NFL Fantasy Football Updated Week 6 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
We’ve gotten some more definitive word on some of the injured running backs around the league, so let’s take a look at how our rankings are shaken up:
- Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
- Darren McFadden – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cleveland
- Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills – at New York Giants
- Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Houston
- LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
- Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
- Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – at Detroit
- Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Pittsburgh
- Arian Foster – Houston Texans – at Baltimore
- Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
- Cedric Benson – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Indianapolis
- Ahmad Bradshaw – New York Giants – vs. Buffalo
- Daniel Thomas – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
- Peyton Hillis – Cleveland Browns – at Oakland
- Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – at Green Bay
- Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Jacksonville
- Shonn Greene – New York Jets – vs. Miami
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis – New England Patriots – vs. Dallas
- Ryan Torain – Washington Redskins – vs. Philadelphia
- Darren Sproles – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- James Starks – Green Bay Packers – vs. St. Louis
- Jahvid Best – Detroit Lions – vs. San Francisco
- Felix Jones – Dallas Cowboys – at New England
- Earnest Graham – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
- DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
- Delone Carter – Indianapolis Colts – at Cincinnati
- Stevan Ridley – New England Patriots – vs. Dallas
- Tim Hightower – Washington Redskins – vs. Philadelphia
- LaDainian Tomlinson – New York Jets – vs. Miami
- Pierre Thomas – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Michael Bush – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cleveland
- Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
- Ryan Grant – Green Bay Packers – vs. St. Louis
- Carnell Williams – St. Louis Rams – at Green Bay
- C.J. Spiller – Buffalo Bills – at New York Giants
- Reggie Bush – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
- Montario Hardesty – Cleveland Browns – at Oakland
- Kendall Hunter – San Francisco 49ers – at Detroit
- Danny Woodhead – New England Patriots – vs. Dallas
- Bernard Scott – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Indianapolis
With LeGarrette Blount out there definitely is some appeal for Earnest Graham. Granted, the game could break down into a shootout, which would ordinarily limit a running backs value, but not Graham. He has actually been targeted 27 times so, if you add in a few extra carries, you have a potentially viable option. He’s a risk, but if you are desperate there’s value there.
Delone Carter is averaging 3.0 yards per carry, including a poor 12 carries for 22 yards and 1 TD in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Considering that the Bengals are among the best teams stopping the run thus far this season, the matchup doesn’t do him any favors. Throw in Curtis Painter, who is looking better and better in the pocket, and Carter is nothing more than a FLEX option, at best, and that’s because of his potential opportunity.
While there appeared to be a threat of BenJarvus Green-Ellis missing Sunday’s game, he is currently listed as questionable. He did practice on Friday, which makes it appear likely that he plays (though time will tell). Monitor the news and be prepared to make a move if necessary. If Green-Ellis does miss the game, Stevan Ridley would gain a lot of value.
Brandon Jacobs has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game with the Bills. Before we get excited that Ahmad Bradshaw is going to get the bulk of the carries, both Chris Snee (the Giants' best offensive lineman) and fullback Henry Hynoski have also been ruled out. As it is, the Giants are averaging 3.2 yards per carry—second worst in the league. The matchup with the Bills is alluring, but I wouldn’t move Bradshaw up in the rankings based on the injury news and the team’s struggles.
Tim Hightower is listed as questionable on the Redskins injury report due to a shoulder issue. Does it really matter? Ryan Torain is the more favorable option at this point.
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