Zac Stacy isn't No. 1 on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 10 running back rankings, but the rookie is a top-10 option following back-to-back impressive performances. After posting 134 yards rushing on "Monday Night Football" against Seattle in Week 8, Stacy followed that up with 127 yards on the ground this past Sunday against Tennessee. Next up for Stacy is a road trip to Indianapolis to play the Colts, who are allowing 125 yards rushing per game.
Another running back who went for more than 100 yards last week was Adrian Peterson. After gaining 150 yards rushing in his previous three games combined, the reigning MVP busted out against Dallas for 140 yards, including an impressive 11-yard touchdown in which he carried several would-be Cowboy tacklers into the end zone. So while Stacy has recorded back-to-back 100-yard games, the first of his career, Peterson has three this season and a total of 40 since making his NFL debut in 2007. He could add to that total on Thursday when the Vikings host the Redskins. Washington is giving up 117 yards rushing per game, one of the reasons why "All Day" is our No. 1 running back in Week 10.
The other storyline involving running backs this week is, once again, injuries. Arian Foster (back), Darren McFadden (hamstring) and Darren Sproles (concussion) all left their games early last week because of an injury. All three are very questionable to play in Week 10, which could mean more opportunities for Ben Tate, Rashad Jennings and Pierre Thomas, respectively. It also means if you own any of these backs you need to pay close attention to the injury reports before setting your lineup.
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2013 NFL Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: Cleveland, Kansas City, New England, New York Jets
vs. WAS (Thurs.)
Broke out (140, TD) vs. Cowboys last week.
Came up big on MNF (179 total yds., TD) vs. GB.
Back to Beast Mode (125 yds.) vs. Bucs.
Will be leaned on even more w/ Rodgers out.
Bears gave up 199 yards rushing to GB on MNF.
Chargers allowing nearly five yards per carry.
Just 44 yds. rushing, but caught 1st TD vs. Raiders.
at MIN (Thurs.)
Season-high 25 carries, 121 yards vs. Chargers.
CJ finally broke through (150, 2 TD) vs. Rams.
Rookie has 261 yards rushing over last 2 games.
Broke off 61-yard run last week vs. Chiefs.
Panthers are No. 2 in NFL vs. rush.
Posted season-best 65 yards receiving vs. NE.
Returned from knee injury, had just 31 yds. rushing.
Steelers allowing 131.3 yards rushing per game.
vs. MIA (Mon.)
Rookie gashed Seahawks for 158 yards rushing.
Averaged 8.8 ypc w/ 2 TDs vs. Dolphins last week.
Titans are 26th against the run.
Late rushing TD overturned by replay last week.
In line for more work if Sproles (concussion) out.
at TB (Mon.)
Season-high 105 yards on 16 carries vs. Bengals.
Rushed for 154 (incl. 80-yard TD) in last game.
On pace for only 555 yards rushing.
Ran for only 34 yards, after 212 in previous 2 games.
Can SJax gash struggling 'Hawks rush D?
Rushed for 81 yards w/ four broken ribs vs. Colts.
Just 20 yards rushing on eight carries vs. Texans.
Expected to make season debut this week.
Sustained concussion vs. Jets, monitor status.
Went for 102 yards after McFadden got hurt.
Led team with 21 carries (72 yds.) vs. Dolphins.
Second straight game w/ TD backing up Lacy.
Stewart's return meant less work for Williams.
Picked up 4th rushing TD of season vs. Falcons.
Led Colts with 49 yards rushing on just six carries.
Picked up rushing TD despite CJ's big day.
How many touches will he take from Ellington?
Led team with 43 yards rushing in first game of '13.
at TB (Mon.)
Got 12 carries, but only 38 yards vs. Bengals.
SJax' struggles keeping 'Quizz a factor.
at MIN (Thurs.)
Inconsistent use makes him hard to trust.
His role dependent on health of Foster/Tate.
May get another chance if Sproles (concussion) is out.
Will rookie have bigger role coming off of bye?
May be odd man out with Jacobs and Brown back.
Did bye allow enough time for hamstring to heal?
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
Additional Week 10 Positional Rankings