Published: Oct. 21, 2015 at 10:25 a.m.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2015 at 02:34 p.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 7: Running backs


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. All starts and sits are based on standard scoring leagues. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Le'Veon Bell will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Byes: Bears, Bengals, Broncos, Packers

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Todd Gurley vs. Cleveland Browns

Gurley has quickly become one of the more valuable running backs in fantasy football, and he's a virtual must-start this week when he faces the Browns. Their defense has struggled to stop opposing running backs, allowing a league-high 887 rushing yards and the third-most fantasy points (25.25 PPG) to the position. Start the rookie.

Mark Ingram vs. Indianapolis Colts

Ingram didn't put up a ton of yardage last week, but he did score twice against Atlanta and has now scored double-digit fantasy points in four of his first six games. He'll look to make it five out of seven against the Colts, who have given up six total touchdowns and an average of 19.88 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this year.

Latavius Murray vs. San Diego Chargers

Murray hit a bit of a rough patch, scoring a combined 11.8 fantasy points in his two games before Oakland's bye last week. However, he remains on the No. 2 running back radar against a Chargers defense that has made runners look electric. In fact, San Diego has given up more fantasy points to opposing runners than any team in the NFL.

Frank Gore vs. New Orleans Saints

Gore has scored nine-plus fantasy points in four of his last five games, including two games with 15-plus points, so he's been much better after a slow start. Fantasy fans should keep him active against the Saints, who have surrendred seven total touchdowns and an average of over 23 fantasy points per game to opposing runners this season.

Lamar Miller vs. Houston Texans

Miller looked great last week, rushing for 113 yards and one touchdown (17.8 points) in a win over the Titans. Owners would be wise to keep him active vs. the Texans, who have struggled to stop running backs. In fact, their defense has given up seven total scores and an average of 20.05 fantasy points a game to the position.

Good matchups: LeSean McCoy at Jaguars (London), Chris Johnson vs. Ravens (MNF), Rashad Jennings vs. Cowboys

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Melvin Gordon vs. Oakland Raiders

Gordon was supposed to be the top rookie running back in fantasy football this season. Instead, he's stumbled and fumbled his way into coach Mike McCoy's doghouse. Gordon is also losing a ton of snaps to Danny Woodhead, who has been the better of the two backs from a fantasy perspective. There's no way to start him with confidence.

Carlos Hyde vs. Seattle Seahawks

Hyde has been one of the toughest running backs to figure out this season, but starting him this week against the Seahawks is a risk. First, the Ohio State product is dealing with a bum foot and will be forced to play on a short week. Secondly, the Seahawks have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this year.

Joseph Randle vs. New York Giants

Reports out of Dallas suggest that Christine Michael will see a bigger role in the offense this week, which is bad news for Randle's fantasy prospects. The matchup isn't bad on paper, as the Giants have struggled against opposing running backs in recent weeks, but can you trust Randle with Michael looming? That's a major gamble for me.

Ameer Abdullah vs. Minnesota Vikings

Abdullah had a fast start to the season, scoring 10-plus fantasy points in two of his first three games. Unfortunately, the rookie has put up a combined 11.8 points in his last three contests. If that weren't enough reason to keep him on the pine, also consider he has a matchup against a Vikings defense that has been very tough on running backs.

Dion Lewis vs. New York Jets

Lewis has been one of the best waiver-wire adds in fantasy football this season, but a matchup against the Jets makes him tough to trust in Week 7. Gang Green has allowed an average of just 10.36 fantasy points per game to running backs in 2015, which ranks as the lowest in the NFL. If you do start Lewis, temper all expectations.

Bad matchups: T.J. Yeldon vs. Bills (London), Isaiah Crowell at Rams, Charcandrick West vs.Steelers

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Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!


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