Raise your hand if you saw Brandon Jacobs rushing for 106 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday night against the Chicago Bears.
Put your hands down, Friday morning quarterbacks.
You’re lying. Jacobs was active in just seven percent of CBS Sports leagues.
The Giants came into the week with the worst rushing offense in the NFL, and even if David Wilson‘s multi-week neck injury thrust Jacobs from the street to a starting job, he was not considered a top play for Week 6. Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.
Loving what lies ahead
You are likely lamenting sitting Jacobs in lieu of Bilal Powell, DeAngelo Williams or even Willis McGahee. You still made the right decision, statistically. The Jets, Panthers and Browns face three of the worst teams in fantasy against running backs: Pittsburgh (32nd), Minnesota (31st) and Detroit (27th). You should feel confident with those fantasy fringe backs active this weekend.
Running into brick walls?
The Arizona Cardinals are a bit of fantasy fool’s gold (kryptonite?) in terms of what they have done against running backs to date. Arizona has been the best team in fantasy against running backs—ranking third in the NFL against the run—but Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon figure to change that this week.
Also, the Jets figure to be a tough matchup for hopeful Le’Veon Bell owners. Bell was great coming off his injury before hitting his bye, and now he draws the second-best team in the NFL against the run, the Jets. You keep Bell active for the potential of a touchdown. The Jets have given up four to backs to date.
Week 6 sleepers
Darren McFadden (hamstring) looks like a bad play against the Kansas City Chiefs defense, but there are a lot of banged-up backs to sort through this week. The good news is he is at least practicing, according to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. You might hate McFadden’s health situation and matchup, but he still rates as a safer play than all but about a dozen backs.
McFadden is among those we like more than a few spots than the masses:
- Danny Woodhead
- Chris Johnson
- Bilal Powell
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis
- Darren McFadden
Week 6 duds
Eddie Lacy did enough in his return from a concussion to earn fantasy must-start status regardless of the matchup. James Starks (knee) is out until at least Oct. 20, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin fumbled away his hopes for more touches again last week. Franklin might not be even worth owning going forward.
Lacy, while he is a start, is facing a Ravens defense that has been the second best in fantasy against running backs. That is why he leads the group we like less than the consensus below:
- Eddie Lacy
- Giovani Bernard
- Fred Jackson
- Pierre Thomas
- Rashard Mendenhall