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Fantasy football waiver wire: Best running backs available in Week 10

With the bye weeks nearly over, the fantasy football season is approaching the stretch run. Waiver rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE

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We’re entering Week 10 of the fantasy football season and the bye weeks are almost over as the playoff races heat up. Fantasy owners who survived this part of the season can think about plugging in their star players and riding them into the stretch run.

The running back position largely avoided serious injury in Week 9, though Leonard Fournette was deactivated for violating team rules. Otherwise, it was a surprisingly clean week for a position that's been decimated by injury all season. Fantasy owners get a relief when Le'Veon Bell and Melvin Gordon come back from bye this week.

With all that said, there are still some bye teams to watch for in Week 10. This week's teams off are the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and Philadelphia Eagles. That means Kareem Hunt, Alex Collins, Marshawn Lynch, and the Eagles' 20-man committee won't be available in Week 10.

Let's dive right in and check out the best waiver wire running backs, owned in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! standard leagues.

Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins (53 percent)

Drake is slightly over the 50-percent mark, but he's still available in enough leagues that you should grab him if he's there. Drake clearly established himself as the Dolphins back to own following the Jay Ajayi trade, taking 15 touches for 104 total yards against the Oakland Raiders. A lost fumble was his lone blemish on an otherwise solid night for Drake, who's mostly been a special teamer since Miami drafted him in the third round in 2016. Drake gets a much tougher test against the Carolina Panthers in Week 10.

Matt Forte, New York Jets (42 percent)

Finally healthy after a knee injury hobbled him earlier this year, Forte had his best game of the season last Thursday night, scoring two touchdowns and racking up 96 total yards on 18 touches. He's still in a near-even committee with Bilal Powell, who was no slouch himself against the Buffalo Bills (nine carries, 74 yards), so that will limit his fantasy ceiling. Despite that concern, Forte showed that he still has something left in the tank and will be a worthy flex play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Rob Kelley, Washington (32 percent)

The bad news: Kelley rushed for a dismal 18 yards on 14 carries, slamming into brick walls against the Seattle Seahawks. The good news: Washington is still giving him goal line carries, and he cashed in with two touchdowns on 1-yard plunges. The bad news: Chris Thompson remains the vastly superior player in Washington's backfield. Kelley has his uses, but he's proven to be a one-dimensional short-yardage back at this point. He's settled in as a boom-or-bust player, making him a risky RB3 against the Minnesota Vikings this week.

Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (13 percent)

I'm tired of this, you're tired of this, and Pete Carroll is probably tired of this. But Rawls is back in the picture after Eddie Lacy flopped as the featured back, plodding his way to 20 yards on six carries before leaving with a groin injury. With a quick turnaround and Thursday night game this week, Lacy likely won't be ready, making Rawls the starter by default. To his credit, Rawls showed a little spark against Washington, getting 70 total yards on 11 touches. That's probably his ceiling when the Seahawks play the Arizona Cardinals, so do with that what you will.


Top waiver wire targets for Week 10