In this week’s Top 12 Running Back Plays for Week 7, we will be looking at the best running backs to start. As we have covered in the Top 12 Quarterbacks for Week 7, there are 6 teams on bye this week. That means no Dalvin Cook, Zeke, Austin Ekeler, James Robinson, Najee Harris, or even a flex player like Zack Moss. There are also injuries in play. Let’s take a look at the running backs that will be suiting up this week and could lead your team to victory.

Top 12 Running Back Plays for Week 7

Derrick Henry, TEN vs KC

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I’m sure it isn’t surprising to see Derrick Henry at the top of the list. There isn’t much more that could be said about him. He leads the NFL in 3 rushing stats: touchdowns (10), rushing attempts (162), and rushing yards (783). Kansas City has given up the 2nd most touchdowns and the 6th most rushing yards in the NFL. If you have Henry on your roster, then you are starting him.

Alvin Kamara, NO at SEA

Alvin Kamara has not had an Alvin Kamara-like season so far. Kamara has 368 rushing yards and 1 touchdown rushing. He also has 15 receptions for 3 scores and 113 yards. All those numbers are lower than Kamara’s expected output for fantasy football. The Saints will head to Seattle on Monday Night for a Week 7 matchup. The Seahawks have given up 6 touchdowns and 845 yards rushing which is the 3rd most in the NFL.

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Jonathan Taylor, IND at SF

Jonathan Taylor has over 300 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns over three weeks. He also has 15 receptions for 210 yards and a score through the air for the season. Taylor and the Colts will head to San Francisco to play the 49ers on Sunday Night. The 49ers have allowed 6 touchdowns rushing but have only allowed 566 yards rushing through the first 5 weeks of the season, and they had a bye in Week 6. Taylor is a solid start even though he may lose some touches to Nyheim Hines.

Aaron Jones, GB vs WAS

Aaron Jones and the Packers will host the Washington Football Team on Sunday. Through the first 6 weeks, he has rushed for 385 yards and 2 scores. He has also added 21 receptions for 4 touchdowns and 166 yards receiving. Jones has only been on the field 64% of the Packers’ offensive snaps this season. A.J. Dillon has been seeing a lot of time on the field as well. Aaron Jones being a part of the passing game has really helped his fantasy stats. Washington is decent against the run, allowing 6 touchdowns and 681 yards rushing, but have been hurt by opponents in the passing game.

Joe Mixon, CIN at BAL

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Joe Mixon and the Bengals will travel to Baltimore this weekend to take on the Ravens in a division rivalry game. The Ravens are good against running backs, allowing just 6 touchdowns and only 492 yards through the first 6 weeks. Mixon has been getting on average if 18.5 attempts per game and is at an 80 yard per game average. The Bengals’ offense can spread the field making it difficult for the Ravens to stack the box against Mixon. He also has 13 receptions for 90 yards and a score in the passing game.

Miles Sanders, PHI at LV

Miles Sanders might be a surprise to some being on this list. I believe that Sanders just needs to be involved in the offense more than he has been, and who better to do it against than the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders’ defense has allowed the 5th most touchdowns in 5 games and the 8th most rushing yards with 793. Through the first 6 weeks of the season, Sanders has just 57 attempts good for just a 9.5 attempt per game average. His average yards per attempt is 4.7. I could see the Eagles realizing this and using Sanders a lot more in the offense, especially in Week 7.

D’Andre Swift, DET at LAR

Why would you want to start a running back from the Lions against this Rams defense? D’Andre Swift doesn’t have a game where he has had more than 51 yards rushing this season, in fact, his average yards per attempt is just 3.3. He also only has 65 rushing attempts so far this season as well. But what intrigues me in regards to D’Andre Swift in Week 7 is how involved in the receiving game he is. He has caught 34 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown. Another fact that has me liking Swift for this matchup is that the Rams are 7th in the NFL for most rushing yards allowed with 793.

Leonard Fournette, TB vs CHI

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to host the Chicago Bears for a Week 7 matchup on Sunday. Leonard Fournette is one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets. First and second down is when Brady is looking to pass Fournette, and it has become Tom Brady’s check down option if the receivers aren’t open. He has 25 receptions for 213 yards so far this season, not to mention the 332 yards and 3 scores on the ground. The Bears have allowed 673 rushing yards but only allowed 4 scores on the ground this season.

Darrell Henderson, LAR vs DET

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Remember when Cam Akers was hurt in the offseason and everyone was wondering who the Rams would bring in? Then they traded for Sony Michel and fantasy owners were trading for him? Entering Week 7, Henderson is getting 18.5 rushing attempts per game and has rushed for 4 touchdowns and 372 yards. The Lions have given up the 7th most rushing yards with 793 and allowed 6 touchdowns as well. Henderson is a running back that also benefits from having Matthew Stafford in town as well, seeing as how defenses have to worry about stopping the pass against this explosive Rams offense.

Damien Harris, NE vs NYJ

Damien Harris has 331 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on the season. He also has two 100 yard rushing games this year as well. Harris and the Patriots will be hosting the New York Jets on Sunday. The Jets have allowed 7 touchdowns and 617 yards through the first 6 weeks. The Patriots might need to rely on Damien Harris to help take the pressure off of rookie quarterback Mac Jones and keep Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson off of the field.

James Conner, ARI vs HOU

James Conner has 272 yards and 5 scores entering the Cardinals Week 7 matchup against the Houston Texans. The Texans have allowed the most rushing touchdowns with 11 and the 2nd most rushing yards with 848. Conner does split time with fellow running back Chase Edmunds, however, Chase is more of the receiving threat between the two. Conner tends to get more red zone carries as he has 17 to Edmunds 8. Conner hasn’t had a game where he has rushed for over 71 rushing yards this season, making him a more touchdown-dependent option.

JD McKissic, WAS at GB

JD McKissic might not be a name you would normally see on the top running backs list. Washington Football Teams’ starting running back Antonio Gibson is entering the week as questionable due to a shin injury. If Gibson isn’t able to play then that should be a huge bust for McKissic. If Gibson is able to play, then McKissic would be regulated to his pass-catching role. Washington should find themselves down early against Green Bay and McKissic should be targeted a lot as the Football Team is trying to come back from behind.

That wraps up the Top 12 Running Back Plays for Week 7. As always thank you for stopping by. Remember, to check out articles like this and more, go to, and join the conversation in our Facebook group.

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