Much like the quarterback position this week, running backs will face some staunch rush defenses. But, some of the fantasy football running backs are just as big in the passing game and that will benefit you this week. Our choose or lose picks will be heavy on this information for running backs in Week 10.
Justin Forsett vs. Jacksonville
Forsett has not been anywhere close to the running back that he was in 2014, but much of that is because the Ravens have less threats at the wide receiver position. Forsett has only ran for 100-plus yards in two games this season (vs. CLE, PIT), and has only rushed for two touchdowns all season. He has a respectable 4.2 AVG per carry and is facing a Jaguars‘ defense that has given up 94.3 yards per game and 1.0 touchdown as well. Forsett is on pace for a coming out game this week, but Jacksonville could put up some major points in Week 10.
Doug Martin vs. Dallas
I know, I know, Martin is only averaging 3.0 yards per game the last two weeks and faces a Dallas’ defense that has only allowed one 100-yard rusher this season. I think Martin has a solid game against the Cowboys this week though, and he is on pace to come close to the output of his rookie season, in yardage at least. This is the second best season of his career and he should have a solid game against the Cowboys in Week 10.
Chris Johnson at Seattle
This game is one that will give Johnson nightmares leading up to it, and it should. Seattle seems to be unstoppable at home and in primetime and this week’s Sunday Night Football game could be a doozy for the Cardinals. Arizona knows that the Seahawks are the only team standing in their way of an NFC West crown, but Johnson might be shut down by Seattle. The Seahawks have given up the fewest fantasy points to running backs this season, although Johnson has rushed for 100-plus yards in three of his last four games. This could be one of the biggest matchups of the season for both teams, and it should be a fun one to watch. With that being said, you should steer clear of starting Chris Johnson in Week 10.
Eddie Lacy vs. Detroit
Lacy has a favorable matchup against the Lions, but a groin injury and James Starks mean you should bench Lacy for the foreseeable future. Starks has been promoted to the starting running back slot and has outperformed Lacy for most of the season. The demotion and Lacy’s lack of production might mark him as this year’s biggest fantasy bust of the season, and he hasn’t hit the 100-yard mark at all in 2015.
On the Bubble
T.J. Yeldon at Baltimore
Yeldon is averaging 4.1 yards per carry but only has one rushing touchdown this season, and is facing a Baltimore run defense that ranks 10th in the NFL (99.8 ypg). With the possibility that the Jaguars turn to more of a passing approach in this game, Yeldon is a solid bubble running back for Week 10. The Ravens’ defense is 30th against the pass and gives up an average of 283.9 yards per game, and that should lead to a pass-heavy Jaguars’ offensive strategy this week.
Lamar Miller at Philadelphia
Miller has a career-best 5.3 yards per carry and has been one of the few bright spots on the Dolphins’ offense. He has scored six total touchdowns in the last four games and has been on a fantasy tear over the past month. The best part about Miller is that he is a big part of the Dolphins’ passing game and screen passes help him drive up the fantasy points each week. The Eagles have allowed the fourth fewest fantasy points this season but are 21st in the NFL in rushing yards allowed. It’s your call on whether to start Miller or sit him, but if you have other options you might want to go with those.