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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 11

James Conner

This year more than ever it has been difficult to make decisions about fantasy football lineups because of injuries, byes, and Covid-19 concerns. This week running backs like Jerick McKinnon, Devonta Freeman and David Montgomery have byes. It could be difficult to decide who is the best streamer to replace one of them in your lineup. Your roster could also have two running backs with similar value. Deciding between the two could be the difference between winning and losing this week.

With so little time left during the fantasy football regular season every game that’s left is more important than the last to guarantee yourself a spot in your league’s fantasy football playoffs. Here are my running back rankings for Week 11 of the 2020 NFL Season

*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*

(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting RB1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High-End RB2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between RB1 and RB2 category.
Starting RB2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low RB2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and cause a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deeper League Flex- a player who is more of a Hail Mary throw at the position. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
Must StartAlvin Kamaravs Atlanta FalconsRB1
Must StartDalvin Cookvs Dallas CowboysRB2
Must StartDerrick Henryvs Baltimore RavensRB3
Starting RB1Nick Chubbvs Philadelphia EaglesRB4
Starting RB1Miles Sandersvs Cleveland BrownsRB5
Starting RB1Josh Jacobsvs Kansas City ChiefsRB6
Starting RB1Aaron Jonesvs Indianapolis ColtsRB7
Starting RB1*Chris Carsonvs Arizona CardinalsRB8
Starting RB1James Connervs Jacksonville JaguarsRB9
Starting RB1*Joe Mixonvs Washington Football TeamRB10
High RB2Mike Davisvs Detroit LionsRB11
High RB2D’Andre Swiftvs Carolina PanthersRB12
High RB2James Robinsonvs Pittsburgh SteelersRB13
High RB2Clyde Edwards-Helairevs Las Vegas RaidersRB14
Starting RB2Ezekiel Elliotvs Minnesota VikingsRB15
Starting RB2Todd Gurleyvs New Orleans SaintsRB16
Starting RB2Kareem Huntvs Philadelphia EaglesRB17
Low RB2J.D. McKissicvs Cincinatti BengalsRB18
Low RB2Antonio Gibsonvs Cincinatti BengalsRB19
Low RB2Kenyan Drakevs Seattle SeahawksRB20
Flex*Salvon Ahmedvs Denver BroncosRB21
FlexDuke Johnsonvs New England PatriotsRB22
FlexKalen Ballagevs New York JetsRB23
FlexChase Edmondsvs Seattle SeahawksRB24
Flex*Damien Harrisvs Houston TexansRB25
 Flex Leonard Fournettevs Los Angeles RamsRB26
FlexMelvin Gordon vs Miami DolphinsRB27
 FlexDarrell Hendersonvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB28
FlexRonald Jonesvs Los Angeles RamsRB29
Deep League FlexLe’Veon Bellvs Las Vegas RaidersRB30
Deep League FlexRex Burkheadvs Houston TexansRB31
Deep League FlexBrian Hill vs New Orleans SaintsRB32
Deep League FlexBoston Scottvs Cleveland BrownsRB33
Deep League FlexJonathan Taylorvs Green Bay PackersRB34
Deep League FlexJ.K. Dobbinsvs Tennessee TitansRB35
Deep League Flex Nyheim Hinesvs Green Bay PackersRB36
Deep League FlexFrank Gorevs Los Angeles ChargersRB37
Leave on the BenchDevontae Bookervs Kansas City ChiefsRB38
Leave on the BenchGiovani Bernardvs Washington Football TeamRB39
Leave on the BenchLa’Mical Perinevs Los Angeles ChargersRB40
Leave on the BenchLatavius Murrayvs Atlanta FalconsRB41
Leave on the BenchAdrian Petersonvs Carolina PanthersRB42
Leave on the BenchJordan Wilkinsvs Green Bay PackersRB43
Leave on the BenchMark Ingramvs Tennessee TitansRB44
Leave on the BenchJoshua Kelleyvs New York JetsRB45
Leave on the BenchMalcom Brownvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB46
Leave on the BenchPhillip Lindsayvs Miami DolphinsRB47
Leave on the BenchGus Edwardsvs Tennessee TitansRB48
Leave on the BenchIJamaal Williamsvs Indianapolis ColtsRB49
Leave on the BenchAlexander Mattisonvs Dallas CowboysRB50
Leave on the BenchCarlos Hydevs Arizona CardinalsRB51
Leave on the BenchCam Akersvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB52
Leave on the BenchKerryon Johnsonvs Carolina PanthersRB53
Leave on the BenchJames Whitevs Houston TexansRB54
Leave on the BenchTravis Homervs Arizona CardinalsRB55

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

RB8 Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks

For a couple of weeks, Chris Carson has been dealing with a mid-foot sprain. Since the Seahawks’ next game is early on a Thursday it might not be wise to rush Carson back from the injury. Rather than they they should and will likely rest Carson and give him the rest of this week and next week to get him ready for Week 12. DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer, and Alex Collins have split the Seahawks backfield. However now that Carlos Hyde is back as a full participant in practice, he will likely take over most of the Seahawks running back snaps and carries. If that is the case Hyde will be bumped up to RB20 for this week and will make him a capable RB2 in a majority of lineups.

RB10 Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon has also been dealing with a foot issue the past couple of weeks and it is unclear whether he will be active for Week 11 or not. The Bengals are planning for Mixon to return this week but are prepared if he was not to play. Giovanni Bernard scored 20+ fantasy points in two of his three starts this year. The only exception was last week against one of the league’s best-run defenses the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Mixon were to miss another week Bernard would become RB16 between Todd Gurley and Kareem Hunt this week against a defense who was carved up by D’Andre Swift last week in Washington.

RB21 Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins

Last week Salvon Ahmed played extremely well as the Dolphins starting running back against the Los Angeles Chargers. If the Dolphins running back remains the same Ahmed will likely see similar production again this week against the Denver Broncos. However if Matt Breida were to return this upcoming week Ahmed would likely split carries with Breida in some capacity. If so Ahmed would move down to RB31 between Rex Burkhead and Brian Hill making him a potential flex option in deeper leagues.

RB25 Damien Harris, New England Patriots

Believe it or not but Patriots running back Damien Harris is on pace for over 1,200 yards this season. That being said the Patriot’s backfield has never been predictable and with the potential of Sony Michel returning in the near future as soon as this week Harris’ production could decrease. If Michel were inserted back into the Patriot’s backfield this week Harris would get bumped down to RB 29 between Ronald Jones and Le’Veon Bell this week.

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