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Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 11: Melvin Gordon and Other RB Start/Sit Fantasy Advice

Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 11: Melvin Gordon

Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 11: Melvin Gordon

How lucky are fantasy football owners who either own Mark Ingram or Alvin Kamara? Or BOTH! There’s a guy in one of my leagues who snagged Kamara early in the year as his handcuff. Smart guy.

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Both are easy RB1s and must-starts each and every week. Which is amazing considering how Le’Veon Bell, Leonard Fournette, LeSean McCoy and Melvin Gordon owners’ feel after these supposed studs were big-time duds last week.

So, who’s worth starting for Week? Fortunately even with four teams on bye, there are only a few RBs who will be missed (Christian McCaffrey, Carlos Hyde mainly). As for the rest? Here are some names you can trust and a few one you probably shouldn’t rely on to get you through Week 11.

Good Calls for Week 10...

I said it might be worth the risk to start Isaiah Crowell (15.5 fantasy points) and he had one of his best games all year with 90 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Sit C.J. Anderson (5.5 FP) – Stuck in a running back by committee and with Brock Osweiler as his QB, Anderson’s best fantasy days are behind him.

Bad Calls for Week 10...

Start Lamar Miller (7.4 FP) – It looks like Miller is going to struggle to put up consistent fantasy numbers with Tom Savage as his QB, no matter the matchup.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Teams on bye: Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets, San Francisco

Running Backs

START THESE RBs...

Melvin Gordon, LAC (vs. BUF)

Austin Ekeler truthers are going to be banging their drum hard after the performance he put on against Jacksonville, but after his fumble, he barely saw the field as the Chargers and Jaguars ended regulation and played overtime. Gordon is still the touches leader by a mile, carrying the ball 16 times and getting targeted eight times through the air, now he’s playing against a Bills defense without Marcell Dareus, who clearly was the anchor against the run. Over the last two weeks, the Bills have given up 500 rushing yards. Read that again.

Doug Martin, TB (at MIA)

On the surface, this doesn’t appear to be a great matchup for Martin, as the Buccaneers face a Dolphins defense that currently gives up the 12th-fewest fantasy points to RBs. However, since Week 6 Miami has given up at least nine fantasy points to an RB in every game over that five-game span. While Martin is coming off a disappointing game last week against the Jets, we did see his carries bounce back up to 20. Martin has seen a heavy workload since returning from suspension and should be in line for a decent outing against a defense that Carolina ran wild against on Monday night, including 110 yards by Jonathan Stewart.

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Jerick McKinnon, MIN (vs. LAR)

McKinnon may have taken a back seat to Latavius Murray last week, but he is poised to shine Sunday with a matchup against the Rams. As good as Los Angeles has been in recent weeks, the defense has still allowed the second-most PPR points to opposing RBs on the road and five top-10 PPR performances to the position overall.

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MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...

Jamaal Williams, GB (vs. BAL)

It looks like Ty Montgomery will miss this week and Aaron Jones will be out nearly a month with an MCL sprain, so that puts all the Green Bay backfield work on Williams, who had 21 rushes in relief of his two RB compatriots last week. Baltimore can be stingy at times, but the Ravens are completely middle-of-the-road when it comes to stopping the run. With four teams on bye Williams is certainly worth a look to help you get through Week 11. But be warned: it might not be pretty.

SIT THESE RBs...

C.J. Anderson, DEN (vs. CIN)

Since the return of Devontae Booker, the Broncos’ backfield has been a three-man committee of mediocrity. Anderson was one of my favorite players, but in the last few weeks, he’s seen carry totals of 9, 10, 15, 9, and 10. That’s not going to cut it. I’m not sure if any of the three would really claim the job for himself even if someone were to get hurt (which is entirely possible with this crew).

Isaiah Crowell, CLE (vs. JAC)

Jacksonville’s weakness on defense has been against the run. But last week, the Jags came out determined to control Melvin Gordon. They did. They stopped Gordon, and they stopped the Chargers from running out the clock late. This week it’s Crowell’s turn. He is listed on many start ‘em or streamer lists based on his last two games and because he goes against the Jaguars. Jacksonville fixed something during its bye week and as a result, Crowell remains bottled up in Week 11.

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Adrian Peterson, ARI (at HOU)

Peterson has had 10 days of rest, so many folks are hopeful he will pull off another 150-yard game. Don’t count on that. Eventually, Bruce Arians has to realize he can’t run Peterson 40 times and expect him to be alright the following week. Hopefully, we’ll see a second RB getting mixed in soon. This week it might not matter as Peterson is running against the Texans, who have been stingy to RBs (second-fewest fantasy points allowed) this season.

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...

LeSean McCoy, BUF (at LAC)

Listen, you’re going to start your studs, but somehow, despite giving up the second-most yards to opposing running backs, the Chargers are keeping them out of the end zone and are still a top-10 team in fantasy points allowed to the position. Considering how the Bills aren’t throwing McCoy the ball nearly as much anymore, you have to wonder where he’ll get his points from if they’re playing from behind as well.

— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.