There are a few running backs widely available that either have good matchups heading into Week 10, or had successful Week 9 performances, or could benefit from an injury. With that in mind, here are six running backs with under 50% ownership in traditional fantasy football leagues that managers can consider picking up for Week 10.
Duke Johnson, Houston Texans (16 percent)
Next up — @CLE, NE, @DET, IND, @CHI
Johnson hasn’t been able to showcase what he can do behind David Johnson this year, but the starter suffered a concussion in Week 9 and opened up the door for the backup to produce. Duke rushed for 41 yards and a score while also catching four passes for 32 yards. He should continue to do a little bit of everything if Houston’s RB1 is forced to sit in Week 10.
Wayne Gallman Jr., New York Giants (25 percent)
Next up — PHI, BYE, @CIN, @SEA, ARI
Gallman has now scored a touchdown in three straight games. While New York has been using a host of backs, Gallman has dominated the touches while Devonta Freeman has been sidelined by an ankle injury. He hasn’t done a ton of catching out of the backfield lady but has the skill set to be an asset through the air.
J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team (24 percent)
Next up — WAS, @CAR, HOU, @CHI, GB
Antonio Gibson is Washington’s lead back but McKissic gets a hefty share of touches through the air and remains a constant threat out of the backfield. McKissic is only second to Terry McLaurin in receptions and caught a season-high nine passes on 14 targets in Week 9. If Alex Smith continues to start for Washington. McKissic could be in for a lot more targets.
Jordan Howard, Miami Dolphins (34 percent)
Next up — LAC, @DEN, @NYJ, CIN, KC
Injuries to Myles Gaskin and Matt Breida forced Miami to hand the top spot on the running back depth chart to Howard. While his yards per carry in any given game are often horrendous, he remains the Dolphins’ goal line back and can make up for his lack of yardage with touchdowns; There’s no telling whether Breida or Kansas City Chiefs import DeAndre Washington will be part of the game plan in Week 10, but Howard could be a sneaky good pickup if he falls into the end zone a few more times.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (37 percent)
Next up — @NE, TEN, @PIT, DAL, @CLE
Edwarsd outperformed J.K. Dobbins in Week 9 but neither back was dominant while Mark Ingram missed a second straight game. Dobbins has 78 percent rostership despite having fewer carries, rushing yards, and touchdowns than Edwards. Dobbins really only has an edge in pass catching, so Edwards is a viable, under-the-radar play who should get more attention as part of Batimore’s dynamic rushing attack.
Kalen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers (0 percent)
Next up — @MIA, NYJ, @BUF, NE, ATL
Most expected Joshua Kelley to take over as the Chargers’ lead back when Justin Jackson went down with an injury early in Week 9, but Ballage ended up getting the bulk of the touches. He notched a team-high 15 carries and ran for 69 yards and a score. Ballage also caught two passes for 15 yards. Kelley’s production is sliding and he could be leapfrogged on the depth chart once again in Week 10.