2021 Fantasy Football Week 10 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Running backs
Week 10 of the NFL season could showcase some interesting running back play. It’s time to continue our fantasy football series with a breakdown on who should start and sit this week for the running back position.
This is a position that continues to make noise late in the fantasy football season. It’s crazy to think that we are already just a few weeks away from the start of the fantasy football playoffs. If you are in contention, this is a big week to pay attention to. Let’s take a look at the breakdown of the running back position for Week 10.
Fantasy Football Week 10 Start ‘Em
James Conner – Arizona Cardinals
James Conner displayed one of the best games you can have as a running back in the Week 9 win over the San Francisco 49ers. He carried the ball 21 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns while catching five passes for 77 yards and a long TD. He surpassed 40 fantasy football points, per ESPN. Chase Edmonds could be out for a while so Conner is the starting back for the time being.
Conner and the Cardinals face a tough opponent on Sunday. The Carolina Panthers rank 4th against the run this year but I don’t think that is going to slow down Conner. The Cardinals’ offense is electric and can score in many different ways. I expect Conner to find the endzone once again this week.
D’ernest Johnson – Cleveland Browns
Just as we all thought the D’ernest Johnson era could be coming to an end, it resurfaces again. Johnson is a must-start this week with the absence of Nick Chubb (Covid-19). The Browns run game is dominant because of how good Chubb is, but the offensive line is playing very well this year. There is still a chance Chubb plays if he gets two straight negative tests. But if he doesn’t, then all signs lead toward Johnson playing well.
The Browns face off against the 19th ranked Patriots defense against the run on Sunday. Mayfield will be forced to hand the ball off to Johnson more often than not, so expect Johnson to get a ton of carries. Johnson is in line for another potential break-out game if everything goes to plan.
Melvin Gordon III – Denver Broncos
It’s nice to see Gordon II on this side of the list for once. Gordon’s last two games are a good sign for fantasy football owners. His four touchdowns over his last three games are a sign that he is starting to find his groove in Denver. He shares a good amount of reps with rookie Javonte Williams but is the main starter going forward. he carried the ball 21 times for 81 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Dallas Cowboys.
This week he faces a favorable matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles rank 29th against the run and can’t slow down anyone. This should be another solid game for the former Wisconsin Badger.
Fantasy Football Running Backs Sit ‘Em
Michael Carter – New York Jets
The rookie has seen a ton of success this season. I don’t think that success will carry over to Week 10, however. After a dominating performance in Week 8, Carter didnt show up in Week 9 in the loss to the Colts last Thursday night. He finished with just 49 yards rushing off of 13 carries.
Carter will face the top-ranked Buffalo Bills this Sunday. They shut down the run game each week and so it will be difficult for the rookie to stop that trend. There are many other matchups out there that should see a better result than this one. Go ahead and bench Carter for Week 10. The Bills are not a team anyone wants to face right now.
Mike Davis – Atlanta Falcons
Davis is one of those players that are on the drop list for Week 10. Cordarrelle Patterson is turning into a star for the Falcons, which is leaving Davis in the dust as a result. Davis isn’t getting enough carries to continue to start in fantasy football at this point of the season.
Davis faces the 11th ranked Cowboys on Sunday. The Cowboys have seen success stopping the run this year and because of Patterson’s value, I would either bench or cut Davis for this week.
Antonio Gibson – Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team is fresh off of a bye week. Antonio Gibson is not playing well as of late. His combined 20 points over his last three games are cause for concern. The WFT offense isn’t playing well either as a whole, so Gibson is seeing a decrease in carries as a result. His eight carries for 34 yards in Week 8 is a season-low for Gibson.
The WFT face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week who rank 1oth against the run. Gibson has shown signs of success in the past, but the Bucs’ defense should stop him once again. It’s a safer option to avoid starting Gibson in Week 10.