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2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running backs for Week 7

Tiered RB rankings for Week 7.

NFL: OCT 04 Chargers at Buccaneers Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s onto NFL Week 7 and time for my running back rankings for fantasy football.

The offensive line woes of the Dallas Cowboys drop Ezekiel Elliott to the overall RB6 spot—his lowest ranking of the year. With Justin Jackson being revealed as the Los Angeles Chargers’ lead back, the veteran back finds himself of the RB1/2 borderline. Melvin Gordon’s post-DUI “illness” may keep him out another week, making Phillip Lindsay a high-end RB2 for his date with the Kansas City Chiefs. J.D. McKissic has forced our hands with his high-volume passing game workload. He’s a sturdy flex option.

Week 7’s .5PPR Tiered Running Back Rankings

Rank High Floor/High Ceiling RB1s Team Opponent Breakdown
Rank High Floor/High Ceiling RB1s Team Opponent Breakdown
1 Alvin Kamara NO CAR Tough to draw up a better match-up.
2 Kareem Hunt CLE at CIN Cincy's front-seven is dreadful.
3 Derrick Henry TEN PIT Match-ups don't seem to matter for Henry.
4 Mike Davis CAR at NO The dual threat should get back on track this week.
5 Ezekiel Elliott DAL at WAS The offensive line is a problem.
6 James Conner PIT at TEN Battle of the Backs.
7 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC at DEN Le'Veon Bell shouldn't encroach too much in Week 7.
8 Chris Carson SEA at ARI Carson will rip up the Cards' front-seven.
9 James Robinson JAX LAC The Chargers' banged up defense should provide a fantasy friendly outing for Jacksonville's bellcow.
10 Justin Jackson LAC JAX The Chargers' current lead back faces a talent-deficient Jacksonville front-seven.
11 Ronald Jones TB at LV Leonard Fournette's ankle seems to be severely injured and Jones is eating because of it.
12 Giovani Bernard CIN CLE The coaching staff already trusted Gio more in the passing game than they did Mixon. Giving Gio 20+ touches with 8 or so being targets should result in a fruitful outing.
Rank High Floor/High Ceiling RB2s Team Opponent Breakdown
13 Todd Gurley ATL DET Detroit's front-seven has been pulverized by opposing backfields.
14 Melvin Gordon DEN KC Great match-up and an opportunity for 18+ touches.
15 David Johnson HOU GB Green Bay's been dreadful in its attempts to slow opposing backfields.
16 Jerick McKinnon SF at NE Tough match-up but he's the unquestioned lead back in SF for the time being.
17 Kenyan Drake ARI SEA Great match-up and Drake likely put some distance between himself and Chase Edmonds last week.
18 Jamaal Williams GB at HOU Great match-up for Green Bay's fill-in starter.
19 Josh Jacobs LV TB It appears as though Las Vegas is getting 4 of its 5 starters back from the COVID - Reserve List just in time for Sunday's game.
20 David Montgomery CHI at LAR Tough match-up but his usage is bulletproof.
21 Boston Scott PHI NYG Rock-solid RB2 as Philly's lead back.
22 D'Andre Swift DET at ATL Atlanta's front-seven is the featherbed of running back dreamland.
23 Antonio Gibson WAS DAL Tough to overstate how bad Dallas' run-stopping personnel looked last week.
24 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR CHI Very tough match-up and there are two backs that can steal his job at any moment.
Rank High Floor/Capped Ceiling RB3s Team Opponent Breakdown
25 Phillip Lindsay DEN KC 10-12 touches in a great match-up.
26 Devin Singletary BUF at NYJ Zack Moss is a week healthier but the 2020 Jets are one of the worst football teams in history. Singletary will return flex value.
27 Devonta Freeman NYG at PHI Despite his lack of ability, Freeman's volume forces him into flex-worthy territory.
28 J.D. McKissic WAS DAL McKissic is the 4th-most targeted running back in the NFL (31 targets -- sourced below).
29 James White NE SF Tough match-up and limited workload. Most of the touches come via the passing game though.
30 Adrian Peterson DET at ATL The Lions' backs should both feast on the Falcons.
31 Latavius Murray NO CAR His No. 2 role is strong enough to return flex value against such a bad front-seven.
32 JaMycal Hasty SF at NE Hasty's the No. 2 back in SF for now.
33 Joshua Kelley LAC JAX Hope for 40% of the backfield work.
34 Chase Edmonds ARI SEA A decent passing game role against the Seahawks defense could be fruitful.
35 Frank Gore NYJ BUF Not a recommended start.
36 Leonard Fournette TB at LV If active, he can turn his limited work into flex-worthy production against Las Vegas.
Source link: J.D. McKissic is the 4th-most targeted running back in the league.