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Week 7 Rankings

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Week 7 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Todd Gurley at SF -
2 Saquon Barkley at ATL -
3 Ezekiel Elliott at WAS -
4 Kareem Hunt vs. CIN -
5 Joe Mixon at KC -
6 David Johnson vs. DEN -
7 Alvin Kamara at BAL -
8 Christian McCaffrey at PHI -
9 Sony Michel at CHI -
10 Austin Ekeler vs. TEN -
11 Nick Chubb at TB -
12 Latavius Murray at NYJ -
13 James White at CHI -
14 Kerryon Johnson at MIA -
15 T.J. Yeldon vs. HOU -
16 Adrian Peterson vs. DAL -
17 LeSean McCoy at IND -
18 Mark Ingram at BAL -
19 Phillip Lindsay at ARZ -
20 Corey Clement vs. CAR -
21 Tarik Cohen vs. NE -
22 Alex Collins vs. NO -
23 Tevin Coleman vs. NYG -
24 Peyton Barber vs. CLE -
25 Jordan Howard vs. NE -
26 Matt Breida vs. LAR -
27 Kenyan Drake vs. DET -
28 Marlon Mack vs. BUF -
29 Royce Freeman at ARZ Questionable (ankle)
30 Isaiah Crowell vs. MIN -
31 Bilal Powell vs. MIN -
32 Frank Gore vs. DET -
33 Lamar Miller at JAC -
34 Ito Smith vs. NYG -
35 Wendell Smallwood vs. CAR -
36 Dion Lewis at LAC -
37 Duke Johnson at TB -
38 Javorius Allen vs. NO -
39 Nyheim Hines vs. BUF -
40 Derrick Henry at LAC -
41 Alfred Blue at JAC -
42 Raheem Mostert vs. LAR -
43 LeGarrette Blount at MIA -
44 Justin Jackson vs. TEN -
45 Kyle Juszczyk vs. LAR -
46 Ronald Jones vs. CLE -
47 Chris Ivory at IND -
48 Jamaal Charles vs. HOU -

RB Notes: Todd Gurley is on pace for 29 touchdowns, which would be the second-most all time. … Saquon Barkley gets the Week 7 nod over Melvin Gordon because of his matchup. The Falcons are allowing “just” the sixth-most running back fantasy points, but as you are probably aware of, they are getting smashed for a biblical amount of backfield receptions. 53 in six games, to be exact. Even on the dysfunctional Giants, Barkley’s season low for yards from scrimmage is 100. … As for Gordon, he’s coming off his best rushing effort of the year (132). The Titans have permitted only three ground scores but are getting hit for a weekly 123 yards. … Ezekiel Elliott’s only Week 7 concern is the Redskins’ aforementioned ball-control ways. Jay Gruden’s defense is allowing over four yards per carry but just 90 yards per game. Who can sustain better will be the key to Cowboys/Redskins. … Kareem Hunt caught five passes for 105 yards in Week 6, but he did not increase his number of routes. If the Chiefs let him, Hunt should be able to do damage through the air against a Bengals D that’s been stung for the ninth-most RB receptions (38). Marvin Lewis’ team is also allowing 4.62 yards per carry.

Opposing Hunt will be Joe Mixon, who is averaging 21 touches. Only the Cardinals are serving up more running back fantasy points than the Chiefs. … Before you say David Johnson is too high, there’s a case to be made that he should be even higher against the Broncos. Forced to play on a short week, Vance Joseph’s team is the first in NFL history to allow back-to-back individual 200-yard rushing performances. Johnson is more than capable of having a Todd Gurley game. Once again playing every snap, it’s only a matter of time before Johnson has a 100-yard/5.0-YPC effort. He will never have a better opportunity than the Broncos. … At least for one week, I was direly wrong about Alvin Kamara/Mark Ingram. Ingram out-touched Kamara 16-9 against the Redskins. Coach Sean Payton blamed the fact that the Saints kept scoring too quickly. That shouldn’t be a problem against the Ravens’ feisty defense. Week 7 will be a better indicator of how Payton views his backfield. I’m still expecting Kamara to come out on top. He’s a mid-range RB1, Ingram a mid-range RB2 against a defense giving up just 83 weekly rushing yards.   

It was a disappointing Week 6 for Christian McCaffrey. The Eagles, who have allowed the fourth-most running back receptions at 41, offer an immediate bounce-back opportunity. The Birds are less forgiving on the ground, where their 80 yards per game are second best. … Sony Michel has run for at least 98 yards in three-straight games. That will be put to the test against a Bears D permitting the second-fewest RB fantasy points. They have yet to concede a rushing score. Michel has four in three games. … LeSean McCoy has found volume in back-to-back games. Amazingly, 35-year-old Derek Anderson — who has made four starts since 2010 — might be the best quarterback he’s played with this season. Average on the ground, the Colts have coughed up a ton of RB receptions. … With Carlos Hyde coming off his worst game of the season, Browns coach Hue Jackson once again called for Nick Chubb to be more involved. The Bucs are much tougher on the ground than through the air. Hyde’s concerns are mounting. Only the fact that there should be no shortage of drives to finish in a game with a 49.5 over/under keeps Hyde this high. … James White has at least 77 yards in three-straight games. Week 7 seems like a classic time for the Patriots to counteract pressure with short passing. In other words, a James Game.    

Like the rest of the Jags, T.J. Yeldon gets a mulligan on Week 6. That’s if he can play. Yeldon is listed with foot and ankle issues. Leonard Fournette (hamstring) appears poised to miss another contest. Jamaal Charles and “David Williams” are the next men up. … The latest chapter of the Dalvin Cook saga looks like it might finally be ending, as he’s practicing in full for Week 7. The Jets are not a stay-away matchup. ... Will the Lions finally commit to Kerryon Johnson coming off their bye? If they do, the Dolphins are softer on the ground than through the air. … Playing through a variety of injuries, Adrian Peterson had a no-bull impressive game against the Panthers. Nevertheless, his Week 7 outlook is risky. The Cowboys have been stout against the rush, and might finally be getting back MLB Sean Lee (hamstring). Chris Thompson (ribs) is tentatively on track to return. … Tevin Coleman out-snapped Ito Smith just 38-31 in Week 6. Smith out-touched Coleman 13-11. Neither player was effective against the pinball Bucs. Coleman still seems to maintain a slight edge. Playing at home as 5.5-point favorites against the terrible Giants, game flow should benefit the Falcons’ running game.  

Phillip Lindsay had his first true dud in Week 6, though it came with a season-high six receptions. Allowing the most running back fantasy points and over 150 rushing yards per game, the Cardinals are a gorgeous short-week bounce-back opportunity. … Jordan Howard out-touched Tarik Cohen in Week 6 but once again got out-gained. Cohen appears poised to win the Week 7 yardage battle. The Pats’ unathletic linebacker core has been getting ripped by shifty RBs like Nyheim Hines and Kareem Hunt. We have a tendency not to trust “space” backs, but Cohen deserves the Week 7 rankings edge. … The Eagles still weren’t convinced Corey Clement was healthy heading into Week 6, so they rationed his snaps/touches. He passed the test, out-playing Wendell Smallwood, as usual. With 10 days to heal up, Clement should take the lead against the Panthers. … Alex Collins might have finally slayed Javorius Allen in Week 6. Unfortunately for Week 7, the Saints’ defense has been legitimately elite on the ground. ... Peyton Barber re-emerged in Week 6. Ronald Jones once again feels light years from happening. … Marlon Mack led the Colts’ Week 6 backfield in surprisingly decisive fashion. Nyheim Hines remains on the PPR FLEX radar, but Mack will lead in touches. … 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan claims Raheem Mostert hasn’t passed Alfred Morris for good. We’ll let Week 6 actions speak louder than words.

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