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Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 11

Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 11

With four teams on a bye in Week 11, options are extremely limited.

Week 10 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top running backs for Week 11.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 11
Running Back Rankings: Week 11
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 11
Tight End Rankings: Week 11

TIER 1: RB1's

1. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers   
Opponent: vs. Falcons
2019 Stats: 989 Rushing YDS, 11 Rushing TD, 48 Receptions, 396 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 272.5 PTS, 2019 RB
Previous Ranking: 1 

2. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings   
Opponent: vs. Broncos
2019 Stats: 991 Rushing YDS, 10 Rushing TD, 40 Receptions, 424 Receiving YDS, 239.5 PTS, 2019 RB2
Previous Ranking: 2

3. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders 
Opponent: vs. Bengals
2019 Stats: 811 Rushing YDS, 7 Rushing TD, 14 Receptions, 132 Receiving YDS, 150.3 PTS, 2019 RB10
Previous Ranking: 8

4. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Opponent: at Lions
2019 Stats: 788 Rushing YDS, 6 Rushing TD, 26 Receptions, 192 Receiving YDS, 158 PTS, 2019 RB8
Previous Ranking: 4

5. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Opponent: at Buccaneers
2019 Stats: 397 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 41 Receptions, 326 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 125.8 PTS, 2019 RB15
Previous Ranking: 5

6. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
Opponent: at Colts
2019 Stats: 831 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 40 Receptions, 295 Receiving YDS, 156.6 PTS, 2019 RB9
Previous Ranking: BYE

7. Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets   
Opponent: at Redskins
2019 Stats: 449 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 44 Receptions, 276 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 134.5 PTS, 2019 RB11
Previous Ranking: 14

TIER 2: High-end RB2's

8. Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: vs. Texans
2019 Stats: 619 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 14 Receptions, 125 Receiving YDS, 134.4 PTS, 2019 RB12
Previous Ranking: 13

9. Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills
Opponent: at Dolphins
2019 Stats: 309 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 15 Receptions, 111 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 75 PTS, 2019 RB41
Previous Ranking: 20

10. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts 
Opponent: vs. Jaguars
2019 Stats: 753 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 12 Receptions, 76 Receiving YDS, 114.9 PTS, 2019 RB19
Previous Ranking: 10 

11. Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers
Opponent: vs. Cardinals
2019 Stats: 395 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 14 Receptions, 106 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 100.1 PTS, 2019 RB26
Previous Ranking: 22

12. James White, New England Patriots
Opponent: at Eagles
2019 Stats: 104 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 44 Receptions, 404 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 106.8 PTS, 2019 RB22
Previous Ranking: BYE

13. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Opponent: vs. Bears
2019 Stats: 428 Rushing YDS, 6 Rushing TD, 15 Receptions, 81 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 105.9 PTS, 2019 RB24
Previous Ranking: 15

TIER 3: On the verge RB2's

14. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: at Chiefs
2019 Stats: 300 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 15 Receptions, 91 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 82.1 PTS, 2019 RB38
Previous Ranking: 18  

15. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: vs. Chiefs
2019 Stats: 340 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 57 Receptions, 559 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 196.9 PTS, 2019 RB4
Previous Ranking: 16

16. Damien Williams, Kansas City Chiefs 
Opponent: at Chargers
2019 Stats: 302 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 22 Receptions, 150 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 89.2 PTS, 2019 RB36
Previous Ranking: NR

17. Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons
Opponent: at Panthers
2019 Stats: 101 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 3 Receptions, 24 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 27.5 PTS, 2019 RB70
Previous Ranking: NR

18. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
Opponent: at Raiders
2019 Stats: 434 Rushing YDS, 21 Receptions, 147 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 97.1 PTS, 2019 RB29
Previous Ranking: NR

19. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals   
Opponent: at 49ers
2019 Stats: 302 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 31 Receptions, 323 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 121.5 PTS, 2019 RB16
Previous Ranking: 9

20. Phillip Lindsey, Denver Broncos
Opponent: at Vikings
2019 Stats: 584 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 25 Receptions, 160 Receiving YDS, 129.4 PTS, 2019 RB13
Previous Ranking: BYE

21. Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals
Opponent: at 49ers
2019 Stats: 319 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 32 Receptions, 232 Receiving YDS, 93.1 PTS, 2019 RB33
Previous Ranking: NR

22. Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Opponent: vs. Saints
2019 Stats: 410 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 16 Receptions, 201 Receiving YDS, 99.1 PTS, 2019 RB27
Previous Ranking: 23

23. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: vs. Patriots
2019 Stats: 336 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 22 Receptions, 305 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 98.1 PTS, 2019 RB28
Previous Ranking: BYE

24. Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans
Opponent: at Ravens
2019 Stats: 704 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 22 Receiving YDS, 92.6 PTS, 2019 RB34
Previous Ranking: BYE

25. David Montgomery, Chicago Bears
Opponent: at Rams
2019 Stats: 466 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 18 Receptions, 133 Receiving YDS, 105.9 PTS, 2019 RB25
Previous Ranking: 19

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 11
Running Back Rankings: Week 11
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 11
Tight End Rankings: Week 11

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Rushing to judgment on Dwayne Haskins? Maybe these numbers will change your mind

Rushing to judgment on Dwayne Haskins? Maybe these numbers will change your mind

Dwayne Haskins has thrown 57 passes in his first two NFL starts, and while everyone — from Dwayne to his coaches to his teammates to Redskins fans — would've liked those attempts to have generated more production and success, it's necessary to keep that number in mind.

Again: He's thrown just 57 passes as a starter in the NFL.

Despite that miniscule amount, some are rushing to judgment about the rookie's long-term future in the league. It's more than fine to look at what he's done through two starts and closely analyze it and even criticize some of it, but it's far too early to say definitively what he will become as a pro.

(Note: His appearances against the Giants and Vikings aren't being taken into consideration in this story, due to him coming into both contests while trailing and without a full week of reps with the first-stringers. He struggled in New York and Minnesota, but he was put in spots where struggles were almost certain.)

To put it simply: His past two efforts, while discouraging, don't mean he's a completely doomed passer who should start considering other careers. And to emphasize that fact, here's an exercise.

Let's put the stat lines from a few quarterbacks' first two starts next to each other, but withhold their names. For example, check out what this pair of signal callers did in their first and second times out as the No. 1 option: 

  • QB A - 34-of-52 (65.3-percent completion rate), 466 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs
  • QB B - 34-of-67 (50.7-percent completion rate), 357 yards, 1 TD, 5 INTs

QB A is a baller while QB B is a scrub, right? Not exactly. QB A is Marcus Mariota. QB B is Matthew Stafford. Mariota is currently sitting behind Ryan Tannehill and almost surely won't be a Titan in 2020, while Stafford has been entrenched in Detroit since 2009.

Here's another comparsion: 

  • QB A - 45-of-66 (68.1-percent completion rate), 446 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
  • QB B - 22-of-46 (47.8-percent completion rate), 319 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs

Look at that 20-plus percent difference in completion percentage between QB A and QB B, plus the large edge the former has over the latter in yardage. Well, QB A is EJ Manuel and QB B is Matt Ryan. Yep.

The point of this story is setting in by now, but here's one more side-by-side: 

  • QB A - 34-of-57 (59.6-percent completion rate), 358 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT 
  • QB B - 43-of-76 (56.6-percent completion rate), 533 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs 

QB A doesn't come close to matching QB B's yardage output, but he does have a slightly better (though still not ideal) completion percentage and two fewer picks. Turns out, QB A is actually Dwayne Haskins while QB B is Andrew Luck. If there were any folks in Indy ready to call Luck a bust through two starts, they surely now realize how foolish they were being then.

Of course, there have been young players — like Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes — who looked like stars the minute they took over. Unfortunately, Haskins doesn't find himself on that immediate path.

Also, while it'd be unfair for the Redskins to make a decision on whether Haskins is the answer after he's started twice, the reality is he may only get six more chances. Washington is going to have a premium draft pick next April and could choose another highly touted arm. It doesn't need to settle on how it feels about Haskins yet, but that date could be coming somewhat soon, meaning he must improve quickly.

Regardless, those who want to grade Haskins and evaluate him right now absolutely can, but those who want to call it one way or the other need to stop. As the above numbers show, if two starts was the be-all and end-all for pro passers, Marcus Mariota would be a legend while Matt Ryan would be selling insurance.

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Redskins cut edge rusher Noah Spence, promote Carroll Phillips from practice squad

Redskins cut edge rusher Noah Spence, promote Carroll Phillips from practice squad

The Redskins cut former Buccaneers second-round pick Noah Spence Tuesday and promoted Carroll Phillips from the practice squad, according to Ian Rapoport

Washington signed Spence in mid-September after the Bucs cut him at the end of training camp.

Hopes were high for Spence in Tampa after he recorded 5.5 sacks in his rookie season, but has only recorded two sacks in the three seasons following 2016. 

Phillips joined the Redskins practice squad in Week 9 after playing in limited snaps with the Jaguars and Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2017. 

The Illinois product figures to be the fourth man in the Redskins pass rush rotation behind Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat and Ryan Anderson. 

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