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Week 7 Rankings

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Week 7 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Arian Foster vs. BAL Probable (knee)
2 Adrian Peterson vs. ARZ Probable (ankle); expect full workload
3 Ray Rice at HOU -
4 Darren McFadden vs. JAC Probable (shoulder)
5 Stevan Ridley vs. NYJ No Bolden this week
6 Maurice Jones-Drew at OAK -
7 Trent Richardson at IND Will start, workload hinges on momentum
8 Alfred Morris at NYG -
9 Doug Martin vs. NO -
10 C.J. Spiller vs. TEN -
11 Chris Johnson at BUF -
12 Matt Forte vs. DET -
13 Felix Jones at CAR -
14 Marshawn Lynch at SF -
15 Frank Gore vs. SEA -
16 Fred Jackson vs. TEN -
17 Mikel Leshoure at CHI -
18 Darren Sproles at TB -
19 Steven Jackson vs. GB -
20 Ahmad Bradshaw vs. WAS Game-time decision; timeshare?
21 Alex Green at STL Probable (shoulder)
22 BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. PIT -
23 Shonn Greene at NE -
24 Pierre Thomas at TB -
25 Jonathan Stewart vs. DAL -
26 Vick Ballard vs. CLE -
27 Jonathan Dwyer at CIN Expected to lead three-man committee
28 DeAngelo Williams vs. DAL -
29 Michael Bush vs. DET -
30 William Powell at MIN -
31 Andre Brown vs. WAS Probable (concussion)
32 Phillip Tanner at CAR Will take a few series from Felix
33 Danny Woodhead vs. NYJ -
34 Daryl Richardson vs. GB -
35 LeGarrette Blount vs. NO -
36 Ben Tate vs. BAL Probable (toe)
37 Mark Ingram at TB -
38 Montario Hardesty at IND -
39 Kendall Hunter vs. SEA -
40 David Wilson vs. WAS Still behind Andre Brown on depth chart
41 Cedric Peerman vs. PIT -
42 Baron Batch at CIN -
43 Joique Bell at CHI -
44 La'Rod Stephens-Howling at MIN -
45 Toby Gerhart vs. ARZ -
46 Mike Tolbert vs. DAL -
47 Jamie Harper at BUF -
48 Rashad Jennings at OAK -
49 Evan Royster at NYG Probable (knee)
50 John Kuhn at STL -
51 Mike Goodson vs. JAC -
52 Chris Rainey at CIN -
53 Bernard Pierce at HOU -
54 Mewelde Moore vs. CLE -
55 Shane Vereen vs. NYJ -
56 Robert Turbin at SF -
57 Chris Ogbonnaya at IND -
58 Delone Carter vs. CLE -
59 James Starks at STL -

RB Notes: Foster is averaging just 3.8 yards per carry and 6.5 yards per reception, leading Pro Football Focus to rate him just 18th among NFL backs to date. His saving grace in fantasy leagues is touchdowns, which is no surprise considering his league-high 12 carries inside the 5-yard line, including six from the 1-yard line. This season, 41 percent of all carries inside the 5-yard line result in a touchdown.

McFadden’s offensive line is one of the five worst run-blocking units in the NFL. It comes as no surprise that McFadden’s two longest Week 6 runs were called back on holding penalties. The good news is that no other back has an easier run defense schedule going forward. … Brandon Bolden didn’t participate in Wednesday’s walkthrough, leaving his status in doubt for Week 7. Bolden had essentially been replacing Stevan Ridley for a series here and there to keep the latter’s legs fresh while the Pats rack up record snap counts in their Oregon-style up-tempo offense. Ridley should be in store for a heavy workload against a Jets defense giving up the second-most rushing yards in the league.

Trent Richardson practiced Wednesday and declared himself pain-free, but coach Pat Shurmur suggested he could cede carries to Montario Hardesty if the rib injury is a factor later in the week. Keep an eye on Richardson’s practice reports leading up to an otherwise attractive matchup with the Colts. … Don’t let another owner poach C.J. Spiller from your roster. He produced an absurd 281.3 elusive rating at Arizona, forcing nine missed tackles on 16 touches. Better yet, he boasts a gaudy 7.6 YPC average on the season compared to Fred Jackson’s 2.9. As The Fake Football’s Mike Braude points out, the difference is equivalent to Matt Forte’s 4.7 YPC average. Spiller is a must-start in a home game versus a Titans defense allowing the fourth-most points to opposing fantasy backs.

Felix Jones’ burst was missing early this season, but he found it coming out of the bye week against the Ravens. In an especially promising sign, Jones even ran hard on inside runs at Baltimore. The matchup couldn’t be better at a Carolina defense that has been trucked by the likes of Andre Brown and a washed-up Michael Turner. … Chris Johnson is averaging 100 yards per game at 4.3 per carry the past three weeks. He faces the league’s friendliest run defense on Sunday.

The deck is stacked against Lynch this week. In games following Jim Harbaugh’s previous four losses with the 49ers, his opponents have scored 11 points -- combined. The schedule doesn’t get much easier for Lynch, either. … It’s a shame for Bradshaw that his chronic foot injuries are resurfacing, but the time to sell high was last week, not this week. He who hesitates is lost. Bradshaw is expected to practice Thursday, with the inference that he will play in perhaps a limited role versus the Redskins.

Coach Jeff Fisher assured NFL Network Wednesday night that Steven Jackson is “still our guy,” and Daryl Richardson is a “nice little change-up.” The Rams are wary of wearing S-Jax down, but he’s locked in as the starter. For what it’s worth, Pro Football Focus grades Jackson significantly higher than Richardson through six weeks. … I suspect Rashard Mendenhall has a better chance than Ike Redman of playing at Cincinnati. Check our news scroll on Friday afternoon for an update.

Coach Mike McCarthy was “very pleased” with Alex Green’s first start and sees no reason he can’t “carry a full load” going forward. Green’s power and burst were promising enough at Houston, but he showed very little wiggle. … Ballard missed a few holes early last week, which have contributed to his low carry total. … David Wilson may be a “superior talent,” but it was Andre Brown who took the bulk of the first-team reps with Bradshaw sidelined in Wednesday’s practice.

La’Rod Stephens-Howling predictably flunked his audition for the starting role, failing to break a run of more than three yards on any of his first six carries. William Powell may have looked “quick and decisive” against the NFL’s worst run defense, but he’s in for a rude awakening in Minnesota. The Cardinals’ run blocking is far and away the worst in the NFL. … LeGarrette Blount is a decent bet for a score against a Saints defense allowing more than a touchdown per game on the ground.

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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