It could be do-or-die this week for most teams so, no more playing around as the playoffs will be here before you know it. However, if you have been paying attention to my RB rankings then you shouldn’t have any anxiety this week. If you are having anxiety, don’t worry you can ease it away with my Week 11 RB rankings list.
It is hard to tell if a running back is going to go off or not. Just before his bye week, Christian McCaffrey went off with a historic game. Then just last week Elijah Mitchell out-touched him 18 to 14 carries. You never know who is going to get the most attempts. But, you do know who is going to have the best matchup.
That is where I come in with this week’s RB rankings just for you. I take the stress out of trying to figure out who should be ranked higher based on the matchup.
So on that note, let’s get into this week’s rankings.
Running Back Notes:
- Tony Pollard has been that guy when Ezekiel Elliott is out of the lineup. However, I think Elliott should be back this week. But, that doesn’t change the fact that I have Pollard ranked as my RB14 and Elliott as my RB41. The only downside is the Cowboys have the Vikings this week, who have been shut down against the run. But, Pollard has been so explosive it is hard not to start him this week. Especially if Elliott is out again. In Pollard’s last two weeks he has four touchdowns and 246 rushing yards.
- Just below Pollard, I have Jamaal Williams as my RB15. Williams on the other hand has been going off despite D’Andre Swift being in the lineup. The Lions also have a tough match against the Giants this week but have been too efficient not to start. He has only finished outside the top 20 three times this year. I don’t see Swift taking any carries away, maybe a goal-line touch or two. But, this is Williams’ backfield now.
- James Conner would be ranked higher, but he has a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. But, don’t let that scare you, I have Conner as my RB18 despite the matchup. Just the week the Cardinals cut Eno Benjamin, which shows they trust Conner. People also forget Conner is an elite pass catcher. Zach Ertz is out for the season, so those targets could go toward Conner now. He is an RB2 for the rest of the season.
- Another running back who jumped up based on injuries and matchup is David Montgomery. Khalil Herbert was just put on IR this week, which means Montgomery should be a three-down back for the next few weeks. Also, he gets to play the Falcons this week who are giving up 21.4 fantasy points to running backs this season. All this seems like Montgomery should be a top-10 running back this week. Yet, I have him as my RB19. The reason? He is technically the backup running back to Justin Fields. Montgomery should get more goal-line looks, but even that is scarce with how elite Fields has been on the ground. Yet, Montgomery is a great flex option this week.
Week 11 RB Rankings
Just as a reminder, these rankings lists are based on half-PPR scoring.
|Brian Robinson Jr.
|Melvin Gordon III
|Darrell Henderson Jr.