Phew! It is such a relief to get through a week of Fantasy Football and not see a barrage of running back injuries. It makes it easier for the So-Called Fantasy Experts to finalize the Week 11 running back rankings. Thankfully, injuries did not even come up in my reaction.
Nevertheless, two RBs suffered minor injuries in Week 10. Ryan Mathews of the Philadelphia Eagles got concussed and has yet to practice through Wednesday of this week. He needs to be cleared through the league’s concussion protocol to be eligible for this week’s game. Otherwise, look for DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles to get more snaps against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday.
T.J. Yeldon expects to play Thursday night despite injuring his foot in Week 10 and started this week wearing a walking boot. The boot is off now and Yeldon expects to play Thursday night’s game against the Tennessee Titans. Check the SCFE Injury Report on Thursday for more details.
If you’re having trouble deciding between a few running backs, head to the Start or Sit section for some tips. Moreover, don’t forget to celebrate this last week of byes! The four teams taking a break in Week 11 are the Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers. Believe it or not, my Fantasy teams win a game or two every year because my opponent starts a player on their bye! Don’t be that owner!
This week’s running back rankings reaction is pretty straightforward. There are a handful of RBs trending in the right direction. Likewise, there are several headed in the wrong direction. Take a look at my RB assessments for Week 11 based on the latest Fantasy Football rankings.
Week 11 Running Back Rankings Reaction
Who I Like
Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers
Okay, West won my support with the performances in his last three games. He’s recorded at least 122 total yards of offense in each of the last three games, plus he has at least one TD in each. That’s solid production from an RB replacing one of the league’s best RBs in Jamaal Charles. This week, the Chiefs play the San Diego Chargers, the team with the most Fantasy points allowed per game against RBs (24.5). The favorable matchup and recent burst of production earn West the fourth spot in the running back rankings.
Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins
Not only does McFadden get a soft run defense in the Miami Dolphins this week, he gets back Tony Romo, too. McFadden’s secured the starting RB role in Dallas, as he’s played at least 78 percent of offensive snaps every game since Week 6. In those four games, he’s rushed 93 times for 365 yards and one TD. With Romo back, McFadden could see more targets and put together bigger games. The Dolphins have allowed the second-highest Fantasy points per game against RBs (24). At the nine spot in the running back rankings, McFadden is a must-start RB.
Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts at Atlanta Falcons
Even without Andrew Luck running the offense, Gore’s Week 11 matchup makes him a reliable low-end RB1. He’s not averaging more than 75 yards rushing per game like he did in his prime, but Gore has more receiving yards already in 2015 (135) than in 2014, his last year with the San Francisco 49ers. He also already has four rushing TDs, which ties his 2014 total. His foe this week, the Falcons, have allowed 10 rushing TDs and the second-most receiving yards (583) to RBs this year. At 17th in the running back rankings, consider Gore a must-start.
Frank Gore is currently on pace to rush for 1065 yards. This would be the highest rushing total of a Colts RB since J.Addai in 2007 (1072).
— Seeking Franchise QB (@Colts_Comments) November 15, 2015
Who I Don’t Like
Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens vs. St. Louis Rams
Forsett’s recent struggles look to be a result of play calling, as he has totaled 20 or more carries just twice this year and only five attempts inside the 10 yard line. The latter stands out because he has only two TDs. He’s averaging 68.3 rushing yards per game, down almost 11 yards from his 2014 mark. Even though he faces a St. Louis Rams defense that looked porous in Week 10, Forsett’s an average RB2 in Week 11. Certainly he’s worth starting in deep leagues, but in standard leagues consider replacing him.
Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals
Hill is a bust this year. He’s recorded TDs in just two games this season and has yet to accumulate 70 or more total yards in a game. Hill’s played a smaller percentage of offensive snaps since Week 6: 57, 52, 45, 29. That’s an unfriendly trend for an RB who’s struggled all year. In the Week 11 running back rankings, Hill fell from 18th last week to 27th. Hill’s value has plummeted from where it was at the start of the Fantasy Football season.
Jay Ajayi has 11 carries this season. He already has 3 runs of 15+ yards. Jeremy Hill has 1 run of 15+ yards on 111 carries. — Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) November 17, 2015
Alfred Blue/Jonathan Grimes/Chris Polk, Houston Texans vs. New York Jets
This running-back-by-committee situation isn’t worth the Fantasy investment in Week 11. For one thing, the Texans may not have resurgent QB Brian Hoyer cleared from the league’s concussion protocol, leaving T.J. Yates to command the offense. Chances are, that means a whole lot of DeAndre Hopkins’ targets. One of these three backs could benefit from checkdowns, but their overall production leaves too much to be desired. Blue, Grimes and Polk have totaled 779 yards. Rams’ RB Todd Gurley has rushed for 709 yards.
There you have it, a bunch of RBs who are set to perform or disappoint in Week 11. Again, don’t forget to peruse not just the running back rankings but all positional rankings by using the links below.
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