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Week 7 is a big bye week for fantasy owners and many are scrambling this week to find replacement players. If you have been working the waiver wire all year, you may already be in a good position to succeed. If not, we need to look at some weekly trends to determine who you should play this week.

This article is all about watching how a backfield is being used for every team. Snap counts are very useful, but I want to know what a player is doing when he has the ball in his hands. Anytime a running back gets a touch, what is being done with that touch?

Watching a trend with touches for running backs will not only let us know their usage for any given week or period, but how effective they are with the ball. High volume plus high effectiveness is always the best outcome. High volume with low effectiveness can be great and low volume with high effectiveness can be streaky at times. Let’s dive into our Week 7 preview.

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RB Touches and Efficiency Breakdown

Week 6 Report

Teams Car Rec Total Touches Total Yards Yards Per Touch %RB Touches Week 1% Week 2% Week 3% Week 4% Week 5% Week 6%
Arizona Cardinals
David Johnson 18 2 20 70 3.5 95% 64% 70% 76% 86% 95% 95%
Yearly Total 92 17 109 433 4 81%
Chase Edmonds 1 0 1 4 4 5% 36% 30% 24% 14% 5% 5%
Yearly Total 15 10 25 82 3.3 19%
Atlanta Falcons
Devonta Freeman 0 0 0 0 0 0% 47% 0% 0% 0% 43% 0%
Yearly Total 14 5 19 91 4.8 13%
Tevin Coleman 10 1 11 41 3.7 46% 53% 69% 77% 63% 39% 46%
Yearly Total 71 13 84 365 4.3 58%
Ito Smith 11 2 13 21 1.6 54% 0% 31% 23% 37% 17% 54%
Yearly Total 32 9 41 168 4.1 28%
Baltimore Ravens
Kenneth Dixon 0 0 0 0 0 0% 43% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Yearly Total 13 0 13 44 3.4 8%
Javorius Allen 1 3 4 19 4.8 12% 30% 48% 30% 46% 50% 12%
Yearly Total 35 24 59 246 4.2 35%
Alex Collins 19 0 19 54 2.8 58% 27% 52% 70% 46% 46% 58%
Yearly Total 76 9 85 348 4.1 50%
Gus Edwards 10 0 10 42 4.2 30% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 30%
Yearly Total 10 0 10 42 4.2 6%
De'Lance Turner 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0% 0% 0% 8% 4% 0%
Yearly Total 1 2 3 21 7 2%
Buffalo Bills
LeSean McCoy 16 3 19 94 4.9 73% 47% 65% 0% 57% 65% 73%
Yearly Total 61 13 74 330 4.5 50%
Marcus Murphy 0 0 0 0 0 0% 35% 20% 28% 0% 0% 0%
Yearly Total 17 2 19 78 4.1 13%
Chris Ivory 6 1 7 9 1.3 27% 18% 15% 72% 43% 35% 27%
Yearly Total 51 5 56 233 4.2 38%
Carolina Panthers
Christian McCaffrey 8 7 15 66 4.4 100% 67% 88% 88% N/A 81% 100%
Yearly Total 71 34 105 587 5.6 84%
CJ Anderson 0 0 0 0 0 0% 29% 12% 9% N/A 15% 0%
Yearly Total 16 1 17 108 6.4 14%
Alex Armah 0 0 0 0 0 0% 4% 0% 3% N/A 4% 0%
Yearly Total 3 0 3 6 2 2%
Chicago Bears
Jordan Howard 14 0 14 69 4.9 48% 71% 77% 76% 34% N/A 48%
Yearly Total 78 10 88 350 4 61%
Tarik Cohen 5 7 12 121 10.1 41% 29% 23% 24% 63% N/A 41%
Yearly Total 32 21 53 429 8.1 37%
Benny Cunningham 3 0 3 8 2.7 10% 0% 0% 0% 3% N/A 10%
Yearly Total 4 0 4 8 2 3%
Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Mixon 11 4 15 84 5.6 88% 92% 69% 0% 0% 93% 88%
Yearly Total 71 13 84 435 5.2 59%
Giovani Bernard 0 0 0 0 0 0% 8% 31% 100% 73% 0% 0%
Yearly Total 34 14 48 237 4.9 34%
Mark Walton 2 0 2 -2 -1 12% 0% 0% 0% 27% 7% 12%
Yearly Total 7 4 11 38 3.5 8%
Cleveland Browns
Carlos Hyde 14 0 14 34 2.4 61% 79% 71% 81% 71% 65% 61%
Yearly Total 114 4 118 397 3.4 72%
Duke Johnson 2 4 6 109 18.2 26% 21% 21% 13% 19% 23% 26%
Yearly Total 19 14 33 274 8.3 20%
Nick Chubb 3 0 3 25 8.3 13% 0% 8% 6% 10% 12% 13%
Yearly Total 13 0 13 152 11.7 8%
Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott 24 1 25 117 4.7 76% 95% 88% 83% 78% 87% 76%
Yearly Total 117 23 140 752 5.4 83%
Rod Smith 5 0 5 4 0.8 15% 5% 0% 0% 19% 10% 15%
Yearly Total 15 1 16 41 2.6 10%
Tavon Austin 2 1 3 19 6.3 9% 0% 12% 17% 3% 3% 9%
Yearly Total 5 7 12 184 15.3 7%
Denver Broncos
Phillip Lindsay 4 6 10 66 6.6 43% 47% 56% 14% 58% 54% 43%
Yearly Total 61 14 75 450 6 45%
Royce Freeman 9 0 9 22 2.4 39% 42% 30% 48% 33% 29% 39%
Yearly Total 58 4 62 296 4.8 37%
Devontae Booker 2 2 4 29 7.3 17% 11% 11% 34% 8% 18% 17%
Yearly Total 13 15 28 176 6.3 17%
Andy Janovich 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0% 4% 3% 0% 0% 0%
Yearly Total 1 1 2 13 6.5 1%
Detroit Lions
Theo Riddick 0 0 0 0 0 43% 29% 8% 23% 16% N/A
Yearly Total 8 23 31 168 5.4 22%
Kerryon Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 38% 42% 46% 45% 45% N/A
Yearly Total 50 13 63 354 5.6 44%
LeGarrette Blount 0 0 0 0 0 19% 29% 46% 32% 39% N/A
Yearly Total 47 3 50 144 2.9 35%
Green Bay Packers
Jamaal Williams 6 1 7 39 5.6 33% 75% 76% 29% 37% 36% 33%
Yearly Total 59 8 67 273 4.1 47%
Ty Montgomery 4 2 6 22 3.7 29% 25% 24% 42% 23% 23% 29%
Yearly Total 24 15 39 266 6.8 27%
Aaron Jones 8 0 8 41 5.1 38% 0% 0% 29% 40% 41% 38%
Yearly Total 32 4 36 229 6.4 25%
Houston Texans
Lamar Miller 15 2 17 71 4.2 65% 81% 70% 75% 52% 0% 65%
Yearly Total 73 10 83 350 4.2 55%
Alfred Blue 7 2 9 43 4.8 35% 19% 30% 25% 48% 100% 35%
Yearly Total 56 11 67 282 4.2 45%
Indianapolis Colts
Jordan Wilkins 0 0 0 0 0 0% 59% 43% 44% 35% 27% 0%
Yearly Total 44 9 53 208 3.9 35%
Nyheim Hines 3 2 5 35 7 22% 41% 18% 56% 57% 73% 22%
Yearly Total 36 31 67 302 4.5 44%
Marlon Mack 12 1 13 93 7.2 57% 0% 39% 0% 0% 0% 57%
Yearly Total 22 2 24 129 5.4 16%
Robert Turbin 4 1 5 13 2.6 22% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 22%
Yearly Total 4 1 5 13 2.6 3%
Jeremy McNichols 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0% 0% 0% 9% 0% 0%
Yearly Total 2 0 2 4 2 1%
Jacksonville Jaguars
T. J. Yeldon 8 3 11 70 6.4 65% 57% 55% 62% 58% 86% 65%
Yearly Total 67 25 92 522 5.7 63%
Leonard Fournette 0 0 0 0 0 0% 40% 0% 0% 33% 0% 0%
Yearly Total 20 4 24 90 3.8 16%
Corey Grant 0 0 0 0 0 0% 3% 45% 33% 8% 5% 0%
Yearly Total 13 9 22 107 4.9 15%
Brandon Wilds 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0% 0% 5% 0% 10% 0%
Yearly Total 3 0 3 11 3.7 2%
Jamaal Charles 5 1 6 10 1.7 35% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 35%
Yearly Total 5 1 6 10 1.7 4%
Kansas City Chiefs
Kareem Hunt 10 5 15 185 12.3 75% 80% 95% 86% 92% 88% 75%
Yearly Total 103 10 113 627 5.5 86%
Spencer Ware 2 2 4 14 3.5 20% 20% 5% 14% 8% 8% 20%
Yearly Total 10 6 16 106 6.6 12%
Damien Williams 1 0 1 1 1 5% 0% 0% 0% 0% 4% 5%
Yearly Total 2 0 2 1 0.5 2%
Los Angeles Chargers
Melvin Gordon 18 2 20 150 7.5 65% 71% 52% 71% 69% 77% 65%
Yearly Total 91 30 121 745 6.2 67%
Austin Ekeler 7 0 7 60 8.6 23% 29% 48% 29% 31% 23% 23%
Yearly Total 41 14 55 470 8.5 31%
Justin Jackson 3 1 4 12 3 13% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 13%
Yearly Total 3 1 4 12 3 2%
Los Angeles Rams
Todd Gurley 28 2 30 225 7.5 86% 100% 65% 85% 100% 100% 86%
Yearly Total 129 21 150 870 5.8 87%
Malcom Brown 5 0 5 24 4.8 14% 0% 35% 15% 0% 0% 14%
Yearly Total 22 0 22 0 0 13%
Miami Dolphins
Kenyan Drake 13 4 17 78 4.6 52% 65% 60% 54% 22% 50% 52%
Yearly Total 52 21 73 355 4.9 52%
Frank Gore 15 1 16 119 7.4 48% 35% 40% 46% 72% 46% 48%
Yearly Total 62 4 66 356 5.4 47%
Kalen Ballage 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0% 0% 0% 6% 4% 0%
Yearly Total 2 0 2 5 2.5 1%
Minnesota Vikings
Dalvin Cook 0 0 0 0 0 0% 67% 76% 0% 67% 0% 0%
Yearly Total 36 9 45 205 4.6 37%
Latavius Murray 24 1 25 158 6.3 93% 33% 24% 70% 27% 68% 93%
Yearly Total 54 10 64 324 5.1 53%
Mike Boone 1 0 1 20 20 4% 0% 0% 30% 0% 5% 4%
Yearly Total 4 1 5 32 6.4 4%
Roc Thomas 1 0 1 -4 -4 4% 0% 0% 0% 7% 26% 4%
Yearly Total 6 1 7 14 2 6%
New England Patriots
Rex Burkhead 0 0 0 0 0 0% 58% 21% 8% 0% 0% 0%
Yearly Total 24 3 27 117 4.3 14%
James White 6 5 11 92 8.4 29% 27% 39% 29% 39% 39% 29%
Yearly Total 29 37 66 472 7.2 34%
Sony Michel 24 0 24 106 4.4 63% 0% 39% 63% 61% 61% 63%
Yearly Total 91 3 94 418 4.4 48%
Jeremy Hill 0 0 0 0 0 0% 15% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Yearly Total 4 1 5 31 6.2 3%
Kenjon Barner 3 0 3 16 5.3 8% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 8%
Yearly Total 3 0 3 16 5.3 2%
New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara 0 0 0 0 0 81% 68% 86% 83% 33% N/A
Yearly Total 62 38 100 650 6.5 71%
Mike Gillislee 0 0 0 0 0 14% 29% 8% 10% 0% N/A
Yearly Total 16 1 17 52 3.1 12%
Jonathan Williams 0 0 0 0 0 5% 4% 6% 0% 0% N/A
Yearly Total 3 1 4 1 0.3 3%
Mark Ingram 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0% 0% 0% 67% N/A
Yearly Total 16 2 18 73 4.1 13%
Dwayne Washington 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0% 0% 7% 0% N/A
Yearly Total 2 0 2 2 1 1%
New York Giants
Saquon Barkley 13 9 22 229 10.4 79% 80% 93% 73% 76% 100% 79%
Yearly Total 84 40 124 811 6.5 83%
Jonathan Stewart 0 0 0 0 0 0% 8% 0% 7% 0% 0% 0%
Yearly Total 4 0 4 16 4 3%
Wayne Gallman 4 2 6 42 7 21% 12% 7% 20% 24% 0% 21%
Yearly Total 14 8 22 101 4.6 15%
New York Jets
Bilal Powell 16 0 16 59 3.7 52% 43% 42% 44% 71% 56% 52%
Yearly Total 75 10 85 428 5 50%
Isaiah Crowell 13 2 15 52 3.5 48% 33% 58% 56% 29% 44% 48%
Yearly Total 70 8 78 478 6.1 46%
Trenton Cannon 0 0 0 0 0 0% 23% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Yearly Total 6 1 7 21 3 4%
Oakland Raiders
Jalen Richards 2 7 9 51 5.7 35% 42% 7% 16% 13% 35% 35%
Yearly Total 11 31 42 285 6.8 24%
Marshawn Lynch 13 3 16 59 3.7 62% 39% 67% 59% 72% 55% 62%
Yearly Total 90 15 105 460 4.4 59%
Doug Martin 0 1 1 8 8 4% 18% 27% 24% 16% 10% 4%
Yearly Total 27 4 31 110 3.5 17%
Philadelphia Eagles
Jay Ajay 0 0 0 0 0 0% 52% 42% 0% 69% 60% 0%
Yearly Total 45 5 50 204 4.1 32%
Darren Sproles 0 0 0 0 0 0% 31% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Yearly Total 5 4 9 32 3.6 6%
Corey Clement 11 3 14 120 8.6 42% 17% 58% 59% 0% 0% 42%
Yearly Total 38 11 49 306 6.2 32%
Wendell Smallwood 18 1 19 51 2.7 58% 0% 0% 41% 31% 40% 58%
Yearly Total 36 10 46 264 5.7 30%
Pittsburgh Steelers
James Conner 19 4 23 129 5.6 96% 100% 87% 87% 100% 83% 96%
Yearly Total 103 26 129 710 5.5 100%
Steven Ridley 1 0 1 2 2 4% 0% 13% 13% 0% 17% 4%
Yearly Total 0 0 0 0 0 0%
San Francisco 49ers
Alfred Morris 0 0 0 0 0 0% 50% 53% 48% 29% 58% 0%
Yearly Total 62 6 68 294 4.3 42%
Matt Breida 14 0 14 61 4.4 54% 50% 47% 45% 71% 25% 54%
Yearly Total 63 11 74 520 7 46%
Raheem Mostert 12 12 87 7.3 46% 0% 0% 7% 0% 17% 46%
Yearly Total 18 2 20 104 5.2 12%
Seattle Seahawks
Rashaad Penny 9 2 11 70 6.4 34% 52% 53% 8% 26% 0% 34%
Yearly Total 38 6 44 197 4.5 25%
Chris Carson 14 0 14 59 4.2 44% 48% 32% 92% 0% 59% 44%
Yearly Total 78 6 84 413 4.9 47%
C.J. Procise 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0% 16% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Yearly Total 0 3 3 22 7.3 2%
Mike Davis 6 1 7 26 3.7 22% 0% 0% 0% 74% 41% 22%
Yearly Total 39 7 46 225 4.9 26%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Peyton Barber 13 4 17 106 6.2 81% 83% 65% 57% 42% N/A 81%
Yearly Total 63 6 69 267 3.9 67%
Jacquizz Rodgers 0 0 0 0 0 0% 13% 31% 29% 0% N/A 0%
Yearly Total 9 6 15 56 3.7 15%
Shaun Wilson 0 0 0 0 0 0% 4% 4% 14% 0% N/A 0%
Yearly Total 2 2 4 24 6 4%
Ronald Jones 1 3 4 19 4.8 19% 0% 0% 0% 58% N/A 19%
Yearly Total 11 4 15 47 3.1 15%
Tennessee Titans
Dion Lewis 5 2 7 14 2 47% 66% 45% 40% 57% 58% 47%
Yearly Total 60 23 83 321 3.9 52%
Derrick Henry 7 1 8 26 3.3 53% 34% 55% 60% 43% 42% 53%
Yearly Total 72 4 76 257 3.4 48%
Washington Redskins
Adrian Peterson 17 0 17 97 5.7 77% 67% 44% 68% N/A 25% 77%
Yearly Total 77 7 84 475 5.7 57%
Chris Thompson 0 0 0 0 0 0% 26% 53% 25% N/A 58% 0%
Yearly Total 23 26 49 297 6.1 33%
Rob Kelley 0 0 0 0 0 0% 7% 3% 0% N/A 0% 0%
Yearly Total 4 0 4 8 2 3%
Kapri Bibbs 2 1 3 17 5.7 14% 0% 0% 7% N/A 17% 14%
Yearly Total 8 1 9 29 3.2 6%
Samaje Perine 1 1 2 0 0 9% 0% 0% 0% N/A 0% 9%
Yearly Total 1 1 2 0 0 1%

 

Can we start trusting Alex Collins again?

I’ll be the first to say it’s been frustrating not only being an Alex Collins owner this season, but a Collins truther. This was a guy I had high in the rankings heading into the season, projecting a solid RB2 return, but it hasn’t worked out that way. I thought the goal line fumble two weeks ago was going to be the nail in the coffin for Collins, but behold! Collins was able to convert two touchdowns in the red zone last week.

The fact is, Javorius Allen is not that good and not nearly good enough to make Collins irrelevant. Allen is highly touchdown dependent and needs to have a big games catching passes to help return value in PPR leagues. Collins is still the lead back in Baltimore, evidenced by having 50% of the running back touches for the Ravens through six weeks. If the volume for Collins was the same as Carlos Hyde, Collins would be near RB1 status, he just hasn’t gotten that type of volume. Don’t give up on Collins, last weeks two touchdown performance could be a kick start for him.

Jordan Howard vs Tarik Cohen

Tarik Cohen truthers rejoice! Off-season promises by Matt Nagy that Cohen was going to be a vital part of this offense may finally be coming true. Cohen has been hot the past two games, getting 63% of the carries in Week 4 and 41% of the carries in Week 6. Cohen has told Jordan Howard to step back because he has this.

Cohen is also sporting a healthy 8.1 yards per touch this season on 32 touches. That number will likely come down as he handles more volume, but at this point, his impressive play the last two games warrant more opportunities. Ride the hot hand while it’s hot. If you are a Howard owner, hopefully, he was only a RB2 or RB3 for you. Cohen will severally limit Howard’s weekly upside since he is making an impact on the ground and in the year.

Meet Kerryon Johnson, RB1 in Week 7

Maybe a little too much too soon, but reports are that Theo Riddick may not be healthy for Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. If Riddick is out for some reason, then Kerryon Johnson is going to get all the pass work out of the backfield. If that happens and he is just as efficient as he has been, then we could see a big week in the making.

The Dolphins have given up the sixth-most fantasy points per game to running backs. Johnson has averaged 12.6 touches per game while Riddick has averaged 6.2 touches per game. If Johnson can get to 20 touches this Sunday against the Dolphins while keeping his 5.6 yards per touch, he’ll have over 100 yards of total offense. I don’t think Matt Patricia can even keep Johnson owners down this week.

Is Marlon Mack really back?

The turnstile at running back could finally be over if Marlon Mack is healthy and can stick in the lineup. Mack saw 13 touches in Week 6 and averaged 7.2 yards per touch. If the Colts can get Mack and Nyheim Hines, who also averaged 7.0 yards per touch, working together, this could be a backfield that helps to take pressure off Andrew Luck.

The Colts still need to get Hines the ball in the passing game. Hines has averaged 4.5 yards per touch this season on 67 touches, the most for any running back in Indianapolis this season. Hines disappeared last week though with only five touches. Hines could end up being dependent on game script, but if Mack can handle a majority of the running calls, Hines could be much more effective in the slot and in the backfield.

Patrick Mahomes does know how to throw to Kareem Hunt

Heading into Week 6, Kareem Hunt only had five receptions in the first five weeks of the season. Last week against the Patriots, he had five receptions for the night. The buy low window is officially closed and hopefully, Mahomes will find Hunt more often now.

Hunt had been playing well this season, but the dual-threat running back we came to know last season was gone. If he can start making an impact in the passing game, Hunt could be a top five running back by the end of the season. The Chiefs offense is explosive enough for Hunt to start pulling some more targets and not affect others.

Who is Raheem Mostert and should you invest?

Since waivers have already processed this week, more than likely someone has already acquired Mostert. If they haven’t though, should you? Kyle Shanahan mentioned earlier in the week that Alfred Morris is still a part of the game plan. The question is whether we should believe him or not.

As of right now, Matt Breida is still the lead back and is averaging seven yards per touch on 74 touches. No one is taking that work away unless Breida can’t get healthy. We must turn our attention the backup at this point and who should we start if Breida can’t go any given week. Mostert only has 20 touches this season but has averaged almost a yard more per touch than Morris. Seeing as Shanahan completely forgot about Morris last game, we should forget about him now as well.

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