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Week 11 Rest of Season Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Charcandrick West is a Matchup-Proof Volume Stud

Up to date rankings of NFL RBs for the remainder of the 2015 fantasy football season before Week 11.

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Nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. RBs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.

Players who receive point-per-reception (PPR) bumps are noted with the asterisk. Consult my weekly Depth Charts and Volatility post, where we analyze all of the timeshares where multiple backs are involved for teams. The top of these ranks generally favor backs involved in the receiving game, as it is, because the bellcow RBs who largely are involved in the passing game are largely unaffected when their respective teams abandon the run.

Rank Player Team Last Week
1 Todd Gurley Rams 1
2 Devonta Freeman* Falcons 2
3 Adrian Peterson Vikings 3
4 DeMarco Murray* Eagles 6
5 Charcandrick West* Chiefs 17
6 Chris Ivory Jets 4
7 Darren McFadden* Cowboys 7
8 Lamar Miller* Dolphins 8
9 Mark Ingram* Saints 9
10 LeSean McCoy* Bills 18
11 DeAngelo Williams* Steelers 5
12 Danny Woodhead* Chargers 11
13 LeGarrette Blount Patriots 15
14 Latavius Murray Raiders 13
15 Doug Martin Buccaneers 10
16 Chris Johnson Cardinals 12
17 Jonathan Stewart Falcons 20
18 Marshawn Lynch Seahawks 14
19 Matt Forte* Bears 19
20 T.J. Yeldon Jaguars 24
21 Frank Gore Colts 27
22 Justin Forsett* Ravens 16
23 Jeremy Langford* Bears 25
24 Giovani Bernard* Bengals 23
25 Karlos Williams Bills 21
26 James Starks* Packers 29
27 Ronnie Hillman Broncos 22
28 Carlos Hyde 49ers 32
29 Eddie Lacy Packers 30
30 Ryan Mathews Eagles 33
31 Antonio Andrews Titans 26
32 Jeremy Hill Bengals 28
33 Matt Jones* Washington 37
34 Duke Johnson* Browns 31
35 Thomas Rawls Seahawks 49
36 Jay Ajayi Dolphins ---
37 Melvin Gordon* Chargers 38
38 Charles Sims* Buccaneers 34
39 James White* Patriots ---
40 Andre Ellington* Cardinals ---
41 Denard Robinson Jaguars ---
42 David Cobb Titans 35
43 Shane Vereen* Giants 36
44 C.J. Anderson Broncos 42
45 Jerick McKinnon VIkings 50
46 Tevin Coleman Falcons ---
47 Bilal Powell* Jets ---
48 Rashad Jennings* Giants 40
49 Theo Riddick* Lions 41
50 Ameer Abdullah Lions 43
51 Alfred Morris Washington ---
52 Alfred Blue Texans 44
53 Shaun Draughn* 49ers 47
54 C.J. Spiller* Saints 45
55 Jonathan Grimes* Texans ---
56 Orleans Darkwa Giants 39
57 Dexter McCluster* Titans ---
58 Joique Bell Lions ---
59 Darren Sproles* Eagles ---
60 Tim Hightower Saints ---

Notes:

  • There is a slight bump for the RBs who have already had their bye weeks, as they have seven games remaining in their regular seasons against everyone else's six.

  • As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. And the better matchups sooner than later because there is sell-high value to come. These are not weekly rankings, but the idea of these rankings is to measure whom we should be owning now over whom.

  • These rankings devalue the messiest backfield situations noted in the Depth Charts and Volatility post. I don't care how talented a guy is if he doesn't get the ball. There are tons of new entries into the rankings because guys who never get the ball can start getting dropped for handcuffs and these handcuffs are shoved ahead of wasted roster spaces.

  • Bellcows always get the edge. There aren't many of them, so the value in scarcity increases for those backs with lesser variance. As we go down the rankings, the bad bellcows who we can never trust in our lineup lose value to receiving backups with more upside in whom we can reasonably instill hope. The bad bellcows are not only unstartable, but untradeable, and that is a recipe for a wasted roster spot. This is the reasoning for the huge shakeup in the top-10, as volume trends are setting in.

  • Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.