Week 11 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Chris Johnson and RBs You Must Avoid

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 19, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 13: Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson #28 flexes his muscles after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The Titans defeated the Panthers 30-3.  (Photo by Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)
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Every week in fantasy football, there are some players who are typical starters who are just facing matchups that put them at a disadvantage.

Typically, the difference between winning and losing is being able to key in on those matchups and benching those players.

Here are running backs facing those types of disadvantages this weekend that you need to avoid starting.


Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans)

This isn't the Chris Johnson of last year.

Last year, it didn't matter who the Titans were playing. Chris Johnson was a must-start, no matter what. That isn't the case this year.

Johnson has not been on the top of his game. This week, the Titans take on the Atlanta Falcons who rank fifth in points allowed for opposing fantasy running backs.

Underperforming player against a good running defense means that CJ2K is a bench this week.


Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens)

I don't think anybody knows what's going on in Baltimore anymore.

Ray Rice is by far the best player on the Baltimore Ravens offense. He needs to carry the ball at least 20 times a game. He needs to touch it probably 30 times a game.

Last week, he ran the ball five times in the Ravens loss to Seattle.

Something just isn't right in Baltimore. They play the Cincinnati Bengals this week. The Bengals boast the second best rushing defense in the league.

I guess that means we'll be seeing a lot more Joe Flacco.


Cedric Benson (Cincinnati Bengals)

On the opposite side of the field for the Baltimore and Cincinnati game, Cedric Benson will be the primary back.

Benson typically does get a decent amount of touches per game. He isn't the most explosive running back, but he does enough to get the job done.

This week, that won't be the case. The Ravens offense may leave us scratching our heads, but the defense has been fantastic.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Benson held under 50 yards on Sunday.