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Week 7 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: October 20, 2019, 12:01 pm ET

Week 7 Running Backs 

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Leonard Fournette

JAC

@CIN

2

Dalvin Cook

MIN

@DET

3

Saquon Barkley

NYG

ARI

4

Chris Carson

SEA

BAL

5

Ezekiel Elliott

DAL

PHI

6

Le'Veon Bell

NYJ

NE

7

David Johnson

ARI

@NYG

8

Derrick Henry

TEN

LAC

9

Marlon Mack

IND

HOU

10

Kerryon Johnson

DET

MIN

11

Mark Ingram

BAL

@SEA

12

Aaron Jones

GB

OAK

13

Josh Jacobs

OAK

@GB

14

Phillip Lindsay

DEN

KC

15

Devonta Freeman

ATL

LA

16

Todd Gurley

LA

@ATL

17

Tevin Coleman

SF

@WAS

18

Sony Michel

NE

@NYJ

19

Joe Mixon

CIN

JAC

20

Latavius Murray

NO

@CHI

21

Melvin Gordon

LAC

@TEN

22

Carlos Hyde

HOU

@IND

23

Matt Breida

SF

@WAS

24

Royce Freeman

DEN

KC

25

Austin Ekeler

LAC

@TEN

26

David Montgomery

CHI

NO

27

James White

NE

@NYJ

28

Jordan Howard

PHI

@DAL

29

Frank Gore

BUF

MIA

30

Adrian Peterson

WAS

SF

31

Damien Williams

KC

@DEN

32

LeSean McCoy

KC

@DEN

33

Jamaal Williams

GB

OAK

34

Miles Sanders

PHI

@DAL

35

Devin Singletary

BUF

MIA

36

Darrell Henderson

LA

@ATL

37

Kenyan Drake

MIA

@BUF

38

Chase Edmonds

ARI

@NYG

39

Duke Johnson

HOU

@IND

40

Tarik Cohen

CHI

NO

41

Ito Smith

ATL

LA

42

Gus Edwards

BAL

@SEA

43

Mark Walton

MIA

@BUF

44

Alexander Mattison

MIN

@DET

45

Darrel Williams

KC

@DEN

46

Giovani Bernard

CIN

JAC

47

Wendell Smallwood

WAS

SF

48

C.J. Prosise

SEA

BAL

49

Tony Pollard

DAL

PHI

50

Raheem Mostert

SF

@WAS

 

RB Notes: Leonard Fournette is averaging 28 touches for 166 yards from scrimmage in three games since his embarrassing Thursday night performance in the rain. Amazingly, he has found the end zone just once in the process. Even more amazing is the fact that it was his lone touchdown of the year. Positive scoring regression is about to hit hard, perhaps against a Bengals D coughing up the most running back fantasy points. … Coming off his worst afternoon of the year, Dalvin Cook has major rebound potential in a Lions D surrendering 5.1 yards per carry and 134 rushing yards per game. The Vikes are one-point road favorites. … Saquon Barkley returns from his three-game absence to an A+ matchup in the Cardinals. In two healthy appearances, Barkley has averaged 18 touches for 137 yards. It’s basically impossible to see him handling the ball fewer than 20 times vs. Arizona. The G-Men are shockingly thin at wideout, and two bad defenses are matched up in a game with a 50.5 over/under. … Ezekiel Elliott was well and truly established for 33 touches and 153 yards in the Cowboys’ narrow Week 6 loss to the Jets. Coming off that monster workload, he must do battle with the Eagles’ top-two run defense. Even run-obsessed Dallas figures to establish the pass against Jim Schwartz’s group.

Chris Carson is averaging 27 touches for 142 yards from scrimmage in three games since the Seahawks doubled down on their lead back. He has an elite Week 7 setup as a 3.5-point home favorite in a tilt with a 50.5 over/under. The Ravens have been throttled for eight rushing scores. … Stiff as a runner all season, David Johnson appeared downright labored as he played through his back issue in Week 6. He maintains his lofty rankings perch for a variety of reasons, namely the fact that he’s caught at least six passes 4-of-6 games. Despite having only two rushing scores, Johnson is also tied for 10th in carries inside the five-yard line. The RB8 in standard and RB6 in PPR, Johnson arguably has room to grow. … Ryan Tannehill won’t be passing to Derrick Henry any more than Marcus Mariota was, but his insertion under center is still good news for the bruising back. Even if it’s only by a few percentage points, the Titans’ entire offense will be more functional under its new QB. … Le’Veon Bell’s one-target day against the Cowboys was a fluke, as his 27 routes run were tied for fifth amongst running backs for Week 6. Bell is a usage monster in an improving offense.

Marlon Mack has reached 20 carries in 3-of-5 games and 16 in 4-of-5. Receptions aren’t materializing but even with the Colts already having gone on bye, Mack is 28th in running back routes run (84). That’s RB1 usage. The Colts are one-point home favorites vs. the Texans in a game with a 48 over/under. ... Although he’s yet to catch more than two passes, Kerryon Johnson continues to see north of 70 percent of the Lions’ snaps. Even in tough dates like this week’s with the Vikings, that gives Johnson a high floor to go along with his tantalizing ceiling. ... Mark Ingram has been disappointingly touchdown or bust, but he’s second in rushing scores (seven). … It would appear there is nothing Aaron Jones could do to get the Packers to quit Jamaal Williams. Not even a four-touchdown day made a lick of difference. Williams out-touched Jones 18-15 in Monday night’s win over the Lions. Jones is still the clear 1A, but Williams’ usage renders Jones a rich man’s Phillip Lindsay. … Speaking of Lindsay, he’s been held below 15 touches once. He’s averaging 17. 1B Royce Freeman has been held below 15 only twice. He’s averaging 15. They will be leaned on heavily vs. a Chiefs D getting annihilated for 5.2 yards per carry and 162 rushing yards per game.

With Tyrell Williams (foot) down for the count, it is imperative that the Raiders get Josh Jacobs more involved as a pass catcher. Even if that’s not the case in Green Bay, Jacobs, who has been impressive on the ground, will be squaring off with a defense leaking the fourth most RB fantasy points. … Todd Gurley (quad) is tentatively on track to return. The Rams’ run game, and entire offense that matter, was practically nonexistent without him in Week 6. Malcolm Brown is day to day with an ankle issue. Keep Darrell Henderson holstered. …33 of Sony Michel’s 49 routes have come over the past two weeks. Were that usage to hold, Michel would become a much more appealing RB2. The Pats are starved for pass catchers. … Tevin Coleman has out-snapped Matt Breida 68-53 since his return and out-touched him 36-31. Both have remained productive in fantasy. A revenge game for coach Kyle Shanahan, @WAS is a mouthwatering matchup. … With Alvin Kamara (ankle) looking doubtful, Latavius Murray is a plug-and-play RB2. #AsExpected, the Bears have been elite against the run, but Week 7 will be their first without run-stopper extraordinaire Akiem Hicks (elbow, injured reserve). 

Joe Mixon had an awful Week 6. He has a top-five Week 7 matchup. … Neither Melvin Gordon nor Austin Ekeler were effective in the Chargers’ Week 6 meltdown, but Gordon took control of both the snap and touch battle. It’s especially notable since the Bolts spent the entire game in comeback mode. Gordon still has further to pull ahead in the workload battle. … Carlos Hyde has 47 totes over the past two weeks. The Colts are one of six teams permitting more than five yards per carry. … The Chiefs’ backfield has not been coherent since Damien Williams’ Week 5 return. Williams does boast an overall 55-41 snap advantage on LeSean McCoy in that time, though Shady dominated the Week 6 touches. It feels like heads or tails when deciding the better Thursday night play. I give it to Williams because of the Broncos’ RB receptions vulnerability. … Jordan Howard has out-carried Miles Sanders 41-23 over the past three weeks. … “vs. SF” is a nightmare matchup for Adrian Peterson, but the Redskins will be at home and missing Chris Thompson. Wendell Smallwood is the COP backup. … Devin Singletary’s usage is difficult to predict following his four-week layoff, but Frank Gore hardly left him for dead. The Dolphins are the right place to take a FLEX flier.

Patrick Daugherty
Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .