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Week 6 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: October 13, 2019, 11:53 am ET

Week 6 Running Backs

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Christian McCaffrey

CAR

@TB

2

Dalvin Cook

MIN

PHI

3

Ezekiel Elliott

DAL

@NYJ

4

Leonard Fournette

JAC

NO

5

David Johnson

ARI

ATL

6

Chris Carson

SEA

@CLE

7

Alvin Kamara

NO

@JAC

8

Kerryon Johnson

DET

@GB

9

Nick Chubb

CLE

SEA

10

Derrick Henry

TEN

@DEN

11

Aaron Jones

GB

DET

12

Mark Ingram

BAL

CIN

13

James Conner

PIT

@LAC

14

Le'Veon Bell

NYJ

DAL

15

Malcolm Brown

LA

SF

16

Joe Mixon

CIN

@BAL

17

Sony Michel

NE

NYG

18

Austin Ekeler

LAC

PIT

19

Melvin Gordon

LAC

PIT

20

Phillip Lindsay

DEN

TEN

21

Royce Freeman

DEN

TEN

22

Damien Williams

KC

HOU

23

Devonta Freeman

ATL

@ARI

24

Matt Breida

SF

@LA

25

Jordan Howard

PHI

@MIN

26

Carlos Hyde

HOU

@KC

27

Adrian Peterson

WAS

@MIA

28

Kenyan Drake

MIA

WAS

29

Jonathan Hilliman

NYG

@NE

30

Tevin Coleman

SF

@LA

31

James White

NE

NYG

32

LeSean McCoy

KC

HOU

33

Chris Thompson

WAS

@MIA

34

Ronald Jones

TB

CAR

35

Miles Sanders

PHI

@MIN

36

Chase Edmonds

ARI

ATL

37

Duke Johnson

HOU

@KC

38

Peyton Barber

TB

CAR

39

Ito Smith

ATL

@ARI

40

Jamaal Williams

GB

DET

41

Gus Edwards

BAL

CIN

42

Latavius Murray

NO

@JAC

43

Raheem Mostert

SF

@LA

44

Darrell Henderson

LA

SF

45

Alexander Mattison

MIN

PHI

46

Mark Walton

MIA

WAS

47

Tony Pollard

DAL

@NYJ

48

Giovani Bernard

CIN

@BAL

 

RB Notes: Christian McCaffrey’s 866 yards from scrimmage are the second most ever through the first five games of the season. He is on pace for 2,771 yards from scrimmage, which would break Chris Johnson’s 2009 league record by 262. CMC’s (back) health is worth monitoring. … Dalvin Cook has cleared 120 yards from scrimmage in 4-of-5 games. The Eagles are much tougher on the ground than through the air, but it should be a close enough game that Cook gets the requisite touches. … Ezekiel Elliott played 93 percent of the Cowboys’ snaps in Week 5, meaning he was not swapped out in trail mode. The Jets have been solid against the run, though they have faced only one legitimate RB1 in Nick Chubb. He went 18/62/1. … Alvin Kamara was merely the RB17 in PPR and RB24 in standard last week, but he is averaging 22 touches in three games since Drew Brees went down. He has hit at least 20 every time out. … David Johnson is coming off his most productive game in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. Unfortunately, he picked up a back injury along the way. Chase Edmonds would be in the RB1 mix against the pathetic Falcons if DJ can’t go. 

Chris Carson has handled the ball 54 times in two games since his fumbling nearly got him benched in Week 3. He survived Rashaad Penny’s return unscathed. The Browns are coughing up the fourth most rushing yards. The Seahawks figure to have good game flow. … Leonard Fournette is on a Carson-ian run of his own since his dispiriting Week 3, turning 58 touches into 382 yards. The Jags are one-point home favorites vs. the Saints. … Aaron Jones became just the fifth running back this decade to post four rushing touchdowns in a game, joining Doug Martin, Marshawn Lynch, Jonas Gray and Derrick Henry. He still played only 48-of-72 snaps. The Pack refuse to make Jones an every-down player. That will continue to limit him to lower-end RB1 status. … Kerryon Johnson piled up 49 touches in two games before the Lions’ bye. His snap percentage is settling into the 70-75 range. The Packers are much more burnable on the ground than through the air. … Nick Chubb is the reason the phrase “lone bright spot” exists. His season low for yards from scrimmage is 85. He’s averaging 22 touches, hitting at least 17 each week.

Yet to be held below 15 carries, Derrick Henry has notched 20 and 27 the past two weeks. The Broncos are silver plattering the fifth most running back fantasy points. The Titans’ game plan won’t be difficult to decipher. … “Mark Ingram, lifehack RB2” was based on him having a role in the passing game. Through five weeks, he’s 32nd in running back routes run, and 34th in RB receptions (nine). That will need to change if he’s to become more than a touchdown-dependent RB2. … With Mason Rudolph (concussion) likely to join Jaylen Samuels (knee) on the shelf, James Conner will be in a Le’Veon Bell-type situation where the touches are coming hell or high water. … Todd Gurley’s (quad) status is highly questionable. The Rams have telegraphed how they are likely to approach a Gurley-less backfield. Malcolm Brown handles 70-75 percent of the snaps as the lead back, rookie Darrell Henderson gets 20-25 percent as the COP. That could be optimistic on Henderson, who has been on the field for two plays all year. … Sam Darnold is finally back, but Le’Veon Bell won’t be going anywhere for an offense that lacks an identity. Even in Darnold’s Week 1 start, Bell rolled up 22 touches. 

Coming off his best game, Joe Mixon gets a Ravens D permitting 4.7 yards per carry and the 10th most RB fantasy points. The question is if the Bengals can keep the proceedings close. Even with the Ravens reeling, they are 11.5-point home favorites. … Pro Football Focus’ No. 42 back for Weeks 1-3, Sony Michel improved to No. 11 for Weeks 4-5. With Phillip Dorsett the latest Pats pass catcher to disappear, Michel is an undeniable play vs. the Giants’ terrible defense. … For Melvin Gordon’s return, Austin Ekeler … caught the second most passes ever by a running back. Gordon still managed to get in four catches on top of his 12 carries. Week 6 opponent Pittsburgh has surrendered the sixth most RB receptions (33). … The Broncos are 2.5 home favorites against the Titans in a game with a 39 over/under. Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman will continue to be established. … Damien Williams returned from his two-game absence to decisively lead the Chiefs in snaps, touches and routes vs. the Colts. It would be foolish to simply assume that status quo against the Texans, but no team has gifted more running back receptions than Houston (45). That sets up indisputably well for Williams. It also portends a LeSean McCoy bounce back after his invisible Week 5.  

The 49ers’ backfield was big enough for the two of Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman. They were routinely sprung for massive gains against the struggling Browns. The bigger big-play threat and better pass catcher — not that Coleman isn’t capable of both — Breida maintains the rankings edge. Breida reached the highest top speed of any ball carrier this season on his 83-yard touchdown on MNF. … Miles Sanders has hardly tumbled out of the picture, but Jordan Howard has out-touched him 31-24 and out-snapped him 62-50 over the past two weeks. On the year, Howard has 14 red zone carries to Sanders’ five. That advantage is 5-2 inside the five-yard line. … Bill Callahan wants to establish it. Adrian Peterson will never get a better opportunity than “@MIA.” The Dolphins, unsurprisingly, are being abused for the most RB fantasy points. … Enjoy (?) Jonathan Hilliman’s last bit of relevance while you can. … Continuing to look like he’s on his last legs, Devonta Freeman out-touched Ito Smith just 16-11 in Week 5. Freeman has averaged more than 2.7 yards per carry one time all season. … Mark Walton has surpassed Kalen Ballage on the depth chart and is worth a flier in deeper PPR leagues.        

Patrick Daugherty
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