Published: Nov. 14, 2018 at 12:26 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 16, 2018 at 02:18 p.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 11: Running Backs


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate weekly look at NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars such as Todd Gurley and Antonio Brown will not be featured. All player matchups are based on PPR scoring system. NFL researchers Matt Frederick and Michael Florio have contributed to the column. For your final starting lineup decisions, check our weekly fantasy football lineup rankings.

Byes: Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Aaron Jones vs. Seattle Seahawks

Jones, listed as a start 'em last week, is coming off a career game with over 32 fantasy points. More importantly, he played the role of a true featured back in the Packers' win over Miami. He should put up another solid stat line this week against the Seahawks, who have given up 6.1 yards per rush to enemy runners since Week 7.

Tevin Coleman vs. Dallas Cowboys

Coleman was a disappointment for fantasy owners a week ago, scoring fewer than 10 points in a loss to the Browns. I'd keep him active this week, though, as a game against the Cowboys could turn into a high-scoring affair. Coleman, who has averaged 44 snaps and 16 touches in his last two contests, should remain a No. 2 runner.

Phillip Lindsay vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Lindsay might not look like a great start on paper, but the Chargers defense has allowed 181 scrimmage yards per game to opposing backs since Week 7. Over the last four weeks, Lindsay has also seen 58 percent of the backfield snaps and more than 18 touches/game in the Broncos backfield. I like him to have a productive line.

Dion Lewis vs. Indianapolis Colts

Lewis failed to meet expectations in last week's revenge game against the Patriots, but he has played in 74 percent of the offensive snaps and averaged 21.4 touches per game since Week 7. I'd keep the versatile veteran active this week against the Colts, who have allowed 10 targets and the second-most catches (7.9) per game to backs.

Alex Collins vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Collins hasn't been all that reliable in the stat sheets, but he's a legit flex option when the matchup is favorable. That's the case this week, as he'll face a Bengals defense that's surrendered over five yards per rush and more than 42 fantasy points per game to opposing runners over the last four weeks. Consider Collins a viable No. 2 running back.

Start 'Em: Mark Ingram vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Kerryon Johnson vs. Carolina Panthers
Sleepers: Doug Martin at Arizona Cardinals, Theo Riddick vs. Carolina Panthers

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Adrian Peterson vs. Houston Texans

Peterson, listed as a sit 'em last week, failed to score more than nine fantasy points for the second week in a row. Part of the problem has been Washington's offensive line, which is down three starters, and a matchup versus the Texans front seven isn't favorable. Their defense has allowed just 3.5 yards per rush to running backs this season.

Jordan Howard vs. Minnesota Vikings

Howard burned us all a week ago, scoring just 4.2 fantasy points despite a great matchup against the Lions. Next up is a tough contest against the Vikings, who have allowed just 3.7 yards per rush and an average of 21 fantasy points per game to enemy backs. I like Tarik Cohen more than Howard out of the Bears backfield this week.

Marlon Mack vs. Tennessee Titans

Mack is going to be tough to bench with six teams on a bye, so consider this a "beware" of sorts. The Titans have allowed just one running back to finish better than 14th in fantasy points at the position, and not a single back has rushed for a touchdown against them on the road. Mack could be in for a tough week in a titanic AFC South game.

Lamar Miller vs. Washington Redskins

Miller had been on a nice hot streak, but that came to a crashing halt when he finished with a 6.8-point stinker and lost touches to Alfred Blue in a Week 8 against the Broncos. Opposing running backs have averaged just 71.5 rushing yards per game against Washington since Week 7, and the potential for a committee makes Miller a fade.

Peyton Barber vs. New York Giants

Barber might be forced into fantasy action during bye-mageddon, but I'd try and keep him on the sidelines in a game against the Giants. He's lost touches to Jacquizz Rodgers in recent weeks, including nine last week against the Redskins. Barber has also failed to score more than eight fantasy points in three of his last four games.

Sit 'Em: Wendell Smallwood at New Orleans Saints, Nyheim Hines vs. Tennessee Titans
Busts: Carlos Hyde vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacquizz Rodgers at New York Giants

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for all of the latest fantasy football news, notes and in-depth analysis!


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