Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 6

Ray Rice finally broke through last week with two TDs and 102 total yards against Miami

Adrian Peterson is back from bye, which means order has been restored atop Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 6 running back rankings. Peterson posted his best numbers of the season (140 yards rushing, 2 TDs) in his last game against Pittsburgh and this week will go up against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are seventh in the NFL in rushing defense (92.3 ypg), can these cats contain a rested "All Day" on his home turf?

On the opposite side of the matchup spectrum is Houston's Arian Foster. After averaging 100 yards rushing against the Seahawks and 49ers in his last two games, Foster gets a crack at the Rams, who are tied for 28th in the league at 126 yards allowed per game. Foster and his running mate, Ben Tate, both could see plenty of carries, as the Texans desperately need a win to break out of their funk and will probably run the ball even more with quarterback Matt Schaub battling a serious case of the pick-six yips.

No running back has a better match up, at least on paper, this week than Denver's Knowshon Moreno. Jacksonville is surrendering 160.6 yards per game on the ground. While we know the Broncos won't just hand it off all game, Moreno should be in position for another solid effort, provided he gets his work in before the score gets out of hand. In that case, Ronnie Hillman and/or Montee Ball could see more carries than usual, but are still probably too risky for flex consideration, unless your league is really deep.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Miami

Rk Player Team OPP Notes
1 Adrian Peterson MIN vs. CAR Peterson rested, ready to face No. 7 run D.
2 Arian Foster HOU vs. STL Rams tied for 28th against the run (126.0 ypg).
3 Jamaal Charles KC vs. OAK Averaging 129.4 total yards per game.
4 Matt Forte CHI vs. NYG (Thurs.) Only got 16 touches last week vs. Saints.
5 Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. TEN Finally broke through w/ 102 yards last week.
6 LeSean McCoy PHI at TB Season-low 46 yards rushing (w/ a TD) last week.
7 DeMarco Murray DAL vs. WAS Redskins allowing most fantasy points to RBs.
8 Doug Martin TB vs. PHI Just 45 yards on 27 carries last week.
9 Knowshon Moreno DEN vs. JAC Jags dead last in rushing defense (160.6 ypg).
10 Ray Rice BAL vs. GB 41 touches in first 3 games, 33 last week.
11 Reggie Bush DET at CLE Held to 3.4 ypc last week, CLE allowing 3.3 ypc.
12 Trent Richardson IND at SD (Mon.) 3.0 ypc not going to get it done.
13 Alfred Morris WAS at DAL Dealing with bruised ribs, but should play.
14 Frank Gore SF vs. ARI Has 81+ yards rushing in each of last 3 games.
15 C.J. Spiller BUF vs. CIN Injured ankle didn't stop 54-yard TD run vs. CLE.
16 Eddie Lacy GB at BAL Season-high 93 yards in first game back.
17 Chris Johnson TEN at SEA Seahawks have been run on some, can CJ?
18 DeAngelo Williams CAR at MIN If only he could find the end zone.
19 Fred Jackson BUF vs. CIN 93 total yards, 2 TDs last week vs. Browns.
20 Le'Veon Bell PIT at NYJ Can the rookie solve Jets' run defense?
21 Giovani Bernard CIN at BUF Season-high 62 yards rushing, but also fumbled.
22 Darren Sproles NO at NE Just six touches vs. CHI, expect more vs. NE.
23 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at DEN Who knows how many carries he will get?
24 Willis McGahee CLE vs. DET Lions allowing 5.3 yards per carry.
25 Bilal Powell NYJ vs. PIT More company in backfield w/ Ivory, Goodson.
26 Danny Woodhead SD vs. IND (Mon.) Just 13 yards rushing, but 9-58-1 as receiver.
27 Stevan Ridley NE vs. NO Missed last week b/c of knee injury.
28 Zac Stacy STL at HOU Rookie gets his chance to shine.
29 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN at BUF Longest run is just 14 yards, but has 3 TDs.
30 Andre Ellington ARI at SF Has been most effective Cardinal back lately.
31 Pierre Thomas NO at NE Did his best Sproles imitation w/ 2 TD catches.
32 Joique Bell DET at CLE Not much of an impact over last 2 games.
33 Rashard Mendenhall ARI at SF Rookie Ellington could cut into carries.
34 Marcel Reece OAK at KC Picked up 57 total yards in spite of knee injury.
35 Rashad Jennings OAK at KC Hamstring injury puts status in doubt.
36 Ben Tate HOU vs. STL Rams have had their issues against the run.
37 Brandon Bolden NE vs. NO 11 total touches, 64 total yards last week.
38 Brandon Jacobs NYG at CHI (Thurs.) Lead Giant back w/ Wilson (neck) out.
39 Bernard Pierce BAL vs. GB Rice was workhorse, but Pierce got 11 carries.
40 Daryl Richardson STL at HOU Out-carried and gained by Stacy last week.
41 Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. JAC Still ahead of Ball for 2nd in RB pecking order.
42 LeGarrette Blount NE vs. NO Had 51 yards and 1 costly fumble vs. CIN.
43 Donald Brown IND at SD (Mon.) Now clear-cut No. 2 w/ Bradshaw out.
44 Roy Helu WAS at DAL Morris' bruised ribs bear watching.
45 Chris Ivory NYJ vs. PIT Picked up 27 yards on 4 carries in return.
46 Da'Rel Scott NYG at CHI (Thurs.) Re-signed this week for depth, Jacobs only 2.2 ypc.
47 Johnathan Franklin GB at BAL Packers content to let Lacy run the show.
48 Montee Ball DEN vs. JAC Could get his chances if it's a blowout.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 6 Positional Rankings

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Wide Receivers
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