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Week 6 Rankings

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Week 6 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Adrian Peterson vs. CAR -
2 Jamaal Charles vs. OAK Probable (toe)
3 LeSean McCoy at TB -
4 Arian Foster vs. STL Probable (thumb)
5 Marshawn Lynch vs. TEN Questionable (hip)
6 Matt Forte vs. NYG -
7 Doug Martin vs. PHI -
8 DeMarco Murray vs. WAS -
9 Reggie Bush at CLE Probable (knee)
10 Alfred Morris at DAL Probable (ribs)
11 Ray Rice vs. GB -
12 Trent Richardson at SD -
13 Frank Gore vs. ARZ Probable (knee)
14 Knowshon Moreno vs. JAC -
15 Le'Veon Bell at NYJ -
16 Eddie Lacy at BAL -
17 C.J. Spiller vs. CIN -
18 DeAngelo Williams at MIN -
19 Giovani Bernard at BUF -
20 Chris Johnson at SEA -
21 Danny Woodhead vs. IND -
22 Darren Sproles at NE -
23 Stevan Ridley vs. NO Questionable (knee)
24 Fred Jackson vs. CIN Probable (knee)
25 Ryan Mathews vs. IND Probable (concussion)
26 Zac Stacy at HOU -
27 Bilal Powell vs. PIT -
28 Willis McGahee vs. DET -
29 Maurice Jones-Drew at DEN -
30 Pierre Thomas at NE -
31 Joique Bell at CLE -
32 Darren McFadden at KC Questionable (hamstring)
33 BenJarvus Green-Ellis at BUF Probable (ankle)
34 Rashard Mendenhall at SF Probable (toe)
35 Da'Rel Scott at CHI Sidelined (hamstring)
36 Brandon Bolden vs. NO Questionable (knee)
37 Andre Ellington at SF -
38 Rashad Jennings at KC Questionable (hamstring)
39 LeGarrette Blount vs. NO -
40 Ronnie Hillman vs. JAC -
41 Ben Tate vs. STL -
42 Brandon Jacobs at CHI -
43 Chris Ivory vs. PIT Probable (hamstring)
44 Bernard Pierce vs. GB Questionable (thigh)
45 Daryl Richardson at HOU -
46 Roy Helu at DAL -
47 Mike Tolbert at MIN -
48 Chris Ogbonnaya vs. DET Probable (concussion)
49 Donald Brown at SD -
50 Bryce Brown at TB -
51 Kendall Hunter vs. ARZ -
52 Jackie Battle at SEA Probable (-)
53 Michael Bush vs. NYG -
54 Mike Goodson vs. PIT -
55 Montee Ball vs. JAC -
56 Marcel Reece at KC Probable (knee)
57 Robert Turbin vs. TEN -
58 John Kuhn at BAL Questionable (hamstring)
59 Bobby Rainey vs. DET -
60 Khiry Robinson at NE -
61 Ronnie Brown vs. IND -
62 Johnathan Franklin at BAL -

RB Notes: Between Weeks 1-3, Adrian Peterson averaged “just” 93.6 yards per game and 4.1 yards per carry. Those numbers came in the absence of suspended FB Jerome Felton. How did AD fare in Felton’s Week 4 return? 23/140/2. Throw Carolina’s strong numbers against the run out the window. … Jamaal Charles is only seventh in rushing yards per game (79.4), but is second in yards from scrimmage thanks to his weekly 5.6/50 as a receiver. … LeSean McCoy has 93 more yards rushing than any other back in the league, but with backup QB Nick Foles under center, he’ll be tested against the Bucs’ ninth-ranked run defense. Tampa has yet to allow a rushing touchdown. … Fresh off racking up 271 yards from scrimmage on 58 combined touches against the Seahawks and 49ers, Arian Foster gets a Rams defense allowing 126 rushing yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry. Throw in the fact that Houston will be reining in error-prone QB Matt Schaub, and you have all the ingredients for a monster afternoon from Foster. … Third in the league in rushing, Marshawn Lynch is first in broken tackles (per Pro Football Focus). Matchups don’t matter for Beast Mode.

Matt Forte has surpassed 90 yards from scrimmage in every game this season, and is averaging 5.4 catches. The Giants are allowing the ninth most points to enemy running backs. You do the math. … Doug Martin’s start: Not ideal. His Week 6 matchup is, however. The Eagles are allowing just 3.9 yards per carry and 108 yards per game, but are averaging 7.4 missed tackles per week. ILBs DeMeco Ryans Mychal Kendricks are a combined -27.9 in Pro Football Focus’ ratings, including -11.5 against the run. With rookie Mike Glennon at the controls, the Muscle Hamster is going to be the focal point for Tampa. … DeMarco Murray gets his third cake matchup in four weeks against the Redskins’ No. 31 run defense. He’s a veritable guarantee for 100 yards from scrimmage. … Trent Richardson? He’s getting his second cake matchup in three weeks. Unlike Murray, however, he didn’t take advantage of his first, and is averaging just 2.96 yards on 51 carries as Colt. His talent continues to stand out on film, but so does his hesitation. He’s a borderline RB1 when he should be an elite one.

Although he will play against the Cowboys, Alfred Morris’ admission that “remnants” of his rib injury remain is a bit concerning. AlMo has been dynamite when on the field this season, but has the potential to fall in this week’s ranks. … Reggie Bush’s status: Tied to Calvin Johnson’s health? The Packers suffocated the box in Megatron’s absence last weekend, limiting Bush to 69 yards from scrimmage and 3.4 yards per carry. Considering Cleveland’s front seven is twice as good as Green Bay’s, Bush will be a borderline RB1 if Johnson sits again. … The gory Ray Rice details: An average of 2.85 yards on his 57 carries, zero rushes of 20-plus yards and two lost fumbles. He’s averaging just 1.58 yards after first contact (per PFF), putting him behind the likes of Rashard Mendenhall and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He has a tough road to hoe against a Packers’ run defense permitting 3.7 yards per carry.

The matchup couldn’t be better for Knowshon Moreno in a Jaguars defense allowing 4.9 yards per carry and a league-worst 160.6 rushing yards per game. As it is with Peyton Manning, the question is how much will he play. The Broncos have let Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball close out their other blowouts. “Too good of a matchup” is no reason to bench a player, however, particularly one that’s second in the league in rushing touchdowns and averaging 5.1 yards per carry. … Glass half empty: C.J. Spiller notched only 13 snaps and eight touches against the Browns last Thursday. Glass half full: He still finished with 66 yards and a touchdown despite playing on a bum ankle. Fantasy frustration is mounting with Spiller, but you know what the only thing more frustrating than his recent inconsistency would be? Leaving him on your bench for his inevitable 150-yard, two-touchdown outburst. This is not a player you give up on. … Giovani Bernard fumbled at the most inopportune time last Sunday, but guess how many he has this season? One. Guess how many BenJarvus Green-Ellis has? One. Bernard is averaging 1.7 more yards per carry (4.6 to 2.9) than his veteran teammate, and has 120 more yards on 14 fewer touches. He remains the clear fantasy call.  

Pierre Thomas is out-catching Darren Sproles this season (by two). Let’s just say that’s not something you should count on continuing. Per PFF, Sproles is averaging 3.02 yards per pass route to Thomas’ 1.84. Both players are averaging 12.0 fantasy points over the past three weeks, but with Sproles as spry and durable as ever, his track record gives him a considerable edge over Thomas. … Danny Woodhead flopped as the Chargers’ goal-line back last Sunday, but leading all runners in catches with 31, he’s an every-week FLEX in all formats. … The early signs suggest Stevan Ridley (knee) will play. LeGarrette Blount’s Week 5 fumble also suggests order will be restored in New England’s backfield. … Zac Stacy is worth FLEXing after parlaying easily the best performance by a Rams running back this season into another start. … If you must start a Giants running back Thursday evening, Da'Rel Scott gets the slight edge, though Brandon Jacobs is a better bet for a touchdown. … Apparently capped at 30-32 snaps per week, Andre Ellington is a boom-or-bust FLEX play. … Despite Week 5’s committee, Bilal Powell is the only Jets’ running back worth starting for the time being.

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