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Fantasy Football Week 7 Running Back Rankings

Cordarrelle Patterson

The 2021-22 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. Bye weeks are starting to take place. This means that quarterbacks like Dalvin Cook, Ezekiel Elliott, and Austin Ekeler will be out this week. On top of that injuries have started to mount up at this point of the season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the Fantasy Football Week 7 running back rankings.

*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*

(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Key:
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting RB1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High-End RB2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between RB1 and RB2 category.
Starting RB2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low RB2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and causes a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deep League Flex- a player who is more of a Hail Mary throw at the position. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
Category Name Opponent Ranking
Must Start Derrick Henry vs Kansas City Chiefs RB1
Must Start Alvin Kamara vs Seattle Seahawks RB2
Must Start Jonathan Taylor vs San Francisco 49ers RB3
Must Start Aaron Jones vs Washington Football Team RB4
Starting RB1 Darrell Henderson vs Detriot Lions RB5
Starting RB1 Cordarrelle Patterson vs Miami Dolphins RB6
Starting RB1 D’Andre Swift vs Los Angeles Rams RB7
Starting RB1 Joe Mixon vs Baltimore Ravens RB8
High-End RB2 Saquon Barkley* vs Carolina Panthers RB9
High-End RB2 Josh Jacobs vs Philadelphia Eagles RB10
High-End RB2 Leonard Fournette vs Chicago Bears RB11
Starting RB2 Chuba Hubbard vs New York Giants RB12
Starting RB2 Chase Edmonds vs Houston Texans RB13
Starting RB2 Darrel Williams vs Tennessee Titans RB14
Starting RB2 Damien Harris vs New York Jets RB15
Low RB2 Antonio Gibson* vs Green Bay Packers RB16
Low RB2 Mike Davis vs Miami Dolphins RB17
Flex Elijah Mitchell vs Indianapolis Colts RB18
Flex D’Ernest Johnson vs Denver Broncos RB19
Flex Miles Sanders vs Las Vegas Raiders RB20
Flex Alex Collins* vs New Orleans Saints RB21
Flex Latavius Murray* vs Cincinnati Bengals RB22
Deep League Flex Myles Gaskin vs Atlanta Falcons RB23
Deep League Flex James Conner vs Houston Texans RB24
Deep League Flex J.D. McKissic vs Green Bay Packers RB25
Deep League Flex Melvin Gordon vs Cleveland Browns RB26
Deep League Flex Kenyan Drake vs Philadelphia Eagles RB27
Deep League Flex A.J. Dillon vs Washington Football Team RB28
Deep League Flex Michael Carter vs New England Patriots RB29
Deep League Flex Javonte Williams vs Cleveland Browns RB30
Deep League Flex Damien Williams* vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB31
Deep League Flex Rhamondre Stevenson vs New York Jets RB32
Deep League Flex Khalil Herbert vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB33
Deep League Flex Jamaal Williams vs Los Angeles Rams RB34
Deep League Flex Brandon Bolden* vs New York Jets RB35
Deep League Flex Demetric Felton vs Denver Broncos RB36
Deep League Flex Mark Ingram vs Arizona Cardinals RB37
Deep League Flex Sony Michel* vs Detriot Lions RB38
Leave on the Bench Nyheim Hines vs San Francisco 49ers RB39
Leave on the Bench Salvon Ahmed vs Atlanta Falcons RB40
Leave on the Bench Marlon Mack vs San Francisco 49ers RB41
Leave on the Bench Devonta Freeman vs Cincinnati Bengals RB42
Leave on the Bench Giovanni Bernard vs Chicago Bears RB43
Leave on the Bench Kenneth Gainwell vs Las Vegas Raiders RB44
Leave on the Bench Ty Johnson vs New England Patriots RB45
Leave on the Bench Jeremy McNichols* vs Kansas City Chiefs RB46
Leave on the Bench Kyle Juszczyk vs Indianapolis Colts RB47
Leave on the Bench DeeJay Dallas vs New Orleans Saints RB48
Leave on the Bench David Johnson vs Arizona Cardinals RB49
Leave on the Bench Jerick McKinnon vs Tennessee Titans RB50
Leave on the Bench Trey Sermon vs Indianapolis Colts RB51
Leave on the Bench Travis Homer vs New Orleans Saints RB52
Leave on the Bench Samaje Perine* vs Baltimore Ravens RB53
Leave on the Bench Malcolm Brown* vs Atlanta Falcons RB54
Leave on the Bench Devontae Booker vs Carolina Panthers RB55
Leave on the Bench Ronald Jones vs Cleveland Browns RB56
Leave on the Bench Le’Veon Bell vs Cincinnati Bengals RB57
Leave on the Bench Chris Evans vs Baltimore Ravens RB58
Leave on the Bench Ty’Son Williams vs Cincinnati Bengals RB59
Leave on the Bench Phillip Lindsay vs Arizona Cardinals RB60
Leave on the Bench Jaret Patterson vs Green Bay Packers RB61
Leave on the Bench Tevin Coleman vs New England Patriots RB62

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

RB9 Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Saquon Barkley missed last week’s game after spraining his ankle the week before against the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants haven’t been clear on when they expect Barkley to return. If he doesn’t return this week Devonte Booker moves up to RB16 between Elijah Mitchell and D’Ernest Johnson.

RB16 Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

Washington running back Antonio Gibson missed time during last week’s game because of the shin injury he has dealt with for a majority of the season. Gibson received an MRI on Monday to see how the team will proceed with him. He did not practice Wednesday. If Gibson misses this week against the Green Bay Packers J.D. McKissic would move up to RB13 between Chuba Hubbard and Chase Edmonds. Jaret Patterson would go up to RB39 between Sony Michel and Nyheim Hines.

RB21 Alex Collins, Seattle Seahawks

During last week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Alex Collins sustained hip and glute injuries. This has put doubt on whether he will be active for Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints. If Collins is out DeeJay Dallas moves up to RB22 between Latavius Murray and Myles Gaskin. It also puts Travis Homer at RB43 between Devonta Freeman and Giovanni Bernard. Another player that could have a role for Seattle’s offense if Collins is out is former first-round pick Rashaad Penny. Key an eye out for him in deeper leagues if Collins is out.

RB22 Latavius Murray, Baltimore Ravens

Latavius Murray left the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers with an ankle injury. It is unclear if he will be active for the Ravens game against the Bengals this weekend. Murray did miss practice on Wednesday. If Murray is out Devonta Freeman moves up to RB29 between A.J. Dillon and Michael Carter. Then Le’Veon Bell moves up to RB55 between Malcolm Brown and Devontae Booker. Also, Ty’Son Williams becomes RB58 between Ronald Jones and Chris Evans.

RB31 Damien Williams, Chicago Bears

Bears running back Damien Williams missed last week due to being put on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. If Williams is not activated by Sunday Khalil Herbert will become the RB26 between J.D. McKissic and Melvin Gordon in a tough matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

RB35 Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots

Patriots running back Brandon Bolden was limited in practice Wednesday with a thigh injury. If he was to miss this week against the Jets J.J. Taylor would likely take his passing down work and slot in at RB43 between Giovanni Bernard and Kenneth Gainwell.

RB46 Jeremy McNichols, Tennessee Titans

Jeremy McNichols reinjured his ankle Monday night against the Buffalo Bills. If he was to miss this week Khari Blasingame would be the primary replacement for McNichols as the change of pace back behind Derrick Henry.

Cincinnati Bengals Running Backs: RB53 Samaje Perine & RB58 Chris Evans

Bengals running back Samaje Perine was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday last week after testing positive for COVID-19. If Perine doesn’t play for the second week in a row Chris Evans could be the Bengals’ change of pace back if he is healthy this weekend and boost up to RB54 between Malcolm Brown and Devontae Booker. If Evans isn’t healthy then Trayveon Williams will likely get brought up from the practice squad to replace him.

RB54 Malcolm Brown, Miami Dolphins

Dolphins running back Malcolm Brown was limited in practice Wednesday because of a rib injury. If Brown misses time if confirms Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmeds rankings this week in a great matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.




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