The Fantasy playoffs are less than one month away – can you believe it? These Week 11 RB Rankings will hopefully get you one step closer to getting into those playoffs. And once you get into the playoffs – well, anything can happen!
But if you’re already kicking butt and you’re ready to look ahead to the Fantasy playoffs, then we’ll help you with that, too.
One of the best ways to do that is to take a quick look to see which running backs might have the most favorable schedules during Weeks 14-16. There could be some sleepers that might be worth picking up now, or maybe trading for them if your deadline isn’t here yet, so you can get ahead of the curve.
I’ll be using FFToolbox.com’s Strength of Schedule for Weeks 14-16.
4 Sleeper Running Backs for Fantasy Playoffs
Chris Johnson, N.Y. Jets – at MIN, at TEN, vs. NE: He’s getting more touches and he’ll be going up against three defenses that currently rank among the worst against running backs, allowing over 20 Fantasy points per game each.
Khiry Robinson, New Orleans – vs. CAR, at CHI, vs. ATL – You’ll need some help on this one, as Mark Ingram is playing pretty well. But if he gets hurt, Robinson would assume main tailback duties, against three very bad defenses.
Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns – vs. IND, vs. CIN, at CAR: The Browns are currently dealing with a three-headed monster at the running back position, but Crowell entered this week on the bottom of the totem pole. You should be able to pick him up in most formats, and the Browns play three teams that allow an average of 20.0 Fantasy points per game.
Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans – vs. NYG, vs. NYJ, at JAC – The rookie is owned in nearly as many leagues (69 percent) as the guy he replaced (CJ2K’s 70 percent), but if you can find an owner that has had enough, jump on it. The Giants defense allows more points (24.11) to RBs than any other team.
2 Running Backs with Bad Fantasy Playoffs Matchups
Vikings Running Backs – vs. NYJ, at DET, at MIA – Whether it’s Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata or Adrian Peterson toting the rock in the Fantasy playoffs, seeing the Jets, Lions and Dolphins is no Bueno. All three rank 13th or higher against RBs.
Andre Ellington, Arizona – vs. KC, at STL, vs. SEA – The Chiefs, Rams and Seahawks rank 11th or higher against RBs, and those three defenses allow an average of just 13.5 Fantasy points per game.
The SKYLLZONE Week 11 ADP shows fans are taking five running backs in the first 10 picks for this week’s matchups, with Demarco Murray leading the pack, just like he did last week. Matt Forte sits second at the position, and overall, with Jamaal Charles as the third running back (fifth overall). There are 11 running backs getting picked in the first three rounds for this week’s Fan vs. Machine drafts.
Week 11 RB Rankings
These rankings are based on standard non-PPR Fantasy leagues with six points per touchdown.
Which running backs do you think we have too high or too low in our Week 11 RB Rankings? These articles are meant to help readers, so your comments give them an added perspective.
David Gonos spent 5 years as a CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer and three more years writing with SI.com. Over the past 17 years, his work has been published on NFL.com, MLB.com, FanDuel, FoxSports.com and USA Today. Since 2001, he has been tracking down the Top 50-plus Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools online. You can contact David Gonos here.