Some running backs stand out as must-start fantasy football options every week while others come and go depending on matchups and other factors. Hitting on under-the-radar plays is big in season-long fantasy and DFS. We’ve identified two running backs worth starting and two to consider sitting ahead of Week 11 to help you achieve fantasy success this weekend.
Running Back Starts
Johnson’s first start with David Johnson on I.R didn’t go great, but he was the no-doubt starter, seeing 14 of the Texans 15 rushing attempts. He only had one target, but we can chalk up much of last week’s down numbers to extreme wind in Cleveland. This week the weather will be perfect in Houston and Johnson gets a good matchup with the Patriots, who allow 4.6 yards per carry and six rushing touchdowns in their last four games.
Playing a Colts running back comes with many perils, but Hines has shown strong enough upside to be a start this week against a bad Packers run defense. Green Bay will also get Jaire Alexander back this week, making it tougher to target wide receivers while the Packers have allowed the third-most receiving yards to running backs. Hines should be able to give you a decent PPR floor while possibly finishing with another multiple touchdown game.
Running Back Sits
Any Rams RB, Rams vs. Buccaneers
Darrell Henderson, Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers are all seeing work and now they’ll face one of the best run defenses in the league. For this matchup, you’ll need a touchdown from one of these players to be worth a start, as yards should be hard to come by. Malcolm Brown is probably the player most likely to get a goal-line touchdown, but overall, I’d rather just skip the trio.
Giovani Bernard, Bengals vs. Washington
Bernard has been useful with Joe Mixon out and is probably worth a play for some teams based on usage alone, but I don’t like this matchup for him. Bernard’s best fantasy production comes through the air while Washington has been one of the better teams at stopping receiving backs this season.