Tomlinson Cracks the Top 10 in the Week 6 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

Nathan WaddellCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets runs the ball against Madieu Williams #20 of the Minnesota Vikings at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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With Week 6 right around the corner, it's important to look at your roster and figure out what's going right, or what's going wrong.  If you drafted an under-performing "stud" like RB Maurice Jone-Drew, is he still in your weekly lineup instead of other players that have been proven producers?

It can be tough to sit a player like Jone-Drew because you spent an early first-round pick on him, and expect him to perform as such.  The issue, as we've seen, is he may simply be in for an off-year.  The future does not look bright either, as Jones-Drew has faced the 32nd, 30th, 26th, 25th and ninth ranked rush defenses thus far in 2010, yet has continually disappointed.

This isn't a suggestion to bench or trade Jones-Drew, but simply an example of players that may be hurting your fantasy football squad, while other players continue to explode on your bench.  So weigh your options carefully, and start the player that you believe will have the best week, regardless of the name of the player.

So let's take a look at the Week 6 running back rankings. If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment and we'll see if we can work through your decision.

Best of luck this weekend.

Rank  Player Name      Opponent  Notes 
1. Chris Johnson @ JAX Jaguar defense just not very good, Johnson should be be the focus.
2. Frank Gore v. OAK Raiders giving up the most fantasy points to RBs, 25 per game.
3. Adrian Peterson   v. DAL  When he gets the rock, he'll create.  DAL defense got ripped last week.
4.  Ray Rice v. NE Pats giving up 17 points per week to RBs.
5. Rashard Mendenhall    v. CLE CLE giving up 120 rush yds, but no TDs yet.
6.  Ahmad Bradshaw v. DET Lions second worst in points allowed to RBs at 23 per game.
7. Michael Turner @ PHI RBs beating PHI defense on the ground for 20 points per game.
8. Arian Foster v, KC KC defense is tough, but Foster has shown greatness.
9. LeSean McCoy v. ATL ATL defense giving up some long runs.
10. LaDainian Tomlinson    @ DEN LT could be the first RB to score a TD through the air.
11. Steven Jackson v. SD Only concern is if STL gets in a hole early.
12. Michael Bush @ SF 49ers defense giving up 17 fantasy points per game to RBs.
13. Marice Jones-Drew v. TEN JAX throwing the ball 58 percent of plays in the red zone.
14. Jahvid Best @ NYG Best still dealing with toe issue.
15. Matt Forte v. SEA Boom or bust with Forte.  Hope for the best.
16. Ryan Torain v. IND Colts run defense is bad, and giving up 18 points to RBs.
17. Peyton Hillis @ PIT Risky play, but has one of the better offensive lines.
18. Ryan Mathews @ STL If Mathews finally healthy, he should see more touches.
19. Jamaal Charles @ HOU HOU rushing defense is solid, but Charles great through the air.
20. Joseph Addai @ WAS He's iffy to play, but Redskins surrendering 15 points to RBs.
21. Felix Jones @ MIN Must be involved for DAL to have a shot at a win.
22. Ronnie Brown @ GB Not 100 percent healthy, but averaging 4.7 yards per carry.
23. Mike Tolbert @ STL Has carved out a niche at the goal line.
24. Brandon Jackson v. MIA Dolphins giving up 14 fantasy points per game to RBs.
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis     v. BAL Not a great play, but offense should be more run-heavy now.
26. Brandon Jacobs v. DET Not much value with Jacobs, but will get a few goal line carries.
27. Marshawn Lynch @ CHI Lynch should dominate touches, so he has a chance.
28. Shonne Greene @ DEN Averaging 4.5 yards per carry, just needs more touches.
29. Ladell Betts @ TB Bucs giving up 17 points to RBs, maybe Betts this week.
30. Thomas Jones @ HOU If the Chiefs get near the goal line, Jones is the man.



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