Week 11 Fantasy RB Rankings: Must starts, sleepers, potential busts at running back

Running back continues to be unpredictable for fantasy football owners heading into Week 11. Though the position saw Nick Chubb, Miles Sanders, and Kenyan Drake return in Week 10, there are still plenty of players banged up. Christian McCaffrey, Chris Carson, and Joe Mixon headline the list, but all of the dinged-up backs will have a massive impact on our Week 11 fantasy RB rankings.

Fortunately, the byes (49ers, Bills, Bears, Giants) aren’t too bad this week. Only the Bears have a true lead back (and he’s hurt), but the various committees for the other teams did provide some value flex plays most weeks. Without them, fantasy owners might have to dig a little deeper or embrace other committee situations. 

QuarterbackWide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Thankfully, it seems that McCaffrey (shoulder) and Carson (foot) are tentatively set to return, while Joe Mixon (foot) could also be back in action. Meanwhile, players like Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Le’Veon Bell, La’Mical Perine, and Frank Gore will all be back from byes, so that will further strengthen each tier in our rankings.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Further helping will be some rising talents in good matchups. Damien Harris (@ Texans) stands out as a contributor against one of the NFL’s weakest run defenses. He could end up being an RB1, though he could lose carries if Sony Michel (quad) is finally activated off IR. Other solid matchups include Duke Johnson (vs. Patriots), Antonio Gibson (vs. Bengals), D’Andre Swift (@ Panthers), Perine (@ Chargers), and Kalen Ballage (vs. Jets). All can be trusted as RB2s or flexes, especially as they continue to command strong carry shares. Perine is the biggest risk, but it’s been reported that he will see a bigger workload going forward, so this could be a breakout week for him.

One committee that could go either way this week is Miami. Matt Breida (hamstring) could be returning, but it’s unclear with his role will be after Salvon Ahmed dominated carries last week. Ahmed could simply continue to get the bulk of the touches against against the Broncos, or it could be an even split. If Breida remains out, though, Ahmed would be worth a spot as a flex.

Meanwhile, the Colts qualify more as a committee to trust. They are rotating Jordan Wilkins, Jonathan Taylor, and Nyheim Hines, and it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be the top scorer any week. That said, the Colts are playing the Packers’ bottom-five run defense in Week 11, so at least two of those players should be solid contributors. Figure out who that might be will be difficult, but the Colts backs are at least worth considering as flex options. 

Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates and analysis.

Week 11 Fantasy RB Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 Christian McCaffrey, CAR @ DET
2 Alvin Kamara, NO vs. ATL
3 Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. DAL
4 James Conner, PIT @ JAX
5 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ MIN
6 Josh Jacobs, LV vs. KC
7 Miles Sanders, PHI @ CLE
8 Derrick Henry, TEN @ BAL
9 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC @ LV
10 Aaron Jones, GB @ IND
11 Antonio Gibson, WAS vs. CIN
12 James Robinson, JAX vs. PIT
13 Damien Harris, NE @ HOU
14 Todd Gurley, ATL @ NO
15 Nick Chubb, CLE vs. PHI
16 Chris Carson, SEA vs. ARZ
17 Duke Johnson, HOU vs. NE
18 Joe Mixon, CIN @ WAS
19 Kenyan Drake, ARI @ SEA
20 D’Andre Swift, DET @ CAR
21 Ronald Jones II, TB vs. LAR
22 Mark Ingram, BAL vs. TEN
23 Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. MIA
24 Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. PHI
25 Kalen Ballage, LAC vs. NYJ
26 J.D. McKissic, WAS vs. CIN
27 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. GB
28 La’Mical Perine, NYJ @ LAC
29 Salvon Ahmed, MIA @ DEN
30 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ TB
31 Phillip Lindsay, DEN vs. MIA
32 Jordan Wilkins, IND vs. GB
33 Cam Akers, LAR @ TB
34 Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. GB
35 Chase Edmonds, ARZ @ SEA
36 Leonard Fournette, TB vs. LAR
37 JK Dobbins, BAL vs. TEN
38 Le’Veon Bell, KC @ LV
39 Jamaal Williams, GB @ IND
40 Matt Breida, MIA @ DEN
41 Rex Burkhead, NE @ HOU
42 Malcolm Brown, LAR @ TB
43 Mike Davis, CAR @ DET
44 Boston Scott, PHI @ CLE
45 Joshua Kelley, LAC vs. NYJ
46 James White, NE @ HOU
47 Latavius Murray, NO vs. ATL
48 Gus Edwards, BAL vs. TEN
49 Devontae Booker, LV vs. KC
50 Sony Michel, NE @ HOU
51 Adrian Peterson, DET @ CAR
52 Frank Gore, NYJ @ LAC
53 Tony Pollard, DAL @ MIN
54 Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. DAL
55 DeeJay Dallas, SEA vs. ARZ
56 Brian Hill, ATL @ NO
57 Giovani Bernard, CIN @ WAS
58 Benny Snell, PIT @ JAX
59 Kerryon Johnson, DET @ CAR
60 Darrel Williams, KC @ LV
61 Corey Clement, PHI @ CLE
62 D’Onta Foreman, TEN @ BAL
63 Troymaine Pope, LAC vs. NYJ
64 Jeremy McNichols, TEN @ BAL
65 Jalen Richard, LV vs. KC

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