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College Fantasy Football: RBs to watch for Week 11

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We move onto Week 11 of the college football season. Here are five running backs you should consider to start in your fantasy leagues.

Brossette had five yards on seven carries in LSU’s 29-0 loss to Alabama this past weekend. It’s one reason why I like the LSU running back even more against Arkansas. Brossette will run angry and he’s the Tigers’ top back, rushing for 702 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. The Razorbacks give up only four yards per rush, but opponents have scored 19 rushing touchdowns against them this season. LSU is upset and wants to prove it’s the more physical team. Brossette should have a big weekend.

One theme this week is that Wake Forest’s defense is not good and it’s not getting any better. That is great news for the Wolfpack offense, especially Gallaspy, who has rushed for 554 yards and nine touchdowns this season. The Demon Deacons are giving up 5.4 yards per rush and they’ve allowed 26 rushing touchdowns. NC State should move the ball on the ground and through the air with ease. Wake Forest has allowed 41, 38 and 63 points in its last three losses. Even woeful Louisville scored 35. Gallaspy, who is only owned in six percent of fantasy leagues, should have a field day.

Michigan is a 38.5-point favorite against Rutgers this weekend, so Higdon probably won’t play the entire game, but that shouldn’t matter to fantasy owners. Even if he scores a few times in the first half, Higdon should load up on points. He will almost definitely get over the 1,000-yard mark this season and he’s rushed for seven scores, averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor got 208 yards and three scores on 27 carries against the Scarlet Knights this weekend. Rutgers is so bad that Michigan could name the score - and Higdon should see the end zone multiple times.

Minnesota fired its defensive coordinator after Illinois - yes, Illinois - beat the Golden Gophers, 55-31, last weekend which included, get this, 430 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Illinois averaged 12.3 yards per carry. Markell Jones was the favored back for Purdue in its win over Iowa this past weekend, but Knox has still been the go-to back leading the Boilermakers with 753 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. Even if Minnesota figures out some issues in its rush defense, Purdue is still a better, more explosive team, so Knox should have a big weekend.

Nebraska is showing signs of life recently with blowout wins over Minnesota and Bethune-Cookman and taking Ohio State down to the wire last week. Ozigbo has emerged as the Huskers’ top running back option leading the team with 796 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, averaging nearly seven yards per carry. Illinois’ rush defense is just bad. The Illini allows 5.7 yards per carry and they’ve given up 22 rushing scores. Ozigbo could have another breakout game this weekend.