Considering Matt Forte, Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren Sproles, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are all on byes in Week 6, decisions regarding fantasy starts or sits at the running back position have become a touch clearer.
Simply put: Benching a featured back this week is going to be a difficult decision.
With that said, not all starting running backs are worth a start in Week 6 matchups.
Below, we give you a few featured players at the running-back position that may be better served on your fantasy bench:
Alex Green/James Starks, Green Bay Packers
The Packers begin life without Cedric Benson (foot, placed on IR/designated to return) Sunday in Houston. The irony here is that Green Bay now falls back on the players with whom it originally felt comfortable heading into the preseason. Green, a third-round pick in 2011, and Starks, the Packers' playoff hero in 2010, will help fill the hole Benson left, with Green getting the first shot.
Many fantasy owners rushed out to get Green this week, but starting him against the Texans is risky business. He may not see more than 10 or so touches against a strong defense. Starks is even more unknown, as Sunday will be his first game action in 2012.
Avoid both in this matchup.
Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Benching a starting running back who is seeing featured carries is a difficult thing to do, but the production just hasn't been there for Jackson. The veteran has yet to break 80 yards rushing in five games this season, and he's also without a touchdown.
The matchup here is tough, too. The Dolphins have the top rush defense in football at just 61.4 yards allowed a game. Benching Jackson might be the right thing to do for this week.
Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Sit a running back that just went for 200 yards the week prior? Crazy, right? Not with Bradshaw.
The San Francisco 49ers have allowed the least number of fantasy points to opposing running backs over the last two seasons, and in 2012, opposing backs are averaging just over 6.0 points a game.
Any back against this defense is a bench candidate. Start Bradshaw at your own risk Sunday.
Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridley has back-to-back 100-yard games, but making it three for his last three will be a difficult task in Seattle.
The Seahawks are allowing just over seven fantasy points a game to running backs, and the Patriots have shown that snaps at the running-back position will be somewhat split up. Ridley might need 20-25 carries to even come close to breaking 100 yards against this defense.
Will he get that kind of opportunity? If you don't think so, Ridley might be worth benching in Week 6.
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