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PvP: week 6 running backs

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A high-scoring Sunday in Week 6 enabled several projected top 10 running backs -- i.e. Maurice Jones-Drew, Adrian Peterson and DeAngelo Williams -- to shake off recent downturns and regain their footing as must-starts regardless of matchup.

Here's the top 10 PvP running backs, with projections supplied by our friends at Fantasy Football Nerd:

1. Jones-Drew: 20.1 projected points/35 actual points
2. Cedric Benson: 17.2/10
3. Rashard Mendenhall: 16.4/13
4. Michael Turner: 16.4/10
5. Peterson: 15.4/16
6. Ryan Grant: 14.3/10
7. Williams: 14.3/29
8. Matt Forte: 13.8/5
9. Knowshon Moreno: 13.6/TBD
10. Brian Westbrook: 13.5/14

Peterson owners should take serious note about his ankle injury in the fourth quarter against Baltimore. Peterson said his ankle was fine, but keep in mind he has another difficult matchup in Week 7 against Pittsburgh.

Some of the biggest overachievers at running back apart from Jones-Drew included Ray Rice (12.3./29), Laurence Maroney (3.4/19), Thomas Jones (12/28) and Jonathan Stewart (7.9/17).

The most intriguing among those players down the road is Maroney, who became the featured runner after Sammy Morris had to be helped off the field with a knee injury. With Fred Taylor perhaps done for the season and Morris hurt, Maroney figures to get the bulk of the carries in an offense that broke out on Sunday.

Now to the bad stuff. Matt Forte and Brandon Jacobs continue to be fantasy underachievers. Forte not only was a single-digit fantasy player this week, but he's developed a case of fumbleitis. Jacobs, meantime, narrowly escaped the fantasy collar.

At this point, both players are starters based only on matchups, which is rather stunning considering Forte was a top five pick in virtually all drafts and Jacobs plays in an offense ranked fifth in rushing and sixth overall.

By Gene Wang  |  October 19, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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