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Fantasy Football 2013 Running Back Rankings: Week 7

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Knowshon Moreno

Knowshon Moreno

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.

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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