Here we are already in week 11 of the Fantasy Football season and we are entering crunch time for fantasy owners. With playoff spots and seeding on the line it is important to put your team in the best position to win. In doing so, matchups must be evaluated; especially for your running back group. Here are two current top 20 running backs that may struggle to live up to their past production this week.
Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Howard has been a pleasant surprise for the Eagles to the dismay of all Miles Sanders owners. Howard has quietly produced quality RB2 numbers all season and, barring injury, should continue to do so this season. This week will not be one of his better weeks. Howard and his Eagles teammates face off against the mighty New England Patriots and their stifling defense this week. New England’s defense-with the exception of the Week 9 Ravens’ offensive onslaught-has been absolutely crippling to their opponents’ offenses. This week should be no different. The Patriots are the third best defense in the NFL when it comes to running back scoring. The Patriots only allow a ridiculous 12.5 points to opposing running backs (.5 ppr scoring). Howard will be no more than a touchdown dependent low end RB2/Flex this week. Howard owners need to have a plan B for this week.
Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos
Lindsay has-for the most part-picked up right where he left off in his breakout rookie season in 2018 posting solid RB2 numbers. However, Lindsay gets the unenviable task of going up against the stout Minnesota Vikings front seven in week 11. The Vikings, while shaky in pass defense, allow a stingy 16.1 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs (.5 ppr scoring) This would be a tough matchup regardless, but Lindsay also has to deal with Brandon Allen under center. Let’s not act like Joe Flacco was a world beater before he went down with his neck injury, but Allen is certainly a downgrade even though he did fill in admirably in his first start against the Browns in Week 9. It’s possible that the bye week has allowed Allen to get more comfortable with the offense, but I would still fade Lindsay this week. Bad matchup + bad quarterback + backfield competition = no bueno. Utilize other options if you have them as Lindsay is sure to see stacked boxes early and often on Sunday.