Here are my top 40 running backs for Week 11 (standard-scoring leagues).
This countdown doesn't lean on a particular stat. It's merely an educated best guess of which rushers will tally the best combination of total yards and touchdowns this weekend.
On the injury front, DeMarco Murray (foot), Rashard Mendehall (Achilles) and Darren McFadden (ankle) shall remain off the board for now.
NOTE: The Giants, Titans, Seahawks and Vikings are all on byes.
Top 40 Backs For Week 11
1. Arian Foster vs. Jacksonville
2. Ray Rice @ Pittsburgh
3. C.J. Spiller vs. Miami
4. Doug Martin @ Carolina
5. Stevan Ridley vs. Indianapolis
6. LeSean McCoy @ Washington
7. Steven Jackson vs. N.Y. Jets
8. Trent Richardson @ Dallas
9. Jamaal Charles vs. Cincinnati
10. Frank Gore vs. Chicago
11. Willis McGahee vs. San Diego
12. Reggie Bush @ Buffalo
13. Ryan Mathews @ Denver
14. Matt Forte @ San Francisco
15. Alfred Morris vs. Philadelphia
16. Felix Jones vs. Cleveland
17. Mikel Leshoure vs. Green Bay
18. Isaac Redman vs. Baltimore
19. Michael Turner vs. Arizona
20. Christopher Ivory @ Oakland
21. Marcel Reece vs. New Orleans
22. Shonn Greene @ St. Louis
23. LaRod Stephens-Howling @ Atlanta
24. Vick Ballard @ New England
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Kansas City
26. Rashad Jennings @ Houston
27. Jonathan Stewart vs. Tampa Bay
28. Alex Green @ Detroit
29. Daniel Thomas @ Buffalo
30. Jonathan Dwyer vs. Baltimore
31. Donald Brown @ New England
32. Joique Bell vs. Green Bay
33. Michael Bush @ San Francisco
34. James Starks @ Detroit
35. Danny Woodhead vs. Indianapolis
36. Shane Vereen vs. Indianapolis
37. Jacquizz Rodgers vs. Arizona
38. Peyton Hillis vs. Cincinnati
39. Pierre Thomas @ Oakland
40. Ronnie Hillman vs. San Diego
40a. DeAngelo Williams vs. Tampa Bay
1. Everyone knows about Arian Foster's 13-game touchdown streak, dating back to last season. But there's one more streak of note heading into Sunday: Foster has racked up at least one score in his last five games against the Jaguars. And in that span, he's averaging 122 total yards and 1.2 touchdowns.
2. The Steelers may be a dominant defense, in the grand scope of things. But the laws of invincibility don't necessarily apply to Ray Rice. In his last seven games against Pittsburgh (including the 2010 playoffs), Rice has averaged 98.3 total yards and 0.57 TDs. And of the seven outings, he notched 100 total yards and/or one TD five times.
3. In three career games against the Bears, Frank Gore has surprisingly stellar averages of 100 total yards and 0.66 TDs. Hence, the top-10 ranking against fantasy's top-ranked defense.
4. Food for thought: In the last two seasons, C.J. Spiller has had to finish 10 games without backfield mate Fred Jackson. And in those outings, Spiller amassed 1,166 total yards and nine touchdowns...for sterling averages of 116.6 yards and 0.9 TDs.
5. It's easy to forget that LeSean McCoy accomplished his 20-touchdown season in 2011 without the benefit of a 16th game (against the Redskins). It's also easy to forget the following: In five career meetings with Washington, McCoy has averaged 114 total yards and 0.4 TDs.
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