Week 6 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

Week 6 is a brutal one for running back byes. The Saints, Raiders, Chargers, and Seahawks are all going to be off this week, and that means Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray, Josh Jacobs, Joshua Kelley, Justin Jackson, and Chris Carson will all be unavailable. Kamara, Jacobs, and Carson have been top-15 staples in our fantasy RB rankings so far this year, and without them — as well as some of the other flex sleepers who will be out this week — owners will have to make some tough lineup decisions. 

The good news is that Aaron Jones and the Lions’ trio of Adrian Peterson, D’Andre Swift, and Kerryon Johnson will be returning to action. Also, a couple of committee backfields in New England (Damien Harris, James White, and Rex Burkhead) and Denver (Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay) will all be back, as well. That helps out these rankings that are otherwise decimated by byes and injuries.

With that said, there will be plenty of risers out of necessity this week. David Montgomery (@ Panthers), David Johnson (@ Titans), and Kenyan Drake (@ Cowboys) are all facing beatable run defenses in road games, so they will have a chance to work their way into the RB1 range. Meanwhile, Antonio Gibson (@ Giants) and Peterson (@ Jaguars) could also rise thanks to strong matchups, putting both in the top 25. 

Another player to watch as a potential top-25 play is Myles Gaskin. The Dolphins second-year back continues to lead their backfield, and he had a solid game against the 49ers that included a TD. Gaskin will get a chance to play the Jets thanks to a re-shuffled schedule, so he should have a chance to put up some solid numbers in a weak matchup. The fact that he got a TD on the goal line with TD-vulture Jordan Howard benched is a good sign going forward.

Fantasy owners should get value from from a frustrating committee this week, as the Bills tandem of Devin Singletary and Zack Moss have favorable matchups against Kansas City. It’s tough for both to have big games at the same time, but if it was ever going to happen, it would be this week. 

Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates.

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues. For RB PPR rankings, click here.

Titans vs. Texans

Cowboys vs. Cardinals

Vikings vs. Falcons

Bears @ Panthers

Colts vs. Bengals

Jaguars vs. Lions

Falcons @ Vikings

Packers @ Buccaneers

Browns @ Steelers

Panthers @ Bears

Chiefs @ Bills

Steelers vs. Browns

Texans @ Titans

49ers vs. Rams

Buccaneers vs. Packers

Jets @ Dolphins

Cardinals @ Cowboys

Bengals @ Colts

Washington @ Giants

Eagles vs. Ravens

Lions @ Jaguars

Dolphins vs. Jets

Giants vs. Washington

Bills vs. Chiefs

Rams @ 49ers

26 Melvin Gordon, DEN @ NE
27 Damien Harris, NE vs. DEN
28 Phillip Lindsay, DEN @ NE
29 Mark Ingram, BAL @ PHI
30 Zack Moss, BUF vs. KC
31 D’Andre Swift, DET @ JAX
32 Chase Edmonds, ARZ @ DAL
33 Leonard Fournette, TB vs. GB
34 Jerick McKinnon, SF vs. LAR
35 Gus Edwards, BAL @ PHI
36 James White, NE vs. DEN
37 Jordan Howard, MIA vs. NYJ
38 Malcolm Brown, LAR @ SF
39 Jamaal Williams, GB @ TB
40 Cam Akers, LAR @ SF
41 Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. ATL
42 D’Ernest Johnson, CLE @ PIT
43 JK Dobbins, BAL @ PHI
44 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. CIN
45 Duke Johnson, HOU @ TEN
46 Dion Lewis, NYG vs. WAS
47 Kerryon Johnson, DET @ JAX
48 Matt Breida, MIA vs. NYJ
49 Wayne Gallman, NYG vs. WAS
50 Jordan Wilkins, IND vs. CIN
51 Chris Thompson, JAX vs. DET
52 Rex Burkhead, NE vs. DEN
53 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. ARZ
54 Darrel Williams, KC @ BUF
55 J.D. McKissic, WAS @ NYG
56 Giovani Bernard, CIN @ IND
57 Darrynton Evans, TEN vs. HOU
58 Boston Scott, PHI vs. BAL
59 Benny Snell, PIT vs. CLE
60 Anthony McFarland, PIT vs. CLE
61 Brian Hill, ATL @ MIN
62 Frank Gore, NYJ @ MIA
63 Jeff Wilson Jr., SF vs. LAR
64 Royce Freeman, DEN @ NE
65 AJ Dillon, GB @ TB
66 Darwin Thompson, KC @ BUF
67 Trenton Cannon, CAR vs. CHI

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