Week 11 RB Rankings, Projections and Analysis
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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
This is how we rank the RBs for Week Eleven of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each RBs past performance and factor that into our projections. Just click on the links to read our rationale behind the ranking. The ratings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 rushing or receiving yards equal 1 point, rushing and receiving TDs equal 6 pts. and fumbles deduct 2 points.



Running Back Rankings
  1. Le'Veon Bell
  2. Arian Foster
  3. Matt Forte
  4. Mark Ingram
  5. Marshawn Lynch
  6. Jamaal Charles
  7. Eddie Lacy
  8. LeSean McCoy
  9. Ahmad Bradshaw
  10. Terrance West
  11. Alfred Morris
  12. Shane Vereen
  13. Jeremy Hill
  14. Frank Gore
  15. Rashad Jennings
  16. Andre Ellington
  17. Ryan Mathews
  18. * Jonathan Stewart
  19. Fred Jackson
  20. Steven Jackson
  21. C.J. Anderson
  22. Bishop Sankey
  23. Jerick McKinnon
  24. Joique Bell
  25. Darren Sproles
  26. * Montee Ball
  27. Bobby Rainey
  28. Tre Mason
  29. DeAngelo Williams
  30. * Lamar Miller
  31. Darren McFadden
  32. Ben Tate
  33. Branden Oliver
  34. Trent Richardson
  35. Charles Sims
  36. Matt Asiata
  37. Benny Cunningham
  38. Isaiah Crowell
  39. Bryce Brown
  40. Reggie Bush
* Check the player's injury status prior to gametime!
Saints RB Mark Ingram
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud RBs who may fail to deliver:

Start
Mark Ingram
Saints RB Mark Ingram
The former Heisman winner out of Nick Saban’s University of Alabama has been superb in his fourth season with the New Orleans Saints. In six games this season, Ingram has racked up 551 yards rushing, 67 yards receiving, and six touchdowns. He is averaging 4.8 yards per carry and over 100 total yards per game. Against a very tough San Francisco defense last week, Ingram rushed for 120 yards and added three receptions for 19 yards. Now he is looking forward to a very favorable matchup with a Bengals defense that allows 143 yards rushing per game, the 2nd-highest in the league and the 4th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Look for Ingram to break 100 yards for the fourth time in a row and find his way into the end zone.

Ahmad Bradshaw
Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw
Bradshaw has been the definition of consistent this season scoring at least 6.5 points in each of his nine games this season while hitting double digits six times. Coming out of the bye week, the former New York Giant is ranked 8th at his position in fantasy football and has scored eight touchdowns in nine games. The Colts had an extra week to prepare for a matchup with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Fortunately for Bradshaw owners, the Pats allow the 5th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. This game should be a shootout and Bradshaw should see at least 15-20 touches. If the Colts are behind, he will see even more playing-time, as he is clearly the better option in the passing game as opposed to Trent Richardson. I expect Bradshaw to gain 60 rushing yards, 45 receiving yards, and a touchdown.


Sit
Lamar Miller
Dolphins RB Lamar Miller
Facing the number one defense in the league last week, Lamar Miller recorded just five touches for six yards. The Dolphins’ No. 1 back was played sparingly as he was recovering form an AC joint sprain and was able to avoid further injury. However, that doesn’t mean you should plug him into your lineup this week. With little time to prepare and continue to get healthy, Miller and the Dolphins must host the Buffalo Bills on Thursday Night Football. Buffalo is allowing just 13.63 fantasy points per game to running backs, the 3rd-fewest in the league. With Miller’s injury concerns, he may share carries with Damien Williams and Daniel Thomas. This is a matchup I would shy away from. Keep Miller on the bench this week.

Reggie Bush
Lions RB Reggie Bush
Bush has been banged up all season and has failed to find a rhythm. His ankle is the most recent injury that’s been plaguing him and it forced him to miss time against the Dolphins last week. He has not practiced this week and even if he does suit up in Week 11, he is not someone I would roll the dice on. Bush has reached double digit fantasy points just once this season against a very weak Green Bay rushing defense and this week’s matchup is not as promising. The Cardinals are allowing just 12.78 fantasy points per game to running backs, the 2nd-fewest in the entire league. Add to that the emergence of Theo Riddick and Bush is not worth the gamble.


Steven Jackson
Falcons RB Steven Jackson
Jackson has surprisingly been decent this season ranking 23rd at the running back position after ten weeks. The Falcons’ lead back has gained 155 yards in his last two games adding a touchdown in each of those contests. Last week against Tampa Bay, S-Jax produced 15.5 fantasy points, his highest output of the season. Up next, Atlanta will travel to Carolina to face a Panthers defense that is yielding the 7th-most fantasy points per game to running backs. At home, they have allowed almost 130 yards per game rushing and five touchdowns. Look for Jackson to continue his upward trend as he finds the end zone for the third game in a row.

Terrance West
Browns RB Terrance West
The Cleveland Browns have been playing musical chairs at the running back position. First it was Tate. Then it was West. Then it was Crowell and on and on and on. Last week against the Bengals, the Browns started rookie Terrance West once again who helped carry the team to victory with 94 rushing yards and a touchdown. West received 26 carries while Crowell had 12 and Tate had 10. Heading into Week 11, it seems likely that West will be featured against a Texans defense that allows the 10th-most fantasy points to running backs. Look for the rookie to gain 70 total yards and a touchdown on his way to his third double-digit performance in a row.


Broncos RB C.J. Anderson
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Running Backs to Add

Jonas Gray
The undrafted rookie was an absolute beast on Sunday Night Football. Jonas Gray did his best Marshawn Lynch impression bulldozing through Colt defenders like it was no one’s business. Coach Belichick rode the rookie all night, feeding him 38 carries as Gray rushed for 199 yards and an unbelievable four touchdowns! The 43.9 fantasy points were the most by a running back all season. Gray is owned in just 1.3% of NFL.com leagues and that number needs to increase dramatically. Although his Week 12 matchup against the Lions will be tough, Gray should be featured in Week 13 against a poor Packers rushing defense. After Sunday night’s performance, Gray is a great addition to any fantasy squad.

C.J. Anderson
Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball are both out with injuries leaving C.J. Anderson as the workhorse back in Denver’s offense. In last week’s deflating loss against the Rams, Anderson produced 115 yards from scrimmage. The week before, he gained 90 yards rushing, 73 yards receiving, and scored a touchdown. Anderson is a fast and elusive back with Peyton Manning by his side. He must be owned in all leagues until Ronnie Hillman returns to the lineup.

Running Backs to Drop

Ahmad Bradshaw
Bradshaw suffered a fractured fibula in the Colts loss to the Patriots and may miss the rest of the year. Bradshaw has been great this season but unfortunately, his season may be over. After eleven weeks, Bradshaw is the 10th ranked running back in fantasy football. Owners should thank him for his services and pick up his teammate Trent Richardson or Dan Herron.

Montee Ball
Montee Ball was drafted within the first two rounds of most fantasy leagues. He produced solid numbers in his first game as the Broncos starting running back. However, his numbers began to decline and in Week 5, he suffered a serious groin injury sidelining him for the next five weeks. He finally returned to action in Week 11 and restrained his groin. The Denver Post expects him to miss the next 2-3 weeks. Ball has been the biggest bust of the season. Drop the injury prone back and pick someone up that can help you make a post-season push in your fantasy league.