Starting a running back in fantasy football can be a nerve racking experience. It is tough to judge week to week without following previous game plans regarding certain teams. Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson have been the most reliable running backs in the NFL while others at the of the heap of fantasy football running backs have been hit or miss.
There are several key injuries and players to watch leading up to week six of fantasy football. Peyton Hillis is dealing with a thigh injury and don’t expect Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini to let fantasy football owners know his status anytime soon.
Another key running back injury is the New Orleans Saints Pierre Thomas with an ankle injury. He missed the Arizona Cardinals game and could miss yet another game. Other fantasy football running backs to be careful with are: Brandon Jackson, Knowshon Moreno and Darren McFadden.
Three Best Fantasy Football Running Backs to Start in Week Six of Fantasy Football
Ray Rice Baltimore Ravens
Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens is back in his 2009 fantasy football form. Rice will be running wild once again against a weak New England Patriots run defense. Rice will be a major target for Joe Flacco out of the backfield and he should have 80 yards receiving to go with his 100 yards plus rushing. Start Ray Rice over all fantasy football running backs except Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson.
LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles has made a name for himself as a premiere fantasy football running back this season. McCoy has been a threat out of the backfield as a rushing back as well as a receiving back in the flat. McCoy should be able to make his 100 yards rushing and 75 yards receiving against a decent Atlanta Falcons defense. Start LeSean McCoy over all but the top five running backs in fantasy football.
Steven Jackson St Louis Rams
Mark Clayton, the St Louis Rams number one wide receiver is out of commission. This will lead to Steven Jackson seeing more carries out of the backfield and more short passing routes. Jackson could have a huge fantasy football day if the San Diego Chargers defense plays as soft as they have in all their other road games. Look for Jackson to have 25 carries for over 100 yards and a possible 80 yards receiving. Start Steven Jackson over all but the top five fantasy football running backs.
Three Fantasy Football Running Backs to Sit in Week Six of Fantasy Football
Ahmad Bradshaw New York Giants
Brandon Jacobs could be working his way into more carries for the New York Giants and Ahmad Bradshaw could end up with less carries as the season moves forward. Bradshaw and Jacobs should be moving more towards a straight up platoon which makes Bradshaw a bench warmer in most fantasy football leagues. Sit Ahmad Bradshaw unless the third fantasy football running back is rated 12th or lower.
Felix Jones Dallas Cowboys
After Felix Jones fantasy football day in week five it may be tempting to start Jones against the Minnesota Vikings. Don’t start Jones on any fantasy football team until either Marion Barber goes down or they play against a team that cannot stop the run. Sit Felix Jones unless the third fantasy football running back on the roster is ranked 15th or lower.
Maurice Jones-Drew Jacksonville Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew will play in the Jacksonville Jaguars home game for Monday Night Football but don’t expect much fantasy football points production from him. Jones-Drew is suffering from a wrist injury that knocked him out of the Buffalo Bills game and is also hampered by a nagging ankle injury. Sit Maurice Jones-Drew unless the third fantasy football running back is ranked 15th or lower.
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