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Heading into Thursday Night Football, we still have a lot of question marks at running back for Week 10. Nick Chubb is still on COVID-IR and needs two negative tests before Sunday if he's to suit up. James Robinson was on the practice field on Thursday, but is still battling a sore heel that kept him out of Week 9. And Alvin Kamara missed practice again on Thursday with a "minor" leg injury that may have had something to do with the Saints adding a running back to their practice squad.

The immediate concern is what you do with these guys in relation to Myles Gaskin and Devonta Freeman. If all backs were starting, I'd start all three over the Thursday night backs, but if you don't have a reasonable backup plan, that's not something you can risk. 

I have more concern about Chubb and Kamara than I do Robinson. That's partially because Urban Meyer said he expects Robinson to play and partially because Robinson was at least on the practice field on Thursday. 

Ideally, it would be nice if you could put Kamara, Robinson, or Chubb in your flex spot and wait it out until Sunday. But there are circumstances where the only reasonable choice is to start Gaskin, Freeman, or an uncertain back. With Kamara and Chubb, you probably need to take the safe route.

Let's get to the rest of the Week 10 RB Preview:

Week 10 RB Preview
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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 10 at this time. Here's what it means:

Who's Out
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BUF Buffalo • #20
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Devin Singletary would be a solid No. 2 running back.
CLE Cleveland • #24
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE NE -1 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
25th
PROJ PTS
7.3
RB RNK
46th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
721
REC
8
REYDS
69
TD
6
FPTS/G
17.3
D'Ernest Johnson would be a borderline top-12 back.
ARI Arizona • #2
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
James Conner is a top-10 back until Edmonds returns.
NE New England • #37
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
As of Tuesday, we don't expect Harris or Rhamondre Stevenson. If they're both out, J.J. Taylor and Brandon Bolden would split the touches for the Patriots.
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Numbers to know
  • 24.8 -- D'Ernest Johnson scored 24.8 PPR Fantasy points the last game he played without Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
  • 77% -- James Conner played 77% of the snaps without Chase Edmonds in Week 10.
  • 0 -- Jeff Wilson did not play an offensive snap, despite being activated off IR.
  • 26.1% -- Michael Carter has been targeted on 26% of Mike White's pass attempts. We expect White back in Week 10.
  • 15.4 -- The Buccaneers are surrendering 15.4 PPR Fantasy points per game to running backs on passing plays alone. That bodes well for McKissic.
  • 40% -- Jordan Howard played 40% of the snaps in Week 9, second to Boston Scott. He's no sure thing.
  • 19.7% -- D'Andre Swift leads all running backs with a 19.7% target share for the season.
  • 68.3% -- Damien Harris and Stevenson have accounted for more than two-thirds of the Patriots rush attempts this year. No other back has even a 10% share.
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that Matter
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NYJ N.Y. Jets • #32
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -13 O/U 47.5
OPP VS RB
1st
PROJ PTS
12.5
RB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
328
REC
27
REYDS
263
TD
3
FPTS/G
12.8
BAL Baltimore • #34
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA BAL -7.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
23rd
PROJ PTS
8.9
RB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
188
REC
8
REYDS
63
TD
3
FPTS/G
7.3
DAL Dallas • #20
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL DAL -9 O/U 54.5
OPP VS RB
22nd
PROJ PTS
9.1
RB RNK
31st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
403
REC
17
REYDS
148
TD
1
FPTS/G
9.8
SEA Seattle • #21
Age: 36 • Experience: 14 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO TEN -3 O/U 44.5
OPP VS RB
3rd
PROJ PTS
6.3
RB RNK
36th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
21
REC
1
REYDS
5
TD
1
FPTS/G
9.6
WAS Washington • #41
Age: 28 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -9.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS RB
8th
PROJ PTS
9.2
RB RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
132
REC
33
REYDS
332
TD
2
FPTS/G
11.4
LV Las Vegas • #28
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -2.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
14.6
RB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
280
REC
18
REYDS
129
TD
5
FPTS/G
14.8
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 10 Adds
PHI Philadelphia • #24
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN DEN -2.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
13th
RB RNK
31st
ROSTERED
63%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
128
REC
0
REYDS
0
TD
3
FPTS/G
15.4
Howard is a high-end flex with good touchdown odds. The risk comes if the Eagles fall down by multiple scores. That's less of a risk against the Broncos.
NE New England • #25
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CLE NE -2.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
10th
RB RNK
27th
ROSTERED
39%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
108
REC
22
REYDS
189
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.4
Bolden is our favorite Patriots back if both Harris and Stevenson miss time. But he's still a good PPR flex if even one of them is out. J.J. Taylor is a deep add as well.
ARI Arizona • #26
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CAR ARI -10.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS RB
5th
RB RNK
41st
ROSTERED
30%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
46
REC
0
REYDS
0
TD
1
FPTS/G
3.5
Benjamin won't get the full Chase Edmonds role, but he could see 10 touches a game on one of the best offenses in football.
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TEN Tennessee • #7
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO TEN -3 O/U 44.5
OPP VS RB
3rd
RB RNK
NR
ROSTERED
5%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
29
REC
0
REYDS
0
TD
0
FPTS/G
2.9
Foreman could easily supplant Peterson as the main early downs back.
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Top Play
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ARI Arizona • #6
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CAR ARI -10 O/U 44.5
OPP VS RB
5th
PROJ PTS
11.3
RB RNK
6th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
454
REC
10
REYDS
111
TD
11
FPTS/G
14.7
There was just no way they were going to raise Conner's price enough in his first game as the feature back. He may be $1,000 more by the time we get to Week 11.
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NYJ N.Y. Jets • #32
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -13 O/U 47.5
OPP VS RB
1st
PROJ PTS
12.5
RB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
328
REC
27
REYDS
263
TD
3
FPTS/G
12.8
Rightfully, no one wants to play a running back against the Bills. But Carter, as long as Mike White is playing QB, isn't dependent on success on the ground. This is one way to fade D'Ernest Johnson if you so choose.
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