland, PIT vs. CIN
AJ Dillon, GB vs. JAX


Melinda Martin