Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 6: Who to start, sit at running back in fantasy football



Fantasy football owners might be surprised that in a week where Alvin Kamara is one bye, he’s not even close to the top pass-catching running back who’s off. That honor would go to one of this season’s top breakout RBs, Cordarrelle Patterson, whose 25 receptions is among the best for a running back. Patterson’s teammate, Mike Davis, is also well ahead of Kamara with 18 catches. That doesn’t mean either is a better overall fantasy back than Kamara, but it does show that value can be found in some unexpected places in point-per-reception leagues. Our Week 6 fantasy RB PPR rankings try to account for all the different sources of production.

In addition to Kamara and the Falcons’ backs, Elijah Mitchell and Michael Carter will be on bye this week. Of course, we know more key RBs will be unavailable, as several key guys missed last week (Chris Carson, Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook), and injuries will continue to pop up throughout the rest of the season, as we saw with Saquon Barkley and Clyde Edwards-Helaire last Sunday.

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A few backs known primarily for their PPR value are in better-than-average spots this week, as J.D. McKissic (vs. Chiefs), Nyheim Hines (vs. Texans), and Jerick McKinnon (@ Washington) have highly favorable matchups. Brandon Bolden (vs. Cowboys) and Kenneth Gainwell (vs. Buccaneers) are two more primary receiving backs with matchups against teams who have struggled against RBs specifically in the passing game. There won’t be much room on the ground for these guys, but they could rack up catches and post flex-worthy numbers in full-point PPR formats. Myles Gaskin (@ Jaguars) is another guy known for his receiving ability with a favorable matchup.

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Of course, it’s tough to be a starting RB in fantasy leagues based purely on your receiving skills (like Jeremy McNichols or even Giovani Bernard), so plenty of average receiving backs are still worth playing. Darrell Henderson (@ Giants), Leonard Fournette (@ Eagles), and both Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams (vs. Raiders) all have great matchups, and Henderson has the added bonus of playing a defense that also struggled against backs in the passing game.

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Among the backs with tough matchups, Damien Harris (vs. Cowboys) is especially risky in PPR leagues since he doesn’t catch many passes. Chris Carson or Alex Collins (@ Steelers) and Josh Jacobs (@ Broncos) are in the same boat. The Seahawks and Jacobs have had some decent reception totals this year, but they’re all nothing more than volume-based flexes in those matchups. Ditto for Devontae Booker (vs. Rams) in relief of Barkley (ankle).

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Things are going to be constantly evolving throughout the year at this position, but with bye weeks and injuries, chances are things will be tough for more than a few owners in your league. Sure, if you pick up someone like Damien Williams (vs. Packers) on waivers, you might have three or more viable options, but most owners are going to be scrounging for two. Volume remains key, even in PPR, so unless you have an elite pass-catching back who also gets at least six or seven carries, there’s no need to get too cute with your lineup decisions.

Note:  We’ll be updating these RB PPR rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement. For individual analysis of key RBs, click here.

Fantasy RB PPR Rankings Week 6: Who to start at running back

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. MIN
2 Derrick Henry, TEN vs. BUF
3 Najee Harris, PIT vs. SEA
4 Antonio Gibson, WAS vs. KC
5 Jonathan Taylor, IND vs. HOU
6 Austin Ekeler, LAC @ BAL
7 James Robinson, JAX vs. MIA
8 Aaron Jones, GB @ CHI
9 Dalvin Cook, MIN @ CAR
10 Joe Mixon, CIN @ DET
11 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ NE
12 D’Andre Swift, DET vs. CIN
13 Nick Chubb, CLE vs. ARI
14 Leonard Fournette, TB @ PHI
15 Damien Williams, CHI vs. GB
16 Darrell Henderson, LAR @ NYG
17 Myles Gaskin, MIA @ JAX
18 Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. ARI
19 Devontae Booker, NYG vs. LAR
20 Josh Jacobs, LV @ DEN
21 Zack Moss, BUF @ TEN
22 Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. LV
23 Chase Edmonds, ARI @ CLE
24 Darrel Williams, KC @ WAS
25 Chris Carson, SEA @ PIT
26 Javonte Williams, DEN vs. LV
27 Jamaal Williams, DET vs. CIN
28 Damien Harris, NE vs. DAL
29 Latavius Murray, BAL vs. LAC
30 JD McKissic, WAS vs. KC
31 Devin Singletary, BUF @ TEN
32 James Conner, ARI @ CLE
33 Tony Pollard, DAL @ NE
34 Kenneth Gainwell, PHI vs. TB
35 Miles Sanders, PHI vs. TB
36 Samaje Perine, CIN @ DET
37 Nyheim Hines, IND vs. HOU
38 Mark Ingram, HOU @ IND
39 Jerick McKinnon, KC @ WAS
40 Kenyan Drake, LV @ DEN
41 Ronald Jones II, TB @ PHI
42 AJ Dillon, GB @ CHI
43 David Johnson, HOU @ IND
44 Giovani Bernard, TB @ PHI
45 Khalil Herbert, CHI vs. GB
46 Alex Collins, SEA @ PIT
47 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ CAR
48 Brandon Bolden, NE vs. DAL
49 Jeremy McNichols, TEN vs. BUF
50 Sony Michel, LAR @ NYG
51 Rhamondre Stevenson, NE vs. DAL
52 Malcolm Brown, MIA @ JAX
53 Phillip Lindsay, HOU @ IND
54 Larry Rountree III, LAC @ BAL
55 Chuba Hubbard, CAR vs. MIN
56 Joshua Kelley, LAC @ BAL
57 Le’Veon Bell, BAL vs. LAC
58 Devonta Freeman, BAL vs. LAC
59 Carlos Hyde, JAX vs. MIA


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