Todd Gurley leap
Here are the 2018 Lester’s Legends Week 6 running back rankings.
Bye Weeks:  New Orleans and Detroit
1. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
2. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
3. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
4. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
5. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
6. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
7. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
8. James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
10. Sony Michel, New England Patriots
11. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
12. Carlos Hyde, Cleveland Browns
13. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
14. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
15. Isaiah Crowell, New York Jets
16. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
17. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks
18. James White, New England Patriots
19. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
20. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos
21. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
22. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
23. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
24. Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins
25. Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
26. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
27. Alfred Morris San Francisco 49ers
28. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
29. Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos
30. Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins
31. Dion Lewis, Tennessee Titans
32. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
33. Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts
34. Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks
35. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
36. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
37. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens
38. Austin Ekeler, Los Angles Chargers
39. Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
40. Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
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Kareem Hunt
Bye Week:Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Seattle
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 6 running back rankings.
1. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
2. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
3. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
4. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
5. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
6. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
7. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
8. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
9. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
10. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
11. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
12. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
13. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
15. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
16. Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots
17. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
18. LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Eagles
19. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
20. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens
21. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
22. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
23. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
24. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
25. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
26. Elijah McGuire, New York Jets
27. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
28. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
29. Robert Kelley, Washington Redskins
30. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
31. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
32. Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
33. James White, New England Patriots
34. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
35. Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
36. Wayne Gallman, New York Giants
37. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
38. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
39. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
40. Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers
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Le’Veon Bell
Here are the 2016 Lester’s Legends Week 6 running back rankings.
1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
3. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
4. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
5. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
6. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
7. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
8. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
9. Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks
10. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
11. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
12. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
13. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
14. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
15. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
16. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
17. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
18. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
19. Matt Forte, New York Jets
20. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
21. Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens
22. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
23. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
24. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
25. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
26. Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers
27. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
28. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
29. Spencer Ware, , Kansas City Chiefs
30. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
31. James White, New England Patriots
32. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
33. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars
34. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
35. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
36. Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders
37. DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders
38. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
39. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles
40. Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens
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Here’s my Week 6 running back rankings. Keep in mind that Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina, and Cincinnati are on bye.

1. Chris Johnson @ Jacksonville
2. Frank Gore vs. Oakland
3. Adrian Peterson vs. Dallas
4. Rashard Mendenhall vs. Cleveland
5. Ryan Mathews @ St. Louis
6. LeSean McCoy vs. Atlanta
7. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Detroit
8. Arian Foster vs. Kansas City
9. Steven Jackson vs. San Diego
10. Michael Turner @ Philadelphia
11. Ray Rice @ New England
12. Matt Forte vs. Seattle
13. Ryan Torain vs. Indianapolis
14.  Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Tennessee
15. Ladainian Tomlinson@ Denver
16. Jamaal Charles @ Houston
17. Pierre Thomas @ Tampa Bay
18.  Jahvid Best @ New York Giants
19. Joseph Addai @ Washington
20. Peyton Hillis @ Pittsburgh
21. Thomas Jones @ Houston
22. Felix Jones @ Minnesota
23. Ronnie Brown @ Green Bay
24. Knowshon Moreno vs. New York Jets
25. Brandon Jacobs vs. Detroit
26. Mike Tolbert @ St. Louis
27. Darren McFadden vs. San Francisco
28. Shonn Greene @ Denver
29. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. Baltimore
30. Ricky Williams @ Green Bay

Inside the numbers:

  • Chris Johnson is not having nearly the production he had last year, let alone his lofty goals for this season, but he should decimate the Jacksonville team that he torched for 311 yards in a pair of games last year.
  • With Buffalo on bye, the worst run defense going is Oakland’s. The Niners have to lean on Gore at home to pick up their first win of the year and at least win the Bay battle.
  • Jamaal Charles showed why he should be the Chiefs’ feature back. I expect him to start getting a bigger share of the carries.
  • If Darren McFadden’s hamstring has healed, he should reclaim the starting role. Michael Bush will get some work though, which is why McFadden is a borderline RB2. If he’s not ready, Bush will be a solid RB2.
  • Brandon Jacobs is a good bet to score for a third straight week.

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