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Top 50 RBs in Week 6 fantasy football standard leagues [UPDATED]

Week 6 brings a difficult week of byes for fantasy football owners. We break down the top 50 running backs in standard leagues.

Kerryon Johnson of the Detroit Lions battles for yards aganist the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter of the game at Ford Field on September 29, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Author’s Update 10/12/19 9:00 am.: After reviewing the Friday injury reports we have removed Todd Gurley (doubtful) from the rankings and moved Los Angeles Rams backup rushers Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson Jr. up. David Johnson seems more likely to play and he has been moved up. We’ve also removed the players from Thursday nights’s game.

RB standard rankings update 10/10/19 7:20 p.m.

Week 6 rankings have been updated to reflect a flurry of injury news for running backs. Both Todd Gurley and David Johnson are in serious trouble of missing their Sunday games and they have been lowered out of the top 24. Backups Malcolm Brown and Chase Edmonds have been moved up. Finally, Rex Burkhead has been ruled out of his Thursday game and Los Angeles Rams backup Darrell Henderson Jr. has been added.

Alvin Kamara’s questionable tag will be updated as we learn more.


Did you start Aaron Jones in Week 5 fantasy football? Great! Did you start Christian McCaffery? Awesome! Did you start them both? Can I borrow some of that money? The Green Bay and Carolina running backs led the way with multiple touchdown games that certainly won a few daily fantasy contests in Week 5. Josh Jacobs and Matt Brieda weren’t too far behind with their two touchdown performances. The biggest disappointment was Melvin Gordon’s season debut. He’ll likely start to see more snaps as the season progresses.

There are four teams on bye in Week 6 so we’ll be looking for alternatives to Frank Gore, Devin Singletary, David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, Marlon Mack and Josh Jacobs. The injury bug struck again in Week 5 claiming Wayne Gallman (who will likely miss his Thursday night game) and David Johnson’s back “locked up” on him. It doesn’t sound like he will miss any time, but monitor his practice reports as the week continues.

The hunt for Week 6 running backs with plus matchups starts in Detroit. Kerryon Johnson returns to action after his Week 5 bye and faces a Green Bay defense that has allowed the third most points to running backs thus far. If you’re looking for an inexpensive option then you can try Wayne Gallman’s suspected replacement, Jon Hilliman, who should see a significant bump in work.

Running Back (standard) rankings, Week 6

Rnk Player Team Opp
Rnk Player Team Opp
1 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ NYJ
2 Christian McCaffrey CAR @ TB
3 Alvin Kamara NO @ TB
4 Dalvin Cook MIN vs. PHI
5 Mark Ingram BAL vs. CIN
6 Nick Chubb CLE vs. SEA
7 Kerryon Johnson DET @ GB
8 Derrick Henry TEN @ DEN
9 Le'Veon Bell NYJ vs. DAL
10 Aaron Jones GB vs. DET
11 Carlos Hyde HOU @ KC
12 Leonard Fournette JAC vs. NO
13 Melvin Gordon LAC vs PITT
14 Joe Mixon CIN @ BAL
15 Devonta Freeman ATL @ ARI
16 David Johnson ARI vs. ATL
17 LeSean McCoy KC vs. HOU
18 James Conner PIT @ LAC
19 Chris Carson SEA @ CLE
20 Matt Breida SF @ LAR
21 Malcolm Brown LAR vs. SF
22 Phillip Lindsay DEN vs TEN
23 Jordan Howard PHI @ MIN
24 Royce Freeman DEN vs TEN
25 Chase Edmonds ARI vs. ATL
26 Damien Williams KC vs. HOU
27 Austin Ekeler LAC vs PITT
28 Adrian Peterson WAS @ MIA
29 Tevin Coleman SF @ LAR
30 Miles Sanders PHI @ MIN
31 Peyton Barber TB vs. CAR
32 Kenyan Drake MIA vs. WAS
33 Chris Thompson WAS @ MIA
34 Ronald Jones TB vs. CAR
35 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR vs. SF
36 Duke Johnson Jr. HOU @ KC
37 Giovani Bernard CIN @ BAL
38 Rashaad Penny SEA @ CLE
39 Latavius Murray NO @ TB
40 Alexander Mattison MIN vs. PHI
41 Tony Pollard DAL @ NYJ
42 Dion Lewis TEN @ DEN
43 Gus Edwards BAL vs. CIN
44 Ito Smith ATL @ ARI
45 Mark Walton MIA vs. WAS
46 Dare Ogunbowale TB vs. CAR
47 Ty Johnson DET @ GB
48 Benny Snell PITT @ LAC
49 Raheem Mostert SF @LAR
50 Jamaal Williams GB vs. DET