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Fantasy Value for Lamar Miller, Alfred Morris, Kansas City Running Backs and More Week 6 Fantasy Observations

Alfred Morris

Alfred Morris

With six weeks down, we are quickly approaching the midpoint of the fantasy season. We are in the midst of the bye weeks and at this point, you know how your team looks. The 0-6 or 1-5 teams have a long struggle to get to the fantasy playoffs. The 6-0 and 5-1 teams are probably in good shape. Those in the middle need to use the waiver wire, look to trade, and likely hope some of their players come back from injuries or step up their game.

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Let's take a look at some of the reactions and recaps from Week 6.

Can we trust Lamar Miller moving forward?

Fantasy owners of Miller were likely extremely frustrated heading into Week 6. The RB1 had 131 rushing yards over four games. He had no touchdowns and the entire Miami offense looked atrocious.  Over the bye week, the Dolphins fired their head coach and clearly spent some time trying to figure out what works and what didn't.

All season, it seemed that the Dolphins were shying away from the run game, for no apparent reason. Sure, Miller had been struggling, but he had 13 carries in Week 1, and his numbers decreased from there (10, 7, 7). There were rumblings during the bye week that the Dolphins were going to be more focused on the run moving forward. It was hard to trust, but fantasy owners that started Miller in Week 6 got the benefit of 113 rushing yards and a touchdown (plus two receptions for five yards).

But the biggest question is: will this continue? Miller had 15 of his 19 carries in the first half. When the score was 17-3 at halftime, the Dolphins then began to mix in the other running backs. This is Miller's backfield in a league where there are so few running backs that have a backfield to themselves. If the Dolphins are indeed committed to the run (and they should be based on Week 6), Miller has fantasy value again. He's a solid RB2 with potential to put up RB1 numbers.

What is going on with the Washington Redskins' running game?

Thirty-four. That's the number of total rushing yards the Redskins were able to put up in Week 6. While the Jets are a good run defense, that's pathetic. Alfred Morris was the leading rusher with 11 carries for 21 yards. Matt Jones was inactive, so Morris had a chance to show that he could be the lead back and he did nothing to show that.

Besides his Week 1 game of 121 yards, Morris has totaled 176 yards in five games. He has yet to find the end zone and he is barely worth owning, forget starting, in most fantasy leagues. To be fair, Matt Jones hasn't done much better. He also had one big game (Week 2, 123 yards) and 97 total yards over the remaining four games. He has three touchdowns on the year, however.

Currently, neither back is a must-own. Chris Thompson has been involved in passing downs, but this three-headed monster is ugly for fantasy purposes. Even with a favorable matchup against Tampa Bay in Week 7, no Washington back is a recommend start.

What happened to Kansas City's offense?

People blew their FAAB money on Charcandrick West, and he rewarded them with 33 rushing yards, one reception for six yards and a fumble. It's not like Knile Davis was any better, with five carries for 13 yards. Of course, Alex Smith added 10 yards on the ground, and that was the extent of the rushing attack for the game.

It looked like Travis Kelce would get more targets with Jamaal Charles out, but he only had seven targets in Week 6. He had five receptions for 88 yards, but it wasn't the kind of game that fantasy owners really hoped for. The entire Kansas City offense struggled, and it doesn't appear things will be better in Week 7. They face the Steelers, who can be beaten through the air. However, Alex Smith seemed lost without Charles.

The Chiefs will have to find a way to get their backs more involved. For now, it appears West is still the back to own. He was on the field for more snaps and given more carries. While  Davis may come in for goal-line carries, West is the guy the Chiefs will lean on. Kelce should get more targets as well. Jeremy Maclin left last week's game early with a concussion, so it's hard to tell if he will get more targets as well. Give the Chiefs another week before dropping any of their players. After the Steelers on Sunday they play Detroit (in London) in Week 8 before their bye in Week 9.

More Burning Questions

Is James Starks the running back to own in Green Bay?

Can we drop C.J. Anderson now?

Is Gary Barnidge the second-best tight end in the league?

Is Ben Watson the new Jimmy Graham?

Is Devonta Freeman ever going to stop scoring touchdowns?

Is Matthew Stafford a start-able fantasy quarterback?

Is Blake Bortles a start-able fantasy quarterback?

Did the Chicago Bears want to lose?

Is Chris Ivory a top-10 running back?

When is Ben Roethlisberger coming back to save Antonio Brown's fantasy owners?

Can we drop Andre Ellington?

Is Stefon Diggs the real deal?

Who are the Bills wide receivers going to be?

Should we no longer fear Seattle's defense?

Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen: Fantasy gold stack?

Is there a Patriots running back that we can trust?

Seriously, does Sam Bradford hate the fantasy owners of his pass catchers?

Could the first half of the Eagles/Giants game be any longer (for those looking to see the new "Star Wars" trailer)?

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.