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Fantasy Football Week 10 Running Back Rankings

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The 2021-22 NFL season is just past its halfway point. Bye weeks have been taking place the past few weeks. This means that running backs like David Montgomery and Joe Mixon will be out this week. On top of that injuries have started to mount up at this point of the season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the Fantasy Football Week 9 running back rankings.

*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*

(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting RB1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High-End RB2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between RB1 and RB2 category.
Starting RB2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low RB2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and causes a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deep League Flex- a player who is more of a Hail Mary throw at the position. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
Category Name Opponent Ranking
Must Start Christian McCaffrey vs Arizona Cardinals RB1
Must Start Najee Harris vs Detriot Lions RB2
Must Start Dalvin Cook vs Los Angeles Chargers RB3
Must Start Jonathan Taylor vs Jacksonville Jaguars RB4
Starting RB1 Austin Ekeler vs Minnesota Vikings RB5
Starting RB1 Ezekiel Eliott* vs Atlanta Falcons RB6
Starting RB1 Aaron Jones vs Seattle Seahawks RB7
Starting RB1 Alvin Kamara* vs Tennessee Titans RB8
High-End RB2 Cordarrelle Patterson vs Dallas Cowboys RB9
High-End RB2 D’Andre Swift vs Pittsburgh Steelers RB10
High-End RB2 Darrell Henderson vs San Francisco 49ers RB11
High-End RB2 James Robinson* vs Indianapolis Colts RB12
Starting RB2 Josh Jacobs vs Kansas City Chiefs RB13
Starting RB2 James Conner vs Carolina Panthers RB14
Starting RB2 Leonard Fournette vs Washington Football Team RB15
Starting RB2 D’Ernest Johnson vs New England Patriots RB16
Starting RB2 Elijah Mitchell vs Los Angeles Rams RB17
Starting RB2 Chris Carson vs Green Bay Packers RB18
Low RB2 Damien Harris* vs Cleveland Browns RB19
Low RB2 Zack Moss* vs New York Jets RB20
Low RB2 Melvin Gordon vs Philadelphia Eagles RB21
Low RB2 Myles Gaskin vs Baltimore Ravens RB22
Flex Clyde Edwards-Helaire* vs Las Vegas Raiders RB23
Flex Kenyan Drake vs Kansas City Chiefs RB24
Flex Javonte Williams vs Philadelphia Eagles RB25
Flex J.D. McKissic vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB26
Flex Devonta Freeman vs Miami Dolphins RB27
Flex Michael Carter vs Buffalo Bills RB28
Flex A.J. Dillon vs Seattle Seahawks RB29
Deep League Flex Devin Singletary vs New York Jets RB30
Deep League Flex Darrel Williams vs  Las Vegas Raiders RB31
Deep League Flex Antonio Gibson vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB32
Deep League Flex Jordan Howard vs Denver Broncos RB33
Deep League Flex Jeremy McNichols vs New Orleans Saints RB34
Deep League Flex Devonta Freeman vs Miami Dolphins RB35
Deep League Flex Rhamondre Stevenson* vs Cleveland Browns RB36
Deep League Flex Nyheim Hines Jacksonville Jaguars RB37
Deep League Flex Ty Johnson vs Buffalo Bills RB38
Deep League Flex Mike Davis vs Dallas Cowboys RB39
Leave on the Bench Mark Ingram vs Tennessee Titans RB40
Leave on the Bench Le’Veon Bell vs Miami Dolphins RB41
Leave on the Bench Sony Michel vs San Francisco 49ers RB42
Leave on the Bench Brandon Bolden vs Cleveland Browns RB43
Leave on the Bench Boston Scott vs Denver Broncos RB44
Leave on the Bench Jamaal Williams* vs Pittsburgh Steelers RB45
Leave on the Bench Eno Benjamin vs Carolina Panthers RB46
Leave on the Bench JaMychal Hasty vs Los Angeles Rams RB47
Leave on the Bench Tony Pollard vs Atlanta Falcons RB48
Leave on the Bench D’Onta Foreman vs New Orleans Saints RB49
Leave on the Bench Kenneth Gainwell vs Denver Broncos RB50
Leave on the Bench Salvon Ahmed vs Baltimore Ravens RB51
Leave on the Bench Jeff Wilson Jr. vs Los Angeles Rams RB52
Leave on the Bench Giovanni Bernard vs Washington Football Team RB53
Leave on the Bench Alex Collins vs Green Bay Packers RB54
Leave on the Bench Chuba Hubbard vs Arizona Cardinals RB55
Leave on the Bench Alexander Mattison vs Los Angeles Chargers RB56
Leave on the Bench Kyle Juszczyk vs Los Angeles Rams RB57
Leave on the Bench Carlos Hyde vs Indianapolis Colts RB58
Leave on the Bench Jalen Richard vs Kansas City Chiefs RB59
Leave on the Bench Derrick Gore vs Las Vegas Raiders RB60
Leave on the Bench Ronald Jones vs Washington Football Team RB61
Leave on the Bench Joshua Kelley vs Minnesota Vikings RB62
Leave on the Bench J.J. Taylor vs Cleveland Browns RB63
Leave on the Bench Jaret Patterson vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB64
Leave on the Bench Derrick Gore vs Green Bay Packers RB65
Leave on the Bench J.J. Taylor vs Carolina Panthers RB66
Leave on the Bench Patrick Richard vs Miami Dolphins RB67
Leave on the Bench Rashaad Penny vs Green Bay Packers RB68

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

RB6 Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott was limited in practice Wednesday because of a knee injury. It is unclear whether the injury will hold Elliott out of this week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. If Elliot is out this week Tony Pollard moves all the way up to RB10 between Cordarelle Patterson and D’Andre Swift.

RB8 Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara was held out of practice Wednesday because of a knee injury. They also worked out three veteran running backs and added Josh Adams to their practice squad earlier this week. If Kamara is out against Tennesse this week Mark Ingram moves up to RB29 between A.J. Dillon and Devin Singletary.

RB12 James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

James Robinson suffered a bruised heal against the Seattle Seahawks that held him out of last week’s game against the Buffalo Bills. He is expected to return this week against the Indianapolis Colts. However, if Robinson is unable to play then Carlos Hyde would move up to RB31 between Darrel Williams and Antonio Gibson.

New England Patriots Running Backs: RB19 Damien Harris & RB36 Rhamondre Stevenson

Both of New England’s top running backs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson are in concussion protocol. Harris and Stevenson did miss practice Wednesday. Both running backs status’ is uncertain for this weekend against the Cleveland Browns. If both running backs are out Brandon Bolden moves up to RB25 between Javonte Williams and J.D. McKissic. Also, J.J. Taylor would move up to RB38 between Ty Johnson Mike Davis.

If Harris is healthy and Stevenson is out this weekend then Harris will stay RB19. Then Brandon Bolden Bolden moves up to RB37 between Nyheim Hines and Ty Johnson. J.J. Taylor would then move up to RB53 between Jeff Wilson Jr. and Giovanni Bernard.

If Harris is out and Stevenson is healthy then Stevenson would move up to RB21 between Melvin Gordon and Myles Gaskin. Then Brandon Bolden would move up to RB37 between Nyheim Hines and Ty Johnson. J.J. Taylor would then move up to RB50 between D’Onta Foreman and Kenneth Gainwell.

RB20 Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss is currently dealing with a concussion. His status for this weekend against the New York Jets is uncertain. If Moss is inactive then Devin Singletary would move up to RB21 between Melvin Gordon and Myles Gaskin.

RB23 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Clyde Edwards-Helaire was activated off of IR this week. However, if he doesn’t suit up against the Las Vegas Raiders then Darrel Williams will jump up to RB21 between Zack Moss and Melvin Gordon. Derrick Gore would move up to RB49 between Tony Pollard and D’Onta Foreman.

RB45 Jamaal Williams, Detriot Lions

Before the Lions’ bye last week Jamaal Williams was inactive with a thigh injury. If Williams is inactive D’Andre Swift confirms his status at RB10 and Jermar Jefferson would take on Williams’ role but wouldn’t likely have fantasy value.

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