Running Back Rankings Week 6

Running Back Rankings Week 6

By: Pete Davidson : October 11, 2013 2:28am

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Welcome to the Week 6 Running Back Rankings. These are preliminary rankings, and I’ll update over the weekend as I always do. AP is back at the top of the rankings after his bye week and Ray Rice is back in the top ten where he belongs. This is not a particularly bad week for RB options. Things will get a lot dicier in weeks 8-10 when we’ll see half of the leagues getting their byes.

I’ll add comments for a lot more backs when I update the rankings. There are comments included for all tonight’s options and a few other.

         Bye weeks:

  • Lamar Miller
  • Daniel Thomas
  • Jacquizz Rodgers
  • Jason Snelling
  • Steven Jackson

If you are looking for the QBs, TEs or WRs....

1 Adrian Peterson MIN CAR It’s worth a double-check, but all indications are that AP will play despite the tragedy with his son.
2 Jamaal Charles KC OAK He’s going to slice and dice Oakland.
3 Arian Foster HOU STL Should go off in this game.
4 LeSean McCoy PHI @TB Tough matchup, but he’s running well.
5 Ray Rice BAL GB He’s back.
6 Doug Martin TB PHI This could be a springboard game for Martin, though he is, once again, without stud G Carl Nicks who has had more issues with a staph infection.
7 Marshawn Lynch SEA TEN Has a hip issue, so double-check his status, but he's been looking damn good lately.
8 DeMarco Murray DAL WAS Look out. DeMarco should rack up some solid points in this game.
9 Alfred Morris WAS @DAL As long as Washington can remain close, Morris should post RB1 numbers.
10 Knowshon Moreno DEN JAC He may need to get it all early, but he’ll probably do just that.
11 Trent Richardson IND @SD Not playing as poorly as some say. This is his first chance to have a big game as a Colt. He should make some big plays.
12 Le'Veon Bell PIT @NYJ Not a great matchup on the road, but I like what I’ve seen so far from Bell.
13 Giovani Bernard CIN @BUF He finally gets a matchup that screams big game.
14 Reggie Bush DET @CLE No Calvin would hurt him for sure and so would a limited Calvin. He’s still a high-end RB2.
15 C.J. Spiller BUF CIN Should be a bit better than he was in Week 5.
16 Eddie Lacy GB @BAL It’s a tough matchup, but I like what I’ve seen from Lacy so far.
17 Danny Woodhead SD IND No reason to doubt Woodhead here. He should be good for RB2 numbers and even better in PPR scoring.
18 Darren Sproles NO @NE They will need him in this game and he could be the antidote for the PATS’S strong but slow front seven.
19 Frank Gore SF ARI Tough matchup, but Gore will get the ball often.
20 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC @DEN Looking a bit better from what I saw last week. He’s not the old MJD yet, but he’s a decent back.
21 Willis McGahee CLE DET He’s a reasonable RB2 option in 12-team leagues.
22 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN @BUF He could easily find the zone in this game. He’s had big games against the Bills in the past.
23 Brandon Bolden NE NO I like Bolden this week assuming he plays, which we expect him to.
24 Fred Jackson BUF CIN Not the strong play he was last week, but still viable.
25 Bilal Powell NYJ PIT Tough matchup and he may yield more touches to Ivory and Goodson than he did last week.
26 Zac Stacy STL @HOU Ribs could be an issue, but he’s the guy now. He’ll play, but it’s not a great matchup. We do think St. Louis has found the right tailback.
27 DeAngelo Williams CAR @MIN He needs to show up this week with Stewart’s return on the horizon.
28 Stevan Ridley NE NO It sounds like he’ll play but check to be sure. He’s a flex option with some upside.
29 Joique Bell DET @CLE Bell is a reasonable flex option..
30 Chris Johnson TEN @SEA Tough week for CJ, but better days are ahead.
31 Pierre Thomas NO @NE He’s a flex option with some upside if Mark Ingram sits out again.
32 Ben Tate HOU STL He could get into the zone this week if the game gets out of hand in the Texans’ favor.
33 Andre Ellington ARI @SF Bad matchup, but we like Ellington’s overall trajectory.
34 Ronnie Hillman DEN JAC I like Hillman as a sleeper this week in a blowout game.
35 Montee Ball DEN JAC He makes an interesting deep flier or sleeper. He could do nothing and he could pick up a few cheap garbage time scores. If they are looking to get the rookie some snaps, this will be their chance.
36 Darren McFadden OAK @KC Has practiced on a limited basis and should return this week, but he is risky with a hamstring even if he goes.
37 Rashard Mendenhall ARI @SF Terrible matchup, but he should get whatever goal line carries they create ... if they create any.
38 Bernard Pierce BAL GB He’s been less involved and is nursing a thigh injury.
39 Donald Brown IND @SD He definitely has the chance to post some cheap points in this game if the Colts get a lead, which we expect them to do. He also had a goal line carry for a score last week, which is worth noting.
40 LeGarrette Blount NE NO Last week’s fumble might hurt him going forward. We’ll have to wait and see.
41 Chris Ivory NYJ PIT He’s a guy to watch now that he’s healthy, but the Jets will probably be careful with him for now. He’s got some upside as a flex option. Ivory has big play ability.
42 Daryl Richardson STL @HOU Nota greta play in this matchup as the #2 back.
43 Kendall Hunter SF ARI He can always make a big play, but he’ll be hit or miss here.
44 Ryan Mathews SD IND Cleared to play. He’s a flex option.
45 Mike Goodson NYJ PIT He’s a player to watch now, but he’s a light flex option even in big leagues.
46 Roy Helu WAS @DAL He could get involved, especially if the Cowboys rack up a lead.
47 Bryce Brown PHI @TB Tough matchup and he’s not getting the kind of touches we anticipated.
48 Robert Turbin SEA TEN Could get some extra love this week with Lynch a little banged up and a very winnable game.
49 Ronnie Brown SD IND He’s a flex in really deep formats, but it looks like Mathews will play.
50 Rashad Jennings OAK @KC Should be back to back up duties and he’s banged up himself.
51 Johnathan Franklin GB @BAL
52 Bobby Rainey CLE DET
53 Mike Tolbert CAR @MIN
54 Chris Ogbonnaya CLE DET
55 Isaiah Pead STL @HOU
56 Marcel Reece OAK @KC Should play, but he’ll be back in his usual role.
57 Justin Forsett JAC @DEN
58 Khiry Robinson NO @NE
59 LaMichael James SF ARI
60 Alfonso Smith ARI @SF
61 Christine Michael SEA TEN Michael could see some touches with Lynch a little banged up with a hip injury.
62 Jonathan Dwyer PIT @NYJ
63 Mark Ingram NO @NE Week 6 status uncertain (toe.) He’s practicing on a limited basis.
64 Chris Polk PHI @TB
65 Jackie Battle TEN @SEA Will play with Shonn Greene out again.
66 Jordan Todman JAC @DEN
67 Knile Davis KC OAK
68 Lance Dunbar DAL WAS
69 Toby Gerhart MIN CAR
70 Felix Jones PIT @NYJ
71 Brandon Jacobs NYG @CHI (Already played ... originally ranked 42nd) He may get a score and some yardage, but he’s a long from way his prime. Very risky in all formats.
72 Matt Forte CHI NYG (Already played ... originally ranked 3rd) Look for a big night from Forte. He should do well in all phases.
73 Da'Rel Scott NYG @CHI (Already played ... originally ranked 48th) He may get a lot of touches and we like his abilities more than most ... including the Giants themselves. Scott has big play ability. He’s a risky flex option this week because the Giants coaches are so unpredictable and the OL is struggling so badly. He’s the best bet for value in the backfield while Davis Wilson is out with a neck ailment.
74 Michael Bush CHI NYG (Already played ... originally ranked 53rd) He’s been very quiet, but he could do some damage at the goal line tonight and in mop up duty. He’s only had 18 carries on the year so far.
75 Michael Cox NYG @CHI (Already played ... originally ranked 75th) Not sure if he’ll be active, but if he’s not getting any usage now, his rookie prospects might be about shot without more injuries.