With only four weeks left in the fantasy regular season for the majority of leagues, fantasy owners need wins to make sure they advance to the playoffs. With several key running backs banged up, it makes lineup decisions difficult.
For Week 10, a few running backs are the definition of questionable, so fantasy owners need to check the inactive report prior to that specific player’s game. And even though there are four teams on bye compared to six each of the past two weeks, this also limits the player pool when it comes to other options.
These running backs have already been ruled out: Tevin Coleman, Jacquizz Rodgers, DeAngelo Williams and Thomas Rawls. Be sure to get the latest on wide receiver and quarterback/tight end injuries before setting your lineup.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis, Oakland
Note: All games are on Sunday, Nov. 13 and all times are ET.
Todd Gurley (thigh), RB, Los Angeles Rams at New York Jets, 1 p.m.
It's hard to say exactly how serious Gurley's injury is based on the practice reports. After missing practice Wednesday and Thursday, fantasy owners were nervous. He did practice on Friday and seems to be good to go for Sunday, but Gurley's performance this year has been underwhelming at best. He faces a tough matchup against the Jets and clearly isn't at 100 percent. He hasn't had more than 60 rushing yards in the past three games. While the receptions and receiving yards have helped Gurley's fantasy totals, he is still a RB2.
Doug Martin (hamstring), RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
For weeks, Martin has been listed among those players already ruled out. Fantasy owners had a glimmer of hope on Wednesday when he showed up on the practice field. He put in limited practices Wednesday and Thursday and a full practice on Friday. He hasn't played in a game since Week 2. While there is a very real chance that Martin plays in Week 10, he almost certainly won't have a full workload. Fantasy owners would be wise to keep Martin on the bench for Week 10 and hold out hope for the rest of the season. The Bucs have a great fantasy playoff schedule for those looking ahead (play the Saints in Weeks 14 and 16) so now might even been a good time to try to trade for him.
Carlos Hyde (shoulder), RB, San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.
As of Thursday, Hyde was not cleared for contact following the shoulder injury that has kept him out since Week 6. He's shaping up to be a true game-time decision. If Hyde is out, DuJuan Harris will be the featured back. Even if Hyde is active, expect Harris to have some sort of role. In Week 9, Harris had 10 carries for 59 yards and five receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. However, the Cardinals figure to be a tougher opponent than the Saints. Even if Hyde is active this week, he should remain on fantasy benches until he is proven healthy. Harris is a RB2.
James Starks (knee), RB, Green Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
With Ty Montgomery filling in nicely at running back (and even has been granted RB eligibility in many fantasy leagues), the Packers’ backfield could get another boost with the return of Starks. He was able to put in limited practices this week, which does put him on track to play in Week 10. However, he will likely be on a snap count as he makes his way back. He hasn't played since Week 5, where he saw a season-high 12 carries (which he turned into 33 yards). He also added three receptions in that game for 19 yards. Starks is worth picking up and stashing, but not starting this week.
Christine Michael (hamstring), RB, Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots, 8:30 p.m.
Fantasy owners watching the practice reports all week would have noticed that Michael did not appear until Friday, which is sometimes cause for concern. He was limited on Friday because of a hamstring injury, but it’s not like he’s been providing a ton of production lately either. He had a grand total of one rushing yards in Week 9 and has been getting fewer carries over the past four weeks. C.J. Prosise has been more involved and Thomas Rawls could be back for Week 11. Between the injury and the current state of Seattle’s backfield, Michael is a very risky play for Week 10 and may soon end up as waiver wire fodder.
Dion Lewis (knee), RB, New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m.
Lewis, like Ladarius Green, does not appear on the official injury report because he is still on the PUP list. However, Lewis was activated and added to New England’s 53-man roster on Saturday and it is likely he will get on the field at some point tonight. The Patriots will ease Lewis back in to game action (see: Rob Gronkowski, Weeks 3 and 4), as James White has been filling Lewis’ role as the pass-catching back. Lewis is an explosive player when healthy, but fantasy owners haven't seen him play in nearly a year. Lewis should be owned in all leagues, but is still at least another week away from serious consideration as a starting option.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.