Week 7 RB Start’em, Sit’em: Running Back Fantasy Football Strategy


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If you are in doubt about some players in a tough spot this week, or players that haven’t produced yet this season, you have come to the perfect spot. We dive into a few names to start in borderline matchups, and also talk about players to fade. You can also check out our rankings area to see where players on your team rank and their projections heading into Week 7. Be sure to check out the rest of our weekly fantasy football content.

Start Em

Josh Jacobs @ Green Bay

Coming off a bye week, Oakland will travel to Green Bay. Josh Jacobs has been hit or miss this season, but this is a week to get him back in the lineup. Green Bay ranks 26th against the run and 5th against the pass. Jacobs should get 15+ touches this week, which was fluctuated a bit mainly due to how the games have gone. Green bay are favored, but this shouldn’t dictate how Oakland runs their offense too much in this spot. The Packers are allowing the 4th most fantasy points per game to opposing backs.

Carlos Hyde @ Indianapolis

Carlos Hyde has seen 20+ rushing attempts in three of six games this season, and two of those have come in back-to-back games. The production has been fairly average for him outside of last week, but this is another spot where he can thrive. They rank 28th against the run, and if Houston can keep ahead in this one, Hyde will be used at a heavy rate again. On a week with a lot of backs on byes or dealing with injuries, Hyde is a fine plug and play.

Tevin Coleman & Matt Breida @ Washington

Even with the split workload, both of these options are guys to start this week. Washington ranks as the 20th ranked rush defense, and have allowed the 7th most fantasy points per game to running backs this season. The 49ers should dominate on the defensive side yet again and lean on both of these running backs for offense. The 49ers are running the ball 39 times per game so far this season. This team is more than capable of supporting two fantasy viable backs this week.

Joe Mixon Vs. Jacksonville

The Bengals have not been good, nor has Joe Mixon. Your likely running back drafted within the top few rounds has been a disappointment, but is worth a start this week. The Jaguars rank 32nd against the run, and are allowing the 8th most fantasy points per game. The Bengals also shouldn’t be blown out of this one where they have to abandon the run before they even give it a chance. Mixon is worth another start this week, but overall he is not a fantasy friendly back moving forward.

Frank Gore Vs. Miami

Frank Gore is the perfect streaming option this week. His touchdown potential is strong at home against Miami, who have allowed nine total touchdowns to running backs this season. They have also allowed 751 rushing yards in just five games. Gore should see 15-20 rushing attempts in this spot, and has put up 170 rushing yards in the last two weeks against Tennessee and New England. Both tough run defenses. Things lighten up for him this week.

Sit Em

David Montgomery Vs. New Orleans

I love that the workload is there for David Montgomery, but the play-calling, offensive line play, and overall offense has hurt his potential. Now they take on the Saints, who have allowed the 5th fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. They have held Leonard Fournette to 72 rushing yards, Ezekiel Elliot to 35 rushing yards, Todd Gurley to 63, and Chris Carson to 53. They have yet to allow a back to cross 15 fantasy points in standard formats this season, and even in PPR they have limited damage.

Austin Ekeler @ Tennessee

The Chargers have been a disaster the last two weeks, and while Austin Ekeler was fine in the game against Denver with 15 receptions, he had just eight touches against Pittsburgh in a game where they could have thrown to him more chasing from behind. With Hunter Henry back it does add another body to compete with targets for. Both Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler have an unappealing matchup for Week 7. They rank 10th against the run, and have allowed the 7th fewest fantasy points per game to opposing backs.

Washington RBs Vs. San Francisco

This is an obvious one, and especially now that Chris Thompson is dealing with turf toe. Despite the good numbers for Adrian Peterson last week, Miami was the reason for that. San Francisco has allowed 346 rushing yards through five games so far this season, and this defense will be no match for the bad Washington offensive line and a 35+ year old running back.

Jason Guilbault is the Brand Content Manager for Lineups.com, powered by Catena Media. He has worked 10+ in the sports betting & iGaming space as a writer and content manager. Jason has also written for DailyFantasyCafe, NBAMockDraft, & FantasyPros. He aims to bring the best sports data & insight to the industry for both novice & advanced users.

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