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Week 6 Rankings

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Week 6 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Todd Gurley at DEN -
2 Melvin Gordon at CLE -
3 Ezekiel Elliott vs. JAC -
4 James Conner at CIN -
5 Saquon Barkley vs. PHI -
6 Christian McCaffrey at WAS -
7 Sony Michel vs. KC Questionable (knee)
8 Kareem Hunt at NE -
9 Joe Mixon vs. PIT -
10 T.J. Yeldon at DAL -
11 David Johnson at MIN -
12 Marshawn Lynch vs. SEA -
13 Tevin Coleman vs. TB -
14 Carlos Hyde vs. LAC -
15 James White vs. KC -
16 Jordan Howard at MIA -
17 Chris Carson at OAK -
18 Bilal Powell vs. IND -
19 Phillip Lindsay vs. LAR -
20 Latavius Murray vs. ARZ -
21 Adrian Peterson vs. CAR -
22 Alfred Morris at GB -
23 Aaron Jones vs. SF -
24 LeSean McCoy at HOU -
25 Alex Collins at TEN -
26 Nyheim Hines at NYJ -
27 Isaiah Crowell vs. IND -
28 Austin Ekeler at CLE -
29 Corey Clement at NYG -
30 Javorius Allen at TEN -
31 Lamar Miller vs. BUF -
32 Kenyan Drake vs. CHI -
33 Dion Lewis vs. BAL -
34 Mike Davis at OAK -
35 Derrick Henry vs. BAL -
36 Royce Freeman vs. LAR -
37 Tarik Cohen at MIA -
38 Wendell Smallwood at NYG -
39 Ronald Jones at ATL -
40 Alfred Blue vs. BUF -
41 Ito Smith vs. TB -
42 Frank Gore vs. CHI -
43 Jamaal Williams vs. SF -
44 Marlon Mack at NYJ -
45 Peyton Barber at ATL -
46 Ty Montgomery vs. SF -
47 Jalen Richard vs. SEA -
48 Kyle Juszczyk at GB -
49 Chris Ivory at HOU -
50 Jamaal Charles at DAL -
51 Duke Johnson vs. LAC -
52 Nick Chubb vs. LAC -
53 Roc Thomas vs. ARZ -
54 Jordan Wilkins at NYJ -

RB Notes: Todd Gurley is on pace for 22 rushing touchdowns, which would be the most since LaDainian Tomlinson scored 28 in 2006. … Melvin Gordon is averaging 67 rushing yards and 52 receiving yards, putting him on pace for 1,904 yards from scrimmage. He has found the end zone in 4-of-5 games. … Ezekiel Elliott had averaged at least 4.58 yards per carry every game until getting brick walled by the Texans in Week 5. The Jaguars are more forgiving on the ground than through the air but are still just 18th in rushing yards allowed per week (101.2). … If Week 6 is James Conner’s last ride as the Steelers’ bell cow, it will be in an attackable matchup. The Bengals are permitting 4.51 yards per carry, as well as the 10th most running back fantasy points. Of note is Vontaze Burfict’s recent return … Saquon Barkley’s season low for yards from scrimmage is 100. He is averaging 116. The Eagles are a foreboding short-week matchup, but Barkley appears to be “off the rails”-proof in the Giants’ frequently off-the-rails offense.

The RB8 by average points in .5 PPR, Christian McCaffrey is the RB7 in full PPR. He has been used in a variety of ways by new OC Norv Turner, both solidifying his floor and increasing his ceiling. … Looking healthier and more explosive each week, Sony Michel has piled up 222 yards across his past two games. For Week 6 he gets a Chiefs defense allowing a league-worst 5.76 yards per carry. Touches should be aplenty in a game with an eye-popping 59.5 over/under. … Opposing Michel will be Kareem Hunt, who has been somewhat touchdown dependent. Thankfully, there should be no shortage of drives to finish in New England. Hunt is averaging 135 yards from scrimmage over his past two games after that number was only 58 through his first three. … Joe Mixon was supposedly going to be on a snap count in Week 5. Instead he touched the ball a season-high 25 times. He will be out there every play for what should hopefully be a high-scoring affair with the Steelers. … Jamaal Charles’ signing should not change T.J. Yeldon’s status as a near every-down player in Leonard Fournette’s (hamstring) absence. Charles, who had a little something left in the tank for the Broncos last season, could provide some quality snaps in the “Corey Grant role” but not enough to create fantasy value. 

David Johnson has been an every-down player the past three weeks, a timeframe in which he’s been the RB9 in .5 PPR. Johnson deserves better, but his 2018 is not the apocalypse it looked like it might become. … As is the case with nearly all of Hue Jackson’s pronouncements, Nick Chubb’s bigger Week 5 role did not materialize. Carlos Hyde handled the ball 19 times, a number he’s hit in 4-of-5 games. … James White had two carries for zero yards in Week 5 and still finished as the RB15 in standard. He’s being used in matchup-proof, format-proof fashion since Rex Burkhead landed on injured reserve. … The Bears poured points on the Bucs before their Week 5 bye, but Jordan Howard did not get in on the fun, handling the ball 11 times for 25 scoreless yards. This, as Tarik Cohen exploded for 174/1 on 20 touches. With Mitchell Trubisky unlikely to replicate his Week 4 success, Howard gets a rankings reprieve against the Dolphins. … Back in the lineup, Chris Carson had his second-straight 100-yard game in Week 5 but ceded 14 touches and 25 snaps to Mike Davis. Carson handled the ball 20 times. With the Seahawks focused on the run, Carson gets the top 20 benefit of the doubt against the Raiders’ bottom-five ground defense.

Phillip Lindsay continues to easily out-produce Royce Freeman. For a deeper dive, check out my Monday article. Lindsay’s only concern against the Rams’ soft run defense is the game getting away from the Broncos early. The Broncos would do well to phase Devontae Booker out of their backfield committee. … Mike McCarthy — who is not having a good season (decade?) as Packers coach — has predictably refused to commit to Aaron Jones. No matter, Jones has out-gained Jamaal Williams 188-124 since returning in Week 3. It’s in slow motion, but Jones is taking over the Packers’ backfield. … LeSean McCoy finally showed a pulse in Week 5. The Texans are the Bills’ kind of opponent, but no one should be surprised if McCoy immediately returns to flat lining. … It’s been a weird ride, but Alex Collins has touched the ball at least 12 times each of the past four weeks. … Alfred Morris’ usage will increase during Matt Breida’s (high-ankle sprain) absence but do not be surprised if Kyle Juszczyk caps Morris’ touch ceiling at a lower-than-expected level.

Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder, knee) and Chris Thompson (knee, ribs) are Week 6 question marks. Even if they suit up — which both appear on pace to do — their effectiveness could be at far less than 100 percent. … This is where things really start to get ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Isaiah Crowell rushed for a career-high 219 yards in Week 5 despite getting out-carried 20-15 by Bilal Powell. He is now nursing an ankle injury. Crowell averaged 43 yards across his first four games. Crowell and Powell could switch rankings spots depending on Crowell’s health. … Marlon Mack (hamstring) is practicing in full, but there is little reason to believe anyone other than Nyheim Hines will be worth FLEX consideration out of the Colts’ backfield. … Devonta Freeman returned from his extended absence to a three-man committee and immediately injured his foot. Regardless of Freeman’s availability, Tevin Coleman is the preferred Falcons running back for Week 6. … Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood should get the bulk of the Eagles’ running back work in Jay Ajayi’s absence. Clement is the better player, but it is unclear how things might manifest themselves during this short week. … Lamar Miller is rapidly fading. He is the preferred Week 6 play over Alfred Blue but not by much. … Ronald Jones is worth a dart throw in a likely shootout if you are desperate.                   

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