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Week 6 Fantasy Football Defensive Matchup Exploitation: RB

The most and least favorable fantasy football running back matchups for Week 6.

Knowshon Moreno
Knowshon Moreno

Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) reacts to his touchdown run in front of Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin (98) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

As we saw with Chris Johnson being stuffed by the Chiefs and the Seahawks shutting down Trent Richardson in Week 5, a bad matchup can kill your fantasy chances. A favorable matchup, however, like Zac Stacy against the Jags or Knowshon Moreno against the Cowboys can make you look like a genius.

This week, it’ll be Le’Veon Bell’s turn to take on the toughest run defense in the league, one that held the Falcons to 64 rushing yards in Week 5. I wouldn’t risk starting him, or anyone in Oakland or on the Giants this week with tough matchups all around. The Browns rush D isn’t as good as it looks on paper, helped by poor games by Daniel Thomas, Bernard Pierce, and Gio Bernard. I’d still start Bush. Tampa also hasn’t seen too many good RBs and I certainly wouldn’t think of benching LeSean. The Cardinals, on the other hand, have kept every RB they’ve faced (including Doug Martin, Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles) to under nine fantasy points so Frank Gore isn’t an optimal start.

The Chargers have kept Arian Foster, Chris Johnson, and DeMarco Murray to under 9.2 FPS so I don’t like Trent Richardson’s chances either. On the other hand, Buffalo has given up some big games to Shane Vereen, Bilal Powell, and Willis McGahee so Gio and BJGE have a decent matchup.

I wouldn’t worry about Danny Woodhead since he’s primarily a receiver but, while I like Eddie Lacy a lot, I don’t like him this week. The Ravens have held Arian Foster, Knowshon Moreno, Trent Richardson, and CJ Spiller to under 8 FPS.

The Chargers have been almost as good but I’d still take the chance on Jamaal Charles after they gave up 16.7 FPS to LeSean McCoy. I’d stay away from Chris Johnson, though, against a tough Seahawks D.

Arian Foster, Bilal Powell (watch out for Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson though, Powell owners), Willis McGahee, DeAngelo Williams, DeMarco Murray, Knowshon Moreno, Matt Forte, Ray Rice, and Doug Martin all look good in their matchup. I wouldn’t start Maurice Jones-Drew against the Broncos, though, considering the Jags will be behind all game nor would I start Rashard Mendenhall against the Niners.

Let’s take a look at all of the fantasy football running back matchups in Week 6.

Browse by Position: QBRBWRTE

 Highly Unfavorable, Unfavorable, Neutral, Slightly Favorable, Favorable

Rank
vs
RB

AVG
RB
FPS
Allowed

Defense

Week 5 Opponents

1

8.95 Jets Le’Veon Bell, Felix Jones, Jonathan Dwyer

2

12.45 Browns Reggie Bush, Joique Bell

3

12.53 Chiefs Darren McFadden (Q), Rashad Jennings, Marcel Reece

4

12.58 Buccaneers LeSean McCoy

5

13.08 Cardinals Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon

6

13.38 Chargers Trent Richardson, Donald Brown

7

13.55 Bills Gio Bernard, BenJarvus Green-Ellis

8

13.68 Colts Danny Woodhead, Ronnie Brown, Ryan Mathews (Q)

9

13.73 Bears Da’Rel Scott, Brandon Jacobs

10

14.20 Ravens Eddie Lacy

11

14.53 Raiders Jamaal Charles

12

14.58 Seahawks Chris Johnson

13

14.68 Patriots Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas

14

15.5 Bengals C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson

15

15.7 Cowboys Alfred Morris, Roy Helu

16

15.73 Panthers Adrian Peterson

17

16.08 Texans Zac Stacy, Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead

18

16.15 Titans Marshawn Lynch

19

16.75 Falcons BYE

20

16.9 Saints Stevan Ridley, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden

21

17.43 Packers Ray Rice

22

18.68 Eagles Doug Martin

23

19.43 Giants Matt Forte

24

19.88 Jaguars Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball

25

20.93 49ers Rashard Mendenhall, Andre Ellington, Alfonso Smith

26

21.5 Dolphins BYE

27

21.83 Redskins DeMarco Murray

28

22.49 Broncos Maurice Jones-Drew

29

22.63 Vikings DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert

30

23.20 Lions Willis McGahee, Chris Ogbonnaya

31

23.53 Steelers Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson

32

25.75 Rams Arian Foster, Ben Tate

*Values based on Yahoo standard scoring.

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