We expect Christian McCaffrey to turn in performances like he did in week 5. However, to see Aaron Jones go for more than 40 fantasy points was a little more surprising.

Jones has been a frustrating fantasy asset in recent years. He produced when he got the ball, but it always seemed like he didn’t get enough touches. So should we expect this kind of production from Jones? I’m not sure.

For now, it seems like Green Bay is willing to run the ball. With Aaron Rodgers at the helm, I’m not so sure that can hold steady for an entire season. Here’s the start ’em, sit ’em for week 6 fantasy football running backs.


Ronald Jones III vs. Carolina Panthers

If you’re in a Flex league, don’t miss out on Jones as a potential threat.

Jones once again out-gained Peyton Barber in week 5 against New Orleans despite not having much to show for it on the stat sheet. Jones seems to be the No. 1 choice for a Buccaneers offense that appears to be more consistent than in previous years on the ground.

Carolina has been terrible against the run this season and that continued in week 5 against Jacksonville. The Panthers are a bottom-10 rush defense for a reason, so look for Jones to fill in a void on your roster in week 6.

Carlos Hyde vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Remember when Kansas City cut Hyde in the preseason? You may have forgotten, but I’m pretty sure Hyde has not.

Hyde has surprisingly been a major part of the Texans offense in 2019 so far, dominating the early down work for Houston. For the season, I’m not sure how much Hyde can produce, but for this game, I’m trusting Hyde to be a solid option.

Kansas City owns the second-worst defense in yards per rush attempt allowed in the NFL. The Texans will focus on Hyde in this revenge game, so I’ll take my chances with Hyde as an RB2 in week 6.

Le’Veon Bell vs. Dallas Cowboys

Bell hasn’t been great this season, but that’s because the Jets have been atrocious.

Life will get better with Sam Darnold at the helm and after the Cowboys showed an inability to stop the run in week 5, this matchup is looking a little better.

The Cowboys likely won’t be as bad in week 6 against the Jets, but even so, the usage is still there for Bell to be an impact RB2 in fantasy football. With the lack of high-usage running backs available in fantasy football, Bell is still a solid option, despite the lower production this season.


Jordan Howard vs. Minnesota Vikings

Howard has been trending in the right direction in recent weeks. He has three touchdowns in the last two games. He is getting more carries. And his production is increasing.

But this is not the right matchup for him.

The Vikings are a top-10 defense against the run and the Eagles will know that going into this game. Teams are not able to muster much offensively through the running game against Minnesota, so I expect very little out of Howard.

The carries may be increasing for Howard, but don’t expect much from him in week 6.

Adrian Peterson reverted back to his old self in week 1. Flickr/Keith Allison

Adrian Peterson vs. Miami Dolphins

Normally, I would start about anybody against the Dolphins.

But I’m not siding with Peterson. Washington’s offensive line is terrible. Peterson isn’t getting enough usage, with just seven carries in his last game. And the Redskins are starting Dwayne Haskins, meaning the Dolphins will likely focus on the rushing game.

Miami hasn’t been great against the run, but they’ve done enough to not rank last (which is saying a lot for them). Don’t buy into the Redskins turning it around in this one. Peterson is not worth even a Flex look.

Joe Mixon vs. Baltimore Ravens

At some point, the Ravens defense is going to get better. And that will create a major problem for the Bengals in this one.

Mixon has been a disappointment, along with the rest of the Bengals offense this year. Sure, he had more than 100 scrimmage yards for the first time this season in week 5, but I’m not buying that for future value.

He hadn’t been that type of player for the previous four weeks and the Bengals are in disarray on the offensive side of the ball. The weapons are shrinking for the Bengals, so I don’t trust their options in week 6 against a motivated Ravens defense.


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