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Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 6

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Ray Rice

Ray Rice

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.

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 website can give you.

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2013 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Miami

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Adrian Peterson

MIN

vs. CAR

Peterson rested, ready to face No. 7 run D.

2

Arian Foster

HOU

vs. STL

Rams tied for 28th against the run (126.0 ypg).

3

Jamaal Charles

KC

vs. OAK

Averaging 129.4 total yards per game.

4

Matt Forte

CHI

vs. NYG (Thurs.)

Only got 16 touches last week vs. Saints.

5

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

vs. TEN

Finally broke through w/ 102 yards last week.

6

LeSean McCoy

PHI

at TB

Season-low 46 yards rushing (w/ a TD) last week.

7

DeMarco Murray

DAL

vs. WAS

Redskins allowing most fantasy points to RBs.

8

Doug Martin

TB

vs. PHI

Just 45 yards on 27 carries last week.

9

Knowshon Moreno

DEN

vs. JAC

Jags dead last in rushing defense (160.6 ypg).

10

Ray Rice

BAL

vs. GB

41 touches in first 3 games, 33 last week.

11

Reggie Bush

DET

at CLE

Held to 3.4 ypc last week, CLE allowing 3.3 ypc.

12

Trent Richardson

IND

at SD (Mon.)

3.0 ypc not going to get it done.

13

Alfred Morris

WAS

at DAL

Dealing with bruised ribs, but should play.

14

Frank Gore

SF

vs. ARI

Has 81+ yards rushing in each of last 3 games.

15

C.J. Spiller

BUF

vs. CIN

Injured ankle didn't stop 54-yard TD run vs. CLE.

16

Eddie Lacy

GB

at BAL

Season-high 93 yards in first game back.

17

Chris Johnson

TEN

at SEA

Seahawks have been run on some, can CJ?

18

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

at MIN

If only he could find the end zone.

19

Fred Jackson

BUF

vs. CIN

93 total yards, 2 TDs last week vs. Browns.

20

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

at NYJ

Can the rookie solve Jets' run defense?

21

Giovani Bernard

CIN

at BUF

Season-high 62 yards rushing, but also fumbled.

22

Darren Sproles

NO

at NE

Just six touches vs. CHI, expect more vs. NE.

23

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

at DEN

Who knows how many carries he will get?

24

Willis McGahee

CLE

vs. DET

Lions allowing 5.3 yards per carry.

25

Bilal Powell

NYJ

vs. PIT

More company in backfield w/ Ivory, Goodson.

26

Danny Woodhead

SD

vs. IND (Mon.)

Just 13 yards rushing, but 9-58-1 as receiver.

27

Stevan Ridley

NE

vs. NO

Missed last week b/c of knee injury.

28

Zac Stacy

STL

at HOU

Rookie gets his chance to shine.

29

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

at BUF

Longest run is just 14 yards, but has 3 TDs.

30

Andre Ellington

ARI

at SF

Has been most effective Cardinal back lately.

31

Pierre Thomas

NO

at NE

Did his best Sproles imitation w/ 2 TD catches.

32

Joique Bell

DET

at CLE

Not much of an impact over last 2 games.

33

Rashard Mendenhall

ARI

at SF

Rookie Ellington could cut into carries.

34

Marcel Reece

OAK

at KC

Picked up 57 total yards in spite of knee injury.

35

Rashad Jennings

OAK

at KC

Hamstring injury puts status in doubt.

36

Ben Tate

HOU

vs. STL

Rams have had their issues against the run.

37

Brandon Bolden

NE

vs. NO

11 total touches, 64 total yards last week.

38

Brandon Jacobs

NYG

at CHI (Thurs.)

Lead Giant back w/ Wilson (neck) out.

39

Bernard Pierce

BAL

vs. GB

Rice was workhorse, but Pierce got 11 carries.

40

Daryl Richardson

STL

at HOU

Out-carried and gained by Stacy last week.

41

Ronnie Hillman

DEN

vs. JAC

Still ahead of Ball for 2nd in RB pecking order.

42

LeGarrette Blount

NE

vs. NO

Had 51 yards and 1 costly fumble vs. CIN.

43

Donald Brown

IND

at SD (Mon.)

Now clear-cut No. 2 w/ Bradshaw out.

44

Roy Helu

WAS

at DAL

Morris' bruised ribs bear watching.

45

Chris Ivory

NYJ

vs. PIT

Picked up 27 yards on 4 carries in return.

46

Da'Rel Scott

NYG

at CHI (Thurs.)

Re-signed this week for depth, Jacobs only 2.2 ypc.

47

Johnathan Franklin

GB

at BAL

Packers content to let Lacy run the show.

48

Montee Ball

DEN

vs. JAC

Could get his chances if it's a blowout.

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

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