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Running backs are and always will be the most coveted fantasy commodity—it's why you should honestly draft two of them first in every draft. After the dust settles from the first few weeks of the season, conversations quiet around which running backs to pursue, but 2020 marks an entirely different fantasy season.

This year, there are still worthwhile discussions about which running backs to drop, swap and shop in mid-November. Here is our list for Week 11.

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Drop

Phillip Lindsay

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When Denver signed Melvin Gordon, there was reasonable doubt that Phillip Lindsay would maintain the same level of production as he did in 2019. Those doubts seem to be founded, as Gordon has taken over as the primary Broncos back.

Although Lindsay has been averaging 5.5 yards per carry (1.3 yards more than Gordon), Lindsay has only garnered double-digit touches once all season. Denver simply isn't feeding Lindsay the ball, which is likely a result of Gordon's proficiency as both a pass-catching and blocking back. With Gordon offering a more well-rounded repertoire on the field, it looks like Lindsay will be sidelined unless Gordon is injured. For now, Lindsay belongs on waivers unless he's handcuffed to Gordon.

Swap

Ronald Jones & Leonard Fournette

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Among the more intriguing running back situations is the one in Tampa Bay. While Ronald Jones began as the featured back, the signing of former Jaguars star Leonard Fournette complicated the picture. In Week 11, fantasy managers still consider the question: Is there enough work for two viable fantasy backs in Tampa?

The answer is… kind of. Fournette is still getting work, but it hasn't been enough to start him in your lineup—Jones is the back you'll want to back this season.

Fournette has seen two touchdowns in seven games, but those touchdowns were both in Week 2. Outside of that exceptional Week 2 showing, Fournette hasn't seen more than 15 carries, nor has he notched more than 52 yards. However, Fournette does catch, which means he still retains some potential fantasy value.

Jones has remained a solid RB all season, dipping below 8 points in half-point PPR leagues only twice this season. One of those weeks was Week 10 against the Saints. On a Tom Brady offense full of options, Jones has found the end zone five times, and he manages 5.1 YPC. Jones is the guy, but Fournette remains a fantasy factor.

If you can include Fournette when trading away, it might be worth doing so—he could get some more solid opportunities as this Bucs offense continues to solidify. And if you can trade for Jones, he's certainly a running back you'll want to keep an eye on after a historic 98-yard run.

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Jakobi Meyers

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Julian Edelman is out, right? And the Patriots need to pass to someone, right? And Cam Netwon is still the quarterback, right?

If all the above is true, then why is Jakobi Meyers only rostered in 38 percent of ESPN leagues?

It's a great question: Meyers has been nothing short of impressive since his bounceback game against San Francisco. While he hasn't scored a touchdown (come on, it's still the Patriots we're talking about), he's averaged about 10 yards per reception, making him a reliable passing option in an offense that is still fighting for first downs. As the Patriots build momentum after a big win against Baltimore, Meyers deserves the top spot on your waiver wire list this week against Houston.

Kalen Ballage

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With all of 2020's injuries, there are still running back options on the waiver wire this late in the game. Chargers running back Kalen Ballage is the biggest score you can make if he's still available.

With Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson injured, Ballage has stepped in with incredible back-to-back performances in the past two weeks. Despite the presence of Troymaine Pope and Joshua Kelley, Ballage seems to have taken the lead in this backfield, which coordinates nicely with an upcoming game against the Jets. Even with Ekeler's potential return in Week 12, Ballage is a talented player who will likely continue to see usage all season.

Salvon Ahmed

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Another 2020 anomaly, Ahmed is Miami's main guy because Matt Breida, Jordan Howard and Lynn Bowden are all injured right now. After a meager game against the Cardinals, Ahmed arrived in Week 10 with 21 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown. Whether you have an injured Dolphins RB or need someone to tide you over while your early-round pick is out, Ahmed is poised to make the most out of a matchup against the Broncos this week.

Paul George grabbing a rebound in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

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In a must win game for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George was finally able to look like the best player on the floor in a playoff game.

After a slow start, George poured it on in the second half on his way to a game high 41 points in Game 5. The performance elevated the Clippers over strong outings from the likes of Devin Booker and Chris Paul as L.A. outlasted Phoenix 116-102.

The Clippers don't have much time to bask in their win however as they have to turn around and play two more elimination games just to make it out of the West. The Suns jumped out to a 3-1 series lead as Los Angeles struggled to find their identity without Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers are to stave off elimination any longer, George has to continue this level of play.

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Ben Simmons disappointed in the playoffs this season

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Following a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and coach, Doc Rivers, are questioning if Ben Simmons is the right guy to be running their offense through moving forward.

Offense being the key word here.

Simmons is an all-world defender possessing the ability to guard virtually any opponent on the court from the perimeter to the rim. But it was his lack of offensive help throughout this playoff season that stood out beyond any accomplishments this year. Simmons joined Rudy Gobert as unanimous selections for the NBA's All-Defensive First Team this year and also finished fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.8 per contest.

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The Lakers looked lost in the Valley

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The Phoenix Suns are just a win away from sending LeBron James home in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the King's illustrious career.

After stating that "These shoulders were built for a reason," James referring to facing the challenge of taking on added responsibilities after Anthony Davis was ruled out for Game 5, the Lakers and LeBron disappointed in a big way Tuesday night. L.A. started off hot jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a couple shots from James and a three from Davis' replacement Markieff Morris. But it didn't take long for the wheels to completely fall off for the defending champion Lakers as they spent most of the first half trying to remember how basketball works.

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Two numbers stick out in the Game 5 loss for the Lakers and those are 34.5 and 12. Los Angeles shot 34.5% from the field on Tuesday night and were minus 12 in turnover ratio. No matter who's on your team, if you can't shoot and you can't protect the ball, the outcome is already determined.

The Suns weren't simply beneficiaries of a poor performance however as the Suns put it on the Lakers early and often and they never let their foot off the pedal for 48 minutes. Phoenix ended with 15 more assists, had seven more combined steals and blocks, and outscored L.A. in the paint by 12 points. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne were spectacular and they seemed to hit big shots every time the Lakers appeared to threaten a comeback. Mikal Bridges was effective on both sides of the ball adding three steals and two blocks to help electrify his team with the defensive effort.


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