by Ray Kuhn
We know all about the injuries that fantasy owners have been forced to deal. Along with those, for the past seven weeks we have had to manage bye weeks further complicating the picture. While that ends with Week 11, the injuries will not be going away anytime soon.
Owners will likely not miss miss the options from the Browns and Giants, but Mark Ingram and D’Angelo Williams will leave holes in fantasy lineups. As we continue to push towards the playoffs, let’s take a look at how those who are playing rank for this week:
- Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
- Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Indianapolis
- Charcandrick West – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
- Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
- Todd Gurley – St. Louis Rams – at Baltimore
- Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins – vs. Dallas
- DeMarco Murray – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Tampa Bay
- Chris Ivory – New York Jets – at Houston
- Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders – at Detroit
- LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – at New England
- LeGarrette Blount – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
- Jeremy Langford – Chicago Bears – vs. Denver
- Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – vs. Washington
- Frank Gore – Indianapolis Colts – at Atlanta
- Justin Forsett – Baltimore Ravens – vs. St. Louis
- Darren McFadden – Dallas Cowboys – at Miami
- Chris Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Cincinnati
- Danny Woodhead – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
- Giovanni Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals – at Arizona
- Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Philadelphia
- T.J. Yeldon – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
- Matt Jones – Washington Redskins – at Carolina
- Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati Bengals – at Arizona
- Ronnie Hillman – Denver Broncos – at Chicago
- Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
- Melvin Gordon – San Diego – vs. Kansas City
- Carlos Hyde – San Francisco 49ers – at Seattle
- Joique Bell – Detroit Lions – vs. Oakland
- Ryan Mathews – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Tampa Bay
- Antonio Andrews – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
- Alfred Blue – Houston Texans – vs. New York Jets
- Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Cincinnati
- Charles Sims – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Philadelphia
- James White – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
- Karlos Williams – Buffalo Bills – at New England
- Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins – at Carolina
- C.J. Anderson – Denver Broncos – at Chicago
- Kyle Juszczyk – Baltimore Ravens – vs. St. Louis
- Denard Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
- Jay Ajayi – Miami Dolphins – vs. Dallas
- Since returning and getting into a groove, Todd Gurley has been a flat out beast. The rookie running back has been money in the bank for the Rams and is certainly proving worthy of the 10th overall pick. However, Sunday wasn’t his day as he struggled to find much room to run against the Bears. He gained 45 yards on the ground on 12 carries and caught three passes for another 44 yards, but the fact that he found the end zone helped salvage some of his value. The Rams simply could not move the ball on offense, and they were trailing the entire game which took Gurley out of the game plan. With the quarterback switch away from Nick Foles, perhaps the Rams offense will get some sort of spark; although I wouldn’t bank on much. What I would expect is for Gurley to once again play a large part in the Rams’ offense.
- Coming of the 49ers’ bye week, it is possible that Carlos Hyde returns. At this point in the week his status is in question, but I have Hyde ranked as if he will take the field. Prior to getting hurt he was averaging 4.7 yards per carry and scored 3 TD. The 49ers are facing the Seahawks, who are not the same team they once were. Earlier in the season he carried the ball 11 times against Seattle for 40 yards. Should Hyde not take the field, then Shaun Draughn would get the call and should be ranked a few spots below where Hyde currently sits. Two weeks ago when the 49ers were pretty much out of options, Draughn had some success gaining 58 yards on 15 carries and catching four passes for another 38 yards.
- The way LeSean McCoy ran last week, you really have to wonder why the Eagles traded him. He looked healthy, was shifty, showed a great burst and was able to find holes without issue. He gained 112 yards on 19 carries while catching five passes for another 47 yards, with the only thing missing being a touchdown. There is no reason not to consider McCoy an RB1 for this week, but you would like to see him have a better match-up than the Patriots and their number two ranked run defense.
- Will this be the week that David Cobb returns? He was activated off the short term IR list last week, but he was inactive as there were still some concerns about his calf and conditioning. While the value is there, and he should be owned in just about all leagues, I wouldn’t rush to get him in your lineup . The Titans have yet to generate much of a run game, and even though Antonio Andrews is in control of playing time iit hasn’t translated to much in the way of performance. So far this season Andrews has just 298 yards on 84 carries with two touchdowns. While Cobb is more talented, you have to give at least a week or two.
- At this point it is safe to presume that there are some questions to be asked about Green Bay’s offense. One of the biggest disappointments has been Eddie Lacy, who sat out last week with a groin injury. He did practice, but ultimately the Packers decided to give him a rest, as James Starks gained just 42 yards on 15 carries. While he has been nursing some injuries this season, Lacy hasn’t found much success on the ground even while healthy as he is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry with 2 TD. If Lacy is in the lineup you have to start him, but I’m staying away in DFS.
- With Matt Forte’s impending free agency and Jeremy Langford’s success, I would expect the veteran to stay sidelined another week. After gaining 142 yards in his starting debut last week, Langford picked up 73 yards on the ground and a TD while catching seven passes for 109 yards and another TD this week. This is the one situation where I would not rank the running backs differently depending on which one takes the field.
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