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.
|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.|
For an all you can eat buffet of fantasy football chatter, you can follow Nathan on Twitter@NathanWaddell.