Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 60 Running Backs
Considering the team scored 48 points in a shootout against the Broncos, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray had a relatively disappointing performance in Week 5.
Murray had a season-low 13 touches — 12 carries and one reception — for 48 yards of scrimmage — 43 rushing and five receiving. That said, he did rush for a touchdown to give owners double-digit fantasy points.
On the season, Murray has rushed 84 times for 399 yards, fourth-most in the NFL, and two touchdowns. After averaging only 4.1 yards per carry last season, he has averaged 4.8 YPC this year. In addition, he has 22 receptions, only five RBs have more, for 143 yards.
This week, Murray and the Cowboys face the Redskins on Sunday Night Football.
Facing a less explosive offense this week, the Cowboys should run the ball more often and Murray has a matchup to exploit. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs than Washington.
Foster and then more Foster and a little bit of Tate
In the first three games this season, Texans running back Arian Foster had 57 touches. In the past two games, he has had 58 touches.
Although Foster is averaging only 4.0 yards per carry this season, he has had some tough matchups recently against the Ravens, Seahawks and 49ers.
Earlier this season, coach Gary Kubiak talked about how he wanted more balance between Foster and Ben Tate, but Tate, who is averaging 6.2 YPC, has yet to have double-digit carries in any game this season. In the past two weeks, Tate has had just seven carries in each game.
Against the 49ers and Seahawks in the past two weeks, Foster has 48 carries for 200 yards and 10 receptions for 89 yards and one touchdown.
This week, the Texans face another NFC West opponent, but the Rams have been friendly to fantasy running backs. Only three teams have allowed more fantasy points to running backs this season and the Rams have allowed two rushers (Murray and San Francisco's Frank Gore) to rush for more than 150 yards in the past three weeks.
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The Muscle Hamster getting heavy workloads
Tampa Bay Buccaneers second-year running back Doug Martin has only played four games this season as the Bucs are coming off their bye yet he is the only back in the league to have 100 carries so far.
Unfortunately for Martin and his fantasy owners, he has been unproductive with his heavy workload. Martin has 342 rushing yards (3.42 YPC) and only one touchdown.
Martin has had 20-plus carries in all four games he's played, but he has only seven receptions on the season. On pace for 28 receptions, Martin had exactly double that in 2012 and he averaged nearly a yard more per carry as well.
Perhaps this is the week that he gets on track with a matchup against the Eagles.
T-Rich: 8 straight games with less than 60 yards
The good news is that Colts running back Trent Richardson ranks ninth in the NFL in carries (82). The bad news is that he ranks only 18th among RBs in fantasy points.
Since joining the Colts via trade, Richardson has 51 carries for 151 yards (2.96 YPC) and two touchdowns in three games. In addition, he has only one reception for six yards.
Richardson has now failed to rush for more than 60 yards for eight consecutive games going back to last season.
The Chargers have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, but that is largely due to the fact that they haven't allowed them to rush for a touchdown. Only three teams have allowed more rushing yards per carry than the Chargers (4.9).
Here are my Week 6 fantasy football running back rankings (standard scoring):
1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (vs. CAR)
2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. OAK)
3. Arian Foster, Houston Texans (vs. STL)
4. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles (at TB)
5. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys (vs. WAS)
6. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. PHI)
7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks (vs. TEN)
8. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (vs. NYG)
9. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens (vs. GB)
10. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (at DAL)
11. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos (vs. JAX)
12. Reggie Bush, Detriot Lions (at CLE)
13. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (vs. ARI)
14. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts (at SD)
15. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (vs. CIN)
16. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (at MIN)
17. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints (at NE)
18. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (at BUF)
19. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (vs. CIN)
20. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (vs. IND)
21. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers (at NYJ)
22. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (at BAL)
23. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (at SEA)
24. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars (at DEN)
25. Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns (vs. DET)
26. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints (at NE)
27. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (at KC)
28. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. PIT)
29. Joique Bell, Detriot Lions (at CLE)
30. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals (at BUF)
31. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (vs. NO)
32. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers (vs. IND)
33. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (at HOU)
34. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (at SF)
35. Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (vs. NO)
36. Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (at CHI)
37. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos (vs. JAX)
38. Da'Rel Scott, New York Giants (at CHI)
39. Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals (at SF)
40. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos (vs. JAX)
41. Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens (vs. GB)
42. Ben Tate, Houston Texans (vs. STL)
43. Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams (at HOU)
44. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (vs. NO)
45. Chris Ivory, New York Jets (vs. PIT)
46. Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers (at MIN)
47. Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns (vs. DET)
48. Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders (at KC)
49. Roy Helu, Washington Redskins (at DAL)
50. Michael Bush, Chicago Bears (vs. NYG)
51. Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers (vs. ARI)
52. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (at TB)
53. Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay Packers (at BAL)
54. Mike Goodson, New York Jets (vs. PIT)
55. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (at SD)
56. Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. TEN)
57. Jackie Battle, Tennessee Titans (at SEA)
58. Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders (at KC)
59. Shonn Green, Tennessee Titans (at SEA)
60. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints (at NE)
61. Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints (at NE)
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