Running Back Matchups | Week 6 2017

Marhsawn Lynch in Raiders black and silver holding his facemask

The weekly running back matchups are pivotal in the fantasy football world.  Finding the right matchup to start your RB in can help lead you to fantasy glory, while the wrong matchup can cost you the week.  This weekly series will provide additional data you can use when making your week 6 fantasy football decisions whether in DFS or season long leagues.

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Week 6 Running Back Matchups | 2017

Standard PPR
Defense % Allowed vs Average % Allowed vs Average RB Affected
LAC 59.97% 48.20% Marshawn Lynch
SF 50.73% 51.75% Robert Kelley
LAR 43.28% 39.72% Leonard Fournette
PIT 40.01% 38.09% Kareem Hunt
NYG 39.39% 35.95% C.J. Anderson
CHI 35.41% 32.06% Alex Collins
ATL 31.10% 24.84% Jay Ajayi
TEN 27.06% 25.90% Frank Gore
DAL 26.44% 26.53% BYE WEEK
BAL 25.55% 15.88% Jordan Howard
SEA 25.38% 15.38% BYE WEEK
OAK 23.48% 26.40% Melvin Gordon
KC 21.63% 12.99% Le’Veon Bell
NYJ 18.83% 17.64% Mike Gillislee
CIN 6.35% 13.86% BYE WEEK
JAX 2.15% 8.68% Todd Gurley
NE 2.05% -0.83% Elijah McGuire
NO 1.65% 0.22% Ameer Abdullah
GB -0.56% -5.34% Latavius Murray
CLE -7.28% -2.41% Lamar Miller
DET -7.62% -1.63% Mark Ingram
MIN -9.68% -10.99% Aaron Jones
ARI -10.84% -9.85% Doug Martin
BUF -16.29% -21.35% BYE WEEK
WSH -19.61% -16.42% Carlos Hyde
PHI -21.98% -23.00% Jonathan Stewart
IND -22.82% -21.51% Demarco Murray
TB -23.24% -25.55% Adrian Peterson
MIA -25.67% -15.60% Devonta Freeman
CAR -35.18% -29.44% LeGarrette Blount
HOU -37.42% -31.50% Isaiah Crowell
DEN -49.66% -38.14% Orleans Darkwa

Bad news for Isaiah Crowell owners who are hoping for him to turn his season around.  The going doesn’t get any easier as Isaiah will be taking on a Houston Texans run defense that allows 37% fewer fantasy points per game on average to opposing running backs.

Speaking of tough defenses, the Denver Broncos should absolutely obliterate the New York Giants in week 6.  The Giants are expected to be without their top 3 wide receivers, plus Paul Perkins is expected to be out. Orleans Darkwa will likely draw the “start” again and rotate series with Wayne Gallman.  Expect plenty of 3 and outs for the Giants this week and if you have any other options at running back you will want to consider them.

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  1. Looking at your rankings I see DeMarco Murray is near the bottom stating that IND is allowing -22.82%/-21.51%. But looking on ESPN I see IND ranked 22nd against the run (.5 ppr). Allowing an average of 79.8 yds/1 TD a game to the RB position. Can you explain the discrepancy or anything I missed?

    1. Looking through the data, Gurley put up 15.6 std points against them in week 1 (average is 20.5), and then the major factor was Carlos Hyde only getting 1.8 (average is 10.9). Its one of those things I expect to even out as the season goes along, and I wouldn’t consider benching a RB against IND at this point

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