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Week 7 Running Back Rankings- PPR Leagues

Armando shares his top 50 PPR running backs

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It is now Week 7 and we have several notable backs on bye this week. Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte, and Jeremy Hill are all on bye and will have the week off. Since this articles focuses on PPR rankings, there are several backs listed below that fantasy owners may not be considering in standard leagues who can be serviceable in PPR formats during bye weeks and/or if you're dealing with injuries. Let's take a look at this week's rankings.

Rank

RUNNING BACKS

Team

OPP

1

Devonta Freeman ATL

Atlanta Falcons

@TEN

2

Le'Veon Bell PIT

Pittsburgh Steelers

@KC

3

Todd Gurley STL

St. Louis Rams

CLE

4

Adrian Peterson MIN

Minnesota Vikings

@DET

5

LeSean McCoy BUF

Buffalo Bills

@JAC

6

Mark Ingram NO

New Orleans Saints

@IND

7

Latavius Murray OAK

Oakland Raiders

@SD

8

Arian Foster HOU

Houston Texans

@MIA

9

Chris Ivory NYJ

New York Jets

@NE

10

Lamar Miller MIA

Miami Dolphins

HOU

11

Frank Gore IND

Indianapolis Colts

NO

12

Dion Lewis NE

New England Patriots

NYJ

13

Doug Martin TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

@WAS

14

Marshawn Lynch SEA

Seattle Seahawks

@SF

15

DeMarco Murray PHI

Philadelphia Eagles

@CAR

16

Danny Woodhead SD

San Diego Chargers

OAK

17

Chris Johnson ARI

Arizona Cardinals

BAL

18

Justin Forsett BAL

Baltimore Ravens

@ARI

19

Jonathan Stewart CAR

Carolina Panthers

PHI

20

Alfred Morris WAS

Washington Redskins

TB

21

Carlos Hyde SF

San Francisco 49ers

SEA

22

Christine Michael DAL

Dallas Cowboys

@NYG

23

Duke Johnson CLE

Cleveland Browns

@STL

24

Rashad Jennings NYG

New York Giants

DAL

25

Ameer Abdullah DET

Detroit Lions

MIN

26

Theo Riddick DET

Detroit Lions

MIN

27

Ryan Mathews PHI

Philadelphia Eagles

@CAR

28

Shane Vereen NYG

New York Giants

DAL

29

C.J. Spiller NO

New Orleans Saints

@IND

30

LeGarrette Blount NE

New England Patriots

NYJ

31

Chris Thompson WAS

Washington Redskins

TB

32

Charcandrick West KC

Kansas City Chiefs

PIT

33

Antonio Andrews TEN

Tennessee Titans

ATL

34

Charles Sims TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

@WAS

35

Darren Sproles PHI

Philadelphia Eagles

@CAR

36

Darren McFadden DAL

Dallas Cowboys

@NYG

37

Andre Ellington ARI

Arizona Cardinals

BAL

38

Joseph Randle DAL

Dallas Cowboys

@NYG

39

Isaiah Crowell CLE

Cleveland Browns

@STL

40

Melvin Gordon SD

San Diego Chargers

OAK

41

David Johnson ARI

Arizona Cardinals

BAL

42

Tevin Coleman ATL

Atlanta Falcons

@TEN

43

Knile Davis KC

Kansas City Chiefs

PIT

44

Dexter McCluster TEN

Tennessee Titans

ATL

45

Denard Robinson JAC

Jacksonville Jaguars

BUF

46

Toby Gerhart JAC

Jacksonville Jaguars

BUF

47

Javorius Allen BAL

Baltimore Ravens

@ARI

48

Ahmad Bradshaw IND

Indianapolis Colts

NO

49

Andre Williams NYG

New York Giants

DAL

50

Robert Turbin CLE

Cleveland Browns

@STL

For the first time this season, Devonta Freeman is at the top of the running back rankings. Truth be told, it was difficult for me to put him ahead of Le'Veon Bell, but if you look at the numbers it's tough not to. Freeman has now scored more than 30 fantasy points in four consecutive games. He has scored nine touchdowns in that time span, with at least one touchdown in every game. He's also caught a minimum of five passes and has gained over 100 total yards in each of those games. Needless to say, he's playing on another stratosphere at this moment. The matchup is also one that favors Freeman as the Titans have allowed four rushing touchdowns in their last four games and 90+ rushing yards in three of their last four games. Another back that has taken a big leap up in the rankings is Todd Gurley. He has rushed for over 140 yards in each of the last two games. His success came against two respectable defenses and this week he has the Browns on deck who struggle to stop the run. Opposing backs average 131.5 rushing yards per game, 4.5 receptions per game, and 54 receiving yards per game against the Browns. In fact, the Browns have yielded the most rushing yards this season. Gurley is quickly establishing himself as a top back in the league and could continue to produce quality numbers against a weak run defense. Latavius Murray is coming off of a bye week and has a great matchup this week. The Chargers have allowed 100+ rushing yards in five consecutive games and have surrendered nine total touchdowns. After scoring double digit fantasy points in each of the first three games, Murray failed to do so in his last two games. A week of rest and arguably the best matchup possible for a running back could be just what the doctor ordered. This is a great spot for a bounce back game from Murray.

Dion Lewis and Danny Woodhead both performed below expectations last week, but once again find themselves in the top 20. Realistically, last week's matchup against the Colts was one where we should have been anticipating a big game for LeGarrette Blount. This week however, the Patriots face a stingy Jets run defense which bodes well for Lewis. Despite a slow game last week, he was targeted six times and still averaged over five yards per carry. Lewis receives 7.2 targets per game and the Jets are allowing four receptions per game to opposing backs. Based on the matchup, Lewis could get back on track this week and be in for another big game. Prior to last week, he had caught 19 passes in his previous three games. Woodhead continues to be a steady contributor as he has scored double digit fantasy points in three consecutive games. He now has 18 targets and 14 receptions in his last three games. Opposing backs are averaging 6.2 receptions and 45 receiving yards per game against the Raiders. The Chargers offense has been much more effective when Woodhead is on the field, so I'm expecting for him to continue to be a big part of this offense. Especially after the Chargers benched Melvin Gordon in the second half of last week's game due to two fumbles. Woodhead also receives the majority of the red zone carries (77.8 percent).

Two backs outside the top 20 that can be serviceable this week are Theo Riddick and Chris Thompson. Riddick remains the top targeted back in the league with 42 targets (7 targets per game) and has caught five or more passes in four of the six games he's played in this season. He has also scored double digit fantasy points in four of his six games and has yet scored fewer than 8.6 fantasy points. The matchup isn't appealing, but for those fantasy owners in a tough spot, Riddick should be able to help your team. Thompson has now been targeted 31 times in the last four games. He has caught six or more passes in three of the last four games and has scored over nine fantasy points in four consecutive games. The Bucs have allowed two receiving touchdowns by opposing backs and are surrendering 115.6 rushing yards per game. Thompson is dealing with a back injury so it's something to keep an eye on, but if he plays, he can be a serviceable flex option if you're in need.