NFL Fantasy Football: 4 Running Backs You Must Start in Week 11

 
on November 15 2012 8:04 AM

Fantasy owners everywhere can't afford to ignore the value of these four running backs in Week 11.

Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

It's been a safe bet to pick any runner going against the Indianapolis Colts' defense this season. That trend should continue this week for New England Patriots' rusher Stevan Ridley.

The Patriots have become more run-friendly this season and much of that is due to Ridley. The second-year pro has 814 yards from 172 carries this season.

His 4.7 average and six rushing touchdowns make him a must-have start against the Colts.

Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

Alfred Morris has been a revelation for the Redskins and should dominate against the Philadelphia Eagles' soft rush defense.

Rookie defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and veteran middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans have failed to cure Philly's woes stopping the run. The Eagles are currently allowing 112.7 yards per game.

That should lead to a big game for Morris. The sixth-round pick is the focal point of the second-best ground attack in the NFL.

Morris has 793 yards from 164 carries and is a perfect fit for head coach Mike Shanahan's zone scheme. The Redskins operate the zone-running game as well as anybody in the league.

If Morris gets to the edges of Philadelphia's defense, he will score high for fantasy owners who start him.

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Fantasy owners should take a chance and start Jamaal Charles this week against the Cincinnati Bengals. After two weeks of being criminally underused, Charles rebounded on Monday Night football, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He tore through the NFL's top-ranked defense, gaining 100 yards on 23 carries. That's bad news for a Bengals defense that is 20th in the league against the run.

Cincy's D' is surrendering 118.3 yards per game. The unit will have a tough time keeping up with Charles and his elite speed.

Arian Foster, Houston Texans

Arian Foster could be a weekly entry on any list of this type. He is a smart start against AFC South strugglers the Jacksonville Jaguars this week.

The Jags are 29th against the run, yielding 137.4 yards a game. That's an open invitation for the Texans to unleash a heavy dose of Foster. Although they hardly need one.

A classic workhorse, Foster leads the NFL in rushing attempts, with 221 carries to his credit. He has mastered the zone system of head coach Gary Kubiak.

His 3.9 average is not the best, but with every defense keying him, that's hardly a surprise. An outing against the Jaguars' tame run front will soon boost that average.

 

Fantasy owners starting any one of these running backs, can expect big numbers for their Week 11 teams.

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