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Week 6 Rankings

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Week 6 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Kareem Hunt vs. PIT -
2 Le'Veon Bell at KC -
3 Leonard Fournette vs. LAR Questionable (ankle)
4 Todd Gurley at JAC -
5 Devonta Freeman vs. MIA -
6 C.J. Anderson vs. NYG -
7 Melvin Gordon at OAK -
8 Lamar Miller vs. CLE -
9 Mark Ingram vs. DET -
10 Jordan Howard at BAL -
11 Doug Martin at ARZ -
12 Jay Ajayi at ATL -
13 DeMarco Murray vs. IND -
14 Jerick McKinnon vs. GB Questionable (ankle)
15 Marshawn Lynch vs. LAC -
16 Ameer Abdullah at NO -
17 Aaron Jones at MIN -
18 Carlos Hyde at WAS -
19 Mike Gillislee at NYJ -
20 Buck Allen vs. CHI -
21 Tevin Coleman vs. MIA -
22 Alvin Kamara vs. DET -
23 Elijah McGuire vs. NE -
24 LeGarrette Blount at CAR -
25 Christian McCaffrey vs. PHI -
26 Chris Thompson vs. SF -
27 Duke Johnson at HOU -
28 Adrian Peterson vs. TB -
29 Isaiah Crowell at HOU -
30 Jonathan Stewart vs. PHI Questionable (ankle)
31 Wayne Gallman at DEN -
32 Samaje Perine vs. SF Questionable (hand)
33 Frank Gore at TEN -
34 Alex Collins vs. CHI -
35 James White at NYJ -
36 Andre Ellington vs. TB -
37 Jamaal Charles vs. NYG -
38 Ty Montgomery at MIN -
39 Matt Breida at WAS -
40 Derrick Henry vs. IND -
41 Latavius Murray vs. GB -
42 Marlon Mack at TEN -
43 Matt Forte vs. NE -
44 Shane Vereen at DEN -
45 Tarik Cohen at BAL -
46 Theo Riddick at NO -
47 Jalen Richard vs. LAC -
48 D'Onta Foreman vs. CLE -
49 Chris Ivory vs. LAR -
50 Dion Lewis at NYJ -
51 Orleans Darkwa at DEN -
52 Corey Clement at CAR -
53 Jacquizz Rodgers at ARZ -
54 DeAndre Washington vs. LAC Questionable (hamstring)

RB Notes: Kareem Hunt’s season-low for yards from scrimmage is 109. He’s posted at least 80 yards rushing every time out. … Le'Veon Bell’s Week 5 usage made no sense. Expect a course correction against a Chiefs defense allowing 4.64 yards per carry. … Leonard Fournette has scored in each of his first five NFL appearances, including five times on the ground. The Rams have allowed a league-worst seven rushing scores. … Todd Gurley finally had a down Week 5, but the run-funnel Jags are an ideal bounce-back matchup. Only the Chargers have allowed more yards on the ground, while the Jags are permitting an obscene 5.38 yards per carry. … Devonta Freeman returns from the Falcons’ bye as the RB4 by average points. The Dolphins have thus far been run tough, but figure to get lit up across the board in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. … Aside from his fluky Week 3, C.J. Anderson has cleared 20 carries each time out. The Broncos should be running all night in a contest they figure to control from beginning to end against the Giants.

Coming off season highs in touches (26) and yards from scrimmage (163), Melvin Gordon could get a hot streak going against the Raiders. Oakland is surrendering 125 weekly yards on the ground, and have been burned for the seventh most running back receiving yards (260). … The rising tide of Deshaun Watson has lifted Lamar Miller’s boat in the Texans’ offense. With defenses growing ever more leery of Watson’s big-play ability — both through the air and on the ground — more and more running lanes should open for his starting running back. … Finally, clarity for Mark Ingram. Although Adrian Peterson was averaging “just” seven carries, Ingram would be averaging 17 instead of 10 if he had that work. It’s true some of Peterson’s lost touches will go to Alvin Kamara, but there’s little question Ingram will be the main beneficiary. His new lease on life does begin with a tough matchup in the Lions. … Jay Ajayi is averaging 3.43 yards per carry behind the Dolphins’ woefully-ineffective offensive line. Ajayi has tried to do his part, posting Pro Football Focus’ seventh highest “elusive rating.” He’s averaging an excellent 2.63 yards after contact. Perhaps Miami’s new offensive line coach will spark the running game.   

DeMarco Murray left the field for just 10 plays in Week 5. He out-snapped Derrick Henry 49-11, and out-touched him 18-4. Both numbers were season highs for a back who has evidently moved past his hamstring injury. … Jerick McKinnon out-touched Latavius Murray 22-14 against the Bears, and out-gained him 146-43. He made it clear whom the Vikings should commit to in Dalvin Cook’s absence. Week 5 could end up a high-water mark for McKinnon, but his passing-game usage gives him a decisive edge over plodder Murray. The Packers are not an intimidating Week 6 matchup. … Speaking of the Packers, Aaron Jones put on a McKinnon-type show against the Cowboys, piling up 136 yards on 20 touches. According to Pro Football Focus, he broke five tackles in the process, tying Leonard Fournette for the Week 5 lead. Jones’ 125 yards on the ground were more than double Ty Montgomery’s 2017 high (54). With Montgomery (ribs) looking likely to miss another game, Jones could not only force a committee, he could steal early-down duties outright. … Elijah McGuire will be in for an RB2 workload if Matt Forte (toe) remains on the shelf alongside Bilal Powell (calf).

Marshawn Lynch hasn’t rushed for more than 45 yards since Week 1. The reasons are likely manifold, though a string of rough matchups has surely played a part. For Week 6, the matchup couldn’t be better in a Chargers defense silver plattering an absurd 161 yards per game on the ground. … I had Week 5 faith in Ameer Abdullah, which is never advised. Nevertheless, his RB2 outlook remains good for what figures to be a track meet in New Orleans. … Carlos Hyde has not been the same since tweaking his hip early in Week 3. Coach Kyle Shanahan claimed Hyde’s diminished Week 5 usage wasn’t injury-related, but that’s hard to believe. Absent from the Week 6 injury report, hopefully Hyde can get back in a groove against the Redskins. Matt Breida isn’t seeing enough work to fire up as a FLEX. … The Jets are something of a now-or-never matchup for Mike Gillislee, who has perfected the art of gaining 52 scoreless yards on 12 carries. … Alex Collins has been impressive on the ground, but Buck Allen vastly out-snapped and out-touched him in Week 5. Coach John Harbaugh seems content to let Collins and his fumbling issues remain a role player.

LeGarrette Blount is on a hot streak since Darren Sproles’ injury-shortened Week 3, averaging 92 rushing yards and 6.59 yards per carry. He will be put to the test against the Panthers. … Duke Johnson is the RB15 by average points in standard leagues. That’s compared to RB51 for Isaiah Crowell. Johnson remains the play for Week 6. … Neither Christian McCaffrey nor Jonathan Stewart were good in Week 5. McCaffrey is the preferred play against the Eagles, who are more vulnerable to running backs through the air than on the ground. … With Rob Kelley (ribs) a “long shot” to return against the 49ers, all-purpose weapon Chris Thompson gets the fantasy nod over fumblin’ Samaje Perine. … Adrian Peterson will be running behind arguably the league’s worst offensive line, but at least he will be running. I get the feeling coach Bruce Arians will try to prove a point with his veteran acquisition, feeding him relentlessly. … With every one of their receivers injured, the Giants will have to lean on their ground game against the Broncos. The problem is, the Broncos erase the run like no defense in the league. Rookie Wayne Gallman should see a nice workload, but it will be tough sledding. Orleans Darkwa is barely an RB4.             

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