The graveyard continues to grow weekly as more running backs continue to not only suffer injuries, but more often season-ending injuries. To fully grasp how unfortunate this season has been for running backs, let’s take a look at the 2015 rankings list. Le’Veon Bell, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Carlos Hyde, and Arian Foster are either sidelined currently or finished for the season. Additionally, New Engliand Patriots’ running back Dion Lewis may be the comeback story of the year, but will now be missing the remainder of the season. Handcuffs are no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity! If DeAngelo Williams, Charcandrick West, LeGarrette Blount, or Jeremy Langford are on your roster, then you can feel some sense of insurance.
Let’s take a dive as head into some juicy Week 10 matchups!
Although this is Bortles’ first addition to “The Dive” this season, he has been exceeding expectations week after week. Jacksonville’s sophomore quarterback has thrown at least two touchdowns in every game this season except for two. Much of Bortles’ success can be contributed to his young, talented wide receiving corps led by Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. Although Bortles struggled against Baltimore in his previous matchup last season, the Jaguars offense has been much more potent while the Ravens defense has been growing weaker. Through Week 9, Baltimore has allowed the 2nd most points to opposing quarterbacks including an average of 343 passing yards and more than two touchdowns over the last four games. Look for another excellent start from Bortles in Week 10.
Week 10 Projection: 250 passing yards; 2 TD
After Lance Dunbar went down and Joseph Randle was released, there stood Darren McFadden. The veteran back has been one of the few bright spots for the Dallas Cowboys recently and has been receiving the bulk of carries. In fact, he has totaled more than 100 yards in three straight games but only scored once in that period. With Matt Cassell improving and Dez Bryant back in action, there should continue to be more running room for McFadden going forward which will ultimately improve when Tony Romo returns. Dallas visits the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who defend against running backs rather well, but McFadden should still post another quality start with more than 20 carries and a handful of catches.
Week 10 Projection: 125 total yards; 1 TD
Matthews has been Ryan Tannehill’s secondary target to Jarvis Landry and has quietly posted solid lines this season In fact, Matthews has already set career highs for himself in most offensive categories. Although Miami’s offense can appear like “Jekyll and Hyde,” expect a solid outing against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10. The Eagles allow the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing wideouts and recently struggled against Dallas’ mild passing attack.
Week 10 Projection: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD
Walker has been productive all season, but Tennessee’s offensive woes have overshadowed his success. The veteran tight end is averaging the most yards and receptions per game in his career and has been the only Tennessee Titans that is fantasy relevant every week. With Marcus Mariota back on the saddle, Walker’s value will remain consistent and potentially improve. Walker will face Carolina’s stout defense, but will be one of Mariota’s top targets for Week 10 especially with Kendall Wright unlikely to play this weekend.
Week 10 Projection: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD
Defense/Special Teams Green Bay Packers
Although the Green Bay Packers have lost their last two contests, the finger should not be pointed at their defense. The Packers are 5th in total sacks and interceptions as well as 10th in points allowed. Green Bay’s defense should tame the struggling Detroit Lions offense who have allowed 13 sacks over the last two games and 6th most points to opposing offenses.
Week 10 Projection: 12 points
Week 9 Results
Week 9 Projection: 200 passing yards; 25 rushing yards; 2 TD
Week 9 Results: 249 passing yards; 24 rushing yards; 1 rushing TD (ok call)
RB Ryan Mathews
Week 9 Projection: 75 total yards; 1 TD
Week 9 Results: 67 total yards; 1 TD (good call)
WR Willie Snead
Week 9 Projection: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 9 Results: 95 receiving yards (ok call)
TE Heath Miller
Week 9 Projection: 75 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 9 Results: 32 receiving yards (bad call)
Defense/Special Teams New Orleans Saints
Week 9 Projection: 11 points
Week 9 Results: 1 point (bad call)