Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings: RB

Dalvin Cook faces the Cowboys as he continues his massive Week 10, Rhamondre Stevenson meets the Jets at home, and David Montgomery gets the Bears’ backfield to himself in Atlanta.

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Week 11 Running Periods

RB notes: Ahead of all running backs in yards from scrimmage even though the Giants have already had their bye, Saquon Barkley has a home run against the Lions defense to give up the second most rushing yards. … It’s the way to get the Eagles on the ground, and that’s where the Colts will be committed the rest of the way. He is now an all-leaguer with Nyheim Hines in Buffalo, and Jonathan Taylor has a scary ceiling for the season extension. … Christian McCaffrey was the surprise of October in November when Elijah Mitchell (knee) came off injured reserve into an almost equal role with CMC. Lest fantasy managers think it was a freak flow incident against a weak run defense, coach Kyle Shanahan claimed otherwise. “That kind of goal we had before the game started was to have a goal to even carry.” Shanny, of course, says a lot of things, but it’s safe to assume that Mitchell’s involvement won’t drop to zero. What we also know is that CMC should monopolize the high-value tackles, as it did in Week 10 even when Mitchell trailed 19-18. CMC drops down a few spots in the rankings but maintains a winning week upside. For his part, Mitchell is a floor-based FLEX with a narrow path to spiked weeks.

While Austin Ekeler will likely be dealing with the healthy returns of Mike Williams (ankle) and Keenan Allen (hamstring), he will retain his role. After all, that has been the case for many years of Williams and Allen’s good health. … It’s been a strange two weeks for Derrick Henry. What we do know is, a short week against a bad Packers run defense, he’s almost certain to reach 20 carries for the first time in three games. … As theorized last week, Dalvin Cook has begun his inevitable regression to mediocrity. Of course, his monster Week 10 was built largely on the back of one run. However, he will be in a good position to do it again in a high-whole contest against a soft Cowboys run defense. … Dameon Pierce is one of the most attainable “hell or high water” backs in 2022. No matter what, he’s getting his carries. His floor is high enough to give him some runway over other people’s ceilings. … Despite last week’s dud, Nick Chubb’s floor is one of the only ones you’ll find higher than Pierce’s. Even in a brutal scoring environment where the Browns are touchdown-plus dogs with the Bills, we’ll keep placing our Chubb bets.

We trust the process to be locked down by Josh Jacobs as a small business roadster against elite protection. … Rhamondre Stevenson has been more Alvin Kamara than Alvin Kamara this season. Hopefully that’s the case coming off the Patriots’ bye, which gave Damien Harris’ balky hamstring a week to get closer to full health. With Stevenson seeing the bulk of the high-value touches, he maintains both the floor and ceiling of an RB1 while Harris is going to continue to see 10-12 tackles this first. … As the Packers’ offense continues to falter, Aaron Jones has missed two of three weeks. The Titans are tougher on the ground than through the air. … Joe Mixon finally got back to scoring average with his four-touchdown Week 9 but survives a Steelers defense that is far more susceptible to the pass than the run. He thinks it’s appropriate to classify Mixon as the borderline RB1 he was for most of 2022 instead of the full RB1 he was two weeks ago. … Unfortunately, the Saints’ offense wasn’t much better. Alvin Kamara scored a touchdown when New Orleans announced it was sticking with Andy Dalton under center, but LAR/NO has arguably the worst scoring environment.

With Khalil Herbert (hip) on injured reserve, we’re once again going back to the David Montgomery well. Only five teams allow more points to a fantasy running back than the Falcons, and Vegas pushed the CHI/ATL total near 50. … Ezekiel Elliott (knee) looks set to return, but Tony Pollard likely turned the dynamism in the Cowboys backfield at last. . At least for a likely shootout like Sunday’s date with the Vikings, Pollard now gets the ratings advantage. … James Conner played 96 percent of the Cardinals’ snaps in Week 10. Keaontay Ingram may cut into that after the shock release of Eno Benjamin, but Conner’s playing time keeps him in the high-end RB2 mix despite that he is a huge domestic dog against the. 49ers. … As good as D’Onta Foreman has been, there are just too many trapdoors for him to fall through in an offense that is once again quarterbacked by Baker Mayfield. It is a low-end RB2. … Antonio Gibson will play through his knee injury against the Texans, but Brian Robinson’s carry advantage gives him the rating advantage against the Texans’ league-worst defense. Now is the time to chase a point.

The touchdown separation was not what we would like between Michael Carter and James Robinson, but I will continue to rank Carter as he will get the first “hot hand” opportunity, and is the most likely to develop. … Cordarrelle Patterson hasn’t impressed since returning from injured reserve two games ago, but he’s the type of player who should be expected to thrive in the type of scoring environment he’ll be facing against a defense the Bears. … That’s not to say that Isiah Pacheco carried the ball 16 times against the Jags. What Clyde Edwards-Helaire played is less than five accidents. Why would that genie go back in the bottle? The Chargers are a green light matchup. … Najee Harris has staved off “elimination” for the time being, but the Steelers’ ground game won’t be as attractive as it was against the Saints. Jaylen Warren may need to play more than he did in Week 10. … It’s hard to ignore the way the Ravens committed to Gus Edwards after he returned from the PUP list, but all the same true of Kenya Drake’s Week 9 performance. Even with Edwards (hamstring) back in the saddle, I’ll give Drake the Week 11 advantage in the rankings.

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