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Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 11

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Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 11 running back rankings begin in Seattle, as two of the NFL's best will share the Pacific Northwest spotlight. Marshawn Lynch gets the edge over Adrian Peterson this week, as Lynch has been in "Beast Mode" the past two games, rushing for a total of 270 yards. Peterson hasn't been a slouch himself, totaling 215 yards on the ground and three touchdowns during the same span, but the Seahawks' defense figures to be a tougher test for the reigning MVP than the Vikings' defense for Lynch.

Elsewhere around the league, in many ways what has been a disappointing season for running backs either from a performance (Ray Rice, Maurice Jones-Drew) or health standpoint (Arian Foster, Doug Martin, Steven Jackson, C.J. Spiller, David Wilson), there have been some bright spots when it comes to younger players. Zac Stacy and Eddie Lacy have certainly had an impact, but Giovani Bernard, the first running back taken in the 2013 NFL Draft (2nd round, 37th overall), could emerge as the most dynamic, versatile and productive of his class before the end of the season.

Entering the 2013 campaign, Bernard's potential was limited somewhat because he was sharing carries with incumbent starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis. As this season has progressed, however, the Bengals have put more of an emphasis on getting the ball into Bernard's hands, and the strategy has paid off. Bernard has three total touchdowns over the last two games, two of them being of the highlight-reel variety, and last week got a season-high 22 touches. Cleveland's defense has been pretty good this season, but when it comes to Bernard's speed, explosiveness and big-play ability, he has almost reached must-start status.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: Dallas, St. Louis

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Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

vs. MIN

Has 270 yards rushing over last 2 games.

2

Adrian Peterson

MIN

at SEA

Peterson vs. Seahawks D should be fun.

3

Jamaal Charles

KC

at DEN

Rested, ready to take on DEN's 4th-ranked rush D.

4

LeSean McCoy

PHI

vs. WAS

Gashed Redskins for 184 yards rushing in Week 1.

5

Frank Gore

SF

at NO

Saints giving up 5 yards per carry.

6

Reggie Bush

DET

at PIT

Steelers 29th in NFL in rushing defense.

7

Knowshon Moreno

DEN

vs. KC

Teams have been able to run some on Chiefs.

8

Alfred Morris

WAS

at PHI

Has put up back-to-back games of 120+ yards.

9

Matt Forte

CHI

vs. BAL

Held to season-low 49 total yards last week.

10

Eddie Lacy

GB

at NYG

73 yards vs. Eagles lowest total in six games.

11

Chris Johnson

TEN

vs. IND (Thurs.)

Colts giving up 126.6 yards rushing per game.

12

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

vs. DET

Season-high 22 carries (57 yds., TD) vs. Bills.

13

Andre Brown

NYG

vs. GB

Welcome back! 115, TD in first game of season.

14

Giovani Bernard

CIN

vs. CLE

Saw season-high 22 touches last week.

15

Stevan Ridley

NE

at CAR (Mon.)

Panthers second in rushing defense (82.0 ypg).

16

Ben Tate

HOU

vs. OAK

Starter rest of way with Foster done for season.

17

Ryan Mathews

SD

at MIA

93 yards in last 2 G after 100+ in Weeks 6 and 7.

18

Chris Ivory

NYJ

at BUF

Posted season-high 139 yards in last game.

19

Fred Jackson

BUF

vs. NYJ

Gained 72 yards on just 7 carries in first game vs. Jets.

20

Andre Ellington

ARI

at JAC

Cards plan to continue to limit Ellington's touches.

21

Darren Sproles

NO

vs. SF

Scored on ground and through air last week.

22

Danny Woodhead

SD

at MIA

Leads all RBs with 53 receptions (4 TDs).

23

Lamar Miller

MIA

vs. SD

Dolphins rushed for franchise-low 2 yards vs. TB.

24

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

vs. ARI

Cardinals third in NFL in rushing defense.

25

C.J. Spiller

BUF

vs. NYJ

Had 9 yards on 10 carries vs. Jets in Week 3.

26

Ray Rice

BAL

at CHI

Has there been a bigger bust this season?

27

Rashad Jennings

OAK

at HOU

Has posted 283 total yards in last 2 games.

28

Steven Jackson

ATL

at TB

Total of 11 yards on 9 carries vs. SEA last week.

29

Pierre Thomas

NO

vs. SF

Led all RBs in fantasy points (26.6) last week.

30

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

vs. NE (Mon.)

Led team with 46 yards, TD in win over 49ers.

31

Trent Richardson

IND

at TEN (Thurs.)

Had just 5 rushing attempts last week.

32

Brian Leonard

TB

vs. ATL

Mike James (fractured ankle) out indefinitely.

33

Donald Brown

IND

at TEN (Thurs.)

Posted 5 receptions for 64 yards, TD last week.

34

Shane Vereen

NE

at CAR (Mon.)

Hasn't played since Week 1 (broken wrist).

35

Rashard Mendenhall

ARI

at JAC

Led team with 13 carries last week.

36

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

vs. CLE

Gio got more carries (14 to 9) last week.

37

Mark Ingram

NO

vs. SF

Gashed Cowboys for 145 yards last week.

38

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

vs. NE (Mon.)

Team-high 13 carries (41 yds.) against 49ers.

39

James Starks

GB

at NYG

Just four carries for 5 yards last week.

40

Bernard Pierce

BAL

at CHI

He may start to eat into Rice's workload.

41

Bobby Rainey

TB

vs. ATL

Opportunity to share the load with Leonard.

42

Willis McGahee

CLE

at CIN

Averaging just 2.6 yards per carry.

43

Shonn Greene

TEN

vs. IND (Thurs.)

Has 9 carries in each of last 2 games.

44

Bilal Powell

NYJ

at BUF

Bills have given up just 3 rushing TDs so far.

45

Mike Tolbert

CAR

vs. NE (Mon.)

Seeing fewer carries w/ Stewart back.

46

Jacquizz Rodgers

ATL

at TB

SJax' struggles keeping Rodgers relevant.

47

Dennis Johnson

HOU

vs. OAK

Remember, Tate is playing with broken ribs.

48

Chris Ogbonnaya

CLE

at CIN

McGahee not exactly getting the job done.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 11 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

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