The 2022-23 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. Bye weeks are starting to take place. This means that running backs like Travis Etienne Jr. and Kenneth Walker III will be out this week. On top of that injuries have started to mount up at this point of the season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the fantasy football week 11 running back rankings.
*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 territory.
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 causes a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deep 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 Start||Saquon Barkley||vs Detroit Lions||RB1|
|Must Start||Christian McCaffrey||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB2|
|Must Start||Austin Ekeler||vs Kansas City Chiefs||RB3|
|Must Start||Derrick Henry||vs Green Bay Packers||RB4|
|Starting RB1||Dalvin Cook||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB5|
|Starting RB1||Joe Mixon||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB6|
|Starting RB1||Jonathan Taylor||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB7|
|High-End RB2||Rhamondre Stevenson||vs New York Jets||RB8|
|High-End RB2||Josh Jacobs||vs Denver Broncos||RB9|
|High-End RB2||Nick Chubb||vs Buffalo Bills||RB10|
|High-End RB2||Alvin Kamara||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB11|
|High-End RB2||Dameon Pierce||vs Washington Commanders||RB12|
|Starting RB2||Miles Sanders||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB13|
|Starting RB2||D’Onta Foreman||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB14|
|Starting RB2||Aaron Jones*||vs Tennessee Titans||RB15|
|Starting RB2||Jamaal Williams||vs New York Giants||RB16|
|Starting RB2||Antonio Gibson||vs Houston Texans||RB17|
|Low RB2||Ezekiel Elliott||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB18|
|Low RB2||David Montgomery||vs Atlanta Falcons||RB19|
|Low RB2||Devin Singletary||vs Cleveland Browns||RB20|
|Low RB2||Brian Robinson Jr.||vs Houston Texans||RB21|
|Low RB2||James Conner||vs San Francisco 49ers||RB22|
|Flex||Tony Pollard||vs Minnesota Vikings||RB23|
|Flex||Najee Harris*||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB24|
|Flex||Melvin Gordon||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB25|
|Flex||Gus Edwards*||vs Carolina Panthers||RB26|
|Flex||Isiah Pacheco||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB27|
|Flex||Cordarrelle Patterson||vs Chicago Bears||RB28|
|Flex||Michael Carter||vs New England Patriots||RB29|
|Flex||Jerick McKinnon||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB30|
|Flex||D’Andre Swift||vs New York Giants||RB31|
|Deep League Flex||James Robinson||vs New England Patriots||RB32|
|Deep League Flex||Elijah Mitchell||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB33|
|Deep League Flex||Latavius Murray||vs Las Vegas Raiders||RB34|
|Deep League Flex||Tyler Allgeier||vs Chicago Bears||RB35|
|Deep League Flex||Damien Harris*||vs New York Jets||RB36|
|Deep League Flex||Kareem Hunt||vs Buffalo Bills||RB37|
|Deep League Flex||Darrell Henderson||vs New Orleans Saints||RB38|
|Leave on the Bench||J.D. McKissic*||vs Houston Texans||RB39|
|Leave on the Bench||AJ Dillon||vs Tennessee Titans||RB40|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenyan Drake||vs Carolina Panthers||RB41|
|Leave on the Bench||Chuba Hubbard||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB42|
|Leave on the Bench||Kyren Williams||vs New Orleans Saints||RB43|
|Leave on the Bench||Jaylen Warren||vs Cincinnati Bengals||RB44|
|Leave on the Bench||Deon Jackson*||vs Philadelphia Eagles||RB45|
|Leave on the Bench||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||vs Los Angeles Chargers||RB46|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenneth Gainwell||vs Indianapolis Colts||RB47|
|Leave on the Bench||Dontrell Hilliard||vs Green Bay Packers||RB48|
|Leave on the Bench||James Cook||vs Cleveland Browns||RB49|
|Leave on the Bench||Samaje Perine||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||RB50|
|Leave on the Bench||Mark Ingram*||vs Los Angeles Rams||RB51|
|Leave on the Bench||Ameer Abdullah||vs Denver Broncos||RB52|
|Leave on the Bench||Nyheim Hines||vs Cleveland Browns||RB53|
|Leave on the Bench||Keontay Ingram||vs San Francisco 49ers||RB54|
|Leave on the Bench||Caleb Huntley||vs Chicago Bears||RB55|
|Leave on the Bench||Cam Akers||vs New Orleans Saints||RB56|
|Leave on the Bench||Alexander Mattison||vs Dallas Cowboys||RB57|
|Leave on the Bench||Rex Burkhead||vs Washington Commanders||RB58|
|Leave on the Bench||Kyle Juszczyk||vs Arizona Cardinals||RB59|
|Leave on the Bench||Raheem Blackshear||vs Baltimore Ravens||RB60|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
RB15 Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Jones was limited in Green Bay’s walkthrough with a shin injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Tennessee Titans AJ Dillon would become the RB15 between D’Onta Foreman and Jamaal Williams where Jones currently is ranked.
RB18 Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott missed Dallas’ past two games with a knee injury. There was a chance that Elliott could return last week but instead, Dallas was without him in their game against Green Bay. If Elliott misses this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings Tony Pollard moves up to RB8 between Rhamondre Stevenson and Josh Jacobs.
RB24 Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Tomlin told the media that Najee Harris is dealing with knee discomfort. This isn’t expected to keep Harris out of the lineup against the Cincinnati Bengals. However if he was to miss that game Jaylen Warren would move up to RB28 between Cordarrelle Patterson and Michael Carter.
RB26 Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
Gus Edwards missed Baltimore’s last game prior to their bye against the New Orleans Saints with a hamstring injury. Edwards is expected to return, but if he misses one more game Kenyan Drake would move up to RB25 between Najee Harris and Melvin Gordon.
RB36 Damien Harris, New England Patriots
Damien Harris missed New England’s game against the Indianapolis Colts before the bye because of an illness. There are no reports on whether Harris has recovered to the point where he will play for the Patriots. If Harris doesn’t play against the New York Jets Pierre Strong Jr. would backup Rhamondre Stevenson.
RB39 J.D. McKissic, Washington Commanders
J.D. McKissic missed Washington’s past two games with a neck injury. If McKissic was to miss this week’s game against the Houston Texans Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson retain their rankings.
However, if McKissic is active Gibson would drop to RB21 between Devin Singletary and James Conner. Brian Robinson Jr. would drop to RB33 between James Robinson and Elijah Mitchell.
RB45 Deon Jackson, Indianapolis Colts
Deon Jackson missed last week’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders with a knee injury. If Jackson misses this week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles Jordan Wilkins would backup Jonathan Taylor.
RB51 Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
Mark Ingram missed the past two games with a knee injury. If Ingram misses next week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams Dwayne Washington will backup Alvin Kamara.