Shonn Greene leads host of surprise running backs in Week 6 Impact Report

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The normally bad running backs were good. The great running backs were bad. And a few big names left with injury. Here is the breakdown of Week 6's biggest impact.

Not only were the elite backs underwhelming on Sunday, but quite a few interesting names got injured. I am trying a new format this week where I put the players in respective categories so you can jump around. Jump, jump, jump around.

Here are the biggest impacts for running backs in Week 6.

The Good

Shonn Greene against the Colts (HE DOES THIS KIND OF THING, YOU KNOW)

The reason that I never recommend Greene in fantasy is that he had half of his touchdowns in a single game last year. Outside of his three-score game against the Redskins last year, he was pretty bland. Sure, you benched him and you're mad about that, but I don't believe that Greene will ever live up to the hype around a 161 yard, 3 TD game against Indianapolis. Even Joe McKnight had a 61-yard run on Sunday.

He grabs the tough Patriots run defense next week and goes back to being a guy you don't start.

Ahmad Bradshaw against the 49ers (THEN AGAIN, THERE ARE SURPRISES)

Against the top defense in San Francisco, Bradshaw seemed like a bad play in Week 6, even though he was coming off of a 200 yard game. Well, it'll be hard to bench him now after his 116 yards against the Niners, the only other back to gain 100 yards on the ground on Sunday.

Bradshaw has effectively held off David Wilson and Andre Brown this year and looks to be the only guy that's going to get carries for the near future.

Felix Jones against the Ravens (IS THIS REAL LIFE?)

Felix Jones?!?! WHAT'S HAPPENING?? Jones was done as done in Dallas but after an early 22-yard touchdown and then an injury to Murray, Jones had to step in and he played with all the promise he once had and lost after gaining 93 yards on 14 carries.

The Ravens defense hasn't been that good this year and it's likely to get worse after two critical injuries on Sunday. If Murray's injury is serious, Jones becomes interesting against the Panthers. He's a must-own.

C.J. Spiller against the Cardinals (THAT'S MORE LIKE IT)

The Bills have been wildly inconsistent this year but both Spiller and Fred Jackson had solid games against the Cardinals defense. Spiller ended with 88 rushing, 22 receiving and a touchdown. Jackson had 53 rushing, 30 receiving with his own score. They make it difficult to start as a tandem, but both are decent flex plays. Especially against the Titans this week.

Ray Rice against the Cowboys (FINALLY, A STAR THAT DOESN'T DISAPPOINT)

Rice was my number one back going into the year and he delivered with two touchdowns and 106 total yards against Dallas. His dual-threatiness makes him dangerous on every play and the Ravens are going to need all that they can get on offense right now.

Baltimore gets the Texans this week and then a bye week.

The Bad

Trent Richardson against the Bengals (HOPE THAT INJURY IS NO BIG DEAL)

Richardson had a "flank" (rib) injury and left with MRI to come. He had to watch as Montario Hardesty stole his touchdown and the Browns won? Really, they did? Richardson has quickly stepped into the elite category of fantasy backs but his injury will have to be monitored and it will be with ridiculous amounts of coverage.


A disappointing day for Bush with 17 yards rushing and 44 receiving without a score. He's the unquestionable leader in Miami though and should be fine going forward.

Marshawn Lynch against the Patriots (ALL RUSSELL ALL EVERYTHING)

Lynch has carried the Hawks offense, but the Patriots held him to 41 yards and left it up to Russell Wilson to beat them. He did.

Frank Gore against the Giants (36ers)

Another successful season for Gore was halted on Sunday when the Giants held him to 36 yards on eight carries with San Francisco going heavy on the pass as they trailed.

Jamaal Charles against the Bucs (LOOK AT ALL THESE ELITE BACKS!)

It was a really hard day for some of the best of the best. The Chiefs got blown out so Charles was limited to 12 carries instead of his usual 90. He was stuck at 40 yards rushing and 7 receiving.

Honorable Mentions: Michael Turner, Rashard Mendenhall, Steven Jackson, Stevan Ridley

The Injured

The aforementioned Murray and Richardson.

Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight were both hurt in the Jets win.

Patriots' Brandon Bolden left with a knee injury.

Ray Lewis probably won't be making any tackles for awhile, further hurting the Ravens run defense.

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