Week 11 RB Fantasy Football Rankings
With the Week 11 RB Fantasy Football Rankings published, we are only a few weeks away from the start of many league playoffs. Some players like Marshawn Lynch have been full-on beast mode over the last few games, while others haven’t quite panned out as fill-in options. Lets take a look at one of them:
Is Rashad Jennings Bad Or A Product Of A Bad Offense?
While MJD was staging a holdout during many drafts, there were a lot of owners who took Jennings as a possible RB2 if Jones-Drew were to miss any games at the beginning of the season. MJD showed up, started Week One, and the rest was supposed to be history. But when MJD went down in Week 7 with a foot injury, Jennings owners rejoiced. However, that jubilation was short lived. Between 2009-2010, Jennings was averaging a whopping 5.4 yards a carry. Since taking over as the lead back, that number has plummeted to 2.7, and he has yet to reach 60 yards rushing in any one game. Some will argue that Jennings clearly isn’t meant to be a featured back for a long stretch, while others will point out that Blaine Gabbert and the passing game has done the running game no favors. Either way, I’m not ranking Jennings any higher than a flex option going up against the Texans. The Colts ranked 25th against the run going into Thursday night’s game, but Jennings was held in check with 27 yards off 11 carries.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
With Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out with high-ankle sprains, last week’s reports had Taiwan Jones starting Week 11. Not Marcel Reece. This left a few owners scrambling to pick up Jones as last week’s “Big Sleeper Option.” That didn’t pan out. Boy did that not pan out. Not only did Jones not start, but he acted as the third-string option behind Reece and Jeremy Stewart. Jones touched the ball just 3 times against the Ravens. And HC Dennis Allen was quick to change his tune from “we have confidence in Jones” last week to admitting he doesn’t trust Jones following the Week 11 loss. This just goes to show you that actions speak louder than words. Don’t expect Jones anywhere near my rankings this week.
Also, make sure to check the rankings again between now and Friday to see if anyone has moved up or down due to latest news.
RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT NOTES
1. Arian Foster Houston vs. Jacksonville Had a big game against a strong defense last week. Jacksonville should be a piece of cake.
2. LeSean McCoy Philadelphia @ Washington With Michael Vick out, the team is going to have to rely heavily on McCoy going forward.
3. Doug Martin Tampa Bay @ Carolina 4. C.J. Spiller Buffalo vs. Miami Tough matchup, but Spiller should take up where he left off before Fred Jackson came back.
5. Trent Richardson Cleveland @ Dallas 6. Stevan Ridley New England vs. Indianapolis 7. Ray Rice Baltimore @ Pittsburgh 8. Matt Forte Chicago @ San Francisco Really tough matchup away from home. But if Jay Cutler can't play, the Bears will need to rely on the run. Steven Jackson had a big game against the 49ers last week.
9. Alfred Morris Washington vs Philadelphia 10. Ryan Mathews San Diego @ Denver 11. Frank Gore San Francisco vs. Chicago Overall numbers haven't been bad.
12. BenJarvus Green-Ellis Cincinnati @ Kansas City Probably ranked too high for some tastes, but the matchup is good and BGE continues to see a big workload.
13. Jamaal Charles Kansas City vs. Cincinnati 14. Willis McGahee Denver vs. San Diego Fumbles have been a problem.
15. Mikel Leshoure
vs. Green Bay
16. Reggie Bush Miami @ Buffalo Buffalo's rushing defense is enough to give any running back a boost in value.
17. Steven Jackson St. Louis vs. New York Jets Was surprisingly efficient against the 49ers. With the trade deadline come and gone, maybe Jackson will get the rock again.
18. Shonn Green New York Jets @ St. Louis 19. Michael Turner Atlanta vs. Arizona 20. Felix Jones Dallas vs. Cleveland 21. Marcel Reece Oakland vs. New Orleans Both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson were still in walking boots Monday. Reece should start and get a majority of the touches.
22. Jonathan Stewart Carolina vs. Tampa Bay 23. Rashard Mendenhall Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore Still a bit too soon to know, but all signs point to Mendy being the lead back again in Week 11. If not, might change this to Jonathan Dwyer instead.
24. Chris Ivory New Orleans @ Oakland It's not yet known if Darren Sproles will be ready.
25. Rashad Jennings Jacksonville @ Houston Don't expect a lot against a strong rushing defense.
26. Daniel Thomas Miami @ Buffalo 27. Vick Ballard Indianapolis @ New England 28. Mark Ingram New Orleans @ Oakland Both Ingram and Chris Ivory looked good. In this matchup, both could be decent flex options.
29. Alex Green Green Bay @ Detroit 30. La'Rod Stephens-Howling Arizona @ Atlanta Could get taken out of the game quickly if Arizona is forced to pass pass pass.
31. Daryl Richardson St. Louis vs. New York Jets 32. Jacquizz Rodgers Atlanta vs. Arizona 33. Ronnie Brown San Diego @ Denver 34. Danny Woodhead New England vs. Indianapolis 35. Michael Bush Chicago @ San Francisco 36. Kendall Hunter San Francisco vs. Chicago 37. James Starks Green Bay @ Detroit 38. Shane Vereen New England vs. Indianapolis 39. Peyton Hillis Kansas City vs. Cincinnati 40. Ronnie Hillman Denver vs. San Diego