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Week 11 Choose or Lose: Running Backs

Choose or lose is Salute Magazine‘s version of the weekly start ’em, sit ’em fantasy football picks. Week 11 offers up some great matchups but also some decisions that need to be made as to who to start over some other players.


Charcandrick West at San Diego

West has offered up his talents for the Chiefs to use and he has been an effective replacement for the injured Jamaal Charles. While West doesn’t get as many targets in the passing game as Charles, his average per catch is almost four yards higher (12.6 avg). If the Chiefs finally decide to open up the playbook for West, the benefits could lead them to a possible playoff berth this season. Yes, the Chiefs have a 4-5 record, but this week’s matchup against the Chargers will be a great one for West to take advantage of.

Lamar Miller vs. Dallas

If you have Miller on your roster, you are likely starting him, and you should be. The great thing about the matchup against the Cowboys is that Miller will once again be involved in the Dolphins passing game, and he is shifty in space. The Cowboys’ defense has given up the third most points to running backs this season and, unlike many running back situations in the NFL, Miller is a heavy part of the air assault on opposing defenses. Many analysts think that fantasy owners should pick up Jay Ajayi, but I think that Miller is the man in Miami.


Jeremy Langford vs. Denver

Yes, Langford has been exceptional for the Bears in the absence of Matt Forte, but this week could be a tough one for him and Chicago. Denver’s defense gets Aqib Talib back this week and the Broncos have been good at stopping the run so far this season. The Broncos’ secondary should be of concern for Jay Cutler and he is bound to make some mistakes in Week 11. If the Bears turn the ball over, Langford’s worth goes down the drain.

49ers running backs at Seattle

The 49ers are heading to Seattle this week to face the Seahawks, and are doing so with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. Sure, the Niners beat the Falcons with Gabbert under center, but now they head to the Pacific Northwest and face an angry Seattle team that just had its primetime home record get a loss. The Seahawks give up the second fewest points to opposing running backs and this matchup has a familiar smell to it — a Seahawks’ blowout win.

On the Bubble

LeSean McCoy at New England

McCoy rushed for 89 yards in the first game against the Patriots and the Bills were down big in the second half. The Patriots’ defense allows less than 90 rushing yards per game, but McCoy ran well against a stout Jets’ defense last week. Also, the Bills have had some extra time to prepare for this Monday Night Football game and the Patriots are dealing with some injuries. New England has owned the Bills but McCoy could be a difference maker if Buffalo keeps this game close.

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