Fantasy RB Rankings Week 6: Who to start, sit at running back in fantasy football



Between injuries and byes, it might be difficult to field respectable running back starters from now until Week 15. Most teams in your league will have to go through it at least once, so don’t feel bad when it’s your turn. If anything, it’s probably better to get it out of the way early. So, depending on your injury situation, perhaps you should consider yourself lucky if you own one or more of Alvin Kamara, Michael Carter, Elijah Mitchell, or Mike Davis/Cordarrelle Patterson, all of whom are nowhere to be found in our Week 6 fantasy RB rankings.

Of course, those backs won’t be the only key players missing this week. David Montgomery (knee) is still on the shelf for a couple more games, Saquon Barkley (ankle) figures to be out at least this week, and Chris Carson (neck), Dalvin Cook (ankle), and Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) will be up in the air after missing last week. We know several more RBs will be “questionable” going into Sunday’s games, too. This will make lineup decisions difficult, but, again, that’s going to be par for the course going forward. 

Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Matchups, as always, will also play a big role in determining who to start and who to sit. This could be a big week for Antonio Gibson (vs. Chiefs), Najee Harris (vs. Seahawks), and Jonathan Taylor (vs. Texans), but they’re must-starts anyway. However, a couple of their backups known primarily for their PPR prowess — J.D. McKissic (vs. Chiefs) and Nyheim Hines (vs. Texans) — could also be in play in standard leagues because of the favorable opponents. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Going a little deeper, Darrell Henderson (@ Giants) has established himself as a safe RB2 in most matchups, and the Giants are definitely a run defense he can compile points against. Leonard Fournette (@ Eagles) is in a similar situation, and given his ever-growing touch share, he’s a must-start against an overmatched Eagles defense. Both Broncos backs (vs. Raiders) have been mostly disappointing this year, but the Raiders are top 10 in fantasy points allowed to running backs, so this is a spot where one or both can return RB2 value. We like Melvin Gordon slightly more than Javonte Williams, but both are worth starting. The same goes for Darrel Williams (@ Washington), who figures to get the bulk of the Chiefs’ RB touches with Clyde Edwards-Helaire nursing a knee injury. Jerick McKinnon does have some PPR appeal, though.

We wish we could say the same about Myles Gaskin (@ Jaguars) after his monster week, but touches are always a question mark in Miami. The matchup is great, so you can use Gaskin in your flex, especially in PPR leagues, but don’t get overly confident. The same goes for the Bills’ backs (@ Titans), though Buffalo’s high-powered offense should afford both Zack Moss and Devin Singletary plenty of chances for points.

Of course, there are some unfavorable matchups, too, and while you still might start Damien Harris (vs. Cowboys), Devontae Booker (@ Rams), Chris Carson/Alex Collins (@ Steelers), and Josh Jacobs (@ Broncos) based on volume and short-TD potential, they’re all riskier plays than usual. Mark Ingram (@ Colts) is in a similar spot on a much worse offense.

The bigger worries are Eagles backs Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell (vs. Buccaneers) going against the league’s top run defense. It’s tough to make a case for either this week, though Gainwell could have an edge since Philadelphia will probably be passing more.

At this point in the season, it’s tough to find weekly “sleepers” at running back unless there’s an injury. Sure, secondary backs like McKissic and Hines could come alive in the right matchups, and you never know when someone like Samaje Perine (@ Lions), AJ Dillon (@ Bears), or Jeremy McNichols (vs. Bills) will steal a touchdown, but for the most part, you just have to cobble together the best you can, hope for a score, and try to make it to the next matchup. Chances are, it’s going to get worse before it gets better for you, so if you’re in a period of prosperity, enjoy it.

Note: We’ll be updating these RB rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes.

Fantasy RB Rankings Week 6: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on standard, non-PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. MIN
2 Derrick Henry, TEN vs. BUF
3 Antonio Gibson, WAS vs. KC
4 Najee Harris, PIT vs. SEA
5 Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. HOU
6 James Robinson, JAX vs. MIA
7 Aaron Jones, GB @ CHI
8 Joe Mixon, CIN @ DET
9 Dalvin Cook, MIN @ CAR
10 Nick Chubb, CLE vs. ARI
11 Austin Ekeler, LAC @ BAL
12 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ NE
13 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ NYG
14 Leonard Fournette, TB @ PHI
15 D’Andre Swift, DET vs. CIN
16 Damien Williams, CHI vs. GB
17 Josh Jacobs, LV @ DEN
18 Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. ARI
19 Devontae Booker, NYG vs. LAR
20 Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. LV
21 Zack Moss, BUF @ TEN
22 Latavius Murray, BAL vs. LAC
23 Myles Gaskin, MIA @ JAX
24 Darrel Williams, KC @ WAS
25 Javonte Williams, DEN vs. LV
26 Damien Harris, NE vs. DAL
27 Chris Carson, SEA @ PIT
28 Devin Singletary, BUF @ TEN
29 JD McKissic, WAS vs. KC
30 Jamaal Williams, DET vs. CIN
31 James Conner, ARI @ CLE
32 Chase Edmonds, ARI @ CLE
33 Tony Pollard, DAL @ NE
34 Miles Sanders, PHI vs. TB
35 Mark Ingram, HOU @ IND
36 Kenneth Gainwell, PHI vs. TB
37 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. HOU
38 Jerick McKinnon, KC @ WAS
39 Samaje Perine, CIN @ DET
40 AJ Dillon, GB @ CHI
41 Khalil Herbert, CHI vs. GB
42 Ronald Jones II, TB @ PHI
43 Alex Collins, SEA @ PIT
44 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ CAR
45 Kenyan Drake, LV @ DEN
46 Sony Michel, LAR @ NYG
47 Brandon Bolden, NE vs. DAL
48 David Johnson, HOU @ IND
49 Giovani Bernard, TB @ PHI
50 Rhamondre Stevenson, NE vs. DAL
51 Jeremy McNichols, TEN vs. BUF
52 Chuba Hubbard, CAR vs. MIN
53 Malcolm Brown, MIA @ JAX
54 Phillip Lindsay, HOU @ IND
55 Larry Rountree III, LAC @ BAL
56 Joshua Kelley, LAC @ BAL
57 Le’Veon Bell, BAL vs. LAC
58 Devonta Freeman, BAL vs. LAC
59 Carlos Hyde, JAX vs. MIA


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