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Week 6 Fantasy Football Running Backs: Start/Sit

Through 5 weeks of the NFL Season, we are left with 4 undefeated teams and 3 teams looking to get their first win. This week, we’re set for our fair share of evenly faced matchups with battles such as the Chiefs Vs. Bills, Green Bay vs. Tampa Bay, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh and several others. With this being the case, we are in store for potential breakout performances from fantasy stars in big-time matchups this week. In this article, we’ll break down players who have potential to break out for a big game and notable players who would be better left on your bench. We intentionally exclude players such as Derrick Henry and Alvin Kamara who should be in your starting lineup every week if they are playing.

Running Backs to Start:

Myles Gaskin – Myles Gaskin has surprisingly emerged as the lead back for the Dolphins offense this season overtaking veterans Matt Breida and Jordan Howard. In the last few matchups, Gaskin has seen a bulk of the snap count as his play has progressively gotten better. Where Gaskin has truly been able to grow as a player is through quick passes out of the gun that has made Gaskin friendlier for PPR leagues. In PPR leagues against the Jets, Gaskin is a quality flex start. 

David Montgomery – David Montgomery has been a disappointment for fantasy owners this season. Montgomery has only broken 65 rushing yards once this season in his week 2 matchup against the woeful New York Giants. Where David Montgomery has succeeded is similar to Gaskin with his handful of receptions every game for 20-30 yards receiving a game. Montgomery and the Bears face a tough team in the Carolina Panthers, but the bulk of the pressure will be on Nick Foles and the passing attack. Carolina does well against stopping the ball through the air but on the ground is where the Bears have an opportunity for Montgomery as long as they can stay in this game. If the Bears are able to keep up with Carolina then this should be a strong opportunity for Montgomery in your flex position.

Jonathan Taylor – The rookie running back has filled the role left by Marlon Mack in a promising manner. Taylor has emerged as an early offensive rookie of the year candidate as he has rushed for over 400 yards along with 3 touchdowns. The Cincinnati Bengals just allowed the Baltimore Ravens to rush for 161 yards against them and with another strong running back combination in Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines, what makes us think that this game will be any different. Taylor is in for a big day against the Cincinnati Bengals and should be a must start in your lineups. 

Running Backs to Sit:

Damien Harris – The Patriots backfield is a fantasy football player’s nightmare. Every week, one player goes off and then is cold for weeks and the cycle repeats. With James White, Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris, we never know which of the Patriots running backs will get the bulk of the carries or receptions or playing time. Harris has been trending upwards lately and is developing at a strong pace but due to the Patriots backfield, we recommend stashing him on your bench and leaving out of starting lineups until we see one breakout player in that backfield. 

Joe Mixon – After Mixon’s monstrous week 4 performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars where he managed a combined 181 yards and 3 touchdowns, he went back down to earth with a decent showing against a tough Ravens team with 84 total yards. Mixon has only managed to find the endzone in one game this season and it was the Jaguars game. Mixon and Burrow have been limited this season due to the struggling Bengals O-line as they are faced with constant pressure without time to truly succeed. The Colts are another tough matchup for the Bengals and with most likely playing from behind in this matchup, we don’t expect the Bengals to be handing the ball off to Mixon very often.

Darell Henderson – Similar to the Patriots, the Rams have a backfield filled with several players who seem to take turns of being in the lead for each game. Henderson had his moment in weeks 2 and 3 but has managed a combined 59 rushing yards in week 4 and 5 against weak teams in the New York Giants and the Washington Football Team. The Rams have another friendly matchup against the 49ers but due to the significant steps back that Henderson has taken in the last 2 weeks, we don’t see him as a quality starting option this week.

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