Week 7 is upon us and thus we will be without the services of the Saints and Raiders this week. But that is perfectly alright considering the following two weeks will send a collective twelve teams on a bye. But before we get too ahead of ourselves let’s take a look at what this week has in store for us. Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis in what will be a highly motivated game for both teams. Two of the worst defenses in football in the Vikings and Giants do battle on Monday Night which will create a very interesting dynamic as our Fantasy Games come down to the wire. Let’s get things started here with the complete Week 7 Player Rankings.
It is time to transition from draft strategy and ADP’s into usage and matchups. Indeed it is the start to another NFL season. Week 1 is always very difficult to handicap because of all the offseason changes and the general tom foolery that the NFL puts us through in the preseason. Luckily for our dear readers I have been paying very close attention to everything that has happened since the Ravens were hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. These are my Fantasy Football Rankings For Week 1:
Playoff Fantasy Football has become big over the past few years for a number of reasons. Obviously, this is an excellent chance to redeem an otherwise unsuccessful fantasy football regular season. But it’s also a chance to enjoy playoff football even though your favorite team or players are out of it. Don’t let the NFL season die people. What else are you going to do? Sit around and watch Storage Wars with your girlfriend/wife/boyfriend/husband/roommate who you don’t sleep with? All you have to do is get 5-7 of your buddies together and draft a playoff team. There are no head to head matchups to worry about or any other maintenance needed either. Playoff Fantasy Football is draft and go. The goal is to have players who are playing in the Super Bowl and thus accumulate the most total points for your team. To help you out I am even going to show you my own personal stash. Here are my 2013 Playoff Fantasy Football Rankings:
The cream of the crop is rising in fantasy football running backs, and I have to say that we didn't expect some of these guys to be here. You might find it surprising to see a guy playing the New York Jets to be at the top of the rankings, but Fred Jackson has been among the elite this season at the position, and the Jets have given up far more yards on the ground than we ever anticipated. Frank Gore looks like he has turned back the clock as the surprising 49ers continue to dominate their schedule, although I am not 100% sure that this will last the rest of the season. Will he run against the Redskins? Can Matt Forte continue his dominating season? How will Ray Rice follow up his three touchdown performance? Check out all of the answers in the Week 9 running back rankings.
Who was that running back for Houston last week who looked like Arian Foster? Oh wait, it was ARIAN FOSTER! He looked like the guy lots of you drafted as the number one overall pick as the offensive line was just opening up gaping holes for both Foster and Tate to run through. This season's biggest surprise, Fred Jackson, will be back on the field, and should have another great game against the Redskins. The biggest performer of Week 7, DeMarco Murray, finds his way into the top dozen. Who will run the ball for the suspended Cedric Benson this week? Has Montario Hardesty completely taken over in Cleveland? With Willis McGahee out how high can Knowshon Moreno go? All of that and stay tuned to Fantasy Alarm for upcoming pictures of my big Twitter bet win in which Steven Jackson outperformed Jackie Battle. Looking forward to the pics Allen Sarvinas! And of course, don't forget the Week 8 rankings.
Even though this is the year of the passing offense, running backs continue to be all the rage in fantasy football, and mostly it is because of the durability issue (hello Jahvid Best!), and the fact that you need depth at this position more than so at any other. Injuries are always a factor at running back, and while most situations are pretty healthy, it is always a risky time during the bye weeks. Put that together with messes in Houston, Washington, Cleveland, Green Bay, New Orleans, and Indianapolis, and you have quite the problem in Week 7, especially if you own someone like LeSean McCoy, Ahmad Bradshaw, or Frank Gore who aren't playing this week. Who should YOU be playing this week in your running back spots? What can you expect from Montario Hardesty, Maurice Morris, and Jackie Battle? Will Mark Ingram have his best game against the Colts like every other running back has this season? Can Earnest Graham do it again this week? Find out below in the Week 7 Running Back rankings!
He might be questionable on the injury report, but I think that Beanie Wells will not only play, but put up big numbers in Week 5. These rankings might look a little thinner than they have in previous weeks, but with the start of the byes, your depth just became a lot more important. Will this be the week that Chris Johnson gets it going? Will Arian Foster duplicate last week's performance and put a stranglehold on the job in Houston? Can Fred Jackson's magical season continue? Who carries the load in Denver this week? Be sure to check out this week's running back rankings before submitting your lineups.
The ever changing world of NFL running backs continues to run wild as we hit the quarter pole of the 2011 NFL season. The biggest story from last week was the emergence of the Dolphins' Daniel Thomas as a legitimate guy to have in your lineup on a weekly basis. How will the situation in Houston break down this week as coach Gary Kubiak seems to have given Arian Foster a vote of confidence for this week. Can Adrian Peterson and Darren McFadden continue their great starts? Will Chris Johnson and Rashard Mendenhall continue to struggle? How will Bernard Scott due in the absence of Cedric Benson in Cincinnati? Has Jahvid Best fallen out of favor with his fantasy owners? Look no further than Fantasy Alarm's rankings when you are setting your lineups each and every week.
Injuries and slow starts have blurred the pictures of the fantasy football running backs early on, as owners of Chris Johnson, Jamaal Charles, and Arian Foster are left wondering how their top picks went so wrong so quickly. Well, hopefully they drafted some depth and went with Beanie Wells, Ryan Mathews, and Fred Jackson. So, now the questions become what to expect from Daniel Thomas, Ben Tate, DeMarco Murray, and Roy Helu going forward? Which of these guys are the next to be in the top ten of these rankings? I guess you will have to read below to find out the answers to those questions.