Between injuries and goodbye, it can be difficult to have respectable starting running backs from now until week 15. Most teams in your league will have to go through that at least once, so don’t feel bad when it’s your turn. . If anything, it’s probably best to remove it early. So depending on the situation of your injury, maybe you should consider yourself lucky if you own one or more of Alvin Kamara, Michael Carter, Elijah Mitchell, or Mike Davis / Cordarrelle Patterson, all of which are nowhere to be found in our fantasy of the Week 6. RB Classifications.
Of course, those running backs won’t be the only key players missing this week. David Montgomery (knee) is still on the shelf for a couple more games, Saquon Barkley (ankle) appears to be out at least this week, and Chris Carson (neck), Dalvin Cook (ankle) and Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) ) be on the air after getting lost last week. We know that several more RBs will be “questionable” heading into Sunday’s games as well. This will make lineup decisions difficult, but, again, that will be part of the course going forward.
WEEK 6 STANDARD RATINGS:
Field marshal | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Showdowns, as always, will also play an important role in determining who to start and who to sit down. This could be a great week for Antonio Gibson (against the Chiefs), Najee Harris (against the Seahawks) and Jonathan Taylor (against the Texans), but they are mandatory starts anyway. However, a pair of his backups known primarily for their PPR prowess, JD McKissic (vs. Chiefs) and Nyheim Hines (vs. Texans), could also be in play in standard leagues due to favorable opponents.
WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Going a little deeper, Darrell Henderson (@ Giants) has established himself as a safe RB2 in most matchups, and the Giants are definitely a run defense you can rack up points against. Leonard Fournette (@ Eagles) is in a similar situation, and given his increasing involvement on the bunt, he’s a must-start against a defense outgunned by the Eagles. Both Broncos running backs (against Raiders) have been mostly disappointing this year, but the Raiders are in the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to running backs, so this is a place where one or both can return value. by RB2. We like Melvin Gordon a little more than Javonte Williams, but both are worth starting with. Ditto for Darrel Williams (@ Washington), who figures he’ll get most of the Chiefs’ running back touches with Clyde Edwards-Helaire healing from a knee injury. However, Jerick McKinnon has a certain appeal to PRPD.
I wish we could say the same for Myles Gaskin (@ Jaguars) after his monster week, but touches are always a question mark in Miami. The showdown is great so you can use Gaskin on your pushup, especially in the PPR leagues, but don’t get too overconfident. Ditto for the Bills’ backups (@ Titans), though Buffalo’s powerful offense should give Zack Moss and Devin Singletary plenty of opportunities to score points.
Of course, there are some unfavorable matchups too, and while Damien Harris (vs. Cowboys) could still start, Devontae Booker (@ Rams), Chris Carson / Alex Collins (@ Steelers) and Josh Jacobs (@ Broncos). In volume and short TD potential, they are all riskier than usual plays. Mark Ingram (@ Colts) is in a similar situation on a much worse offense.
The biggest concerns are the backs of the Eagles, Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell (against the Buccaneers) who go against the best defense in the league. It’s tough to defend either one this week, although Gainwell could have an advantage as Philadelphia will likely pass more.
At this time of the season, it is difficult to find weekly “sleepers” in the corridor unless there is an injury. Sure, secondary running backs like McKissic and Hines could come to life in the right matchups, and you never know when someone like Samaje Perine (@ Lions), AJ Dillon (@ Bears) or Jeremy McNichols (vs. Bills) will steal a touchdown. But for the most part, you just have to improvise to the best of your ability, wait for a score, and try to get to the next match. It will most likely get worse before it gets better for you, so if you are in a period of prosperity, enjoy it.
Note: We will update these RB rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes.
Fantasy RB Rankings Week 6: who to start with as a runner
Ratings are based on standard, not PPR punctuation
|1||Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. MIN|
|2||Derrick Henry, TEN vs. BUF|
|3||Antonio Gibson, WAS vs. KC|
|4||Najee Harris, PIT vs. SEA|
|5||Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. HOU|
|6||James Robinson, JAX vs. MIA|
|7||Aaron Jones, GB @ CHI|
|8||Joe Mixon, CIN @ DET|
|9||Dalvin Cook, MIN @ CAR|
|10||Nick Chubb, CLE vs. ARI|
|eleven||Austin Ekeler, LAC @ BAL|
|12||Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ NE|
|13||Darrell Henderson, L to R @ NYG|
|14||Leonard Fournette, TB @ PHI|
|fifteen||Andre Swift, DET vs. CIN|
|sixteen||Damien Williams, CHI vs. GB|
|17||Josh Jacobs, LV @ DEN|
|18||Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. ARI|
|19||Devontae Booker, NYG v. LAR|
|twenty||Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. LV|
|twenty-one||Zack Moss, BUF @ TEN|
|22||Latavius Murray, BAL vs. LACQUER|
|2. 3||Myles Gaskin, MIA @ JAX|
|24||Darrel Williams, KC @ ERA|
|25||Javonte Williams, DEN vs. LV|
|26||Damien Harris, NE vs. DAL|
|27||Chris Carson, SEA @ PIT|
|28||Devin Singletary, BUF @ TEN|
|29||JD McKissic, WAS vs. KC|
|30||Jamaal Williams, DET vs. CIN|
|31||James Conner, ARI @ CLE|
|32||Chase Edmonds, ARI @ CLE|
|33||Tony Pollard, DAL @ NE|
|3. 4||Miles Sanders, PHI vs. TB|
|35||Mark Ingram, HOU @ IND|
|36||Kenneth Gainwell, PHI vs. TB|
|37||Nyheim Hines, IND vs. HOU|
|38||Jerick McKinnon, KC @ ERA|
|39||Samaje Perine, CIN @ DET|
|40||AJ Dillon, GB @ CHI|
|41||Khalil Herbert, CHI vs. GB|
|42||Ronald Jones II, TB @ PHI|
|43||Alex Collins, SEA @ PIT|
|44||Alexander Mattison, MIN @ CAR|
|Four. Five||Kenyan Drake, LV @ DEN|
|46||Sony Michel, LAR @ NYG|
|47||Brandon Bolden, NE vs. VALLEY|
|48||David Johnson, HOU @ IND|
|49||Young Bernard, TB @ PHI|
|fifty||Rhamondre Stevenson, NE vs. DAL|
|51||Jeremy McNichols, TEN vs. BUF|
|52||Chuba Hubbard, CAR vs. MIN|
|53||Malcolm Brown, MIA @ JAX|
|54||Phillip Lindsay, HOU @ IND|
|55||Larry Rountree III, LAC @ BAL|
|56||Joshua Kelley, LAC @ BAL|
|57||Le’Veon Bell, BAL vs. LAC|
|58||Devonta Freeman, BAL vs. LAC|
|59||Carlos Hyde, JAX vs. MIA|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.