The 11th week of the NFL season is looming after another exciting week of action came in Week 10. Additionally, there were multiple running backs who had big-time outings in fantasy football.
While everyone had their sights set on Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook, it was Derrick Henry who led all running backs in fantasy points in Week 10. The bruising rusher for the Tennessee Titans attributed 33.1 points on Sunday as he gashed the Kansas City Chiefs for 188 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Along with Henry, Aaron Jones also had another standout performance on Sunday. For the second time this season, Jones rushed for three touchdowns in a game that he posted 27.3 fantasy points versus the Carolina Panthers.
By looking ahead to the upcoming week, what running backs are poised to succeed? All of the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.
Without further ado, here are the running backs to start and sit in fantasy football in Week 11.
RBs to Start in Week 11
Raiders’ Josh Jacobs (vs. Bengals): Josh Jacobs has been everything the Oakland Raiders have wanted and more. The rookie out of Alabama has totaled 943 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns as he has 150.3 fantasy points (10th among RBs).
Next up on the schedule for Jacobs is the decimated defense of the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati’s defense has surrendered 12 total touchdowns to opposing RBs thus far (tied for fourth-most in the NFL).
Chargers’ Melvin Gordon (vs. Chiefs): Over the past two weeks, Melvin Gordon has finally shown signs of life in the Los Angeles Chargers’ offense. The Chargers’ starting running back has combined for 46.2 points in his last two games.
While he’s heating up, Gordon has another favorable matchup in Week 11 against the Chiefs. The Chiefs’ defense has allowed 1,245 rushing yards (most in the NFL) and an average of 5.1 yards per attempt to RBs (third-most in the NFL).
Falcons’ Brian Hill (vs. Panthers): In Week 10, Devonta Freeman was forced to make an early exit due to a foot injury. In his place, Brian Hill came in and scored 14.1 fantasy points to aid in the Atlanta Falcons’ upset of the New Orleans Saints.
With Freeman expected to miss time, Hill will get his first career start in the NFL against the Panthers. The Panthers’ defense has been dreadful against the run, giving up 17 total touchdowns to RBs (most in the NFL).
Other RBs to Start: Bills’ Devin Singletary (vs. Dolphins), 49ers’ Tevin Coleman (vs. Cardinals), Chargers’ Austin Ekeler (vs. Chiefs)
RBs to Sit in Week 11
Eagles’ Jordan Howard (vs. Patriots): Jordan Howard has seemingly taken over the backfield for the Philadelphia Eagles, totaling 42 carries in the team’s past two games. With those touches, Howard has combined to score a respectable 33.4 points.
While he’s been a bright spot in Philadelphia’s offense, it’s tough to trust him against the New England Patriots. The Patriots’ defense has been otherworldly, surrendering only one total touchdown to RBs thus far (fewest in the NFL).
Cardinals’ David Johnson (vs. 49ers): If there weren’t people already hitting the panic button on David Johnson, now there definitely is after his outing in Week 10. Upon sharing touches with Kenyan Drake, Johnson had only six touches for 10 yards.
To make matters even worse, the dual-threat back for the Cardinals will square off against a formidable San Francisco 49ers defense this week. The 49ers have only allowed RBs to score an average of 16.6 points per game (third-fewest in the NFL).
Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay (vs. Vikings): The Denver Broncos have had plenty of change in their offense but one constant has been Phillip Lindsay. Lindsay has scored 15 or more points in three out of his past five games.
Despite having recent success, the undrafted second-year running back will have trouble getting into a rhythm versus the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota’s defense has been stingy against RBs, giving up only 17.95 points per game to the position (fifth-fewest in the NFL).