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Fantasy Football 2016 Running Back Rankings: Week 6

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Le’Veon Bell may have grabbed the spotlight when he returned in Week 4, but he and every other running back are looking up at David Johnson when it comes to fantasy scoring. Last week’s No. 1 option, Johnson delivered in a big way, rushing for 157 yards against San Francisco, the most by any player in a game this season.

Johnson also has scored five touchdowns and his 238 receiving yards are second at his position to Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman (313). This week Johnson gets the Monday night spotlight against the Jets and their stout defensive line, but there’s no reason to not trust this Cardinal.

Johnson isn’t the only young back to impress in the early going, however, as Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott is leading the NFL in rushing as a rookie with 546 yards and trails only Johnson and DeMarco Murray in fantasy points (Athlon scoring) among RBs. Elliott will face his toughest test yet Sunday when the Cowboys face Green Bay’s No. 1 rushing defense (42.8 yards per game) at Lambeau Field.

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Elsewhere, keep an eye out to see if some injured running backs either return after absences or are OK after getting hurt last week. This group includes Eddie Lacy (ankle), Jeremy Hill (shoulder), Jonathan Stewart (hamstring), Arian Foster (groin), Rashad Jennings (thumb), and Dwayne Washington (ankle).

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Teams on bye: Minnesota, Tampa Bay

Note: Rankings updated at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 14 to reflect news that Theo Riddick and Latavius Murray have already been ruled out for Week 6.

Rk

Player

Team

Opp

1

Le'Veon Bell

PIT

at MIA

2

David Johnson

ARI

vs. NYJ (Mon.)

3

DeMarco Murray

TEN

vs. CLE

4

LeSean McCoy

BUF

vs. SF

5

Lamar Miller

HOU

vs. IND

6

Todd Gurley

LA

at DET

7

Ezekiel Elliot

DAL

at GB

8

Mark Ingram

NO

vs. CAR

9

C.J. Anderson

DEN

at SD (Thurs.)

10

Carlos Hyde

SF

at BUF

11

Christine Michael

SEA

vs. ATL

12

Jordan Howard

CHI

vs. JAC

12

Eddie Lacy

GB

vs. DAL

14

Devonta Freeman

ATL

at SEA

15

LeGarrette Blount

NE

vs. CIN

16

Jamaal Charles

KC

at OAK

17

Melvin Gordon

SD

vs. DEN (Thurs.)

18

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

at NO

19

Frank Gore

IND

at HOU

20

Ryan Mathews

PHI

at WAS

21

Isaiah Crowell

CLE

at TEN

22

Terrance West

BAL

at NYG

23

Matt Forte

NYJ

at ARI (Mon.)

24

Matt Jones

WAS

vs. PHI

25

Giovani Bernard

CIN

at NE

26

Spencer Ware

KC

at OAK

27

Duke Johnson

CLE

at TEN

28

T.J. Yeldon

JAC

at CHI

29

Tevin Coleman

ATL

at SEA

30

Jeremy Hill

CIN

at NE

31

James White

NE

vs. CIN

32

DeAndre Washington

OAK

vs. KC

33

Justin Forsett

DET

vs. LA

34

Jay Ajayi

MIA

vs. PIT

35

Derrick Henry

TEN

vs. CLE

36

Chris Ivory

JAC

at CHI

37

Bilal Powell

NYJ

at ARI (Mon.)

38

Darren Sproles

PHI

at WAS

39

Cameron Artis-Payne

CAR

at NO

40

Jalen Richard

OAK

vs. KC

41

James Starks

GB

vs. DAL

42

DeAngelo Williams

PIT

at MIA

43

Kenneth Dixon

BAL

at NYG

44

Rashad Jennings

NYG

vs. BAL

45

Arian Foster

MIA

vs. PIT

46

Bobby Rainey

NYG

vs. BAL

47

Devontae Booker

DEN

at SD (Thurs.)

48

Dwayne Washington

DET

vs. LA

49

Fozzy Whitaker

CAR

at NO

50

Wendell Smallwood

PHI

at WAS


— Rankings 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.