Getting the most out of your week 10 RB picks on daily fantasy football sites like Draftkings and Fanduel will require you to identify key matchups as well as utilizing players with the most value. Value is determined by comparing a player's average productions to their daily fantasy football salary price. The players with the highest of these values are ones that should be further considered for your lineup. In this article, I have grouped together a list of week 10 running backs with value who also happen to be facing a favorable opponent. This article mostly focuses on DraftKings and presents the current player salary for week 10 RBs but the same arguments can be made for choosing any of the following players for Fanduel.
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DeMarco Murray ($8,600) Dallas@Jacksonville
Yes, he still has a relatively high salary on DraftKings, but he likely will be worth every virtual penny in week 10 despite not having Tony Romo in the game. If you can manage to save some money on other players in your lineup, you can squeeze in the best back in football against a mismatched opponent. He's actually priced a little lower than he has been in recent weeks but he still has potential to have a ridiculous game statistically against the Jaguars. Don't be surprised if you pay up for this week 10 RB pick and he gives you over 35 fantasy points.
At $6,700 on DraftKings, Lynch still has good value for a top tier RB
Marshawn Lynch ($6,700) New York Giants@Seattle
Lynch got a bump in price from last week and it's completely justified given how he has been playing recently. In week 9, Seattle faced one of the weaker defensive teams against running backs and as predicted, Lynch went Beast Mode. The Giants are a bit better against running backs than Oakland is, but you can still expect a productive week.
Ronnie Hillman ($6,100) Denver@Oakland
This is similar to what Lynch's situation was like last week. Lynch was priced at $6,100 and facing the Raiders and he really delivered value for anyone who had him in their lineup. I expect a similar result in week 10, except this game will probably be a blowout.
Jeremy Hill ($5,900) Cleveland@Cincinnati
Hill's numbers exploded in week 9 against the Jaguars and will be the go to guy in Cincinnati for a while considering Giovani Bernard's injury. The price, upside and matchup makes him such a tempting player to pick for your lineup.
LeSean McCoy ($5,600) Carolina@Philadelphia
One of the best in the game is still priced so low this week and considering the matchup, this pick has huge potential. Carolina ranks second to last in the NFL for fantasy points scored against them by running backs. They are, however, trending the other direction in recent weeks but still find themselves in the bottom 10 in the last 3 weeks.
Forsett makes for a good 50/50 play in week 10 because of his value, consistency and matchup
Justin Forsett ($5,000) Tennessee@Baltimore
Forsett has kind of been running under the radar a bit all year and some may be surprised that he actually has the 5th most rushing yards this year. Consistent, is the best word to describe his play which is what you need in a 50/50. Forsett has averaged 14.7 fantasy points in home games and 15.3 in away games and can reliably be counted on for at least that against the Titans who are trending downward in the last 3 weeks against the run.
Darren Sproles ($4,800) Carolina@Philadelphia
If McCoy has an amazing game, then Sproles probably won't but there is a chance that it's his night to shine against the Carolina defense. If you pick Sproles over McCoy, you are probably taking more of a chance but he could make for a good tournament play this week if it's him who has the better day. This isn't too far fetched because it has already happened this season.
Bobby Rainey ($4,400) Atlanta@Tampa Bay
Another battle of the bad defenses will put both team's running backs in position to have good games in week 10. The Rain Man had 87 yards rushing and 34 yards receiving against Cleveland but this week places him at home with an even more favorable matchup.
Steven Jackson ($4,300) Atlanta@Tampa Bay
On the other side of the ball you have a guy who actually had a decent game against the Lions in week 9. This week however, he faces a much more forgiving opponent. If you're looking to save money somewhere on your lineup or looking for that player that makes your lineup unique then you should consider Jackson. If Antone Smith ends up playing, then you might go that route instead to really give your tournament lineup some distinction. Smith may not even play this week and if he does he may not get the bulk of the touches but he is over $1,000 cheaper and has higher fantasy potential.
Terrance West ($3,700) Cleveland@Cincinnati
Terrance West finds himself in the grouping instead of Ben Tate mostly because West is much less expensive on DraftKings but also in part because of what was seen in week 9. West got the bulk of the carries against Tampa Bay over Tate. This trend may carry through against the Bengals who are the last in a line of recently favorably RB machups for the Browns. West showed a lot of promise and played very well when Tate was out but has had limited play since his return. Expect the Browns to give him a little more action on Thursday night.
I expect one of these guys to produce in week 10 but it's probably a coin flip guess as to which one it would be. Stewart has done more when he has played compared to Williams who came back off of injury last week against the Saints. The matchup against the Eagles on Monday night is good for Carolina running backs in general who, over the last 3 weeks, have been the 4th worst team defense when it comes to giving up fantasy points to RBs.
Results from week 9 projections:
- Marshawn Lynch 31.3 Fantasy Points
- Ahmad Bradshaw 10.9 Fantasy Points
- Ronnie Hillman 25.3 Fantasy Points
- Mark Ingram 27 Fantasy Points
- LeSean McCoy 16.3 Fantasy Points
- Denard Robinson 18.4 Fantasy Points
- Bobby Rainey 13.1 Fantasy Points
- Ben Tate 7.2 Fantasy Points
- Jonathan Stewart 4.6 Fantasy Points