Fantasy Player Projections

Running Backs
1raidersDarren McFadden

Darren McFadden

100 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 35 rec yards

The Falcons are allowing more than 140 rushing yards per game after five weeks, which ranks them in the league's bottom echelon. McFadden should be in line for his second 100-yard rushing game of the season.

2chargersRyan Mathews

Ryan Mathews

85 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 45 rec yards

Mathews tore up the Saints in Week 5 for his best outing of the season, with 80 rushing yards, 59 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Broncos are allowing an average of 120 rushing yards per game, so Mathews remains a solid fantasy starter in Week 6.

3steelersRashard Mendenhall

Rashard Mendenhall

87 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 41 rec yards

Mendenhall showed promise against Philadelphia; he should pay dividends against the Titans. Last week Tennessee allowed 5.6 yards per carry to Minnesota.

4texansArian Foster

Arian Foster

110 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 17 rec yards

Foster has scored at least one touchdown in each game this season, and he's gained more than 100 rushing yards in three of the last four. That's what you call a roll.

5chiefsJamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles

85 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 35 rec yards

For the second time in three weeks, Charles rushed the ball 30 times in a game. His 140 rushing yards in Week 5 were among the league leaders, and despite the Buccaneers' top-five rushing defense, Charles remains a must-start in Week 6.

6seahawksMarshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

95 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 18 rec yards

For the fifth straight game, Lynch reached the 20-carry mark, rushing for 80 yards on 21 attempts. He was unable to score his third touchdown of the season, but he remains a must-start running back in all formats. If your fantasy draft was held today, he'd be a first-round pick again.

7brownsTrent Richardson

Trent Richardson

88 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 23 rec yards

Richardson should do well this week against a Bengals defense that has allowed seven rushing scores and an average of 4.4 yards per carry. In fact, Richardson had 109 yards when these clubs met in Week 2.

8ravensRay Rice

Ray Rice

79 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 31 rec yards

Rice has averaged 22.7 touches over the past four weeks. Maybe it's more work than the Baltimore coaching staff would like to give the 5-foot-8 feature back; if so, the team may have reason to lessen the load this week. The Cowboys' front seven has kept most opposing rushers in check this year. Still, if Rice gets the ball, he'll produce.

9dolphinsReggie Bush

Reggie Bush

85 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 25 rec yards

Bush had a decent performance from a fantasy perspective in Week 6, with a touchdown run and 72 total yards, but he's now expected to produce more. The Rams have a middle-of-the-road rushing defense, which makes Bush a good option in Week 6.

10lionsMikel LeShoure

Mikel LeShoure

81 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 27 rec yards

The week off should have given Leshoure more time to get acclimated to his new role as the Lions' feature back. He'll do well this week against an Eagles front seven that helped Rashard Mendenhall average 5.8 yards per carry in his first game back.

11falconsMichael Turner

Michael Turner

85 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 20 rec yards

Turner got a season-high 18 carries at Washington in Week 5, along with 67 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Falcons continue to rely on their passing game, which opens up space for Turner to run when he does see the ball. He's a good start once again when the Raiders come to town in Week 6.

12giantsAhmad Bradshaw

Ahmad Bradshaw

75 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 30 rec yards

Bradshaw came through with a career-high 200 rushing yards against the Browns in Week 5. With Andre Brown dinged up with a head injury and David Wilson still trying to earn some trust, the Giants rode Bradshaw for 30 carries. Keep him active against a strong 49ers defense in Week 6.

13buccaneersDoug Martin

Doug Martin

55 rush yards, 5 rec, 45 rec yards, rec TD

The Chiefs are allowing more than 120 rushing yards per game, and the Bucs have had two weeks to prepare for this contest. Martin looks like a good RB2 in most formats, despite his last outing and LeGarrette Blount creeping up into his touches.

1449ersFrank Gore

Frank Gore

75 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 20 rec yards

Despite getting the second-fewest carries of the season (14), Gore rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown against Buffalo in Week 5. He now has four touchdowns and is worth starting in all fantasy leagues as a top-12 running back.

15broncosWillis McGahee

Willis McGahee

60 rush yards, rush TD, 4 rec, 35 rec yards

It was a quiet week for McGahee, as he had just 28 yards on nine carries plus a fumble at New England in Week 5. McGahee owned the Chargers last season, though, averaging 121 rushing yards (no touchdowns) in two games.

16redskinsAlfred Morris

Alfred Morris

73 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 13 rec yards

All people can talk about is Robert Griffin III, and yet Morris could very well be the league's second-place finisher in Rookie of the Year balloting. We're already fans; if Morris busts up the Vikings' run defense, we'll be in love.

17billsFred Jackson

Fred Jackson

55 rush yards, rush TD, 3 rec, 25 rec yards

For the second straight week, Jackson rushed for just 29 yards to go with one catch. Jackson is still trying to get back on track after his knee injury. Fantasy owners should give him one more chance in Week 6 at Arizona before benching him.

18patriotsStevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

65 rush yards, rush TD

While Ridley finished Week 5 with his best rushing effort of the season (151 yards and a touchdown), he did fumble late in the game, which could cause head coach Bill Belichick to give other running backs more carries. For now, though, Ridley remains a good RB2 in Week 6 at Seattle.

19eaglesLeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

89 rush yards, 4 rec, 35 rec yards

It's somewhat surprising, but with everything crumbling around him McCoy is still on pace for 1,400 rushing yards. His low touchdown count is disappointing, though, and could continue to be so against a Detroit front seven that has allowed just one rushing score in four games.

20vikingsAdrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

77 rush yards, 3 rec, 38 rec yards

Peterson sprained his ankle, but no one in Minnesota seems concerned. After all, this is the back who was blowing by teammates in wind sprints this summer not long after undergoing surgery on the knee he injured when Minnesota last met Washington.

21buccaneersLeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

35 rush yards, rush TD

The third-year back had six carries for 17 yards and a touchdown in his last outing, but despite the goal-line carries, he doesn't do enough to warrant starting against the Chiefs.

22cardinalsLaRod Stephens-Howling

LaRod Stephens-Howling

55 rush yards, 4 rec, 40 rec yards

Stephens-Howling (hip) missed the past two games, but with Beanie Wells (toe) and Ryan Williams (shoulder) also injured and out, the team needs Stephens-Howling to come back and assume his third-down back role. Consider other options for Week 6 against Buffalo, though.

23packersAlex Green

Alex Green

51 rush yards, 2 rec, 24 rec yards

Cedric Benson's foot injury will keep him out for several weeks (possibly the season), opening the door for Green to handle the workload for Green Bay. There is speculation James Starks will also see carries, but Green will be given the first crack at winning the job. Keep your expectations low this week, however -- he's facing a Houston defense that has yet to allow a rushing score.

24cowboysDeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray

59 rush yards, 2 rec, 11 rec yards

We can't exactly blame Murray for his lackluster performances the past few weeks -- it's difficult to gain ground when there are no holes to run through. That said, we can't suggest starting him, either. The Ravens rank seventh in yards allowed per carry (3.5) and will make Murray pay each time he touches the ball.

25ramsSteven Jackson

Steven Jackson

55 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

While Jackson still hasn't scored this season, he at least had his best rushing day in Week 5 against the Cardinals. With 76 rushing yards, he showed once again that he is the Rams' main weapon on offense. The Dolphins are tough against the run, however, so look for alternatives this week.

26billsC.J. Spiller

C.J. Spiller

40 rush yards, 3 rec, 30 rec yards

Spiller carried the ball seven times for 24 yards in the Bills' Week 5 loss at San Francisco. Spiller (shoulder) and Fred Jackson (knee) are both coming back from injuries. Arizona isn't as tough of a foe, but Spiller is better as a flex than an RB2 this week.

27titansChris Johnson

Chris Johnson

46 rush yards, 3 rec, 23 rec yards

Johnson is like a father who promises Disneyland and instead delivers Chuck E. Cheese. Fantasy owners thought Johnson's 2011 season was a nightmare; this year has been far worse.

28coltsVick Ballard

Vick Ballard

46 rush yards, 2 rec, 18 rec yards

Ballard replaces the injured Donald Brown, who is expected to miss at least a few weeks. Fantasy owners won't notice much of a different on the field, however -- minimal yardage and minimal fantasy value.

29chiefsShaun Draughn

Shaun Draughn

35 rush yards, 2 rec, 25 rec yards

Draughn got 12 carries for 40 yards against Baltimore in Week 5, as he continues to serve as Jamaal Charles' primary backup, with Peyton Hillis (ankle) still sidelined. Draughn could be interesting in fantasy play if injury befalls Charles.

3049ersKendall Hunter

Kendall Hunter

35 rush yards, 3 rec, 25 rec yards

Hunter had a season-high 11 carries for 81 yards against Buffalo in Week 5. He's doing enough now to make people start thinking about using him as a flex option during bye weeks.

31bengalsBenJarvus Green-Ellis

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

53 rush yards, 1 rec, 7 rec yards

The Bengals placed Bernard Scott on injured reserve following an ACL tear. Good news for Green-Ellis, right? Well, maybe. The Bengals are not exactly pleased with the production of their offseason acquisition and are expected to complement him with other backs in the coming weeks.

32jetsBilal Powell

Bilal Powell

27 rush yards, 2 rec, 18 rec yards

Powell is seeing more work in the Jets offense, but it has yet to translate to fantasy production. On Monday night he gained 4.5 yards per carry compared to Shonn Greene's 3.2, but Powell got the ball just four times. He was targeted four times in the passing game, but didn't record a single reception. He's not a factor yet for fantasy owners, but he's still a better longterm play than Greene.

33vikingsToby Gerhart

Toby Gerhart

27 rush yards, 3 rec, 18 rec yards

Gerhart has not touched the ball more than 10 times in anygame this season, and fantasy owners should't expect him to buck that trend this week against a Redskins defense that is begging for a heavy dose of Christian Ponder and the passing game.

34ramsDaryl Richardson

Daryl Richardson

25 rush yards, 2 rec, 20 rec yards

Richardson served as Steven Jackson's backup once again, rushing for 35 yards in Week 5. He's better used in keeper leagues than yearly formats for now.

35dolphinsDaniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas

30 rush yards, 1 rec, 15 rec yards

While Thomas got just four touches against the Bengals in Week 5, he was able to score on a short touchdown run. More telling, he received two straight rushes inside the five-yard line. He's a bigger back than Reggie Bush, but his scoring chances are not regular.

36cardinalsWilliam Powell

William Powell

30 rush yards, 1 rec, 15 rec yards

The Cardinals' running backs are really beat up, with Beanie Wells, Ryan Williams and LaRod Stephens-Howling each nursing injuries. Powell could see more action in Week 6 against Buffalo, but that doesn't make him a suggested fantasy player.

37patriotsBrandon Bolden

Brandon Bolden

40 rush yards, 1 rec, 10 rec yards

Bolden followed up his breakout Week 4 outing with 14 carries for 54 yards in Week 5 against Denver. Bolden could prove to be a useful fantasy player later in the season, but for now, he's a better reserve.

38giantsDavid Wilson

David Wilson

15 rush yards, 2 rec, 25 rec yards

Wilson had two carries for 44 yards in Week 5, although one of those carries was for a 40-yard touchdown. Wilson saw more carries because Andre Brown was sidelined with a head injury. He's still a better keeper option than an every-week option, as the Giants spoon-feed him touches.

39texansBen Tate

Ben Tate

23 rush yards, 2 rec, 11 rec yards

In games in which he has touched the ball 10 or more times, Tate has averaged 6.0 yards per touch. In games in which he has touched the ball fewer than 10 times, he's averaged 2.9 yards per touch. After being inactive in Week 5, expect fewer than 10 touches in Week 6.

40jetsShonn Greene

Shonn Greene

31 rush yards, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

The Jets are slowly (and quietly) shifting from Greene to Bilal Powell, as evidenced by the number of plays each back has been given in recent weeks. Greene has gotten fewer than a dozen touches in three of the past four weeks. He's done.

41chargersJackie Battle

Jackie Battle

15 rush yards, 2 rec, 15 rec yards

From 15 carries in Week 4 to four carries in Week 5, Battle's role continues to change. He's not worth starting against the Broncos in Week 6.

42chargersRonnie Brown

Ronnie Brown

10 rush yards, 3 rec, 30 rec yards

Brown returned to his role as Ryan Mathews' primary backup in Week 5 at New Orleans. He ended up with 70 total yards, and he's someone to consider in larger leagues for Week 6 against the Broncos.

43falconsJacquizz Rodgers

Jacquizz Rodgers

10 rush yards, 2 rec, 25 rec yards

The Michael Turner Takeover Project still hasn't quite happened. Rodgers had just three carries for four yards at Washington in Week 5. He also had just one catch, and it’s apparent fantasy owners should look elsewhere for now.

44seahawksRobert Turbin

Robert Turbin

25 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

After a promising Week 4 outing in which the rookie rushed six times for 45 yards, Turbin had just four carries for six yards in Week 5 at Carolina. He's still best used in fantasy as Marshawn Lynch's handcuff.

45broncosRonnie Hillman

Ronnie Hillman

25 rush yards, 1 rec, 5 rec yards

Hillman had three rushes for nine yards in Week 5 at New England, as he continues to work as a backup in Denver's offense.

46ravensBernard Pierce

Bernard Pierce

16 rush yards, 1 rec, 6 rec yards

Fantasy owners can expect Pierce to carry three to five times per game, depending on how the game unfolds. His production (5.3 yards per carry) matches what Ray Rice has done, only on a much smaller scale.

47raidersMike Goodson

Mike Goodson

15 rush yards, 1 rec, 10 rec yards

The Raiders' backup running back should see some success against a below-average Falcons rushing defense, but he's still not going to be worth starting in most fantasy formats.

48broncosLance Ball

Lance Ball

15 rush yards, 1 rec, 10 rec yards

Ball tallied one yard on one carry in Week 5 at New England. He wasn't thrown to at all, and it appears rookie Ronnie Hillman has become Willis McGahee's main backup now.

49steelersIsaac Redman

Isaac Redman

13 rush yards, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

Redman is no longer of use to fantasy owners (not that he really ever was this season). Rashard Mendenhall showed last week that he can handle the Steelers' rushing duties just fine.

50coltsDonald Brown

Donald Brown

0 rush yards

Brown will reportedly miss 2-3 weeks after minor knee surgery, so get him out of your lineup.

51cowboysFelix Jones

Felix Jones

7 rush yards, 1 rec, 8 rec yards

Jones has just three carries this season, even with DeMarco Murray struggling to move the ball. If Jones had more to offer, Dallas would give him the rock.

52giantsAndre Brown

Andre Brown

10 rush yards

Brown suffered a head injury early in Week 5 against the Browns, and he couldn't return. Even if he's healthy, Ahmad Bradshaw's presence means limited carries for Brown.

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