The Raiders don’t care to force work Derek Carr’s way, so their matchup with the Bengals should be Joah Jacobs plus more Josh Jacobs. I even moved him ahead of Ezekiel Elliott, who is also in a smash spot.
Brian Hill isn’t just in a great DFS spot this week, as he is on the edge of RB1 value against a bad Panthers run defense. Don’t be afraid to play him over someone like Marlon Mack.
The Bills have been awful against the run of late and Kalen Ballage is just awful, but he gets enough work to be startable in a good matchup.
Welcome to Week 11! We’ve got standard running back rankings to get you ready for the coming weekend of fantasy football. For most leagues, there are three weeks remaining before the playoffs, so decisions are that much more critical.
There are some huge names on bye this week, but it also provides a big chance for injured players to get healthy. We’re talking to you, Saquon Barkley!
Devonta Freeman: Ian Rapoport reports that Freeman could miss about two weeks with a foot sprain. Brian Hill will get a big boost in work.
James Conner: The Steelers listed Conner as a full participant on the injury report for Monday, which is just an estimation since they didn’t practice. It appears the team believes he has a good shot at being ready for Thursday Night Football.
Matt Breida: Breida left MNF after aggravating his ankle injury. He will get an MRI to check the extent of the damage.
David Johnson: Johnson never officially left last week’s game with an injury, but his coach says he is “obviously” hampered by his back and ankle injuries. Kenyan Drake saw more work late in Week 10 and appears to be the healthier back right now.
Ty Johnson: Johnson is in concussion protocol. If he can’t play this week, J.D. McKissic would see a significant workload.
Giovani Bernard: Bernard suffered a sprained knee in Week 10 but isn’t projected to miss time.
RB Ranking Tiers
You can’t keep Christian McCaffrey out of the top spot unless you want to be ridiculed and derided, so, he’s my No. 1. Josh Jacobs gets a Tier 1 spot this week against the unfeated Bengals. It says here that “unfeated” isn’t a word, but it does seem to work with this Bengals defense. As long as Matthew Stafford sits again, Ezekiel Elliott should have a lead to work with and a ton of upside.
James Conner should return this week, and if he can stay healthy, will be a strong start against the Browns on Thursday night, as Pittsburgh’s defense has played out of their mind, giving their run game a chance to work. Ronald Jones turned into a PPR player last week to push his numbers up, but Peyton Barber continued to siphon off too much work. The hope for his backers is that he’ll remain a receiving target because there’s a good chance they will trail the Saints this week and need to go mostly to the pass.
Brian Hill is the streamer of the week after getting 22 touches despite Devonta Freeman playing a half.
Adrian Peterson isn’t going to be supplanted by Derrius Guice in his first game back, so he remains a standard flex play until that happens.
Kalen Ballage wasn’t good last week but touched the ball 24 times. As long as he’s getting anywhere close to 20 touches against the Bills, he’s worth a flex-start.
Running Back Standard Rankings, Week 11
|1||Christian McCaffrey||CAR||vs ATL|
|2||Dalvin Cook||MIN||vs DEN|
|3||Josh Jacobs||OAK||vs CIN|
|4||Ezekiel Elliott||DAL||@ DET|
|5||Leonard Fournette||JAC||@ IND|
|6||Melvin Gordon||LAC||vs KC|
|7||James Conner||PIT||@ CLE|
|8||Tevin Coleman||SF||vs ARI|
|9||Nick Chubb||CLE||vs PIT|
|10||Alvin Kamara||NO||@ TB|
|11||Marlon Mack||IND||vs JAC|
|12||Le'Veon Bell||NYJ||@ WAS|
|13||Damien Williams||KC||@ LAC|
|14||Joe Mixon||CIN||@ OAK|
|15||Brian Hill||ATL||@ CAR|
|16||Mark Ingram||BAL||vs HOU|
|17||Todd Gurley||LAR||vs CHI|
|18||Devin Singletary||BUF||@ MIA|
|19||Austin Ekeler||LAC||vs KC|
|20||Miles Sanders||PHI||vs NE|
|21||Ronald Jones II||TB||vs NO|
|22||David Montgomery||CHI||@ LAR|
|23||Carlos Hyde||HOU||@ BAL|
|24||Phillip Lindsay||DEN||@ MIN|
|25||Raheem Mostert||SF||vs ARI|
|26||Sony Michel||NE||@ PHI|
|27||James White||NE||@ PHI|
|28||Adrian Peterson||WAS||vs NYJ|
|29||Kareem Hunt||CLE||vs PIT|
|30||Kalen Ballage||MIA||vs BUF|
|31||Kenyan Drake||ARI||@ SF|
|32||J.D. McKissic||DET||vs DAL|
|33||Royce Freeman||DEN||@ MIN|
|34||Derrius Guice||WAS||vs NYJ|
|35||Frank Gore||BUF||@ MIA|
|36||David Johnson||ARI||@ SF|
|37||Latavius Murray||NO||@ TB|
|38||Jordan Howard||PHI||vs NE|
|39||Jaylen Samuels||PIT||@ CLE|
|40||Alexander Mattison||MIN||vs DEN|
|41||Duke Johnson||HOU||@ BAL|
|42||Tarik Cohen||CHI||@ LAR|
|43||Rex Burkhead||NE||@ PHI|
|44||DeAndre Washington||OAK||vs CIN|
|45||Jalen Richard||OAK||vs CIN|
|46||Nyheim Hines||IND||vs JAC|
|47||Darrel Williams||KC||@ LAC|
|48||Jeff Wilson||SF||vs ARI|
|49||Ty Johnson||DET||vs DAL|
|50||Peyton Barber||TB||vs NO|
|51||Gus Edwards||BAL||vs HOU|
|52||Giovani Bernard||CIN||@ OAK|
|53||Paul Perkins||DET||vs DAL|
|54||Qadree Ollison||ATL||@ CAR|
|55||Boston Scott||PHI||vs NE|
|56||Jordan Wilkins||IND||vs JAC|
|57||Malcolm Brown||LAR||vs CHI|
|58||Kenjon Barner||ATL||@ CAR|
|59||LeSean McCoy||KC||@ LAC|
|60||Patrick Laird||MIA||vs BUF|
|61||Darrell Henderson||LAR||vs CHI|
|62||Tony Pollard||DAL||@ DET|
|63||Darwin Thompson||KC||@ LAC|
|64||Ryquell Armstead||JAC||@ IND|
|65||Bilal Powell||NYJ||@ WAS|
|66||Myles Gaskin||MIA||vs BUF|
|67||Dare Ogunbowale||TB||vs NO|
|68||Trey Edmunds||PIT||@ CLE|
|69||Wendell Smallwood||WAS||vs NYJ|
|70||Reggie Bonnafon||CAR||vs ATL|
|71||Ty Montgomery||NYJ||@ WAS|
|72||CJ Ham||MIN||vs DEN|
|73||Justice Hill||BAL||vs HOU|
|74||Patrick DiMarco||BUF||@ MIA|
|75||Brandon Bolden||NE||@ PHI|
|76||Alex Armah||CAR||vs ATL|
|77||Andy Janovich||DEN||@ MIN|