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Running back PPR rankings for Week 6 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best PPR running backs going in Week 6 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

 Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) warms up before the game against the New York Giants at Soldier Field. Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Final injury report

Melvin Gordon is the biggest question mark heading into Week 6 Sunday. He was cited for a DUI during the week and sent home from Wednesday practice. He returned to practice on Thursday but then sat out Friday’s practice due to an illness that is not Covid-19. It’s unclear whether or not he’ll play.

Out: Dalvin Cook (groin)
Questionable: Jordan Wilkins (calf), Melvin Gordon (illness), Leonard Fournette (ankle), Jeffery Wilson (calf)

Friday AM update

Dalvin Cook remained a DNP on Thursday, wile Kareem Hunt remained limited. Melvin Gordon returned to practice and barring any last minute discipline, seems on track to play this weekend. Adrian Peterson was added to Thursday’s report with an illness that does not seem to be Covid-19.

Speaking of Covid-19, Friday morning saw the Indianapolis Colts close their facility due to multiple positive tests in the organization. They are working to confirm those positives and figure out next steps. We’ll keep an eye out for more information on the game status and potential impact on Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines, and Joe Mixon this weekend.

Wednesday injury report

NFL teams returned to practice on Wednesday to begin on-field preparations for Week 6. The big news at the running back position was Melvin Gordon getting cited for a DUI. His status for Sunday is unclear, but will be something to track all week. If he is unable to play, Phillip Lindsay would get the start in his place. In terms of actual injury, the biggest issue is Dalvin Cook. He injured his groin in Week 5 and Alexander Mattison replaced him in the lineup. The Vikings having a Week 7 bye and given how well Mattison performed against Seattle, Cook might get some extra rest time.

DNP: Dalvin Cook (groin), Melvin Gordon (DUI citation), Darrynton Evans (hamstring)
Limited: Giovani Bernard (groin), Jordan Wilkins (calf), Kareem Hunt (thigh), Leonard Fournette (ankle), LeSean McCoy (ankle), Antonio Gibson (toe)
Full: Phillip Lindsay (foot)


Week 5 didn’t have any four touchdown games like the receivers had, but fantasy points were accumulated. In PPR, Mike Davis was your No. 1 back, as he continues to show up well in relief of Christian McCaffrey. And with 30 receptions through four games, he’s going to be a PPR stud until McCaffrey returns.

David Montgomery hasn’t had much luck on the ground this season, but finally got a goal line look last week to get his first rushing touchdown. The better news is that he caught seven passes, giving him a nice boost in PPR and with Tarik Cohen gone, it looks like his receiving work will continue. Plus, this week he gets a bad Panthers run defense.

Injury news

Dalvin Cook has an abdominal strain and is likely out this week against the Falcons. That should give Alexander Mattison enough work to be a must start in an offense that loves running the ball.

Phillip Lindsay will return against the Patriots, likely cutting into Melvin Gordon’s fantasy upside.

Christian McCaffrey could come off I.R. this week, but recent reports make it seem like a long shot that he will return against the Bears in Week 6.

Bye weeks

Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers are all on their bye.

We’ll be without Chris Carson, Alvin Kamara, Josh Jacobs, Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley. Those guys carry a bunch of fantasy points around that we’ll need to replace this week.

Streaming options

Myles Gaskin, Dolphins

Gaskins continues to see a big workload and looks like he’s solidified himself as a RB2 for now. The Jets have allowed the fifth-most PPR points and the second-most touchdowns to running backs this season.

Adrian Peterson, Lions

Peterson isn’t going to put up huge numbers, but he has a good matchup with the Jaguars, who gave up 181 yards and three touchdowns to Joe Mixon and 103 yards to David Johnson over the last two weeks.

Running back PPR rankings for Week 7

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Derrick Henry TEN vs KC
2 Jonathan Taylor IND @ SF
3 Alvin Kamara NO @ SEA
4 Aaron Jones GB vs WAS
5 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR vs DET
6 Joe Mixon CIN @ BAL
7 Damien Harris NE vs NYJ
8 Leonard Fournette TB vs CHI
9 Josh Jacobs LV vs PHI
10 D'Andre Swift DET @ LAR
11 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL @ MIA
12 Darrel Williams KC @ TEN
13 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ NYG
14 Elijah Mitchell SF vs IND
15 James Conner ARI vs HOU
16 Miles Sanders PHI @ LV
17 Chase Edmonds ARI vs HOU
18 Antonio Gibson WAS @ GB
19 Devontae Booker NYG vs CAR
20 Mike Davis ATL @ MIA
21 Javonte Williams DEN @ CLE
22 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs DEN
23 Alex Collins SEA vs NO
24 Melvin Gordon III DEN @ CLE
25 Damien Williams CHI @ TB
26 Michael Carter NYJ @ NE
27 Myles Gaskin MIA vs ATL
28 J.D. McKissic WAS @ GB
29 AJ Dillon GB vs WAS
30 Khalil Herbert CHI @ TB
31 Devonta Freeman BAL vs CIN
32 Rhamondre Stevenson NE vs NYJ
33 Mark Ingram II HOU @ ARI
34 Jamaal Williams DET @ LAR
35 David Johnson HOU @ ARI
36 Kenneth Gainwell PHI @ LV
37 Sony Michel LAR vs DET
38 Le'Veon Bell BAL vs CIN
39 Kenyan Drake LV vs PHI
40 Ty Johnson NYJ @ NE
41 Ronald Jones II TB vs CHI
42 Nyheim Hines IND @ SF
43 Salvon Ahmed MIA vs ATL
44 Demetric Felton CLE vs DEN
45 Trey Sermon SF vs IND
46 Jeremy McNichols TEN vs KC
47 Latavius Murray BAL vs CIN
48 Giovani Bernard TB vs CHI
49 Rashaad Penny SEA vs NO
50 DeeJay Dallas SEA vs NO
51 Malcolm Brown MIA vs ATL
52 Ty'Son Williams BAL vs CIN
53 Samaje Perine CIN @ BAL
54 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ NE
55 Phillip Lindsay HOU @ ARI
56 Royce Freeman CAR @ NYG
57 Marlon Mack IND @ SF
58 Jaret Patterson WAS @ GB
59 Jerick McKinnon KC @ TEN
60 Chris Evans CIN @ BAL
61 Elijhaa Penny NYG vs CAR
62 Brandon Bolden NE vs NYJ
63 Travis Homer SEA vs NO
64 Kyle Juszczyk SF vs IND
65 Ty Montgomery NO @ SEA
66 Kylin Hill GB vs WAS
67 Wayne Gallman Jr. ATL @ MIA
68 Saquon Barkley NYG vs CAR
69 Artavis Pierce CHI @ TB
70 Dwayne Washington NO @ SEA
71 Peyton Barber LV vs PHI
72 Jalen Richard LV vs PHI
73 Jonathan Ward ARI vs HOU
74 Gary Brightwell NYG vs CAR
75 Boston Scott PHI @ LV
76 Rex Burkhead HOU @ ARI
77 Alec Ingold LV vs PHI
78 Patrick Ricard BAL vs CIN