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The majority of the time this season there has been a consensus top running back each week. However, my Week 7 Running Back Rankings reaction is that there is some disagreement this week.

Three different backs were ranked in the top spot by our rankers. Five different running backs were ranked within the Top 2.

Now I know that this is nit-picking as the majority were all in the Top 5. However, I did find it interesting that we are not in agreement at the top.

Part of it is that Ezekiel Elliott is on a bye this week. Then you have David Johnson in a tough match-up against Seattle and Le’Veon Bell will be without Ben Roethlisberger at the helm.

These three will be the general Top 3 going forward, so I can see why there is some variance this week.

Here is the rest of my Week 7 Running Back Rankings reaction — and you can look here to see our full Week 7 rankings.

Week 7 Running Back Rankings Reaction

Guys I Like More

  • I am the only ranker with David Johnson in the top spot. Now I know in the pre-season he was one of my busts, but hear me out. The logic was there. He was far from a sure thing. He just defied the odds and has turned into a monster.
  • I have James White as the 9th highest running back in PPR formats. It puzzles me that no one else has him that high. I mean, did they see how much Tom Brady uses him out of the backfield?
  • I am also highest on Isaiah Crowell. He had an awful game last week, yes. But now he gets to go against Cincinnati. You know, the Bengals that gave up monster weeks to James White and Ezekiel Elliott the past couple of games.

Guys I Like Less

    • I’m a little lower on Spencer Ware in the Week 7 Running Back Rankings than the rest of the rankers. I just think that this Kansas City backfield situation will remain fluid and eventually end up with Jamaal Charles taking the full-on lead role again. Now Ware is definitely start-able against New Orleans, but not quite a Top-10 option for me.

  • I am by far the lowest ranker of Jerick McKinnon. I’m not quite sure what I am missing. He has only one game with over 45 rushing yards and no games with over 10 receiving yards. He has scored just one touchdown and averaged less than two yards per carry his last game. Toss in the fact that Philadelphia has given up the eighth fewest rushing yards in the league, and McKinnon is a non-starter for me.
  • Giovani Bernard has put together a couple of really nice games. However, I think this will be a Jeremy Hill week for the Bengals. The Browns have given up the fifth most rushing yards but the 21st most receiving yards to opposing backs. This is a product of Cleveland always being behind, and the opponent not having to dump it off as much. Bernard is starter-worthy, but as a Flex option.

Other Observations

  • Both Atlanta backs were ranked in the Top 13 against the Chargers. These two have definitely proven that they can both be viable Fantasy Starters.
  • Matt Jones had his best game of the season, but did not get too much love from the rankers outside of La Presto who had him at 13. He will have to put a couple of outings together to convince me.
  • The aforementioned Jeremy Hill has the widest variance among running back rankings. I have him at 22 while La Presto ranked him 43rd. Gonos and Bond fell in the middle at 31. As I said, I think Cincy gets up and Hill gets the majority of touches.
  • Technically, Latavius Murrray had the widest variance, but this will change as his status for the game changes. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington’s rankings will also remain fluid as the week goes along.

That’s it for my Week 7 Running Back Rankings Reaction! Check out our Quarterback Rankings ReactionsWide Receivers and Tight Ends, too.

Good luck with your running backs this week and be sure to check out my weekly picks against the spread.

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Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog, Dirkland.blogspot.com, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.
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