Week 10 of the NFL season is right around the corner, and fantasy football owners everywhere are trying to optimize their lineups. Deciding on who to start and sit isn’t easy, especially when a player like Latavius Murray has to share snaps with Alvin Kamara. Let’s take a dive into all of the best start/sit matchups of the week to put together the best possible lineup.
Latavius Murray, Joe Mixon Highlight Fantasy Football Week 10 Running Back Start/Sits
Start: Latavius Murray
Alvin Kamara is back, but Latavius Murray is still going to have some fantasy football value. After looking like a bust early in the season, Murray proved to be one of the most unstoppable running backs in the league with Kamara nursing an injury. During his two games as a starter, Murray recorded a combined 221 rushing yards to go along with 14 receptions for 86 yards and a combined four touchdowns.
Murray obviously isn’t going to put together that type of stat line with Kamara back in the fold, but he’s going to remain an active part of the gameplan. Head coach Sean Payton loves to use two running backs, as Kamara and Mark Ingram were both fantasy stars for most of 2017 and 2018. Look for Murray to fill the Mark Ingram role moving forward and be a smart RB2/flex play.
Sit: Kalen Ballage
Kalen Ballage is essentially the only running back in the Miami Dolphins backfield, but that’s still not enough for him to be a smart start in fantasy. Ballage simply isn’t an NFL-caliber running back, and the Miami Dolphins have one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Ballage won’t have any running lanes, and he’s not good enough to create yards on his own.
Even if he was, the Dolphins are probably going to be trailing for the vast majority of their matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. The Dolphins are going to throw the ball, and Ballage isn’t good in the passing game. Unless you’re truly desperate, you should look somewhere else for running back help.
Start: Damien Williams
The Kansas City Chiefs running back carousel continues to spin, but Damien Williams appears to be atop the depth chart at this point in time. Last week, Williams recorded 12 carries for 125 rushing yards and one touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. LeSean McCoy, meanwhile, recorded just three carries for nine yards.
It’s worth noting that 91 of Williams’ 125 rushing yards came on one play. However, the fact remains that Williams is seeing considerably more time on the field than McCoy. This usage pattern should continue, making Williams the guy to play in fantasy football. Andy Reid can turn anyone into a starting-caliber running back, so Williams should be a solid RB2 with decent upside.
Sit: Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon is one of the more talented running backs in the league, but talent can only take you so far. The Cincinnati Bengals are an absolute train wreck, making it impossible for Mixon to have any sort of fantasy relevance. The Bengals have arguably the worst offensive line in the league, never hold a lead, and have zero difference makers on the offensive side. This makes it all-but-impossible for any running back to succeed, but now Mixon has to deal with a quarterback change. Say what you will about Andy Dalton, but he’s probably better than fourth-round rookie Ryan Finley. Unless something dramatically changes, it’s hard to imagine Mixon finding a way back to fantasy relevance.
Start: Ronald Jones
Ronald Jones is the guy in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield. Peyton Barber put up quite a fight, but head coach Bruce Arians appears to be all-in on Jones and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich says Jones is “coming into his own”. The Bucs are still going to use Barber in a complementary role, but Jones is going to be the primary star of the backfield.
Jones only has two games all season where he played in over 33% of the offensive snaps. In those games, Jones averages 68.5 yards per game, one touchdown, and 1.5 receptions for 14 yards. He should be a safe bet for 15-20 combined touches and should be efficient with his opportunities.
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