Should You Start James Conner or Rachaad White in Fantasy Football Week 11?

James Conner and Rachaad White are two solid fantasy football RB options -- which of the two is the better start in Week 11?

We’re diving into the outlooks for James Conner and Rachaad White in fantasy football for Week 11. Who is the better RB to start this week?

Should You Start James Conner or Rachaad White This Week?

The Pro Football Network Start/Sit Optimizer says that White is the player to start. His projected 10.2 points include 33.7 rushing yards, 4.8 receptions, 28.0 receiving yards, and 0.3 TDs. That doesn’t seem like a big stat line, but it outperforms the consensus projection for Conner (9.9 points).

My rankings for the running backs align with the consensus that I would start White over Conner in Week 11. White has one of the best pass-catching roles, and even in half-PPR formats, White is an extremely safe option. Conner’s upside is entirely dependent upon scoring, which is negatively impacted by Kyler Murray’s rushing ability.

With Murray back, Conner is more game-script-dependent upon playing in a close game. Against the Texans, watch out for a deficit and low fantasy output — he’s a TD-dependent RB2. White’s full-time role with his pass-catching leaves him as a safe RB2 with RB1 upside if he can find the end zone.

Conner’s Fantasy Outlook This Week

Conner’s weekly fantasy output is dependent upon one thing. Does Conner find the end zone? In his two games, he scores, he’s been top-15 in scoring. In his four games without TDs, he’s been between RB24 and RB35.

The biggest issue for Conner is targets in the passing game. Last season, Conner saw 58 targets in 13 games. In Conner’s six games in 2023, he’s seen just 10 targets. His last came back on October 1st.

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The Texans are roughly average against RBs, allowing the 14th-most fantasy points to RBs on the year. That’s been much better recently, though, as the Texans have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points per game to RBs over the last month.

One good thing to note: The Texans have allowed three rushing TDs in the last four weeks. On the season, their eight TDs are the seventh-most allowed to the RB position. If he’s on your roster, he’s a fair bet to score a TD this week. Conner is not the worst play, but he’s just an RB2/RB3 type who needs a TD to help win you your matchup.

White’s Fantasy Outlook This Week

White is about as safe an RB2 bet as you can make every week. Did you know White is the only RB in the NFL to play at least 70% of snaps in every game of the year?

White can do it all, on the ground or through the air. He’s averaging just shy of 15 carries per game and just over four targets. Targets are worth roughly three times as many fantasy points as carries, so make sure to keep him in lineups week in and out.

Despite scoring just four total TDs on the season, he’s sitting at RB11 on the season in half-PPR scoring. It would be nice to find the end zone more, but his rushing is not great. On the season, he sits at just 3.25 yards per carry.

Luckily for White managers, this week’s matchup with San Francisco is the type of game script that favors White. The 49ers have allowed just 563 rushing yards in the last four weeks, third-fewest among teams. Where they have allowed RBs to succeed is through the air. They allow the 12th-most targets and 15th-most receiving yards to RBs.

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