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Week 10 Rankings

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Week 10 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Ray Rice vs. OAK -
2 Adrian Peterson vs. DET Probable (illness)
3 Stevan Ridley vs. BUF -
4 Doug Martin vs. SD -
5 LeSean McCoy vs. DAL Probable (illness)
6 Marshawn Lynch vs. NYJ Probable (wrist)
7 Arian Foster at CHI -
8 Willis McGahee at CAR -
9 Frank Gore vs. STL -
10 C.J. Spiller at NE -
11 Matt Forte vs. HOU -
12 Chris Johnson at MIA -
13 Reggie Bush vs. TEN -
14 Mikel Leshoure at MIN -
15 Michael Turner at NO -
16 Ryan Mathews at TB -
17 Jamaal Charles at PIT -
18 Ahmad Bradshaw at CIN Questionable (foot)
19 Isaac Redman vs. KC -
20 Rashad Jennings vs. IND -
21 Jonathan Stewart vs. DEN -
22 BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. NYG Probable (flu)
23 Shonn Greene at SEA -
24 Taiwan Jones at BAL -
25 Pierre Thomas vs. ATL -
26 Vick Ballard at JAC -
27 Fred Jackson at NE -
28 Felix Jones at PHI -
29 Steven Jackson at SF -
30 Marcel Reece at BAL -
31 Joique Bell at MIN -
32 Mark Ingram vs. ATL -
33 Chris Ivory vs. ATL -
34 Donald Brown at JAC -
35 Jacquizz Rodgers at NO -
36 Kendall Hunter vs. STL -
37 Daniel Thomas vs. TEN -
38 Danny Woodhead vs. BUF -
39 Shane Vereen vs. BUF -
40 Jonathan Dwyer vs. KC Probable (quadriceps)
41 Andre Brown at CIN Probable (shoulder)
42 Daryl Richardson at SF -
43 Ronnie Brown at TB -
44 Michael Bush vs. HOU -
45 DeAngelo Williams vs. DEN -
46 James Casey at CHI -
47 Lance Dunbar at PHI -
48 Ronnie Hillman at CAR -
49 Delone Carter at JAC -
50 Peyton Hillis at PIT -
51 Justin Forsett at CHI -
52 LeGarrette Blount vs. SD -
53 Mike Tolbert vs. DEN Sidelined (concussion)
54 Robert Turbin vs. NYJ -
55 Bernard Pierce vs. OAK -
56 Jamie Harper at MIA -
57 Toby Gerhart vs. DET -
58 David Wilson at CIN -
59 Bryce Brown vs. DAL -


RB Notes: How amazing is Adrian Peterson? More than half of his yards have come on his league-leading 18 runs over 15 yards. As he’s been for his entire career, Peterson remains matchup proof. … Ridley is a no-brainer plug-and-play against a 32nd-ranked run defense that he torched for 106 yards and a pair of scores in Week 4.

By now you know that Doug Martin became the first player in history with three touchdowns of 45+ yards in the same game on his way to posting the fourth-best fantasy game since the 1970 merger. His 486 yards from scrimmage are the most in a two-game span since Walter Payton in 1977, and he’s one of just four rookies in NFL history with 200 yards in consecutive games. To put Martin’s performance in perspective, the Raiders run defense plummeted from 11th in average (3.9 YPC) and yards per game (102.1) to 27th (4.6 YPC) and 21st (124.1) respectively after Week 9. Over the past five weeks, Martin is averaging nearly 10 more fantasy points per game than Arian Foster and Adrian Peterson.

Vick isn’t the only Eagles star being killed by a turnstile offensive line. LeSean McCoy has been hit in the backfield at a higher rate than any back in the league this season. … Arian Foster has been overly reliant on goal-line opportunities this season. It’s fair to wonder if that good fortune will stay true against the league’s most dominant defense.

Frank Gore summed up his renaissance season succinctly: The league’s best offensive line is opening the widest lanes he’s ever seen this season, and OC Greg Roman is scheming the run better than any coach in the league. It certainly helps that LG Mike Iupati is a monster. Mon-ster. … Bad news for Matt Forte and Michael Bush: Texans haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown in 11 games dating back to last season. … It’s no coincidence that Chris Johnson is averaging 116 rushing yards over the past six weeks while Fernando Velasco has emerged as one of the league’s best run-blocking centers. Now averaging 5.0 YPC, Johnson has noticeably ditched his early-season hesitation. It’s a symbiotic relationship!

It’s disturbing that Reggie Bush was on the field for fewer plays than Daniel Thomas in Week 9, losing passing-down work. The good news is that Bush faces two of the four most generous run defenses the next two weeks before a grueling three-game stretch versus the Seahawks, Pats, and 49ers. … The Lions are the only team in the NFL without a run of 20+ yards. Mikel Leshoure is long overdue. He lost his footing on potential long gainers in two of the past three weeks.

It may be premature to throw in the towel on Ryan Mathews as a weekly fantasy asset, it’s clear that he’s never going to flirt with RB1 value as long as Ronnie Brown is stealing third-down work and Jackie Battle is vulturing goal-line scores. After nine weeks, Mathews’ Week 10 opponent has league’s stingiest run defense. … According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Steelers OC Todd Haley won’t hesitate to run up the score on the Chiefs. Something tells me Jamaal Charles will find tough sledding against a surging Pittsburgh defense. … Ahmad Bradshaw is averaging just 3.5 YPC over the past three weeks while losing goal-line looks to Andre Brown. … Vick Ballard is shaping up as a solid RB2 with Donald Brown battling knee inflammation on a short week.

Here’s what we know about the Raiders backfield: Taiwan Jones is running with the starters in practice. He flirted with a 4.30 forty as an injury-prone big-play prospect out of Eastern Washington. He’s had just one carry this year because coach Dennis Allen doesn’t trust him to hold onto the ball. When Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson went down with high-ankle sprains last week, Jones played five snaps to Marcel Reece’s 63. The Raiders don’t want Reece carrying the ball, either, but they clearly trust him on passing downs. We suspect they will end up passing heavily against the Ravens in Baltimore. Jones is risky start because he’s bench bound if Oakland abandons the run.

The backfields in Pittsburgh and New Orleans aren’t much different. Isaac Redman is expected to get the nod as the Week 10 starter, though it’s quite possible that Jonathan Dwyer will develop the hot hand early in the game. … Pierre Thomas is the best bet among the Saints backs, but coach Joe Vitt made it clear this week that he’s looking to get Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory on track as well. This is a true three-headed hydra which could graduate to four-back timeshare if Darren Sproles (hands) beats the clock to suit up in a key divisional game versus the Falcons.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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