As we delve into the Week 7 injury report for fantasy-relevant running backs, the good news is that there seem to be more knowns than unknowns. Four teams on bye (Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver and Green Bay) also help keep the volume down. That said, be sure to read up the latest on the ailing RBs below before you setting your lineup. And don’t forget to check on any injured QBs/TEs and WRs (early games, later games) that may be on your roster too.
Note: All games are at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday unless otherwise noted.
Teams on bye: Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
Probable – Finger
Yes, Peterson is on the injury report. Yes, he’s playing today. He’s probable and will be a top-5 running back in Week 7. Carry on.
Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
Questionable – Ankle
After Gordon's performances over the past three weeks, it's hard to want to start him, even if he is active. He hasn't had more than 50 yards rushing in the past three games and has lost a fumble in each of the past two. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and should be active on Sunday. His matchup against the Raiders is a good one, but he's a RB3 at best.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills (London, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)
Questionable – Abdomen
Yeldon was able to finally practice, and should be active Sunday morning. However, the matchup against the Bills is a tough one and if he's not at 100 percent, he's a low RB2. The Jags are likely going to be throwing the ball, and while Yeldon did catch a TD pass in the last game he played (Week 5), he's not usually a major player in the passing game. The most receptions he’s had in any one game is five and for the season he’s totaled just 15 in five games.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
Questionable – Abdomen
Lewis had a questionable tag heading into Week 6, and he was active. Unfortunately for fantasy owners who started him, he only had four carries for 21 yards and three receptions for 18 yards. LeGarrette Blount had the big game, but that should switch this week. The Jets have allowed just one rushing touchdown all season, so the way to beat them is to throw the ball. Look for the Patriots to utilize Lewis in the passing game quite a bit, giving him RB2 value.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
Probable – Ankle
Bell will join Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick (below) in a suddenly crowded Lions backfield. The presence of all three devalues each of them. They will take carries away from the others, as no one has taken charge and cemented their status as the lead horse. Bell is still listed above Abdullah on the depth chart, but that doesn't mean much. Bell will likely be involved in the passing game, but not enough to give him fantasy relevance. He's barely a RB3.
Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
Probable – Groin
Riddick had seven carries for 28 yards and three receptions for 50 yards in Week 6. He'll be active this week, but with Joique Bell back think long and hard before starting any Lions RB this week. Riddick is worth stashing in case of injury to Bell (again) or Ameer Abdullah, but there are better options at running back this week.
Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams vs. Cleveland Browns
Questionable – Ankle
After getting two carries for eight yards in Week 5, Mason doesn’t appear to be a part of the Rams’ offense as long as Todd Gurley is healthy. Mason didn't practice all week and it doesn't look like he'll play on Sunday. Don't start him in any format.
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doubtful – Back
Thompson most likely won't play, and while fantasy owners aren't typically starting him in the first place, this bodes well for Matt Jones. Jones missed Week 6 with a toe injury, but he has put in full practices and is probable for Week 7. While Alfred Morris isn't used in passing downs, Jones and Thompson are. If Thompson is out, it opens the door for Jones to get more touches.
Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (London, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET)
Out – Concussion
Surprising no one, Williams is still out with the concussion that sidelined him in Week 4. He didn't travel with the team to London and is droppable in most leagues, even those that have LeSean McCoy. Barring injury to McCoy, Williams does not have fantasy value. However, if he can't even be active for a game, especially with the bye week next week, don't hang on to him if there are better options on the waiver wire.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets at New England Patriots
Out – Ankle
It's hard to imagine anyone was starting Powell, but knowing that he's out means a bigger day for Chris Ivory is possible. Powell can be dropped in all leagues.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.