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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

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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


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