2011 PPR Fantasy Football Week 11: Running Backs (RB) Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 16, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 13:  Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants in action against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 13, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Brandon Jacobs vs. Eagles – 

Tom Coughlin continues to have a wait and see approach to Ahmad Brashaw’s bum foot, and as long as the shifty playmaker is out of the lineup, power back Brandon Jacobs should be in PPR fantasy lineups. Jacobs may not catch many receptions, but he will be the main runner in the offense and will likely carry a majority of the load, even if Bradshaw is available this week.

Coming off a tough loss in San Francisco, the Giants should get the running game back on track against one of the worst run defenses in football, as the Eagles continue to struggle.

Jackie Battle @ Patriots –

While Jackie Battle remains as a top 20 option this week, fantasy owners might be better off rolling the dice with Kendall Hunter or even Lance Ball. It’s not that Battle has played poor, but the Chiefs seem content to give up on the ground game even when they are only down by10  points, like last week against the Broncos.

If Matt Cassel was still playing, I would’ve listed Battle a little lower, but with Tyler Palko running the offense, it’s likely the Chiefs will stick with the run longer, even if they fall behind early to the Patriots.

DeMarco Murray @ Redskins -

Yes, we’ve come to the point where DeMarco Murray should be considered one of the elite RB-1 players going forward. Murray continues to play outstanding football, and is giving the Cowboys a presence on the ground not seen in years. Even Owner Jerry Jones came out today and announced that Murray would remain the team's workhorse, when Flex Jones finally comes back from his ankle injury.

The Cowboys have a favorable schedule going forward and Murray’s matchups against the Redskins and Dolphins in the next weeks’ time, shouldn’t hurt his numbers. As I pointed out when talking about Murray as a waiver wire pickup weeks ago, this young tailback had over 70 receptions last year in college, and in recent weeks he’s picked up his performance in the passing game. For those of you that grabbed Murray off the waiver wire, or stashed him in rookie dynasty drafts this summer, congratulations, you have a solid running back for years to come, or at least for the rest of this season.

More WK 11 PPR Rankings – QBWR | Flex | 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 Chris Johnson @ Falcons
10 Michael Bush @ Vikings
11 Marshawn Lynch @ Rams
12 Michael Turner Titans
13 Reggie Bush Bills
14 Ryan Mathews (I) @ Bears
15 Brandon Jacobs Eagles
16 Shonn Greene @ Broncos
17 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Chiefs
18 Frank Gore (I) Cardinals
19 Lance Ball Jets
20 Jackie Battle @ Patriots
21 Kendall Hunter Cardinals
22 Mike Tolbert @ Bears
23 LeGarrette Blount @ Packers
24 Chris Ogbonnaya Jaguars
25 Beanie Wells (I) @ 49ers
26 Jonathan Stewart @ Lions
27 Maurice Morris Panthers
28 Cedric Benson @ Ravens
29 DeAngelo Williams @ Lions
30 James Starks Buccaneers
31 Dexter McCluster @ Patriots
32 Danny Woodhead Chiefs
33 Daniel Thomas Bills