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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 11 Running Backs

By Colby Cavaliere | 11/19/20 |
Bye Weeks: BUF, CHI, NYG, SF
QBs | RBs | WRs

Damien Harris

Grab a Helmet

Jonathan Taylor vs GB

I know the rookie phenom has mostly been a bust this season, barely registering a fantasy blip the last few weeks. Fumbles, and trouble in the short game have put Taylor in the doghouse at points this season, but the fact remains Taylor is the best pure runner in this backfield from a talent standpoint. The game plan this week surely revolves around pounding the rock against one of the worst run defenses in the league. Despite the three-headed nature of the backfield, Taylor should get goal line work, and the first opportunity to get the hot hand.

Mike Davis vs DET

Itís Week 11, so itís no surprise that teams continue to be wracked by injuries. The Carolina backfield is the latest, as Davis and Bridgewater were hurt last week, and McCaffrey is set to miss his 8th game this season. Davis should be good to go, and a gimpy Bridgewater should necessitate a game plan that takes advantage of a Lions run defense bleeding fantasy points to opposing backs. Davis has been an RB1 in most of his starts in the place of McCaffrey, and the trend continues this week. Lock him in as a top-15 option.

Damien Harris @ HOU

Two weeks ago I had Harris in this spot, and Iím graciously double-dipping. Harris has literally ran away with the primary ball-carrier job in this backfield, thundering for 121 yards against a staunch Baltimore defense. Heís been well over 5.0 yards-per-carry over the last few weeks, and this Houston defense just got plastered for over 200 yards last week against Cleveland. A few more touchdowns would be nice to raise the floor a bit, and heís a literal zero in the passing game, but the mouthwatering match-up and volume are undeniable.

Grab Some Pine

Baltimore RBs vs TEN

A hydra is a malignant multi-headed serpent from Ancient Greek mythology (come for fantasy football, stay for the culture). In the NFL, itís the Ravensí backfield, as itís trying to kill fantasy teams. Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins, and Gus Edwards are talented backs, but as they have for 90% of the season, they simply cancel each other out. There was hope Ingram might be phased out after his injury, or that Dobbins would ascend, but the fact is that Lamar Jackson remains this teamís RB1 (he seems to keep the ball on most option plays), and the leftovers are split 3-ways. If you could start all three, like some gridiron Frankensteinís monster, then they would be league winners, but trying to figure out which guy does the most with their 5-8 touches is nearly impossible.

Todd Gurley @ NO

The Saints have been quietly erasing fantasy running backs all season, as they have given up the fewest points to that position in the league. No back has sniffed 100 yards, and only three backs have scored on the ground. Gurley has been extremely touchdown dependent, and some of his lowest scoring games come in shootouts, which this game figures to be. Heís been incredibly consistent with double-digit points in all but two games, but Brian Hill was really worked in prior to the bye. In seasonal leagues Gurley is a must start, but Iíd shy away in other formats.

Joe Mixon/Giovani Bernard @ WAS

With Mixon still day-to-day with a mysterious foot injury, and Bernard possibly beyond his shelf life after multiple starts, this backfield is now a minefield. If Mixon returns, will he be rusty against a solid Washington run defense? No back has been very efficient behind this line even during the best of times and now Samaje Perine even has 20 touches the last two weeks! There is enough uncertainty here to hope for FLEX value at best.

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers