Le'Veon Bell's release by the Jets could mean more opportunities for rookie La'Mical Perine sooner rather than later
Most of the elevations in my Week 6 fantasy running back rankings are pretty minor. I have younger players like Cam Akers or James Robinson, or a player like Mike Davis maybe just one or two spots higher than the Expert Consensus Ranking (ECR). But the breakout is coming this week. I can feel it not just in my gut, but coursing throughout my veins. We are going to see a HUGE game (100-plus yards, multiple TDs) this weekend from an RB whose average draft position was in the 50s or much lower.
Of course, the question is which one? Unfortunately, I am but a mere mortal and do not possess the brainpower of Megamind. But I can certainly give you a few. Jonathan Taylor has cracked the century mark just once so far, but the Bengals have given up the second-most rushing yards (795 yards!) so far this season. Taylor should easily notch triple digits in yards. He has one of the higher floors of any RB this weekend. Of course, Robinson has an even higher ceiling this week. I would not be surprised if he runs absolutely roughshod over the Lions and their miserable run defense (giving up 1.5 rushing TDs per game) this week. But just a quick note for you Robinson owners, don't be surprised when Ryquell Armstead comes back healthy and ruins the party.
Or if you are looking for a dark horse, consider the player I elevated 50-plus spots: La'Mical Perine. This is not the first time I've been high on Perine and I promise you it won't be the last. But with the news that the Jets released Le'Veon Bell, Perine becomes an immediate consideration for the breakout season I predicted. Yes, Frank Gore will probably be the immediate beneficiary. But the Jets' season is starting to slip away from them very quickly. If Adam Gase is going to save his job, he needs to catch lightning in a bottle and Perine might be just the spark his team needs.
Teams on bye: Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans, Seattle
NFL RB Rankings: Week 6
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.
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