Updated Week 6 RankingsSunday, October 14, 2012
Week 6 Running Backs
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RB Notes: Dynasty leaguers could reasonably argue that Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson are the three most valuable players in the league. All three are in the top-five in fantasy points at their respective positions through the first five weeks of their careers. Already the team-leader in targets (and third in the NFL among running backs), Richardson’s role is expected to be expanded to include all of the third-down work this week. Even with Ahmad Bradshaw’s career game, it was obvious last week that Richardson was the most explosive offensive player on the field. He’s here to stay as a no-brainer RB1.
Chet Gresham tells us that Arian Foster has 33 targets + touches in the red zone. … Keep an eye on Bryce Brown curbing LeSean McCoy’s touchdown potential. Brown has taken roughly half of the snaps inside the 5-yards line. … Most of Jamaal Charles’ Week 5 production came on misdirection counter and stretch plays. The Ravens had no answer. … The Chargers may not be using Ryan Mathews correctly, but he does have eight targets in two of the past three games. The top three rushing performances of Mathews' young career have against the Broncos, his Week 6 opponent.
If the Falcons have a team weakness, it’s consistency in the run game on both sides of the ball. Darren McFadden should be fine after the Raiders took an extra week to iron out the zone-blocking issues. … Adrian Peterson is third in the NFL in carries inside the 5-yard line. The touchdowns will come; buy now if possible. … I whiffed on Alfred Morris after Week 1. He’s legit. A power back with ideal vision and footwork, Morris could threaten 1,500 rushing yards this season.
Behind the most dominant offensive line in football, the 49ers are averaging 6.1 yards per running play. Since the 1970 merger, only the 2006 Falcons have averaged more per carry over the first five games. … With Mendenhall sidelined, the Steelers’ three-game total of 195 rushing yards was the franchise’s lowest after three games since 1950. The Titans allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing backs.
In consecutive weeks, the Patriots have posted the two biggest rushing performance of the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era. Stevan Ridley had 14 carries for 85 yards in the no-huddle, proving that he’s not bench-bound in favor of Danny Woodhead out of that formation. He’s the first Pats back to top 100 yards in back-to-back weeks since Laurence Maroney in 2007.
I didn’t like what I saw out of Doug Martin entering the bye week. LeGarrette Blount has shown more acceleration and playmaking the past two games, and now coach Greg Schiano is talking up a committee attack. … Bradshaw is the most obvious sell-high in fantasy coming off a career game. The Giants know he is best suited as a committee back, and the career-high workload could have repercussions for his chronic ankle and foot problems. It should also be noted that the coaches are talking up an increased role for David Wilson once again.
Outside of his fluky 60-yard screen pass, Turner is averaging 1.0 yard per reception. … Green-Ellis hasn’t had a run over 20 yards in two years. He’s essentially been mired in the decline years of Clinton Portis’ career. … Fred Jackson has drawn slightly more snaps and touches than C.J. Spiller in the Bills’ committee attack, but the latter is the better bet for a big play at Arizona. Jackson has been downright slow since rushing to return from his knee sprain.
Powell’s matchup couldn’t be better, but we have doubts that the Cardinals will run effectively at any point this season -- Bills defense or not. … Chris Johnson’s snap-count has dropped in four consecutive weeks. Before his contract extension, he had 34 rushing touchdowns in 47 games. Since then, he’s scored four times in 21 games. He’s been the same back all season -- hesitant, powerless and ineffective in space behind a turnstile offensive line.
Steven Jackson is facing the league’s best run defense. How are the Rams going to move the offense without Danny Amendola? … Coach Mike McCarthy has “no time” for a running back competition, so Alex Green will get the first shot to replace Cedric Benson between the 20s. The Texans allow the 26th-most fantasy points to opposing backs, and the Packers pass (or hand the ball to John Kuhn) at the goal line.