Week 7 Fantasy Football Projections: Darren McFadden and RBs Set for Huge Games
NFL Week 7 is here, and chances are, you're probably looking for the fantasy running backs that'll have huge games, especially after some disappointing efforts in Week 6.
You have clicked on the right article.
Based on matchups and how they've been running over the last few weeks, here's a list of five running backs who'll have solid performances this weekend.
With 323 rushing yards, 108 receiving yards and only one touchdown in five games, Tampa Bay Buccaneers runner Doug Martin has been a relative disappointment from a fantasy perspective.
Tampa Bay has run the ball a rather modest 25 times per game—with Greg Schiano and Martin, we were expecting more rushes prior to the season.
Against the New Orleans Saints this week, the rookie from Boise State is primed for a breakout performance.
Well, the Saints have allowed the third-most yards per game in 2012, and they've already had their bye week.
In what should be a high-scoring affair in Florida, Martin will be a key figure in the Buccaneers offense and a top scorer on your fantasy team.
Stevan Ridley, not surprisingly, was held in check by an absolutely ferocious Seattle Seahawks defense.
He carried the ball 16 times for a mere 34 yards in defeat.
Although Tom Brady threw it a career-high 58 times, the New England Patriots still called 26 runs plays. They really are dedicated to the run this season.
Through six games, no team has run the ball more than New England (217 carries).
Hard to believe, right?
He's up against the New York Jets run defense this week, and yes, it held the Indianapolis Colts to a paltry 2.4 yards-per-carry average, but to put it plainly, the Colts are not the Pats.
Ridley should be in for another solid game at home.
Maurice Jones-Drew had a huge outing against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3, rushing for 177 yards with a score, but the other than that, he's been underwhelming in fantasy.
However, the small bulldozer of a runner is averaging 4.9 yards per carry in 2012, and he's up against a rather porous Oakland Raiders run defense.
Don't be surprised if MJD sees more than 25 carries on Sunday, which is precisely what fantasy owners want from their No. 1 RB.
Darren McFadden has struggled to consistently produce in the Oakland Raiders' new zone-blocking scheme.
However, he no longer appears to be hindered by his 2011 foot injury, meaning his tremendous cutting ability and explosiveness are back.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are allowing a whopping 4.7 yards per carry in 2012, and McFadden received a season-high 27 carries in Week 6, the most he's been given since Week 2 in 2010.
You think Dennis Allen realizes how talented McFadden is and how vital he is to Oakland's offense?
Should be a bounce-back game for Run DMC.
Arian Foster is the game's steadiest fantasy producer at the running back position. (OK, Ray Rice is at Foster's level in terms of fantasy consistency.)
Even when the Houston Texans runner was limited to 29 yards on 17 carries, he managed to score two rushing touchdowns to salvage an otherwise disappointing fantasy day.
On paper, and by looking at history, we'd say the matchup for Foster against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7 is a terrible one.
But without Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb, Baltimore's defense simply isn't as stout as it was even a week ago.
Haloti Ngata is nursing a sprained MCL, too.
The Texans will likely ride Foster as long as they can and give him the vast majority of the carries inside the red zone.
Big week for Arian.