Top 5 Rushing Matchups Week 11

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 11


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Minnesota vs Dallas

The Vikings make no secret of their ground-dominant gameplan, running on 51% of their offensive snaps - fifth-most in football. They boast a pair of playmaking receivers, but Dalvin Cook remains the clear engine to this attack. And he tends to respond well to the workload, putting up 140 yards per game over his past six. Even when the matchup isn’t friendly, or his mid-level offensive line (currently ranked 18th by our Matt Bitonti) isn’t dominating, Cook always boasts one of the highest floors in fantasy football. His upside comes when the Vikings are keeping defenses off-balance with Kirk Cousins’ play-action game - and that’s been truly dynamic of late. Considering that and the generous matchup, Cook should have little trouble finding open space Sunday.

The Cowboys’ nightmare 2020 has spread out far beyond Dak Prescott’s knee injury. They’ve also fielded one of football’s worst run defenses, with only the cross-state Texans giving up more yardage per game. Runners like Kenyan Drake (20 for 164 and 2 touchdowns), Antonio Gibson (20 for 128 and 1), and even Boston Scott (15 for 70) have all enjoyed slump-busting games, posting their best lines of the season in this matchup. The Cowboys are in desperate need of beef in the middle of this line, where Dontari Poe didn’t work out and Anwaun Woods is inadequate. A solid nose would do wonders for linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, both solid but flawed playmakers who do need support from up front. This group did overachieve in last week’s near-upset of the Steelers, keeping James Conner to just 22 yards on 9 attempts. But if the Vikings are able to build any kind of early lead, they’ll be in a position to control it by bullying this unit up and down the field.

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