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Top 50 running back standard rankings for Week 11 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best running backs going in Week 11 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey celebrates with fullback Alex Armah and offensive tackle Dennis Daley after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE

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!

Bye Weeks

Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

RBs on bye: Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, Saquon Barkley, Chris Carson, Derrick Henry

Injury/Status Report

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

Tier 1

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.

Tier 2

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.

RB Streamers

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

Rank Player Team Opp
Rank Player Team Opp
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