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*Please note that some player rankings have been adjusted (S. Sims, WR-KAN; J. Smith-Schuster, WR-USC; John Kelly & Alvin Kamara, RBs-TEN)


Start/Bench—Week 11


Start
Trayveon Williams, RB Texas A&M vs Ole Miss
Williams has only totaled 100 rushing yards in the last three games combined, but with Trevor Knight injured and out for the year, the Aggies my lean on the freshman in the running game when Ole Miss visits College Station this Saturday.

 

Rawleigh Williams, Arkansas vs LSU
Williams did not have a very favorable matchup on paper last week against Florida, but the sophomore ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-10 win.  Williams has topped 100 yards in five of nine games and has scored at least one touchdown in six of nine games.  Expect the Razorbacks to commit heavily to the run this week against LSU.

 

Ronald Jones, USC at Washington
Jones has scored seven touchdowns in the past three games, but the Trojans’ opponents were Arizona, Cal, and Oregon.  The Huskies are a far more formidable opponent and it will be interesting to see how teammate Justin Davis will be utilized in his first game back from injury, but do not expect the coaches to make many adjustments to an offense that has scored at least 45 points in three consecutive games.

 

Marcus Cox, RB-Appalachian State at Troy
The Sun Belt Conference showdown between Troy and Appalachian State will feature two defenses ranked in the Top 25 in scoring and two of the nation’s top six defenses against the run.  Expect the Mountaineers to pound the Troy defense for four quarters and lean on their senior running back on the road this Saturday.

 

Benjamin Snell, RB-Kentucky at Tennessee
Snell has topped the 100-yard mark in three consecutive games and faces a Tennessee defense in Week 11 that is giving up nearly 200 yards per game on the ground (194.9).

 

Allen Lazard, WR-Iowa State at Kansas
At one point this season we were ready to write off the junior receiver, but Lazard has caught at least six passes in four consecutive games and faces a Kansas defense that has given up 23 touchdown passes so far in 2016.
 
Steven Sims, WR-Kansas vs Iowa State
Sims has topped the 100-yard mark four times this season and scored a touchdown in three of those four games.  This week’s matchup at home against Iowa State may be his best chance to top the 100-yard mark for a fifth time this season and he could be very instrumental in a pivotal Week 11 fantasy matchup.  Did you think we would be mentioning a Kansas player as a fantasy wildcard?

 

Tavares Martin, WR-Washington State vs California
Martin has only topped the 100-yard mark once this season, but he has scored in five of the Cougars’ last six games, and in a Week 11 matchup that has potential to produce 80-plus points, Martin should at least be considered for a WR3 or Flex spot.


Bench

Samaje Perine, RB-Oklahoma vs Baylor
Perine returned to practice this week after missing three games and is expected to play this Saturday against Baylor, but we would not expect him to have more than a limited role given the return of Joe Mixon from his 1-game suspension and the effectiveness of Dimitri Flowers and Abdul Adams over the past two games.
 
Rico Dowdle, RB-South Carolina at Florida
Dowdle has topped 100 yards rushing in each of his past two games and has scored in four consecutive games, but on Saturday the Gamecocks travel to Gainesville, where the Gators have only allowed 28 total points in four games this season and held three of those four opponents to under 100 yards rushing.  
 
Jordan Chunn, Troy vs Appalachian State
See Appalachian State running back Marcus Cox above and you will understand how good the defenses in this Week 11 matchup have been this season.  Yet, we chose to start the road running back over the home running back even though Chunn has scored in seven of eight games this season.  The Appalachian State defense have only given up two touchdowns in five conference games and have not allowed an opposing running back to rush for 50 yards in conference play.  

 

James Butler, RB-Navada vs San Diego State
Butler has scored in six of nine games this year, but we’re more concerned about his yardage totals.  San Diego State has the nation’s No.2 ranked rushing defense (86.0 rypg) and they have only given up four rushing touchdowns.  Take a look at the rushing totals for opposing running backs against the Aztecs in nine games this season (yards):  38, 72, 46, 33, 27, 34, 14, 19, 40. 

 

John Kelly and Alvin Kamara, RBs-Tennessee vs Kentucky
A monkey wrench was thrown into fantasy owners’ plans when it was announced that Alvin Kamara would play in Saturday’s game against Kentucky.  Kamara has been sidelined for the past two games, so it remains to be seen how much playing time he gets this weekend, so it’s a roll of the dice to start either player with your playoff life at stake.

 

Tony Brooks-James and Royce Freeman, RBs-Oregon vs Stanford
Since Stanford’s 42-16 loss to Washington State, the Cardinal have not allowed more than 15 points in any of their past four games.  Royce Freeman has not rushed for more than 50 yards in any of the Ducks’ previous four games and the only game in which Tony Brooks-James carried the ball more than nine times was in Oregon’s 52-49 (2OT) loss to Cal.

 

Jordan Scarlett and Lamical Perine, RBs-Florida vs South Carolina
If we had to pick one Florida running back to start this week, we would take Jordan Scarlett, but his performance last week at Arkansas (5 carries, 15 yards) scares us if your season is on the line, especially when the Gators have two other options at running back and starting quarterback Luke Del Rio will miss Saturday’s game with a shoulder injury.


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