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Week 6 Rest of Season Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs

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Up to date rankings of NFL RBs for the remainder of the 2015 fantasy football season before Week 6.

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Nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. RBs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.

Players who receive point-per-reception (PPR) bumps are noted with the asterisk. Consult my weekly Depth Charts and Volatility post, where we analyze all of the timeshares where multiple backs are involved for teams. The top of these ranks generally favor backs involved in the receiving game, as it is, because the bellcow RBs who largely are involved in the passing game are largely unaffected when their respective teams abandon the run.

Rank Player Team
1 Le'Veon Bell Steelers
2 Adrian Peterson Vikings
3 Arian Foster Texans
4 Matt Forte Bears
5 Eddie Lacy Packers
6 Chris Ivory Jets
7 Todd Gurley Rams
8 Mark Ingram* Saints
9 Marshawn Lynch Seahawks
10 Justin Forsett* Ravens
11 Chris Johnson Cardinals
12 Devonta Freeman* Falcons
13 Giovani Bernard* Bengals
14 Latavius Murray* Raiders
15 Doug Martin Buccaneers
16 Dion Lewis* Patriots
17 Carlos Hyde 49ers
18 DeMarco Murray* Eagles
19 Frank Gore Colts
20 LeGarrette Blount Patriots
21 T.J. Yeldon Jaguars
22 Karlos Williams Bills
23 LeSean McCoy Bills
24 Charles Sims* Buccaneers
25 Duke Johnson* Browns
26 Danny Woodhead* Chargers
27 Jeremy Hill Bengals
28 Tevin Coleman Falcons
29 Charcandrick West Chiefs
30 Joseph Randle Cowboys
31 Alfred Morris Washington
32 Melvin Gordon* Chargers
33 Matt Jones Washington
34 Lamar Miller Dolphins
35 C.J. Anderson Broncos
36 Darren McFadden* Cowboys
37 Ronnie Hillman Broncos
38 Ameer Abdullah Lions
39 Shane Vereen* Giants
40 Theo Riddick* Lions
41 Knile Davis Chiefs
42 Isaiah Crowell Browns
43 Antonio Andrews Titans
44 Bilal Powell Jets
45 C.J. Spiller* Saints
46 Andre Ellington* Cardinals
47 Ryan Mathews Eagles
48 Thomas Rawls Seahawks
49 Christine Michael Cowboys
50 Jonathan Stewart Falcons
51 Rashad Jennings Giants
52 Khiry Robinson Saints
53 Dan Herron Bills
54 Jonas Gray Dolphins
55 David Johnson* Cardinals
56 Andre Williams Giants
57 James Starks Patriots
58 Darren Sproles* Eagles
59 Cameron Artis-Payne Panthers
60 Lorenzo Taliaferro Ravens

Notes:

  • There is a special bump for the Patriots, Jets, Dolphins, and Titans backs, who have 12 games remaining in their regular seasons against everyone else's 11.

  • As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. And the better matchups sooner than later because there is sell-high value to come. These are not weekly rankings, but the idea of these rankings is to measure whom we should be owning now over whom. For example, an RB3 with a bad schedule until Week 12 is useless to our rosters compared a below average RB4 with two or three nice matchups in the coming weeks.

  • These rankings devalue the messiest backfield situations noted in the Depth Charts and Volatility post. I don't care how talented a guy is if he doesn't get the ball.

  • Bellcows always get the edge. There aren't many of them, so the value in scarcity increases for those backs with lesser variance. As we go down the rankings, the bad bellcows who we can never trust in our lineup lose value to receiving backups with more upside in whom we can reasonably instill hope. The bad bellcows are not only unstartable, but untradeable, and that is a recipe for a wasted roster spot.

  • Chose not to rank Chris Thompson or Dexter McCluster because there is zero value of rostering them in standard leagues. But they are definite low-end RB4s in PPR worth rostering during bye weeks.

  • Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.