The San Francisco 49ers defense has allowed 825 total yards and five touchdowns to opposing running backs over the last month. As a result, Orleans Darwka is a Top 20 running back in Week 10. In case you’re worried about a committee with the Giants, Darkwa has led the team in carries three games in a row. Additionally, Darkwa dominated snaps among Giants running backs with 32 in Week 9 against the Rams. The next closest was Shane Vereen with 19 snaps.
Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen are coming down with the #CatScratchFever in Week 10. In our attempt to create a catchy nickname for the Jaguars secondary (ie: No Fly Zone, Legion of Boom), it appears we’ve settled on Cat Scratch Fever and for good reason. The Jaguars defense hasn’t allowed multiple touchdown passes in ANY game this season. Also, they’re allowing just 156 passing yards per game, the lowest in the NFL. That makes Rivers QB20 in my rankings this week. Oh, and for Allen, the Jags haven’t allowed a touchdown to a wide receiver since Week 1. He’s a high-end WR3 at best against Jalen Ramsey and the boys.
The Lions defense has allowed four touchdowns to running backs over their last three games. They’ve also allowed 4.3 yards per carry during that stretch. Dare I say, Isaiah Crowell is a Top 24 running back in Week 10. His usage has been trending in the right direction, especially in the passing game, where he has eight receptions over his last two games. Since playing a season-low 34 percent of the Browns snaps in Week 4, Crowell’s snap percentage has increased each week:
Week 5- 47 percent
Week 6- 48 percent
Week 7- 53 percent
Week 8- 56 percent
According to Football Outsiders, the Detroit Lions have the worst run blocking offensive line in the NFL. I have even worse news for Ameer Abdullah owners. The Cleveland Browns defense is allowing the fourth fewest rushing yards per game and 2.9 yards per carry, lowest this season. Following two fumbles by Abdullah in Week 9, perhaps we see more of a committee approach moving forward as well. Find a way to get Abdullah out of your lineups this week.
Ben Roethlisberger is QB27 in Fantasy Football points per game. Regardless, he’s inside my Top 6 quarterbacks this week because of his matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. Their defense is allowing 280 passing yards per game this season, second most in the NFL behind only the New England Patriots. They’ve allowed that many passing yards despite facing names like Tom Savage, Andy Dalton, Blake Bortles, and Brian Hoyer. This team has a lot of inexperience in the secondary, going up against Big Ben, Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Le’Veon Bell. Points will be had for black and yellow.
Marshon Lattimore is the top rated cornerback this season, according to Pro Football Focus. That does not bode well for Buffalo Bills newcomer Kelvin Benjamin, who is outside my Top 36 at wide receiver in Week 10, even with four teams on a bye. The Saints secondary as a whole has not allowed a touchdown to a wide receiver in three straight games. Additionally, the Bills have a ton of targets all of a sudden with Charles Clay set to return, Deonte Thompson playing well, and LeSean McCoy demanding his usual volume in the passing game. Fantasy owners should take a wait and see approach with Benjamin.
Christian McCaffrey ranks third in the NFL with 54 receptions, behind only Antonio Brown and Jarvis Landry. McCaffrey is on pace for 96 receptions. That would be the highest reception total by a running back since Matt Forte had 102 in 2014. More work could be coming soon, too. Last week, McCaffrey posted career highs in carries (15), rushing yards (66), and yards per carry for a single game (4.4). He handled 82 percent of the Panthers snaps last week as well, likely because Jonathan Stewart lost two fumbles. McCaffrey should be viewed a Top 12 running back moving forward, regardless of format.