Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings: Predicting Top Running Back Performances

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs for a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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While it’s far too late in the fantasy season to draft an elite RB, and it’s highly unlikely you’ll find a decent one in the free-agency scrap heap, there is still time to go out and trade before the postseason.

Having a top-flight back is instrumental to going deep in fantasy playoffs, as it is a position that has multiple starters in a standard league. Considering there are only a handful of feature backs still in the NFL, they tend to score at a much higher clip than random platoon backs.

Let’s take a look at three guys you should consider trading for, as they are poised to have major Week 6 performances and continue being studs until the season is over.


No. 1—Arian Foster, Houston Texans (vs. Green Bay)

Foster simply gets his touches and turns them into yards and scores. He’s recorded 532 yards with five TDs on the season and only promises to continue upping his production.

PPR owners are hoping that Foster can garner some more receptions—he’s had just 10 receptions for 60 yards and one score in 2012—but against a weak Green Bay Packers defense, he is the best play.


No. 2—Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. Tampa Bay)

Charles' comeback season will continue against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Tampa was stout against the run in the early portion of the season, Alfred Morris was able to break out for 113 yards and a TD in Week 5.

If Morris can do that, the elusive Chiefs RB can easily match. Expect a solid week from Charles, with at least 100 yards and the possibility of two scores.


No. 3—Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns (vs. Cincinnati)

The rookie RB has been a revelation in Cleveland and has been absolutely trucking opponents.

He’s going up against a pitiful Bengals defense and should have no problem destroying their front seven to get 100-plus yards on the ground plus a TD. 


There are plenty of other great options this coming Sunday—such as LeSean McCoy and Ray Rice—but the three RBs listed above should be the top point scorers in the NFL for fantasy.