Fantasy Football Week 6 Running Back Preview: Projections, matchups that matter, DFS plays and more – CBS Sports

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Remember when the dreaded running back by committee was an exception we could bemoan? Increasingly it’s becoming the norm and there were several developments in Week 5 that we need to touch on before we get to the preview.

Damien Williams returned for the Chiefs and took all but two of the running back touches against the Colts. I don’t know if LeSean McCoy’s ankle flared up or if he got punished for fumbling, but I have a really hard time believing he goes another game without a carry. McCoy is averaging 5.4 yards per carry this season while Williams sits at 1.8. I made an adjustment to my projections but still expect this to be a fairly close split. Darrel Williams looks droppable though.

Melvin Gordon returned for the Chargers and received 12 carries to Austin Ekeler’s three. Of course, Ekeler may have just been tired from the 16 targets he saw to Gordon’s six. The touches ended up very close to 50-50, which is what we expected. This week I have Gordon projected for 16 touches to Ekeler’s 14. You can still start both, with Gordon being the better option in non-PPR and Ekeler being the back to trust in PPR.

Tevin Coleman returned for San Francisco as the 49ers ran wild on Cleveland. Coleman ran 16 times for 97 yards, Matt Breida ran 11 times for 114 yards, and Raheem Mostert pitched in seven carries for 34 yards. A three-headed monster is no good for anyone’s upside, but if any offense can support it, it’s this one. The 49ers are averaging 200 rushing yards per game. In Week 6 Coleman and Breida are both low-end No. 2 running backs who are better in non-PPR. For what it’s worth, Breida was used much more than Coleman in the passing game in Week 5.

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Who’s Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 6 at this time. Here’s what it means:

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Numbers to know

  • 27 – Tackles broken by Chris Carson this season. For the time being it looks like he’s tightened his grip on the role in Seattle.
  • 3 – Receptions for Sony Michel in Week 5. That’s a career-high and a game-changer for his Fantasy value if it becomes a regular thing. 
  • 1.2 – Yards after contact per attempt for Devonta Freeman. No running back with at least 20 carries owns a lower mark. 
  • 31.3% – Broken-tackle rate for Duke Johnson. Only Alvin Kamara has been better in that regard. His teammate, Carlos Hyde, is at 11%.
  • 40.8% – of Derrick Henry’s rush attempts have come with eight defenders in the box. That only makes his production that much more impressive. 
  • 93%Todd Gurley’s Week 5 snap rate. The time share may be over. 

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Matchups that matter

Matchups that Matter

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Waiver Wire Targets

Week 6 Adds

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DFS Plays

Contrarian Plays

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Heath’s Projections

Non-PPR Rank

PPR Rank

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FPTs

PPR FPTs

1

1

Christian McCaffrey

25.04

31.63

3

2

Alvin Kamara

20.46

26.55

2

3

Dalvin Cook

20.50

24.66

4

4

Aaron Jones

18.57

23.74

6

5

Leonard Fournette

16.51

20.70

7

6

David Johnson

15.89

20.65

5

7

Nick Chubb

17.62

20.05

10

8

Le’Veon Bell

14.07

19.45

16

9

James White

12.15

18.54

18

10

James Conner

11.95

17.66

8

11

Ezekiel Elliott

14.65

16.97

13

12

Phillip Lindsay

13.63

16.80

12

13

Chris Carson

13.78

16.60

11

14

Todd Gurley

13.80

16.50

20

15

Austin Ekeler

11.69

16.37

9

16

Mark Ingram

14.60

16.19

19

17

Melvin Gordon

11.92

15.13

14

18

Derrick Henry

13.43

14.51

28

19

Devonta Freeman

9.80

13.97

30

20

Chris Thompson

9.30

13.85

17

21

Kerryon Johnson

12.05

13.69

15

22

Tevin Coleman

12.38

13.45

22

23

Matt Breida

11.26

13.18

26

24

Joe Mixon

10.10

13.17

27

25

Damien Williams

9.81

12.90

33

26

Jon Hilliman

8.97

12.89

21

28

Sony Michel

11.67

12.46

29

27

Royce Freeman

9

12.69

32

29

Kenyan Drake

9.12

11.98

24

30

Lesean McCoy

10.13

11.96

25

31

Jordan Howard

10.11

11.86

23

32

Carlos Hyde

10.29

11.03

31

33

Ronald Jones

9.25

10.61

34

34

Duke Johnson

7.46

9.25

36

35

Miles Sanders

6.93

8.38

35

36

Peyton Barber

7.27

8.32

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