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Week 11 Running Back Rankings- PPR Leagues

Armando shares his top 50 PPR running backs.

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As we approach Week 11 and I sat down to write this article, it hit me, there are only six week left in the football season. In most fantasy leagues, there are only three games left before you start your playoffs. It's been a brutal season for fantasy owners as far as running backs are concerned as we've seen a ton of backs get injured and miss the season or a good amount of games. Finding replacements has not been an easy task, especially during the bye weeks. Luckily this is the last week we deal with byes. Some of the backs that are off this week are: Mark Ingram, Shane Vereen, and DeAngelo Williams. That being said, let's dive right into this week's top 50 PPR backs.

RUNNING BACKS

Team

OPP

1

Devonta Freeman ATL

Atlanta Falcons

IND

2

Charcandrick West KC

Kansas City Chiefs

@SD

3

Adrian Peterson MIN

Minnesota Vikings

GB

4

Todd Gurley STL

St. Louis Rams

@BAL

5

Marshawn Lynch SEA

Seattle Seahawks

SF

6

LeSean McCoy BUF

Buffalo Bills

@NE

7

Darren McFadden DAL

Dallas Cowboys

@MIA

8

Lamar Miller MIA

Miami Dolphins

DAL

9

Latavius Murray OAK

Oakland Raiders

@DET

10

Jeremy Langford CHI

Chicago Bears

DEN

11

Danny Woodhead SD

San Diego Chargers

KC

12

DeMarco Murray PHI

Philadelphia Eagles

TB

13

James Starks GB

Green Bay Packers

@MIN

14

LeGarrette Blount NE

New England Patriots

BUF

15

Chris Ivory NYJ

New York Jets

@HOU

16

Giovani Bernard CIN

Cincinnati Bengals

@ARI

17

Jonathan Stewart CAR

Carolina Panthers

WAS

18

Frank Gore IND

Indianapolis Colts

@ATL

19

Justin Forsett BAL

Baltimore Ravens

STL

20

T.J. Yeldon JAC

Jacksonville Jaguars

TEN

21

Ronnie Hillman DEN

Denver Broncos

@CHI

22

Doug Martin TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

@PHI

23

Chris Johnson ARI

Arizona Cardinals

CIN

24

Matt Jones WAS

Washington Redskins

@CAR

25

Andre Ellington ARI

Arizona Cardinals

CIN

26

Karlos Williams BUF

Buffalo Bills

@NE

27

Antonio Andrews TEN

Tennessee Titans

@JAC

28

Dexter McCluster TEN

Tennessee Titans

@JAC

29

Charles Sims TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

@PHI

30

Jeremy Hill CIN

Cincinnati Bengals

@ARI

31

Darren Sproles PHI

Philadelphia Eagles

TB

32

Theo Riddick DET

Detroit Lions

OAK

33

Chris Thompson WAS

Washington Redskins

@CAR

34

Ahmad Bradshaw IND

Indianapolis Colts

@ATL

35

Jonathan Grimes HOU

Houston Texans

NYJ

36

Shaun Draughn SF

San Francisco 49ers

@SEA

37

Jamize Olawale OAK

Oakland Raiders

@DET

38

Jay Ajayi MIA

Miami Dolphins

DAL

39

Joique Bell DET

Detroit Lions

OAK

40

James White NE

New England Patriots

BUF

41

Alfred Morris WAS

Washington Redskins

@CAR

42

Melvin Gordon SD

San Diego Chargers

KC

43

C.J. Anderson DEN

Denver Broncos

@CHI

44

Alfred Blue HOU

Houston Texans

NYJ

45

Tre Mason STL

St. Louis Rams

@BAL

46

Kendall Gaskins SF

San Francisco 49ers

@SEA

47

Thomas Rawls SEA

Seattle Seahawks

SF

48

Ka'Deem Carey CHI

Chicago Bears

DEN

49

Marcel Reece OAK

Oakland Raiders

@DET

50

Brandon Bolden NE

New England Patriots

BUF

To no surprise, fresh off of a bye week, Freeman is at the top of the rankings once again. He's averaging 26.7 fantasy points per game in PPR formats and 6.9 targets per game. Freeman has scored eleven total touchdowns this season and leads the league in receptions amongst running backs. Game flow does not affect Freeman as he is in the game whether the team is ahead or behind. The Colts are surrendering 94.7 rushing yards per game and 4 rushing yards per carry. They're also allowing 4.7 receptions per game and have surrendered 10 total touchdowns.

You may be surprised to see Charcandrick West so high in the rankings, but if you look at his recent games, he's producing at a high level. In the last three games, he's averaging 22 carries per game, 5.3 targets per game, 137.3 total yards per game, and has scored four touchdowns. This week he faces the worst run defense in the NFL. The Chargers are allowing 115.7 rushing yards per game, 5.1 rushing yards per carry, 22.4 fantasy points per game, and have surrendered 11 total touchdowns. Running backs are also averaging 5.7 receptions per game and 57.8 receiving yards per game against the Chargers. They've surrender four rushing touchdowns in the last five games. West has been efficient as the starter for the Chiefs and should continue to do so against an abysmal run defense.

Lamar Miller has been playing extremely well since the Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin. He has topped 20 fantasy points in four of the last five games and has been heavily involved in the offense, especially as a pass catcher. He's averaging 5.8 targets in his last four games and has caught five or more passes in three straight games. Miller faces off against a Cowboys defense that surrenders 6.6 receptions per game to opposing backs. He has scored at least one touchdown in each of the last five games. That streak could continue this week as the Cowboys have allowed 10 total touchdowns to opposing backs this season.

Danny Woodhead is right outside of the top 10, but could easily finish as a top 10 back this week. He's second in targets amongst running backs with 59 and averages 6.6 targets per game. He remains the team's red zone back as he receives over 70 percent of the team's red zone rushes. He also averages five receptions per game and has scored three touchdowns in the last three games. The Chiefs defense is not walk in the park, but Woodhead's role as a pass catcher usually puts him in a good spot regardless of the matchup. The Chargers are coming off of a bye and should be well rested, while the Chiefs are coming off of a big win and traveling to the West Coast. I like Woodhead's chances to grab 5-7 catches.

Some backs that can help you during the last week of byes or if you're hurting at running back are, Sproles and Riddick. Sproles is averaging 6.3 targets per game and with the injury to Ryan Mathews could see a larger role in this offense against a vulnerable Miami Dolphins run defense. Keep an eye on Mathews' status, but if he misses, Sproles is a solid flex option. Riddick is inconsistent as far as volume is concerned, but he has been targeted 14 times in the last three games. He has also scored double digit fantasy points in three of the last five games. The thing I like most about Riddick is that even in his worst game this season; he's put up fantasy points. The Raiders have been torched by running backs in the last two games and are allowing 6.6 receptions per game to opposing backs.