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Week 6 Running Back Rankings - Standard Leagues

Get your RB spots squared away for the sixth week of fantasy football action.

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If someone told you before the season that Isaiah Crowell, Tevin Coleman, and LeGarrette Blount would all be top-10 options at the running back position heading into Week 6, you probably called that person crazy... Or at least I hope you did.

Well, after the fifth week of the season, that's precisely the case. But it hasn't been completely unpredictable, as preseason studs like David Johnson and Zeke Elliott are both sitting as top-3 RBs. Plenty of injuries, breakouts, and backfield shake-ups will unfold in the following weeks, but this ruthless volatility is exactly what makes fantasy football so addicting.

Everyone, despite our current records, should still be in our league's playoff picture. So, without further ado, let's jump into my Top 60 RBs for Week 6 vs. FantasyPros' ECR rankings:

Fantasy Football rankings - Week 6

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# Player (team) Matchup ECR™ vs. ECR
1 Le'Veon Bell (PIT) at MIA 1 0
2 David Johnson (ARI) vs. NYJ 2 0
3 DeMarco Murray (TEN) vs. CLE 3 0
4 Lamar Miller (HOU) vs. IND 6 +2
5 Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) at GB 5 0
6 LeSean McCoy (BUF) vs. SF 4 -2
7 Todd Gurley (LA) at DET 7 0
8 Carlos Hyde (SF) at BUF 9 +1
9 C.J. Anderson (DEN) at SD 8 -1
10 Christine Michael (SEA) vs. ATL 12 +2
11 Devonta Freeman (ATL) at SEA 13 +2
12 Jordan Howard (CHI) vs. JAC 11 -1
13 Mark Ingram (NO) vs. CAR 10 -3
14 LeGarrette Blount (NE) vs. CIN 18 +4
15 Melvin Gordon (SD) vs. DEN 14 -1
16 Isaiah Crowell (CLE) at TEN 20 +4
17 Tevin Coleman (ATL) at SEA 26 +9
18 Jamaal Charles (KC) at OAK 16 -2
19 Matt Forte (NYJ) at ARI 21 +2
20 Terrance West (BAL) at NYG 22 +2
21 Frank Gore (IND) at HOU 19 -2
22 Jonathan Stewart (CAR) at NO 37 +15
23 Giovani Bernard (CIN) at NE 24 +1
24 Matt Jones (WAS) vs. PHI 25 +1
25 Theo Riddick (DET) vs. LA 23 -2
26 T.J. Yeldon (JAC) at CHI 29 +3
27 Spencer Ware (KC) at OAK 27 0
28 Arian Foster (MIA) vs. PIT 43 +15
29 Ryan Mathews (PHI) at WAS 15 -14
30 Bilal Powell (NYJ) at ARI 33 +3
31 Eddie Lacy (GB) vs. DAL 17 -14
32 Jeremy Hill (CIN) at NE 28 -4
33 Latavius Murray (OAK) vs. KC 39 +6
34 Rashad Jennings (NYG) vs. BAL 41 +7
35 Chris Ivory (JAC) at CHI 34 -1
36 James Starks (GB) vs. DAL 46 +10
37 James White (NE) vs. CIN 30 -7
38 DeAndre Washington (OAK) vs. KC 38 0
39 Jay Ajayi (MIA) vs. PIT 32 -7
40 Cameron Artis-Payne (CAR) at NO 35 -5
41 Derrick Henry (TEN) vs. CLE 40 -1
42 Devontae Booker (DEN) at SD 48 +6
43 Duke Johnson (CLE) at TEN 31 -12
44 Darren Sproles (PHI) at WAS 36 -8
45 Fozzy Whittaker (CAR) at NO 42 -3
46 Jalen Richard (OAK) vs. KC 44 -2
47 DeAngelo Williams (PIT) at MIA 45 -2
48 Mike Gillislee (BUF) vs. SF 53 +5
49 Kenneth Dixon (BAL) at NYG 51 +2
50 Bobby Rainey (NYG) vs. BAL 47 -3
51 Chris Thompson (WAS) vs. PHI 49 -2
52 Orleans Darkwa (NYG) vs. BAL 50 -2
53 Alfred Morris (DAL) at GB 52 -1
54 Andre Ellington (ARI) vs. NYJ 78 +24
55 Robert Kelley (WAS) vs. PHI 75 +20
56 C.J. Spiller (SEA) vs. ATL 54 -2
57 Wendell Smallwood (PHI) at WAS 57 0
58 Dwayne Washington (DET) vs. LA 60 +2
59 Tim Hightower (NO) vs. CAR 64 +5
60 Josh Ferguson (IND) at HOU 67 +7


Notes & Analysis:

  • Le’Veon Bell is a very good running back. Miami is giving up 131.4 rushing yards per game to opposing running backs. Giddy up.
  • Lamar Miller is coming off a heavy dose of Vikings defense, which has simply extinguished fantasy production on the other side of the ball. Look for him to “get right” in a big way on Sunday night against a soft-served Colts defense.
  • Ezekiel Elliott is quickly rising to the top of the NFL’s talent pool as he sprints through massive holes paved by the Cowboys’ stacked offensive line. The Packers are tough against the run, but I don’t think it’ll matter.
  • LeSean McCoy has been one of the few bright spots on this Bills offense. He’s healthy and getting fat workloads, entrenching him as an RB1 in this week’s easy matchup vs. SF.
  • C.J. Anderson since his two-TD Week 1 performance: 50.2 yards per game and 3.1 yards per carry... He’s looking more like a high-end RB2 in the long run, but can be treated as an RB1 on Thursday night versus SD’s weak defense.
  • Devonta Freeman is running like a man on a mission, regardless of the defense he’s facing. A road game in Seattle is no simple task, but he’s just playing too good to consider him anything less than an upside RB2. Tevin Coleman, his backfield partner, is settling in as a pass-catching RB3 who will have a few week-winning stat lines himself.
  • Melvin Gordon is going to be hard to trust as an every-week RB1 when his unsustainable TD rate begins to drop (which it will). Against a fierce Denver defense, he’s a low-floor RB2 who probably needs a score in order to have Week 6 value.
  • It’s only a matter of time until Jamaal Charles takes over KC’s backfield... or is it? He’s one of the most unpredictable RBs coming out of a Week 5 bye, but I still find myself ranking him a few spots higher than Spencer Ware for now — stay tuned.
  • The Panthers need to remind Jonathan Stewart of his Week 6 opponent, then I’m sure he’ll be healthy enough to play. Through five weeks, no team has allowed more fantasy points to RBs than the Saints “defense.”
  • With Jeremy Hill dealing plagued by injury and/or ineffectiveness plus the fact that the Bengals will be forced to play up-tempo against the Patriots, this game sets up nicely for Giovani Bernard, especially in PPR.
  • Arian Foster appears set to return from his multi-week vacation this Sunday against the Steelers. Miami’s offense has been stuck in neutral without Foster, so I’m expecting him to get the ball early and often if his hamstring(s) hold up.

Good luck this week. Follow Robert on Twitter.