There are a few running backs widely available that either have good matchups heading into Week 11, or had successful Week 10 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.
Week 11 byes: San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills
Damien Harris, New England Patriots (59 percent)
Next up — @HOU, ARI, @LAC, @LAR, @MIA
Harris isn’t going to be on a glut of waiver wires, but at this point he needs to be picked up in even the shallowest of leagues. He’s not getting into the end zone, which is a problem, but he’s averaging 5.5 yards per carry and has three 100 yard rushing games through six games. A matchup against the Texans in Week 11 will make him a must start.
Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (41 percent)
Next up — GB, TEN, @HOU, @LV, HOU
Trying to figure out the Colts plans each week at running back is impossible, but Hines continues to flash signs that he should be more involved. Last week that showed up on the ground, as he rushed 12 times for 70 yards and a touchdown while also catching five passes for 45 yards and another touchdown. Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Taylor haven’t proven they can run the ball effectively, but will still see work, but Hines has at least won more chances moving forward.
Kalen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers (19 percent)
Next up — NYJ, @BUF, NE, ATL, @LV
It’s tough to know when Austin Ekeler will return, but until he does, Ballage looks like he’s won the short-term starting job. Last week he had 18 carries and five receptions for 102 total yards. He’s not going to blow the league away, but that kind of usage against the Jets this week should be a positive fantasy play.
Alex Collins, Seattle Seahawks (0 percent)
Next up — ARI, @PHI, NYG, NYJ, @WSH
Collins led the way for Seattle against the Rams, rushing 11 times for 43 yards and a touchdown, while catching one pass for four yards. The Seahawks play on Thursday against the Cardinals, so Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde will have to be ready to go on a short week. If they are both out again, Collins makes for a decent flex play.
Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins (6 percent)
Next up — @DEN, @NYJ, CIN, KC, NE
Ahmed led the Dolphins backfield in Week 10 by a wide margin, carrying the ball 21 times for 85 yards and a touchdown and catching his one target for five yards. He could have competition from Matt Breida this week, but he also might have won the starting job for the time being.