Besides the handful of elite running backs who put up solid stats regardless of which team they play (Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, etc.), it is critical that you observe the matchups before deciding on whom to put in your fantasy team’s starting lineup.
Certain defensive units have been reliably stoning opposing rushers on a weekly basis, while others have been consistently gifting points to RBs.
That shouldn’t change with Week 11 about to start, so let’s take a look at which RBs have a great matchup and deserve a starting nod.
Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins (at Buffalo Bills)
Bush is likely going to have one of the best fantasy weeks of any RB in the league.
He’s been dominant during his time with the ‘Phins against the Bills, rushing for a career high of 203 yards in Week 15 last year. Considering Buffalo’s running defense is the shoddiest in the league—allowing an average of 163.7 yards per game and 16 TDs scored on the ground—there’s a chance he puts up similar stats.
While Bush struggled in Week 10 against the Titans—getting benched in the first half for a fumble—he’s going to be looking to redeem himself and take out frustrations against this pitiful front seven on Thursday Night Football.
Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams (vs. New York Jets)
Jackson impressed everyone when he went off for 101 yards and a TD against the No. 7 ranked San Francisco 49ers run defense this past week, a game that ended up in a surprising draw.
Now the Rams star has a matchup that allows him to run wild, facing off against the lowly Jets in the Edward Jones Dome.
New York is allowing 145 yards per game to opposing rushers and so far, 10 touchdowns have been scored on the ground against them. They don’t have a reliable way to stop beastly RBs, and Jackson should have a field day against Gang Green.
Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Cleveland Browns)
Those of you who have been rolling with Uncle Felix during DeMarco Murray’s absence haven’t been disappointed, and that will not change as long as the starting RB remains out in Week 11.
Cleveland has one of the leakiest running defenses in the NFL, giving up over 130 yards per contest and seven scores through nine games.
While the Browns are coming off a bye week, Dallas will have no problem dispatching of this flawed 2-7 opponent. Expect them to go up early and continually hand off to Jones, who should make short work against what little resistance is offered.