Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated Top 60 Running Backs
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No running back had more fantasy points last week than Denver's Knowshon Moreno, who scored another three touchdowns, as the Broncos have extended their regular-season winning streak to 17 games.
During the offseason and preseason, Moreno was written off by many as the team used its second-round pick to draft Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman spent much of the offseason atop the team's depth chart.
In an offense led by Peyton Manning, who is on pace to shatter many single-season passing records, the team currently has four players on pace for 1,000-plus receiving yards.
Despite — and partly because of — that, Moreno has scored more fantasy points this season in standard-scoring formats than every running back other than Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch.
Moreno ranks 18th in the NFL in carries (80), but he has more than Ball (43) and Hillman (36) combined. Through six weeks, Moreno ranks eighth in the league in yards from scrimmage (562) and first in rushing touchdowns (seven).
Even though the Colts have allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs this season, Moreno has become a must-start every week even when he faces a relatively tough matchup.
Ridley returns with a vengeance
Before last week, it has been a disappointing start to the season for Patriots running back Stevan Ridley. Not only was he splitting the workload with the team's other backs, but Ridley sat out in Week 5 with a thigh injury.
Returning last week against the Saints, Ridley had the type of week that those who drafted him early as a high-end RB2 expected him to have.
He carried the ball a season-high 20 times for 96 yards and two scores, both of which were also season highs.
Unfortunately for those hoping for the good times to continue, Ridley faces a tough Jets run defense that has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. In fact, they have yet to allow any team's backs to rush for more than 80 yards combined.
Combining his workload and production from last week with the tough matchup this week, Ridley is barely a low-end RB2 this week.
No RB has more YFS than Foster during past 3G
Another player that got off to a slow start, Texans running back Arian Foster has picked up steam and has been one of the most productive backs over the past three weeks.
In his first three games of the season, Foster had a total of 57 touches — 49 carries and eight receptions. Since then, he has three consecutive games with 20-plus carries and a total of 82 touches.
During the span of the past three weeks, no running back has more yards from scrimmage than Foster (487) and Lynch and Charles are the only other two backs with at least 400 during that stretch.
On the season, Foster (531 yards) ranks third in the NFL in rushing behind McCoy (630) and Lynch (578).
Facing a tough Chiefs defense and with Case Keenum making his first-ever start, Foster may find it difficult in Week 7. The Chiefs have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs this season, but they are one of just three teams to allow more than 5.0 yards per carry.
Rams have allowed 3 rushers of 140+ yards in past 4G
Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has received a steady workload this season with The Daily Show beginning the year on the PUP list.
Williams, who had his bye in Week 4, currently ranks 10th in the NFL in rushing yards (394) and is averaging more than 20 touches per game this season.
While his pace will likely slow once (or if) Stewart returns to the field, Williams is currently on pace to rush for 1,261 yards.
Not only should he get a large workload in Week 7, but his matchup is extremely favorable. Only the Vikings, who allowed Williams to gain 117 scrimmage yards last week, have allowed more fantasy points this season than the Rams. In fact, the Rams have allowed three running backs to rush for more than 140 yards over the past four weeks.
Even though he has yet to score a touchdown this season, Williams is a high-end RB2 with such a favorable matchup this week.
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Here are my Week 7 fantasy football running back rankings (standard scoring):
1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (at NYG)
2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. HOU)
3. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. DAL)
4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (at WAS)
5. Arian Foster, Houston Texans (at KC)
6. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos (at IND)
7. Reggie Bush, Detriot Lions (vs. CIN)
8. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (vs. CHI)
9. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at ATL)
10. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens (at PIT)
11. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers (at TEN)
12. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (vs. STL)
13. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (vs. CLE)
14. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (at DET)
15. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts (vs. DEN)
16. Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (vs. MIN)
17. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (at MIA)
18. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins (vs. BUF)
19. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. SD)
20. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (at JAX)
21. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers (at JAX)
22. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (at NYJ)
23. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills (at MIA)
24. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. BAL)
25. Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys (at PHI)
26. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. NE)
27. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (at CAR)
28. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (vs. SF)
29. Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons (vs. TB)
30. Jason Snelling, Atlanta Falcons (vs. TB)
31. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals (at DET)
32. Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns (at GB)
33. Joique Bell, Detriot Lions (vs. CIN)
34. Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns (at GB)
35. Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers (vs. STL)
36. Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (at NYJ)
37. Ben Tate, Houston Texans (at KC)
38. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos (at IND)
39. Roy Helu, Washington Redskins (vs. CHI)
40. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (vs. DEN)
41. Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens (at PIT)
42. Chris Ivory, New York Jets (vs. NE)
43. Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers (at TEN)
44. Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins (vs. BUF)
45. Phillip Tanner, Dallas Cowboys (at PHI)
46. Michael Cox, New York Giants (vs. MIN)
47. Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. DAL)
48. Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams (at CAR)
49. Jackie Battle, Tennessee Titans (vs. SF)
50. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (at NYJ)
51. Michael Bush, Chicago Bears (at WAS)
52. Ronnie Brown, San Diego Chargers (at JAX)
53. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos (at IND)
54. Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay Packers (vs. CLE)
55. Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans (vs. SF)
56. Peyton Hillis, New York Giants (vs. MIN)
57. Anthony Dixon, San Francisco 49ers (at TEN)
58. Felix Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. BAL)
59. Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. HOU)
60. Jordan Todman, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. SD)
Note: Seahawks and Cardinals RBs were removed from my rankings since they played on Thursday night.
For my Week 7 point-per-reception (PPR) running back rankings, click here.
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