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2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 6

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.

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

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 6 Waiver Wire

Week 6 Start or Sit

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