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
at NYG (Mon.)
Understandably not at his best last week.
League's leading rusher will test Cowboys w/o Ware.
Blisters haven't slowed him down, can Texans?
Averaging 22 touches per game.
at ARI (Thurs.)
Scored 2 TDs, also had 78 yards receiving last week.
Season-high 141 yards last week against Rams.
No. 4 RB in fantasy, leads NFL w/ 7 rushing TDs.
Bears got run over by Jacobs/Giants last week.
Put up 133 total yards, rec. TD vs. Browns.
Posted second 100-yard game of season last week.
Has 219 yards rushing since return from concussion.
Falcons have done a good job against run.
Has 36 yards rushing or fewer in all but one game.
Rams giving up 130 yards rushing per game.
100-yard effort incl. highlight-reel TD catch-and-run.
Broncos giving up 69.8 yards rushing per game.
Is he back? 96 yards, 2 TDs vs. Saints a good start.
Has just one run of 20+ yards this season.
Basically splitting carries evenly with Spiller.
Averaged 5.5 ypc on just 10 attempts last week.
Chargers allowing second-fewest fantasy pts. to RBs.
His 102 yards on MNF, first such effort since Dec. 2011.
Big opportunity for rookie w/ Murray (knee) out.
May have secured starting job for rest of season.
One less mouth to feed w/ Goodson (ACL) on IR.
vs. MIN (Mon.)
Turned back the clock (106, 2) last week vs. Bears.
Gets first taste of Ravens-Steelers rivalry.
vs. SEA (Thurs.)
Led the way w/ 91 total yards and TD last week.
Still getting more carries than Gio.
Posted 73 yards on 14 touches vs. Colts.
Falcons still waiting on Steven Jackson to get back.
vs. SEA (Thurs.)
Matter of time before Ellington takes over?
Late TD salvaged pedestrian effort (10 att., 12 yds).
Scored second rushing TD last week.
Got team-high 12 targets last week.
Ridley's resurgence could be bad news for Blount.
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
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