Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 7

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Knowshon Moreno is the No. 4 running back in fantasy and leads the NFL in rushing TDs

Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 7

While the top of Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 7 running back rankings includes the usual suspects, there's one guy who has definitely exceeded preseason expectations. Knowshon Moreno, somewhat of an afterthought after Denver drafted Montee Ball in the second round, has not only emerged as the Broncos' No. 1 back, he's become an every-week fantasy starter.

Moreno not only leads the NFL with seven rushing touchdowns, he's fourth among his positional peers in fantasy scoring. While Peyton Manning has been doing a bunch of damage through the air, the Broncos' offense is so good that there's room for everyone to consistently produce, and that's just what Moreno has done through six weeks. Last week, Moreno led all running backs and was fifth overall in scoring after rushing for three touchdowns against Jacksonville. On the season, Moreno has 562 total yards, the seven rushing scores and he has yet to lose a fumble in 100 total touches. All eyes will be on Manning as he makes his return to Indianapolis on Sunday, but don't forget about Moreno.

Adrian Peterson played with a heavy heart last week, which was totally understandable given the unspeakable tragedy he and his family are dealing with. Not only do I think the reigning MVP will bounce back this week on "Monday Night Football" against the Giants, I am fairly sure pretty much everyone will be rooting for him to do so.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: New Orleans, Oakland

RkPlayerTeamOPPNotes
1Adrian PetersonMINat NYG (Mon.)Understandably not at his best last week.
2LeSean McCoyPHIvs. DALLeague's leading rusher will test Cowboys w/o Ware.
3Jamaal CharlesKCvs. HOUBlisters haven't slowed him down, can Texans?
4Matt ForteCHIat WASAveraging 22 touches per game.
5Marshawn LynchSEAat ARI (Thurs.)Scored 2 TDs, also had 78 yards receiving last week.
6Arian FosterHOUat KCSeason-high 141 yards last week against Rams.
7Knowshon MorenoDENat INDNo. 4 RB in fantasy, leads NFL w/ 7 rushing TDs.
8Alfred MorrisWASvs. CHIBears got run over by Jacobs/Giants last week.
9Reggie BushDETvs. CINPut up 133 total yards, rec. TD vs. Browns.
10Frank GoreSFat TENPosted second 100-yard game of season last week.
11Eddie LacyGBvs. CLEHas 219 yards rushing since return from concussion.
12Doug MartinTBat ATLFalcons have done a good job against run.
13Ray RiceBALat PITHas 36 yards rushing or fewer in all but one game.
14DeAngelo WilliamsCARvs. STLRams giving up 130 yards rushing per game.
15Giovani BernardCINat DET100-yard effort incl. highlight-reel TD catch-and-run.
16Trent RichardsonINDvs. DENBroncos giving up 69.8 yards rushing per game.
17Stevan RidleyNEat NYJIs he back? 96 yards, 2 TDs vs. Saints a good start.
18Chris JohnsonTENvs. SFHas just one run of 20+ yards this season.
19Fred JacksonBUFat MIABasically splitting carries evenly with Spiller.
20Lamar MillerMIAvs. BUF 
21C.J. SpillerBUFat MIAAveraged 5.5 ypc on just 10 attempts last week.
22Maurice Jones-DrewJACvs. SDChargers allowing second-fewest fantasy pts. to RBs.
23Ryan MathewsSDat JACHis 102 yards on MNF, first such effort since Dec. 2011.
24Joseph RandleDALat PHIBig opportunity for rookie w/ Murray (knee) out.
25Zac StacySTLat CARMay have secured starting job for rest of season.
26Bilal PowellNYJvs. NEOne less mouth to feed w/ Goodson (ACL) on IR.
27Brandon JacobsNYGvs. MIN (Mon.)Turned back the clock (106, 2) last week vs. Bears.
28Le'Veon BellPITvs. BALGets first taste of Ravens-Steelers rivalry.
29Andre EllingtonARIvs. SEA (Thurs.)Led the way w/ 91 total yards and TD last week.
30BenJarvus Green-EllisCINat DETStill getting more carries than Gio.
31Danny WoodheadSDat JACPosted 73 yards on 14 touches vs. Colts.
32Jacquizz RodgersATLvs. TBFalcons still waiting on Steven Jackson to get back.
33Willis McGaheeCLEat GB 
34Rashard MendenhallARIvs. SEA (Thurs.)Matter of time before Ellington takes over?
35Joique BellDETvs. CIN 
36Ben TateHOUat KCLate TD salvaged pedestrian effort (10 att., 12 yds).
37Jason SnellingATLvs. TB 
38Mike TolbertCARvs. STLScored second rushing TD last week.
39Chris IvoryNYJvs. NE 
40Donald BrownINDvs. DEN 
41Ronnie HillmanDENat IND 
42Bernard PierceBALat PIT 
43Chris OgbonnayaCLEat GBGot team-high 12 targets last week.
44Kendall HunterSFat TEN 
45Roy HeluWASvs. CHI 
46Daniel ThomasMIAvs. BUF 
47LeGarrette BlountNEat NYJRidley's resurgence could be bad news for Blount.
48Bryce BrownPHIvs. DAL 

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 7 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
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