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Fantasy football rankings, Week 7: Running backs for standard, PPR leagues

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If you're having trouble trusting one of your running backs, our new holiday, as well as the Week 7 rankings, are just for you.

For six weeks, we've constantly found ourselves overreacting, not reacting enough, properly reacting, and dropping Chris Johnson because there's only so much one human being can take. Keeping a level head is usually the only part that matters following a loss, and why wouldn't it be seeing as it's also the hardest feat to accomplish? The good news, however, is that your time is now.

If the day that falls after the first Sunday of the season is titled Overreaction Monday, we're rebranding the moments prior to Week 7 as Cut Your Losses Wednesday (don't worry, it's only a working title.) Not happy with Zac Stacy? Whatever. Get rid of him. Steven Jackson and his two carries per game frustrating you? Don't worry. He's gone, too. No C.J. Spiller sighting for quite some time? Good. He was only taking up space, anyways. After all, in a season where Trent Richardson has value solely because of a consistent repetition of carries, there's no time to waste sorting through a hefty pile of idle backs. You either stash for upside or trust the consistent from this point on.

Speaking of which, let's take a look at those we're having trouble with moving into Week 7.

Fantasy Rankings: QB RB WR TE D/ST

Alfred Morris: I know, he's burned you for two straight weeks. But if there's any sign of hope, it's that Morris had the inexplicable task of going head to head with two of the top five defensive DVOA units. With a much more giving Tennessee Titans front-seven on slate for this week, I'm trusting Morris once more before shopping him.

Eddie Lacy: It feels like we've been here before. The Green Bay Packers had initially stated prior to their game against the Miami Dolphins last week that Lacy and James Starks would be splitting carries. Low and behold, a near-perfect balance of 39-38 in favor of Lacy. Though it's probably your best bet to rid yourself of him, the Carolina Panthers -- you know, those same Panthers that have yet to limit an opposing running back to less than 5 yards per carry -- are coming to town, and it's too good of a matchup to pass on. Cross your fingers (and close your eyes, preferably).

Andre Williams: His pass protection certainly needs to improve, but against the lowly defense of the Dallas Cowboys, you're giving him one more chance.

Matt Asiata: With Jerick McKinnon officially being named the starter moving forward, there's really no more use for Asiata on your roster. Feel free to cut your losses.

*Bye Weeks: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles

Running back rankings (standard), Week 7

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 DeMarco Murray DAL NYG 1 1 1 1
2 Matt Forte CHI MIA 2 2 2 2
3 Arian Foster HOU @PIT 3 6 3 3
4 Jamaal Charles KAN @SD 4 5 5 4
5 Le'Veon Bell PIT HOU 5 3 6 6
6 Marshawn Lynch SEA @STL 7 4 7 5
7 Giovani Bernard CIN @IND 6 7 9 7
8 Andre Ellington ARI @OAK 8 8 8 8
9 Ben Tate CLE @JAC 9 11 4 9
10 Alfred Morris WAS TEN 10 9 13 11
11 Justin Forsett BAL ATL 11 12 10 13
12 Branden Oliver SD KAN 14 14 11 10
13 Eddie Lacy GB CAR 12 10 17 12
14 Lamar Miller MIA @CHI 13 13 16 14
15 Joique Bell DET NO 18 16 12 17
16 Fred Jackson BUF MIN 15 17 20 15
17 Ahmad Bradshaw IND CIN 17 19 14 19
18 Frank Gore SF @DEN 20 15 21 16
19 Andre Williams BUF MIN 22 18 15 18
20 Ronnie Hillman DEN SF 16 20 19 20
21 Reggie Bush DET NO 21 22 22 21
22 Jerick McKinnon MIN @BUF 19 23 24 24
23 Isaiah Crowell CLE @JAC 26 26 18 27
24 Shane Vereen NE NYJ 23 21 36 22
25 Chris Ivory NYJ @NE 32 25 26 23
26 Bishop Sankey TEN @WAS 35 24 28 25
27 Zac Stacy STL SEA 25 29 31 29
28 Trent Richardson IND CIN 31 30 29 26
29 Jeremy Hill CIN @IND 30 27 33 28
30 Khiry Robinson NO @DET 24 36 23 36
31 Storm Johnson JAC CLE 38 32 27 32
32 Pierre Thomas NO @DET 28 28 42 31
33 Steven Jackson ATL @BAL 27 33 41 33
34 Brandon Bolden NE NYJ 29 41 25 41
35 Darren McFadden OAK ARI 37 37 32 34
36 C.J. Spiller BUF MIN 33 31 48 30
37 Bernard Pierce BAL ATL 40 35 38 35
38 Jonathan Stewart CAR @GB 44 38 34 37
39 Antone Smith ATL @BAL 39 39 37 39
40 James Starks GB CAR 45 42 30 40
41 Juwan Thompson DEN SF 34 -- 35 --
42 Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL ATL 36 43 -- 43
43 Mark Ingram NO @DET -- 34 -- 38
44 Matt Asiata MIN @BUF -- 44 39 44
45 Benny Cunningham STL SEA 46 47 40 45
46 Chris Johnson NYJ @NE 50 40 50 42
47 Knile Davis KAN @SD 42 -- 44 47
48 James White NE NYJ 41 -- 43 --
49 Darrin Reaves CAR @GB 43 -- -- 49
50 Peyton Hillis NYG @DAL -- 46 -- 46
-- Roy Helu Jr. WAS TEN 49 45 -- --
-- Carlos Hyde SF @DEN 47 48 -- --
-- Joseph Randle DAL NYG -- -- 45 --
-- Anthony Dixon BUF MIN -- -- 46 --
-- Toby Gerhart JAC CLE -- 49 -- 48
-- Denard Robinson JAC CLE -- -- 47 --
-- Tre Mason STL SEA 48 -- -- --
-- Fozzy Whittaker CAR @GB -- 50 49 --
-- LeGarrette Blount PIT HOU -- -- -- 50

Running back rankings (PPR), Week 7

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 DeMarco Murray DAL NYG 2 1 2 1
2 Matt Forte CHI MIA 1 2 1 4
3 Arian Foster HOU @PIT 3 4 3 2
4 Jamaal Charles KAN @SD 4 3 7 3
5 Le'Veon Bell PIT HOU 5 5 4 5
6 Andre Ellington ARI @OAK 7 7 5 7
7 Marshawn Lynch SEA @STL 9 6 9 6
8 Giovani Bernard CIN @IND 6 8 8 8
9 Ben Tate CLE @JAC 10 11 6 9
10 Justin Forsett BAL ATL 8 10 10 10
11 Eddie Lacy GB CAR 13 9 16 11
12 Lamar Miller MIA @CHI 15 13 14 12
13 Branden Oliver SD KAN 14 16 11 15
14 Joique Bell DET NO 18 12 13 13
15 Fred Jackson BUF MIN 12 14 18 14
16 Ahmad Bradshaw IND CIN 17 15 12 16
17 Alfred Morris WAS TEN 11 18 15 17
18 Ronnie Hillman DEN SF 16 19 19 20
19 Jerick McKinnon MIN @BUF 19 17 24 18
20 Frank Gore SF @DEN 23 20 22 19
21 Andre Williams NYG @DAL 24 23 17 21
22 Reggie Bush DET NO 20 22 21 23
23 Shane Vereen NE NYJ 21 21 30 22
24 Isaiah Crowell CLE @JAC 32 26 20 26
25 Pierre Thomas NO @DET 22 24 34 24
26 Chris Ivory NYJ @NE 33 29 26 25
27 Trent Richardson IND CIN 30 27 29 27
28 Bishop Sankey TEN @WAS 35 25 27 28
29 Zac Stacy STL SEA 27 28 36 29
30 Jeremy Hill CIN @IND 28 32 37 32
31 Darren McFadden OAK ARI 31 34 31 33
32 Khiry Robinson NO @DET 25 41 23 41
33 Steven Jackson ATL @BAL 26 31 44 30
34 C.J. Spiller BUF MIN 29 30 45 31
35 Storm Johnson JAC CLE 41 33 28 34
36 Brandon Bolden NE NYJ 34 42 25 42
37 Jonathan Stewart CAR @GB 46 36 32 35
38 Bernard Pierce BAL ATL 39 35 41 36
39 Antone Smith ATL @BAL 37 43 33 43
40 James Starks GB CAR 45 39 35 37
41 Chris Johnson NYJ @NE 43 38 48 39
42 Roy Helu Jr. WAS TEN 40 40 49 40
43 Mark Ingram NO @DET 48 37 -- 38
44 Juwan Thompson DEN SF 36 -- 39 --
45 Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL ATL 38 45 -- 45
46 Matt Asiata MIN @BUF -- 44 38 47
47 Benny Cunningham STL SEA 47 47 42 46
48 Theo Riddick DEN SF -- 50 40 --
49 Knile Davis KAN @SD 42 -- -- 50
50 James White NE NYJ 49 -- 43 --
-- Dexter McCluster TEN @WAS -- 48 47 48
-- Carlos Hyde SF @DEN 44 49 -- --
-- Peyton Hillis NYG @DAL -- -- -- 44
-- Toby Gerhart JAC CLE -- 46 -- 49
-- Denard Robinson JAC CLE -- -- 46 --
-- Darrin Reaves CAR @GB 50 -- -- --
-- Joseph Randle DAL NYG -- -- 50 --