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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 3

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Christian McCaffrey CAR @ HOU
2 Dalvin Cook MIN vs SEA
3 Derrick Henry TEN vs IND
4 Aaron Jones GB @ SF
5 Alvin Kamara NO @ NE
6 Nick Chubb CLE vs CHI
7 Austin Ekeler LAC @ KC
8 Jonathan Taylor IND @ TEN
9 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs PHI
10 Najee Harris PIT vs CIN
11 Joe Mixon CIN @ PIT
12 Chris Carson SEA @ MIN
13 David Montgomery CHI @ CLE
14 Antonio Gibson WAS @ BUF
15 Saquon Barkley NYG vs ATL
16 Miles Sanders PHI @ DAL
17 D'Andre Swift DET vs BAL
18 Damien Harris NE vs NO
19 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC vs LAC
20 Myles Gaskin MIA @ LV
21 Kareem Hunt CLE vs CHI
22 Ty'Son Williams BAL @ DET
23 Chase Edmonds ARI @ JAC
24 Elijah Mitchell SF vs GB
25 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs NYJ
26 Javonte Williams DEN vs NYJ
27 James Robinson JAC vs ARI
28 Kenyan Drake LV vs MIA
29 Mike Davis ATL @ NYG
30 Leonard Fournette TB @ LAR
31 Devin Singletary BUF vs WAS
32 Jamaal Williams DET vs BAL
33 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR vs TB
34 Nyheim Hines IND @ TEN
35 Tony Pollard DAL vs PHI
36 James White NE vs NO
37 Latavius Murray BAL @ DET
38 James Conner ARI @ JAC
39 Mark Ingram II HOU vs CAR
40 Ronald Jones II TB @ LAR
41 Kenneth Gainwell PHI @ DAL
42 Sony Michel LAR vs TB
43 J.D. McKissic WAS @ BUF
44 Tony Jones Jr. NO @ NE
45 Michael Carter NYJ @ DEN
46 David Johnson HOU vs CAR
47 AJ Dillon GB @ SF
48 Ty Johnson NYJ @ DEN
49 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL @ NYG
50 Phillip Lindsay HOU vs CAR
51 Darrel Williams KC vs LAC
52 Peyton Barber LV vs MIA
53 Carlos Hyde JAC vs ARI
54 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ DEN
55 Alexander Mattison MIN vs SEA
56 Giovani Bernard TB @ LAR
57 Zack Moss BUF vs WAS
58 Salvon Ahmed MIA @ LV
59 Damien Williams CHI @ CLE
60 Devontae Booker NYG vs ATL
61 Alex Collins SEA @ MIN
62 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ HOU
63 Malcolm Brown MIA @ LV
64 Justin Jackson LAC @ KC
65 Larry Rountree III LAC @ KC
66 Trey Sermon SF vs GB
67 Jerick McKinnon KC vs LAC
68 Samaje Perine CIN @ PIT
69 Marlon Mack IND @ TEN
70 Travis Homer SEA @ MIN
71 Jeremy McNichols TEN vs IND
72 Jake Funk LAR vs TB
73 J.J. Taylor NE vs NO
74 Matt Breida BUF vs WAS
75 Devonta Freeman BAL @ DET
76 Ty Montgomery NO @ NE
77 Kyle Juszczyk SF vs GB
78 Benny Snell Jr. PIT vs CIN
79 Jaret Patterson WAS @ BUF
80 Jacques Patrick SF vs GB
81 DeeJay Dallas SEA @ MIN
82 Chris Evans CIN @ PIT
83 Josh Jacobs LV vs MIA
84 Trenton Cannon SF vs GB
85 Alec Ingold LV vs MIA
86 Kalen Ballage PIT vs CIN
87 Kylin Hill GB @ SF
88 Dare Ogunbowale JAC vs ARI
89 Wayne Gallman Jr. ATL @ NYG
90 Royce Freeman CAR @ HOU
91 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs CHI
92 Jordan Wilkins IND @ TEN
93 Khalil Herbert CHI @ CLE
94 Boston Scott PHI @ DAL
95 Rashaad Penny SEA @ MIN
96 C.J. Ham MIN vs SEA
97 Dwayne Washington NO @ NE
98 Khari Blasingame TEN vs IND
99 Demetric Felton CLE vs CHI
100 Trey Ragas LV vs MIA
101 Kerryon Johnson SF vs GB
102 Qadree Ollison ATL @ NYG
103 Javian Hawkins TEN vs IND
104 Patrick Ricard BAL @ DET
105 Rex Burkhead HOU vs CAR
106 Rhamondre Stevenson NE vs NO
107 Le'Veon Bell BAL @ DET