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NFL Running Back Rankings: Week 7 Fantasy Football


By AJ Guel (originally posted to Flickr as Arian Foster) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

RotoBaller brings you our Week 7 fantasy football running back rankings by authors Zach Wilkens (@LopsidedTrades) and Ryan Rufe (@RyanRufe), along with running back rankings analysis by Zach Wilkens. For even more Week 7 rankings and analysis, be sure to check out our positional rankings for all other positions.

Editor's Note: In case you missed it, Zach Wilkens and Ryan Rufe nailed their rankings last week. They were both ranked in the top 10 overall accuracy scores on FantasyPros for last week's fantasy football rankings, going up against some of the biggest and baddest fantasy gurus in the industry. Zach came in at 4th overall (out of 133 experts), and Ryan cam in at 7th overall. Congrats guys, let's show them some love!

 

Week 7 Running Back Rankings Analysis

By AJ Guel (originally posted to Flickr as Arian Foster) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsI loved what I saw from Jamaal Charles in his last two games. If Andy Reid will just let him get to 20 touches (which should be mandatory if they want to win), he'll put up a fantastic game. He's fresh off the bye and averaging 5.2 YPC over his last two games (33 attempts).

It's obvious, but I love Ben Tate's matchup. The Browns will look to run a ton even if it's not a blowout. As a result, I actually think Isaiah Crowell is startable in some instances, as well. Alfred Morris should bounce back in a big way. He's arguably past his two toughest opponents of the season. He will rarely wow with a huge game, but he has an excellent floor going forward; start him with confidence.

Justin Forsett and Branden Oliver should continue to deliver strong performances here. Forsett has locked down the starting role. Oliver is still in trouble when Ryan Mathews returns, but another huge game and they'll have to find ways to keep him involved. The Panthers have been dreadful against the run this year, but they were actually very good last week. Giovanni Bernard's 89-yard run was more yardage than Bernard and Jeremy Hill's 25 other carries combined (70 yards). It's safe to say you won't find Eddie Lacy with an 80+ yard run.

Ronnie Hillman looked good last week, and there's no reason he won't continue in the role of lead back this week. I felt the 49ers showed some vulnerability against the run last week, especially considering the fact that Austin Davis wasn't doing anything to help his backs. Joique Bell has been disappointing this year, but I think that changes this week with a top-20 performance. Even if Reggie Bush returns, I like Joique better for Week 7. I'm high on Antone Smith at RB30, but he's still far from a guarantee-- I just have to believe he has earned more carries. I continue to be amazed, but I still believe he'll fade back into obscurity unless they increase his weekly touches.

Good luck in Week 7 RotoBallers!

 

Week 7 Running Back Fantasy Football Rankings

Staff Rankings
Average
Player
Name
Team
Name
Ryan Rufe
Rankings
Zach Wilkens
Rankings
1 Jamaal Charles KC 2 1
2 DeMarco Murray DAL 1 4
3 Marshawn Lynch SEA 5 2
4 Arian Foster HOU 4 3
5 Le'Veon Bell PIT 6 6
6 Matt Forte CHI 3 10
7 Andre Ellington ARI 10 7
8 Giovani Bernard CIN 7 11
9 Ben Tate CLE 14 5
10 Justin Forsett BAL 11 9
11 Lamar Miller MIA 9 13
12 Ahmad Bradshaw IND 15 8
13 Branden Oliver SD 8 15
14 Fred Jackson BUF 13 14
15 Alfred Morris WAS 16 12
16 Joique Bell DET 12 17
17 Eddie Lacy GB 17 16
18 Ronnie Hillman DEN 18 19
19 Frank Gore SF 21 18
20 Jerick McKinnon MIN 20 20
21 Andre Williams NYG 22 23
22 Shane Vereen NE 19 27
23 Isaiah Crowell CLE 29 22
24 Reggie Bush DET 23 29
25 Christopher Ivory NYJ 28 24
26 Pierre Thomas NO 24 32
27 Steven Jackson ATL 31 28
28 Mark Ingram NO 40 21
29 Trent Richardson IND 25 37
30 Zac Stacy STL 36 26
31 Darren McFadden OAK 27 36
32 C.J. Spiller BUF 33 30
33 Bishop Sankey TEN 26 39
34 Jonathan Stewart CAR 34 31
35 Maurice Jones-Drew OAK 50 25
36 Jeremy Hill CIN 30 38
37 Antone Smith ATL 37 33
38 Chris Johnson NYJ 35 35
39 Bernard Pierce BAL 32 46
40 Devonta Freeman ATL 66 34
41 Roy Helu WAS 38 41
42 Storm Johnson JAC 39 50
43 Knile Davis KC 53 40
44 Khiry Robinson NO 41 54
45 Juwan Thompson DEN 42 53
46 Shonn Greene TEN 42
47 James Starks GB 43 43
48 Brandon Bolden NE 44 49
49 Toby Gerhart JAC 44
50 Benny Cunningham STL 45 45
51 Carlos Hyde SF 46 48
52 Fozzy Whittaker CAR 47 64
53 Matt Asiata MIN 48 47
54 James White NE 49 55
55 Peyton Hillis NYG 51 60
56 Dexter McCluster TEN 52 51
57 Donald Brown SD 52
58 Theo Riddick DET 54
59 Alfred Blue HOU 55
60 Tre Mason STL 62 56
61 Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL 56 58
62 Joseph Randle DAL 57
63 Jonas Gray NE 57
64 LeGarrette Blount PIT 58 62
65 Lance Dunbar DAL 59
66 C.J. Anderson DEN 59
67 Damien Williams MIA 60
68 Denard Robinson JAC 61
69 Terrance West CLE 61
70 Daniel Thomas MIA 63
71 Darrin Reaves CAR 63
72 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL 64
73 Robert Turbin SEA 65
74 Travaris Cadet NO 65

 


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