NFL Fantasy Football Week 11: Running Backs Rankings and Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIINovember 15, 2011

SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 13:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Baltimore Ravens at CenturyLink Field on November 13, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Ravens 22-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Marshawn Lynch @ Rams 

What a season it’s been for Marshawn Lynch fantasy owners, as we’ve watched him struggle out of the gates, to starting look like a viable runner, then being a game-time scratch against the Browns and finally playing out of his mind over the past two weeks. After Lynch’s back injury against the Browns, I was done with him after he admitted that he had been bothered by the injury all year.

It was hard for me to see him holding up as a physical runner, when a back injury can easily re-aggravate and continue to be problematic. Who knows how long Lynch will hold up, but he’s clearly played like a solid RB-2 in recent weeks, and he has a great matchup on deck against the Rams.

Consider him a must start as long as he’s a go for the game, but if your like me, you have to wonder whether this will be the game that he disappoints again and continues to frustrate fantasy owners, as he has throughout most of his career.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs Chiefs 

The Patriots played a good game against the Jets, but struggled to run the football, after BenJarvus Green-Ellis totaled over 130 yards on the ground in their first meeting back in New England. While Green-Ellis’s eight yards on the ground had to be a major disappointment to his fantasy owners, look for the Patriots to get healthy against the Chiefs this week.

Chiefs starting quarterback Matt Cassel may be done for the season after injuring his hand against the Broncos, and the Patriots will roll up a big lead early and run the football in the second half. No one can claim to know exactly how coach Bill Belichick will distribute the carries in the Patriots' backfield, but this is a game that is worth risking Green-Ellis as at least a flex play start.

More Week 11 Rankings – QB | WR | TE |Flex | K/D | Waivers | Start / Sit

1 LeSean McCoy @ Giants
2 Adrian Peterson Raiders
3 DeMarco Murray @ Redskins
4 Matt Forte Chargers
5 Fred Jackson @ Dolphins
6 Ray Rice Bengals
7 Maurice Jones-Drew @ Browns
8 Steven Jackson Seahawks
9 Michael Turner Titans
10 Michael Bush @ Vikings
11 Chris Johnson @ Falcons
12 Marshawn Lynch @ Rams
13 Reggie Bush Bills
14 Brandon Jacobs Eagles
15 Shonn Greene @ Broncos
16 Ryan Mathews (I) @ Bears
17 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Chiefs
18 Frank Gore (I) Cardinals
19 Lance Ball Jets
20 Jackie Battle @ Patriots
21 LeGarrette Blount @ Packers
22 Beanie Wells (I) @ 49ers
23 Kendall Hunter Cardinals
24 Mike Tolbert @ Bears
25 Jonathan Stewart @ Lions
26 Chris Ogbonnaya Jaguars
27 Cedric Benson @ Ravens
28 Maurice Morris Panthers
29 DeAngelo Williams @ Lions
30 James Starks Buccaneers
31 Daniel Thomas Bills
32 LaDainian Tomlinson Broncos