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It was another big week for Christian McCaffrey, but a lot of top backs struggled. Nick Chubb and Leonard Fournette were certainly not part of that group however. Miami and Detroit are on bye this week, which means you will have to find a replacement for Kerryon Johnson. If you are in need of help, check our fantasy football positional rankings. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 5 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. These are the top ranked running backs, with season long stats, and their projections for Week 5.
Week 6 Running Back Rankings + Stats & Projections
|Week 6 Ranking||Player||Week 6 Opponent||Rushing Attempts||Rushing Yards||Rushing Touchdowns||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Receiving Touchdowns||Week 6 Projection|
|1||Christian McCaffrey||@TB (London)||105||587||6||31||279||1||23.4|
|22||Ronald Jones II||CAR (London)||59||269||1||5||92||0||13.1|
Week 6 Studs
Christian McCaffrey was limited in the first game against Tampa Bay, and that seems to be a growing theme for running backs against Tampa Bay, as they rank as the best rush defense in football right now. Tough matchup? Yes, but McCaffrey is a work horse who is going to be top dog for most weeks moving forward. Don’t overthink this one. Alvin Kamara struggled against this Bucs defense, and will have a chance to rebound against the Jaguars, who rank 23rd against the run this season. Mark Ingram is in a great spot this week, and is someone to look for the upside with. Cincinnati ranks 22nd against the run, and this should be a favorable game for him to go off in.
Derrick Henry is in a sneaky good spot this week. Denver ranks 26th against the run, and this should be a bruising low scoring affair that sets up a monster workload for Henry. He currently ranks second on the week in rushing attempts, and has five total touchdowns. Cleveland has been horrendous this season, and they were gashed by San Francisco on the ground. Any doubts you had about the workload with Chris Carson coming back, you can get rid of those as his workload remains safe. Seattle isn’t that much better against the run, so Nick Chubb is going to be a strong play again.
David Johnson is the big one we need to watch, as he had a solid day, but the snaps were down due to a sore back. Chase Edmunds cracks the rankings because this could be the case again, but he could also be a start if Johnson’s back gets worse. Keep an eye on this story, as this would create a lone option off the waiver wire, which has dried up for running backs. I am curious to see what Green Bay does once Jamaal Williams comes back, which is likely going to be this week against the Lions. He has cut into Jones’ workload when healthy. Wayne Gallman and Saquon Barkley are ruled out for this Thursday’s game against the Patriots, and this is a situation to just avoid entirely as their offense is about to miss this week.
The Eagles running backs are in a tough spot this week against the Minnesota Vikings, who rank 4th against the run. Philadelphia isn’t far behind, ranking 5th against the run. Both teams have not been ideal starts for running backs in fantasy, however Dalvin Cook is different given his workload. I would be a bit hesitant to start the Eagles backs, given the workload is somewhat even and it is a tough matchup. Todd Gurley is coming off a big week, and gets the 49ers, who have a very for real defense this season. They rank 6th against the run, and have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing backs this season. On the flip side of that game, the Rams rank 8th against the run, but have been middle of the road in terms of fantasy points allowed. The backs won’t have it as easy as they did against Cleveland.
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