Here are my top 40 running backs for Week 10 (standard-scoring leagues).
This countdown doesn't lean on a particular stat. It's merely an educated best guess of which rushers will tally the most prolific combination of total yards and touchdowns this weekend.
NOTE: The Redskins, Packers, Cardinals and Browns are all on byes.
Top 40 Backs For Week 10
1. Adrian Peterson vs. Detroit
2. Ray Rice vs. Oakland
3. Doug Martin vs. San Diego
4. LeSean McCoy vs. Dallas
5. Arian Foster @ Chicago
6. Marshawn Lynch vs. N.Y. Jets
7. Matt Forte vs. Houston
8. Stevan Ridley vs. Buffalo
9. Michael Turner @ New Orleans
10. Frank Gore vs. St. Louis
11. Reggie Bush vs. Tennessee
12. C.J. Spiller @ New England
13. Isaac Redman vs. Kansas City
14. Chris Johnson @ Miami
15. Ryan Mathews @ Tampa Bay
16. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Cincinnati
17. Mikel Leshoure @ Minnesota
18. Rashad Jennings vs. Indianapolis
19. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. N.Y. Giants
20. Willis McGahee @ Carolina
21. Jamaal Charles @ Pittsburgh
22. Vick Ballard @ Jacksonville
23. Shonn Greene @ Seattle
24. Steven Jackson @ San Francisco
25. Jonathan Stewart vs. Denver
26. Marcel Reece @ Baltimore (assuming Darren McFadden sits)
27. Felix Jones @ Philadelphia (ditto for DeMarco Murray)
28. Shane Vereen vs. Buffalo
29. Jonathan Dwyer vs. Kansas City
30. Pierre Thomas vs. Atlanta
31. Fred Jackson @ New England
32. Taiwan Jones @ Baltimore
33. Joique Bell @ Minnesota
34. DeAngelo Williams vs. Denver
35. Daniel Thomas vs. Tennessee
36. Jacquizz Rodgers @ New Orleans
37. Michael Bush vs. Houston
38. Christoper Ivory vs. Atlanta
39. Kendall Hunter vs. St. Louis
40. Andre Brown @ Cincinnati
1. The fantasy optimist would look at rookie Doug Martin's No. 3 ranking as the ultimate show of respect. In turn, the pessimist would say that Martin (486 total yards, six TDs in his last two games) is getting hosed by a guru who's needlessly favoring Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice.
(Both sides would be right.)
2. Peterson warrants the top spot for two reasons:
He has rushed for 478 yards and four touchdowns in the last three weeks.
In five career home games against the Detroit Lions, Peterson boasts per-outing averages of 132.4 total yards and 1.4 touchdowns.
3. Speaking of home dominance, LeSean McCoy crushed the Dallas Cowboys for 200 total yards and two touchdowns at Philly last year. On a pleasant side note, McCoy has either 133 total yards or one touchdown in his last four games.
4. For this week, I'll buy into the notion of C.J. Spiller being a smarter play over Fred Jackson in terms of yardage and more goal-line touches. It also helps that Spiller garnered 100 total yards and one score at New England last season.
5. Since Week 5, the Bills have surrendered a staggering 202 rushing yards per game—a deflating factoid that does even not include the Patriots' Week 4 bludgeoning in Buffalo.
On Sept. 30, Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden combined for 243 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while vaulting New England to a 52-28 road romp.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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