Week 10 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Committees continue to rule the NFL, even in situations where we thought we had been gaining some sort of clarity.  Shouldn’t we know that Tre Mason was going to be the leader in St. Louis?  Hadn’t Chris Ivory done enough to be the lead back for the Jets? Throw in injuries and possible returns and there is little clarity around the league.  It makes it tough, especially with the bye weeks, but let’s take a look at how our rankings look for the coming week:


  1. Demarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – at Jacksonville
  2. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – at Green Bay
  3. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Carolina
  4. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Giants
  5. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – at Buffalo
  6. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New York Jets
  7. Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals – vs. St. Louis
  8. Ronnie Hillman – Denver Broncos – at Oakland
  9. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  10. Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Cleveland
  11. Denard Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Dallas
  12. Justin Forsett – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Tennessee
  13. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
  14. Joique Bell – Detroit Lions – vs. Miami
  15. Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins – at Detroit
  16. Bobby Rainey – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta
  17. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
  18. Terrence West – Cleveland Browns – at Cincinnati
  19. Steven Jackson – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  20. Darren McFadden – Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver
  21. Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – at Philadelphia
  22. Anthony Dixon – Buffalo Bills – vs. Kansas City
  23. Chris Johnson – New York Jets – vs. Pittsburgh
  24. Bishop Sankey – Tennessee Titans – at Baltimore
  25. Tre Mason – St. Louis Rams – at Arizona
  26. Darren Sproles – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Carolina
  27. Andre Williams – New York Giants – at Seattle
  28. Lorenzo Taliaferro – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Tennessee
  29. Antone Smith – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  30. Chris Ivory – New York Jets – vs. Pittsburgh
  31. DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers – at Philadelphia
  32. Reggie Bush – Detroit Lions – vs. Miami
  33. James Starks – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  34. Ben Tate – Cleveland Browns – at Cincinnati
  35. Pierre Thomas – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
  36. Knile Davis – Kansas City Chiefs – at Buffalo
  37. LeGarrette Blount – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New York Jets
  38. Daniel Thomas – Miami Dolphins – at Detroit
  39. Bryce Brown – Buffalo Bills – vs. Kansas City
  40. Charles Sims – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta


  • The problem for LeSean McCoy has been a lack of TD, especially of late.  He’s rushed for over 80 yards in four straight games, including a pair of 100+ yard performances (117 yards on 23 carries in Week 9).  Now with Nick Foles out, the Eagles could lean on McCoy even more.  Look for him to be one of the better options in all formats for the coming week.
  • Jamaal Charles has 4 TD in his past three games and 7 TD in his past five.  While the matchup with the Bills isn’t an easy one (568 rushing yards allowed to RB), we all know that the Chiefs’ offense is going to run through him.  Don’t shy away, especially since he should score at least once (if not more) given the lack of talent on the outside.
  • While Ronnie Hillman is coming off a “poor” game, with just 16 yards on 10 carries, he found the end zone twice (once on the ground and once through the air, as he added 7 receptions for 47 yards).  Over the past four weeks he’s been a Top 5 RB, with 484 total yards and 4 TD.  Against the Raiders, even if Montee Ball returns, Hillman should be viewed as one of the better options in the league.
  • Denard Robinson fell just short of his third consecutive 100+ yard performance, rushing for 94 yards and 1 TD against the Bengals.  While Dallas has done a fairly good job of keeping opposing RB out of the end zone (6 total TD allowed), their 943 rushing yards allowed are in the bottom ten in the league.  Look for Robinson to have another strong performance, especially if Tony Romo is out and the Jaguars can keep it close.
  • Mark Ingram has a tough matchup, plus may have to maneuver through the returns of Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson.  While he’s going to be the lead back, downgrade him a bit on the rankings due to the uncertainty.
  • As of now we aren’t going to expect Giovani Bernard to play, given the short turnaround.  Coming off a monster performance, Jeremy Hill should be viewed as a borderline RB1 against a Browns’ defense that’s allowed 915 rushing yards and 6 TD to opposing RB this season.
  • Does anyone want to trust a Cleveland RB right now?  Forget about the fact that the offensive line is struggling to open holes (10 carries for 3 yards for Ben Tate?!), but Terrence West actually had the most carries in Week 9 (15, which he took for 48 yards).  Favorable matchup or not, this situation is a mess.
  • Justin Forsett didn’t get many carries in a blowout, but he still was the team leader (9 carries for 38 yards) and also was targeted 8 times (which he turned into 5 catches for 67 yards).  Against the Titans, he should be considered a borderline RB1 and a good play given the bye weeks.
  • Just when we think that Chris Ivory is going to be the leader in the Jets’ backfield Chris Johnson erupts for 69 yards on 11 carries (6.3 YPC) as well as 2 catches for 32 yards.  At this point who knows…
  • Tre Mason may have emerged as the leader of the Rams’ backfield, but the Cardinals are the toughest defense to run against (535 rushing yards, 226 receiving yards).  Don’t get overly excited about him at this point.
  • Will Charles Sims make his debut?  Will Doug Martin be healthy and play?  For now we’re going to assume Martin is going to be out, and we all know Sims isn’t going to get the bulk of the carries in his first game.  That makes Bobby Rainey a good play with an extremely favorable matchup, especially coming off a solid performance against the Browns (121 total yards).

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  1. Randy says:

    Can you tell me who you’d drop for a kicker in a 12-team standard league? My RBs are Forte, Foster, Ingram, Jennings, Sims, Blue, and West. WRs are Dez, Calvin, Wallace, Andre J, and Torrey Smith. Also we start 1 IDP at each position, and I’m carrying only one backup by having two LBs…Houston and Levy, who are ranked 1st and 5th overall in my league’s scoring system.

  2. mogli says:

    i need a kicker and Which WR should i drop

    Reggie Wayne
    Mike Wallace or
    Odell (NYG)

    Bobb Rainey is on Waiver wire should i pick him up as well.

    My other WRs are
    Dez, Kelvin Benjamin, DeSean, Steve Smith

    • Any chance of trading any of them? I guess I’d rank them Beckham (since you have depth, he has the highest upside), Wallace (who I wouldn’t want to drop) and Wayne (who I also wouldn’t want to drop, but he’s got little upside at this point)

  3. Chris says:

    Need a rb2 for this week… West, sankey or joique bell… And one of those rbs I must drop for a kicker…. Need some help

    • I’d probably use Bell for this week and, at this point, I might drop Sankey. He’s shown very little, though West is hardly a given to keep his job. Neither is likely to make a major impact, honestly

  4. mogli says:

    whats a good trade value for Reggie Wayne and Mike Wallace. I don’t have to trade but if i send a trade for either one of the WRs which TE should i get in return.

  5. Drew says:

    I know it’s prob to early to tell but would u trade for ap. I was offered ap for tanahil. I have Matty ice so I’m considering the flyer. Whatcha think.

  6. Dale H says:

    Cooks, Harvin, Beckham, or Alan Robinson for week 10. I need one. I will use calvin johnson this week for my other WR. Not sure I trust cooks but good matchup. Harvin or Beckham look good too this week. Can not decide??

  7. Drew – If you aren’t using Tannehill anyways (and if there are a few viable QB on waivers), it’s worth the gamble. It seems to sound like he’s going to be back soon, but who knows.

    Dale H – As long as Vick is playing, I’d go with Harvin. As much as I like Beckham, it’s an extremely tough matchup

  8. J B says:

    Should I start Kelvin Benjamin or Bobby Rainey at my flex? I am also trying to decide between Eli Manning, Stafford, and Vick as my qb’s in a two qb league. Have to use two. Miami’s defense and Seattle’s scare me. Enjoy your site.

  9. I’d go Rainey in the FLEX (given the way Newton has played).

    As for the QB, I’d go Stafford & Manning (with Vick right there given the tough matchup)

  10. AP says:

    Vjack Reggie bush Odell . Which r my two this week?

  11. Andy says:

    PPR: Sankey, Tre Mason, Chris Ivory, and Charles Sims. Pick 2 to start this week.

  12. Joel Goerdt says:

    WR- Beckham or Benjamin and at RB West or Dixon?

  13. Bob says:

    Hey Prof! Thanks for your rankings.

    I’ve got a pickle here – Bradshaw and Morris are on a bye which leaves me with Ben Tate, Terrance West, Charles Sims, and Rashad Jennings (who is out again this week). Standard scoring 10 team league.

    I need to start two. RBs on the wire I could drop Tate or Sims for are Tre Mason, Both Bills RBs, Juwan Thompson (maybe a good candidate for garbage time TDs against Oakland?), Jonathan Stewart, and Peyton Hillis.

    Any advice is appreciated. Right now I have both Tate and West starting against a cushy Bengals run D.

    • West is a must start of that group. I’d probably roll the dice with Anthony Dixon (assuming Fred Jackson isn’t back). If F-Jax is back, almost have to roll the dice on Mason and hope for the best

  14. Sam says:

    So due to wondrous planning, Ellington is the only RB I have available this week. I can drop someone and pick up another RB. Which one of these is my best bet? Knile Davis, Fred Jackson, Antone Smith, Reggie Bush, or Jonathan Stewart

  15. Dale H says:

    I have four running backs. Murray,Ellington,Hillman,and Ingram. Thinking of trading either Hillman or Ingram for Cobb. Would you do that and which one would you let go of..moving forward.

  16. Ketan says:

    Hi Eric,
    Thanks for your articles – enjoy reading your style of writing – insightful…

    I have a RB roster question. 12 team PPR with a 4 RB limit on the team.
    I have Murray, Hillman, AP, Mathews. I dropped Montee Ball and Branden Oliver to get AP and Ryan Mathews with waivers this week.

    I’m getting buyer’s remorse with AP and his value and availability compared to the rest of the players. Would it be better to drop Mathews and get Ball so I have both DEN RBs, or better to drop AP and pickup Oliver so I have both SD RBs or keep as it is?

    DeAngelo Williams, Charles Sims, Pierre Thomas, Isiah Crowell are all on free agent wire as well.

    Thanks very much.

    • I’d probably keep it where it is, at least for a week. I understand the concern when it comes to AP, but we all know the upside if he is reinstated. Let’s just hope that we get some type of resolution soon

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