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Fantasy Player Projections: Week 7

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS106
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS57
    7. REC TD0

    I'm running out of things to say about Charles, and it's just Week 7. Houston is allowing 4.2 yards per carry this year, making Charles a solid bet to top 100 yards.

    1. 2
    2. Adrian Peterson
    3. Adrian
      Peterson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS136
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS25
    7. REC TD0

    The Giants allow 19.1 fantasy points per game to running backs. Peterson will increase that average on Monday night.

    1. 3
    2. LeSean McCoy
    3. LeSean
      McCoy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS115
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS45
    7. REC TD0

    McCoy totaled 171 yards from scrimmage last week, while the Cowboys allowed the Redskins to run for more than 200 yards. He should have a huge day.

    1. 4
    2. Frank Gore
    3. Frank
      Gore
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS118
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS26
    7. REC TD0

    Gore powered for 101 yards on 25 workmanlike carries against the Cardinals last week. The people who continue to bet on his downfall continue to lose.

    1. 5
    2. Alfred Morris
    3. Alfred
      Morris
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS108
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS6
    7. REC TD0

    Morris converted 16 carries into 81 yards and a touchdown, and continues to chug right along despite the sputtering Washington offense.

    1. 6
    2. Matt Forte
    3. Matt
      Forte
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS117
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS45
    7. REC TD0

    With Forte's huge presence in the passing game, it's nearly impossible for him to go for fewer than 100 total yards. He's in for a monster day in Washington.

    1. 7
    2. Maurice Jones-Drew
    3. Maurice
      Jones-Drew
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS96
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS43
    7. REC TD0

    Jones-Drew picked up just 71 yards on 21 carries last week, but he did hit paydirt. The newfound competence is great news for him. The longer the Jags stay in games, the more effective he will be.

    1. 8
    2. Reggie Bush
    3. Reggie
      Bush
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS73
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS62
    7. REC TD1

    Bush continues to impress as a runner, racking up 78 yards on 17 carries against a strong Cleveland defense last week. It's not much easier with the Bengals in town.

    1. 9
    2. Doug Martin
    3. Doug
      Martin
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS94
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS40
    7. REC TD0

    Martin churned out 91 yards on 20 touches last week. Atlanta has done well against opposing runners, but it looked terrible in its last game against the Jets.

    1. 10
    2. DeAngelo Williams
    3. DeAngelo
      Williams
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS93
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS28
    7. REC TD0

    Williams racked up 117 total yards last week, and this week gets a Rams defense that has allowed 4.6 yards per carry on the season.

    1. 11
    2. Ryan Mathews
    3. Ryan
      Mathews
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS103
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS17
    7. REC TD0

    Mathews had his best game of the season last week, running for 102 yards on 22 carries. He's in for another big day against a Jacksonville defense that surrenders 4.8 yards per carry.

    1. 12
    2. Knowshon Moreno
    3. Knowshon
      Moreno
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS93
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS26
    7. REC TD0

    Moreno had a huge game against the Jaguars, racking up 104 total yards and three scores. The Colts have allowed the third most fantasy points per game to running backs this year.

    1. 13
    2. Eddie Lacy
    3. Eddie
      Lacy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS116
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS5
    7. REC TD0

    Lacy is officially an RB2 after racking up 120 yards on 23 carries against a Baltimore defense that had allowed the fewest rushing yards per game heading into the contest.

    1. 14
    2. Bilal Powell
    3. Bilal
      Powell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS84
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS28
    7. REC TD0

    Powell is a clear winner in the fallout from Mike Goodson's injury. That will be on display against the Patriots.

    1. 15
    2. Giovani Bernard
    3. Giovani
      Bernard
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS62
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS49
    7. REC TD1

    Bernard was shut down as a runner last week, but caught six passes for 72 yards and a TD. It's that ability that has him ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the pecking order.

    1. 16
    2. Lamar Miller
    3. Lamar
      Miller
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS72
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS26
    7. REC TD0

    Miller was a total dud in his last game, and the Bills have been surprisingly tough against the run this season. It could be a tough day for him, but I'm predicting he saves it with a TD.

    1. 17
    2. Marshawn Lynch
    3. Marshawn
      Lynch
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS73
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS23
    7. REC TD0

    Lynch scored twice last week, but will have his work cut out for him on Thursday night. The Cardinals have allowed just 3.5 yards per carry this year.

    1. 18
    2. Arian Foster
    3. Arian
      Foster
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS71
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS22
    7. REC TD0

    Foster racked up 141 rushing yards and caught four passes for 57 yards last week. He'll have a much tougher time with the Chiefs.

    1. 19
    2. Jacquizz Rodgers
    3. Jacquizz
      Rodgers
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS54
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS36
    7. REC TD0

    Rodgers is too risky this week. He's already sharing time with Jason Snelling, and could be a total afterthought if Steven Jackson returns.

    1. 20
    2. Brandon Jacobs
    3. Brandon
      Jacobs
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS64
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Jacobs ran roughshod over the Bears, picking up 106 yards and two TDs on 22 carries. That is the exeception, not the rule.

    1. 21
    2. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    3. BenJarvus
      Green-Ellis
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS58
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Green-Ellis remained a big part of last week's gameplan, racking up 86 yards on 18 carries. Detroit allows 20.2 fantasy points per game to running backs, making BJGE a potential flex this week.

    1. 22
    2. Trent Richardson
    3. Trent
      Richardson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS58
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Richardson ran for just 40 yards on 10 carries last week, and has been one of the biggest fantasy busts this year. Denver has given up just 3.2 yards per carry through six weeks.

    1. 23
    2. Ray Rice
    3. Ray
      Rice
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS66
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS44
    7. REC TD0

    Rice ran for just 34 yards on 14 carries against the Packers. You're only benching him if you have a wealth of options, but the Steelers have allowed the third least fantasy points per game to running backs.

    1. 24
    2. Andre Ellington
    3. Andre
      Ellington
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS47
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS45
    7. REC TD0

    Ellington won't force Rashard Mendenhall out of the picture completely, but he has made this a true timeshare. Start him if you have to, but temper your expectatons this week.

    1. 25
    2. C.J. Spiller
    3. C.J.
      Spiller
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS62
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS28
    7. REC TD0

    Spiller and Fred Jackson each carried the ball 10 times last week, with Spiller picking up 55 yards to Jackson's 35. I don't like either this week, as I expect Miami to lead comfortably throughout.

    1. 26
    2. Danny Woodhead
    3. Danny
      Woodhead
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS34
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS48
    7. REC TD0

    Woodhead caught all five of his targets for 47 yards last week. If he can push up toward 10 carries, he could be in for a big day.

    1. 27
    2. Zac Stacy
    3. Zac
      Stacy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS64
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    Stacy ran for 79 yards on 18 carries last week. I hate this matchup for him, but I've got him as a backend RB3 for the rest of the season.

    1. 28
    2. Jason Snelling
    3. Jason
      Snelling
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS43
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD0

    I'd stay away from both Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers if Steven Jackson returns this week. It's just too muddy a situation.

    1. 29
    2. Willis McGahee
    3. Willis
      McGahee
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS58
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS15
    7. REC TD0

    McGahee ran for just 37 yards on 10 carries against the Lions. He's nothing but a matchup play or a guy you'd use if you need a bye-week replacement.

    1. 30
    2. Stevan Ridley
    3. Stevan
      Ridley
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS51
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS14
    7. REC TD0

    Ridley may have saved his season against the Saints, running for 96 yards and two scores on 20 carries. He draws a very tough assignment this week.

    1. 31
    2. Le'Veon Bell
    3. Le'Veon
      Bell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS42
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS22
    7. REC TD0

    Check in with Bell's owner after this week. Assuming he struggles, you might be able to buy him very low.

    1. 32
    2. Chris Johnson
    3. Chris
      Johnson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS38
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS22
    7. REC TD0

    Johnson had 54 yards from scrimmage last week and won't find it any easier against the 49ers, who allow just 3.8 yards per carry.

    1. 33
    2. Chris Ogbonnaya
    3. Chris
      Ogbonnaya
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS20
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS38
    7. REC TD0

    Ogbonnaya earned himself some deep-league consideration by catching seven of his 12 targets for a 61 yards and a TD.

    1. 34
    2. Fred Jackson
    3. Fred
      Jackson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS39
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS15
    7. REC TD0

    Jackson and C.J. Spiller split the carries right down the middle again, with Spiller picking up 55 yards to Jackson's 35. The Miami defense has allowed the third most points to running backs this year, but I think the Bills will be chasing too many points to run the ball effectively.

    1. 35
    2. Joseph Randle
    3. Joseph
      Randle
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS53
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS7
    7. REC TD0

    DeMarco Murray will likely miss Sunday's game because of a knee sprain, making Randle the starter for the Cowboys. Expect them to lean heavily on Tony Romo and the pass game.

    1. 36
    2. Brandon Bolden
    3. Brandon
      Bolden
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS14
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS26
    7. REC TD0

    Bolden was targeted just three times last week. Given that he's really only a weapon in the passing game, he'll need a whole lot more than that to be a factor.

    1. 37
    2. Rashard Mendenhall
    3. Rashard
      Mendenhall
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS32
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Mendenhall now shares the backfield with Andre Ellington. Given that and his lack of explosion, he's no more than a guy you consider as a flex from week to week. Hopefully not this week.

    1. 38
    2. Ben Tate
    3. Ben
      Tate
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS30
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS8
    7. REC TD0

    Tate punched in a 1-yard touchdown with last week's game out of hand. He remains nothing more than a Foster handcuff.

    1. 39
    2. Joique Bell
    3. Joique
      Bell
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS18
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS12
    7. REC TD0

    Bell remains a change of pace back for the Lions. You can't drop him, but you can't start him with Reggie Bush healthy.

    1. 40
    2. Chris Ivory
    3. Chris
      Ivory
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS28
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Ivory could be in for more touches now that Mike Goodson is out for the year, but not enough to make him relevant to fantasy owners.

    1. 41
    2. LeGarrette Blount
    3. LeGarrette
      Blount
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS26
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Blount ran for nine yards on seven carries last week, taking a backseat to Stevan Ridley. His fantasy usefulness may prove short-lived.

    1. 42
    2. Montee Ball
    3. Montee
      Ball
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS24
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS7
    7. REC TD0

    Ball has just four carries the last two weeks combined. You should feel comfortable cutting bait.

    1. 43
    2. Ronnie Hillman
    3. Ronnie
      Hillman
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS23
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS8
    7. REC TD0

    Hillman had just six touches last week, and he won't be a guy you can start unless Knowshon Moreno gets hurt.

    1. 44
    2. Daryl Richardson
    3. Daryl
      Richardson
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS13
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS9
    7. REC TD0

    Richardson got just three carries last week. He is no longer relevant in fantasy leagues.

    1. 45
    2. Bernard Pierce
    3. Bernard
      Pierce
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS12
    5. RUSH TD0
    6. REC YDS0
    7. REC TD0

    Pierce is nothing more than a change of pace out of the backfield.

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