NFL depth charts are always in a constant state of flux due to injuries, performance and at-times questionable coaching decisions. The RB position in particular can be tough to stay on top of, as an overwhelming majority of offenses have replaced a single three-down back with committees of various shapes and sizes.
The good news is we now have 10 weeks of regular season data to help clear up the ever-murky RB position.
Below is a Week 10 cheat sheet that denotes the snap rates as well as combined carries and targets for each team's top-two RBs from their last game.
What follows is a more specific breakdown of each team's backfield in order to better determine:
- Offenses that are featuring a single workhorse
- Fantasy-friendly committee backfields
- Situations that fantasy football owners should avoid
Opportunities refer to a player's combined carries and targets. All snap count and touch data was compiled from Pro Football Reference and refers to each player's season-long production. More recent workload information is available in the notes section.
- RB1: David Johnson (55% snap rate, 15.5 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Kenyan Drake (72%, 18 since joining the Cardinals)
Notes: Johnson returned in Week 10 after not playing more than three snaps in a game since Week 6. It went ... poorly:
- Drake: 64% snaps, 10-35-0 rushing, 6-6-0 receiving
- Johnson: 43% snaps, 5-2-0 rushing, 1-8-0 receiving
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that Johnson is "obviously" hampered by the ankle and back injuries. Kingsbury added that Johnson is "still working through those and getting a feel for it." More troubling was Kingsbury's admittance that Drake worked ahead of Johnson down the stretch because, "We just felt like with Drake, needed to get something going and kept him rolling." The Cardinals' first-year coach said he'll figure out the best role for both Johnson and Drake "over the next few weeks" and then "run with it."
Chase Edmonds (hamstring) remains without a timetable for return. Be sure to monitor our Week 11 Injury Dashboard for daily practice participation along with estimated and official game statuses for every injured player.
Johnson hasn't looked anything close to 100% for the better part of the last six weeks, consistently struggling to show any semblance of burst in attempts to capture the edge. Drake should be approached as the only fantasy-viable RB in this backfield ahead of the Cardinals' difficult Week 11 matchup against the 49ers.
- RB1: Devonta Freeman (63% snap rate, 16.8 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Brian Hill (11%, 6.4)
- RB3: Kenjon Barner (4%, 0.6)
- RB4: Qadree Ollison (0%, 0)
Notes: Freeman (foot) is reportedly at risk of missing a week or two. Coach Dan Quinn said he's "confident" that Hill can handle a lead role if Freeman is ultimately sidelined.
Hill has earned the right to work as the offense's featured back if Freeman is ruled out for Week 11. He averaged an absurd 7.9 yards per carry in 10 games with the Falcons in 2018, and he's demonstrated the ability to function as a fairly efficient option on both the ground (28-101-1 rushing in 2019) as well as through the air (3-24-1 receiving) this season. Hill out-played Ito Smith (concussion, IR) to a fairly-alarming degree in the preseason.
Hill generally runs like the entire defense said something mean about one of his close friends or family members.
Hill deserves to be the week's most-popular addition on the waiver wire ahead of a smash spot against the Panthers' 32nd-ranked defense in DVOA against the run (Football Outsiders). Barner might steal some targets, while Ollison is a threat to get some early-down work, but all signs indicate Hill should be playing more than half of the offense's snaps as long as Freeman remains sidelined.
- RB1: Mark Ingram (50% snap rate, 15.3 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Gus Edwards (31%, 7.4)
- RB3: Justice Hill (18%, 3.6)
Notes: Ingram is averaging a robust five yards per carry this season and had at least 13 touches in every game prior to last week's blowout win over the Bengals. Only Aaron Jones (11 rushing TDs), Christian McCaffrey (11) and Dalvin Cook (10) have found the end zone more times on the ground than Ingram (8) through 10 weeks. The lead back of the league's No. 1 scoring offense is an every-week RB2 regardless of the matchup.
Edwards doesn't have double-digit touches in a game since Week 1, while Hill hasn't surpassed even five combined carries and targets in a game since the season opener. They'd likely form a two-back committee with Edwards functioning as the lead early-down RB if Ingram were to ever miss any game action.
Of course, Lamar Jackson is essentially the team's true No. 1 RB. The MVP candidate is one of just 11 players with more than 75 rushing yards per contest this season.
- RB1: Devin Singletary (36% snap rate, 11.8 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Frank Gore (45%, 13.3)
- RB3: T.J. Yeldon (18%, 4.2)
Notes: Singletary has posted 68%, 66% and 67% snap rates over the past three weeks, but the third-round rookie had just eight carries in Week 10 while Josh Allen attempted a season-high 41 passes. The good news is that only Saquon Barkley (23 targets), Dalvin Cook (20), Jaylen Samuels (20) and Le'Veon Bell (18) have more targets than Singletary (17) over the past three weeks.
Gore has just 27 yards on 16 carries over the past two weeks and has slowly been phased out of the offense since Singletary got healthy. T.J. Yeldon has been a healthy scratch when Singletary has been active this season.
The entire offense is set up brilliantly against the Dolphins' putrid defense in Week 11. Fire up Singletary as a strong RB2 as the lead back of a 6.5-point favorite against the league's sixth-worst defense in fewest PPR per game allowed to the RB position. There's also a chance Gore gets fed considering both the potential for a blowout as well as the fact that the 36-year-old RB is just 73 rushing yards away from passing Barry Sanders for third on the all-time rushing leaderboard.
- RB1: Christian McCaffrey (94% snap rate, 27.1 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Reggie Bonnafon (6%, 1.7)
- RB3: Mike Davis (will make Panthers debut in Week 11)
Notes: McCaffrey has been nothing short of brilliant all season long. He's currently on pace to join a select list of ballers that have averaged at least 30 PPR per game during a single season in the history of the league:
- 2000 Marshall Faulk (32.9)
- 2002 Priest Holmes (31.6)
- 2001 Faulk (30.4)
- 2019 McCaffrey (30.3)
- 2006 LaDainian Tomlinson (30.2)
- 1942 Don Hutson (30.1)
The Panthers claimed former-Bears RB Mike Davis this week. Still, Davis could simply be a depth piece and special teams option more so than a clear handcuff. I'd be surprised if he steals much if any work away from McCaffrey, and I wouldn't expect a single RB to inherit CMC's monstrous workload if he were to miss any game action. We have oodles of evidence that no RB in the league is capable of providing the same rushing and receiving threat as McCaffrey, so it seems a bit silly to assume there's another back on the Panthers that would walk into this same workhorse role.
Continue to treat McCaffrey as the overall RB1 ahead of this week's smash spot against the Falcons. CMC has ripped off 5-28-0, 5-40-0, 14-102-0 and 12-77-0 receiving lines in four career games against the Panthers' divisional rival.
Notes: The Bears have continued to feed Montgomery a huge workload since the rookie received just four touches in the Bears' brutal loss to the Saints back in Week 7:
- Week 8: 74% snaps, 27 carries, 5 targets
- Week 9: 73% snaps, 14 carries, 4 targets
- Week 10: 60% snaps, 17 carries, 0 targets
This week's road matchup against the Rams' third-ranked defense in rush DVOA isn't ideal, but continue to treat Montgomery as a low-end RB2 based on volume alone. Only Dalvin Cook (86 touches since Week 8), Christian McCaffrey (71), Nick Chubb (67) and Chris Carson (66) have been featured more than Montgomery (65) over the past three weeks.
Cohen has stayed involved and posted a 53% snap rate last week, but he's been spending as much time lined up as a true WR as he has in the backfield. He's off the fantasy radar with just seven touches in each of the last three weeks.
Mike Davis played fewer than five snaps in all but one game from Weeks 3-9. His release doesn't impact either Montgomery or Cohen.
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- RB1: Joe Mixon (56% snap rate, 17.7 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Giovani Bernard (42%, 6.7)
- RB3: Samaje Perine (1%, 0)
Notes: Mixon took advantage of Bernard (knee) missing most of Week 10, setting season-high marks in snap rate (76%) as well as touches (32). Mixon hadn't managed to post a 65% snap rate in Weeks 1-9 after reaching that threshold in 11-of-14 games last season.
The Bengals clearly don't trust Ryan Finley: The fourth-round rookie attempted just 30 passes in a 49-13 loss to the Ravens last week. The potential for Bernard to join A.J. Green (ankle) on the sideline sets up Mixon to work as the offense's complete focal point in Week 11 against the Raiders.
There's a low floor for everyone involved in the league's 29th-ranked scoring offense, but volume remains king in fantasy football. Treat Mixon as a low-end RB2 against the Raiders' pass-funnel defense. Perine will likely work as the offense's clear-cut No. 2 RB if Bernard is ultimately sidelined.
- RB1: Nick Chubb (74% snap rate, 23.3 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Kareem Hunt (54%, 13 in season debut)
- RB3: Dontrell Hilliard (19%, 3.4)
- RB4: D'Ernest Johnson (7%, 1.2)
Notes: The Browns featured the following snap and touch distributions with Hunt making his season debut in Week 10:
- Chubb: 81% snaps, 20 carries, 4 targets
- Hunt: 54% snaps, 4 carries, 9 targets
- Hilliard: 11% snaps, 0 carries, 0 targets
- Johnson: 1% snaps, 0 carries, 0 targets
Note that the Browns managed to get Chubb and Hunt on the field at the same time for plenty of plays. Overall, Hunt played a career-high 14 snaps in the slot or out wide. He never surpassed even 10-such snaps in a game during his time with the Chiefs.
Chubb has at least 20 touches in all but one game and has been the best player on the Browns Offense this season. Hunt led the league in broken tackles in 2017 and was on pace to do so again in 2018 (PFF). Both are more than worthy of full-time roles in any offense, and it tentatively appears like coach Freddie Kitchens plans on attempting to make this a reality in Cleveland. Continue to fire up Chubb as an every-week RB1, while Hunt can be treated as an upside RB3 with this type of pass-game work.
Notes: The Vikings bottled up Elliott and the Cowboys' run game in Week 10, holding Zeke to just 47 yards on 20 carries. The good news for everyone involved is that the Lions aren't in the same conversation as Minnesota when it comes to rush defense, particularly while defensive linemen Mike Daniels (foot), Damon Harrison (groin), A'Shawn Robinson (ankle), Da'shawn Hand (ankle), Kevin Strong (ribs) and Romeo Okwara (groin) are all banged up and figure to be operating at less than 100% if active Sunday.
Elliott's passing game usage has been fairly hit or miss all season, but continue to treat the bell-cow RB of one of the league's best offenses as a matchup-proof RB1.
Pollard is averaging a league-high 3.92 yards after contact per rush this season, but doesn't have more than five touches in a game that the Cowboys haven't won by multiple scores. He's nothing more than a potential league-winning handcuff.
Notes: The first game of the Brandon Allen "era" worked out well enough for the Broncos back in Week 9, as they secured a 24-19 win over the Browns. Still, the Broncos somehow ran just 50 plays, so nether Lindsay (9 carries, 0 targets) nor Freeman (5 carries, 1 target) received anything resembling fantasy-friendly usage despite basically splitting snaps right down the middle as they've done all season.
The Broncos haven't scored more than 24 points in a game through nine weeks. Fantasy owners can live with two-back committees, but both Lindsay and Freeman will continue to boast low weekly floors in the Broncos' 28th-ranked scoring offense that figures to continue to attempt to limit the number of plays that their inexperienced QB is exposed to.
It's tough to get behind either Freeman or Lindsay as anything more than RB3s in consecutive brutal road matchups against the Vikings and Bills.
- RB1: Ty Johnson (28% snap rate, 6.8 opportunities per game)
- RB2: J.D. McKissic (27%, 6)
- RB3: Paul Perkins (4%, 3.5)
Notes: Johnson is in the concussion protocol and should be considered questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Cowboys.
The Lions rolled with the following backfield snap and touch distribution last week:
- McKissic: 70% snaps, 10 carries, 7 targets
- Perkins: 18% snaps, 7 carries, 1 target
- Johnson: 14% snaps, 5 carries, 1 target
- Nick Bawden: 13% snaps, 0 carries, 1 target
Note that Bawden is a fullback.
Perkins has gained 29 yards on 13 carries this season and doesn't figure to compete for anything more than a handful of touches per game.
It wouldn't be surprising to see the Lions add a free agent RB this week, but McKissic is shaping up as a true value if nothing changes. The Cowboys haven't been a defense to fear on the ground this season, and McKissic offers enough pass-down ability to provide enhanced production through the air if the Lions face negative game script.
Green Bay Packers
Notes: The Packers have "freed" Jones thanks to a fantasy-friendly pass-game role for much of the season, but he's continued to largely split snaps with Williams whenever both have been healthy.
- Week 1: Jones (61% snaps); Williams (39%)
- Week 2: Jones (59%); Williams (45%)
- Week 3: Jones (39%); Williams (61%)
- Week 4: Williams hurt
- Week 5: Williams hurt
- Week 6: Jones (49%); Williams (53%)
- Week 7: Jones (57%); Williams (40%)
- Week 8: Jones (63%); Williams (48%)
- Week 9: Jones (59%); Williams (44%)
- Week 10: Jones (50%); Williams (50%)
Jones is more than capable of continuing to work as a weekly RB1 as long as he continues to pace the entire league with 14 touchdowns. Still, he'll need to continue to make the most out of his opportunities in order to keep thriving with this usage.
More problematic is Jones' lack of targets with Davante Adams healthy this season. Overall, Jones had a team-high 21% target share with Adams sidelined, but has a mediocre 9% target share with the Packer's No. 1 WR on the field.
The Packers can score on anybody, but it's probably better to treat Jones as more of a low-end RB1 to upside RB2 in tough matchups against the 49ers, Bears and Vikings in Weeks 12, 15 and 16, respectively, following the team's Week 11 bye.
Notes: Only Aaron Jones, Latavius Murray, Chris Carson and Mark Ingram have higher success rates than Hyde this season (Football Outsiders). Meaning: Hyde does a great job consistently getting the yards that are blocked for him.
Luckily for Hyde's fantasy owners, the Texans (2.19 yards before contact per rush) have consistently provided their RBs with extended runways before meeting a defender. Hyde has racked up at least 19 carries in all but one of the Texans' six wins this season, but 12 or fewer rush attempts in the team's three losses. I fully understand that rush attempts are largely a product of teams getting ahead on the scoreboard and not the other way around, but Hyde remains anyone's idea of a game-script dependent RB3.
Johnson has actually boasted a solid pass-game floor in recent weeks, posting 4-33-1 and 5-68-0 receiving lines against the Raiders and Jaguars, respectively. Still, the Texans' overqualified pass-down back remains a thin play with 10 or fewer touches in all but two games this season.
Week 11's road matchup against the Ravens sets up better for Johnson, but both backs should be considered nothing more than upside RB3s in this tough draw.
- RB1: Marlon Mack (60% snap rate, 21.3 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Nyheim Hines (28%, 6.4)
- RB3: Jordan Wilkins (14%, 3.6)
Notes: Mack is kind of like Derrick Henry in that the Colts make an effort to feed him 15-20 touches per game regardless of snaps. This makes last week's fairly even snap distribution between Mack (46%) and Hines (43%) less of a red flag than it might be in a different backfield.
Hines' increase in usage was due to both the Dolphins (surprisingly) leading the Colts for the duration of their Week 10 matchup as well as the team's lack of healthy options at WR with both T.Y. Hilton (calf) and Parris Campbell (hand) sidelined. We probably shouldn't expect Hines' season-high seven targets to be a sign of things to come as the offense gets healthier.
Helping matters for Mack moving forward is both the potential return of Jacoby Brissett (knee) as well as the possibility that Jordan Wilkins (ankle) misses time. The Colts' stud RB is set up well in Week 11 against a Jaguars Defense that has been significantly better against the pass (No. 10 in DVOA) than the run (No. 24) through 10 weeks.
The touchdowns will come at some point.
It's safe to ignore Armstead's 5-65-0 receiving line from Week 9 considering three of the receptions occurred on the game's final drive with the Jaguars down 23 points.
Fournette has a good-not-great stretch of rush defenses to end the season:
- Week 11: Colts (No. 7 in fewest PPR per game allowed to opposing RBs)
- Week 12: Titans (No. 18)
- Week 13: Buccaneers (No. 2)
- Week 14: Chargers (No. 25)
- Week 15: Raiders (No. 22)
- Week 16: Falcons (No. 14)
Still, the return of Nick Foles could potentially elevate the entire offense and help Fournette find the end zone for the first time since Week 5.
Kansas City Chiefs
- RB1: Damien Williams (43% snap rate, 13.1 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Darrel Williams (23%, 3.9)
- RB3: Darwin Thompson (3%, 1.1)
- RB4: LeSean McCoy (31%, 10.4)
Notes: The Chiefs have fed their RBs the following amount of touches since McCoy lost a fumble in the third quarter of their Week 8 loss to the Packers:
- Damien: 45
- Shady: 4
- Darrel: 4
- Thompson: 2
McCoy was reportedly scratched in Week 10 because "the Chiefs want him fresh down the stretch."
In the meantime, treat Damien as a high-end RB2 that could flirt with RB1 production as the lead back of a Patrick Mahomes-led offense.
Los Angeles Chargers
Notes: We now have two weeks of data on the Chargers' new-look offense with QB coach Shane Steichen calling plays:
- Gordon: 63% snaps, 42 carries, 5 targets
- Ekeler: 40% snaps, 18 carries, 6 targets
MGIII appears to be nearly all the way back to 100% after a troubling first few games since returning from his holdout. Overall, Gordon worked as the PPR RB3 and RB6 in Weeks 9 and 10, respectively. Continue to fire him up as a borderline RB1 with this type of usage, particularly against the Chiefs' 31st-ranked defense in DVOA against the run.
Ekeler has continued to play a handful of snaps per game as a true WR in the slot or out wide, but his sub-50% snap share is still a disgrace. I find it hard to believe defenses respect Andre Patton (zero receptions since Week 4) more than Ekeler, yet the Chargers have given their No. 3 WR a snap rate of at least 80% in each of the past three weeks. Ekeler is averaging a league-high 6.1 yards per touch among 37 RBs with at least 100 combined carries and receptions this season, but isn't anything more than an upside RB3 with this type of pedestrian usage.
Los Angeles Rams
- RB1: Todd Gurley (65% snap rate, 16.5 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Malcolm Brown (21%, 6.4)
- RB2: Darrell Henderson (13%, 5.6)
Notes: The Rams had a fully healthy backfield in Week 10 and utilized the following snap and touch distribution:
- Gurley: 74% snaps, 12 carries, 4 targets
- Brown: 16% snaps, 5 carries, 0 targets
- Henderson: 10% snaps,4 carries, 0 targets
Gurley hasn't played outstanding this season, but I'd rank him as the Rams' fourth-biggest problem behind not having Brandin Cooks (concussion), Jared Goff regressing, and most importantly the team's absence of a dominant offensive line.
Arguably the league's best offensive front in 2017 and 2018 doesn't even resemble the same group these days due to both offseason transactions as well as injuries:
- LT Andrew Whitworth turns 38 in December.
- LG Joseph Noteboom (knee, IR) is out for the season.
- New LG Austin Corbett has been on the team for less than a month.
- C Brian Allen (knee, IR) is out for the season.
- RG Austin Blythe is now playing center.
- New RG David Edwards is a fifth-round rookie.
- RT Rob Havenstein (knee) is considered week to week.
Gurley has received high-end RB2 usage for most of the season, but that's about the only thing he's had going for him. I wouldn't expect the Rams' sinking offense to right the ship in Week 11 against the Bears.
- RB1: Kalen Ballage (29% snap rate, 7.9 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Patrick Laird (12%, 4 in season debut)
- RB3: Myles Gaskin (8%, 1 in season debut)
Notes: Ballage was used to a fairly-ridiculous extent in Week 10 considering his lack of proven ability in pretty much all facets of the game. The Dolphins utilized the following snap and touch distribution in their first game without both Kenyan Drake and Mark Walton (suspended):
- Ballage: 82% snaps, 20 carries, 4 targets
- Laird: 12% snaps, 2 carries, 2 targets
- Gaskin: 8% snaps, 0 carries, 1 target
Ballage converted his 24 touches into 45 scoreless yards. He's the exception to the rule that opportunity is everything in fantasy football. Please don't value the Dolphins' workhorse back as anything more than a boom-or-bust RB3 (at best) ahead of this week's tougher matchup against the Bills.
- RB1: Dalvin Cook (71% snap rate, 25.1 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Alexander Mattison (21%, 8.4)
- RB3: Ameer Abdullah (8%, 1.2)
Notes: Cook is the league's safest bet for at least 100 yards and a touchdown among all RBs that aren't Christian McCaffrey. Accordingly, Cook should be treated as the overall RB2 ahead of Week 11's home matchup against the Broncos.
The more interesting conversation in the Vikings' backfield is trying to figure out what might happen if Cook were to miss time. I'm in the minority in believing that the Vikings' talented rookie RB wouldn't walk into a featured role for the following reasons:
- Mattison has five targets the entire year; pass-down RB Abdullah also has five. Mattison (50 snaps on pass plays) has barely worked ahead of Abdullah (42) when the Vikings have thrown the ball without Cook on the field.
- Talented second-year RB Mike Boone vastly out-played Mattison in the preseason and is a threat to steal touches if Cook were to miss time.
- We've seen coach Mike Zimmer utilize a two-back committee with Jerick McKinnon and freaking Matt Asiata in past years when Adrian Peterson missed time.
Mattison is still a high-end handcuff as the potential lead RB in the league's third-most run-heavy offense, but I'd easily rather devote a bench spot to Tony Pollard, who is a safer bet to inherit a true three-down role if disaster strikes.
New Orleans Saints
- RB1: Alvin Kamara (55% snap rate, 19.9 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Latavius Murray (43%, 12.8)
- RB3: Dwayne Washington (1%, 0.4)
Notes: Kamara himself said that he had no issue with Murray seeing more work moving forward with both RBs now at full health. This wasn't the case in Week 10 ...
- Kamara: 78% snaps, 4 carries, 10 targets
- Murray: 25% snaps, 5 carries, 2 targets
... but Murray obviously didn't benefit from the Saints facing negative game script for most of the afternoon during their surprising 26-9 loss to the Falcons.
This week's matchup against the Buccaneers sets up better for Kamara due to Tampa's elite rush defense. Overall, they rank among the league's top-five units in fewest PPR per game allowed to opposing RBs (No. 2), defensive rush DVOA (No. 1) and yards allowed per rush (No. 3).
Continue to fire up Kamara as an every-week RB1, while Murray is more of a touchdown-dependent RB4 in this spot.
New England Patriots
- RB1: Sony Michel (39% snap rate, 17.2 opportunities)
- RB2: James White (38%, 10.9)
- RB3: Rex Burkhead (23%, 8.7)
- RB4: Brandon Bolden (11%, 3)
Notes: The Patriots' first loss of the season back in Week 9 demonstrated just how game-script dependent Michel can be:
- White: 42% snaps, 9 carries, 3 targets
- Burkhead: 36% snaps, 4 carries, 2 targets
- Michel: 22% snaps, 4 carries, 2 targets
- Bolden: 0% snaps, 0 carries, 0 targets
The Patriots will face the Eagles, Cowboys, Texans, Chiefs, Bengals and Bills in Weeks 11-16. Michel still carries plenty of fantasy value as the primary touchdown scorer inside of the league's second-ranked scoring offense, but he has a low weekly floor with Burkhead healthy.
Despite the weekly volatility, it might not be a bad idea to invest in any and all members of this backfield in season-long leagues if available. Nobody has a softer schedule at the RB position during the fantasy playoffs (Weeks 14-16) than the Patriots.
New York Giants
Notes: Barkley in four games since returning from injury:
- Rush attempts: 64 (No. 8 among all RBs)
- Targets: 28 (No. 1)
- PPR: 68.9 (No. 7)
Yes, last week's 13-1-0 rushing and 5-30-0 receiving lines weren't exactly what Barkley's fantasy owners had in mind. Still, a bye week should get the Giants' workhorse RB closer to 100% before the season's final stretch.
Continue to treat Barkley as a high-end RB1 regardless of the matchup.
New York Jets
- RB1: Le'Veon Bell (89% snap rate, 22 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Ty Montgomery (12%, 2.1)
- RB3: Bilal Powell (9%, 2.4)
Notes: Bell (ribs) himself along with coach Adam Gase have already clarified that the Jets' starting RB is good to go for Sunday's matchup against the Raiders.
Bell has at least 15 touches in all but one game this season, but is averaging career-low marks in both yards per carry (3.1) and yards per target (5).
Up next is another glorious matchup against the Redskins' 26th-ranked defense in fewest PPR per game allowed to opposing RBs. Still, Bell is better treated as a low-end RB2 inside of the Jets' 30th-ranked scoring offense.
- RB1: Josh Jacobs (57% snap rate, 20.9 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Jalen Richard (29%, 4.3)
- RB3: DeAndre Washington (16%, 5.7)
Notes: Week 10 of the Jacobs experience produced more all-22 goodness.
Jacobs produced efficient 16-71-1 rushing and 3-30-0 receiving lines during the Raiders' Week 10 win over the Chargers. His 52% snap rate left much to be desired, but coach Jon Gruden and company at least do a good job of making sure they feed their stud RB when he does happen to be on the field.
Up next for the overall PPR RB10 is a date against the Bengals' league-worst defense in total rushing yards allowed.
- RB1: Jordan Howard (43% snap rate, 14.8 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Miles Sanders (38%, 11.4)
- RB3: Darren Sproles (16%, 4.5)
Notes: Sproles was active in Week 9 after missing three games with a quad injury. The Eagles' backfield snap and touch distribution was as follows:
- Howard: 48% snaps, 19 carries, 1 target
- Sanders: 40% snaps, 10 carries, 3 targets
- Sproles: 11% snaps, 2 carries, 2 targets
Philly seems to have (smartly) realized that Sanders has earned more pass-game work than the team's 36-year-old RB. Continue to treat Howard as a game-script dependent RB3, while Sanders is slowly itching towards providing standalone value himself in games that the Eagles are expected to have to throw the ball to keep up.
The latter scenario seems likely ahead of Week 11's matchup against the Patriots. The Eagles are presently 3.5-point underdogs.
- RB1: James Conner (49% snap rate, 18.3 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Jaylen Samuels (32%, 10.7)
- RB3: Trey Edmunds (7%, 5)
Notes: Conner is expected to return to action Thursday night against the Browns.
The focal point of the Steelers' offense without Ben Roethlisberger involved, Conner has worked as anyone's idea of a RB1 over his past five games when healthy:
- Week 3: 68% snaps, 17 touches, PPR RB39
- Week 4: 66% snaps, 18 touches, PPR RB6
- Week 5: 79% snaps, 14 touches, PPR RB29
- Week 6: 49% snaps, 23 touches, PPR RB1
- Week 8: 83% snaps, 26 touches, PPR RB8
Week 4 marked the only game in which Conner ceded plenty of work to Samuels, who racked up 18 touches on a 45% snap rate. The Steelers have proven capable of not leaning on a single RB over the past two weeks, but it'd still be surprising to not see Conner flirt with 20 touches on a near-weekly basis.
Fire up Conner as a low-end RB1 against the Browns' 22nd-ranked defense in rush DVOA.
- RB1: Chris Carson (75% snap rate, 23.3 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Rashaad Penny (12%, 5.7)
- RB3: C.J. Prosise (14%, 4)
Notes: Carson was seemingly on the verge of being benched after fumbling three times in Weeks 1-3.
All he's done since is work as the offense's featured three-down workhorse:
- Week 4: 76% snaps, 22 carries, 4 targets
- Week 5: 84% snaps, 27 carries, 2 targets
- Week 6: 79% snaps, 24 carries, 4 targets
- Week 7: 89% snaps, 21 carries, 5 targets
- Week 8: 69% snaps, 20 carries, 1 target
- Week 9: 85% snaps, 16 carries, 2 targets
- Week 10: 96% snaps, 25 carries, 4 targets
Carson did fumble twice in Week 9, and again in Week 10, although he wasn't benched on either occasion. Penny coughing up a ball himself could've helped contribute to this during the Seahawks' Monday night win over the 49ers.
Continue to fire up the overall PPR RB7 as an every-week RB1 regardless of the matchup after the Seahawks' Week 11 bye.
San Francisco 49ers
- RB1: Tevin Coleman (37% snap rate, 15.7 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Matt Breida (34%, 14.1)
- RB3: Raheem Mostert (22%, 7.6)
- RB4: Jeff Wilson (7%, 4.5)
Notes: NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Breida (ankle) "may miss some time." The NFL's version of Iron Man has played through an abundance of injuries over the past season and a half, but it appears Breida's Week 11 availability is in serious question.
Coleman is locked in as the offense's No. 1 RB. It's a bit of a mystery beyond that if Breida is out. Mostert has been the unit's No. 3 RB for most of the season and filled in when Breida was out on Monday night, but Wilson was a healthy scratch. It wouldn't be surprising if both of the 49ers' backup RBs see something in the range of 20-30% of the offense's snaps if Breida is ultimately sidelined.
Treat Coleman as an upside RB2 ahead of Week 11's matchup against the Cardinals' 27th-ranked scoring defense. I lean towards Mostert over Wilson, but neither is worthy of anything more than boom-or-bust RB4 consideration with a zero-touch floor in each player's potential range of outcomes.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- RB1: Ronald Jones (34% snap rate, 13.6 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Peyton Barber (32%, 11.9)
- RB3: Dare Ogunbowale (32%, 3.7)
Notes: The first game of #RoJoSzn was a bit of a mixed bag for the second-year RB:
- Jones: 47% snaps, 11 carries, 8 targets
- Barber: 26% snaps, 11 carries, 1 target
- Ogunbowale: 26% snaps, 0 carries, 3 targets
Barber got all of the work on the game's final drive after Jones lost a fourth quarter fumble. The latter back has out-performed Barber in terms of efficiency as both a rusher and receiver this season:
- Yards per carry: Jones (4); Barber (3.4)
- Yards per target: Jones (10.6); Barber (2.8)
But this is still a somewhat fluid backfield that clearly isn't relegating any member completely to the bench. Jones remains the only Tampa Bay RB worthy of fantasy consideration, but he's more of an upside RB3 against the Saints in Week 11.
Notes: Henry is the PPR RB5 through 10 weeks and appears to only be getting stronger. This has been the case throughout the stud RB's career:
- Henry career yards per carry in September: 3.87
- October: 3.87
- November: 5.49
- December: 5.23
- January: 4.98
The only other RBs with at least 15 touches in every game this season are Chris Carson, Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette, Nick Chubb and Christian McCaffrey. Continue to treat the PPR RB9 as a matchup-proof RB1.
- RB1: Adrian Peterson (44% snap rate, 15.6 opportunities per game)
- RB2: Derrius Guice (5%, 13)
- RB2: Wendell Smallwood (17%, 2.9)
Notes: The Redskins are tentatively expected to activate their second-year RB from the injured reserve list following their Week 10 bye.
It's easy to see why there's plenty of hype surrounding Guice ...
... but the potential return of Chris Thompson (toe) as well could render all parties as low-floor fantasy options inside of the league's 31st-ranked scoring offense.
The Redskins have scored 17, 0, 9 and 9 points in four games under interim head coach Bill Callahan. It's tough to make a compelling case for anyone involved in the offense as a viable fantasy option, even in this week's plus matchup against the Jets.