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.
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2013 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Miami
Peterson rested, ready to face No. 7 run D.
Rams tied for 28th against the run (126.0 ypg).
Averaging 129.4 total yards per game.
vs. NYG (Thurs.)
Only got 16 touches last week vs. Saints.
Finally broke through w/ 102 yards last week.
Season-low 46 yards rushing (w/ a TD) last week.
Redskins allowing most fantasy points to RBs.
Just 45 yards on 27 carries last week.
Jags dead last in rushing defense (160.6 ypg).
41 touches in first 3 games, 33 last week.
Held to 3.4 ypc last week, CLE allowing 3.3 ypc.
at SD (Mon.)
3.0 ypc not going to get it done.
Dealing with bruised ribs, but should play.
Has 81+ yards rushing in each of last 3 games.
Injured ankle didn't stop 54-yard TD run vs. CLE.
Season-high 93 yards in first game back.
Seahawks have been run on some, can CJ?
If only he could find the end zone.
93 total yards, 2 TDs last week vs. Browns.
Can the rookie solve Jets' run defense?
Season-high 62 yards rushing, but also fumbled.
Just six touches vs. CHI, expect more vs. NE.
Who knows how many carries he will get?
Lions allowing 5.3 yards per carry.
More company in backfield w/ Ivory, Goodson.
vs. IND (Mon.)
Just 13 yards rushing, but 9-58-1 as receiver.
Missed last week b/c of knee injury.
Rookie gets his chance to shine.
Longest run is just 14 yards, but has 3 TDs.
Has been most effective Cardinal back lately.
Did his best Sproles imitation w/ 2 TD catches.
Not much of an impact over last 2 games.
Rookie Ellington could cut into carries.
Picked up 57 total yards in spite of knee injury.
Hamstring injury puts status in doubt.
Rams have had their issues against the run.
11 total touches, 64 total yards last week.
at CHI (Thurs.)
Lead Giant back w/ Wilson (neck) out.
Rice was workhorse, but Pierce got 11 carries.
Out-carried and gained by Stacy last week.
Still ahead of Ball for 2nd in RB pecking order.
Had 51 yards and 1 costly fumble vs. CIN.
at SD (Mon.)
Now clear-cut No. 2 w/ Bradshaw out.
Morris' bruised ribs bear watching.
Picked up 27 yards on 4 carries in return.
at CHI (Thurs.)
Re-signed this week for depth, Jacobs only 2.2 ypc.
Packers content to let Lacy run the show.
Could 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
Additional Week 6 Positional Rankings