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Week 10 Running Back Rankings- PPR Leagues

Armando shares his top 50 PPR running backs rankings

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Week 10 is approaching and in most fantasy leagues there are only several more weeks left in the season before your playoffs begin. This week the top running back, Devonta Freeman is on bye, as well as Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, Melvin Gordon, and Danny Woodhead. Matt Forte, Eddie Lacy and LeSean McCoy are currently dealing with injuries and their status is in question for this this week, so there's a chance we will see Karlos Williams, James Starks, and Jeremy Langford get the start in their place. Make sure to keep an eye on their statuses before finalizing your lineups. With that said, let's jump right into this week's top 50 PPR running back rankings.

RUNNING BACKS

TEAM

OPP

1

Todd Gurley STL

St. Louis Rams

CHI

2

DeMarco Murray PHI

Philadelphia Eagles

MIA

3

Adrian Peterson MIN

Minnesota Vikings

@OAK

4

DeAngelo Williams PIT

Pittsburgh Steelers

CLE

5

Mark Ingram NO

New Orleans Saints

@WAS

6

Darren McFadden DAL

Dallas Cowboys

@TB

7

Lamar Miller MIA

Miami Dolphins

@PHI

8

James Starks GB

Green Bay Packers

DET

9

Justin Forsett BAL

Baltimore Ravens

JAC

10

Marshawn Lynch SEA

Seattle Seahawks

ARI

11

Chris Ivory NYJ

New York Jets

BUF

12

Giovani Bernard CIN

Cincinnati Bengals

HOU

13

Karlos Williams BUF

Buffalo Bills

@NYJ

14

LeGarrette Blount NE

New England Patriots

@NYG

15

Doug Martin TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DAL

16

Jeremy Langford CHI

Chicago Bears

@STL

17

Jonathan Stewart CAR

Carolina Panthers

@TEN

18

Latavius Murray OAK

Oakland Raiders

MIN

19

Shane Vereen NYG

New York Giants

NE

20

T.J. Yeldon JAC

Jacksonville Jaguars

@BAL

21

Ryan Mathews PHI

Philadelphia Eagles

MIA

22

Duke Johnson CLE

Cleveland Browns

@PIT

23

Charcandrick West KC

Kansas City Chiefs

@DEN

24

Jeremy Hill CIN

Cincinnati Bengals

HOU

25

Theo Riddick DET

Detroit Lions

@GB

26

Chris Johnson ARI

Arizona Cardinals

@SEA

27

Antonio Andrews TEN

Tennessee Titans

CAR

28

Matt Jones WAS

Washington Redskins

NO

29

Charles Sims TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DAL

30

Chris Thompson WAS

Washington Redskins

NO

31

Joique Bell DET

Detroit Lions

@GB

32

Andre Ellington ARI

Arizona Cardinals

@SEA

33

C.J. Anderson DEN

Denver Broncos

KC

34

Ronnie Hillman DEN

Denver Broncos

KC

35

James White NE

New England Patriots

@NYG

36

Alfred Morris WAS

Washington Redskins

NO

37

Dexter McCluster TEN

Tennessee Titans

CAR

38

C.J. Spiller NO

New Orleans Saints

@WAS

39

Darren Sproles PHI

Philadelphia Eagles

MIA

40

Isaiah Crowell CLE

Cleveland Browns

@PIT

41

Rashad Jennings NYG

New York Giants

NE

42

Taiwan Jones OAK

Oakland Raiders

MIN

43

Marcel Reece OAK

Oakland Raiders

MIN

44

Alfred Blue HOU

Houston Texans

@CIN

45

Jonathan Grimes HOU

Houston Texans

@CIN

46

David Johnson ARI

Arizona Cardinals

@SEA

47

Javorius Allen BAL

Baltimore Ravens

JAC

48

Brandon Bolden NE

New England Patriots

@NYG

49

Ameer Abdullah DET

Detroit Lions

@GB

50

Jordan Todman PIT

Pittsburgh Steelers

CLE

To no surprise, Todd Gurley is the top back this week. His 100+ rushing yards in a game streak ended last week as he rushed for 89 yards and a touchdowns against the Vikings. This week, he has a much more favorable matchup against the Bears. Opposing backs are averaging 99.4 rushing yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry against the Bears. They've done a good job to keep running backs out of the end zone, but that will be a tough task against Gurley as he's found the end zone in three straight games. He's also been more involved in the pass game, receiving 13 targets in the last three games.

If Eddie Lacy ends up sitting, Starks could be a solid play. He's already outplaying Lacy as it is, but if Starks is set to receive the bulk of the carries, he could be in for a great game. The Lions are surrendering 109.9 rushing yards per game and have allowed 11 rushing touchdowns to opposing backs. He's topped 20 fantasy points in two of the last three games and has three touchdowns in that span.

DeAngelo Williams is dealing with a foot injury, but is currently not in any danger to miss this week's game. He showed once again that he is fully capable of filling in for Le'Veon Bell. Williams received 27 carries and rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns, and also caught two passes for 55 yards in Week 9. He will play against the Browns who have surrendered the most rushing yards this season. Opposing backs are averaging 129.4 rushing yards per game and 4.7 rushing yards per carry. So long as he's healthy enough to give it a go, he's a must start against a suspect run defense.

Karlos Williams is a back that has a nose for the end zone. If his matchup wasn't so tough, he'd easily be in the top 10. Williams has scored a touchdown in every game he's played in this season. The Jets are stingy against the run, but in the last two games opposing backs are averaging 4.97 yards per carry against the Jets. Keep a close eye on McCoy's status before officially starting Williams, but if McCoy sits, Williams is a solid RB2 or flex option despite the matchup.

Let's take a stroll down Narrative Street for a minute. This is Shane Vereen's first time playing against his former team. The Patriots have been very good against the run, but are yielding nearly six receptions per game to opposing backs. Vereen has been more involved in the offense and has scored a touchdown in consecutive games. He's averaging 4.9 targets per game and leads the team in offensive snap counts. This should be a shootout which benefits Vereen as he's the best pass catching back in this backfield. Doug Martin saw fewer snaps after fumbling last week against the Giants. He should get back on track this week against the Cowboys defense who surrenders the second most fantasy points per game to opposing backs. The Cowboys allow 102.5 rushing yards and one touchdown per game. This is a good spot for a bounce back game.

Some backs outside the top 20 that can be considered if you're dealing with injuries and/or bye weeks are Theo Riddick, Dexter McCluster, Ryan Mathews, and Duke Johnson to name a few. They are all pass catching backs.

I don't mean to sound redundant, but I want to remind you one more time not to forget to keep a close eye on the running back injuries this week before setting your lineups.