Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated 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 more generous 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.

Lots of the same for T-Rich: 60 rushing yards or less in eight straight

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 some notes on running backs:

  • Seattle's Marshawn Lynch has had exactly 17 carries in three consecutive games and in four of five games this season. On the year, Lynch has 506 yards from scrimmage (YFS) — 410 rushing and 96 receiving — in addition to four total touchdowns. Although he is listed as questionable on the injury report, Lynch (hip) is expected to start in Week 6.
  • Bills running back Fred Jackson has scored double-digit fantasy points in all five games this season. He has 65 carries for 309 yards (4.8 YPC) and four touchdowns plus 17 receptions for 153 yards. Meanwhile, teammate C.J. Spiller has only two games with double-digit fantasy points this season.
  • San Diego's Danny Woodhead has more receptions than any other back except for Chicago's Matt Forte, who has played six games already. With 31 receptions this season, Woodhead is on pace for just shy of 100 catches (99.2). He has 29 catches, 311 YFS and three TDs in his past four games.
  • Baltimore's Ray Rice had a huge workload in their win over the Dolphins last week as he carried the ball 27 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns and added six catches for 28 yards. The Packers have allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game (86.0), but Rice should see at least 20-25 touches this week.
  • Eagles running back LeSean McCoy will face the Buccaneers, who have yet to allow a running back to rush for more than 65 yards against them. Then again, no RB has had more than 14 carries against the Bucs and McCoy's workload will surely exceed that amount in Week 6.
  • The Jaguars have allowed a league-worst 160.6 rushing yards per game and 4.9 YPC this season. Considering the Broncos are huge favorites this week, it's possible that Knowshon Moreno, Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman all have productive weeks.
  • Meanwhile, it's unlikely that Jags RB Maurice Jones-Drew has a huge week. The Jags should be in passing mode most of this game and the Broncos have allowed a league-low 69.6 rushing YPG. Either way, Pocket Hercules is averaging only 2.8 YPC this season.
  • After getting 25 carries in each of the team's first two games, Tennessee's Chris Johnson has a total of only 25 carries in his past two games for 38 yards. He did have a long touchdown reception last week to salvage a decent fantasy performance, but he does not have a favorable matchup this week against the Seahawks in Seattle.
  • Jets running back Bilal Powell had a season-low 13 touches in last week's win over the Falcons. Although the Steelers are tied with the Redskins for the most fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, it's unlikely that Powell will exploit the matchup considering the presence of Chris Ivory (back from injury) and Mike Goodson (back from suspension).

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. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks (vs. TEN)
7. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. PHI)
8. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens (vs. GB)
9. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (at DAL)
10. Reggie Bush, Detriot Lions (at CLE)
11. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos (vs. JAX)
12. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (vs. ARI)
13. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts (at SD)
14. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (vs. CIN)
15. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (at MIN)
16. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints (at NE)
17. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (vs. CIN)
18. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (at BUF)
19. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (at BAL)
20. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers (at NYJ)
21. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (vs. IND)
22. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (at SEA)
23. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars (at DEN)
24. Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns (vs. DET)
25. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints (at NE)
26. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. PIT)
27. Joique Bell, Detriot Lions (at CLE)
28. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals (at BUF)
29. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (vs. NO)
30. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers (vs. IND)
31. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (at KC)
32. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (at HOU)
33. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (at SF)
34. Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (vs. NO)
35. Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals (at SF)
36. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos (vs. JAX)
37. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos (vs. JAX)
38. Ben Tate, Houston Texans (vs. STL)
39. Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders (at KC)
40. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (at SD)
41. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (vs. NO)
42. Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams (at HOU)
43. Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens (vs. GB)
44. Chris Ivory, New York Jets (vs. PIT)
45. Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers (at MIN)
46. Roy Helu, Washington Redskins (at DAL)
47. Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders (at KC)
48. Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns (vs. DET)
49. Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers (vs. ARI)
50. Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. TEN)
51. Jackie Battle, Tennessee Titans (at SEA)
52. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (at TB)
53. Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay Packers (at BAL)
54. Mike Goodson, New York Jets (vs. PIT)
55. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints (at NE)
56. Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints (at NE)
57. Ronnie Brown, San Diego Chargers (vs. IND)
58. Alfonso Smith, Arizona Cardinals (at SF)
59. Tashard Choice, Buffalo Bills (vs. CIN)
60. Bobby Rainey, Cleveland Browns (vs. DET)

For my Week 6 point-per-reception (PPR) RB rankings, click here.

Note: Giants and Bears RBs have been removed from these rankings.

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