Week 11 Fantasy Football Projections: Running Backs Sure to Bust out

Chris HummerAnalyst INovember 17, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 04:  Mikel Leshoure #25 of the Detroit Lions is tackled by  Paul Posluszny #51 and  Aaron Ross #31 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at EverBank Field on November 4, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Week 11 of the fantasy football season is upon us, and as your team battles for a playoff spot, the decisions on who to play become tougher and tougher.

This is especially true at the running back spot, where there are only a few consistent performers and more shared carries than ever. 

But you've got to make decisions, and that's what I'm here for—to help you decide which backs will be studs and which ones will be duds in Week 9.

So, here are three halfbacks sure to put up monster numbers this Sunday.


Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions

Detroit's second-year back has shown flashes of his potential throughout the season, but has never quite reached a consistent clip. But he's set to have a great game this week against the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers do a good job defending the run, but the Lions have had success the last two years pounding the ball at home against Green Bay, rushing the ball 62 times for 326 yards.

Plus, the Lions will do whatever they can to keep Aaron Rodgers and an explosive Packer offense off the field. And it just so happens, Leshoure and their ground game is the best way to do that.

The Packers have allowed four rushing touchdowns over the last four weeks, and a big back like Leshoure is sure to take advantage.

He may be nursing a sore ankle, but Leshoure should net double-digit fantasy points at a minimum this week.


Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

DeMarco Murray is likely to miss his fifth straight game, and that's great news for owners of Felix Jones.

Jones has been a solid play during Murray's absence, but has yet to have a spectacular game. That could come Sunday against a terrible Cleveland rush defense.

The Browns are 27th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed, as they have surrendered 132.2 yards on the ground a game this season.

This is great news for Jones, whose quickness and breakaway speed should allow him to earn a few large runs. Plus, expect the Cowboys to pound the ball early and often to avoid turnovers—one of the few ways the Cowboys could lose a game to a less talented Cleveland squad.

Jones will have a big day, and should eclipse the 10-point mark for the third week in a row.


LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles were delivered a huge blow with the loss of Michael Vick, but it’s good news for LeSean McCoy's fantasy owners.

With Vick out, rookie Nick Foles will get the nod at QB, and even with Andy Reid's obvious love of throwing the ball, you can expect him to keep it on the ground to protect Foles.

This means McCoy will be in line to see more touches than he has all year, and as talented as he is, it should mean huge numbers.

McCoy has gone over 10 fantasy points in all but one game this season, but has yet to reach the 20-point mark.

Without Vick, expect him to do so on Sunday against the Redskins.