Check out Marc Caviglia’s fantasy football rankings and hot takes on the Week 6 running back matchups:
- Before you all go calling me crazy, let me put it out there… Aaron Jones needs to be in your Week 6 lineups. Heck, even if he was down to one leg the No. 4 overall fantasy running back is a start in all scoring formats. However, my bold prediction for the week is that Jones gets contained to a pedestrian game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As good as Jones has been, the Bucs are allowing just 2.5 yards per carry to opposing RBs and just 42.2 rushing yards per game. Jones’ true value comes as a receiver, as Tampa is giving up just under 8 receptions per game to opposing running backs. When I deep dove into this game, Jones projected to have his worst game of the season and needing a touchdown to save his afternoon.
- With the news that Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook will be out in Week 6, that means backup Alexander Mattison will see the bulk of the touches out of the Vikings backfield. This is great news for those who handcuffed Cook or snagged Mattison later in your draft. Last week, Mattison went for 112 rushing yards and averaged 5.6 yards per carry. He also had three receptions. The Vikings offense has a favorable matchup against a winless Atlanta Falcons team that gives up 139 total yards and over a TD per game to the running back position. Mattison is a must start RB1 in all fantasy football scoring formats.
- It’s been a rough start to the season for Mark Ingram II. He’s averaging just under 10 touches per week and while he is making the most of those touches (4.6 yards per carry, 2 TDs), the Ravens have been a tricky offense to predict output each week. They’ve taken advantage of good field position to score a bunch of points but not rack up the yardage fantasy owners had hoped and Ingram still has to deal with J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards for touches. Plus, QB Lamar Jackson loves to use his legs to make plays as well. A matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles is fairly neutral in terms of how the Eagles defense the running back position but it’s a trust issue for me that makes Ingram II a low-end Flex play this week.
Rankings are based on the following scoring:
6 points per touchdown
1 point per 10 rushing & receiving yards
-2 points per turnover
.5 point & 1 point per reception (toggle to find scoring format)