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Week 10 was tough for running backs. Saquon Barkley struggled against the Jets, and overall just doesn’t seem healthy. Le’Veon Bell’s easier part of the schedule hasn’t mattered much, although PPR leagues he has at least racked up receptions. Devonta Freeman is likely out a few weeks, with Brian Hill being a popular waiver wire option. The Cardinals are also going to be a pain for David Johnson and Kenyan Drake the rest of the way. As far as bye weeks go this week, Barkley, Aaron Jones, Chris Carson, and Derrick Henry are all on bye. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 11 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. These are the top ranked running backs, with season long stats, and their projections for Week 11.
Week 11 Running Back Rankings + Stats & Projections
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Week 11 Studs
It is a good week for Ezekiel Elliott, who gets the Lions as a road favorite indoors. The Lions are allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing backs this season, and rank 18th against the run. Elliott is averaging 4.7 yards per attempt this season, and 19.8 attempts per game. He is locked and loaded as a top three option this week behind Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey. Cook has been a beast, averaging 5.1 yards per attempt, and has nine rushing touchdowns. He gets an average Denver run defense and is in a good home spot with the team likely controlling this game. Josh Jacobs cracks the top five this week as the front runner for the offensive rookie of the year award. For one, Jacobs is averaging 18.7 rushing attempts per game, and 4.8 yards per attempt. He has three games over 100 yards and seven rushing touchdowns. Jacobs will see a favorable Bengals defense that has allowed the 4th most fantasy points per game and rank 29th in DVOA against the run.
Leonard Fournette could have really had a monster fantasy year if the touchdowns were there, but despite 174 rushing attempts, he has just one rushing touchdown. He continues to be excellent on the ground, with over 800 rushing yards on the year, averaging 4.8 yards per attempt. Indy has an overrated run defense, and rank 27th in general. Pittsburgh ranks 16th against the run this season, and have been playing some lights out defense. While Kareem Hunt came in and had a productive day as a wide receiver, Nick Chubb still had 22 touches and had over 120 yards from scrimmage. Melvin Gordon had a strong game against Oakland, and had 23 touches. It was hard to not give him the ball with what he was doing, and he has a great matchup against Kansas City. They rank 28th against the run.
Season Long Streaming/Fill-In Options
It is a tough week for byes again, although Saquon Barkley clearly needs a week off. Derrick Henry is coming off a big game against the Chiefs, and Aaron Jones had another multi-touchdown game. Chris Carson also joins him on bye. If you are in need of some fill in and streaming options, we can start with Brian Hill of the Atlanta Falcons. Freeman is going to be out a few weeks, and Hill will get a 15+ touch workload. Carolina ranks 32nd against the run, and are allowing the third most fantasy points per game this season. There is some concern with Washington’s backfield now that Derrius Guice is back in the mix, but Adrian Peterson has had a solid workload of late, and has been very productive in some good and bad spots. The touchdowns haven’t been there but he has scored 15, 6, 12, and 14 PPR point games over the last four weeks. After the bye he has the Jets, Lions, and Panthers who are all decent matchups. Duke Johnson, JD McKissic, and Kalen Ballage are all streaming options this week. Although this position has thrown us in desperation mode at times.
Tough Week 11 Fantasy Matchups
We can start with Alvin Kamara who faces a stingy Buccaneers defense, and overall Kamara did not have a great day against Atlanta. He has been battling injuries, and that is still a concern for me. While it didn’t hinder his workload a ton in the passing game, he only saw four attempts on the ground. He was decent in his first matchup against the Bucs, going for 17 PPR points, but was held to under 4.0 YPC. The Buccaneers are allowing the second fewest fantasy points per game to opposing backs this season, and Chris Carson is the only back to cross 100 yards on the ground against them this season. Kenyan Drake and David Johnson were nonexistant last week, and they limited Derrick Henry and Christian McCaffrey this season as well. While Kamara is still a start, the ceiling seems to be a bit lower this week.
Mark Ingram will see a 5th ranked Texans defense against the run this week, and I will be looking for more Lamar Jackson running the show anyone. The Patriots running backs are also in a tough spot as the Eagles have a poor secondary, but are good against the run. Sony Michel is more the one I worry about given he is rushing for 3.3 yards a carry and relies heavily on touchdowns. James White is fine. Arizona will go back to a tough ground game against the 49ers, but Drake exposed them in the first meeting. Hard to bank on it again, especially with Johnson somewhat in the mix. Both the Vikings and Steelers present tough matchups for Chubb and the Denver backs. Chubb I feel good about given the volume, but this is a potential bust spot for the Denver backs on the road.
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