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

1Adrian PetersonMINvs. CARPeterson rested, ready to face No. 7 run D.
2Arian FosterHOUvs. STLRams tied for 28th against the run (126.0 ypg).
3Jamaal CharlesKCvs. OAKAveraging 129.4 total yards per game.
4Matt ForteCHIvs. NYG (Thurs.)Only got 16 touches last week vs. Saints.
5Marshawn LynchSEAvs. TENFinally broke through w/ 102 yards last week.
6LeSean McCoyPHIat TBSeason-low 46 yards rushing (w/ a TD) last week.
7DeMarco MurrayDALvs. WASRedskins allowing most fantasy points to RBs.
8Doug MartinTBvs. PHIJust 45 yards on 27 carries last week.
9Knowshon MorenoDENvs. JACJags dead last in rushing defense (160.6 ypg).
10Ray RiceBALvs. GB41 touches in first 3 games, 33 last week.
11Reggie BushDETat CLEHeld to 3.4 ypc last week, CLE allowing 3.3 ypc.
12Trent RichardsonINDat SD (Mon.)3.0 ypc not going to get it done.
13Alfred MorrisWASat DALDealing with bruised ribs, but should play.
14Frank GoreSFvs. ARIHas 81+ yards rushing in each of last 3 games.
15C.J. SpillerBUFvs. CINInjured ankle didn't stop 54-yard TD run vs. CLE.
16Eddie LacyGBat BALSeason-high 93 yards in first game back.
17Chris JohnsonTENat SEASeahawks have been run on some, can CJ?
18DeAngelo WilliamsCARat MINIf only he could find the end zone.
19Fred JacksonBUFvs. CIN93 total yards, 2 TDs last week vs. Browns.
20Le'Veon BellPITat NYJCan the rookie solve Jets' run defense?
21Giovani BernardCINat BUFSeason-high 62 yards rushing, but also fumbled.
22Darren SprolesNOat NEJust six touches vs. CHI, expect more vs. NE.
23Maurice Jones-DrewJACat DENWho knows how many carries he will get?
24Willis McGaheeCLEvs. DETLions allowing 5.3 yards per carry.
25Bilal PowellNYJvs. PITMore company in backfield w/ Ivory, Goodson.
26Danny WoodheadSDvs. IND (Mon.)Just 13 yards rushing, but 9-58-1 as receiver.
27Stevan RidleyNEvs. NOMissed last week b/c of knee injury.
28Zac StacySTLat HOURookie gets his chance to shine.
29BenJarvus Green-EllisCINat BUFLongest run is just 14 yards, but has 3 TDs.
30Andre EllingtonARIat SFHas been most effective Cardinal back lately.
31Pierre ThomasNOat NEDid his best Sproles imitation w/ 2 TD catches.
32Joique BellDETat CLENot much of an impact over last 2 games.
33Rashard MendenhallARIat SFRookie Ellington could cut into carries.
34Marcel ReeceOAKat KCPicked up 57 total yards in spite of knee injury.
35Rashad JenningsOAKat KCHamstring injury puts status in doubt.
36Ben TateHOUvs. STLRams have had their issues against the run.
37Brandon BoldenNEvs. NO11 total touches, 64 total yards last week.
38Brandon JacobsNYGat CHI (Thurs.)Lead Giant back w/ Wilson (neck) out.
39Bernard PierceBALvs. GBRice was workhorse, but Pierce got 11 carries.
40Daryl RichardsonSTLat HOUOut-carried and gained by Stacy last week.
41Ronnie HillmanDENvs. JACStill ahead of Ball for 2nd in RB pecking order.
42LeGarrette BlountNEvs. NOHad 51 yards and 1 costly fumble vs. CIN.
43Donald BrownINDat SD (Mon.)Now clear-cut No. 2 w/ Bradshaw out.
44Roy HeluWASat DALMorris' bruised ribs bear watching.
45Chris IvoryNYJvs. PITPicked up 27 yards on 4 carries in return.
46Da'Rel ScottNYGat CHI (Thurs.)Re-signed this week for depth, Jacobs only 2.2 ypc.
47Johnathan FranklinGBat BALPackers content to let Lacy run the show.
48Montee BallDENvs. JACCould get his chances if it's a blowout.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

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

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