Injuries and Bye Weeks… Those two things consistently cause issues for fantasy owners and Week 11 is no different. While some players may try to play through injury, we’ve seen the impact of that time and time again (David Johnson, Saquan Barkley) and it’s important to value them accordingly. So whose value is on the rise this week? Who should we be ignoring? Let’s take a look:
- Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
- Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – at Detroit
- Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Denver
- Josh Jacobs – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cincinnati
- Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Kansas City
- Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
- Le’Veon Bell – New York Jets – at Washington
- Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns – vs. Pittsburgh
- Tevin Coleman – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
- Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals – at Oakland
- Damien Williams – Kansas City Chiefs – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Marlon Mack – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
- Brian Hill – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
- Austin Ekeler – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Kansas City
- Devin Singletary – Buffalo Bills – at Miami
- Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Chicago
- James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
- Phillip Lindsay – Denver Broncos – at Minnesota
- David Montgomery – Chicago Bears – at Los Angeles Rams
- Mark Ingram – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
- Carlos Hyde – Houston Texans – at Baltimore
- David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
- Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
- Matt Breida – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
- Jordan Howard – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New England
- Sony Michel – New England Patriots – at Philadelphia
- Kalen Ballage – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
- Kareem Hunt – Cleveland Browns – vs. Pittsburgh
- James White – New England Patriots – at Philadelphia
- Kenyan Drake – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
- Royce Freeman – Denver Broncos – at Minnesota
- Derrius Guice – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Jets
- Jaylen Samuels – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
- Frank Gore – Buffalo Bills – at Miami
- Peyton Barber – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
- Gus Edwards – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
- Latavius Murray – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Tarik Cohen – Chicago Bears – at Los Angeles Rams
- Darrell Henderson – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Chicago
- Only 4 carries for Alvin Kamara in his return to the lineup?! Game flow likely had a role in that, and he did rack up 8 receptions for 50 yards. It’s frustrating, but we need to keep in mind that Latavius Murray was only given 5 carries (7 total touches). Murray is going to be a factor, after dominating in Kamara’s absence, but he’s more of a desperation FLEX play while Kamara is a borderline RB1.
- The Kansas City Chiefs have really been torched by pass catching running backs, especially of late, having been burned for 271 receiving yards and 4 TD in Weeks 8 & 9. Lucky for that Chargers that both Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler will play a role there, but Gordon becomes the better option with Kansas City also routinely being torched on the ground (1,245 yards and 8 TD). Gordon, who has 188 yards and 3 TD over the past two weeks, is an easy RB1 (something that didn’t look possible a few weeks ago) with Ekeler in the RB2 mix for those in PPR formats.
- It appears Devonta Freeman will miss Week 11 after he was forced to leave Week 10 with a foot injury. That causes Brian Hill to rise into the RB2 spectrum (there’s too much risk to simply sub him into what would’ve been Freeman’s spot), so keep that in mind if you have a need.
- While Nick Chubb still operated as the lead rusher, the return of Kareem Hunt clearly had an impact. Hunt had 7 receptions in his first game with Cleveland and could start to take a few more carries as time progresses (he only had 4 carries). That risk is going to push Chubb down a little bit from where we’ve likely become accustomed, but he’s still a RB1 given the questions the team’s passing attack has generated.
- So much for Devin Singletary emerging as a can’t miss fantasy option… He only had 8 carries for 42 yards against the Browns, though he remained the far superior producer compared to Frank Gore. At the very least Singletary should continue to gain opportunities and out-touch Gore, and in a matchup against the Dolphins he should still remain a solid RB2 (and you could argue that he has RB1 upside for this coming week).
- Generally the Raiders have been good against the run this season, though they were torched for 128 yards and 1 TD against the Chargers in Week 10. That’s three straight games with at least 77 rushing yards allowed, and over the past two weeks Joe Mixon has 180 yards on 47 carries (including 114 yards on 30 carries against the Ravens in Week 10). Throw in an ability to make some plays catching the football and Mixon is suddenly back on the RB1 radar.
- With LeSean McCoy a healthy scratch there was little doubt who the top running back for the Chiefs’ was, as Damien Williams took 19 carries for 77 yards while adding 5 catches and 32 yards. Over the past two weeks he has 202 rushing yards on 31 carries, and in a matchup against the Chargers he has RB1 upside. The only “problem” is if the Chiefs instead ride Patrick Mahomes and the passing game instead, but Williams is a must play in all formats.
- Will James Conner be ready to return for Week 11? He did practice ahead of Week 10 and he’s been practicing in full this week, so we are going to proceed with the thought that he’ll play. Jaylen Samuels should remain a factor in the offense, but Conner is by far the superior option.
- As we’ve often stated, does anyone want to trust the New England Patriots’ running backs if they can avoid it? Just when you thought Sony Michel was emerging as the best option of the group, he’s coming off a 4 carry, 18 yard performance against the Ravens. Taking on the Eagles also isn’t the best matchup you could ask for, leaving all of the Patriots’ running backs as more of FLEX options given the uncertainty in their roles and the matchup.
- Derrius Guice is expected to return this week, though it’s hard to envision Adrian Peterson completely being ignored (let’s not forget he was a healthy scratch in Week 1 under the previous coaching staff). Guice should be viewed as the favored option, though with Dwayne Haskins under center all of Washington’s running backs could find it hard to find running room. Guice is more of a FLEX play, though he’s not a highly recommended option against a Jets’ defense that just stopped Saquan Barkley.
- For now we’ve included Matt Breida on the rankings, but monitor the news carefully. There’s a good chance he is forced to miss Week 11, and while Raheem Mostert may not simply slide into his spot in the rankings, he should be on radars for the bottom of the rankings.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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