Week 10 RB Rankings, Projections and Analysis
Week 10 Running Back Sleepers
Week 10 Start N' Sit
Week 10 Waiver Wire Tips





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Bears RB Matt Forte
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
This is how we rank the RBs for Week Ten of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each RBs past performance and factor that into our projections. Just click on the links to read our rationale behind the ranking. The ratings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 rushing or receiving yards equal 1 point, rushing and receiving TDs equal 6 pts. and fumbles deduct 2 points.



Running Back Rankings
  1. Matt Forte
  2. DeMarco Murray
  3. * Marshawn Lynch
  4. LeSean McCoy
  5. Andre Ellington
  6. Jamaal Charles
  7. Le'Veon Bell
  8. Ronnie Hillman
  9. Eddie Lacy
  10. Jeremy Hill
  11. Justin Forsett
  12. Mark Ingram
  13. Bobby Rainey
  14. Terrance West
  15. Joique Bell
  16. Denard Robinson
  17. Chris Ivory
  18. Frank Gore
  19. Darren Sproles
  20. Steven Jackson
  21. Andre Williams
  22. * Lamar Miller
  23. Bryce Brown
  24. Darren McFadden
  25. Lorenzo Taliaferro
  26. Jonathan Stewart
  27. Ben Tate
  28. Reggie Bush
  29. Bishop Sankey
  30. Tre Mason
  31. DeAngelo Williams
  32. Knile Davis
  33. Benny Cunningham
  34. Chris Johnson
  35. Anthony Dixon
  36. Montee Ball
  37. Daniel Thomas
  38. Charles Sims
  39. Peyton Hillis
  40. Toby Gerhart
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud RBs who may fail to deliver:

Start
LeSean McCoy
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy
Shady McCoy has finally broken out of his slump and is running the ball better than he has all season. Last week against the Texans, the elusive running back rushed for 117 yards on 23 carries while adding two catches for 6 yards. Despite the fact that he only has one touchdown all season, McCoy is beginning to look like the Pro Bowler he was last season. With Nick Foles out for approximately 6 weeks, back up quarterback Mark Sanchez will likely rely on the running game to move the chains. The Eagles host a Panthers defense next week that allows the 3rd-most fantasy points to running backs this season. Look for Shady to go for 100 total yards and a touchdown to end his six-game scoreless drought.

Ronnie Hillman
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman
Despite the fact that Montee Ball may return this week, Ronnie Hillman has established himself as the lead running back for the Broncos offense. Hillman has been the epitome of consistency scoring 11.6, 22.3, 13.8, and 18.3 fantasy points in four starts this season. Last week against the Patriots, Hillman only gained 63 total yards but managed to find the end zone twice. Peyton Manning’s Broncos travel to Oakland to face a Raiders defense that allows the 2nd-most fantasy points to running backs. Hillman should be in for a huge game. Look for him to gain 70 yards rushing, 40 yards receiving, and one touchdown.


Sit
Reggie Bush
Lions RB Reggie Bush
The Lions running game has not looked good this season and Joique Bell has slightly outperformed the injury prone former USC Heisman winner. Reggie Bush has missed two of his last three games and gained just 32 total yards in the game he suited up for. Bush has been limited to single digit fantasy points in all but one contest thus far and there is little reason to believe that will change this week when the Lions host an underrated Dolphins defense. Miami is allowing just 3.9 YPC over their last four games and Bush will likely see fewer touches than Bell. Not to mention, with a lingering ankle issue, the Lions may want to play it safe with their playmaker out of the backfield. Keep Bush on your bench until he is fully healthy and has a favorable matchup.

Ben Tate
Browns RB Ben Tate
After returning from a three week absence due to a groin injury, Arian Foster’s former backup ran all over the Titans and Steelers in Weeks 5 and 6 with 202 yards and two touchdowns. Since then, Tate has been dreadful with just 65 yards rushing and a touchdown in his last three games. Coach Pettine of the Browns has mentioned that Terrance West could get the bulk of the carries heading into a Week 10 matchup with the Bengals. Against the Bucs last week, Tate rushed for just 3 yards while adding 29 yards receiving. It seems like the Browns will go with their rookie next week so keep Tate on the bench until/if West is unable to produce.


Jeremy Hill
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill
Last week against the Jaguars, rookie Jeremy Hill had 24 carries for 154 yards, two touchdowns, and one reception for 9 yards. It was by far his best outing of his young career and he will get another great opportunity Thursday night against a Cleveland Browns defense allowing the 11th-most fantasy points to running backs. With Gio Bernard doubtful, expect Hill to receive 20-25 touches and break 100 total yards with a touchdown.

Bobby Rainey
Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey
With Doug Martin injured and Charles Sims still not active, Rainey took advantage of his opportunity by rushing for 87 yards with another 34 yards receiving. He was unable to find the end zone but that could very well change this week when the Buccaneers travel to Atlanta to face a Falcons defense that allows almost 27 fantasy points per game to running backs, the most in the entire NFL. Even if Sims is active, I expect Rainey to be the lead back after his productive effort last week. Rainey is a dual threat back and is capable of putting up huge numbers as long as he avoids his fumbling issues that have plagued him in the past. Plug him into your lineup if you need a running back this week.


Texans RB Alfred Blue
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Running Backs to Add

Alfred Blue
The Texans back-up running back may not have had a noteworthy day against the Eagles but Arian Foster did. Foster injured his hamstring yet again and has historically struggled to heal from these types of injuries. When Blue replaced Foster in the starting lineup in Week 3 against the G-Men, he gained 88 total yards. The Texans have a bye week coming up but there is a significant chance that Foster will miss a Week 11 matchup with a weak Browns run defense. If that is the case, Blue is a must-start. Most of us have been expecting this day to come and with Foster’s injury history, Blue is a great handcuff back to own in your fantasy league. It’s probably not a bad idea to pick him up even if Foster is good to go in Week 11. You never know when Arian is going to get hurt.

Adrian Peterson
With all the injuries and busts at the running back position this year, it may be worth it to take a shot on Adrian Peterson. The Minnesota Viking Pro Bowler has reached a plea agreement in his trial for a felony charge of injury to a child. Peterson will not serve any jail time and there is a chance that AP could see the field again this season. As of now, he is still on the Commissioner’s Exempt List but now that his legal situation seems to be resolved, Roger Goodell could allow Peterson to resume football activities. If AP is not reinstated, you can always drop him and add someone else. This is probably a move worth making as the benefit of adding a top 5 running back far outweighs the risk of losing the worst player on your fantasy squad.

Running Backs to Drop

Branden Oliver
The Miami Dolphins manhandled the Chargers last week in a game that was over after the first quarter. The Chargers were shut out and failed to stop Ryan Tannehill on their way to a 37-0 loss. Part of the problem for San Diego was the running game as Oliver struggled to get anything going. The rookie had his third poor performance in a row rushing for just 19 yards on 13 carries while adding a 7-yard reception. Unfortunately for Oliver’s owners, the Chargers have a bye week coming up and Ryan Mathews should be available for San Diego’s next contest Week 11 against Oakland. Oliver will likely remain a small part of the offensive game plan but Mathews will assume the role of lead back.

Jonathan Stewart
One week after rushing for a season-high 79 yards, Stewart managed just 46 yards on eight carries due to the return of DeAngelo Williams. The Panthers have always gone with a running back by committee and there is no reason to expect anything different going forward. Stewart is a talented runner but his fantasy value is very much limited by the system he plays in. In an offense in which two running backs split carries and there are several play calls for quarterback Cam Newton to run it himself, there is no reason to keep Stewart on your fantasy team. It’s definitely time to move on.