So we are now entering week 6 of the regular season, and that means we are getting closer and closer to having a perfect representation of how defenses will perform against RBs. If it’s not completely obvious each week, let me tell you that Philadelphia will reward your RB with a kick ass game every time. BUT, this week the Eagles travel to Washington and because Shanahan hates you and your fantasy team, we are not certain which RB will get the bulk of the carries against the most generous defense around. Since Hightower seems to be less than 100%, it looks like Torain might get the start, but you never can tell….

This week, we have added a few more columns to the chart to add some more stats to accurately depict how defenses rank against running backs on the ground and through the air. This is important because your RB will get credit for both type of yards gained. This is helpful when you face a stout run D like Dallas; notice that they are not so stout against the reception yards for RBs. So let’s take it all into account and look at some favorable matchups this week:

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Cedric Benson vs. IND

Benson has been having a tough go at it lately, but this should be the week that he turns it around, some. Last week, the Colts allowed 119 yds on the ground to an unknown, 3rd string back, Jackie Battle; not to mention another 55 yds to Thomas Jones.  This week, Benson will likely see 20+ carries this week and you can bet that he’ll break a big one against a run D that allows an average of 145 yards a game.

James Starks vs. STL

The Green Bay backfield is definitely not the focal point of the offense, nor is it as clear cut as others in the league. However, because the Packers are practically unstoppable, they will likely be up on the scoreboard for most of the game and that will lead way to more run plays than usual. This coupled with the Rams allowing close to 180 yds rushing a game, Starks is bound to feast on the opportunities he is given.

Felix Jones vs. NE

After a much needed bye week for the Cowboys, Jones is primed for a big day against the Patriots this weekend. Although the Cowboys may be playing catch-up for most of the game, Jones should still see production as the Pats allow 4.6 ypc and only Oakland allows more receiving yards to running backs so far this season.


As always, the NFL produces exceptions to the rules every week and we see top RBs perform poorly or get completely shut out. No one is ever a guarantee as the injury bug has destroyed many teams out there in Fantasy Land and no one is immune. Not saying that the following will get hurt, but only saying that the matchup could prove to be tough against your precious RB. Just use caution, as the header suggests….

Jahvid Best vs. SF

Coming off a huge game against CHI last week, Best could be in for a rude awakening this week.  Before last week, Best was subpar on ypc and most effective in the passing game. However, this week he faces San Francisco who is very very stingy against RBs in all aspects. I don’t foresee Best producing nearly as well unless the Lions take a huge lead and merely use the second yr man to run out the clock.

BenJarvis Green-Ellis vs. DAL

The Law Firm is another RB coming off a very productive week that should not see consecutive weeks of grandeur. Dallas has been only allowing 3.0 ypc to opposing backs this year and I expect Brady to exploit the weaknesses in the Cowboys’ secondary to get the job done this week. BJGE could still see some goal line work as usual, but don’t expect him to tally up the yardage as he did last week. Also keep an eye on his injury status. He has a boo boo on his toe.

Other Questionable Matchups:  Rashard Mendenhall vs. Jax, DeAngelo Williams vs. Atl, Steven Jackson vs. GB

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  1. Jhern says:

    Which 2 RBs would you start: Torain, Gore, Graham

  2. FishMan says:

    Have to decide between Best or Steve Johnson for flex, assuming I start Gore and Felix at RB and Calvin and Dez at WR. Who do you like better?

  3. Mark Lee

    Mark Lee says:

    @Jhern: torain, gore

    @FishMan: Stevie J

  4. Nancy says:

    Which RB would you start with McCoy for Week 6? Green-Ellis, Redman, Delone Carter or Tolbert?

  5. Commish Cauda says:

    12-team, 0.5ppr; 4pt passing TDs; bonus for long TDs and plays of 20+ and 40+ yards

    I need a RB. Trade Vick for Big Ben & Battle?

  6. Van Haggard says:

    Start Daniel Thomas over Jahvid Best this week? Non ppr.

  7. Drew Crew says:

    Need to pick 3 of these scrubs in ppr
    Antonio Brown, Crabtree, Little, Avant, Walter, Douglas

  8. Mark Lee

    Mark Lee says:

    @Nancy: oh thats tough, can I say none? ha tolberts on bye, so BJGE would be best of those

    @Commish Cauda: not taking that trade

    @Van Haggard: yes

    @Drew Crew: brown, avant, little & walter toss up

  9. Rocky says:

    As a flex, I have Best or Mendenhall to choose from. Mendenhall seems to be the better choice right? Since Steelers looked good last week and are developing a bit of a rhythm.

  10. atcdav says:

    trade Hillis/Decker for Wells/Avant?

    no TE league start 1/2 RB and 3/4 WR

    rbs: Hillis, Ingram, JStew, Hardesty
    wrs: Megatron, Steve Smiff(CAR), Little, Manningham, Decker, Pettigrew, Mark Clayton

  11. Least Mode says:

    Mark, should I trust Torain enough to start him over Colston as my Flex?

  12. atcdav says:

    update: hillis for Wells straight up

  13. Rags says:

    My receiving corps is completely unreliable after Calvin Johnson.

    TB Mike Williams, Meachem, D. Moore, and Greg Little right now.

    What do you guys think of Torain for Dwayne Bow?

    Torain’s my flex right now behind DMC and Hillis.

    I hate to lose Torain’s matchup against the Eagles, but I do have DAngelo Williams on my bench I could use as a flex.

    Or would you try packaging DWilly with a WR?

  14. pigskinporker says:

    12 team keeper league. 1 point per reception.

    who do you like better over next 3 seasons, mike wallace or ryan matthews?

  15. Jon says:

    I have these four RBs: Adrian Peterson, Frank Gore, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Fred Jackson. I am starting as of right now, AP, Jackson(these two auto starts), but Im really hung up on Gore or Bradshaw. I went Bradshaw two weeks ina row, two great matchups only to watch Gore torch my bench and Bradshaw dud. Should I go with Gore?
    Also, DeSean Jackson or Stevie Johnson?

  16. Jon says:

    I have these four RBs: Adrian Peterson, Frank Gore, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Fred Jackson. I am starting as of right now, AP, Jackson(these two auto starts), but Im really hung up on Gore or Bradshaw. I went Bradshaw two weeks ina row, two great matchups only to watch Gore torch my bench and Bradshaw dud. Should I go with Gore?

  17. Commish Cauda says:

    @Mark Lee:

    “not taking that trade”?

    Do you mean you wouldn’t do it? Or do you mean that if you owned Ben/Battle, you wouldn’t take it? Please clarify. Thanks.

  18. Mark Lee

    Mark Lee says:

    @Rocky: i agree

    @atcdav: it would be nice if you could have wells and hillis on your team, see if you can do a jstew and ingram for wells

    @Least Mode: if torain gets the nod, which he should, yes

    @Rags: yea id try selling high on dwilly and get bowe in your lineup

    @pigskinporker: i like both, but matthews more

    @Commish Cauda: i wouldnt let go of vick, he is a injury risk, but the risk is worth the reward when he performs. have you thought of any other options to get a decent rb? im not completely sold on battle yet

  19. Cheeeeze says:

    I’m 5-0 and starting to think playoffs (thanks to this blog!)… but my QB, Vick doesn’t good playoff matchups and I’m worried about him getting hurt or them sitting him at the end of the season due to a crappy record and nagging injuries. My question is who should I be looking to trade Vick for…??

  20. Mark Lee

    Mark Lee says:

    @Cheeeeze: well as a vick owner myself, i never like the thought of letting go of him, but this is an interesting topic. we know that vick can turn any matchup into a profitable one, if hes healthy. and thats key. can he last that long? if you look at the article on pass def for the remainder of the year, it shows that Tebow, Cutler, and Fitzpatrick all have extremely favorable playoff matchups check it out at for more details

  21. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    12-team, 0.5ppr

    Earnest Graham or DeAngelo Williams this week?

  22. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    12-team, 0.5ppr

    Ingram or Starks this week?

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