Fantasy Football Week 6 Running Back Preview: Projections, DFS plays, waiver adds, and more

Week 6 marks the beginning of the bye season, with the Raiders, Titans, Texans, and Lions on a bye. At running back, this week is particularly painful because Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs, Jamaal Williams, and Dameon Pierce have all been ranked as top-24 running backs. With all the injuries we’re dealing with, they will be missed.

One of the results of this is that some of the bigger busts have found their way back into the top 24 of the projections at the bottom of this article. More specifically, Najee Harris and Ezekiel Elliott. It’s much harder to get away from them this week than it was last, even if I don’t really want to start either. But as bad as this position has been, it doesn’t mean I will advise starting Cam Akers or Darrell Henderson.

Akers and Henderson have combined to score 61.5 PPR Fantasy points this season. That’s one fewer point than Jeff Wilson, but more than Harris or Elliott. Unfortunately, we don’t get to use Akers and Henderson in combination, and their current split in work makes them unusable.

Henderson has played at least 50% of the snaps in every game this year and he’s played more snaps than Akers in four of five games. He’s also dominated targets, with 15 on the season to Akers’ five. But he did not receive even one carry last week and he hasn’t had double-digit carries in a game since Week 2.

Akers has dominated rush attempts, with 13 last week and 12 or more in three of his last four games, but he only has one game all year with a catch and he’s actually seen his snap share drop the last two weeks, all the way down to 31% in Week 5.

What’s been left unsaid to this point is that if either back was having any success at all, their usage would probably be a lot better. But Akers is averaging an abysmal 3.0 yards per carry and Henderson has been awful in the passing game at 5.7 yards per catch and 4.5 yards per target. Their problem may be related to Matthew Stafford’s, that the offensive line is terrible, but I’m not sure when that’s going to improve.

I’m trying to hold both of the Rams running backs just in case one of them gets hurt and/or the situation gets more clear. But even with all the byes and injuries, I have no interest in starting either in Week 6.

Now let’s get to the rest of the Week 6 RB Preview:

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The following players are not being projected to play in Week 6 at this time. Here’s what it means:

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Numbers to know

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Matchups that matter

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