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Fantasy Football Rankings: Running backs for Week 10

Ranking the best running backs by matchup and opportunity for Week 10 of the 2018 NFL Season. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Week 10 matchups like Pittsburgh at Carolina and Atlanta at Cleveland should make for some good, head-to-head-RB watchin’! Which back will come out on top?


Rank Running Back Team Opponent High-Floor/High-Ceiling RB1s
Rank Running Back Team Opponent High-Floor/High-Ceiling RB1s
1 Todd Gurley II LAR SEA It's starting to look like the Rams want Gurley to set a new TD record. He's the RB1.
2 Melvin Gordon III LAC at OAK Any worries over Gordon's health have been erased.
3 Kareem Hunt KC ARI Hunt's on fire and he's the focal point of one of the NFL's best offenses.
4 Alvin Kamara NO at CIN Ingram's not a worry.
5 James Conner PIT CAR Conner's playing out of his mind.
6 Saquon Barkley NYG at SF Barkely in primetime against a god awful defense with an injured Reuben Foster.
7 Christian McCaffrey CAR at PIT TNF should be a Battle of the Backs.
8 Joe Mixon CIN NO Cincy will likely funnel targets Mixon's way with A.J. Green temporarily shelved.
9 David Johnson ARI at KC Believe in Byron. #BiB
10 Sony Michel NE at TEN Assuming he's good to go, Michel would immediately resume his RB1 status.
11 James White NE at TEN Believe it. The NE backfield is out of control and both backs put up legit points while splitting time in Weeks 4-6.
12 Ezekiel Elliot DAL at PHI Dallas will force a running-based gameplan even against a pass-funnel defense.
High-Floor/High-Ceiling RB2s
13 Tevin Coleman ATL at CLE Both ATL backs are ballin'. Great matchup on deck.
14 Nick Chubb CLE ATL The theme of the week might be Battle of the Backs.
15 Adrian Peterson WAS at TB Peterson should bounce back in Week 10. Running backs (and every other position) are lighting up the box score against Tampa Bay. WAS's offensive line injuries are worrisome ROS. Now is the time to sell high on him. Chris Thompson being OUT helps AD's cause.
16 Duke Johnson Jr. CLE ATL Webster's Dictionary defines Atlanta as "every pass-catching running back's dream". I'm firing up Duke. I'm ready to be hurt again.
17 Marlon Mack IND JAX Mack will likely return to RB1 status next week but for now, we'll keep him as an RB2. In theory, this is a tough matchup. It's worth noting though, Jacksonville's defense has started to look human. Mack could rise in the rankings by the end of the week.
18 Leonard Fournette JAX at IND If we get a week of full practices, with no injury setbacks, Fournette will bounce Zeke from the Top 12.
Shaky Floor/ High-Ceiling
19 Dion Lewis TEN NE Dion Lewis has quietly put up huge numbers in back to back games. He's the Titans' bellcow for the foreseeable future.
20 Tarik Cohen CHI DET We saw Cohen's floor last week and it's damn near bottomless. In theory this looks like a potential shootout, which would bode well for Cohen's usage.
21 Isaiah Crowell NYJ BUF Crowell's in the Shaky realm because Elijah McGuire's the real damn deal. It's a perfect matchup for Crowell to smash though.
22 Aaron Jones GB MIA The matchup's there for Jones to ball out. The usage might not be.
23 Jordan Howard CHI DET Detroit run defense is beatable, however, Damon Harrison's presense can't be ignored. Howard's been producing though. I'd look to sell high and trade him ASAP.
24 Matt Breida SF NYG We know the talent is there but the health hasn't been. If he's good to go, he'll blowup the Giants.
High-Floor/Capped-Ceiling RB3s
26 Ito Smith ATL at CLE The matchup is great and Ito is too. He'll still eat, playing second fiddle-doo.
27 Austin Ekeler LAC at OAK There's a good chance the 4th quarter is the Austin Ekeler Show.
28 Mike Davis SEA at LAR With Chris Carson potentially missing Week 10, Davis would walk into feature back duties against a beatable Rams run defense.
Low-Floor/Capped-Ceiling RB3s
29 Kerryon Johnson Det at CHI He's so damn good -- but the Bears D is too and he's just not getting enough touches to trust him.
30 Kenyan Drake MIA at GB The usage is frustrating but the talent is there.
31 Nyheim Hines IND JAX This is a talent-based ranking. Mack's play has rendered Hines a flex-only option.
32 Elijah McGuire NYJ BUF The Bills run defense is the RB jackpot.
33 Alfred Morris SF NYG With Mostert on IR and Breida questionable, Morris could lead the team in touches.
34 Peyton Barber TB WAS WAS was burned on the ground last week and Barber's got ahold of lead back duties.
35 LeSean McCoy BUF at NYJ He's got a bad matchup, on a bad team, and has burned out legs -- but he's a starting running back.
36 Theo Riddick DET at CHI It appears as though Riddick will operate as the Lions' slot WR moving forward.