Another week another running back start and sit article! As you know by now, in this analysis, we have reviewed the adjusted line yards of the offensive and defensive lines to identify the top matchups for Week 10. Below you will see the matchup rank for each player. The matchup rank represents the rank of the defense based on our adjusted line yards metric.
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Top Running Back Starts
Arthur Smith has become the Thanos of the fantasy football world as he has made Bijan Robinson disappear at the snap of his fingers. Since Week 5, Bijan hasn’t topped 14 PPR points in any game. This has led him to fall outside the top 24 in PPR PPG during that stretch. The good news for fantasy managers is this week should be more Avengers End Game than Infinity War as the Falcons take on the Cardinals. Arizona has allowed 20 PPR points to running backs in three of the last four games.
After starting off the season with a splash in Week 1, it’s been a rough season for Aaron Jones owners. Since Week 1, Jones has only played in four games and gone over 10 PPR points in one of them. That one game came in Week 9 as Jones saw 24 touches and finally looked healthy for the first time all season. This should be a welcome sign for fantasy managers, as he should be a solid asset the rest of the season. This week, Jones will face a Steelers DST that has allowed a touchdown to a running back in four straight games.
James Cooner, along with Kyler Murray, should return to practice this week and are expected to start vs. the Falcons in Week 10. If Conner is active, he’s proven time and time again to receive monster workloads. This should automatically thrust him back into your starting lineups, even in an average matchup vs. the Falcons. Over the past three games, Atlanta has allowed at least 15.9 PPR points to the RB1. This should be enough to make Conner an RB2 this week.
Top Running Back Sits
Najee Harris has quietly hit double-digit PPR points in four of his last five games. This includes hitting 15 PPR points in two of his last three. This is quite the turnaround, as Harris failed to hit any of these marks in the first three weeks of the season. In Week 10, Harris might be a fade vs. an improving Packers defense. Green Bay got off to a rocky start to the year but has allowed the 6th fewest fantasy points per game to running backs over the past five weeks.
The Gus Bus has left the station and has helped many fantasy managers in need. Over the past three weeks, Gus Edwards has found the end zone six times and is the RB1 over that time frame. If you were lucky enough to start him in any of those games, great! However, we should be wary of the emergence of Keaton Mitchell. This, along with facing the toughest matchup on the week vs. the Browns, makes Edwards a flex at best in Week 10.
Honorable mention Sit: Kareem Hunt vs. the Ravens
Week 9 Recap
- Zach Moss vs. the Panthers – It was a fun ride while it lasted, but it looks like Moss is just a high-end handcuff after seeing his role scaled back in Week 9!
- Kareem Hunt vs. the Cardinals – Thankfully, Kareem Hunt found the end zone, which helped slide him into the top 24.
- James Cook vs. the Bengals – 10 touches for James Cook just isn’t going to get it done. This makes just the 2nd time all season he failed to get 10 carries in a game as well.
- Rashaad White vs. the Texans – WOW…..just wow. I don’t think I’ve ever missed this bad before. White finished as the RB1 on the week after the Texans haven’t allowed an RB over 20 points since Week 2.
- Tony Pollard vs. the Eagles – This sit was solid as Tony Pollard finished outside the top 24 RBs on the week.
Score – 2-3
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