Fantasy Football Week 6 Running Back Preview: Start Malcolm Brown, stash Darrell Henderson with Todd Gurley out

Earlier in the week it looked like we could be without both Todd Gurley and David Johnson. Thankfully Johnson is trending in the right direction, but Gurley received the doubtful tag, which means we expect him to sit out. 

Without Gurley I’d expect a heavy dose of Malcolm Brown, at least in regards to the percentage of carries. The Rams have gone extremely pass-heavy the past two weeks and that may continue in Week 6. I project Brown for 17 touches which makes him a top-20 back in both formats even with a difficult matchup.

The other back that deserves attention is Darrell Henderson. You can’t trust him in your lineup, but the Rams have talked about him getting more involved and I currently project him to get most of the targets out of the backfield for the Rams. This could be the week he’s finally unleashed. 

I have running back projections below as well as my favorite DFS plays, which have changed since the start of the week. 

Week 6 RB Preview

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Who’s Out

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

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Numbers to know

  • 27 – Tackles broken by Chris Carson this season. For the time being it looks like he’s tightened his grip on the role in Seattle.
  • 34.6% – Broken tackle rate for Malcolm Brown. If Gurley is out, you’re starting Brown. 
  • 3 – Receptions for Sony Michel in Week 5. That’s a career-high and a game-changer for his Fantasy value if it becomes a regular thing. 
  • 1.2 – Yards after contact per attempt for Devonta Freeman. No running back with at least 20 carries owns a lower mark. 
  • 31.3% – Broken-tackle rate for Duke Johnson. Only Alvin Kamara has been better in that regard. His teammate, Carlos Hyde, is at 11%.
  • 40.8% – of Derrick Henry’s rush attempts have come with eight defenders in the box. That only makes his production that much more impressive. 

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Matchups that matter

Matchups that Matter

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Waiver Wire Targets

Week 6 Adds

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DFS Plays

Contrarian Plays

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Heath’s Projections

Non-PPR Rank 

PPR Rank 

RB 

FPTs 

PPR FPTs 

Christian McCaffrey 

25.04 

31.63 

Dalvin Cook 

20.50 

24.66 

Alvin Kamara 

18.91 

24.45 

Leonard Fournette 

16.51 

20.70 

Nick Chubb 

17.02 

19.45 

Le’Veon Bell 

14.07 

19.45 

Aaron Jones 

15.11 

19.42 

David Johnson 

14.26 

18.46 

18 

James White 

11.89 

17.71 

17 

10 

James Conner 

11.95 

17.66 

11 

Ezekiel Elliott 

14.65 

16.97 

13 

12 

Phillip Lindsay 

13.63 

16.80 

12 

13 

Chris Carson 

13.78 

16.60 

11 

14 

Mark Ingram 

14.00 

15.59 

21 

15 

Austin Ekeler 

10.85 

15.22 

10 

16 

Derrick Henry 

14.03 

15.11 

15 

17 

Malcolm Brown 

13.44 

14.38 

14 

18 

Sony Michel 

13.55 

14.26 

19 

19 

Melvin Gordon 

11.31 

14.25 

27 

20 

Devonta Freeman 

9.80 

13.97 

30 

21 

Chris Thompson 

9.40 

13.77 

16 

22 

Kerryon Johnson 

12.05 

13.69 

25 

23 

Damien Williams 

10.03 

13.40 

24 

24 

Joe Mixon 

10.10 

13.17 

29 

25 

Jon Hilliman 

9.40 

13.00 

31 

26 

Royce Freeman 

12.69 

20 

27 

Tevin Coleman 

11.15 

12.44 

22 

28 

Matt Breida 

10.27 

12.42 

34 

29 

Kenyan Drake 

9.12 

11.98 

23 

30 

Jordan Howard 

10.11 

11.86 

32 

31 

Lesean McCoy 

9.33 

10.85 

26 

32 

Carlos Hyde 

9.99 

10.73 

33 

33 

Ronald Jones 

9.25 

10.61 

35 

34 

Jamaal Williams 

7.35 

10.58 

28 

35 

Adrian Peterson 

9.65 

10.05 

37 

36 

Chase Edmonds 

7.23 

9.92 

38 

37 

Duke Johnson 

7.16 

8.95 

39 

38 

Miles Sanders 

6.93 

8.38 

36 

39 

Peyton Barber 

7.27 

8.32 

43 

40 

Darrell Henderson 

5.31 

So who should you sit and start this week? And which surprising running back could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 6 Fantasy rankings for every position, plus see which RB is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top 20, all from the model that out-performed experts big time last season.

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