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Week 6 DFS Running Back Rankings: Alvin Kamara, Miles Sanders, Melvin Gordon

Alvin Kamara is still underpriced on DraftKings and FanDuel contests for Week 6.

Over the first five games, 11 running backs are averaging more than 15.00 fantasy points in PPR formats (19 over 12.00 fantasy points). Last year the No. 7 scoring back scored 14.89 fantasy points per game. At this point in the year, running back scoring appears to be up. Here’s a look at the best mid-tier running back options in Week 6:

Week 6 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (DraftKings – $6,700/FanDuel – $8,100)

Kamara had a strong outing in Week 5 after missing two games and delivering two short fantasy outcomes (7.60 and 8.30 fantasy points). The Saints had him on the field for 73 percent of their plays, leading to 194 combined yards with six catches on 29 touches. Unfortunately, all scoring plays on the ground went to Taysom Hill (9/112/3). Cincinnati surprisingly has the third-best defense against running backs (17.34 FPPG). They allow 4.2 yards per rush, with backs scoring two rushing touchdowns and minimal damage in the passing game (19/141/2). Kamara appears to be trending up with an against-the-grain matchup. His salary plays well if the running back scoring lands in his pocket in this matchup.

Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos (DraftKings – $6,400/FanDuel – $6,800)

In his first game without Javonte Williams sharing snaps, Denver had Gordon on the field for 56 percent of their plays, leading to 103 combined yards with three catches on 18 touches. The Broncos running backs gained 774 combined yards after five games with one score and 34 catches. The missing link in their offense has been touchdowns (only 11 over 58 possessions). The Chargers have the worst defense in the NFL against running backs (838 combined yards with eight touchdowns and 31 catches). Last year Gordon had 160 yards in two games vs. Los Angeles with four catches. Denver needs to play much better offensively for any of their players to have a pulse. Gordon is far from a lock and he may lose the impactful chances to Mike Boone, but this matchup points to upside for the Broncos’ running backs.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (DraftKings – $6,200/FanDuel – $7,600)

After an impact game (27/134/2 and two catches for 22 yards) in Week 4 against Jacksonville, Sanders failed to hit on a long play or score vs. the Cardinals (15/64 with two catches) despite being on the field for a season-high 74 percent of the Eagles’ snaps. Sanders is on pace for 1,547 combined yards with 10 touchdowns and 34 catches. The Cowboys held him to 55 yards and three catches on only five touches in 2021. Dallas allows 4.7 yards per rush, with running backs scoring twice. They also have 22 catches for 156 yards. Philly already has 12 rushing touchdowns, but half came from Jalen Hurts. Sanders tends to be a wild card at running back in the daily games, but his 19.4 touches per game paint a higher ceiling. The bottom line is that the Eagles need to give him more scoring chances to help fill his salary bucket.