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2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 6

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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 Web site can give you.

Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville and New Orleans are on bye.

2012 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

Notes

1

Arian Foster

HOU

vs. GB

No. 2 rusher coming off of 152-yard effort at Jets on MNF.

2

Ray Rice

BAL

vs. DAL

Dallas No. 4 defense overall, but No. 15 against rush.

3

Jamaal Charles

KC

at TB

League's leading rusher faces off against No. 4 rush defense.

4

LeSean McCoy

PHI

vs. DET

No. 6 in yards from scrimmage, only 2 total TDs so far.

5

Adrian Peterson

MIN

at WAS

Said he tweaked ankle on first carry last week, still had 84 yds.

6

Trent Richardson

CLE

vs. CIN

Rookie had best game (109 yds) vs. Bengals in Week 2.

7

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

vs. NE

Will need to carry load against Patriots.

8

Ryan Mathews

SD

vs. DEN (Mon.)

Last week (139 total yds, TD) sign of things to come?

9

Darren McFadden

OAK

at ATL

Coming off of bye gets No. 27-ranked rush defense.

10

Frank Gore

SF

vs. NYG

Averaging 5.4 yards per carry.

11

Reggie Bush

MIA

vs. STL

Averaging less than 60 ypg since 172-yard effort in Week 2.

12

Alfred Morris

WAS

vs. MIN

Rookie currently No. 4 rusher in league.

13

Rashard Mendenhall

PIT

at TEN (Thurs.)

Looked good in season debut last week.

14

DeMarco Murray

DAL

at BAL

Did Cowboys fix run game issues during bye week?

15

Michael Turner

ATL

vs. OAK

Averaging 14.6 rush attempts per game.

16

Willis McGahee

DEN

at SD (Mon.)

Chargers No. 5 against run (74 ypg).

17

Doug Martin

TB

vs. KC

Breakout game coming vs. Chiefs?

18

Stevan Ridley

NE

at SEA

Leads all RBs with 37 first downs.

19

Ahmad Bradshaw

NYG

at SF

Don't expect another 200 yards vs. 49ers.

20

Mikel Leshoure

DET

at PHI

 

21

Steven Jackson

STL

at MIA

Dolphins No. 1 against rush (61.4 ypg).

22

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

at CLE

Had 26 carries in Week 4, only 9 last week.

23

Chris Johnson

TEN

vs. PIT (Thurs.)

Past time for Titans' highest-paid player to provide spark.

24

C.J. Spiller

BUF

at ARI

Only 24 yards last week, should get more touches this week.

25

Fred Jackson

BUF

at ARI

Timeshare, Spiller's versatility impact FJax' touches/impact.

26

Shonn Greene

NYJ

vs. IND

Still getting bulk of carries, but for how long?

27

LaRod Stephens-Howling

ARI

vs. BUF

Missed last two games b/c of hip, expected to play Sunday.

28

Alex Green

GB

at HOU

Starks expected to play, but Green will get chances too.

29

Vick Ballard

IND

at NYJ

Colts' starter with D. Brown out 2-3 weeks (knee surgery).

30

Jackie Battle

SD

vs. DEN (Mon.)

Took backseat (4 att.) to Mathews last week vs. Saints.

31

Jacquizz Rodgers

ATL

vs. OAK

 

32

William Powell

ARI

vs. BUF

Will share load with Stephens-Howling in new Cards' backfield.

33

Kendall Hunter

SF

vs. NYG

 

34

James Starks

GB

at HOU

Expected to make season debut after missing first 5 games.

35

Isaac Redman

PIT

at TEN (Thurs.)

Mendenhall's the starter, but he should get some carries too.

36

Brandon Bolden

NE

at SEA

His role will depend on Ridley's production/ball security.

37

Ben Tate

HOU

vs. GB

Missed MNF b/c of toe, should be back this week.

38

David Wilson

NYG

at SF

Scored on 40-yard burst last week = more carries this week?

39

Shaun Draughn

KC

at TB

 

40

Danny Woodhead

NE

at SEA

Pats preferred back when they go no-huddle.

41

Daniel Thomas

MIA

vs. STL

Suffered possible 2nd concussion last week, monitor status.

42

Daryl Richardson

STL

at MIA

His role depends solely on SJax' health.

43

Bilal Powell

NYJ

vs. IND

Has gotten some chances, yet to capitalize on them.

44

Ronnie Hillman

DEN

at SD (Mon.)

 

45

Toby Gerhart

MIN

at WAS

 

46

LeGarrette Blount

TB

vs. KC

Got goal line-work in Week 4.

47

Robert Turbin

SEA

vs. NE

 

48

Delone Carter

IND

at NYJ

Expected to spell Ballard in Colts' backfield.

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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

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