Many running backs seem to be having a hard time this season, and while some of them may rise to the occasion this week, others will have a very tough time doing so. In Week 10 match-ups, it would be wise to avoid these tailbacks in standard fantasy formats if alternatives are available.
1. Ray Rice, BAL:
Rice has struggled to get things going this season, and has yet to have even one breakout performance thus far. The Baltimore back has not even broken 75 rushing yards in the 7 games he’s played in. Rice has rushed for 259 yards on 97 carries, giving him a measly 2.67 yards per carry. The Ravens Week 10 contest with the Cincinnati Bengals will only make things worse for Rice. Expect Ray Rice to once again average less than 3 yards per carry, while failing to find the end zone.
2. Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC:
MJD has only had 3 fantasy relevant weeks so far this season and Week 10 in Tennessee will likely produce another forgettable performance. Jones-Drew rushed for a season high 75 yards before the Jaguars bye week against the 49ers while also picking up 47 receiving yards, but the Titans won’t let that production be repeated. The Titans allow 340.3 total yards per game, ranking them 7th in the category. To make matters worse, standout wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended through the end of the season for violating drug restrictions. With Blackmon out, the Titans defense can focus solely on stopping MJD. Look elsewhere for production at running back during Week 10.
3. The 3-Headed Committee, CAR:
The Panthers backfield situation is a mess and the return of Jonathan Stewart is only making matters worse. The clear cut starting tailback is yet to be decided and fantasy owners’ headaches are only continuing to grow. Regardless of whether it’s Mike Tolbert, Jonathan Stewart or DeAngelo Williams, all 3 options should be avoided. Not only are these running backs facing a strong 49ers defense, they are constantly canceling out each other’s playing time.