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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 10 Running backs to consider

We break down the top starting options at running back this week, along with some players who should be avoided.

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Week 10 of the fantasy football season is here, and we're back with another crop of start/sit options. We have a nice set of data about each team through six weeks, and can make informed decisions on good plays and traps. With that in mind, we'll pick quarterbacks who should exceed expectations in Week 10, along with three you should probably sit.


Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants

The Giants are self-destructing in real time, with whispers emerging from the locker room that head coach Ben McAdoo has lost the team. The Giants certainly looked like they were covered in postage stamps last week. Adding to Hyde’s positive outlook is the Giants’ No. 22 DVOA against the run and No. 24 ranking against pass-catching backs. The 49ers may not have a better chance to avoid 0-16 than this week, and their play should be inspired against a team no longer trying.

Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings at Washington

While Latavius Murray has definitely carved out a role here — he’s led the team in carries in the past two games — McKinnon is clearly the back to own and deploy in fantasy, having scored at least 24 fantasy points in three of his past four games. McKinnon is doing it both as a runner, getting around 14 carries a game, and a pass-catcher, with 10 targets last time out against the Browns. If Thomas Rawls can have success against Washington, as he did a week ago, McKinnon should have his way, as well.

James White, New England Patriots at Denver Broncos

White has quietly racked up 43 receptions this season, which is among the league-leaders among running backs. Even with Dion Lewis back in the mix, White continues to be a target monster for Tom Brady, and his receiving skills will be critical this week against a Denver defense that figures to take New England’s wide receivers out of the mix. White is a terrific volume play this week.


Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

Jones’ 15 minutes of fantasy fame appear to be over. He was expected to shred the Lions defense last Monday, but barely made a dent and found himself back in an RBBC with Ty Montgomery by game’s end. That platoon figures to be in full force this week against the Bears, which severely limits Jones’ upside.

Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Gore is still the lead back here, getting 33 carries over the past two weeks, even as Marlon Mack has made his presence known in the Colts’ backfield. But even with his continued volume, Gore has struggled to convert his opportunities into fantasy points. Gore has topped 60 yards in a game just once all season and hasn’t scored since Week 3. A date with the Steelers isn’t likely to change things.

Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers

Drake had moments good and bad against the Raiders last week, but Damien Williams was more good than bad and figures to be just as involved, if not the main ball carrier, against the Panthers. Carolina has been solid against the run all season, so expecting either back to break out this week is a long shot.