In Week 6 of the fantasy football season from the running back position, Le’Veon Bell proved why he was the consensus No. 2 pick in drafts and Adrian Peterson turned back the clock in his Arizona Cardinals debut.
While the quarterback position took a major hit in Week 6, and the wide receiver position has been inconsistent at best, running backs keep churning out yards and fantasy points with regular ease. Eight running backs scored 17 or more fantasy points last week. Only two wide receivers accomplished this.
The question is, which running backs will score the points in Week 7? Here are the RBs I think you should start with confidence and here are a few that I don’t feel too great about for Week 7.
Good Calls for Week 6...
Start Jay Ajayi (13 fantasy points) – Finally Ajayi got the ball and responded with 130 rushing yards.
Sit Wayne Gallman (3.2 FP) – Gallman was a non-factor in the Giants’ surprise win over the Broncos. It was Orleans Darkwa who got all the yards and fantasy points.
Bad Calls for Week 6...
Sit Adrian Peterson (25.4 FP) – One-week wonder. He will be back on the must-sit list again this week.
I warned you about starting Carlos Hyde (19.5 FP) and I was mostly right, as he did have just 28 rushing yards. But he also scored twice and last time I checked those still count.
Teams on bye: Detroit, Houston
START THESE RBs...
Jerrick McKinnon, MIN (vs. BAL)
McKinnon’s already a solid receiving back and he's showing the ability to run through the tackles. The Vikings aren't going to light it up through the air, so that aids McKinnon even more. He'll get plenty of attention on first and second down, and shouldn't have to exit the field on third down. And against the Ravens, that's a plus, since this defense isn't the same unit we've seen in the past. The Ravens are actually third worst against the run in the NFL. Teams are averaging 33 rushing attempts per game against the Ravens, the most in the league.
Mark Ingram, NO (at GB)
Ingram has all the makings of an RB1 now that Adrian Peterson is gone. In a game where the Saints should be nursing a decent lead into the fourth quarter, Ingram should once again see 20-plus touches this week. Throw in the fact that Green Bay is 25th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed, and you can get ready to enjoy another huge game from the vet.
Carlos Hyde, SF (vs. DAL)
A week after all those trade rumors, Hyde responded with a nice two-touchdown game last week against the Redskins. The 49ers are going to need him to really produce this week with rookie QB C.J. Beathard starting. The Cowboys have surrendered 13-plus PPR points to at least one back in every single game this season, and two of those games saw them allow 20-plus points to a runner.
MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...
Joe Mixon, CIN (at PIT)
The rookie running back has accumulated 57 touches over the past three games, establishing himself as the clear No. 1 option in the Cincinnati backfield. He had some tough matchups in his last two games, facing the stingy Cleveland and Buffalo run defenses, but Pittsburgh has given up monster stat lines to opposing backs this year. Both Jordan Howard and Leonard Fournette each ran for more than 100 yards and two scores each against Pittsburgh. For the season, the Steelers have allowed 4.7 yards per carry, which is the sixth-worst mark in the league. Mixon may not have a blowout game, but he should be productive in a close matchup.
SIT THESE RBs...
Javorius Allen and Alex Collins, BAL (at MIN)
The Ravens are not very good on offense. That's an issue in Week 7 against Minnesota. The Vikings are one of the best defenses in the NFL, especially against the run, where they rank third. Allen and Collins are sharing the carries, and that's not a good sign for their fantasy value this week or moving forward. Collins has looked pretty good in recent weeks, but the Vikings have enough up front that he won't have much room to run. And for Allen, he depends on a strong passing attack, but don't trust Joe Flacco on the road against an opportunistic Minnesota defense.
Matt Forte, NYJ (at MIA)
The week Forte gets back from injury, he immediately saw 58 percent of the Jets’ offensive snaps, which led to 16.1 PPR points. This week it looks like Bilal Powell might be back, and Forte is going up against a Dolphins defense that has let just one RB (Alvin Kamara) score more than 10.7 PPR points over Miami’s last four games
Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls, SEA (at NYG)
The Seahawks’ backfield is a mess, but someone needs to get the touches against a Giants defense that has allowed five different running backs to score at least 12 PPR points this season. Notice that’s PPR points. Neither Lacy nor Rawls are any good at catching balls out of the backfield. C.J. Prosise is healthy and back this week and should lead all Seahawk running backs in touches.
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...
Ty Montgomery, GB (vs. NO)
With the loss of Aaron Rodgers, teams will now be stacking the box against the Green Bay backs, which does not bode well for Montgomery going into Week 7. The Saints have allowed the 13th most fantasy points to running backs this season, but have looked better against the run in the last three weeks. Overall, until the Packers get life without Rodgers figured out, it may be best to stay away from most of their players.
— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.