Three Running Backs I’m Trying To Avoid For Week 11 (Joique Bell & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

These are not players that I am 100% sitting this week, depending on my alternatives (we will get to those players later on this week in our Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em column).  Instead these are guys I am reconsidering having them in my lineup for a variety of reasons:


Joique Bell – Detroit Lions
at Arizona

The Arizona Cardinals have been among the best defenses against running backs this season, allowing 595 yards (third fewest in the league). That alone is going to make it tough to depend on Bell, especially with a healthy Calvin Johnson potentially leading to a pass heavy attack.

The fact that Bell shares the backfield with both Reggie Bush (though he is banged up) and Theo Riddick just hurts Bell’s potential value even more. Just look at the touch breakdown from this past week:

  • Bell – 12
  • Bush – 5
  • Riddick – 5

Would it be surprising to see Bush or Riddick cut even further into Bell’s time? Couple that with the tough matchup and he has to be considered a lower end option for the coming week.


Ronnie Hillman – Denver Broncos
at St. Louis

The Rams’ defense has given up yardage this season, but from a points against stand point they have done well at limiting opposing running backs. However, it wouldn’t matter who they were playing as there simply has become too much risk in starting Hillman.

Even without the injury he suffered he likely would’ve taken a backseat to C.J. Anderson this week, who totaled 163 yards and 1 TD against the Raiders. Then you have the return of Monte Ball, who should play a role in the offense as well.

This is quickly devolving into a “hot hand” situation, especially with Hillman totaling 29 rushing yards on 16 carries over the past two weeks. There’s simply too much risk in trusting him, if you can avoid it.


Charles Sims – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
at Washington

After Sims actually led the backfield in carries in his NFL debut, it would make sense that there is some optimism. Of course, he also managed 23 yards on 8 carries (2.9 YPC), so we can’t get too crazy.

The matchup isn’t ideal either, as the Redskins are allowing the seventh fewest points to opposing running backs this season. When a running attack fails to get going against the feeble Atlanta Falcons, a tougher matchup makes it harder to depend on anyone.


Sources – ESPN,

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  1. Randy says:

    I lost Palmer this weekend; Eli is my backup. Would you trade Terrance West for Rivers? We start 2 RBs + a flex in a standard league; my other RBs are Forte, Foster, Jennings, Ingram, and Sims. Thanks!

  2. Ketan says:

    Hi Eric,
    Continuing my RB roster question from last week: 12 team PPR with a 4 RB limit on the team.
    I have Murray, Hillman, AP, Mathews. Murray is on bye and Hillman is injured for 2 weeks. AP will likely be ineligible.

    Do I drop Hillman for CJ Anderson or Montee Ball (I dropped Ball last week)?
    or Bryce Brown, Crowell, Sims?
    Are any of them better than Mathews as well?

    I’m 4-6 and need a victory this week to move up from 8th place – Top 6 are in the playoffs.

  3. Randy – I’d do that in a heartbeat as West is hardly a given to be the lead back the rest of the way

    Ketan – I don’t t hink you have a choice but to drop Hillman, unless you wanted to dump AP. None of the backs you are looking at are guarantees, but I’d lean Jonathan Stewart for this week given the matchup.

  4. brady says:

    Does Allen Robinson’s season ending injury make Cecil Shorts a must add? Also, Rudolph, J Reed, or Mychal Rivera for the rest of the season?

  5. KB says:

    I’m in a dynasty salary cap league. I have Phillip Rivers, but am looking for some QB depth down the stretch this year and also down the road. I’ve got Michael Vick, Ryan Mallet and Orton now, but McCown, Stanton and Bridgewater are all available via waivers. If you had to pick 2 of those guys out of the 6, who would you take for now and the future?

  6. brady – He definitely is more appealing, though he’ll hardly be a must use option on a weekly basis. As for the TE, I’d probably say Reed, Rivera and Rudolph in that order (but it’ll probably be a week-to-week thing)

    KB – I’d say Bridgewater has the highest upside for the future and is a must add. As for the second one, it’s going to vary on a weekly basis but I’d go with either Stanton or McCown

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