Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 10: BenJarvus Green-Ellis


The Bengals running back has fallen behind rookie Giovani Bernard on the depth chart. Can he be productive Sunday? We break down the fantasy implications.

Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is coming off his third-highest rushing-yard total of the season Thursday night, rushing for 72 yards on 21 carries against the Miami Dolphins. Green-Ellis hopes to keep his rushing yards high Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

On the season, Green-Ellis has 424 rushing yards on 131 carries, good for 3.2 yards a carry, and three touchdowns. He has rushed for less than 40 yards in five of his nine games this year, as rookie running back Giovani Bernard has become the go-to option in the Bengals' running game. Many of Green-Ellis' yards in that Thursday game came after Bernard was injured and left the game. Bernard appears to be fully back from his rib injury and is a full go in Week 10.

Fantasy impact: The Bengals face a Ravens defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. At 9.6 points a game, the Ravens are the only team to have allowed less than 11 fantasy points a game to running backs.

That number hurts Bernard's value somewhat, but it likely destroys any that Green-Ellis might have had. Anyone playing Green-Ellis does so hoping he can get a short-yardage touchdown, which is not something worth relying on. Green-Ellis likely isn't worth a play this week.

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