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Week 7 Rest of Season Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Eddie Lacy Out of Top-12

Up to date rankings of NFL RBs for the remainder of the 2015 fantasy football season before Week 7.

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Nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. RBs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.

Players who receive point-per-reception (PPR) bumps are noted with the asterisk. Consult my weekly Depth Charts and Volatility post, where we analyze all of the timeshares where multiple backs are involved for teams. The top of these ranks generally favor backs involved in the receiving game, as it is, because the bellcow RBs who largely are involved in the passing game are largely unaffected when their respective teams abandon the run.

Rank

Player

Team

Last Week

1

Le'Veon Bell

Steelers

1

2

Adrian Peterson

Vikings

2

3

Devonta Freeman

Falcons

12

4

Arian Foster

Texans

3

5

Chris Ivory

Jets

6

6

Todd Gurley

Rams

7

7

Matt Forte

Bears

4

8

Mark Ingram*

Saints

8

9

Doug Martin

Buccaneers

15

10

Latavius Murray

Raiders

14

11

Justin Forsett*

Ravens

10

12

DeMarco Murray*

Eagles

18

13

Eddie Lacy

Packers

5

14

Chris Johnson

Cardinals

11

15

Marshawn Lynch

Seahawks

9

16

Giovani Bernard*

Bengals

13

17

Dion Lewis*

Patriots

16

18

LeGarrette Blount

Patriots

20

19

Carlos Hyde

49ers

17

20

Frank Gore

Colts

19

21

LeSean McCoy

Bills

23

22

Charles Sims*

Buccaneers

24

23

Lamar Miller

Dolphins

34

24

Christine Michael

Cowboys

49

25

T.J. Yeldon

Jaguars

21

26

Karlos Williams

Bills

22

27

Duke Johnson*

Browns

25

28

Jeremy Hill

Bengals

27

29

Ronnie Hillman

Broncos

37

30

Danny Woodhead*

Chargers

26

31

Darren McFadden*

Cowboys

36

32

Melvin Gordon*

Chargers

32

33

Theo Riddick*

Lions

40

34

Matt Jones

Washington

33

35

James Starks

Patriots

57

36

Jonathan Stewart

Falcons

50

37

Tevin Coleman

Falcons

28

38

Joseph Randle

Cowboys

30

39

C.J. Anderson

Broncos

35

40

Ryan Mathews

Eagles

47

41

Charcandrick West

Chiefs

29

42

Shane Vereen*

Giants

39

43

Andre Ellington*

Cardinals

46

44

Alfred Morris

Washington

31

45

Rashad Jennings

Giants

51

46

Ameer Abdullah

Lions

38

47

Robert Turbin

Browns

---

48

Ahmad Bradshaw

Colts

---

49

Isaiah Crowell

Browns

42

50

Antonio Andrews

Titans

43

51

Bilal Powell

Jets

44

52

Khiry Robinson

Saints

52

53

Javorius Allen

Ravens

---

54

Zac Stacy

Jets

---

55

Thomas Rawls

Seahawks

48

56

C.J. Spiller*

Saints

45

57

Knile Davis

Chiefs

41

58

Dan Herron

Bills

53

59

David Johnson*

Cardinals

55

60

Andre Williams

Giants

56

Notes:

  • There is a special bump for the Patriots, Jets, Dolphins, Cowboys, Raiders, Rams, and Buccaneers backs, who have 11 games remaining in their regular seasons against everyone else's 10.

  • As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. And the better matchups sooner than later because there is sell-high value to come. These are not weekly rankings, but the idea of these rankings is to measure whom we should be owning now over whom. For example, an RB3 with a bad schedule until Week 12 is useless to our rosters compared a below average RB4 with two or three nice matchups in the coming weeks.

  • These rankings devalue the messiest backfield situations noted in the Depth Charts and Volatility post. I don't care how talented a guy is if he doesn't get the ball.

  • Bellcows always get the edge. There aren't many of them, so the value in scarcity increases for those backs with lesser variance. As we go down the rankings, the bad bellcows who we can never trust in our lineup lose value to receiving backups with more upside in whom we can reasonably instill hope. The bad bellcows are not only unstartable, but untradeable, and that is a recipe for a wasted roster spot.

  • Can't decide on whether Adrian Peterson is RB2 or RB6. He has always been automatic for TDs, but his yards per carry is a career-low 4.3 right now and he is on pace to miss double digit TDs for the first time in his career. Trusting a wealth of history for now that moving toward his mean includes big 120-yard, multiple-TD weeks to give him finishing totals to justify not moving him down.

  • The Lions, Cowboys, and Washington have very confusing situations. Joique Bell has a history of being good, but we don't know if he is good anymore. If Ameer Abdullah is in the doghouse, Bell should be ranked, but not sure how believable that is. Injuries and benchings and bad play plagues Washington's backfield; this by committee situation is going to have a default winner, but we still don't know who that is. Good luck guessing if Christine Michael will start Week 7 and what that means.

  • Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.