The bye weeks are starting to come for us all in our fantasy football matchups. We’ve had plenty of hits on this weekly article, so hopefully we can come through for you again this week! Check into FantraxHQ every Tuesday for the best RB options on your bench/waiver wire. Now enjoy our Week 6 Running Back Sleepers and Streamers.
Whether it’s to improve your own team or keep one of your league-mates from improving, you’ll want to check in with us weekly. Let’s get into it!
Week 6 Running Back Sleepers and Streamers
Running Back Sleepers
D’Onta Foreman, Chicago Bears, ~5% owned
This is a no-brainer for me. While I understand the Bears are terrible and just got their first win (against my equally maddening Washington Commanders), success in fantasy football is more about opportunity than anything else. Foreman will have his opportunity in Week 6. The Bears starting RB (Khalil Herbert) has sprained his ankle, and the backups in Travis Homer and Roschon Johnson are also questionable. Foreman has a real shot to be the lead back in Week 6. You’re going to want to pick him up. He’s a downhill runner, so if he gets a shot and performs, I could see him introduced as a goal line/change-of-pace back going forward.
Damien Harris, Buffalo Bills, ~10% owned
The Bills just can’t seem to get their running game going consistently. They’re among the top of the league in offensive line push (yards before contact figure from PFF), so it’s not their offensive line’s problem. It’s the running backs. I was as high on James Cook as the next guy, but he hasn’t been reliable. As the Bills continue their up-and-down season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some changes going forward. Latavius Murray is about as reliable as it gets on the goal line, but if the Bills want to upgrade their RB situation between the 20s, they should look to Damien Harris (shiftier, faster, proven track record). Harris has 80 rushing yards on 19 carries, and 1 TD this year. While that production is modest, it’s solid for his lack of opportunity. The Bills play the Giants this week, so I expect a drubbing from Buffalo. If they kick the tires on Harris, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t give the role back. Stash him on your bench!
2023 Week 6 RB Streamers
Jeff Wilson, Miami Dolphins, 30% owned
Mr. Achane has been the talk of both real-life and fantasy football this year. It’s not a function of the Dolphins’ offensive line, or Coach McDaniels’ scheme. He’s simply just electric. That electricity may need to take a break, however, as news broke yesterday that he would be getting an MRI on a knee injury he picked up. Enter Jeff Wilson. The original starting running back on this roster before he was hurt to start the year. His practice window is opening this week, and I expect him to be removed from the IR shortly following. The Dolphins play with speed and Jeff Wilson is among the speediest. He will not be left out of Miami’s TD parties in the future. Now is your chance to claim what will be a necessary cog in this machine.
Ronnie Rivers, LA Rams, ~3% owned
Kyren Williams has had a truly amazing season. To the tune of the Rams trading Cam Akers. That left Ronnie Rivers as the main handcuff to Kyren Williams’ workhorse status. Two weeks ago he had 9 carries for 47 rushing yards, to go with 2 catches for 10 receiving yards. It looked like the Rams may use him in tandem with Williams, but this past week he only played nine snaps. It’s safe to say that Williams is the workhorse and it will remain that way. But the NFL has a 100% injury rate. If Williams gets hurt, Ronnie Rivers becomes an elite fantasy play (with workhorse potential). Rivers should be stashed on your bench for a rainy day.
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