Fantasy Football Week 6 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Running Backs
By Matthew Brosnan.
Minnesota Vikings vs Atlanta Falcons
The Vikings back up running back looks all set to have a huge game in week 6 against the struggling Falcons defense. When Dalvin Cook went down injured in week 5, Mattison stepped up in a big way rushing for over 100 yards and having easily his best game of the season to date. With star running back Dalvin Cook questionable for week 6, expect the Vikings to lean heavily on Mattison for around 20 carries again.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Green Bay Packers
At the start of the season Fantasy owners were sceptical on whether to start Jones due to the addition of running back Leonard Fournette, however the last 2 weeks seem to have proved that Jones is still running back number 1 for Bruce Arians' offense. Jones has rushed for over 100 yards now in back to back weeks and is a threat in the passing game, with multiple receptions in all five games to start the season.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs Detroit Lions
With a down week for Robinson in week 5 – registering only 5 Fantasy points – many owners may be wondering whether to bench the Jaguars running back. My answer is start him. Despite the down week, Robinson remains a top 10 running back in Fantasy football and has a favourable match up in week 6 against the Detriot Lions. Matt Patricia's team rank 32nd in the NFL against the rush and are allowing over 170 rushing ypg. This could be a strong bounce back game for Robinson and help him cement his place as a starting running back for the weeks to come.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Buffalo Bills
The rookie out of LSU hasn't had a bad season so far, however I think it would be fair to say that he hasn't hit the heights we all thought he would after his stellar performance week 1 against the Texans, where he registered 20 fantasy points. Since then though he has yet to reach 100 yards again and hasn't recorded a rushing touchdown. With a match up for Mahomes against Josh Allen, this game could turn into a shootout, leaving few touches for Edwards-Helaire, who has already seen his touches go down each game over the past three weeks.
Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
The Rams are playing with three running backs this season, each sharing the snap count, however unfortunately for Fantasy owners of Henderson, he seems to be getting the smallest share of those snaps. Malcolm Brown was seeming like the running back 1 in LA and now with rookie Cam Akers back it seems Henderson won't be getting an increase in touches any time soon. On top of all this, the Rams face the 49ers this week who rank 2nd in fewest fantasy points allowed to running backs this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns
This is a bold pick as he may be running back number 1 for most fantasy owners, however he has a bad match up this week against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are the 4th best defense in the NFL against the rush allowing only 87 yards rushing per game, however in the air the Browns defense is a different story, where they rank 30th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game. This will force Roethlisberger to air the ball downfield and with the emergence of Chase Claypool, he is not going to be short of receivers to throw it to. The result of this will likely be a down week for the Steelers number 1 back and if possible, I’d leave him on the bench for this week.