Fantasy RB Rankings Week 11: Who to start, sit at running back in fantasy football


Running back was a disaster last week prior to kickoff. Not only did fantasy football owners deal with the customary byes, but we also had to deal with a slew of injuries and “questionable” backs. This week, we have just two byes (Rams, Broncos), but with several RBs back or expected to return this week — plus new injury and matchup concerns — our Week 11 fantasy RB rankings are some of the toughest we’ve had to put together all season.

As usual, matchups are all over the board this week. Studs like Jonathan Taylor (vs. Bills), Austin Ekeler (vs. Steelers), Cordarrelle Patterson (vs. Patriots), James Robinson (vs. 49ers), D’Andre Swift (vs. Browns), and Saquon Barkley (vs. Buccaneers) are in tough spots on paper, but they’ll be in all fantasy lineups as long as they’re healthy. The tougher calls are guys like Alex Collins/Chris Carson (vs. Cardinals), Jordan Howard/Boston Scott (vs. Saints), Zack Moss/Devin Singletary (@ Colts), and Antonio Gibson (vs. Panthers), who are also in interesting spots but will likely be in a lot of lineups. However, things are more complicated in Buffalo with Matt Breida stealing touches, and Philadelphia could see the return of Miles Sanders (ankle), so stay tuned there.

Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay (@ Titans) likely aren’t in consideration for a lot of fantasy owners, but we wanted to point out that after this week, their matchups will soon get better. Houston is set to face the Jets in Week 12, Seahawks in Week 14, Jaguars in Week 15, and the Chargers in Week 16 — all of which are poor run defenses. You can probably get Johnson and Lindsay for cheap (possibly for free), so it’s not a terrible idea to grab one now to prepare for the stretch run. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

In terms of favorable matchups, AJ Dillon (@ Vikings), Darrel Williams/Clyde Edwards-Helaire (vs. Cowboys), Michael Carter (vs. Dolphins), Myles Gaskin (@ Jets), and D’Onta Foreman/Adrian Peterson (vs. Texans) look good this week. The latter three have top-seven matchups, so it will be hard to keep them out of lineups. Even backups Ty Johnson (vs. Dolphins), Eno Benjamin (@ Seahawks), and Jeremy McNichols (vs. Texans) have some flex upside, especially in PPR leagues. Tony Pollard (@ Chiefs) is another backup in a decent spot.

Overall, health will go a long way toward determining starts and sits. Whether it’s someone like Devonta Freeman (@ Bears) or Mark Ingram (@ Eagles) getting more or fewer carries due to the health of Latavius Murray (ankle) or Alvin Kamara (knee), respectively, or simply whether Nick Chubb (COVID), Damien Harris (concussion), Kareem Hunt (calf) and Aaron Jones (knee) return and go into lineups, fantasy owners will have a lot of tough decisions this week. We’ll be here to help with all of your difficult choices.

Note: We’ll be updating these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for analysis and the latest player movement.

Fantasy RB Rankings Week 11: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on standard, non-PPR scoring

1Najee Harris, PIT @ LAC
2Nick Chubb, CLE vs. DET
3Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ KC
4Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. WAS
5Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. GB
6James Conner, ARI @ SEA
7Leonard Fournette, TB vs. NYG
8Alvin Kamara, NO @ PHI
9Josh Jacobs, LV vs. CIN
10Jonathan Taylor, IND @ BUF
11Austin Ekeler, LAC vs. PIT
12David Montgomery, CHI vs. BAL
13Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL vs. NE
14James Robinson, JAX vs. SF
15AJ Dillon, GB @ MIN
16D’Andre Swift, DET @ CLE
17Elijah Mitchell, SF @ JAX
18Joe Mixon, CIN @ LV
19Saquon Barkley, NYG @ TB
20Michael Carter, NYJ vs. MIA
21Damien Harris, NE @ ATL
22Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC vs. DAL
23Myles Gaskin, MIA @ NYJ
24Chris Carson, SEA vs. ARI
25Antonio Gibson, WAS @ CAR
26Devonta Freeman, BAL @ CHI
27D’Onta Foreman, TEN vs. HOU
28Mark Ingram, NO @ PHI
29Ty Johnson, NYJ vs. MIA
30Kenyan Drake, LV vs. CIN
31Darrel Williams, KC vs. DAL
32Tony Pollard, DAL @ KC
33Jordan Howard, PHI vs. NO
34JD McKissic, WAS @ CAR
35Zack Moss, BUF vs. IND
36Adrian Peterson, TEN vs. HOU
37Jamaal Williams, DET @ CLE
38Devin Singletary, BUF vs. IND
39D’Ernest Johnson, CLE vs. DET
40David Johnson, HOU @ TEN
41Rhamondre Stevenson, NE @ ATL
42Phillip Lindsay, HOU @ TEN
43Boston Scott, PHI vs. NO
44Jeremy McNichols, TEN vs. HOU
45Salvon Ahmed, MIA @ NYJ
46Mike Davis, ATL vs. NE
47Nyheim Hines, IND @ BUF
48Brandon Bolden, NE @ ATL
49Samaje Perine, CIN @ LV
50Le’Veon Bell, BAL @ CHI
51Ronald Jones II, TB vs. NYG
52Khalil Herbert, CHI @ BAL
53Alex Collins, SEA vs. ARI
54Eno Benjamin, ARI @ SEA
55Devontae Booker, NYG @ TB
56Matt Breida, BUF vs. IND
57Derrick Gore, KC vs. DAL
58JaMycal Hasty, SF @ JAX
59Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. GB
60Carlos Hyde, JAX vs. SF
61Chuba Hubbard, CAR vs. WAS
62Giovani Bernard, TB vs. NYG
63Jaret Patterson, WAS @ CAR
64Kenneth Gainwell, PHI vs. NO
65Damien Williams, CHI vs. BAL
66Jerick McKinnon, KC vs. DAL
67Rashaad Penny, SEA vs. ARI
68Ty’Son Williams, BAL @ CHI
69Larry Rountree III, LAC vs. PIT

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