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Week 7 Running Back Rankings - Standard Leagues

Your personal running back rankings bible for Week 7.

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

We're getting to the point in the season where we start to realize that we know so little about what will happen each week. Eddie Lacy has been arguably the biggest bust at any position so far. C.J. Anderson has been awful. Devonta Freeman is the best running back since Jim Brown. Nothing makes sense. Yet we can't get enough of it, due to that unpredictability itself. What will this week have in store?

Rank

Player

Team

Opponent

Analysis

1

Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

@TEN

No more words can describe his fantasy performance so far.

2

Todd Gurley

St. Louis Rams

CLE

Couldn't have a better matchup, coming off a bye week after totaling 305 rushing yards the previous two weeks.

3

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings

@DET

Has been somewhat consistent, but the Lions defense is atrocious.

4

Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

@KC

Another tough matchup, but he's a weekly top-5 option.

5

Latavius Murray

Oakland Raiders

@SD

Raiders might be down in this game, but the Chargers run defense is a sieve.

6

Arian Foster

Houston Texans

@MIA

Struggling on the ground, succeeding in the passing game. He's back to being an RB1 regardless.

7

LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

@JAX

Looked great last week and gets a good matchup again this week. He's their entire offense right now.

8

Marshawn Lynch

Seattle Seahawks

@SF

Finally over his hamstring issue, Beast Mode is back to being a locked-in RB1.

9

Lamar Miller

Miami Dolphins

HOU

Hello, Lamar Miller. Finally getting the touches he needed, Miller exploded in Week 6 and will be back in the top 10 against the Texans.

10

Chris Ivory

New York Jets

@NE

Ivory might be a top-3 running back in the league right now. Game flow in this game may be a problem, but it might not matter for Ivory to put up points.

11

DeMarco Murray

Philadelphia Eagles

@CAR

That was more like it. Murray finally got going once the Eagles started running power plays in the second half against the Giants. He'll look to build on that against a stingy Panthers defense.

12

Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

NO

The Saints are currently bleeding fantasy point to running backs. Gore should capitalize.

13

Mark Ingram

New Orleans Saints

@IND

Is only averaging 3.8 yards per carry, but he is as good a bet as anyone for a touchdown every week.

14

Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

@WAS

The Redskins once stout run defense has come apart at the stitches the last two weeks. Look for Martin to build on his recent performances.

15

Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

NYJ

A late-week abdominal injury contributed to his poor performance on Sunday night. This week should be more of a Lewis than Blount game.

16

Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers

PHI

Has J Stew risen from the dead? For this week at least, we'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

17

Justin Forsett

Baltimore Ravens

@ARI

Hard matchup, but he's earned back RB2 honors over the last few weeks.

18

T.J. Yeldon

Jacksonville Jaguars

BUF

Yeldon should be back this week. He's a true every down back.

19

Rashad Jennings

New York Giants

DAL

Dallas is giving up a bunch of rushing and receiving yards to running backs. With Andre Williams and Shane Vereen operating at an embarrassingly inefficient level, Jennings should get a lot of work.

20

Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

SEA

Seattle gives up the fewest fantasy points to running backs this season, but just coughed up two touchdowns to Jonathan Stewart. They can be penetrated.

21

Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

BAL

Matchup is tough, but he is the featured running back in Arizona right now.

22

Danny Woodhead

San Diego Chargers

OAK

Gordon is playing himself out of touches. Woodhead should get even more usage this week.

23

Matt Jones

Washington Redskins

TB

Trying to solve the Redskins running back rubik's cube.

24

LeGarrette Blount

New England Patriots

NYJ

Feels like more of a Lewis game, but Blount is the closer in this high-scoring offense.

25

Christine Michael

Dallas Cowboys

@NYG

Is supposedly going to start. This is looking like a full-blown committee.

26

Duke Johnson

Cleveland Browns

@STL

His usage (10 rushing attempts, plenty of pass-catching opportunities) makes him the back to own in Cleveland.

27

Charcandrick West

Kansas City Chiefs

PIT

Didn't show much and lost a fumble in Week 6. Seems to be the main guy, though.

28

Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

MIN

His fumbling issues are becoming a real problem. Still, with Bell struggling to stay healthy, Zenner out for the season, and Riddick as the passing down back, Abdullah's role should stay the same.

29

Alfred Morris

Washington Redskins

TB

Trying to solve the Redskins running back rubik's cube.

30

Joseph Randle

Dallas Cowboys

@NYG

This is looking like a full-blown committee.

31

Melvin Gordon

San Diego Chargers

OAK

It's been rough so far, but will continue to get double digit carries.

32

Charles Sims

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

@WAS

Much better option in PPR, but gets enough usage to be valuable as a low-end flex in standard leagues.

33

Theo Riddick

Detroit Lions

MIN

See: Sims, Charles. ^^^

34

Tevin Coleman

Atlanta Falcons

@TEN

Might be able to get some garbage time points against a lowly Titans team.

35

Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals

BAL

Only being used in the pass game, and barely in that aspect.

36

Antonio Andrews

Tennessee Titans

ATL

Tennessee's running back situation is depressing.

37

Knile Davis

Kansas City Chiefs

PIT

Barely got any run, but if West isn't effective again, Davis could get the opportunity to show what he can do.

38

Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

@CAR

Continues to look really good on his limited touches. Murray is taking up most of the work.

39

Darren McFadden

Dallas Cowboys

@NYG

This is looking like a full-blown committee.

40

Ahmad Bradshaw

Indianapolis Colts

NO

Should start becoming more productive as he incorporates himself back into the offense.

41

Bishop Sankey

Tennessee Titans

ATL

Tennessee's running back situation is depressing.

42

Khiry Robinson

New Orleans Saints

@IND

Clearly the backup to Ingram, he's getting a good amount of work behind him.

43

Isaiah Crowell

Cleveland Browns

@STL

Not a good matchup, and has started losing carries to Robert Turbin.

44

Joique Bell

Detroit Lions

MIN

1.1 yards per carry.

45

Dexter McCluster

Tennessee Titans

ATL

Tennessee's running back situation is depressing. Has a role to play as Falcons give up a ton of catches to running backs.

46

David Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

BAL

Rare goal-line carry or kick return for touchdown is your only shot with him at this point.

47

Javorius Allen

Baltimore Ravens

@ARI

Forsett is getting almost all of the work.

48

C.J. Spiller

New Orleans Saints

@IND

Is barely a part of the offense.

49

Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

TB

Is the clear-cut passing down back.

50

Shane Vereen

New York Giants

DAL

Is not the clear-cut anything.