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Fantasy football rankings, 2017: Running backs for PPR leagues, Week 11

Here are our fantasy football running back rankings for PPR leagues entering Week 11. Positions: QB | RBS | RBP | WRS | WRP | TE | DST

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As fantasy football players know all too well, this is truly a week-to-week game. Injuries, byes, matchups good and bad, they all can conspire to inflate or collapse a player’s place in the hierarchy at a moment’s notice.

Some players are impervious. Entering Week 11, Le’Veon Bell is once again the unanimous selection by SB Nation as the top running back to use in PPR leagues. And why not? Bell draws a Tennessee defense on Thursday night ranked fifth-worst among teams playing in Week 11 in DVOA against pass-catching running backs.

But this week, our rankings reveal some of the wildest swings we have seen all season. Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Leonard Fournette has been a top-10 selection each of the past six weeks, and a top-three pick each of the past two. But this week, even with the Jaguars facing a Browns team that, despite a No. 2 DVOA against the run overall, ranks 27th against pass-catching backs, Fournette plunges all the way down to No. 9, his lowest spot on our list since Week 4.

An overreaction? After not playing for three straight weeks (injury, bye, suspension), Fournette may have hit a bit of a rookie wall in Week 10, posting 33 yards on 17 carries, easily his worst game of the season. But he did have four targets for the first time in the past three games played, so don’t go benching him just yet.

On the other side of the coin is the Saints’ Mark Ingram. While new kid on the block Alvin Kamara has become the apple of fantasy owners’ eyes, Ingram delivered his best game of the season, bludgeoning the Bills for 131 yards and three touchdowns. PPR? Please. Ingram’s 31 fantasy points featured nary a target.

And we loved him for it. This week, after not sniffing the top five in our rankings all season, Ingram sits in the top spot among backs not named Le’Veon Bell. Ingram and Kamara, who is ranked 10th, face a Washington team ranked 21st in DVOA against pass-catching backs.

Todd Gurley, LeSean McCoy, and Kareem Hunt round out our top five for Week 11, but the three backs to watch this week all reside in the New England backfield. They will reside on the field in Mexico City this Sunday, facing a Raiders team ranked 28th against pass-catching backs. That is great news for Rex Burkhead, James White, and Dion Lewis, who all benefit from playing alongside the ageless wonder, Tom Brady.

Running back (PPR) rankings, Week 10

(SK: Scott Kaliska; JG: Jeff Goldberg; DG: Derek Gordon; KB: Kyle Bennett; ZS: Zach Senvisky; JM: Jason Marcum)

RB PPR rankings, Week 11

Rk Consensus Tm Opp SK JG DG KB ZS JM
Rk Consensus Tm Opp SK JG DG KB ZS JM
1 Le'Veon Bell PIT vs. TEN 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Mark Ingram NO vs. WAS 3 2 4 2 2 2
3 Todd Gurley LAR @ MIN 4 3 3 3 3 3
4 LeSean McCoy BUF @ LAC 5 4 2 4 4 4
5 Kareem Hunt KC @ NYG 2 5 5 5 5 5
7 Melvin Gordon LAC vs. BUF 7 6 6 6 8 6
8 Tevin Coleman ATL @ HOU 10 7 7 7 7 7
8 Jordan Howard CHI vs. DET 9 8 8 8 9 8
10 Leonard Fournette JAC @ CLE 8 13 9 9 6 13
11 Alvin Kamara NO vs. WAS 6 9 17 10 10 9
11 Jay Ajayi PHI @ DAL 14 10 11 11 13 11
13 DeMarco Murray TEN @ PIT 13 11 13 12 11 10
14 Dion Lewis NE @ OAK 26 12 10 13 19 12
15 Joe Mixon CIN @ DEN 20 16 14 14 14 14
16 Jerick McKinnon MIN vs. LAR 11 20 18 17 18 16
17 Chris Thompson WAS @ NO 12 18 21 21 17 19
17 Jamaal Williams GB vs. BAL 31 14 15 16 16 17
19 Doug Martin TB @ MIA 23 17 12 18 21 20
20 Alfred Morris DAL vs. PHI 37 15 16 15 15 15
21 Marshawn Lynch OAK vs. NE 28 19 20 19 12 18
22 Lamar Miller HOU vs. ARI 15 24 25 23 24 24
23 Adrian Peterson ARI @ SEA 16 25 23 26 25 26
24 Damien Williams MIA vs. TB 33 21 19 20 26 23
24 Ameer Abdullah DET @ CHI 24 23 24 24 23 25
26 Thomas Rawls SEA vs. ATL 42 22 22 22 22 21
27 Orleans Darkwa NYG vs. KC 19 28 32 32 20 22
28 Duke Johnson Jr. CLE vs. JAC 18 26 26 25 30 29
29 Rex Burkhead NE @ OAK 21 27 27 27 27 27
30 Kenyan Drake MIA vs. TB 22 30 31 30 31 31
31 James White NE @ OAK 25 29 29 28 33 33
32 C.J. Anderson DEN vs. CIN 30 32 30 29 29 30
33 Latavius Murray MIN vs. LAR 29 33 33 31 32 32
34 Isaiah Crowell CLE vs. JAC 17 34 35 35 35 35
35 Buck Allen BAL @ GB 32 31 28 33 34 34
36 Alex Collins BAL @ GB 35 35 38 34 28 28
37 Theo Riddick DET @ CHI 27 37 37 37 37 37
38 Austin Ekeler LAC vs. BUF 34 38 34 38 38 38
39 Devontae Booker DEN vs. CIN 41 36 36 36 36 36
40 JD McKissic SEA vs. ATL 44 41 41 41 40 40
41 Derrick Henry TEN @ PIT 38 42 42 42 42 41
41 Samaje Perine WAS @ NO 39 43 43 43 43 39
43 LeGarrette Blount PHI @ DAL -- 39 40 39 39 43
44 DeAndre Washington OAK vs. NE 50 40 39 40 41 42
45 Tarik Cohen CHI vs. DET 46 44 44 44 45 45
46 Mike Tolbert BUF @ LAC -- 45 46 45 44 44
47 Rod Smith DAL vs. PHI 40 47 45 47 50 47
48 Giovani Bernard CIN @ DEN 49 46 47 46 46 48
49 Andre Ellington ARI @ SEA 36 -- -- -- -- 46
50 Charcandrick West KC @ NYG -- 49 48 48 48 --
-- D'Onta Foreman HOU vs. ARI -- 48 50 50 47 49
-- Ty Montgomery GB vs. BAL 43 -- -- -- -- --
-- Shane Vereen NYG vs. KC -- 50 49 49 49 --
-- T.J. Yeldon JAC @ CLE 45 -- -- -- -- --
-- Jamaal Charles DEN vs. CIN 47 -- -- -- -- --
-- Corey Clement PHI @ DAL 48 -- -- -- -- --
-- Mike Gillislee NE @ OAK -- -- -- -- -- 50