Week 11 Player Fantasy Rankings - Running Backs
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - As we've seen over the first nine games, it's impossible to stop the Denver offense. They are averaging a league-leading 41.2 points per game.
So logic would tell you that good teams will not try to outscore them, they will try to keep them off the field, since it's much more difficult to score from the sidelines. And the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs are a very good team.
Therefore, we are expecting an extremely heavy load for Chiefs' running back Jamaal Charles, both as a runner and receiver. That's one of Charles' biggest assets to fantasy owners. Even if his team falls behind on the scoreboard, as a back with good hands, he's a part of the passing game too. He's already caught a career-high 47 balls this season and coach Andy Reid is well known for using his backs out of the backfield so that's not a fluke.
The trend will continue on Sunday as we are expecting Charles to lead the position in touches with 22-25 rushing attempts and a half dozen receptions.
Second spot belongs to Marshawn Lynch as his Seahawks host a Vikings' team which is yielding 31 ppg. He'd probably have earned the top spot, but we think his Seattle team does a number on Minnesota and Lynch will be watching the fourth quarter from a comfortable seat on the bench.
Rounding out the top five are: LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson and Eddie Lacy.
Note how high we've placed the Giants' Andre Brown. Brown was very impressive in his first game of the season, abusing the Raiders defense for 115 yards and a score on 30 carries. We think he was a bit overused last week, and coach Tom Coughlin will limit him to around 25 carries against the Packers, but he'll still be a top-10 option.
Fantasy owners should be watching the distribution of work in New England where Shane Vereen is expected to be back on the field. He's likely to see double-digit touches at the expense of Ridley, Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount which is why Stevan Ridley's projected at No. 18 despite a big game the last time the Patriots played a game (26-115-2).
In general we recommend staying away from the situations in Tampa Bay (Brian Leonard, Bobby Rainey), Carolina (DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert) and Indianapolis (Trent Richardson, Donald Brown) where the RBBC strategy hurts everyone concerned.
Top-50 Running Back Rankings
1) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City
2) Marshawn Lynch, Seattle
3) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
4) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
5) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay
6) Alfred Morris, Washington
7) Andre Brown, New York Giants
8) Reggie Bush, Detroit
9) Frank Gore, San Francisco
10) Knowshon Moreno, Denver
11) Matt Forte, Chicago
12) Chris Johnson, Tennessee
13) C.J. Spiller, Buffalo
14) Ben Tate, Houston
15) Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati
16) Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh
17) Andre Ellington, Arizona
18) Stevan Ridley, New England
19) Danny Woodhead, San Diego
20) Rashad Jennings, Oakland
21) Fred Jackson, Buffalo
22) Darren Sproles, New Orleans
23) Steven Jackson, Atlanta
24) Lamar Miller, Miami
25) Ray Rice, Baltimore
26) Pierre Thomas, New Orleans
27) Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville
28) James Starks, Green Bay
29) Ryan Mathews, San Diego
30) BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati
31) Shane Vereen, New England
32) Donald Brown, Indianapolis
33) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis
34) DeAngelo Williams, Carolina
35) Shonn Greene, Tennessee
36) Joique Bell, Detroit
37) Jonathan Stewart, Carolina
38) Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona
39) Mike Tolbert, Carolina
40) Roy Helu, Washington
41) Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta
42) Daniel Thomas, Miami
43) Montee Ball, Denver
44) Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland
45) Kendall Hunter, San Francisco
46) Bernard Pierce, Baltimore
47) Brian Leonard, Tampa Bay
48) Peyton Hillis, New York Giants
49) Mark Ingram, New Orleans
50) Chris Ivory, New York Jets
11/14 10:23:11 ET