The top five running backs in fantasy points over the past three games have been Joe Mixon (86.10), Austin Ekeler (75.10), Tony Pollard (68.40), Derrick Henry (68.00), and Christian McCaffrey (66.50). Seven backs averaged more than 19.00 fantasy points in PPR formats.
Teams on bye: Jacksonville, Miami, Seattle, Tampa Bay
Here are the top running back options in Week 11:
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (DraftKings – $8,900/FanDuel – $9,700)
The Giants gave Barkley 36 touches last week, leading to his best production (160 combined yards with a touchdown and one catch) since Week 1 (33.40 fantasy points). Despite his success in Week 11 and the fourth-highest running back score in fantasy points (26.00), he failed to post a difference-making game for his top-tier salary. His floor has been 23 touches over his previous four matchups (28 per game).
Running backs gained 1,279 combined yards against the Lions with 11 touchdowns and 30 catches after nine contests (24.23 FPPG). Detroit allows 5.0 yards per carry, with four teams scoring more than 29.00 fantasy points from their running backs. Barkley should be active again. For him to pay off, he needs Daniel Jones not to steal his goal-line touchdowns. New York will run the ball well in this matchup, giving Barkley a chance at an exceptional outcome.
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts (DraftKings – $7,800/FanDuel – $8,700)
With Matt Ryan back behind center and Taylor flashing his 2021 form (22/147/1 with two catches for 16 yards) against the Raiders, the Colts’ offense has a chance to build off last week’s win. Indianapolis had Taylor on the field for a season-high 94 percent of their snaps. He only has two scores over seven games, with his longest run (66-yard TD) coming in Las Vegas. His only other week with success came in Week 1 (31/161/1 with four catches for 14 yards).
The Eagles slipped to 20th in running back defense (23.64 FPPG) while showing cracks stopping the run over the past five weeks (26/124/1, 26/134/1, 24/144, 32/168, and 49/152/2). Philly also struggled in Week 1 vs. the Lions’ running backs (26/181/3 with four catches for 33 yards). When at his best, Taylor is a scoring beast, but he still needs the Colts to play well offensively to reach a winning ceiling.
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (DraftKings – $7,600/FanDuel – $7,500)
After a productive run over four games (581 combined yards with three touchdowns and 28 catches on 99 touches), the Saints struggled to get Kamara in space in back-to-back weeks (9.20 and 7.50 fantasy points). Over this span, he gained only 56 yards on 17 carries with six catches for 51 yards. New Orleans had him on the field for about 80 percent of its plays over the past three contests.
The Rams sit 13th in running back defense (21.59 FPPG), with a disastrous showing against the 49ers (184 combined yards with two touchdowns and 10 catches). Backs have 44 catches for 332 yards and one score. Four teams had a floor of eight catches. Los Angeles lost their best wide receiver last week, and the Rams continue to struggle to run the ball. New Orleans may have the short field on a couple of drives, inviting a rebound week for Kamara.