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October 16, 2009

Fantasy Football Running Back Start/Sit Rankings (Week 6)


Any additional Fantasy Football updates that are necessary will be posted no later than Saturday in the final week 6 rankings.

1. Cedric Benson (CIN) – If you were not a believer before, you should be now. Benson not only rushed for an impressive 120 yards and a TD in week 5 against the NFL’s stingiest run defense, but in doing so, he also snapped the Ravens’ 39 game streak of not allowing an opposing RB to rush for over 100 yards. This was a streak that dated all the way back to 2006. Even more impressive, Benson’s lofty numbers in week 5 moved him past Adrian Peterson as the NFL’s overall leading rusher. You are most definitely going to want Benson in your week 6 fantasy line up against a leaky Houston run defense that ranks just 26th in the NFL and has allowed 9 rushing TD’s in just 5 games (most in the NFL).

2. Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC) – He has had a rough go of it the last couple of weeks, but there is nothing quite like a match up against the lowly Rams to get you back on track. The St. Louis defense is giving up an average of 126 ground yards per game and they have allowed 6 rushing TD’s in 5 games. MJD should be able to capitalize in a big way with his versatility in this match up offering exceptional fantasy value in the passing game as well. He is a must start for week 6.

3. Adrian Peterson (MIN) – The good news, Peterson is coming off of a 2 TD performance in week 5 and heading into a match up against a Baltimore defense that gave up 120 rushing yards to Cedric Benson last Sunday. Baltimore had previously not allowed an opposing back to rush for over 100 yards in almost 3 years. The bad news, Peterson will face an angry Baltimore defense that had its 39 game streak of not allowing an opposing back to go over 100 yards. The Ravens will most certainly stack the box against Peterson as all defenses that face him do, but the Vikings will still get him into scoring position and Peterson is capable of beating up on any defense under any circumstances. We aren’t saying yards won’t be difficult to come by this week because they will, but if Cedric Benson can embarrass the Ravens, Peterson is certainly capable of doing so as well.

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