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Fantasy Football Week 10 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Running Backs

The NFL season continues to chug along and we are already entering Week 10. There were quite a few standout performances from running backs in fantasy football in Week 9.

Of course, it would be remiss not to mention how spectacular Christian McCaffrey has been. On Sunday, McCaffrey led all running backs with 166 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns en route to 37.6 fantasy points against the Tennessee Titans.

While it was expected that McCaffrey would perform well, Kenyan Drake appeared out of nowhere to produce immediately for the Arizona Cardinals. With just a few days of practice, Drake scored 28.2 fantasy points versus a talented San Francisco 49ers defense.

Looking ahead to this week, who could be the dependable options at running back? All of the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.

Without wasting any more time, here are the running backs to start and sit in fantasy football in Week 10.

RBs to Start in Week 10

Colts’ Marlon Mack (vs. Dolphins): Marlon Mack has failed to produce much in terms of fantasy football in recent weeks. The Indianapolis Colts’ featured back has accumulated 33.5 fantasy points in his past three games.

Luckily for Mack, he could be relied upon more with Jacoby Brissett’s injury against the downtrodden Miami Dolphins defense in Week 10. The Dolphins have given up 1,074 rushing yards to RBs (most in the NFL).

Bears’ David Montgomery (vs. Lions): The Chicago Bears have had their fair share of struggles on the offensive side of the ball but David Montgomery has been a bright spot for them in the past two weeks. After failing to score more than 15 points in the first seven weeks, Montgomery has combined for 47.3 fantasy points in his past two games.

The rookie running back should have a decent chance to continue his success against the Detroit Lions in Week 10. The Lions have surrendered 13 total touchdowns to RBs (second-most in the NFL).

Ravens’ Mark Ingram (vs. Bengals): The Baltimore Ravens’ offense is predicated on running the ball often and Mark Ingram is the featured back. Despite his consistent workload, Ingram has failed to exceed 15 fantasy points since Week 3.

Fortunately, the veteran running back will get a chance to get back on track against the Cincinnati Bengals this week. The Bengals have allowed RBs to average 31.2 fantasy points per game (second-most in the NFL).

Other RBs to Start: Titans’ Derrick Henry (vs. Chiefs), Bills’ Devin Singletary (vs. Browns), 49ers’ Tevin Coleman (vs. Seahawks)

RBs to Sit in Week 10

Cardinals’ David Johnson (vs. Buccaneers): As of this moment, it appears as if David Johnson will be returning to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10. However, with Kenyan Drake’s arrival, Johnson could see a somewhat limited workload.

Additionally, Johnson’s matchup on Sunday doesn’t bode well for his chances of performing well in his return from injury. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have only surrendered 15.9 fantasy points per game to RBs (second-fewest in the NFL).

Falcons’ Devonta Freeman (vs. Saints): Devonta Freeman had an impressive stretch of games before the Atlanta Falcons’ bye week in Week 9. The Falcons’ starting running back had scored 16 or more fantasy points in four of his past five games.

Don’t expect Freeman to carry his momentum against a stout New Orleans Saints run defense in Week 10. The Saints have given up only 492 rushing yards to RBs (fewest in the NFL).

Bengals’ Joe Mixon (vs. Ravens): There’s no doubt that Joe Mixon has been arguably the most disappointing running back in fantasy football this year. The Oklahoma product has only had two weeks of scoring 17 or more points and the rest of them he has scored under 12 points.

This week, Mixon will face a Ravens defense that is beginning to find its footing. The Ravens have allowed RBs to rush for only 571 yards this year (third-fewest in the NFL).