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Fantasy Football 2012, Week 6: Running back rankings for PPR and standard leagues

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Check out the top 50 backs for Week 6 with some news and notes about the wonderful world of running backs.

There was quite a bit of carnage this week in the running back department, so we're going to switch gears back to the news-related item. We'll have a stats-driven intro like last week soon enough.

Donald Brown had his knee scoped and could miss three weeks. The Colts already had their bye. I've covered Vick Ballard three times this season in Waiver Wire Scoops, so go pick him up right now. I'll wait.

Cedric Benson was placed on IR with his Lisfranc injury. He is designated to return, so that eight-week timeframe is still in play. He's barely worth owning though. Moving forward, Mike McCarthy said he will take a hot-hand approach in determining whether to go with Alex Green or James Starks. Green has the edge for now, but neither player is a guy I'd count on until this situation clears up.

Ben Tate is expecting to play on Sunday. There's a chance that an owner hastily cut Tate, so I'd make sure he's not sitting out on any waiver wires. The Texans are smashing on the NFL right now and it seems like they will clinch the top seed fairly early. They are second in the AFC in points and first in points allowed. They're rolling.

Andre Brown is dealing with a concussion and has not been cleared. David Wilson should see most of the backup duties behind Ahmad Bradshaw. If Wilson keeps the ball from hitting the turf, he might re-emerge as a hot pickup.

The Steelers are going to stick with a running-back-by-committee attack, so Rashard Mendenhall owners might want to take it easy on starting him a little longer.

Bilal Powell played more snaps than Shonn Greene for the second week in a row. Greene is just not talented at all. The Jets have an OK matchup against the Colts, so this might actually be a breakout game for Powell.

William Powell is expected to get most of the work for Arizona, according to Adam Schefter. He should be owned in most leagues, but he's more of a flex this week.

Standard League PPR League
1 Arian Foster Arian Foster
2 Ray Rice Ray Rice
3 LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy
4 Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles
5 Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson
6 Ryan Mathews Ryan Mathews
7 Darren McFadden Darren McFadden
8 Trent Richardson Reggie Bush
9 Reggie Bush Trent Richardson
10 Alfred Morris Alfred Morris
11 Marshawn Lynch DeMarco Murray
12 Doug Martin Doug Martin
13 DeMarco Murray Marshawn Lynch
14 Stevan Ridley Stevan Ridley
15 Willis McGahee Ahmad Bradshaw
16 Ahmad Bradshaw Steven Jackson
17 Steven Jackson Fred Jackson
18 Fred Jackson Willis McGahee
19 Michael Turner C.J. Spiller
20 Frank Gore Chris Johnson
21 Rashard Mendenhall Vick Ballard
22 Chris Johnson Michael Turner
23 Vick Ballard Frank Gore
24 C.J. Spiller Jacquizz Rodgers
25 Bilal Powell Bilal Powell
26 Brandon Bolden Rashard Mendenhall
27 Mikel LeShoure Mikel LeShoure
28 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Ronnie Hillman
29 Shonn Greene Brandon Bolden
30 Jacquizz Rodgers William Powell
31 Ben Tate Ben Tate
32 William Powell BenJarvus Green-Ellis
33 Alex Green Alex Green
34 Ronnie Hillman Kendall Hunter
35 Kendall Hunter LaRod Stephens-Howling
36 James Starks Shonn Greene
37 Shaun Draughn David Wilson
38 Bernard Pierce Daryl Richardson
39 LaRod Stephens-Howling Bernard Pierce
40 LeGarrette Blount James Starks
41 David Wilson Bryce Brown
42 Daniel Thomas Evan Royster
43 Isaac Redman Joique Bell
44 Daryl Richardson Shaun Draughn
45 Alfonso Smith Danny Woodhead
46 Evan Royster Daniel Thomas
47 Bryce Brown LeGarrette Blount
48 John Kuhn Isaac Redman
49 Jackie Battle Brian Leonard
50 Joique Bell Felix Jones

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