One of these weeks during the Fantasy Football season, I hope there won’t be news of a major injury that affects the running back rankings. Unfortunately, this is not that week.
Without Kansas City Chiefs’ starting RB Jamaal Charles, the running back rankings look more grim than last week. The Chiefs’ highest-ranked RB according to our So-Called Fantasy Experts Week 6 running back rankings is now Charcandrick West, ranked 22nd. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said the offense will use a committee in the backfield, split between West and Knile Davis.
Ronnie Hillman, a Denver Broncos RB, left their Week 5 game with a hamstring injury. That could give way to a big game for C.J. Anderson. For more on players missing time in Week 6, check out the Injury Report. Also, byes are in effect for the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Do not start those team’s RBs!
As usual, the running back rankings reaction takes a look at a handful of RBs I’m most content starting and a few RBs I anticipate will struggle this week. So read through the Week 6 running back rankings reaction to help submit your roster. If you’d like more help, read the Fantasy Football Week 6 Start-Sit coverage.
Week 6 Running Back Rankings Reaction
Who I Like
Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
Lewis has yet to post fewer than 65 total yards in a game, and has been targeted at least five times in each game, too. Inside the red zone, the Patriots have called on Lewis to carry the ball 10 times this year, and Lewis has turned two of those carries into TDs. He’s also caught a TD on his way to becoming a key instrument in the Patriots’ offense. I see no sign of it stopping now. Brady targeted Lewis 11 times last week, which can only be a good sign. Lewis jumps two spots this week to earn the seventh spot on the running back rankings.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
Consistency is a key to success, and Ingram has held down the eighth spot in the running back rankings for the last three weeks. Facing the Atlanta Falcons in Week 6, the Saints get a favorable run defense for Ingram to run and catch on. The Falcons have allowed the most rushing TDs to RBs (eight), and the most receiving yards against RBs (415). If Drew Brees returns to form and the Saints find an offensive rhythm, this game could be a shootout that’s a boon for Ingram owners.
Tough run by Mark Ingram there to pick up nine. Running game off to an encouraging start, Saints should keep it rolling.
— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) October 11, 2015
C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
If you’ve been reading the running back rankings all year, you know I’ve been cold toward Denver Broncos’ RBs. My tune changes this week because the Broncos play the worst RB-defending team, the Cleveland Browns. So far, the Browns have allowed RBs to accrue 1,054 total yards of offense and five total TDs. Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman hurt his hamstring last Sunday, and he might miss Week 6. Check the news leading up to Sunday, but if Hillman is down, Anderson has the chance to shine and earn more playing time, even as the 25th-ranked running back.
Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
Who would’ve thought that Johnson would enter Week 6 of the 2015 NFL season tied with the league’s second-most rushing yards (405)? In Week 5, Johnson ran for 103 yards on just 11 carries, only to see David Johnson vulture two touchdowns inside the five-yard line. Handcuffed with David, the two become a nice RB2/FLEX combo. Andre Ellington is back, but it seems the Johnsons have earned a bulk of the backfield work. Keep in mind the Cardinals face a Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense this week that hasn’t yielded a TD to any RBs this year. Still, Chris now ranks 15th, one spot behind Marshawn Lynch.
Who I Don’t Like
Chris Ivory, New York Jets
Against the Dolphins in Week 4, Ivory’s performance turned heads. Keep in mind the Miami Dolphins had allowed 367 rushing yards to RBs in the first three games of the season before giving up 166 rushing yards to Ivory, a new career high for him. The Jets play the Washington Redskins, a team that has surprisingly allowed RBs to run only 95 times for 375 yards in five games. Running backs have only two TDs against the Redskins. Ivory is still a must-start RB, but I disagree that he deserves the ninth-ranked running back ranking this week when he faces an above-average run defense.
Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
Miller has not totaled more than 75 yards of offense in a game. He has 0 TDs this year. There’s just nothing to see here, even though he’s atop the Dolphins’ RB depth chart. Chances are Miller will fall from the Top 20 RBs next week, that is unless he impresses against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. At best, Miller is an RB3.
Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs
Yes, he and Davis will fill in for the injured Jamaal Charles. But with Alex Smith commanding the offense and no telling how West and Davis will perform, I’m not ecstatic to start West, especially for the FAAB I’ve seen spent on him. If you’ve added him and need him to fill in for Charles, it makes sense to start him. But if you’re a non-Charles owner who landed West, he can probably ride the bench until you see something you like from him.
Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
Since Week 1, Hill has yet to rush for more than 40 yards in a game. If it weren’t for TDs coming in bunches—he scored two TDs and three TDs in Weeks 1 and 4, respectively—Hill’s value would sink even more. All five TDs for Hill came on rushing attempts inside the 10 yard line, which is nice to see. But he has yet to play more than 56 percent of offensive snaps in a game. Last week, against a difficult Seattle Seahawks’ defense, Hill played only 22.4 percent of snaps. I expect more of the same when the Bengals play the Bills, who’ve allowed RBs to run for only 336 yards on 88 attempts. In this week’s rankings, Hill fell from 11th to 23rd.
Of course, do not feel silly for disagreeing with the SCFE running back rankings, or my reactions. Let us know what RBs you like and dislike in Week 6. Don’t forget to keep up with practice news as we approach kickoffs on Thursday and Sunday. Most of all, put your eyes to the test and watch some football to see which RBs you like.
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