1. Clinton Portis (WAS) – We were impressed when Portis rushed for 121 yards against Dallas in week 4, but when he torched the Eagles top ranked defense for 145 rushing yards and a TD last week, we were blown away. Portis is on a roll and he might just be the best fantasy RB in all of football right now. On top of that, fortunate fantasy owners should be all smiles with a week 6 match up against St. Louis looming. In 4 games, the Rams have allowed an average of 166 yards rushing per game and have also given up 7 TD’s on the ground. Portis should run wild on this defense and he is a no brainer for your starting fantasy line up.
2. Adrian Peterson (MIN) – Despite a surprisingly poor 32 yard rushing performance against what is thought to be a soft New Orleans run defense, Peterson remains a must start for week 6. A match up against Detroit’s 30th ranked run defense holds promise galore. While the Lions will likely stack the box against Peterson as the Saints did so successfully in week 5, their defense is so bad that they could put twenty guys in the box, and still have trouble slowing Peterson down. The Lions are giving up an average of 180 rushing yards per game and have allowed 7 rushing TD’s in just 4 games. In addition, Peterson rushed for 116 yards and 2 TD’s in his last game against them. We would be shocked if Peterson does not rebound in a big way with this match up.
3. Brandon Jacobs (NYG) – He continues to receive limited touches, but it hasn’t really slowed his production. Jacobs now has 3 rushing TD’s in his last 2 games and he torched the Seahawks for 136 rushing yards on just 15 carries in week 5. A week 6 match up against Cleveland should provide fantasy owners with yet another big fantasy day. The Browns have allowed 504 yards and 6 TD’s on the ground in just 4 games so far this season. Hopefully, Jacobs will get enough carries to make a big splash again this week, but as he has already proven, he may not need many to do significant damage.
4. Matt Forte (CHI) – He is struggling to gain yardage on the ground, but he continues to prove worthy as a duel threat in the passing game. Forte is looking at a favorable week 6 match up against the Falcons. The 21st ranked Atlanta run defense is giving up an average of 126 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD per game. He should also benefit from Kyle Orton’s recent success as defenses will be less prone to stack the box against him in fear of getting burnt by the Bears improved passing attack. Forte will receive plenty of touches and he should benefit your week 6 fantasy roster in a big way with this match up.
5. Ronnie Brown (MIA) – We are dumb founded that Brown continues to excel in the gimmicky wildcat offense, but for whatever reason, it has proven effective in two consecutive games. You would think an NFL defensive coordinator and NFL talent could find a way to stop an offense used primarily in high school and college, but no one seems to have an answer for it. Maybe the Dolphins should consider bringing the wing T and wish bone to the NFL as well. Everyone has said that they wouldn’t work against the speed and talent of the NFL for years, but now we aren’t so sure. Brown is playing as well as anyone with the current scheme, and we see no reason for that to come to a halt in week 6 against a soft Texans run defense. Houston has allowed a per game average of 140 yards and 2 TD’s on the ground so far this season. Brown remains worthy of a fantasy starting spot until defenses can come up with an answer, which is unlikely in week 6, and maybe not for the rest of the season.
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