Fantasy football: Five running backs to avoid in Week 10

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Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary should be kept out of fantasy football lineups this week, if possible. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

MIAMI, Nov. 9 (UPI) — Dalvin Cook and Devin Singletary are among my five running backs to avoid for Week 10 of the fantasy football season. Christian McCaffrey leads my Top 30 weekly rankings for the position.

James Conner, Melvin Gordon and Najee Harris are among the other players I would lower my expectations for or try to keep out of my lineup.

Week 9 performance, opportunity, strength of Week 10 opponents and expected game script are among the factors I considered when determining the players to avoid. My full Top 30 rankings are below.

Joe Mixon, Rhamondre Stevenson, Michael Carter and Kenyan Drake are among the players who should be benched as the Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens serve Week 10 byes.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook failed to average Top 5 fantasy football production so far this season. File Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI

Dalvin Cook

Cook is a perennial early first-round draft pick in fantasy football, but isn’t performing like one as of late. The Minnesota Vikings running back ranks outside the Top 12 in fantasy points per game over the last four weeks.

Cook only reached the 100-rushing-yard mark once through the first nine weeks of the season. He salvaged his fantasy football stock with six scores over his last six games.

This week, the Vikings will face the Buffalo Bills. The Bills tied for allowing the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs through nine weeks. Cook still needs to be in lineups, but I don’t expect an elite performance. He is my No. 15 play for Week 10.

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner can still be used this week in fantasy football, but I wouldn’t expect high-end production. File Photo by Mark Black/UPI

James Conner

Conner did not surpass 55 rushing yards in any of his six appearances this season. He also scored just one touchdown and is getting a somewhat limited workload from the Arizona Cardinals.

This week, Conner and the Cardinals will battle the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs. They also allowed just three rushing touchdowns to the position through nine weeks.

Look for the Rams to shutdown this running game and force the Cardinals to throw. Conner, my No. 17 option, can still be used as an RB2, but probably needs to score to be fantasy football relevant.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) is outside the Top 25 of my Week 10 fantasy football rankings. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI

Najee Harris

Harris continues to struggle in real life football and fantasy football, disappointing his stock owners. He is my No. 26 option this week and should be avoided in lineups if possible.

Harris did not eclipse 74 rushing yards in any of his eight starts this season. He also scored just one rushing touchdown.

This week, the Steelers will get a decent matchup against the New Orleans Saints, but I would stay away from Harris due to what could be a limited workload.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin hinted earlier this week that backup Jaylen Warren could get more work going forward. Warren has looked much more explosive so far this season and could provide a spark to the Steelers offense.

Harris should only be used as a low-end RB2 or flex play, but needs a touchdown to pay off.

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary (R) is a low-ceiling fantasy football option in Week 10. File Photo by Corey Sipkin/UPI

Devin Singletary

Singletary remains the Bills starting running back, but probably shouldn’t be a weekly staple of fantasy football lineups.

Singletary totaled 48 yards on 12 touches in Week 9. This week, the Bills will face the Vikings. The Vikings allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs through nine weeks. They also allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game to the position.

Look for the Bills to get other running backs involved in this game, especially if injured quarterback Josh Allen can’t play. That split workload also could hinder Singletary’s value.

Singletary is my No. 29 option and his low ceiling makes him an uninspiring option for Week 10.

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (25) should not be started this week in fantasy football leagues. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI

Melvin Gordon III

Gordon is not inside my Top 30 running back rankings. The Denver Broncos veteran scored his first touchdown of the season in Week 8, before a Week 9 bye. He also hasn’t eclipsed 58 rushing yards in any game this season.

Gordon averaged just 8.2 carries per game over his last five appearances. I expect another timeshare workload from Broncos running backs this week against a tough Tennessee Titans defense.

The Titans allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs through nine weeks. They also allowed just 67.8 rushing yards per game to the position, the second-fewest in the NFL,

Week 10 fantasy football running back rankings

1. Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers vs. LAC

2. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans vs. DEN

3. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns at MIA

4. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles vs. WAS

5. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants vs. HOU

6. Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars at KC

7. Dameon Pierce, Houston Texans at NYG

8. Kenneth Walker III, Seattle Seahawks at TB

9. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints at PIT

10. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers at SF

11. Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions at CHI

12. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders vs. IND

13. D’Onta Foreman, Carolina Panthers vs. ATL

14. Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins vs. CLE

15. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings at BUF

16. Cordarelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons at CAR

17. James Conner, Arizona Cardinals at LAR

18. Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys at GB

19. Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. SEA

20. Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears vs. DET

21. Brian Robinson Jr., Washington Commanders at PHI

22. A.J. Dillon, Green Bay Packers vs. DAL

23. D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions at CHI

24. Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns at MIA

25. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers vs. DAL

26. Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. NO

27. Rachaad White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. SEA

28. Darrell Henderson Jr., Los Angeles Rams vs. ARI

29. Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills vs. MIN

30. Clyde Edwards-Helarie, Kansas City Chiefs vs. JAX

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson throws against the New Orleans Saints at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans on November 7, 2022. The Ravens beat the Saints 27-13. Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI | License Photo

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