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Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 10

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Zac Stacy

Zac Stacy

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.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: Cleveland, Kansas City, New England, New York Jets

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Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Adrian Peterson

MIN

vs. WAS (Thurs.)

Broke out (140, TD) vs. Cowboys last week.

2

Matt Forte

CHI

vs. DET

Came up big on MNF (179 total yds., TD) vs. GB.

3

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

at ATL

Back to Beast Mode (125 yds.) vs. Bucs.

4

Eddie Lacy

GB

vs. PHI

Will be leaned on even more w/ Rodgers out.

5

Reggie Bush

DET

at CHI

Bears gave up 199 yards rushing to GB on MNF.

6

Knowshon Moreno

DEN

at SD

Chargers allowing nearly five yards per carry.

7

LeSean McCoy

PHI

at GB

Just 44 yds. rushing, but caught 1st TD vs. Raiders.

8

Alfred Morris

WAS

at MIN (Thurs.)

Season-high 25 carries, 121 yards vs. Chargers.

9

Chris Johnson

TEN

vs. JAC

CJ finally broke through (150, 2 TD) vs. Rams.

10

Zac Stacy

STL

at IND

Rookie has 261 yards rushing over last 2 games.

11

C.J. Spiller

BUF

at PIT

Broke off 61-yard run last week vs. Chiefs.

12

Frank Gore

SF

vs. CAR

Panthers are No. 2 in NFL vs. rush.

13

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

vs. BUF

Posted season-best 65 yards receiving vs. NE.

14

DeMarco Murray

DAL

at NO

Returned from knee injury, had just 31 yds. rushing.

15

Fred Jackson

BUF

at PIT

Steelers allowing 131.3 yards rushing per game.

16

Mike James

TB

vs. MIA (Mon.)

Rookie gashed Seahawks for 158 yards rushing.

17

Giovani Bernard

CIN

at BAL

Averaged 8.8 ypc w/ 2 TDs vs. Dolphins last week.

18

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

at TEN

Titans are 26th against the run.

19

Danny Woodhead

SD

vs. DEN

Late rushing TD overturned by replay last week.

20

Pierre Thomas

NO

vs. DAL

In line for more work if Sproles (concussion) out.

21

Lamar Miller

MIA

at TB (Mon.)

Season-high 105 yards on 16 carries vs. Bengals.

22

Andre Ellington

ARI

vs. HOU

Rushed for 154 (incl. 80-yard TD) in last game.

23

Ray Rice

BAL

vs. CIN

On pace for only 555 yards rushing.

24

Ryan Mathews

SD

vs. DEN

Ran for only 34 yards, after 212 in previous 2 games.

25

Steven Jackson

ATL

vs. SEA

Can SJax gash struggling 'Hawks rush D?

26

Ben Tate

HOU

at ARI

Rushed for 81 yards w/ four broken ribs vs. Colts.

27

Trent Richardson

IND

vs. STL

Just 20 yards rushing on eight carries vs. Texans.

28

Andre Brown

NYG

vs. OAK

Expected to make season debut this week.

29

Darren Sproles

NO

vs. DAL

Sustained concussion vs. Jets, monitor status.

30

Rashad Jennings

OAK

at NYG

Went for 102 yards after McFadden got hurt.

31

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

at BAL

Led team with 21 carries (72 yds.) vs. Dolphins.

32

James Starks

GB

vs. PHI

Second straight game w/ TD backing up Lacy.

33

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

at SF

Stewart's return meant less work for Williams.

34

Mike Tolbert

CAR

at SF

Picked up 4th rushing TD of season vs. Falcons.

35

Donald Brown

IND

vs. STL

Led Colts with 49 yards rushing on just six carries.

36

Shonn Greene

TEN

vs. JAC

Picked up rushing TD despite CJ's big day.

37

Rashard Mendenhall

ARI

vs. HOU

How many touches will he take from Ellington?

38

Joique Bell

DET

at CHI

 

39

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

at SF

Led team with 43 yards rushing in first game of '13.

40

Daniel Thomas

MIA

at TB (Mon.)

Got 12 carries, but only 38 yards vs. Bengals.

41

Jacquizz Rodgers

ATL

vs. SEA

SJax' struggles keeping 'Quizz a factor.

42

Roy Helu

WAS

at MIN (Thurs.)

Inconsistent use makes him hard to trust.

43

Dennis Johnson

HOU

at ARI

His role dependent on health of Foster/Tate.

44

Mark Ingram

NO

vs. DAL

May get another chance if Sproles (concussion) is out.

45

Montee Ball

DEN

at SD

Will rookie have bigger role coming off of bye?

46

Peyton Hillis

NYG

vs. OAK

May be odd man out with Jacobs and Brown back.

47

Kendall Hunter

SF

vs. CAR

 

48

Brandon Jacobs

NYG

vs. OAK

Did bye allow enough time for hamstring to heal?

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
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

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

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