Week 6 of the NFL Season is already here. It’s absolutely flying by, sadly, so make sure you sit back and enjoy it. Also, enjoy the chaos, as this fantasy football season is unlike anything we have ever experienced. It’s a scary sight. Look below at my running back start/sit for Week 6.
Week 5 is in the books, and it was a chaotic week again. We saw big-time performances from names like Eno Benjamin, Rhamondre Stevenson, Breece Hall, and others. At the same time, we saw injuries occur to Rashaad Penny, James Conner, and others. Sigh. Now we are onto Week 6 in what will hopefully be a much better football week. 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 whom to start/sit at tight end. This year, I’m covering the running back start/sit.
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Changing the Call (QB): Jayson Snyder
The Cutback (RB): Jake Oliver
Slant Pattern (WR): Tristan Cook
12 Formation (TE): Ethan Wyatt
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 be including players like Jonathan Taylor 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 that 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 get to watch over 200+ games of NFL football. It’s back! Good luck with this dynasty fantasy football season.
Week 5 Recap
This is my recap of my picks from Week Five, and they qualify as a “win” if they finish above the expert consensus for the ‘start; and if the finish below the expert consensus for the ‘sit’ in PPR scoring. Hopefully, Week 6 running back Start/Sit fare better!
Kareem Hunt: Another good week for Hunt, who had a touchdown, three catches for 10 yards, and 11 rushes for 47 yards.
Devin Singletary: Singletary whiffed with only 42 yards on the ground and 4 yards through the air on his seven touches.
James Robinson: Who knew the Texans would play defense? Jrob had a meager 27 yards on the ground over 10 rushes and two catches for 12 yards.
Miles Sanders: I thought Miles would have a better game, but I underestimated Arizona’s defense. He only got you two catches for six yards and 58 yards rushing.
Patriots Running Backs: I nailed half of the Pats starts. Rhamondre had 161 yards on the ground and two catches for 14 yards. Harris struggled with only 12 yards over his five touches.
Antonio Gibson: GibSZN is over. He had three carries for six yards but did catch three passes for 33 yards.
Tyler Allgeier: Allgeier stunk versus the Bucs with only 45 yards on the ground.
Jamaal Williams: Williams had a challenging game against the Patriots and only got you 56 yards on the ground over 15 totes. No bueno.
Michael Carter: Alright, I didn’t expect Carter to have two touchdowns, but he only had 33 total yards on 12 touches which isn’t good.
James Conner: Conner was on pace for a good game until he got hurt. He finished with 55 yards on 9 rushes and a catch for eight yards.
Grade: 7/10, on the season 34/51 on the running back start/sit.
Start: Melvin Gordon III, DEN
Week 5 ECR RB17
Gordon is a start this week despite being in a messy Broncos offense. They play Monday night against the Chargers. This is a great matchup for the Broncos’ running backs. The Chargers are the worst team defending the run. This should mean that MG3 will see plenty of open holes to run the ball for big yardage. He had a good game in that awful TNF tilt last week by getting 13.3 PPR points without a touchdown. I’d say there’s a good shot he gets that touchdown this week.
Start: Eno Benjamin, AZ
Week 5 ECR RB24
Eno is a personal favorite of mine. Yet, he’s the only active, healthy running back on the Arizona Cardinals. Last week, James Conner, Darrel Williams, and Johnathan Ward all left the game with injuries. Now, the Cardinals signed Ty’Son Williams and Corey Clement to their practice squad. This indicates that Conner and company will be out on Sunday. That will mean plenty of touches for Eno Benjamin, which makes him a start. He proved he was able to perform with 14.3 PPR points last week. To make things even better, Eno is facing the Seahawks, who are among the worst at defending the run.
Start: Devin Singletary, BUF
Week 5 ECR RB21
Yes, Singletary had a boring Week 5 against the Steelers. However, the Bills didn’t need him to do much during their slaughter. That won’t be the case against the Kansas City Chiefs. This should be a high-scoring and intense game. That will lead to lots of work for Singletary, especially in the passing game. In games where the Bills had to play catch-up or compete, Singletary has 62 rushing yards and 13 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. That was over the course of two games. I like Singletary’s chances to get you at least 11+ PPR points.
Honorable Mentions: James Robinson RB25, Ezekiel Elliott RB26
Sit: Ken Walker III, SEA
Week 5 ECR RB15
I get that Walker is taking the reins over from the injured Penny as the lead rusher for the Seahawks. However, that doesn’t mean he will get a huge workload out of the gate. Pete Carroll loves Deejay Dallas, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him get plenty of touches. Plus, the Seahawks are passing a lot which limits Walker’s upside. Combine this with the fact that he’s facing the Arizona Cardinals, who have proven to be extremely tough against the run, and it sets up a challenging matchup to start him in. I’d wait a week to ensure he will get the vast share of touches.
Good luck this week with your running back start/sit dilemmas!
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