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Week 7 Running Back (RB) Ranks and Analysis – Fantasy Football 2013

Running Back appears to be much deeper than in years past. Unexpected bigtime contributions to fantasy teams from guys like Eddie Lacy, Reggie Bush, and Knowshon Moreno have teams not knowing who to start. Several questions also remain. Is Stevan Ridley the guy in New England? When is C.J. Spiller going to be back to his old self? Is Joseph Randle, filling in for Demarco Murray, a worthy fill in? So many things have changed since Week 1 and they are shown in the rankings.

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Week 7 Running Back (RB) Ranks and Analysis

Rank Player TEAM Status Analysis AVG
PPG
Week 7
1 Adrian Peterson MIN Prayers  go out to AP as he lost his 2 year old child. Wish him the best, and as always, remains at the top of our rankings. 16.2 @NYG
2 LeSean McCoy PHI Been arguably the most dominant RB so far. No reason to think he won’t keep up his amazing season against Dallas. 18.2 DAL
3 Matt Forte CHI Horrid run defense and a guy who has been killing it in his new offense. Top 5 RB this week. 15.1 @WSH
4 Jamaal Charles KC Tough matchup, but Charles doesn’t seem able to be contained. 19.4 HOU
5 Marshawn Lynch SEA Big game in Week 6, expect him to keep it up against the Cardinals who they should be up all game against. 16.9 @ARI
6 Reggie Bush DET He’s been incredible so far. That’s why he’s ranked this highly, but the Bengals run defense has also been a disappointment. 16.5 CIN
7 Arian Foster HOU Big Week 6. The Texan’s struggles don’t seem to be slowing him down. 14.2 @KC
8 Eddie Lacy GB Crazy high workload for a guy in a pass first offense. We’ll see if it keeps up. 8.6 CLE
9 Doug Martin TB So far has been a disappointment. He hasn’t been awful, but definitely hasn’t been great. 10 @ATL
10 Trent Richardson IND Getting the carries, just waiting for him to breakout. Week 7 doesn’t sound like a bad time, right Trent? 7.6 DEN
11 Knowshon Moreno DEN 3 TDs in Week 6. Showing shades of former Joseph Addai in a Peyton Manning offense. 16.2 @IND
12 Alfred Morris WAS Looks to be over his rib injury. Tough matchup against the Bears knocks him down in Week 7. 11.6 CHI
13 Frank Gore SF Nobody at RB is more consistent on a week to week basis. 11.7 @TEN
14 Le’Veon Bell PIT Week 6 was predictably poor against the Jets run defense. Ravens – Steelers is always a grind it out affair. 13 BAL
15 Giovani Bernard CIN Incredibly electric player. Weak Lions defense won’t be able to slow him down. 11 @DET
16 Ray Rice BAL He’s been a bust so far. Can’t bench him because of his name, but definitely gets moved down. 8.5 @PIT
17 Fred Jackson BUF Pretty much the Bills top back with Spiller dealing with a bum ankle. Start him until Spiller shows he’s healthy. 12 @MIA
18 Stevan Ridley NE Unclear if he will come into Week 7 as the featured back. Big Week 6 would suggest he will. Either way, he’s playing a tough Jets defense. 8.4 @NYJ
19 C.J. Spiller BUF Can’t bench superstars, but until his ankle is fully healed he won’t be the same player. 7.2 @MIA
20 Zac Stacy STL Looks good as the Rams top running back. Panthers run defense is tough, but he’s set his expectations high. 5.7 @CAR
21 Deangelo Williams CAR Should have a nice week with a  pancake matchup against the Rams. Has played solid in Stewart’s absense. 9.2 STL
22 Maurice Jones – Drew JAC Coming off a couple of good games, a good
matchup against the Chargers may allow him to keep it up.
7.4 SD
23 Bilal powell NYJ Needs to get his season back on track. Jets wouldn’t mind it if he chose against the Patriots to do so. 9.1 NE
24 Lamar Miller MIA Starting to steal the full job away from Thomas. 7 BUF
25 Joseph Randle DAL Should take over the full Murray workload in Week 7. Eagles can’t stop the run, and he isn’t  a bad FLEX play. 4.6 @PHI
26 Ryan Matthews SD 6.5 @JAC
27 Danny Woodhead SD Has looked better than Mathews recently adding in yardage through the air. Easy matchup could mean a solid FLEX play. 8.7 @JAC
28 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL With Jackson likely out again, he has outplayed Snelling thus far. 8.1 TB
29 Chris Johnson TEN Huge disappointment so far. Don’t expect any breakouts against the 49ers. 8.4 SF
30 Brandon Jacobs NYG With Wilson out and coming off a breakout game, he should get the majority of the carries. 6.5 MIN
31 Ben Tate HOU 5.6 @KC
32 Willis McGahee CLE Hard guy to love, but not a bad FLEX. 5.7 GB
33 Rashard Mendenhall ARI Ridiculous matchup for a guy who’s mediocre all around in the Cardinals offense. 6.9 SEA
34 Joique Bell DET 9.7 CIN
35 Andre Ellington ARI Slowly coming into his own, facing a tough SEA defense in week 7 7.9 SEA
36 Bernard Pierce BAL 5.9 @PIT
37 Benjarvis Green-Ellis CIN 7.7 @DET
38 LeGarrette Blount NE 4.6 @NYJ
39 Bryce Brown PHI 2.4 DAL
40 Montee Ball DEN 2.1 @IND
BYE Pierre Thomas NO 8.2 BYE
BYE Darren McFadden OAK 9.8 BYE
BYE Darren Sproles NO 9.7 BYE
i DeMarco Murray DAL 12.7 @PHI
i Vick Ballard IND 5.8 DEN
i Ahmad Bradshaw IND 11.6 DEN
i Shane Vereen NE 159 @NYJ
i Steven Jackson ATL 9.5 TB
i David Wilson NYG Neck injury has him out for 3-4 weeks 3.5 MIN
i Jonathan Stewart CAR 0 STL

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mikesherman

Mike Sherman is a fantasy football staff writer for FantasyTeamAdvice.Covering the 2014 PPR Running Back Rankings on site, and helping with gameday advice every Sunday morning in the forums

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  • Phil

    Should I drop Kendall Wright for Andre Ellington? Thanks

    • mikesherman

      If you need RB depth over WR depth, I’d do it. All things being equal, I’d rather have Ellington who has more upside.

  • Travis

    I picked up Joseph Randle, but not sure if I should start him. I have Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte starting RBs, and Reggie Bush in the flex. Should I take a chance and start Randle over Bush this week?

    • mikesherman

      Hell no don’t start him. The guys you’re starting are superstars. Don’t start some backup over them.

  • Travis

    After Matthew Stafford’s big game last week against the Browns, it has me wondering if I should start him over Matt Ryan, who is going up against Tampa Bay. Advice?

    • mikesherman

      I agree with you. Ryan s going to be a bit lost without White and Jones. Stafford has huge potential.