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Top 50 RBs in Week 7 standard leagues [UPDATE]

Week 7 could bring back one of the biggest names in fantasy football. We factor Saquon Barkley into our Week 7 running back rankings for standard leagues.

Running back Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants runs with the ball during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

Author’s Note: 10/19/19 8:30 am.: We’ve updated our standard running back rankings once more to address the Friday injury reports and we’ve removed the Thursday night players. The big news is that Alvin Kamara is out and David Johnson is a game time decision. Latavius Murray and Chase Edmonds have been moved up. Johnson was also iffy last week, but eventually played. Therefore he has been lowered in the rankings with the expectation of a lighter workload. Chris Thompson is out and Wendell Smallwood has been added.

Running back (standard) rankings update 10/17 7:00 pm.

Saquon Barkley looks like a lock to return from his ankle injury in Week 7 as does Todd Gurley. The news is not as good for Alvin Kamara who is battling a high ankle sprain. It seems Latavius Murray may get the start against a tough Chicago Bears defense. Chris Thompson remained sidelined during practices today and remains unranked.

Nick Chubb’s assault on the league resumed in Week 6. The Cleveland back has over 85 yards rushing in each of his last 4 games and added 5 touchdowns over that span. Chubb is on bye in Week 7 and Kareem Hunt’s return nears so it will be interesting to see how each is used as the season closes out.

Week 7 is going to be a tough ride if you’ve been relying on Christian McCaffrey. The Carolina Panthers are on bye as are Cleveland Browns which leaves the aforementioned Nick Chubb unavailable. You’ll also need to find a replacement for James Conner for his bye week after he just had his best game of the season. The good news is that we might get Saquon Barkley back in time for a wonderful matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. The biggest injury concern is Todd Gurley who missed his Week 6 game. Should he not be able to go again, Darrell Henderson Jr. and Malcolm Brown will go up in the rankings. Keep an eye on Chris Thompson’s practice reports as he is dealing with turf toe and could very likely miss Sunday’s game versus the San Francisco 49ers.

I hate to keep picking on Miami, but the Dolphins set up as a great spot for Devin Singletary to breakout. The rookie rusher should be nearing full health and the Dolphins are a mess. You can also give Joe Mixon a look. Jacksonville hasn’t been too difficult to run on and if A.J. Green returns it could open up things for the running game.

Running Back (standard) rankings, Week 7

Rnk Player Team Opp
Rnk Player Team Opp
1 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. PHI
2 Dalvin Cook MIN @ DET
3 Le'Veon Bell NYJ vs. NE
4 Marlon Mack IND vs. HOU
5 Saquon Barkley NYG vs. ARI
6 Todd Gurley LAR @ ATL
7 Leonard Fournette JAC @ CIN
8 Derrick Henry TEN vs. LAC
9 Devonta Freeman ATL vs. LAR
10 Kerryon Johnson DET vs. MIN
11 Mark Ingram BAL @ SEA
12 David Johnson ARI @ NYG
13 Josh Jacobs OAK @ GB
14 Carlos Hyde HOU @ IND
15 Melvin Gordon LAC @ TEN
16 Aaron Jones GB vs. OAK
17 Chris Carson SEA vs. BAL
18 Tevin Coleman SF @ WAS
19 Joe Mixon CIN vs. JAC
20 Latavius Murray NO @ CHI
21 Chase Edmonds ARI @ NYG
22 Jordan Howard PHI @ DAL
23 Sony Michel NE @ NYJ
24 David Montgomery CHI vs. NO
25 Malcolm Brown LAR @ ATL
26 James White NE @ NYJ
27 Matt Breida SF @ WAS
28 Devin Singletary BUF vs. MIA
29 Wayne Gallman NYG vs. ARI
30 Frank Gore BUF vs. MIA
31 Adrian Peterson WAS vs. SF
32 Miles Sanders PHI @ DAL
33 Mark Walton MIA @ BUF
34 Ito Smith ATL vs. LAR
35 Austin Ekeler LAC @ TEN
36 Duke Johnson Jr. HOU @ IND
37 Tony Pollard DAL vs. PHI
38 Kenyan Drake MIA @ BUF
39 Rex Burkhead NE @ NYJ
40 Nyheim HInes IND vs. HOU
41 Rashaad Penny SEA vs. BAL
42 Tarik Cohen CHI vs. NO
43 Gus Edwards BAL @ SEA
44 Giovani Bernard CIN vs. JAC
45 Ty Johnson DET vs. MIN
46 Dion Lewis TEN vs. LAC
47 Justice Hill BAL @ SEA
48 Jordan Wilkins IND vs. HOU
49 Raheem Mostert SF @ WAS
50 Wendell Smallwood WAS vs. SF