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The Cutback: Running Back Start/Sit Week 6

Week 6 is here already! The NFL is back! @DarthDbacks gives you some running back start/sit this week in order to win your matchup.

I’m back again to guide you through your running back start/sit questions and help you win the championship. Week 6 of the NFL Season is already here. It’s continued to be a brutal year for running back injuries. We have continued to miss multiple running backs and saw players get banged up. Last week, Khalil Herbert and James Conner got hurt, with Conner on IR now. This year will be a roller coaster like usual, filled with many highs and some lows. I’ll be here to help you navigate your lineups every week as you look towards winning that elusive championship.

Enjoy the NFL season, and remember it is only around for 18 weekends. Watch as much as you can and soak it all in. It goes by fast, and you don’t want to miss out on the best parts.

Also, enjoy the chaos, as this fantasy football season is unlike anything we have ever experienced. It’s a scary sight looking out at the many running back committees. However, I’ll do my best to advise you on your running back start/sit needs. Look below at my running back start/sit for Week 6.

I’ll be helping the Nerd Herd out this season with some running back Start/Sit for that week of fantasy football. Analysis and reasoning will be provided for every player that I mentioned. I’m here to help you win your fantasy football week and, ultimately, the championship. You might remember me from last year as I covered the start/sit for running backs. This year, I’m again covering the running back start/sit.

Be sure to follow our other start/sit articles and authors; they contain great advice to help you each week.

Changing the Call (QB): Mike Hicks
The Cutback (RB): Jake Oliver
Slant Pattern (WR): Tristan Cook
12 Formation (TE): Steven Pintado
Flex on ‘Em (FLEX): Evan Brown
IDP Start/Sit (IDP): Jon Glosser

There is one thing I want to note. For this article and every running back start/sit article I write, I won’t include players like Christian McCaffrey or Austin Ekeler. These are apparent starts so long as they aren’t on bye or injured. If you don’t start them, well, you’re a Taco. I’ll be focusing on players who are a bit harder to decide whether to start or what to expect from them. All scoring in this article series will be PPR. All stats/RB# number finishes come from FantasyPros. So, let’s make this a great season as we watch over 200+ games of NFL football. It’s back! Good luck with this dynasty fantasy football season.

Start: D’Andre Swift, Eagles, RB15

TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 25: Philadelphia Eagles running back D’Andre Swift (0) runs the ball during the NFL Football match between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles on September 25, 2023, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire)

Swift has an enticing matchup with the New York Jets this week. While the Jets have a good defense, they have struggled against the rush. The Jets are allowing the 10th-most rushing points in fantasy this season. The Eagles have been running the ball often this season, and Swift has benefited from that and from being in a time-share. He’s the RB10 and healthy. We’re finally seeing the Swift that we knew was there, as he’s averaging over 5.7 yards per carry and has two touchdowns plus 15 catches for 75 yards. He also has 16 touches inside the red zone. That’s key information as it increases the odds he will score, and it’s good to see that the Eagles trust him there. Fire Swift up this week.

Start: Alexander Mattison, RB18

Mattison is ceding some work to Cam Akers, but he’s still a strong start this week. He will benefit from the absence of Justin Jefferson, as the Vikings will be forced to throw more to him or run the ball more. Mattinson faces the Bears this week, too. The Bears allow the third-most fantasy points to the running back position, over 27 points per game. Mattison has 14 touches in the red zone, which is an encouraging sign as he will get into the end zone more with more touches. Plus, he’s averaging 4.3 yards per carry and already has 14 catches. I’d be surprised if he isn’t a high-end RB2 this week.

Honorable Mention: James Cook, RB16

Sit: Breece Hall, Jets, RB17

CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 18: New York Jets running back Breece Hall (20) carries the football during the third quarter of the National Football League game between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns on September 18, 2022, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

On the flip side of Swift’s favorable matchup against the Jets, Hall has an equally negative matchup against the Eagles. Hall will find it very hard to find any kind of rushing room against the vaunted Eagles rush defense. The Eagles allow just 10.5 points per game to running backs, the lowest in the NFL. Should the Jets get lucky and reach the red zone, Hall hasn’t been relied upon much to score. He has just eight touches there and averages only 2.8 yards per carry. The RB20 still cedes some work to Dalvin Cook and Michael Carter, which limits his upside. Unless a surprise touchdown happens, I’d expect a low-end RB2 or perhaps RB3 week. I don’t like to bet on a touchdown happening.

Sit: Jerome Ford, Browns, RB25

Ford will get run a ton this Sunday with Deshaun Watson out again. However, he will be in for a tough test against the 49ers rush defense. Even though Ford could see 20 carries, he won’t score much, as the 49ers allow just 13.9 points per game. Plus, the Browns are without key offensive linemen like Joel Bitonio. The Browns haven’t been using Ford much in the red zone either, as he has just one rush and two catches. Albeit, those three touches have each resulted in touchdowns, but that isn’t sustainable. This is a week that you start Ford as a flex, or if you have any other reliable options, perhaps bench him. The Browns as an offense is a huge fade this week.

Honorable Mention: Emari Demercado, RB26; Rachaad White, RB20

Good luck this week with your running back start/sit dilemmas!

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As always, May the Force be with You…

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