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Week 7 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

Alvin Kamara, Chris Carson, and Josh Jacobs are back from their bye weeks and adding strength to the top of our Week 7 fantasy RB rankings, but guys like Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Melvin Gordon are dropping thanks to increased competition for touches.

Heading into Week 7, a good chunk of fantasy owners have to be ecstatic that they're getting some of their top running backs back from byes. Alvin Kamara, Josh Jacobs, Chris Carson, Joshua Kelley, Justin Jackson, and Latavius Murray were all off last week, but they're back in our Week 7 fantasy RB rankings, adding strength to the top tier. The middle tier takes a bit of a hit, though, as the Week 7 byes take away several key backs, and increased competition for touches causes a few more RBs to drop.

The Colts, Ravens, Dolphins, and Vikings are all off this week. That means no Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, Jonathan Taylor, Mark Ingram, JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and Myles Gaskin. Cook and Taylor have been must-starts when healthy, and Ingram and Gaskin have been key RB2s/flex backs. Edwards, Dobbins, and even Mattison have been able to fill in at flex in a pinch, too.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

It also doesn't help that more RB committees are emerging across the league. Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay are sharing work for the Broncos, and with Zack Moss back, he and Devin Singletary are splitting time for the Bills. In Kansas City, Le'Veon Bell will now be taking some touches away from rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Perhaps even more unexpectedly, J.D. McKissic has been stealing touches from Antonio Gibson the past two weeks in Washington. This makes it more difficult to find true RB2s, so fantasy owners may have to gamble on some high-upside flexes this week who they may not otherwise go for.

Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

For that reason, it could behoove fantasy owners to trust the Lions' backs in Week 7. Adrian Peterson and D'Andre Swift should both be RB2/flex plays against a weak Falcons defense. Additionally, Chargers backs Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley can be utilized in lineups against the Jaguars. The Chargers may ride the hot hand, but both should get plenty of touches and be flex plays, at the very least.

Per usual, we're not liking the Jets' backfield much this week. Frank Gore could be a volume-based flex in standard leagues against the Bills because of the byes, but he hasn't posted a big game yet this year. It's only a matter of time before rookie La'Mical Perine takes over for him, but you can't trust the young guy yet either. If you can avoid starting either player, do it. The upside just isn't great enough with Gore and the floor is too low for Perine right now.

Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates. For individual analysis of key RBs, click here.

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

  • Saints vs. Panthers

  • Packers @ Texans

  • Cowboys @ Washington

  • Titans vs. Steelers

  • Falcons vs. Lions

  • Buccaneers @ Raiders

  • Texans vs. Packers

  • Seahawks @ Cardinals

  • Steelers @ Titans

  • Browns @ Bengals

  • Raiders vs. Buccaneers

  • Jaguars @ Chargers

  • Panthers @ Saints

  • 49ers @ Patriots

  • Chiefs @ Broncos

  • Bears @ Rams

  • Bengals vs. Browns

  • Broncos vs. Chiefs

  • Chargers vs. Jaguars

  • Cardinals @ Seahawks

  • Rams vs. Bears

  • Broncos vs. Chiefs

  • Eagles vs. Giants

  • Bills @ Jets

  • Washington vs. Cowboys

  • 26 D'Andre Swift, DET @ ATL
    27 Adrian Peterson, DET @ ATL
    28 Devonta Freeman, NYG @ PHI
    29 Latavius Murray, NO vs. CAR
    30 Zack Moss, BUF @ NYJ
    31 Damien Harris, NE vs. SF
    32 Joshua Kelley, LAC vs. JAX
    33 Frank Gore, NYJ vs. BUF
    34 Jamaal Williams, GB @ HOU
    35 J.D. McKissic, WAS vs. DAL
    36 Chase Edmonds, ARZ vs. SEA
    37 Leonard Fournette, TB @ LV
    38 Le'Veon Bell, KC @ DEN
    39 James White, NE vs. SF
    40 Jeff Wilson Jr., SF @ NE
    41 Corey Clement, PHI vs. NYG
    42 Malcolm Brown, LAR vs. CHI
    43 Cam Akers, LAR vs. CHI
    44 La'Mical Perine, NYJ vs. BUF
    45 Dion Lewis, NYG @ PHI
    46 Kerryon Johnson, DET @ ATL
    47 Carlos Hyde, SEA @ ARZ
    48 Brian Hill, ATL vs. DET
    49 Tony Pollard, DAL @ WAS
    50 Rex Burkhead, NE vs. SF
    51 Benny Snell, PIT @ TEN
    52 D'Ernest Johnson, CLE @ CIN
    53 Duke Johnson, HOU vs. GB
    54 Darrel Williams, KC @ DEN
    55 Chris Thompson, JAX @ LAC
    56 Jeremy McNichols, TEN vs. PIT
    57 Anthony McFarland, PIT @ TEN
    58 Wayne Gallman, NYG @ PHI
    59 Jalen Richard, LV vs. TB
    60 JaMycal Hasty, SF @ NE
    61 Royce Freeman, DEN vs. KC
    62 AJ Dillon, GB @ HOU
    63 Trenton Cannon, CAR @ NO

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