Week 10 Rankings (2020): Top 40 Running Backs

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by Ray Kuhn

Another week, more questions and four more teams on bye… At this point in the season who would have thought that being without Todd Gurley wouldn’t be all that different than having to replace Ezekiel Elliot? Things are never easy, and in 2020 that’s something that’s par for the course.

With that said let’s jump into how our options rank for the upcoming week:

  1. Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
  2. Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers – vs. Jacksonville
  4. Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
  5. James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Green Bay
  6. Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
  7. Josh Jacobs – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. Denver
  8. Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks – at LA Rams
  9. James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati
  10. Miles Sanders – Philadelphia Eagles – at NY Giants
  11. Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns – vs. Houston
  12. Kenyan Drake – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Buffalo
  13. Antonio Gibson – Washington Football Team – at Detroit
  14. D’Andre Swift – Detroit Lions – vs. Washington
  15. Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals – at Pittsburgh
  16. Kareem Hunt – Cleveland Browns – vs. Houston
  17. Melvin Gordon – Denver Broncos – at Las Vegas
  18. David Montgomery – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
  19. Leonard Fournette – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
  20. Justin Jackson – Los Angeles Chargers – at Miami
  21. Damien Harris – New England Patriots – vs. Baltimore
  22. David Johnson – Houston Texans – at Cleveland
  23. Zack Moss – Buffalo Bills – at Arizona
  24. Jonathan Taylor – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
  25. Darrell Henderson – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
  26. Tevin Coleman – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
  27. J.D. McKissic – Washington Football Team – at Detroit
  28. Wayne Gallman – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
  29. Chase Edmonds – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Buffalo
  30. Jordan Wilkins – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
  31. Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
  32. Latavius Murray – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
  33. Malcolm Brown – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
  34. Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
  35. Phillip Lindsay – Denver Broncos – at Las Vegas
  36. Jordan Howard – Miami Dolphins – vs. LA Chargers
  37. J.K. Dobbins – Baltimore Ravens – at New England
  38. Kalen Ballage – Los Angeles Chargers – at Miami
  39. Duke Johnson – Houston Texans – at Cleveland
  40. Cordarrelle Patterson – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota

Thoughts:

  • With David Johnson exiting last week’s game with a concussion and his status for this week uncertain (I am proceeding as if he will be sidelined but ranking him in case it changes), that brings us to Duke Johnson. Is there any value to be found? To this point the best thing we can say about David Johnson is the fact that he has a steady role in Houston’s offense with 103 carries, but with 408 yards and 3 TD his performance hasn’t exactly stood out. The problem is that Duke Johnson didn’t exactly make an impact last week with 16 carries for 41 yards and 1 TD while catching four passes for another 32 yards. For better or worse the volume will be there but with a combined 204 yards on the season, our expectations should be limited.
  • Don’t give up on JK Dobbins, at least on your rosters. At this point there are a lot of questions surrounding the rookie and I just can’t stomach sending him to the waiver wire, but he also isn’t showing enough to be in your starting lineups. While he should get somewhat of a pass for last week against a stingy Colts defense as he gained just 30 yards on 12 carries, it is a crowded backfield. Lamar Jackson finishing with double digit carries each week doesn’t help Dobbins’ case while Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram also play a role. With Ingram sidelined no one was able to take advantage and that has been the case all season with no one emerging.
  • One or the other… It’s still too early in the week to determine whether or not Kenyan Drake will take the field, but if not Chase Edmonds can handle things just fine. With 512 yards and 5 TD it’s hard to argue with Drake’s performance, but the fact that he has just 29 receiving yards is a bit curious. Assuming that he is not available it will be the second straight week for Edmonds to carry the load. While no one is going to argue with their running back getting 25 carries, it didn’t exactly suit Edmonds in the best manner as he gained just 70 yards. There is the track record, in small bursts, but Drake is the better option while both deserve a spot in your starting lineup without the other one with Edmonds having FLEX appeal regardless.
  • With Washington falling behind early, the running game was phased out pretty quickly with Antonio Gibson carrying the ball just six times for 20 yards. The rookie did find the end zone while also catching three passes for 35 yards so overall it was a solid performance. This was on the heels of the best game of hiss young career prior to Washington’s bye week as he carried the ball 20 times for 128 yards and 1 TD. Prior to that, Gibson’s career best performance was 13 carries for 55 yards so it was nice to see what he is capable of at his best. The fact that he has five rushing touchdowns is a good sign as he shows the ability to find the end zone while also catching 22 passes. Gibson gets the benefit of facing the Lions and their league worse run defense this week.
  • Another running back whose status is currently in question as he is in the concussion protocol is David Montgomery. With 472 rushing yards and 1 TD things certainly could have gone better for him but you can’t argue with the role. Without him then we ask who is next? Ryan Nall has yet to carry the ball this season but that will likely change as he caught four passes for 35 yards and 1 TD last week after Montgomery’s injury after catching two passes for four yards previously. Things will likely be done unconventionally and Cordarrelle Patterson (17 carries for 105 yards) and Artavis Pierce (zero touches) are names to keep on your radar.
  • At this point Devin Singletary is really just left for the deepest of leagues when we are talking about your starting lineups. Last week he had just two carries (for one yard) while catching three passes for 33 yards. The problem is that wasn’t too much of an outlier as he has just 386 yards and 1 TD on the season. With 18 rushing yards Zack Moss didn’t have the best of games either but he did carry the ball nine times as the tides are changing in Buffalo’s backfield. Moss did score his third touchdown of the season though and it was a good sign to see him catch two passes for 30 yards. That came after Moss carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards and 2 TD against New England the week prior as he is clearly the running back to target.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 10 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



2 COMMENTS

  1. Both Duke Johnson and Giovanni Bernard are available. I may be desperate for a sub if Carson does not play. Which one do you think has the best chance of being the lead back? or will be the better play if Mixon or David Johnson are out? Should I be ok dumping Singletary in speculation of one of these playing? Brieda could also be an option.

    Thanks.

    • I wouldn’t want to drop Singletary, though I don’t trust him either. I guess I’d lean Bernard, but obviously only if Mixon is out

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