Week 6 Fantasy Football Projections: Running Backs Who Will Carry Your Team

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07: Running back Trent Richardson #33 of the Cleveland Browns avoids a tackle by middle linebacker Chase Blackburn #93 of the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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If you're looking for eye-popping matchups for the starting running backs on your fantasy football team, Week 6 isn't for you. 

The New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars all have bye weeks, leaving three of the league's worst run defenses inactive, and other tilts don't feature anything incredibly favorable either.

Fantasy success hangs on backfield production many times.

Let's look at three running backs who will put up strong numbers in Week 6.


Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

Gore has 80 carries for 432 yards and two touchdowns, including a 100-yard-plus, one-score game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Expect more of the same when the 49ers welcome the New York Giants in Week 6.

New York's defense has struggled. It was No. 22 against the run entering its Week 5 contest against the Cleveland Browns, in which Trent Richardson ripped off 120 all-purpose yards (81 rushing) and a score.

The 49ers love to run the ball, giving Gore plenty of chances to earn his keep on your fantasy roster. I assume that you're starting him most weeks, making this game a no-brainer.

Week 6 doesn't have many great matchups, but look for Gore to make a statement against the defending Super Bowl champions.


Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

Speaking of Richardson, his matchup against the division rival Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6 swings in his favor.

The Bengals, despite their strengths, struggle to stop the run. They were better against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, holding Reggie Bush to 48 yards, but it's definitely not their strong suit.

That leaves Richardson to build on his momentum from this week. He's a dual-threat back, who seems to get better every week. His numbers may not reflect it, but he's still maturing in a young offense.

The Browns will lean on the run as they try to keep Cincinnati's dynamic passing attack off the field. Richardson will be the focal point of their offense, especially with Brandon Weeden's turnover issues so far.

Richardson may fluctuate between the starting lineup and your bench, but this would be a week to keep him active.


Arian Foster, Houston Texans

We haven't seen how the New York Jets will handle Foster in Week 5's Monday night matchup, but it shouldn't impact his Week 6 value either way.

Foster is one of the league's best backs, setting up a favorable tilt against the Green Bay Packers next Sunday.

Green Bay gave up over 100 yards rushing to the Indianapolis Colts in its disappointing effort on Sunday. That will keep the team at No. 18, or worse, in the league's run defense rankings.

Look for Foster to take advantage of that defense in front of a home crowd. Obviously, you're going to start him (at least I hope), and you won't be disappointed this week.