Fantasy Football 2011: Week 6 Running Back Rankings

Ahmad Bradshaw should be flying above the clouds while Brandon Jacobs recovers from an MCL injury. Please ignore the stands over his left shoulder.

Let's check out which 70 running backs could be helping you with the Cardinals, Titans, Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs and Seahawks on byes.

News and Injury Notes

LaGarrette Blount- Blount Force Trauma is expected to miss Sunday's game against the first-place Saints. Blount is not ranked even though there is a chance he can suit up for the game. Earnest Graham is the easy add and is worth starting in most PPR formats and as a flex in some 12-team leagues. Coach Morris said he would be the featured back sans Blount. Who's after Graham? I'm going out on a bit of a limb by ranking Allen Bradford at 38 this week. The Buccaneers probably won't be giving the 31-year-old Graham more than 20 touches and Bradford's skills serve as the best replacement for Blount.

Tim Hightower- The Richmond product was reportedly chewed out by Mike Shanahan for not disclosing his shoulder injury. The injury was originally suffered in the opener and Hightower aggravated it in Week 4. Ryan Torain figures to get a heavy dose of carries against the hapless Philly run D. He's a strong RB2. As for Hightower, he and Helu are risky plays this week, but should remain owned in almost every league.

Cedric Benson- It appears that Cedric Benson's suspension could take close to a month. This situation is a mess and those of you that have held out hope for Bernard Scott can probably let him loose in standard formats. I would suggest trying to trade him to Benson's owner before making the move though.

Rashard Mendenhall- Omar Epps Mike Tomlin was non-committal with Mendenhall's status for Sunday's action against the Jaguars. Mendenhall was active for Week 5, so there is some cause for optimism. There's a good chance he will play, thus putting a major dent in the value of Dwyer and Redman. Dwyer is ranked above Redman this week primarily because there's a good chance for garbage time.

Brandon Jacobs- He hasn't been ruled out, but a sprained MCL is serious business for a running back. Expect Jacobs to sit for a couple more games and Ahmad Bradshaw is a borderline top-10 back in the interim.

Daniel Thomas- D.T. practiced on Tuesday and looks ready to roll to do his best LawFirm impression against the Jets D. He's a strong RB2 this week and playing on Monday Night Football is always a nice bonus.

Joseph Addai- Addai could miss 1-to-3 weeks with a bum hamstring. The Big East tandem of Delone Carter and Donald Brown will handle the duties while he is on the mend. Carter is the add and he's ranked at 25 this week.

Tim Tebow- Tim Tebow Tim Tebow Tim Tebow Tim Tebow Tim Tebow Tim Tebow Tim Tebow Tim Tebow. That's pretty much all I heard the past two days. When in Rome.

 

These rankings are for standard leagues (no bonuses or PPR). You can ask me any question about your league on Twitter @MikeSGallagher. You can also follow me for updates throughout the week.

For all other rankings, head on over to our friends at Fantasy Rundown and Fantasy Football Librarian.

 

Rank Running Back                                                              Team Opp.
1 Adrian Peterson MIN CHI
2 Darren McFadden OAK CLE
3 Matt Forte CHI MIN
4 Ray Rice BAL HOU
5 Fred Jackson BUF NYG
6 LeSean McCoy PHI WAS
7 Arian Foster HOU BAL
8 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG BUF
9 Frank Gore SF DET
10 Felix Jones DAL NE
11 Cedric Benson CIN IND
12 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC PIT
13 Michael Turner ATL CAR
14 James Starks GB STL
15 Ryan Torain WAS PHI
16 Peyton Hillis CLE OAK
17 Shonn Greene NYJ MIA
18 Daniel Thomas MIA NYJ
19 Steven Jackson STL GB
20 Darren Sproles NO TB
21 Jahvid Best DET SF
22 Earnest Graham
TB NO
23 Rashard Mendenhall PIT JAC
24 BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE DAL
25 Delone Carter IND CIN
26 Jonathan Stewart CAR ATL
27 Montario Hardesty CLE OAK
28 Mark Ingram NO TB
29 Roy Helu WAS PHI
30 Michael Bush OAK CLE
31 DeAngelo Williams CAR ATL
32 Ryan Grant GB STL
33 Jonathan Dwyer PIT JAC
34 Tim Hightower WAS PHI
35 Pierre Thomas NO TB
36 Reggie Bush
MIA NYJ
37 Stevan Ridley NE DAL
38 Allen Bradford TB NO
39 Kendall Hunter SF DET
40 LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ MIA
41 Ricky Williams BAL HOU
42 C.J. Spiller BUF NYG
43 Isaac Redman PIT JAC
44 Deji Karim JAC PIT
45 Keiland Willams DET SF
46 Bernard Scott CIN IND
47 Ben Tate HOU BAL
48 Donald Brown IND CIN
49 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL CAR
50 Toby Gerhart MIN CHI
51 Tashard Choice DAL NE
52 Marion Barber CHI MIN
53 Jason Snelling ATL CAR
54 Jed Collins NO TB
55 Mewelde Moore PIT JAC
56 Cadillac Williams STL GB
57 Kregg Lumpkin TB NO
58 John Kuhn GB STL
59 Joe McKnight NYJ MIA
60 Brian Leonard CIN IND
61 Lawrence Vickers HOU BAL
62 Lex Hilliard MIA NYJ
63 Maurice Morris DET SF
64 Dion Lewis PHI WAS
65 Chris Ogbonnaya HOU BAL
66 Ronnie Brown PHI WAS
67 Danny Woodhead NE DAL
68 Danny Ware NYG BUF
69 John Conner NYJ MIA
70 Anthony DIxon SF DET

 

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