Fantasy Football Week 7 Running Backs – Rankings Analysis
At first, Doug Martin was listed here, but with the news of his injury setback we’ve removed that portion. As of this update, I have Jacquizz Rodgers at #18 compared to a the consensus ranking of #26, but that may be more from my fellow experts not updating their rankings yet.
My cohorts also have Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon back-to-back at #29 and #30, respectively. I think Ivory deserves a little more separation given that he out-touched Yeldon 13 to 7 in Jacksonville’s Week 6 victory, including the one goal-line carry. When dealing with a committee, I’m going to give much more of a nod to the guy with the best chance at scoring six, let alone when he’s also the one getting more touches.
So who is slipping in the ranks? How about Chicago’s Jordan Howard (#18 vs. #13 consensus), who is coming off of a disappointing Week 6 that saw his snap count go down to 69% from 95% with the return of Ka’Deem Carey. So his usage was scaled back, but the icing on the “uh-oh” cake here is that the Bears are on the road for a gritty divisional game against a Green Bay defense that ranks third against the run per DVOA. None of that is ideal, and despite Green Bay’s recent struggles, I doubt Chicago controls this game enough to “put the game away” with their rushing attack.
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