It was an interesting Week 6 for running backs. There were 21 players with at least 15 carries and while most of them are studs, there were some surprising names. Brandon Jacobs turned back the clock and kicked off the week on Thursday with a 100-yard, two-TD game at Chicago. Zac Stacy, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard also somewhat surprisingly saw at least 15 carries.
Brandon Jacobs (owned in 25 percent of leagues)
The Giants actually got their ground game going on Sunday. After ranking in the bottom of the league all year, they totaled 123 yards with a 4.7 yards-per-carry average. Jacobs accounted for 106 of those and saw 22 carries.
David Wilson is going to miss the next three weeks with his neck injury, so it should be the Brandon Jacobs show again. The G-Men get two great matchups before their Week 9 bye with the Vikings and Eagles. He's a must-add player.
Andre Ellington (owned in 36 percent of leagues)
It's finally looking like Rashard Mendenhall's days of being the man are over, though coach Bruce Arians said last week that he doesn't see Ellington as a guy that can play 30 snaps every week. That said, he's making the most of his snaps. For two weeks in a row, Ellington turned seven carries into at least 50 yards. He was able to score against a stout 49ers D, so that may have changed Arians' tune.
Zac Stacy (owned in 38 percent of leagues)
The Rams are having a tough time moving the ball on the ground this year. Stacy saw 18 of the running-back carries on Sunday, totaling 78 yards on the ground to go with two catches for 11 yards on two targets. It's become very clear that he's the man and Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson have fallen off big time.
The Rams are currently ranked 29th in yards per carry and 28th in yards per game, so there really isn't a whole lot of upside here. That said, he's a starting running back and there are some good games on the horizon. He's almost unplayable against the Panthers and Seahawks over the next two weeks, though.
Joseph Randle (owned in six percent of leagues)
He saw 11 carries on Sunday and didn't look too great with 17 yards on the ground. DeMarco Murray will "most likely" be out for Week 7, so it'll likely be Randle's baby against the Eagles on Sunday.
Dallas is just 25th in rushing yards per game and they're built more in the passing game. Randle is an adept pass catcher, so he could be a sneaky asset in PPR leagues.
Khiry Robinson (owned in one percent of leagues)
He has been impressive lately and had seven carries for 53 yards and a score against the Patriots. Robinson has 5.3 yards per carry this year and the team hasn't missed Mark Ingram at all this season. The Saints are going to score a lot, but since there are so many mouths to feed in the backfield, Robinson won't have too high of a ceiling. He'll need Pierre Thomas or Darren Sproles to miss time.