Our Week 10 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is an in-depth look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they will impact your lineup decisions for your fantasy football team. Our list of Week 10 running back starts and sits features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup, or fail to meet expectations due to the strength of their opponent.
After totaling 202 yards from scrimmage against the Vikings two weeks ago, Jordan Howard is back to lead the charge for the Bears out of their bye week. The team travels to Tampa Bay this week as Howard will be ready to eat vs. the Bucs 25th ranked run defense. Chicago will look to alleviate the number of high-pressure situations forced on Jay Cutler, which should equate to a big workload for the Rookie running back. Howard is a straight-up RB2 in a great matchup. Fire him up this weekend.
After passing the 100 yards rushing plateau for the first time this season, Chris Ivory breathed new life into the Jaguars formerly nonexistent run game. Backed-up around their own endzone, Ivory ripped off a long run on the left sideline, lowering the boom on a Chiefs defender, demonstrating his trademark physicality that earned him a deal with Jacksonville over the offseason. With the Jaguars struggling, look for the team to move forward with a more balanced offense, giving Ivory the first crack at establishing a productive run game. Ivory will have a chance to post another big game this weekend vs. the Texans bottom-feeding run defense. Ivory will have solid flex appeal for Week 10.
Coming off a Week 9 loss to the Lions, Jerick McKinnon was featured for a mere seven carries, in which he only gained eight yards. It was an abysmal showing from the Vikings third-year back out of Georgia Southern. However, the Vikings offensive line deserves a decent amount of the blame, as they have looked like one of the worst units in the league over the last handful of weeks. With the entire Minnesota team struggling, they’ll need to establishing a running game, or else Sam Bradford will continue to be in over his head with the decision making. Look for McKinnon to get back on track this week when the Vikings take on Washington’s 26th ranked run defense.
Making his first NFL start in place of the injured Matt Jones during the Week 8 tie against the Bengals in London, Robert Kelley turned in a legitimate performance. The undrafted rookie from Tulane rushed 21 times for 87 yards and a TD. Coming off the bye, Head Coach Jay Gruden indicated that Rob Kelley would remain as the team’s early-down back. Despite the endorsement from his Head Coach, Kelley doesn’t project for a monster fantasy day, regardless of the workload. Even during their recent skid, the Vikings still boast the 8th ranked run-defense. With Matt Jones likely to return and chip into the running game mix, none of the Washington backs will be a fantasy factor in Week 10.
The last time Isaiah Crowell met the Baltimore Ravens, he flexed on them during a Week 2 matchup en route to 133 rushing yards and a score. It was largely assisted by an 86-yard TD run after finding a seam in the middle of the defense. This week, the Crow will be in store for a tougher test. The Browns travel to Baltimore to face a Ravens defense that just bottled up Le’Veon Bell and will be poised to keep Crowell in-check after running wild in Week 2. I frankly hate this matchup for Crowell and the Browns and he should remain on your bench in Week 10.
In the Giants Week 9 win over the Eagles, Rashad Jennings toted the rock 11 times to the tune of 29 measly yards, adding just 13 receiving yards. With Jennings struggling all year and looking sapped off any running talent he once had, the Giants will continue to immerse Paul Perkins more in the offense. While Perkins wasn’t much better (11-32) last week, the Giants will give the rookie the chance to seize control of the New York running game. Either way, with the Giants to be without the services of their best offensive lineman, Justin Pugh, for a number of weeks, no Giants running back is a preferable fantasy play.