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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 11 Running Backs

By Colby Cavaliere | 11/18/21 |
Bye Weeks: DEN, LAR
QBs | RBs | WRs

AJ Dillon

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AJ Dillon @ MIN

Already a big part of the offense, Dillion should see a full complement of touches with Aaron Jones sidelined. He essentially carried the offense against the Seahawks, scoring both Green Bay touchdowns and setting a season high with 21 rushing attempts. Matchup and opportunity make Dillon a must start in Week 11.

Saquon Barkley @ TB (MON)

We havenít seen Barkley much over the last 14 months. He started the year off slow in return from injury, made a few big plays in a key win vs the Saints, then missed the last month with a bad ankle injury. Expected to return in a must win vs the Bucs, Barkley gets a defense missing its best run stopper in Vita Vea, and should be chomping at the bit to quiet the critics in a prime time game against the defending champs. If he can stay healthy, Barkley could be a forgotten league winner.

Elijah Mitchell/Jeff Wilson @ JAX

With Mitchell a question mark with a fractured finger, itís still too early to make a definitive call on either of these guys, but however things shake out, the starter against the Jags will be worth a long look. The Niners have slowly reintroduced Wilson into the fray since his return from the injured list, so heíll be in a bust out spot if Mitchell is out. On the other hand the rookie 6th rounder has proved his chops and could be a serious asset down the stretch if he can avoid these continued nagging injuries.

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Darrel Williams / Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs DAL

At the time of writing itís still unknown if Clyde Edwards-Helaire will return this week, but when he does, this backfield is going to be an absolute mess. Darrel Williams has been more productive than CEH ever has, and though the 2nd year back might be a favorite of the coaching staff, I canít see Williams being phased out. If CEH is kept out again to rest through the bye, then all bets are off, and Williams remains a must start. Monitor this situation right up until Sunday, and plan accordingly.

Jordan Howard vs NO

Howard has risen from the ashes of the practice squad to somehow become a fantasy asset during a key run of the season. Suddenly becoming one of the most run heavy teams in the league (after being allergic to the run over the first quarter of the season), Howard has gotten 41 rushing attempts and turned those into 211 yards and 3 touchdowns. Unfortunately the Saints thrive on eating run games for lunch, so I can see the Eagles flipping the script and throwing the ball a bunch this week not to mention the fact Miles Sanders could return in some form. Either way, chasing the one dimensional Howardís stats could lead to disappointment.

Alex Collins vs ARI

Since a 20-101-1 day against the Steelers in Week 6, Collins has been nearly invisible with less than 5 fantasy points per game over the last three weeks. This offense was terrible last week, and should be better with Wilson having another week to work the rust off, but hoping to get right against an 8-2 team on the road isn’t a recipe for success. With little if any meaningful work in the passing game, Collins is a low floor touchdown or bust FLEX option at best.

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