Week 10 is in the books. Time to bring on Week 11 and to find the top 12 running back plays for Week 11. Week 10 saw some injuries, including Aaron Jones with a knee injury that should cost him a few weeks. Alvin Kamara, Nick Chubb and Damien Harris all sat out last week as well. Of course, Derrick Henry will be out for probably the rest of the season. In Week 11, we have the Broncos and Rams on bye. That means no Darrell Henderson, Melvin Gordon, or Javante Williams. He have some good options at running back this week though. Let’s dive in and take a look.
Top 12 Running Back Plays for Week 11
Christian McCaffrey vs WAS
We will need to keep an eye on CMC. McCaffrey scared fantasy managers on Sunday when he was having his leg looked at, but he returned to the game and finished with 95 yards rushing, 10 receptions, and 66 receiving yards. The new concern with McCaffrey isn’t his health, but newly re-signed quarterback Cam Newton. Newton could and probably will take a decent amount of CMC’s goal line carries away, which would be a big blow to McCaffrey’s season long point total. Washington has given up the 5th fewest rushing yards with 874 yards and 7 touchdowns. McCaffrey’s involvement in the passing game will make him a top play.
Najee Harris at LAC
Najee Harris is another running back that can help catch the ball out of the back field. Harris has 44 receptions for 317 yards and 2 scores in the passing game. While rushing for 646 yards and 4 more touchdowns on the ground. Harris has been the running back that Pittsburgh has featured most this season, he has only one game this season where he hasn’t played 80% of the team’s offensive snaps. The Steelers will travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers for a Week 11 matchup. The Chargers have allowed the most rushing yards this season so far with 1396 and are tied for third most touchdowns allowed with 12.
Jonathan Taylor at BUF
Jonathan Taylor and the Colts will head to Buffalo on Sunday to face Joah Allen and the Bills. Taylor took over the lead for rushing yards in the NFL from Derrick Henry with 937, he has also contributed 9 touchdowns on the ground. Taylor has passed his total receiving yards from last season and has almost as many receptions as well. The fact that the Colts are playing Buffalo is why Taylor is not higher in this list. Buffalo has allowed the third fewest rushing yards for the season with 755 and only given up 7 rushing touchdowns. Taylor is too good not to sit regardless of the matchup.
Dalvin Cook vs GB
Dalvin Cook has had a slower start to the season than expected. He has missed 2 of the first 9 games of the season. Cook has 648 yards on the season with 3 scores. He also has added 18 receptions for 109 yards. Cook has run for over 90 yards in 4 games. The Green Bay Packers will be coming to Minnesota on Sunday for a Week 11 matchup. The Packers have surrendered 1072 yards and 8 scores on the ground. Dalvin Cook has been on the field more the last couple of weeks, playing over 80% of the team’s offensive snaps.
Austin Ekeler vs PIT
Austin Ekeler has 863 total yards, 9 touchdowns and 39 receptions on the season. Ekeler is highly involved in the Chargers’ passing game as he has caught at least 3 passes in each game since Week 2. Ekeler just just 1 game where he rushed for over 100 yards this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers will come to town for a Week 11 matchup on Sunday night. Opponents have ran for 2033 yards and 12 touchdowns against the Steelers’ defense.
David Montgomery vs BALT
David Montgomery has played in just 5 games this season due to injury. In those 5 games, he had 2 games of over 100 yards rushing. The Bears have been starting rookie quarterback Justin Fields and had some growing pains earlier in the season. Montgomery played in 85% of the teams’ snaps in his return in Week 9 and rushed 13 times for 63 yards. The Bears will be headed to Baltimore on Sunday to face the Ravens. Balitmore has allowed the 4th fewest rushing yards with 794 and 10 touchdowns. Montgomery should be a focal point of the Bears’ offense moving forward.
Michael Carter vs MIA
Michael Carter has rushed for 367 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. He has also caught 31 passes for 306 yards. Carter has rushed for a touchdown in 4 of the last 6 games. The New York Jets will host the Miami Dolphins for a Week 11 matchup. The Dolphins have surrendered 1093 yards and 9 touchdowns this season. Ty Johnson has been seeing some time as running back, but Michael Carter has been the more explosive option for the Jets.
James Conner at SEA
James Conner has benefited from fellow running back Chase Edmonds not playing the last couple of games. Conner finished those 2 games with 237 total yards and 4 touchdowns. He also played 77% and 82% of the snaps in those games as well, up 22% from his season high of 55% in Week 6. Conner is leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns as well with 11 to go along with his 493 rushing yards and 13 receptions for 136 receiving yards and a score. The Seahawks have allowed 1127 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground. If Kyler isn’t able to go in Week 11, look for the Cardinals to rely on James Conner versus Seattle.
Ezekiel Elliott at KC
Ezekiel Elliott has 663 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns through the first 10 weeks of the season. Zeke has also added to the passing game by catching 26 passes for 168 yards and a score. The Cowboys have been involved in a couple of blowouts recently versus the Broncos and the Falcons, causing Elliott not to see the field as much. The Dallas Cowboys will be traveling to Kansas City on Sunday for a Week 11 matchup. The Chiefs have given up 1146 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
D’Ernest Johnson vs DET
D’Ernest Johnson has had 2 games without Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. In those games Johnson has rushed for a combined 254 yards and a score. He was also able to add 9 receptions for 80 yards. Nick Chubb is still on the COVID list and isn’t a lock to play in Week 11. If he is out Johnson should have another huge game as the Lions are visiting Cleveland this week. The Lions have given up 1221 yards, which is third most in the NFL and 10 touchdowns.
D’Andre Swift at CLE
D’Andre Swift has rushed for 419 yards and 3 scores through the first part of the season. He has also caught 50 passes for 420 yards and 2 touchdowns. Swift has played 71% or more of the Lions’ offensive snaps the last 6 games. With the lack of offensive fire power the Lions possess, Swift will be the focal point of the offense, whether the Lions are running the ball or passing. The Lions will travel to Cleveland in Week 11. The Browns have allowed 947 yards and 10 scores this season.
Elijah Mitchell at JAC
Elijah Mitchell is questionable heading into his Week 11 contest versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mitchell has rushed for 560 yards and 3 scores in 7 games. The Jacksonville Jaguars have given up 954 yards and 11 scores on the ground. Mitchell has rushed for 90 yards or more 4 times this season. He has also played on average of 63% of the 49ers offensive snaps this season. Mitchell is the lead back for the 49ers and if he is able to suit up on Sunday he should have a good game.
That wraps up the Top 12 Running Back Plays for Week 11. As always thank you for stopping by. Remember, to check out articles like this and more, go to RotoHeat.com, and join the conversation in our Facebook group.