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2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running backs for Week 11

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Melvin Gordon III has returned to elite running back status and is set to wreck box scores in Week 11 against the Chiefs. Josh Jacobs looks to solidify his status as an RB1, coming in as the overall RB7, preparing to demolish the hapless Bengals. Despite Devin Singletary’s poor Week 10 box score results, he rose in the rankings? Atlanta Falcons’ RB Brian Hill and Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon are suddenly high-end RB2s. The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots are set to square in Philly. Which of their respective committee backfields are the best start in Week 11? James White and Miles Sanders.

Teams on bye: Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, and the Tennessee Titans.

Week 11 Running Back Rankings

Rank Running Back Team Opponent High Floor/High Ceilng RB1s
Rank Running Back Team Opponent High Floor/High Ceilng RB1s
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR ATL CMC would've been the overall RB1 regarless of opponent. Against this Falcons' defense though -- look out.
2 Ezekiel Elliott DAL at DET Detroit's run defense is shockingly bad.
3 Dalvin Cook MIN DEN Denver's run defense has been up and down this year but Cook's box score production hasn't.
4 Melvin Gordon III LAC KC Derrick Henry just ran roughshod all over the Chiefs' defense. Gordon could be a Top 3 finisher this week.
5 Leonard Fournette JAX at IND Indy's run defense has been solid but Fournette's all-purpose, high-volume usage makes him a matchup-proof RB1.
6 Alvin Kamara NO at TB Going back to Adam Levitan's info, the Bucs defense is very pass-funnel. Kamara could see 8-10 targets in this one, nicely setting the table for an RB1 finish.
7 Josh Jacobs OAK CIN Serious erruption spot here. Cincinnati's defense is a fairy tale. Jacobs will run wild.
8 Le'Veon Bell NYJ at WAS Despite Adam Gase's attempt to nuke this franchise, Bell's production should be buoyed by the glorious matchup.
9 James Conner PIT at CLE Conner should be back for a full compliment of touches and snaps this week.
10 Marlon Mack IND JAX Mack didn't produce like we'd hoped he would last week but there should be a fun Battle of the Backs on tap for this one.
11 Mark Ingram II BAL HOU Houston run defense' box score results don't tell us the full story nowadays. JJ Watt's absence bodes well for Ingram's expected production.
12 Devin Singletary BUF at MIA Although Singletary didn't get it done for us last week, he was targeted seven times. All-purpose usage like that, with albeit stinky box score results, is too much to pass up in such a great matchup.
High Floor/Capped Ceiling RB2s
13 Nick Chubb CLE PIT Chubb has the most solid of floors but his ceiling remains capped by Freddie Kitchens' play calling and arrogance, mixed with the installation of Kareem Hunt.
14 Kenyan Drake ARI at SF With David Johnson clearly unhealthy and Chase Edmonds unlikely to play (hamstring), Kenyan Drake is in line to once again roast the Niners defense, as he did 2 weeks ago.
15 Damien Williams KC at LAC This is Damien Williams' backfield. LeSean McCoy's just living in it. Smash spot for KC's bell cow.
16 Brian Hill ATL at CAR Per Adam Levitan's and his research on Carolina's run-funnel defense, Brian Hill -- ATL's new starter at running back -- is set to pop off. (Link below.)
17 Joe Mixon CIN at OAK In the Rotoworld Podcast episode Week 10 Roundup: Game-by-Game Review, they guys brought to light Mixon's outstanding usage, even while the game was far out of hand. Seeing 30 carries in a blowout is absurd, but if they're committing to him, he needs to be in your lineup -- especially in such a great matchup.
18 David Montgomery CHI at LAR Montgomery should see 18 or so touches this week in an albeit tough matchup.
19 Ronald Jones II TB NO 15+ touches should come his way. It's a tough matchup though and he fumbled last week, leading to a Peyton Barber touchdown.
20 Austin Ekeler LAC KC Ekeler should feast too. This KC D is impossible bad against running backs.
21 Phillip Lindsay DEN at MIN A moderately difficult matchup should allow Lindsay to retain RB2 startability.
22 Todd Gurley II LAR CHI The matchup is right for Gurley to produce, even on limited touches.
23 James White NE at PHI Philly's dominant run defense should lead to a bevvy of James White outlet passes.
24 Tevin Coleman SF ARI Matt Breida's likely absence bodes well for Coleman's usage.
High Floor/Capped Ceiling RB3s
25 Miles Sanders PHI NE New England should have no issue jumping out to an early lead against the Eagles. Sanders should operate as the 1A this week in the Philly backfield.
26 Carlos Hyde HOU at BAL Hyde's disgusting 20-expected carries keep him in the RB2/3 range.
27 JD McKissic DET DAL McKissic is likely to see 15+ touches this week with Ty Johnson in the concussion protocol.
28 Adrian Peterson WAS NYJ Peterson should see a healthy dosage of carries this week against a bad Jets defense.
29 Jordan Howard PHI NE Howard should log 15 or so carries against recently maleable Patriots' run defense this week.
30 Sony Michel NY at PHI Very tough matchup for the carry-only RB.
31 Royce Freeman DEN at MIN Freeman should be flex worthy is a nominally scary matchup.
32 Derrius Guice WAS NYJ Should his knee hold up, he should walk into 10 or so touches with an emphasis on the passing game.
33 Kareem Hunt CLE PIT Hunt's should see 10 or more touches per game, making him relevant in .5PPR/PPR leagues.
34 Kalen Ballage MIA BUF Ballage took over bell cow duties in Mark Walton's absence last week. Facing Buffalo in Week 11 does not bode well for his production though.
35 Duke Johnson Jr. HOU at BAL Duke has been soundly outplaying Carlos Hyde, but the Hyde's workload is impenetrable.
36 David Johnson ARI at SF I expect DJ to see the same For Emergency Use Only role he saw a couple weeks ago as he continues to try to regain full health.
Source links: Devin Singletary’s Week 10 usage, The Carolina Panthers run-funnel defense per Adam Levitan, and Joe Mixon’s Week 10 usage via the Rotoworld Football Podcast.