Week 10 Rushing Matchups

by Justin Howe, Devin Knotts, and Keith Roberts, Exclusive to Footballguys.com

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PLEASE NOTE: This does NOT replace the Cheatsheet ranking. The Cheatsheet rankings are the final say on where we see a player for that week. The Matchup Breakdowns are simply one more tool in the box when it comes to helping choose your lineup.

Also note, just because a player has a "bad" matchup, it does NOT mean he's not a starter in your league. If Tom Brady is playing the toughest pass defense in the league, that just means he's got a tough matchup that week. He's also your starter unless you're loaded at QB. In the same way, if the worst QB on your roster has a "great" matchup that week, it doesn't necessarily mean he's your starter. It means we think he'll fare better than normal that week.

Bottom line is that the cheatsheets are the final say.


Baltimore Ravens Rushing Offense at Cincinnati Bengals Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Ravens continue to run roughshod over the NFL on the ground, leading the league in both yardage (per attempt and per game) and touchdowns. It’s headed by quarterback Lamar Jackson, whose option game makes up a hefty portion of the team’s base attack. Dating back to Week 2, Jackson has taken on 14 carries a game, and his blend of speed, quickness, and instinct simply baffles defenses. He’s produced 6.6 yards per rush over that span, and with newfound red-zone usage, he’s already found the end zone 5 times. Mark Ingram mostly matches Jackson carry-for-carry, which leaves him a bit behind the fantasy RB1 pack in terms of volume. But he’s been plenty effective, posting 5.1 yards per carry and holding off Gus Edwards for the lead role. All of these talented runners work behind a strong run-blocking line, one designed to spring them through holes with both power and creativity. And this week brings one of 2019’s most profound mismatches against the soft run defense of the Bengals. Jackson, Ingram, and company should have little problem turning high volume into big production.

For most of the past two seasons, the Bengals have fielded one of football’s two or three worst run defenses. This year’s version has reached a new low, giving up the league’s most ground yardage both per carry and per game. They’ve allowed four 90-yard rushers over their last 4 games, with 2 of those topping 130. This talent-starved, low-impact unit simply doesn’t boast much in terms of playmaking. Andrew Billings and Geno Atkins headline a solid tackle rotation, and Carlos Dunlap is strong in setting the edge. But linebackers Nick Vigil and Preston Brown lack in speed and pursuit, and the safeties tend to play relatively deep and soft against the run. As a result, dynamic runners like Lamar Jackson and Leonard Fournette are often on a different athletic level in this matchup. It’s not uncommon for opposing offenses to steamroll this unit, with game flow on their side and a number of runners succeeding all at once.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Buffalo Bills Rushing Offense at Cleveland Browns Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

The changing of the guard in Buffalo may be upon us as the Bills rode Devin Singletary’s hot hand for 20 carries for 95 yards while Frank Gore saw just 11 carries and was not successful with just 15 yards on those carries. Singletary who has dealt with injuries for much of his rookie season had seen just 20 total carries heading into Week 9 before he matched that in just one game. While it was good to see Singletary see the expanded role, this will remain a split backfield based on Singletary’s pass-blocking abilities which are still needing improvement compared to Gore who is one of the best in the league. Gore also will likely continue to see the short-yardage carries as we saw this past week even though he did struggle in those situations.

Cleveland’s run defense has been a mess for most of the season. Since Week 3 when the Browns placed Christian Kirksey on IR, they are allowing the third-most rushing yards per game at 121 yards per game and are allowing 5.3 yards per carry which is the most in the league. The lack of run defense is similar to the rest of the team which has just been the lack of overall discipline amongst this team. Mack Wilson the team’s 5th round pick is not ready to be in the game in such a big role. After playing a 4-2-5 defense for most of the season, the Browns played more of a traditional 4-3 defense last week playing veteran Adarius Taylor, but it was not successful as the Broncos ran for 107 yards on just 14 carries including allowing 92 yards to Phillip Lindsay on just 9 carries. The Browns have now allowed 70 yards or more to six running backs over their last five games.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Chicago Bears Rushing Offense vs Detroit Lions Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Matt Nagy notably proclaimed, "I know we need to run the ball more, I'm not an idiot," before the Bears' matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers two weeks ago. Since then, the Bears' rushing attack has been a more consistently high-volume unit, with the majority of carries going to rookie David Montgomery. However, the overall offensive success Nagy apparently assumed would follow has been absent, with the Bears averaging just 15 points per game since the statement and subsequent change in offensive strategy. Over the last two weeks, Montgomery's playing time has spiked to season-high totals of 74 and 73-percent of Chicago's offensive snaps, respectively. David Montgomery's role in the Bears' rushing attack has grown to the point many projected preseason, as he now absorbs nearly 90-percent of all rushing attempts in the team's offense. While he gashed the Los Angeles Chargers for 135 yards on 27 carries in week 8, he found little success against the Eagles, tallying just 40 yards on 14 carries last weekend. Fortunately, a softer matchup against the Detroit Lions in week 10 should foster a more productive and efficient performance for Montgomery and the Bears' ground game.

The Detroit Lions entered the 2019 season expecting to be a top-tier run defense, much like most other teams head coach Matt Patricia has coached both in Detroit and New England. Sadly, the Lions have fallen well short of those expectations, in part due to a decline in performance along the defensive line from previously-elite run stoppers, along with some dismal performances at the linebacker position. In the trenches, Damon Harrison has been one of the NFL's best run-stopping defensive linemen for the better part of the last decade. This season, however, he is merely a slightly-above-average player defending the run. While he can still hold his own, the decline from one of the league's best players to his current level is a massive drop-off in production. At linebacker, both Jarrad Davis and Christian Jones have been horrific defending against the run this season. Davis has missed a team-high eight tackles thus far this season, and neither player has shown either the football IQ nor physicality to make an impact in run-support. In the secondary, Detroit's leading tackler, Tracy Walker, is dealing with a knee injury that kept him out of action in week 9. Should he find himself on the inactive report once again in week 10, it would be a massive blow to an already weak run defense. The Lions rank dead-last in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs this season, and a matchup against Chicago's recently-established run-heavy offensive attack will put them to the test once again this weekend. Expect David Montgomery's rushing volume to continue to trend upwards in week 10, with elite efficiency numbers to go along with the volume against Detroit's bottom-ranked run defense.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Green Bay Packers Rushing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Packers had a very tough time getting anything going on offense last week, particularly on the ground as Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams combined for just 40 rushing yards from a season-low 10 combined attempts. Aaron Jones has now led the backfield in carries for three straight weeks despite the continued involvement of Williams. Jones had strung together four straight decent outings on the ground leading into last week with 4.2 rushing yards per game in all four games, but he couldn’t overcome the poor play from this Packers defense and overall lack of usage last week. The workload for Jones will continue to be a question with Jamaal Williams continuing to see 40-50 percent of the snaps and having scored at least one touchdown in four straight games now, including a goal-line score two weeks ago. The Packers offensive line has been banged up in recent weeks with both starting tackles and their center all dealing with injuries. Everyone played last week though, and they all escaped without apparent setbacks--keeping this group ranked in the upper tier coming into this week.

The Panthers have a below-average run defense that continues to give up production to running backs on a weekly basis. They are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to running backs and have given up more touchdowns than any other team in the league to the position. Much of that production has come in recent weeks as they have allowed at least one rushing touchdown in four straight games, giving up a total of eight rushing touchdowns to running backs over that span. This lack of success continues to be puzzling considering the talent this team has upfront in Gerald McCoy on the interior and Luke Kuechly at linebacker. Both are excellent defenders and have a decent supporting cast around them. Where the Panthers have struggled is in the secondary, as their cornerbacks and safeties have been subpar when it comes to stepping up against the run and executing tackles. The Packers offensive line should hold up well against this group and allow Aaron Jones a chance to get back on track.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Indianapolis Colts Rushing Offense vs Miami Dolphins Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Marlon Mack saw another high-volume outing last week, driven in part due to the injury to quarterback Jacoby Brissett--who is shaping up to be a game-time decision for this week. With or without Brissett, the Colts want to get Mack going. He has seen 18 or more carries in six of eight games and has very limited competition for touches on the ground. Mack has had a few big games of 132 and 174 yards on the ground, but he has also put up a few stinkers with fewer than 50 rushing yards in a couple of outings. Overall, however, Mack has been a productive running back who is due for a few more touchdowns on the ground given his high workload. The Indianapolis offensive line remains healthy and has consistently been ranked near the top-five by Footballguys offensive line expert Matt Bitonti.

The Dolphins defense did a decent job against the Jets rushing offense last week, limiting Le’Veon Bell to just 66 yards on 17 carries. However, the Jets offense seems to be in even worse shape than this Miami offense, which certainly tarnishes the shine on last week’s showing from the Dolphins defense. This remains a very exploitable unit that has been gashed time and time again when facing competent offenses. They have given up the fourth-most fantasy points per game (non-PPR) to running backs and allowed 12 more rushing yards per game to the position (135 total, most in the league) than any other team. This group has a dearth of playmakers and no consistent run-stoppers to lean on within this front seven. The top-tier Colts offensive line should have absolutely no problem making space for Marlon Mack, and given the high volume Mack typically garners, he certainly could be in for a big day.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Carolina Panthers Rushing Offense at Green Bay Packers Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Christian McCaffrey just continues to solidify his MVP case as he put up another dazzling performance against what was a solid Titans run defense last week. He is leading the league by a wide margin in fantasy points scored amongst running backs while also leading in rushing yards per game, rushing touchdowns, and rushing yards per attempt (amongst running backs with at least 100 rushes). The only team to have success stopping him has been Tampa Bay, as he has averaged 135.5 rushing yards per game if you exclude Weeks 2 and 6 against the Buccaneers. He has virtually no competition for touches in this backfield and will maintain his workhorse role coming into this week at the Packers. His offensive line also remains a top-tier unit even as they continue on without starting left tackle Greg Little, who remains week-to-week with a concussion. Rookie Dennis Daley is playing very well in replacement, so there is no pressure for Little to rush back on to the field.

The Packers defense had a tough outing last week as they gave up over 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns to what had been an otherwise reeling Chargers rushing offense and very mediocre offensive line. Consistency has been an issue for this defense all season, as last week marked the third time they allowed at least 80 rushing yards and two touchdowns to a lead running back and the fifth time they have given up over 150 rushing yards to an opposing backfield. On the other hand, this defense did a good job keeping both Kerryon Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott in check earlier in the season. They have talent upfront with Kenny Clark on the interior, but he certainly has taken a step back from his impressive 2018 campaign. Packers linebackers have also come up short against the run for most of this season, serving as an overall weakness for this defense. The Panthers offensive line and Christian McCaffrey should have a distinct advantage in this one.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Cleveland Browns Rushing Offense vs Buffalo Bills Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Browns finally get some help for Nick Chubb who has been the team’s workhorse so far this season as the Browns get Kareem Hunt back from suspension this week. While this is still very much Chubb’s team, with a record of 2-6, expect the Browns over the next few weeks to evaluate Hunt as he is on just a one-year contract with the team. Chubb on the season has been dominant averaging 5.2 yards per carry and has been the backbone of this team averaging 5.9 yards per carry over his last five contests even as the team continues to struggle to move the ball. The Browns did make a change at right guard last week as they replaced the struggling Eric Kush for Wyatt Teller and it made no difference as Teller struggled in both pass blocking and run blocking as the right side of the offensive line with Chris Hubbard has been a disaster all season for this team.

If there is a way to beat the Bills, it is on the ground. Over the last two weeks, the Bills run defense has not shown up allowing an average of 145 yards per game to two of the worst run offenses in the NFL in Philadelphia and Washington as Jordan Howard (96), Miles Sanders (74) and Adrian Peterson 108, all went over 70 yards. The issue for the Bills is that they’re primarily playing in a Nickel set and Matt Milano is struggling at the linebacker position against the run. The other issue for this team is that as good as their cornerbacks have been this year in defending the pass, they have struggled in run defense which has allowed for some off-tackle success for the opposition. The Bills have allowed every starting running back that they have faced to rush for over 60 yards on the year as they are not getting a consistent push up front from Star Lotulelei and rookie pass-rushing defensive tackle Ed Oliver.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rushing Offense vs Arizona Cardinals Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Week after week, Ronald Jones proves himself the Buccaneers’ best and most productive rusher. Perhaps Week 9, in which he out-carried Peyton Barber 18-4, pointed toward a more consistently meaty role for the youngster. Jones looked good against the Seahawks’ stingy front seven, running hard and with purpose en route to 67 yards, his most since Week 4. He’s far more explosive than Peyton Barber, who’s plodded to just 3.3 yards per rush. Still, there are roadblocks between Jones and fantasy RB2 value. This remains a pass-first offense; coach Bruce Arians has never been one to install an imaginative or imposing run game. Jones will also be operating behind a mediocre front line, which doesn’t kick open many wide lanes. If he’s indeed the featured back now, then his fantasy floor looks safe. There’s just not a lot of upside to speak of in this situation.

The Cardinals have spent most of 2019 as one of football’s softest ground matchups. Dating back to Week 3, running backs have averaged 4.7 yards per carry, with at least one topping 70 in all 7 games. It’s been a daunting stretch of runners to face, but the Cardinals have served up season-best games to struggling backs Joe Mixon, Devonta Freeman, and Latavius Murray. Simply put, this is a front seven in need of a hard reboot. Aside from nose tackle Corey Peters, who can only do so much on his own, there’s little along the line in terms of run-stuffing. Behind them, linebackers Jordan Hicks and Haason Reddick continue to struggle, with Reddick losing his full-time role last week. Budda Baker is a fine safety/linebacker hybrid, capable of working as a playmaker in the box, but he’s relied upon too heavily. With the front seven not much of a deterrent, opponents can easily turn two- and three-yard gains into five or more. The Buccaneers don’t present much of a ground threat, but they can at least look forward to one of the best matchups of their season.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Tennessee Titans Rushing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Derrick Henry took a while to get going last week, but he had a few productive drives on his way to 53 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown from a season-low 13 carries. Henry has now averaged over four yards per carry in three straight games despite continuing to post mediocre yardage totals considering the volume of carries he has been seeing. It took Henry 27 carries just to post 100 rushing yards for his only game in triple-digits. With his straight-line bruising running style, Henry will continue to require rhythm and big plays to put up yards in this offense. The offensive line had a tough time blocking yet again, not helped by the absence of starting center Ben Jones. They did look better throughout the second half, but this group has struggled with consistency all season long.

The Chiefs run defense has picked up their game over the past three weeks, allowing an average of just 80 rushing yards per game to opposing running backs over the past three weeks--including holding Aaron Jones to 67 rushing yards in Week 8 and keeping Dalvin Cook relatively in check last week holding him to an average of just 3.4 yards per carry and no touchdowns. The return of defensive lineman Chris Jones was huge for this defense, as he looked back to his usual dominant self last week making plays both against the run and the pass. Beyond Jones, however, this unit is still thin with minimal playmakers to stop the run. They have given up too many big games on the ground to just now be considered a decent run defense, regardless of the past three weeks worth of decent outings. This linebacker group will remain a liability while defensive lineman Frank Clark looks to still be sidelined, or limited (at best) if he does suit up. Even the struggling Titans offensive line should afford Derrick Henry with enough opportunity to be productive this week.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Detroit Lions Rushing Offense at Chicago Bears Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Since starting running back, Kerryon Johnson went down with a knee injury that will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the 2019 season, the Detroit Lions' rushing attack has been a messy, low-volume situation. The Lions deploy a running-back-by-committee approach consisting of Ty Johnson, J.D. McKissic, and Paul Perkins to fill the void left by their bell-cow starter. Johnson sees the most playing time of the bunch, topping out at 62-percent of snaps last weekend. This abnormally high market share of team snaps for Johnson was a byproduct of the late addition of Paul Perkins to the roster, thanks to Tra Carson making his way onto the injured reserve mid-week. Expect Perkins to play more than just the three snaps he did in week 9, further muddying up an already unclear situation. Overall, running behind a mediocre offensive line, the Detroit Lions' ground-game is an uninspiring attack, averaging just 3.7 yards per carry this season, the 26th-best total in the NFL. Ty Johnson leads the way in the backfield for the Lions, but a matchup against Chicago's run defense, coupled with an increased role for Paul Perkins, makes this a troubling matchup for any individual Lions' running back.

The Chicago Bears' defense is a well-rounded unit, especially in the front-seven, that has posted strong metrics across the board throughout the first half of the 2019 season. In the trenches, there is no arguing against the fact that Khalil Mack is one of the best players in the entire NFL. He not only pressures opposing quarterbacks, but he also disrupts the running-game on a regular basis. Mack is flanked by a capable unit of run-stoppers, with Eddie Goldman and Leonard Floyd playing the majority of snaps alongside him. If there is a knock on this Bears run defense it is that they have not been the same since Akiem Hicks was placed on IR. The Bears have allowed three of their last four running backs to rush for 80 yards or more and the defensive line seems to miss the elite big body up front. However, with the Lions struggles without Kerryon Johnson, the Bears should have the advantage in this one.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Los Angeles Chargers Rushing Offense at Oakland Raiders Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Chargers ground game got back on track last week as Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler combined for 150 rushing yards while Gordon found the end zone twice--easily his best game of the season. With context, the Packers run defense had been playing very poorly for most of this season--so it was a soft matchup for this group to succeed in. Gordon out-carried Ekeler 20-to-12 as each saw two carries from inside the five-yard line. Ekeler was stuffed on both attempts while Gordon converted on each of his. Previous weeks had been rough sledding for both of these backs as neither had averaged fewer than 2.8 yards per carry from Weeks 6-9. Inconsistent play from the offensive line has certainly played a part in the woes of this rushing offense, and likewise, their solid play was a big part in the success last week as center Scott Quessenberry is playing well while the return of left tackle Russell Okung has proven to be a huge plus for this group. Right tackle Sam Tevi did suffer a knee injury last week, but he is not appearing on the injury report as of early in the week.

The Raiders run defense has been sneakily successful throughout this season, giving up the ninth-fewest rushing yards per game (80) to opposing running backs on the season and the sixth-fewest (63) over their last four games. Only one running back has exceeded 56 rushing yards in a game against the Raiders, while just three running backs have scored on the ground against them with none of those rushing touchdowns scored in their last three games. The defensive line takes the most credit for this success as they have been dominant in the trenches. Raiders defensive backs have also done a decent job helping cut down on big plays in the running game. It remains at linebacker where this team has a key weakness with inconsistent play from both Tahir Whitehead and Nicholas Morrow. The Raiders should have an advantage in the trenches, but this matchup could be closer than the stat sheet proposes with the Chargers trending in the right direction with an improving offensive line.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Minnesota Vikings Rushing Offense at Dallas Cowboys Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Minnesota Vikings clearly prefer a run-heavy offensive, and a healthy Dalvin Cook is the ideal running back to spearhead this offensive approach. This season, in non-blowout games, Cook typically plays over 70-percent of offensive snaps, registering 20+ carries in 4 out of his last 5 games, including 3 straight. Cook's rushing volume and production are as consistent and reliable as it comes in the modern NFL, as he leads the league in both rushing attempts and rushing yards through the first eight games of the 2019 campaign. Cook is frequently spelled by rookie Alexander Mattison, especially in blowouts. However, his rushing contributions are insignificant in close games, as this weekend's Sunday night clash with the Dallas Cowboys is expected to be. Minnesota's offensive line has been mediocre in pass-protection this season, but their run-blocking prowess is undeniable. Aside from center Garrett Bradbury, the Vikings' offensive line is filled with bruisers that excel at clearing rushing lanes for Cook and Mattison. Bradbury, who is just a rookie, has had a dismal start to his NFL campaign, and while pass-blocking struggles have been undeniable, the team can mask his shortcomings as a run-blocker thanks to their zone-blocking approach in the trenches.

The Dallas Cowboys' run defense ranks as a slightly-above-average unit across the board this season. Along the defensive line, Demarcus Lawrence is the lone above-average run-stopper, while the rest of the unit grades an approximately average group. At linebacker, Jaylon Smith stands out as one of the league's best young players. Smith leads the team with 41 tackles on the season, but the team's other linebackers, Leighton Vander Esch and Sean Lee have struggled thus far in 2019. Vander Esch was sidelined against the New York Giants last week due to a neck injury, and his status for week 10 is in doubt. Sean Lee, a veteran that has battled numerous injuries throughout his career, has seen a steep drop-off in run-stopping production in recent years. If Vander Esch is unable to return for week 10, Smith will be asked to shoulder a heavy load in run-support, but this time it will be against a far stronger run offense. Dallas' secondary fields a unique combination of talented cornerbacks and weak safeties in run-support. All three of the Cowboys' typical cornerbacks, Byron Jones, Jourdan Lewis, and Chidobe Awuzie, grade as above-average run-stoppers and tacklers in open space. Overall, the Dallas Cowboys need Leighton Vander Esch to not only return from his neck injury but also return to his run-stopping levels of yesteryear if they want to make their way into the conversation of the NFL's best run-defenses. Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings' high-volume rushing attack will push the limits of Dallas' run defense in week 10. The balances tilt slightly in favor of the Vikings' rushing attack this weekend; however, a general lack of available receiving options in Minnesota's offense may allow for the Cowboys to allocate additional resources to their run-stopping effort.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New Orleans Saints Rushing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Alvin Kamara is slated to make his return to the New Orleans Saints' starting lineup after nursing ankle and knee injuries throughout the last three weeks, including the team's week 9 bye. When healthy, Kamara typically plays about 70-percent of the team's offensive snaps, and while his efficiency totals have declined this season, he has barely played alongside Drew Brees. While Teddy Bridgewater held his own under center, leading the Saints to five wins and zero losses as the team's starter, it is inarguable that Drew Brees commands more respect from opposing defenses. On the whole this season, Kamara averages a mediocre 4.3 yards per carry, but in his lone game with Brees under center, he tallied 7.5 yards per carry. Running behind one of the NFL's best offensive lines, Kamara's efficiency for the rest of the season will likely trend towards to his career mark of 5.0 yards per carry. Latavius Murray, the team's backup and Kamara's injury replacement through the last 2 games, posted back-to-back 20-carry, 100-yard games with at least 1 touchdown in each. Week 10's matchup against the Atlanta Falcons defense provides Alvin Kamara with an elite opportunity to post his first 100-yard rushing day of the 2019 season thanks to significant volume, considering the Saints are significant favorites in the game, as well as the team's dominant offensive line.

Considering the fact that Atlanta has played from behind for the majority of the 2019 season, the extremely high rushing volume they have faced is unsurprising. Due to the high volume, their raw rushing totals allowed have been poor. However, their personnel has limited efficiency numbers, allowing just 3.8 yards per carry this season, the 6th-best mark in the NFL. Along the defensive line, Grady Jarrett is one of the league's best interior defensive linemen, and his running mate, Tyeler Davison, is especially strong defending the run. Then, at linebacker, De'Vondre Campbell and Deion Jones are both above-average run stoppers. Campbell and Jones have tallied 44 and 41 total tackles this season, respectively, both good ranking within the top-24 of the league, making for one of the most consistent `linebacking corps in the NFL. In the secondary, Ricardo Allen is a liability against the pass but one of the league's strongest run-stopping safeties. This depth across all three levels has allowed the Atlanta Falcons to remain a respectable run defense overall. A tough matchup against an expectedly-run-heavy Saints offense in week 10 will be a massive challenge for Atlanta's defense. The league's top offensive line units have consistently proven to have against top-tier run-defenses this season, and this will serve as the ultimate clash of these two strengths. Expect Alvin Kamara to see significant rushing volume in his return to action in week 10, and the New Orleans Saints' offensive line will afford him a substantial opportunity to finally register a 100-yard rushing day, even against Atlanta's strong run defense.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New York Jets Rushing Offense vs New York Giants Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The New York Jets' rushing attack has been one of the most disappointing units in the entire NFL this season. This offseason, the Jets gave Le'Veon Bell the massive contract he was seeking, then almost immediately fired their general manager. Now both the team's head coach and current general manager are reportedly unhappy with having tied up such a large sum of money in a running back. While Bell typically plays approximately 90-percent of the Jets' offensive snaps; however, he has yet to surpass 70 rushing yards or 4.67 yards per carry in any game in a Jets uniform, but the blame does not rest solely on his shoulders. The Jets' offensive line has been an unmitigated disaster this season. Kelechi Osemele, the team's original starting left guard, was recently released from the team following a series of off-the-field disagreements with the Jets' training staff and upper-management. Ryan Kalil, the team's starting center, is also questionable for this week's game against the New York Giants. The odds are stacked against Le'Veon Bell once again this week, as the New York Giants' formidable front-seven will likely overmatch the Jets' offensive line in the trenches, leaving Bell with little room to operate.

While the New York Giants have faced an exceptionally-high volume of rushing attempts throughout their 2-7 start to the 2019 season, their defensive strength defending the run is obvious. The Giants rank 13th in the NFL in yards per carry allowed; however, they have faced one of the league's toughest schedules of opposing rushing attacks. Along the defensive line, the Giants field a plethora of top-of-the-line run-stoppers. Rookie Dexter Lawrence stands out as not only one of the best run-stopping rookies in the NFL, but one of the best rookies overall this season. Lawrence, along with Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill, combine to form one of the league's best run-stopping defensive lines. At linebacker, although Alec Ogletree is an undersized liability in run support, his running mate, David Mayo, is a physical player that specializes in stopping the run. In the secondary, Antoine Bethea is one of the NFL's most physical safeties. He registered his first interception of the season last week against the Dallas Cowboys, but even this was a product of his run-stopping tendencies. Bethea crashed down on a play-action fake, Dak Prescott did not see him coming down, and he hit Bethea right between the numbers attempting to throw a slant-route. As a seasoned-veteran, Bethea's top-end speed to keep up with opposing wide receivers has faded over time, but his physicality and run-stopping prowess have not. Overall, the New York Jets will have their work cut out for themselves, attempting to run on the Giants' deep and talented run defense. Expect another low-efficiency rushing performance from Le'Veon Bell, and his season-high rushing total of just 70 yards will likely last for another week.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Oakland Raiders Rushing Offense vs Los Angeles Chargers Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Josh Jacobs cruised to 120 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the heels of a season-high 28 carries last week against an advantageous matchup with the Lions. Jacobs has now exceeded 20 carries in four games this season while rushing for 120 or more yards in three of his last four outings. The rookie is now averaging 92.5 rushing yards per game with nearly five yards per rush attempt. He has been playing through a shoulder injury for the past two games, but Jacobs showed no signs of limitations with his heavy workload last week and should be good to go on the short week for this Thursday. Oakland was without starting center Rodney Hudson for the second game last week, and while it did not show in Jacobs’ stats, backup center Andre James was terrible in his first full game under center. It could be more of the same with Hudson not expected to suit up for Thursday. In addition, right tackle Trent Brown was forced from last week’s game with a knee injury and will be questionable coming into this game. If both Brown and Hudson are out, what was a possible top-tier offensive line becomes average, at best, with the outlook for Jacobs also negatively impacted.

After giving up an average of 133 rushing yards and one touchdown per game to opposing running backs from Weeks 5 through 8, the Chargers ratcheted down against the run in Week 9 as they limited Packers running backs to only 40 rushing yards from 10 attempts. Last week was the best game of the season for this run defense as everything seemed to be clicking while key contributors from the secondary--notably Rayshawn Jenkins and Desmond King--made a number of plays against the run. The Chargers do still have question marks on the defensive line as rookie Jerry Tillery is still off to a slow start while both Justin Jones and Brandon Mebane remain sidelined and questionable for this week. Linebacker Denzel Perryman was forced from last week’s game with a knee injury and is questionable coming into Thursday on a short week. While Perryman hasn’t been particularly effective against the run, his absence would still put this defense in a bad spot as depth behind him is suspect. With all the injury questions, it is tough to expect this suspect Chargers run defense to repeat their success from last week--especially against what is still an average Raiders offensive line even if they are also down a couple of starters.

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San Francisco 49ers Rushing Offense vs Seattle Seahawks Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

San Francisco's high-volume rushing attack is able to support multiple respectable rushing producers, but none that jump off of the page. Since Tevin Coleman returned from injury a few weeks ago, he has typically played approximately 50-to-60-percent of offensive snaps for the 49ers, with his overall rushing attempt numbers fluctuating between 11 and 20 attempts, depending on the game script and score. For the most part, Coleman has lacked efficiency on the ground, aside from a strong showing in week 5 against the Cleveland Browns and a week 8 performance against the Carolina Panthers that was bolstered by a 48-yard rushing touchdown. San Francisco's other primary option at running back, Matt Breida, is one of the more impressive and efficient running backs in the NFL with the ball in his hands, even if his volume has been limited throughout his career by various nagging injuries. Breida has dealt with various minor injuries this season. Still, fortunately, he has been able to stay on the field for San Francisco, typically playing 30 and 40-percent of the offensive snaps for the 49ers every week. On the season, Breida averages 5.3 yards per carry. Yet, his role in the 49ers' offense remains relatively limited, as head coach Kyle Shannahan has no shortage of options to utilize in the ground game. San Francisco's offensive line may receive a boost here in week 10, as both Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey are questionable for this NFC West clash after each has missed extended time due to leg injuries. Staley and McGlinchey are arguably the 49ers' two top offensive linemen, and their reintroduction into the starting lineup would greatly benefit all San Francisco's running backs.

The Seattle Seahawks' run defense ranks as a middle-of-the-road unit according to most metrics, in large part thanks to a schedule loaded with formidable rushing attacks. Along the defensive line, the Seahawks field one of the league's deepest units of above-average run-stoppers. On the edge, Jadeveon Clowney is one of the NFL's most well-rounded rushers, grading as an elite pass-rusher and run-stopper. On the interior, Al Woods, Poona Ford, and Quinton Jefferson all ranks as well-above-average run-defenders. While Jefferson is questionable for week 10 against the 49ers, the Seahawks are deep enough to make up for his absence if he is unable to suit up. Then, at linebacker, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright are two of the league's best run-stoppers. Both Wagner and Wright are elite at filling rushing lanes as well as finishing tackles. Wagner has 45 total tackles on the season, ranking 14th in the NFL, while Wright has 39 tackles of his own, good enough for 23rd in the league. Seattle's elite front-seven makes up for the lack of run-stopping talent in the secondary. They attempted to bolster the unit leading up to the trade deadline by acquiring Quandre Diggs from the Detroit Lions, but he will likely miss week 10 due to a hamstring injury. In his place, rookie second-round pick, Marquise Blair will likely move into the starting lineup. Blair's run-stopping prowess pales in comparison to Diggs, but the difference is not significant enough to warrant an overall downgrade to Seattle's run-defense as a whole. Seattle's run defense has faced a tough schedule throughout the first half of the 2019 campaign, and they kick off the second-half against another elite run offense. In a true battle of strength-against-strength, it is unclear which unit has the upper-hand in this Monday's battle of the two top teams in the NFC West.

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Cincinnati Bengals Rushing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Joe Mixon is drastically overqualified for this lackluster Bengals offense. Mixon boasts one of the best athletic profiles in the game, an electric speedster at over 220 pounds. He’s looked spry and done his best to maximize the situation, but there a lot of roadblocks here. His front line is solidly one of the league’s worst, currently ranked 31st by Footballguys’ Matt Bitonti.

The team’s punchless passing game doesn’t help matters, and if Andy Dalton couldn’t grease the wheels, it’s unlikely rookie Ryan Finley will. Mixon is likely facing a Week 10 (and beyond) of smashing helplessly into his line more often than not. He’ll always carry upside as one of football’s most dynamic runners, but that ceiling is often too hard to find, and his floor has been devastating. He’s only topped 70 yards once in 7 full games, and he’s been held below 20 in 3 of those.

The Ravens run defense has spent 2019 in transition, but continues to dominate on a regular basis. Losing stalwarts C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs, and Eric Weddle in the offseason - as well as a few starters mid-year - has barely been noticed in the results. Their only hiccup thus far came back in Week 4, when Nick Chubb rode a handful of long runs into 165 yards and 3 touchdowns. Aside from that game, they’ve allowed running backs just 3.5 yards per carry and 54 per game. When these two teams squared off in Week 6, Joe Mixon managed just 10 yards on 8 attempts. Clearly, this isn’t a matchup to test in fantasy, especially this week. Mixon’s best-case scenario is to break off a chunk run or two; he likely won’t find much room against this front seven. Down linemen Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams are dominant space-eaters who set the table for the linebackers to roam freely. Linebackers Josh Bynes and L.J. Fort have excelled in recent weeks, sharing Mosley’s role to a much better degree than expected. And Chuck Clark has stepped in nicely for injured safety Tony Jefferson to boot. Simply put, there isn’t much reason to believe in the Bengals’ low-impact attack this week.

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Dallas Cowboys Rushing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

After giving Ezekiel Elliott a record-setting contract this offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have certainly gotten their money's worth through the first eight weeks of the 2019 season. Elliott has recorded 3 consecutive games with at least 22 carries and 105 rushing yards for the Cowboys, and aside from a week 1 game he had just a few days to prepare for and a week 5 blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers, he averages over 22 carries per game this season. Elliott is one of the few remaining bell-cow running backs in the NFL, playing over 80-percent of offensive snaps in each of Dallas' last 5 games. Elliott has the privilege of running behind arguably the NFL's best offensive line once again in 2019, which bodes very well for his rushing totals. Dallas consistently dominates opponents in the trenches, especially when they're fully healthy, which they are right now. The Cowboys' offense, as a whole, averages 5.0 yards per carry this season, the fourth-best mark in the NFL, but they will be put to the test in week 10 when they play host to the Minnesota Vikings' formidable run defense.

The Minnesota Vikings' run defense is a strong unit that has faced very limited volume thus far in 2019. Their defense is littered with elite run-stopping talent at all three levels, with expected improvement from some notable veterans. Along the defensive line, Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter, and Linval Joseph make up one of the most consistent run-stopping trios in the NFL. Linval Joseph's 2019 production has slightly declined from the levels he has reached in years past, and it would come as no surprise if his performance improves in the coming weeks. At linebacker, Eric Kendricks is one of the NFL's best do-it-all players. Kendricks ranks 4th in the league with 51 total tackles thus far this season, and his run-stopping prowess is unmatched at the position. In the secondary, Anthony Harris has established himself as one of the NFL's premier all-around safeties. His running-mate, Harrison Smith, has long been one of the best run-stopping defensive backs in the league, but 2019 has been a downswing for him in this regard. His lengthy resume leads one to believe that he will right the ship sooner rather than later, which would only serve to bolster an already impressive unit. The Vikings have allowed only two rushing touchdowns this season, the lowest total in the NFL, but they will be put to the test in week 10. During a Sunday night matchup with Dallas' imposing rushing attack and offensive line, the Minnesota Vikings' defensive front will need to take its play to another level if they want to have any hope of stifling Ezekiel Elliott and preventing him from tallying a 4th straight 100-yard day.

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Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Offense at Tennessee Titans Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Chiefs rushing offense would have put forth yet another disappointing showing if not for a 91-yard touchdown run from Damien Williams in last week’s win over the Vikings. Williams led the backfield with 12 carries, and he would have averaged just 3.1 yards per attempt without counting that big run in the third quarter. Williams had yet to exceed 30 rushing yards in a game leading up to last week, but he has at least found the end zone lately with a rushing touchdown in back-to-back weeks. It had actually been LeSean McCoy who had looked like the best running back in this backfield, but he has worked firmly behind Williams in back-to-back weeks with just 12 rushes compared to 19 from Williams. The Chiefs offensive line has been in shambles from injuries to three starters over the past couple of weeks. They may again be without left tackle Eric Fisher this week, who is their best offensive lineman. Right guard Laurent Duverynay-Tardif also missed last week’s game and is questionable coming into this one.

The Titans defense had their worst game of the season against the run last week, giving up 146 yards and two touchdowns to MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey. It was a tough day as the offense struggled to sustain drives and gave up three turnovers that kept the defense on the field. The Titans were also without top defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, who was surprisingly held out with a shoulder injury that popped up late last week. Casey’s practice status must be watched, as this run defense is certainly not as effective without him. Casey did miss practice on Wednesday, so the Thursday practice will be critical. However, the play from both Daquon Jones and Jeffrey Simmons has been very impressive while they are also supported by a top-tier run defending safety in Kevin Byard along with a solid group of linebackers. Even if Casey does remain sidelined, this is still a slightly above-average run defense. However, if Casey can indeed suit up, this remains a top tier run defense that should have minimal issues against the Chiefs offensive line.

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Los Angeles Rams Rushing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Rams dominated the NFL on the ground in 2018, but this is year’s version is a much different animal. Through 8 weeks, they sit just 19th league-wide in rushing yards per game (97) and 24th on a per-carry basis (3.9). Despite a firm grip on the lead role, Todd Gurley hasn’t produced more than 51 yards in a game since Week 2. There are subtle differences between last year’s group and this one, including a big hole at left guard, where the team lost its best blocker (Roger Saffold) in the offseason and his replacement (Joseph Notebloom) to injured reserve. Of course, Jared Goff’s noticeable regression as a passer hasn’t helped. With the Rams’ downfield game lacking, defenses are able to key more easily on Gurley and Darrell Henderson. That’s resulted in lots of stuffs at the line, and it’s limited their chances to break big, game-changing runs. A date with the Steelers’ stingy run defense doesn’t make for an ideal get-right opportunity.

The Steelers continue to field a strong defense, though not an impenetrable one. Dating back to Week 4, they’ve allowed only two runners (Lamar Jackson and Marlon Mack) to top 65 yards. That said, there are some exploitable points in play here. The Steelers still struggle with agile, quick-footed runners, as Jackson and Mack (among others) have shown. The team misses underrated star lineman Stephon Tuitt, and they’re still seeking out their best linebacker rotation. Rookie Devin Bush alternates big plays with head-scratching ones, while Mark Barron, long a major liability against the run, still draws 40+ snaps a game. That allows opposing runners to turn short gains into solid ones, and solid ones into huge ones. This is a dicey unit to test in fantasy, but it can pay off in the right matchup.

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New York Giants Rushing Offense at New York Jets Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The New York Giants' rushing attack has been extremely disappointing this season after making significant investments in bolstering the offensive line this offseason. Whether it has been Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, or Jon Hillman in the backfield, the Giants' running backs have struggled to build any momentum this season. Even Saquon Barkley, one of the most talented running backs in the NFL, has failed to eclipse 4.0 yards per carry in any game since week two against the Buffalo Bills. Barkley possesses a nearly-unmatched ability to break off long runs and salvage respectable rushing totals amidst an otherwise dreadful performance. The Giants' offensive line is one of the NFL's worst run-blocking units, and they will likely be overmatched in the trenches once again in week 10. Unless Saquon Barkley racks up yardage in large chunks on Sunday afternoon, he will likely struggle to keep the New York Giants ahead of the chains via the ground game.

The New York Jets field the league's number-one defense in yards per carry allowed through the first eight games of the 2019 NFL season. Although they recently dealt away Leonard Williams and Steve McLendon's status for week 10 is in jeopardy, the Jets have the requisite depth in the trenches to overcome these losses. Rookie Quinnen Williams is one of the most-hyped young prospects in the NFL, and his NFL production to date has been respectable. Folorunso Fatukasi has also been a pleasant surprise for the Jets this season. As a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, nobody expected this level of production out of Fatukasi this early in his NFL career, but he has been an elite run-stopper in 2019. At linebacker, Brandon Copeland has filled in for C.J. Mosley in recent weeks. In his limited action, Copeland has been an above-average run-stopper this season, which aligns with his career-long production. Lastly, in the secondary, Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams combine to form one of the league's most physical safety pairings. Neither player leaves the field for seemingly any reason, and they both have a knack for finding the football and blowing up opposing rushing attacks. Week 10 is shaping up to be a long day at the office for Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants' rushing attack. The New York Jets top-ranked run defense in yards per carry allowed is poised to dominate in the trenches, and with the team's elite run-stopping safeties, they are as well-equipped to contain Barkley's patented chunk-plays as any team in the NFL.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Rushing Offense vs Los Angeles Rams Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Steelers’ Week 10 outlook remains up in the air, as James Conner again looks to be on track for another late-week decision as he was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. If he can suit up, he’ll come fresh off a 145-yard breakout against the Dolphins and a week of rest. Still, it’s worth noting that that was his first finish above 55 on the season. Conner works behind an imposing front line, but he lacks the speed and suddenness to consistently maximize those running lanes. He can certainly feast when game flow is on his side, but his overall upside is capped with the offense in such transition. Opposing defenses aren’t respecting Mason Rudolph’s downfield arm much, which keeps the clamps on the run game. Last week in Conner’s absence, the Steelers split work between Trey Edmunds (12 carries for 73 yards) and Jaylen Samuels (8 for 10). Most of that production came on a single Edmunds run; apart from that, they averaged just 2.0 yards per attempt. Whoever leads this attack in Week 10 will likely see even less big-play opportunity against the Rams’ imposing front.

Despite a daunting schedule of opposing runners, the Rams run defense has held up generally well thus far. They’re holding opponents to just 3.6 yards per rush, third-best in the league, despite early matchups against Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Nick Chubb, and Chris Carson. With Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers dominating up front, the Rams tend to win frequently at the point of attack. That opens things up for linebacker Cory Littleton, who continues to improve by the week, to roam and pursue. Littleton (99% of snaps thus far) is the Rams’ only fixture at linebacker, and his open-field playmaking is more than crucial to this group. This isn’t looked at as a shutdown fantasy unit, but perhaps it should be. They’ve held up decently well in brutal matchups, and they’ve taken care of business in the weaker ones.

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Arizona Cardinals Rushing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

David Johnson is tentatively expected to return to action Sunday, but he’ll likely be stepping into a full-blown timeshare. While he and Chase Edmonds sat and watched, new acquisition Kenyan Drake shredded the daunting San Francisco defense for 110 yards and a touchdown. Drake looked as explosive as ever - more so than Johnson and Edmonds have - as he churned out 5+ yards on 64% of his attempts. Edmonds isn’t expected back this week, which should put Johnson and Drake into some degree of a two-man committee. Johnson is the incumbent, but he hasn’t been an efficient runner in years, and he’s averaging just 3.9 yards per rush on the year. Drake has long been one of football’s most explosive runners, dating all the way back to his Alabama days. He’s averaged 4.7 of his own over 3+ seasons, always hampered by distrustful coaches and terrible offenses in Miami. Going forward, it’s hard to project either back ahead of the other in terms of volume. In the Cardinals’ fast-paced scheme (a league-high 63 snaps per game), there’s fantasy value to be had from two backs at once. But both Johnson and Drake have to be given tight ceilings while there’s so much uncertainty. They’ll also work behind a shaky, banged-up front line, and they’ll lose a few rushing opportunities to quarterback Kyler Murray.

Finally, in Week 9, the Buccaneers’ dominant run defense allowed a runner (Chris Carson) to top 75 yards on the ground. They’ve faced a daunting list of opposing runners, but have risen to the occasion, shutting down the likes of Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Todd Gurley, and Saquon Barkley (a combined ). Even in last week’s hiccup, Carson produced 56% of his yardage on a single run; he managed just 3.1 per rush on his others. With 347-pound youngster Vita Vea controlling the nose at an All-Pro level, opponents are finding few holes on the interior. The linebackers have been a bit concerning on the second level, with prized rookie Devin White working back from injury and still getting his NFL legs. It was White’s lack of gap discipline, as well as a team-wide bout of shoddy tackling, that sprung Carson’s long run last week. Overall, though, this is a difficult matchup to test in fantasy. The Cardinals boast explosive runners, but likely don’t have the line to consistently keep this front seven down.

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Atlanta Falcons Rushing Offense at New Orleans Saints Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Atlanta Falcons' offense has been an extremely pass-heavy unit thus far in 2019, in large part thanks to the hefty deficits they have faced on the scoreboard for much of the season. Devonta Freeman is the team's number-one running back this season, but the backup, Ito Smith, spells him on a regular basis when he is healthy. Ito Smith missed Atlanta's last outing due to a concussion, and he is questionable for week 10. With Smith inactive this season, Freeman typically plays close to 80-percent of offensive snaps. However, Freeman has been unable to convert the increased snap-count into significant production this season, topping out at 19 carries for 88 yards in week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals. Freeman has yet to find the end zone this season, thanks to a pairing of pass-heavy play-calling in the red zone and along with a bit of bad luck. When Ito Smith is active, Freeman plays closer to 60-percent of offensive snaps for the Falcons, while Smith plays the remaining 30-to-40-percent of snaps. Smith's season-high for carries is just six, which he recorded in the season-opener, making him a non-factor aside from the fact that he is taking snaps away from Devonta Freeman. Atlanta's offensive line has been horrific this season. Aside from left tackle Jake Matthews and center Alex Mack, they have heavily rotated players in and out of the starting lineup, searching for the perfect combination along the front-line. On the season, the Falcons average just 3.7 yards per carry, which ranks 25th in the NFL, and this low-volume rushing attack is likely in for another long day at the office when they take on the New Orleans Saints in week 10.

The New Orleans Saints' run defense is one of the best units in the NFL, ranking in the top third of the NFL in both raw rushing totals and efficiency numbers allowed. New Orleans' defense is filled with top-end run-stopping talent at all three levels. Along the defensive line, Cameron Jordan, Marcus Davenport, and David Onyemata all grade as reliable run-stoppers in the trenches. Then, at linebacker, Demario Davis is an elite run-defender. Davis' 41 total tackles rank 24th in the NFL this season, and he rarely misses a tackle once he is in position. In the secondary, Vonn Bell is an elite run-stopping safety. While he struggles in coverage, his physical style of play is tailor-made for his run-support duties. Then, Eli Apple and Marcus Williams round out the secondary as above-average run-stoppers, leaving no discernible weakness anywhere in the Saints' run defense. The Saints have faced one of the NFL's tougher slates of run-offenses this season, but they've been up to the task defensively. New Orleans held Leonard Fournette to just 72 yards on 20 carries, Ezekiel Elliott to 35 yards on 18 carries, and Chris Carson to only 52 yards on 15 carries over their last 5 games. Given their success against top-flight rushing attacks, there is little reason to believe that the struggling Atlanta Falcons' rush offense will be able to gash the Saints and produce their first 100-yard-rusher of the 2019 season. Temper expectations for the Falcons once again in week 10, as they are heavy underdogs, which will likely lead to another low-volume rushing attack. Also, as an overmatched unit in the trenches, Atlanta's efficiency levels are unlikely to improve this weekend.

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Miami Dolphins Rushing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

As if things were not bad enough for the Dolphins rushing offense, try taking away both top running backs to see how things fare for this group. That is exactly what has happened within the past few days as Kenyan Drake was traded away just after Week 8, and his top candidate for replacement, Mark Walton, has now been suspended four weeks for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. This should leave the three-down role to Kallen Ballage unless the Dolphins add another running back before this week’s game. Ballage has worked as no more than a clear second running back for this offense, and he has truly done little to inspire any confidence that he can have success in a lead back role--averaging 2.7 yards per carry or fewer in all but one game this season. With what is close to the worst run-blocking offensive line in football and Kallen Ballage at the helm of this backfield, keep expectations extremely low for the Dolphins rushing offense.

The Colts limited the Steelers to just 90 rushing yards last week as they were, for the most part, suffocating in run defense. While Trey Edmunds broke off one long 45-yard run, there were virtually no yards to be had on the ground beyond that one play. The Colts have now given up an average of just 80 rushing yards per game just one rushing touchdown to running backs in their past six games, fueling their ranking of allowing the third-fewest fantasy points per game (non-PPR) to opposing running backs since Week 3. Linebacker Darius Leonard remains the rock of this defense, playing almost a bit too physical last week as he was rung up for two costly unnecessary roughness penalties. Interior defender Denico Autry has been excellent at plugging holes on the line, while safety Malik Hooker has been a valuable asset against the run since returning from injury in Week 8. Overall, this group has a very clear advantage over a woeful Dolphins rushing offense.

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Seattle Seahawks Rushing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

After some early-season fumbling issues jeopardized his playing time and role in Seattle's offense, Chris Carson has rebounded well and made it obvious why the team favors him as their bell-cow running back in 2019. Carson has not coughed the ball up since week three against the Saints, and subsequently, his playing time and involvement in Seattle's offense have been approaching the league-leaders in both categories. Carson has played at least 76-percent of offensive snaps in 5 out of the 6 games since then while registering at least 20 carries in every game except for last week's pass-heavy shootout against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Carson is one of the most consistent and reliable running backs in the NFL this year, and it takes just a few plays to realize why he is Pete Carroll's favored running back over last year's first-round pick, Rashaad Penny. Chris Carson ranks second in the NFL in total rushing attempts on the season, and now with Seattle's offensive line returning to full-strength with Duane Brown and D.J. Fluker returning from injury, he is poised to make some noise in a shockingly-favorable matchup with the San Francisco 49ers here in week 10.

The 49ers defense has been one of the league's best to open the 2019 season thanks to a combination of an elite pass-defense and an easy schedule. Against the run, however, San Francisco trends towards being a below-average unit after peeling back the layers of their defense. Along the defensive line, Arik Armstead is an elite run-stopper, but the rest of the unit specializes in putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, rather than stopping the run. The linebacker position has been a definitive weakness for the 49ers in run-support all season, and they lost one of their starters, Kwon Alexander, for the season due to a torn pectoral last week. In his place, Dre Greenlaw will slot into the starting lineup. In limited playing time this season, Greenlaw has been a below-average run-stopper, and he will likely continue to struggle in increased playing time. Fred Warner, San Francisco's other starting linebacker, is one of the league's worst run-stopping linebackers. Warner is horrific at both putting himself in a position to make an impact as well as finishing tackles when he does have an opportunity. In the secondary, the lone bright spot is safety Jimmy Ward. Ward is an above-average run-stopper, but as an undersized safety, he is a poor tackler. On the season, the 49ers rank 22nd in yards per carry allowed, but a schedule full of low-volume rushing attacks has kept their raw totals at a respectable level. Expect the Seattle Seahawks' run-heavy offense to establish the run early in the game on Monday night, with Chris Carson seeing the bulk of the action against the 49ers' potentially-overrated run defense.

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