It's rookie week for my Week 7 fantasy running back rankings!
Because there is a pair of first-year backs that I like so much more than the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR). Dameon Pierce and Brian Robinson Jr. are both top-25 fantasy options this week at minimum, and I've even got the latter cracking RB1 territory.
Pierce is coming off of a bye and travels to Las Vegas. The Raiders are allowing nearly 22 fantasy points per week to opposing RBs. With Pierce settling into Houston's workhorse role (he has more than four times as many carries as any teammate), he should see at least 20 rushing attempts against the Raiders. He's averaging nearly five yards a carry and has scored in each of his last three games. Pierce is an RB2 at worst this week and could finish higher this week.
While my ranking of Pierce has multiple games and stats to back it up, my bullish attitude toward Robinson is a little more emotion-based. How can you not root for this kid? But the stats tell a decent story as well. Robinson and the Commanders host the Packers this week. Green Bay is allowing more than 23 fantasy points to RBs, which is more than the aforementioned Raiders. After seeing just nine carries in his first game back, he saw nearly double that last week with 17, including one he punched into the end zone. It's a little optimistic, but I've got Robinson as an RB1 this week.
These are not the only two rookies I like, but check out the rest of my Week 7 RB rankings to see for yourself.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Philadelphia
NFL Running Back Rankings: Week 7
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.