Week 10 Running Back Matchups | 2017 Fantasy Football

Orleans Darkwa number 26 New York Giants

Taking a look at the week 10 running back matchups for 2017 fantasy football we have a number of inconsistent performers in plus matchups including Orleans Darkwa, Aaron Jones, and Jerick McKinnon.  If you’re an Ezekiel Elliott or Leonard Fournette owner they remain locked and loaded RB1’s as they also face plus matchups (assuming Zeke doesn’t get suspended at some point).

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For those new to the running back matchups article these are NOT rankings.  The numbers laid out below showcase the matchups for each running back this week, and highlight the average fantasy points per game allowed by each defense to the opposing starting running back.  My weekly running back rankings are updated daily and are available on our NFL spreadsheet page.

Week 10 Running Back Matchups

Defense% Allowed vs Average% Allowed vs AverageRB Affected
OAK84.53%80.95%BYE WEEK
SF44.17%44.42%Orleans Darkwa
CHI43.97%37.91%Aaron Jones
ATL43.94%35.20%Ezekiel Elliott
NYG40.89%37.52%Carlos Hyde
LAC31.36%24.81%Leonard Fournette
KC29.59%22.55%BYE WEEK
WSH26.05%24.40%Jerick McKinnon
GB25.65%16.86%Jordan Howard
TB23.42%15.43%Matt Forte
DAL20.56%25.27%Devonta Freeman
SEA16.33%12.85%Adrian Peterson
CIN14.28%21.92%Demarco Murray
CLE12.32%14.47%Ameer Abdullah
LAR11.45%9.40%Lamar Miller
NE10.89%11.27%C.J. Anderson
MIA8.32%17.65%Christian McCaffrey
DET8.28%3.84%Isaiah Crowell
TEN7.33%11.41%Joe Mixon
PIT6.39%10.35%Frank Gore
NO5.70%6.01%LeSean McCoy
BUF4.69%3.72%Mark Ingram
ARI3.20%6.27%Thomas Rawls
BAL0.98%2.51%BYE WEEK
IND-2.75%-5.61%Le’Veon Bell
JAX-4.38%-2.29%Melvin Gordon
MIN-5.88%-6.49%Chris Thompson
PHI-20.52%-19.88%BYE WEEK
NYJ-21.29%-19.15%Doug Martin
HOU-26.23%-21.90%Todd Gurley
CAR-34.18%-28.61%Kenyan Drake
DEN-38.64%-34.60%Dion Lewis

Week 10 Running Back Matchups to target: Orleans Darkwa has been seeing a solid number of carries recently for the Giants, and in a game where New York should actually be competitive Darkwa should see 15+ touches making him a solid RB2.  Aaron Jones barely saw the field in the 2nd half against the Lions in week 9 as the Packers were playing from behind, but the Bears are suffering from the same offensive struggles as the Packers so Jones should be able to see 10-15 carries as well leaving him as a low end RB2.

Week 10 Running back matchups to avoid:  With bye weeks still in full effect you’ll probably still have to be starting guys like Doug Martin, Kenyan Drake and Dion Lewis.  Keep in mind none of the matchups are absolutely awful as they are allowing just 20-30% fewer fantasy points per game than average.

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  1. Hey KJ,
    Your RB rankings have been killing it this year so I’ve got a question for you. Ive got Jordan Howard and Melvin Gordon starting and am wondering what to do about my flex. Ive got AP, Darkwa, and Tate/Dez (one of them will be a starting WR) as options. Logic says AP, but Im not in love with playing a 32 year old RB who just touched the ball 40 times against the Seahawks on a short week. I know Darkwa has a dream matchup, but its just hard to trust any Giants players at this point. Any help would be great. Thanks

    1. I agree with your analysis. AP is a bit scary but when in doubt bet on touches. I’d go with AP over Darkwa even with his matchup

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