by Ray Kuhn
This is the point in the season where things become more definite. Of course fantasy football is ever changing, but at this point, things are what they are. Or as close as they will ever be. As we embark on Week 7, the biggest thing for me is that where you drafted a player is now truly becoming irrelevant. I know you always need to start the best possible player, but early in the season it is always difficult to bench an early round pick. At this point, that should no longer be the case.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at this week’s rankings.
|1. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Giants|
|2. Jamaal Charles -Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Houston|
|3. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas|
|4. Matt Forte -Chicago Bears – at Washington|
|5. Marshawn Lynch -Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona|
|6. Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins – vs. Chicago|
|7. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – at Kansas City|
|8. Reggie Bush – Detroit Lions – vs. Cincinnati|
|9. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh|
|10. Knowshon Moreno – Denver Broncos – at Indianapolis|
|11. CJ Spiller – Buffalo Bills – at Miami|
|12. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Atlanta|
|13. D’Angelo Williams – Carolina Panthers – vs. St. Louis|
|14. Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers – vs. Cleveland|
|15. Danny Woodhead – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville|
|16. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – vs. San Francisco|
|17. Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals – at Detroit|
|18. Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – at Tennessee|
|19. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore|
|20. Zac Stacy – St. Louis Rams – at Carolina|
|21. Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo|
|22. Ryan Matthews – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville|
|23. Trent Richardson – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Denver|
|24. Stevan Ridley – New England Patriots – at New York Jets|
|25. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Diego|
|26. Jacquizz Rodgers – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay|
|27. Brandon Jacobs – New York Giants – vs. Minnesota|
|28. Joseph Randle – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia|
|29. Willis McGahee – Cleveland Browns – at Green Bay|
|30. Fred Jackson – Buffalo Bills – at Miami|
|31. Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Seattle|
|32. Bilal Powell – New York Jets – vs. New England|
|33. Joique Bell – Detroit Lions – vs. Cincinnati|
|34. BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Cincinnati Bengals – at Detroit|
|35. Donald Brown – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Denver|
|36. Bernard Pierce – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh|
|37. Rashard Mendenhall – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Seattle|
|38. Chris Ogbonnaya – Cleveland Browns – at Green Bay|
|39. Ronnie Hillman – Denver Broncos – at Indianapolis|
|40. Chris Ivory – New York Jets – vs. New England|
- After a slow start to his career followed by a concussion, things are looking up for Eddie Lacy. He returned last week to gain 99 yards on 23 carries, and did even better than that this week. He carried the ball 23 times on Sunday against the Ravens for 120 yards. Part of that is because the Packers lost both Randall Cobb and James Jones to injury causing the game plan to shift towards the ground. That is understandable, but the good thing here is that Green Bay kept on going back to Lacy instead of another option. Granted he was having success, but Lacy is the clear number one back here and is rising in the rankings.
- Welcome to the 2013 Stevan Ridley. The problem for most owners is that they likely had Ridley on their benches since he has been battling both poor performance and a leg injury. New England started the game utilizing a timeshare for their backfield, but Ridley ended the game leading the running backs with 38 snaps and also saw his playing time increase as the game went on. This 96 yard, two touchdown outing could get Ridley going.
- David Wilson does not need neck surgery, but I also would not expect him back this week. Brandon Jacobs got the start last week in place of Wilson and actually did pretty well. In his first start Jacobs gained 106 yards on 22 carries and also found the end zone twice. For at least the next few weeks, the power back should continue to see 20+ carries and is worth at minimum strong FLEX consideration. The Giants are having trouble moving the ball through the air, so they will have to rely on their ground game to get started. Plus Jacobs certainly looks motivated.
- No one would have blamed Adrian Peterson for not playing on Sunday. Instead, Peterson started and actually did pretty well. From a fantasy perspective I’m sure owners would likely beg to differ, but that is more of a product of the game. The Vikings got blown out, which limited Peterson to just 10 carries on which he did gain 62 yards. I would not be concerned about the star running back going forward, although his situation is not the best. If the Vikings are going to do anything offensively, it will clearly revolve around Peterson.
- Coming off the bye week, it is still up in the air whether or not Steven Jackson will return this week. The time that Jackson is missing due to his hamstring has to be worrisome, and should be a cause for concern going forward. Jacquizz Rodgers remains the back to own here, with more value in a PPR league.
- Everyone was waiting for this, and it happened on Sunday. Demarco Murray got hurt and it is looking like he will miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained knee. While Murray is out, it is looking like rookie Joseph Randle will get the start in place of him. The rookie was drafted in the fifth round, but has had a difficult start to his career. He didn’t do much in training camp or the preseason, and prior to this past Sunday did not have an NFL touch. Once Murray went out, Randle got 11 carries, while is his competition Philip Tanner had just one carry for two yards. Granted Randle did score a touchdown, but he only gained 17 yards rushing while adding two catches for 15 yards. I would temper my expectations for Randle this week, as the Cowboys will likely lean more on Tony Romo.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings: