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Running back non-PPR rankings for Week 7 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best non-PPR running backs going in Week 7 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) rushes the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Soldier Field.  Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Final injury report

Out: Joe Mixon (foot), Tyler Ervin (wrist), Raheem Mostert (ankle)

Doubtful: None

Questionable: Aaron Jones (calf), Justin Jackson (knee), Jeffery Wilson (calf)

Thursday injury report

Joe Mixon remained sidelined through Thursday. Friday will be key but he is trending in the wrong direction this week. The newest piece of news is that Rams running back Darrell Henderson did not practice on Thursday in the team’s first practice for Monday Night Football.

One piece of news that will be important to track is the status of Bucs-Raiders. The game was flexed out of Sunday Night Football to an afternoon start. The reasoning is concern over a potential need to postpone the game due to Covid-19. If that happens, running backs impacted include Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette for the Bucs and Josh Jacobs for the Raiders.

Wednesday injury report

The injury list is short this week for running backs, but this isn’t the whole picture. Christian McCaffrey and Austin Ekeler remain on injured reserve, although CMC could be back in the next week or two. Thursday Night Football features a battle of replacement options with Saquon Barkley out for the year and Miles Sanders missing at least this week with a knee injury. The biggest question heading into the weekend is Joe Mixon’s status.

DNP: Joe Mixon (foot)
Limited: Kareem Hunt (ribs)
Full: Leonard Fournette (ankle)

In true tradition versus the Houston Texans, Derrick Henry finished as the RB1 on the week with 264 scrimmage yards and two touchdown. He’s already earned his crown this season, having scored two touchdowns in each of his last two outings.

Other studly performances include that from Ronald Jones II, who had his best game of the season as Leonard Fournette wound up a surprise inactive. Fantasy managers might not fully trust Bruce Arians to give him this workload for the long haul, he’s had three-consecutive games with 100 or more rushing yards. It’s time to buy in.

Kenyan Drake also had his best performance so far on the season, capping off a decent game with a 69-yard, last second rushing touchdown. The Cardinals will face the Seahawks next, against whom Drake posted 184 rushing yards and two scores in 2019.

Injury news

The hits just keep on coming for the Philadelphia Eagles. Next up on the injury report is RB Miles Sanders, who ranks fifth in rushing yards on the season, averaging an astonishing 6.1 yards per attempt. He was just about the only bright spot left in this demolished offense. The Eagles will be featured on Thursday Night Football this week, almost certainly ruling him out for Week 7.

Raheem Mostert suffered a high ankle sprain, which will likely send him to IR. The 49ers depth chart is hurting, with Tevin Coleman still recovering from a knee injury and Jeff Wilson Jr. from a calf injury. Jerick McKinnon and rookie JaMychal Hasty will assume the workload. Though McKinnon is bound to see the heaviest burden of touches, he’s of more value in PPR leagues. Hasty is well-worth a speculative add.

Mark Ingram also suffered a mid-to-high ankle sprain Sunday but luckily avoided any significant injury that would sideline him for a significant amount of time. The Ravens, fortunately, are heading into a bye week. It’s possible he doesn’t miss time at all, meaning the Ravens backfield will remain confusing as ever.

Bye weeks

Rookie RB Jonathan Taylor gets a bye with the Colts, ranking as the RB15 in non-PPR scoring formats through six weeks. Taylor is due for some rest after averaging nearly 18 touches per game.

Dolphins RBs Myles Gaskin and Matt Breida will also be absent in Week 7. Gaskins has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy managers, averaging nearly 21 touches per game over the last four weeks as a starter. Gaskin currently ranks as the RB15 in standard leagues — an admirable feat, considering that he’s scored just one touchdown on the season.

The Vikings couldn’t have timed their bye week any better. After a loss at Home to the Falcons in Week 6, they get some extra time to rest Dalvin Cook. Cook missed their last outing with a groin injury, but the extra week of rest will, hopefully, expedite his return. Alexander Mattison handled the Vikings rushing workload in his absence.

As noted earlier, the Ravens get a bye, too. There wasn’t an RB you could trust in Baltimore to begin with.

Streaming options

Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers return from their bye in Week 7, though without their starting running back, Austin Ekeler. The Chargers placed Ekeler on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury and hyperextended knee. Backup Justin Jackson saw 20 touches in their Week 5 contest, finishing as the RB24 on the week in the absence of a score. Next up, the Chargers face the Jaguars, who allowed Nyheim Hines an RB1 performance in Week 1 and allowed Joe Mixon his breakout game in Week 4.

D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions

The Lions backfield has been a massive question mark for fantasy football managers so far in 2020. Despite drafting rookie running back D’Andre Swift out of Georgia, the team has largely leaned on veteran Adrian Peterson to carry the load. Peterson saw 54% of the team’s RB touches through Week 5, but Swift’s Week 6 performance leaves the team with some decisions to make.

Swift totaled 123 scrimmage yards on 17 touches Sunday against Jacksonville and face the Atlanta Falcons next. The Falcons have allowed the 317 receiving yards to running backs — the second-most among any NFL defense — and have allowed the most receiving touchdowns to RBs, a bonus for a capable pass-catcher like Swift.

Running back non-PPR rankings Week 18

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Jonathan Taylor IND @ JAC
2 Austin Ekeler LAC @ LV
3 Alvin Kamara NO @ ATL
4 Dalvin Cook MIN vs CHI
5 Nick Chubb CLE vs CIN
6 David Montgomery CHI @ MIN
7 Joe Mixon CIN @ CLE
8 Najee Harris PIT @ BAL
9 Josh Jacobs LV vs LAC
10 Rashaad Penny SEA @ ARI
11 Sony Michel LAR vs SF
12 Elijah Mitchell SF @ LAR
13 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ MIA
14 Devin Singletary BUF vs NYJ
15 Darrel Williams KC @ DEN
16 D'Andre Swift DET vs GB
17 Antonio Gibson WAS @ NYG
18 Javonte Williams DEN vs KC
19 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ PHI
20 Boston Scott PHI vs DAL
21 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs KC
22 Saquon Barkley NYG vs WAS
23 Damien Harris NE @ MIA
24 James Conner ARI vs SEA
25 D'Onta Foreman TEN @ HOU
26 Patrick Taylor Jr. GB @ DET
27 Devonta Freeman BAL vs PIT
28 Chase Edmonds ARI vs SEA
29 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs NO
30 Tony Pollard DAL @ PHI
31 Dare Ogunbowale JAC vs IND
32 Rex Burkhead HOU vs TEN
33 Tevin Coleman NYJ @ BUF
34 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF @ LAR
35 Jamaal Williams DET vs GB
36 Ronald Jones II TB vs CAR
37 Kareem Hunt CLE vs CIN
38 Michael Carter NYJ @ BUF
39 AJ Dillon GB @ DET
40 Ke'Shawn Vaughn TB vs CAR
41 Ty Johnson NYJ @ BUF
42 Mike Davis ATL vs NO
43 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ TB
44 Devontae Booker NYG vs WAS
45 Derrick Gore KC @ DEN
46 Duke Johnson Jr. MIA vs NE
48 Le'Veon Bell TB vs CAR
49 Jordan Howard PHI vs DAL
50 Aaron Jones GB @ DET
51 Jaret Patterson WAS @ NYG
52 Justin Jackson LAC @ LV
53 Craig Reynolds DET vs GB
54 Mark Ingram II NO @ ATL
55 Jeremy McNichols TEN @ HOU
56 Latavius Murray BAL vs PIT
57 Alexander Mattison MIN vs CHI
58 Austin Walter NYJ @ BUF
59 Nyheim Hines IND @ JAC
60 Ameer Abdullah CAR @ TB
61 Dontrell Hilliard TEN @ HOU
62 Phillip Lindsay MIA vs NE
63 Kenneth Gainwell PHI vs DAL
64 Cam Akers LAR vs SF
65 Zack Moss BUF vs NYJ
66 Peyton Barber LV vs LAC
67 Brandon Bolden NE @ MIA
68 DeeJay Dallas SEA @ ARI
69 Myles Gaskin MIA vs NE
70 D'Ernest Johnson CLE vs CIN
71 Samaje Perine CIN @ CLE
72 David Johnson HOU vs TEN
73 Khalil Herbert CHI @ MIN
74 Alex Collins SEA @ ARI
75 Ryquell Armstead JAC vs IND
76 JaMycal Hasty SF @ LAR
77 Royce Freeman HOU vs TEN
78 Benny Snell Jr. PIT @ BAL
79 Jonathan Williams WAS @ NYG
80 Wendell Smallwood WAS @ NYG
81 Eno Benjamin ARI vs SEA
82 Kyle Juszczyk SF @ LAR
83 Damien Williams CHI @ MIN
84 Joshua Kelley LAC @ LV
85 Wayne Gallman Jr. MIN vs CHI
86 Michael Burton KC @ DEN
87 Kene Nwangwu MIN vs CHI
88 Nathan Cottrell JAC vs IND
89 Travis Homer SEA @ ARI
90 Corey Clement DAL @ PHI
91 Deon Jackson IND @ JAC
92 Jake Funk LAR vs SF
93 Ty Montgomery NO @ ATL
94 Jalen Richard LV vs LAC
95 Elijhaa Penny NYG vs WAS
96 Godwin Igwebuike DET vs GB
97 Jakob Johnson NE @ MIA
98 Demetric Felton CLE vs CIN
99 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC @ DEN