Week 7 Fantasy RB Rankings: Must starts, sleepers, potential busts at running back

By | October 19, 2020

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 and analysis.

Week 7 Fantasy RB Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 Alvin Kamara, NO vs. CAR
2 Aaron Jones, GB @ HOU
3 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ WAS
4 Derrick Henry, TEN vs. PIT
5 Todd Gurley, ATL vs. DET
6 Ronald Jones II, TB @ LV
7 David Johnson, HOU vs. GB
8 Chris Carson, SEA @ ARZ
9 James Conner, PIT @ TEN
10 Kareem Hunt, CLE @ CIN
11 Josh Jacobs, LV vs. TB
12 James Robinson, JAX @ LAC
13 Joe Mixon, CIN vs. CLE
14 Mike Davis, CAR @ NO
15 Raheem Mostert, SF @ NE
16 Miles Sanders, PHI vs. NYG
17 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC @ DEN
18 David Montgomery, CHI @ LAR
19 Phillip Lindsay, DEN vs. KC
20 Justin Jackson, LAC vs. JAX
21 Kenyan Drake, ARZ vs. SEA
22 Darrell Henderson, LAR vs. CHI
23 Melvin Gordon, DEN vs. KC
24 Devin Singletary, BUF @ NYJ
25 Antonio Gibson, WAS vs. DAL
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 Jerick McKinnon, SF @ NE
41 Malcolm Brown, LAR vs. CHI
42 Cam Akers, LAR vs. CHI
43 Boston Scott, PHI vs. NYG
44 La’Mical Perine, NYJ vs. BUF
45 Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. CLE
46 Dion Lewis, NYG @ PHI
47 Kerryon Johnson, DET @ ATL
48 Carlos Hyde, SEA @ ARZ
49 Brian Hill, ATL vs. DET
50 Tony Pollard, DAL @ WAS
51 Rex Burkhead, NE vs. SF
52 Benny Snell, PIT @ TEN
53 D’Ernest Johnson, CLE @ CIN
54 Duke Johnson, HOU vs. GB
55 Darrel Williams, KC @ DEN
56 Chris Thompson, JAX @ LAC
57 Jeremy McNichols, TEN vs. PIT
58 Anthony McFarland, PIT @ TEN
59 Wayne Gallman, NYG @ PHI
60 Jalen Richard, LV vs. TB
61 Jeff Wilson Jr., SF @ NE
62 Royce Freeman, DEN vs. KC
63 AJ Dillon, GB @ HOU
64 Trenton Cannon, CAR @ NO