Fantasy football owners who are looking for one last win to push them into the playoffs may be in luck, as a few running backs will have explosive performances this week.
When one of your running backs has “vs. San Francisco 49ers” next to his name, it can certainly make you worried. This is the disappointing position that Matt Forte’s fantasy owners are facing.
But other talented rushers are facing porous rush defenses and can put up the type of production that will carry a team to victory.
Here are the running backs who will have incredible Week 11 performances.
Note: fantasy point statistics via ESPN
Arian Foster, Houston Texans
The best running back in the NFL is going up against one of the worst run defenses in football, and this is a recipe to make Arian Foster’s fantasy owners smile this Sunday.
Foster is second to Adrian Peterson in fantasy points among running backs this season despite having played one less game than Peterson. Foster has scored double-digit points in each game this season, while failing to score a touchdown in just two outings.
He has also received 20 or more carries in all but two games, and he is arguably the most reliable fantasy football player in the NFL.
This week, he is taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to running backs. There is no safer play than Foster this week.
Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
The New England Patriots have relied on Stevan Ridley to be productive out of the backfield this season, and he has delivered.
Tom Brady has had to shoulder the load to compensate for the lack of a running game in the past, but this has not been the case this season. Ridley has 814 rushing yards on 172 attempts and has scored six touchdowns this season.
The 23-year-old out of LSU built up confidence by running for 98 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries against a terrible Buffalo Bills defense, and he will continue to be successful against a mediocre Indianapolis Colts front seven.
The Colts have allowed the sixth-most points to opposing running backs, and Ridley will turn in one his best performances of the year.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The rookie running back broke out as a fantasy star when he rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders two weeks ago.
The enthusiasm around him tapered off slightly when he gained just 68 yards on 19 carries against the San Diego Chargers, but it will pick right back up after he torches the Carolina Panthers.
Carolina has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game to RBs, and when the Bucs took them on in the season opener, they handed the ball to Martin 24 and won 16-10. They are unlikely to move away from the run in the rematch.
Martin will get plenty of chances against the Panthers’ questionable run defense, and this will lead to another incredible game for the sensational rookie.