Fantasy Fallout: Another bad week for runners

A few weeks ago we were talking about the sad state of fantasy racers. Week 11 may be the last low point. Only two running backs rushed for more than 90 yards (Josh Jacobs, 109; Isiah Pacheco, 107). Only six running backs scored more than 20 fantasy points; three of them, Tony Pollard, Jamaal Williams and Samaje Perine, are the substitutes for his team.

Especially in PPR leagues, the running back is now an afterthought. Pollard, who was the top-scoring running back in Week 11 with 189 scrimmage yards and two receiving touchdowns, had the same number of carries (15) as Ezekiel Elliott in the Cowboys’ win over Minnesota. Williams, the RB2 this week, gets the goal line carries for Detroit, but he had a total of 17 carries against the Giants mainly because D’Andre Swift isn’t 100% healthy yet (heck, third running back Justin Jackson had nine carries to lead the team with 66 yards in the game). Perine had three receiving touchdowns in Pittsburgh, two of which came after starter Joe Mixon left the game with an injury.

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