While the dust is still settling from week 9, it’s never too soon to set our sights on the next match-ups to maximize our fantasy football game. With the fantasy playoffs drawing near, it’s crucial to start stringing wins together. Despite the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, and Miami Dolphins being on bye, we’ve got you covered with our week 10 running back (RB) predictions.
The following are early ranking predictions, specially catered for a 1QB and half-PPR scoring format, to make your start-or-sit decisions easier. At the top of the list is Christian McCaffrey from the San Francisco team, playing against Jacksonville. Austin Ekeler from the Los Angeles team comes a close second, set to play against Detroit.
The third spot on the list goes to Alvin Kamara from New Orleans who’s playing at Minnesota. Next up is Breece Hall from the New York Jets, who will take it up against Las Vegas. The following spot is taken by Saquon Barkley from New York Giants, squaring off against Dallas.
Sporting the sixth rank is Jacksonville’s Travis Etienne Jr. playing San Francisco. The seventh position is claimed by Jonathan Taylor of Indianapolis, directed towards the New England game. Dallas’ Tony Pollard, slated to compete against New York Giants, stands at the eighth-place.
Josh Jacobs from Las Vegas and Bijan Robinson from Atlanta take the ninth and tenth spots respectively, facing the New York Jets and Arizona, in respective order. Ranked 11th and 12th are Joe Mixon from Cincinnati going against Houston, and Derrick Henry from Tennessee facing off with Tampa Bay.
Keeping with the stride of top runs, Kenneth Walker III from Seattle, Rachaad White from Tampa Bay, and Javonte Williams from Denver come in at 13th, 14th, and 15th spots respectively. Following them, we have David Montgomery from Detroit, and Aaron Jones from Green Bay fighting it out in 16th and 17th spots for their matchups against Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh.
For the 18th and 19th rankings, expect New England’s Rhamondre Stevenson playing against Indianapolis, and James Cook from Buffalo versus Denver. Gus Edwards representing Baltimore against Cleveland, and Chuba Hubbard playing against Chicago for Carolina are rounding off the top 20.
Beyond the top 20, there are a number of noteworthy runners that merit consideration. Some of them include Jerome Ford from Cleveland, Najee Harris from Pittsburgh, and Tony Jones Jr. from Arizona. They all possess potential to generate significant scores in the upcoming week.
Moving towards potential starters for Week 10, Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Pollard deserves special attention. Despite being tremendously talented and playing for a strong offensive side, Pollard’s underwhelming performance this season has raised eyebrows. He hasn’t been able to make it to the top 24 in his position in the previous five games and his touchdown dry spell dates back to week 1.
However, an upcoming game against the struggling New York Giants could be Pollard’s redemption. Ranked sixth for conceding the most fantasy points to opposing running backs, and potentially down their star player Daniel Jones to an ACL injury, the Giants seem promising for Pollard’s comeback. Not to mention, the only team he’s scored against this season is, ironically, the Giants themselves.
Get ready to deploy Pollard with a sense of renewed optimism. Another key player to highlight this week is David Montgomery from the Detroit Lions. Although his health status post-bye week remains unclear, early signs point towards him being fit for the week 10 face-off against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Despite Jahmyr Gibbs’ strong showings in his absence, Montgomery is one to keep in your starting line-ups if his health prevails. The Chargers have had trouble shutting down opposite running games this season, and when Detroit gets deep into rival’s area, Montgomery is guaranteed for some red-zone action.