Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 7

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

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

Rk Player Team OPP Notes
1 Adrian Peterson MIN at NYG (Mon.) Understandably not at his best last week.
2 LeSean McCoy PHI vs. DAL League's leading rusher will test Cowboys w/o Ware.
3 Jamaal Charles KC vs. HOU Blisters haven't slowed him down, can Texans?
4 Matt Forte CHI at WAS Averaging 22 touches per game.
5 Marshawn Lynch SEA at ARI (Thurs.) Scored 2 TDs, also had 78 yards receiving last week.
6 Arian Foster HOU at KC Season-high 141 yards last week against Rams.
7 Knowshon Moreno DEN at IND No. 4 RB in fantasy, leads NFL w/ 7 rushing TDs.
8 Alfred Morris WAS vs. CHI Bears got run over by Jacobs/Giants last week.
9 Reggie Bush DET vs. CIN Put up 133 total yards, rec. TD vs. Browns.
10 Frank Gore SF at TEN Posted second 100-yard game of season last week.
11 Eddie Lacy GB vs. CLE Has 219 yards rushing since return from concussion.
12 Doug Martin TB at ATL Falcons have done a good job against run.
13 Ray Rice BAL at PIT Has 36 yards rushing or fewer in all but one game.
14 DeAngelo Williams CAR vs. STL Rams giving up 130 yards rushing per game.
15 Giovani Bernard CIN at DET 100-yard effort incl. highlight-reel TD catch-and-run.
16 Trent Richardson IND vs. DEN Broncos giving up 69.8 yards rushing per game.
17 Stevan Ridley NE at NYJ Is he back? 96 yards, 2 TDs vs. Saints a good start.
18 Chris Johnson TEN vs. SF Has just one run of 20+ yards this season.
19 Fred Jackson BUF at MIA Basically splitting carries evenly with Spiller.
20 Lamar Miller MIA vs. BUF  
21 C.J. Spiller BUF at MIA Averaged 5.5 ypc on just 10 attempts last week.
22 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC vs. SD Chargers allowing second-fewest fantasy pts. to RBs.
23 Ryan Mathews SD at JAC His 102 yards on MNF, first such effort since Dec. 2011.
24 Joseph Randle DAL at PHI Big opportunity for rookie w/ Murray (knee) out.
25 Zac Stacy STL at CAR May have secured starting job for rest of season.
26 Bilal Powell NYJ vs. NE One less mouth to feed w/ Goodson (ACL) on IR.
27 Brandon Jacobs NYG vs. MIN (Mon.) Turned back the clock (106, 2) last week vs. Bears.
28 Le'Veon Bell PIT vs. BAL Gets first taste of Ravens-Steelers rivalry.
29 Andre Ellington ARI vs. SEA (Thurs.) Led the way w/ 91 total yards and TD last week.
30 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN at DET Still getting more carries than Gio.
31 Danny Woodhead SD at JAC Posted 73 yards on 14 touches vs. Colts.
32 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. TB Falcons still waiting on Steven Jackson to get back.
33 Willis McGahee CLE at GB  
34 Rashard Mendenhall ARI vs. SEA (Thurs.) Matter of time before Ellington takes over?
35 Joique Bell DET vs. CIN  
36 Ben Tate HOU at KC Late TD salvaged pedestrian effort (10 att., 12 yds).
37 Jason Snelling ATL vs. TB  
38 Mike Tolbert CAR vs. STL Scored second rushing TD last week.
39 Chris Ivory NYJ vs. NE  
40 Donald Brown IND vs. DEN  
41 Ronnie Hillman DEN at IND  
42 Bernard Pierce BAL at PIT  
43 Chris Ogbonnaya CLE at GB Got team-high 12 targets last week.
44 Kendall Hunter SF at TEN  
45 Roy Helu WAS vs. CHI  
46 Daniel Thomas MIA vs. BUF  
47 LeGarrette Blount NE at NYJ Ridley's resurgence could be bad news for Blount.
48 Bryce Brown PHI vs. 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
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 7 Waiver Wire

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