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When you look at the projections below, you'll see Eno Benjamin projected as a top 15 running back, which pretty clearly means we aren't projecting James Conner to play on Sunday. That shouldn't be too big of a surprise, since Conner left Week 5 with a rib injury and hasn't practiced on Wednesday or Thursday in preparation for Week 6. What may be a bigger surprise is that I wouldn't mind flexing Benjamin even if Conner plays.

If Conner starts Week 6, you have multiple outs. For one, Conner could leave early again -- he's already done it twice this year. It's also possible that after a week being limited, the team chooses to lighten Conner's workload. But I wouldn't completely rule out Benjamin receiving a higher percentage of the touches even if Conner is 100%.

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Benjamin has been more efficient than Conner by just about every measure this year. He's been better per catch, per carry, and per target. All told, he's been a full yard better per touch. Some of that could have to do with the situations in which they've been employed, but the eye test will tell you that Benjamin looks better moving with the football as well.

Considering the Cardinals/Seahawks game has the second-highest over/under on the slate and the Seahawks have given up the firth-most Fantasy points to running backs this season, I'd be happy with Benjamin as a flex even if he got 40% of the team's opportunities. One way or another, I'm fine with betting on that being the case. Plan on Benjamin being in your lineup this week.

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

Week 6 RB Preview
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Who's Out

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

SEA Seattle • #20
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Kenneth Walker should be a must-start running back rest of season.
NE New England • #37
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Rhamondre Stevenson is a top 10 running back in all formats this week.
ARI Arizona • #6
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Eno Benjamin is a No. 2 running back if both James Conner and Darrel Williams are out.
BUF Buffalo • #20
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
If Hines and Jonathan Taylor both miss Week 6, Deon Jackson and Phillip Lindsay are both in play as flexes.
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Numbers to know
  • 100 -- Rhamondre Stevenson played 100% of the RB snaps once Damien Harris went down in Week 5.
  • 6 -- Just six touches for A.J. Dillon in Week 5. After a strong Week 1, he's been a ghost since then and probably not worth starting at this point. 
  • 0 -- The Patriots have yet to surrender a rushing touchdown to a running back.
  • 49 -- Receptions for running backs versus the Chiefs, easily the highest in the league. And 350 receiving yards are also the most in the league by 76 yards. 
  • 47 -- Nick Chubb leads running backs with a 47% avoided tackle rate.
  • 5.74 -- Yards after contact per rush for Kenneth Walker III, the second highest in the league behind D'Andre Swift
  • 298 -- Rushing yards for Josh Jacobs in the last two games.
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that Matter
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ATL Atlanta • #25
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF SF -5.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS RB
4th
PROJ PTS
6.9
RB RNK
35th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
184
REC
2
REYDS
25
TD
0
FPTS/G
5.7
MIA Miami • #23
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL SF -5.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS RB
21st
PROJ PTS
14.3
RB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
375
REC
8
REYDS
70
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.5
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #23
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND IND -2 O/U 42
OPP VS RB
19th
PROJ PTS
11.1
RB RNK
27th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
286
REC
8
REYDS
45
TD
4
FPTS/G
13
NO New Orleans • #31
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SEA ARI -3 O/U 51
OPP VS RB
27th
PROJ PTS
12.9
RB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
136
REC
12
REYDS
97
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.3
BUF Buffalo • #26
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC BUF -3 O/U 54
OPP VS RB
30th
PROJ PTS
11.3
RB RNK
20th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
171
REC
18
REYDS
145
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.7
DAL Dallas • #20
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI PHI -5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS RB
14th
PROJ PTS
9.9
RB RNK
29th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
248
REC
7
REYDS
71
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.2
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 6 Adds (RB Preview)
DEN Denver • #26
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
32nd
RB RNK
34th
ROSTERED
53%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
58
REC
5
REYDS
58
TD
0
FPTS/G
3.3
As long as Latavius Murray is inactive, I'd project 8-12 touches for Boone against a Chargers defense that has not been good against the run.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #25
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DEN LAC -5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
9th
RB RNK
38th
ROSTERED
20%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
104
REC
7
REYDS
56
TD
1
FPTS/G
5.9
Kelley has some short term value as the RB2 alongside Austin Ekeler, but his real appeal is the longterm upside if something happens to Ekeler.
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PIT Pittsburgh • #30
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -8 O/U 44
OPP VS RB
2nd
RB RNK
43rd
ROSTERED
34%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
52
REC
2
REYDS
3
TD
0
FPTS/G
2.5
Even Mike Tomlin has acknowledged that they need to play Jaylen Warren more. It appears Warren has taken over the third-down role, and he could see even more work moving forward. He's certainly the most explosive Steelers' back this season.
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DFS Plays
Top DFS Play
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NE New England • #38
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE CLE -3 O/U 42.5
OPP VS RB
29th
PROJ PTS
16.7
RB RNK
7th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
372
REC
13
REYDS
71
TD
1
FPTS/G
12.7
I received a text from one of my colleagues late Monday night expressing concern that Stevenson was his No. 1 running back this week. Well, he's in my top five as well, so I don't believe it's that outlandish. Stevenson should see 20-plus touches in a good matchup and he's still priced like a No. 2 running back.
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MIA Miami • #23
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL SF -5.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS RB
21st
PROJ PTS
14.3
RB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
375
REC
8
REYDS
70
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.5
Until it becomes widely recognized that Wilson is getting nearly 20 touches a week and producing excellent efficiency on those touches, I'm going to keep riding him. It's all the better that we can do so as a contrarian play.
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Heath's Projections