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2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 7

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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 Web site can give you.

Atlanta, Denver, Miami, Kansas City, Philadelphia and San Diego are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

Notes

1

Arian Foster

HOU

vs. BAL

Two short TDs salvaged otherwise poor showing vs. Packers.

2

Ray Rice

BAL

at HOU

Texans have yet to allow rushing TD to RB.

3

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

at OAK

Looking to jumpstart Jags' offense coming off of bye.

4

Darren McFadden

OAK

vs. JAC

Jaguars are ranked 30th in rush defense.

5

Adrian Peterson

MIN

vs. ARI

AP held to just 79 yards last week against Redskins.

6

Trent Richardson

CLE

at IND

Dealing with rib/cartilage issue, but expected to play.

7

Matt Forte

CHI

vs. DET (Mon.)

Should be fresh and rested coming off of bye.

8

Ahmad Bradshaw

NYG

vs. WAS

Followed up 200-yard game with 116-yard effort vs. 49ers.

9

Alfred Morris

WAS

at NYG

Giants only gave up 62 yards rushing to SF RBs last week.

10

Doug Martin

TB

vs. NO

Saints allowing most fantasy points to RBs.

11

Stevan Ridley

NE

vs. NYJ

Couldn't get much going vs. Seahawks last week.

12

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

at SF (Thurs.)

"Beast Mode" will be necessary vs. fired up 49ers.

13

Chris Johnson

TEN

at BUF

Can't ask for better match-up, Bills are last in run defense.

14

Frank Gore

SF

vs. SEA (Thurs.)

Had just 36 yards vs. Giants, 'Hawks will be another tough test.

15

C.J. Spiller

BUF

vs. TEN

Made the most of his opportunities last week.

16

Felix Jones

DAL

at CAR

Big opportunity with Murray sidelined (foot).

17

Darren Sproles

NO

at TB

Always seems to do well against Bucs.

18

Steven Jackson

STL

vs. GB

Keep an eye on workload split with Richardson.

19

Fred Jackson

BUF

vs. TEN

Still getting most of the carries.

20

Shonn Greene

NYJ

at NE

Broke out in a big way (161, 3) vs. Colts.

21

Mikel Leshoure

DET

at CHI (Mon.)

In for tough test against Monsters of Midway.

22

Rashard Mendenhall

PIT

at CIN

Dealing with Achilles issue, but expected to play.

23

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

vs. PIT

Could help himself and his team with big game vs. Steelers.

24

Alex Green

GB

at STL

Fared pretty well in first career start.

25

William Powell

ARI

at MIN

Took first step in establishing himself as lead back last week.

26

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

vs. DAL

Cowboys have been somewhat susceptible to run.

27

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

vs. DAL

Crowded backfield continues to limit touches, production.

28

Vick Ballard

IND

vs. CLE

Had a total of 25 yards in first career start against Jets.

29

Pierre Thomas

NO

at TB

Better option than Ingram because of receptions.

30

Daryl Richardson

STL

vs. GB

Slowly moving towards equal split with SJax in Rams' backfield.

31

Montario Hardesty

CLE

at IND

Workload will depend on Richardson's playing status.

32

Ben Tate

HOU

vs. BAL

Could be flex option given Ravens' issues with run defense.

33

Isaac Redman

PIT

at CIN

Dealing with ankle issue, keep eye on updates throughout week.

34

Michael Bush

CHI

vs. DET (Mon.)

Has taken backseat since Forte's return.

35

LeGarrette Blount

TB

vs. NO

Slowly developing into viable red zone back, possibly more.

36

Phillip Tanner

DAL

at CAR

Should backup Jones, had 31 yards in 2nd half vs. Ravens.

37

Danny Woodhead

NE

vs. NYJ

Has replaced Bolden as Pats' second option at RB.

38

Kendall Hunter

SF

vs. SEA (Thurs.)

 

39

LaRod Stephens-Howling

ARI

at MIN

Won't be long before Powell officially passes him on depth chart.

40

David Wilson

NYG

vs. WAS

Has put together back-to-back strong showings.

41

Mark Ingram

NO

at TB

Basically a one-trick pony and not get many carries at that.

42

Brandon Bolden

NE

vs. NYJ

His touches continue to decline.

43

Mike Goodson

OAK

vs. JAC

Has reasserted himself as McFadden's backup.

44

James Starks

GB

at STL

Injuries and Green's emergence have made him almost irrelevant.

45

Jamie Harper

TEN

at BUF

 

46

Cedric Peerman

CIN

vs. PIT

Led team with 8 catches last week.

47

Robert Turbin

SEA

at SF (Thurs.)

 

48

Baron Batch

PIT

at CIN

Role will depend on Mendenhall's, Redman's status.

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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

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Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

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