May 21, 2018


View all + 8529

Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck

Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.

04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek

Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.

04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush

49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.

04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving

Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.

04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons

Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)

04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.

04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy

Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.

04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged

Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.

04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls

Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.

04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson

Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.

03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack

Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.

03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That

Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.

03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case

Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.

03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount

The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.

03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler


Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel

Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.

03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.

03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun

The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.

03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again

The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.

03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track

DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”

03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All

Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.

03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST by Wheeler


Week 11 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Week 11 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Running Backs

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 11/14/12

by   The Archer


More Articals


2012 Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs




Running Back Player Rankings – Week 11



Bye Week Teams

Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans




QB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings



Running Backs                 (Updated:  Thursday, Nov. 15 - 6:03PM CT)


Arian Foster - Pyro Character

1.           Arian Foster (vs. Jax) – It wasn’t pretty, but after putting up 102 yards and a TD on 29 carries against the Bears last Sunday night, Foster now has a touchdown in 13 straight games (including playoffs) dating back to last season and in 19 of his last 20. Pretty f-in ridiculous if you ask me. Fantasy owners haven’t had this sort of weekly assurance out of their running back since the days when LaDainian Tomlinson was breaking pretty much every fantasy record in the book. This week will be no different with the Texans taking on the Jags for the second time this season. In the first game, Foster ran for 110 yards and a TD on 28 carries, but also caught a season-high six passes for 37 extra receiving yards. He’s faced them five times in his career thus far and not only did he score at least one touchdown in each of those games, but he also averaged 104.6 rushing yards per contest as well. I’d like to say that Jacksonville has a chance of stopping him this Sunday, but considering they’ve allowed the second-most touchdowns and fourth-most fantasy points to RBs this season, I’d be lying if I did.

Doug Martin - Pyro Character

2.           Doug Martin (at Car) – Alright, so Martin was slowed down a bit last weekend by a hard-nosed San Diego Chargers front-seven, but he was still able to put up 119 total yards including 51 yards on three receptions. His streak of three straight games with at least one touchdown came to an end as well, but I expect another one to be started up again this Sunday when the Bucs travel to Carolina to take on a bottom-tier Panthers rush D. In their first matchup of the season, which was also Martin’s first game of his career, the Muscle Hamster ran for 95 yards on 24 carries and caught another four balls for 23 yards. He had to wait until Week 2 to grab his first TD, but he’s had plenty since then (eight total) and seems to have developed a bit of a taste for it. Look for Martin to hit pay-dirt again and extend his streak of games with double-digit fantasy points to six this Sunday.

Stevan Ridley - Pyro Character

3.           Stevan Ridley (vs. Ind) – Ridley’s had a bit of an up-and-down, unpredictable fantasy season thus far, though I’m pretty sure I can predict what he’ll do in this one. With a 98-yard, one-touchdown performance last weekend against the Bills, Ridley is now on pace for 306 carries, 1,447 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. After this weekend’s tilt at home with the Indianapolis Colts, I predict those numbers will rise. For that to happen, the Riddler will have to rush the ball at least 20 times for about 100 yards or more and take at least one carry into the endzone. I realize the Colts are one of the more up-and-coming teams right now, but it hasn’t been due to their rush defense as they’ve given up a couple of pretty gigantic fantasy performances thus far, a whopping 4.7 yards per rush (fourth-largest in the NFL) and allow the seventh-most fantasy points per game to RBs.

C.J. Spiller - Pyro Character

4.           C.J. Spiller (vs. Mia, Thursday night) – Even though he’s been given double-digit carries in only four of his nine games while never getting more than 18 touches in any one game, C.J. Spiller has still found a way to put up the seventh-most fantasy points per game for running backs this season. His 7.3 yards per carry is the highest YPC in the league and despite only running the ball 87 times this year, his seven runs of 20 or more yards has him tied for second in that category as well (AP has 13 in 195 carries; McCoy has 7 in 162 carries). Basically, Spiller is not only the most under-utilized threat in the entire league, but possibly the most misused player since the turn of the century! That being said, fantasy owners can finally dismantle the lynch mob because the Buffalo Bills coaching lunacy will all come to an end this Thursday night. With Fred Jackson officially being diagnosed with a concussion and ruled out for the game, owners can safely pencil Spiller into RB1 spots for the week. Yes, the Miami Dolphins rush D has been one of the better ones so far this season, but if Chris Johnson can tear them up for 126 yards and a touchdown like he did last week IN Miami, then you have to believe that Spiller can do the same at home.

Jamaal Charles - Pyro Character

5.           Jamaal Charles (vs. Cin) – Jamaal Charles finally got back on track last Monday night when he put up his third 100-yard game of the season against a stout Steelers D that had allowed just one other runner to hit the century-mark this year. He also grabbed his third touchdown of 2012 and will be in prime position to make it a fourth this weekend against a weak Bengals rush D. Out of nine games thus far, only twice has Cincinnati kept an opposing RB from rushing for a TD against them. It’s also no coincidence that they’ve only twice kept a running back from scoring double-digit fantasy points against them, so look for Charles to keep his little hot-streak going this weekend.

LeSean McCoy - Pyro Character

6.           LeSean McCoy (at Was) – I’m going to mention this one more time because I’m pretty sure this will be the week that the Philly coaching staff finally realizes the trend: In each of the Eagles three wins this season, LeSean McCoy was the main focus of the offensive game-plan and received 25-plus touches during the game. In each of Philly’s six losses, he received fewer than 25 touches. Open and shut case, plain and simple. So why do I believe the trend gets bucked this weekend? Because as we all know by now, the Eagles will be starting rookie Nick Foles at QB due to Michael Vick’s concussion. If the coaching staff has any intention of winning this game, they will have to take the pressure off Foles and let Shady McCoy do his thing. The Redskins will undoubtedly stack the front line a bit in an effort to take McCoy out of the game, but with 25-30 touches, there’s no reason to think he won’t put up close to top-five fantasy numbers this week.

Ray Rice - Pyro Character

7.           Ray Rice (at Pit, Sunday night) – While the Raiders were able to keep him pretty well in check in terms of yardage last weekend (35 rushing, 33 receiving), Rice still ran in his seventh touchdown of the season which ties him for second in the league behind Arian Foster. This week, however, will be a much tougher test going up against the Steelers as Rice has been a bit of a mixed bag against these guys throughout his career. Sometimes he’ll go off for over 100 yards and a touchdown, other times he’ll suck a lemon and rush for less than 40 yards. One of the bummers for fantasy owners here is that Rice isn’t nearly the same scoring machine on the road as he is in Baltimore, putting up just 12 total TDs in 35 road games compared to 25 TDs in 34 games at home. His saving grace, however, could be that without Roethlisberger or Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh may not be able to score either. If not, it’s possible the Ravens will want to turn this into a game of time possession using Rice to control the clock all day long. Rice has also rushed for a TD against the Steelers in each of their last three matchups, so for fantasy owners let’s hope the streak continues.

Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

8.           Alfred Morris (vs. Phi) – The Redskins gave Alfred Morris the ball 16 or more times in each of the first seven games, to which Morris responded by putting up double-digit fantasy points in six of them while averaging 13.9 fantasy points a game. However, in their last two games, Washington only gave Alfred the ball 13 times in each game and unsurprisingly saw his fantasy points dip to 13.5 points combined in the two games. They were likely just trying to get the rookie a little rest before their bye week, so now that they have, I fully expect to see his carries rise up to around the 20-mark again this weekend. Philly has a pretty good rush defense and hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher yet this season, but a well-rested power-back like Morris should be able to do some nice damage and possibly get into the endzone with 20 touches in this one. Also, if the Redskins defense can get the Eagles rookie QB to turn the ball over like they should be able to, Morris will have himself quite a few red-zone opportunities.

Frank Gore - Pyro Character

9.           Frank Gore (vs. Chi, Monday night) – The Bears are obviously one of the more stifling defenses against the run this season allowing just two rushing touchdowns and the third-fewest fantasy points to RBs on the season. However, Frank Gore and the 49ers dominating offense line should be pissed as all hell this Monday night after coming away with a tie at home against a beatable Rams team last Sunday. Just prior to last week’s debacle, the ‘Niners were on a bye and before that, they were doing all they could to keep Frank the Tank good and rested for a strong second-half push. Well, the second half is here now and against the Rams, the coaching staff gave Gore the most work he’d seen all season (24 touches). I expect them to do the same against the Bears this Monday as they look to gain home-field advantage for the playoffs.

Trent Richardson - Pyro Character

10.       Trent Richardson (at Dal) – Trent Richardson went into his Week 10 bye on a little bit of a roll putting up two straight 100-yard games against the San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens. Now that the rookie has had a week to rest up a bit, you can bet he’ll come out of the gates roaring this Sunday as he looks to put his mark on the league in the team’s final seven games. If the Dallas Cowboys have shown to have a weak spot on defense this year, it’s been against the run as they’ve allowed a rushing touchdown in seven of nine games this season and at least one in each of their last five. Since Cleveland will have a tough time passing in this game as well, I expect to see a good 20-25 touches out of Richardson and top-ten fantasy points because of it. 

Running Backs 11-50

11.       Steven Jackson (vs. NYJ)

12.       Willis McGahee (vs. SD)

13.       Reggie Bush (at Buf, Thursday night)

14.       Shonn Greene (at StL)

15.       Felix Jones (vs. Cle)

16.       Marcel Reece (vs. NO)

17.       Ryan Mathews (at Den) 

18.       Mikel Leshoure (vs. GB)

19.       LaRod Stephens-Howling (at Atl)

20.       BenJarvus Green-Ellis (at KC)

21.       Darren Sproles (at Oak)

22.       Rashard Mendenhall (vs. Bal, Sunday night)

23.       Matt Forte (at SF, Monday night)

24.       Michael Turner (vs. Ari)

25.       Daniel Thomas (at Buf, Thursday night)

26.       Donald Brown (at NE)

27.       Jonathan Stewart (vs. TB)

28.       Jacquizz Rodgers (vs. Ari)

29.       Danny Woodhead (vs. Ind)

30.       Vick Ballard (at NE)

31.       Daryl Richardson (vs. NYJ)

32.       Chris Ivory (at Oak)

33.       Joique Bell (vs. GB)

34.       Ronnie Hillman (vs. SD)

35.       DeAngelo Williams (vs. TB)

36.       Rashad Jennings (at Hou) 

37.       Ronnie Brown (at Den)

38.       Pierre Thomas (at Oak)

39.       Shane Vereen (vs. Ind)

40.       Isaac Redman (vs. Bal, Sunday night)

41.       Jonathan Dwyer (vs. Bal, Sunday night)

42.       James Starks (at Det)

43.       Peyton Hillis (vs. Cin)

44.       Alex Green (at Det)

45.       Justin Forsett (vs. Jax)

46.       Taiwan Jones (vs. NO)

47.       Kendall Hunter (vs. Chi, Monday night)

48.       Mark Ingram (at Oak)

49.       Michael Bush (at SF, Monday night)

50.       Tashard Choice (vs. Mia, Thursday night)



QB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings




Listen & subscribe to our Pyro® Weekly Podcasts:



Follow Pyro® on Twitter:



Like us on Facebook: