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NFL Fantasy Football Week 7 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em: RB Edition

We take a look at the top running backs to play in fantasy football in NFL Week 7.

Alright, we've reached Week 7 of the fantasy football season.

There's time to make up some ground and get into the playoffs, but you have to be smart during the next few weeks. A lot of teams aren't at their best with players either hurt or on a bye week.

I thought the Week 6 waiver wire was about as loaded up with quality fantasy RBs as I've seen in a while. If you nabbed Ronnie Hillman, Brandon Oliver or even Andre Williams, nice work.

Hillman and Oliver produced and Williams was so-so.

So this week, I'm going to toss up some new names to peruse. (You know what to do with DeMarco Murray but some of these other guys are trickier)

Bishop Sankey - Titans at Washington

Shonn Greene is out this week and that might be just what the doctor ordered for what hasn't been a very impressive rookie campaign for Sankey. Last four games rushing yards.

61, 34, 27, 61 with one touchdown over that span. Tennessee is at Washington, and I expect Sankey to get going.

Predictions: Sankey 85 rushing, 1 TD - 2-15 receiving.

Brandon Oliver - Chiefs at Chargers

Back to back games with over 100 yards on an explosive Charger offense. Who can stack the line on Oliver when you have weapons all over the field.

Rushing 114 and 101 as a starter in his first two games (touchdowns in each)

Receiving: 8-91 and a score in his two starting games.

Start him, start him, play him now! Charger fans love this guy already, but keep in mind that Ryan Mathews comeback isn't all that far away.

Predictions 15-90, 4-55 1 TD.

Ronnie Hillman - San Fran @ Denver -

Hillman went over 100 yards last week on the road vs. the Jets. While the Niners are 5th best against the run this year, look what Denver did to Arizona a few weeks back. Denver wants to run the ball enough to keep people honest.

Hillman should get plenty of touches and I think he'll be at or near 100 yards again. I like HIllman to remain the starter going forward. So, if you've got em, love him because he might be a key player for your team.

Predictions: 20-98 with 1 TD, 4-25 receiving.

Lamar Miller - Miami @ Chicago

With Knowshon Moreno out for the season, you hanging onto Lamar Miller proved to be a wise decision. In fact, depending on your depth, he might be rotating into your starting No. 2 RB rotation pretty often.

In every game this season, Miller has carried the ball between 11-15 times. I expect that number to go up a bit. Miller does have a tough matchup with the Bears, who are 10th against the run.

If the Dolphins aren't behind too far, I expect Miller to be in the 80-85 yard range with 1 TD and 3-25 receiving.

Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill - Cincinnati at Indianapolis

Man this Bengals squad has been decimated at the WR position. Good thing they have two backs that can share the load and do a variety of different things well.

Bernard against Indy - Must start, 80 rush, 60 receiving 1 TD

Hill - Less of a must start but I think he gets in there for 60 rushing yards and 1 TD.

And now the sit em:

Eddie Lacy is playing at home against the Panthers. The way Aaron Rodgers and those receivers are playing, I gotta think Lacy drops another dud this weekend.

Some of these guys I know you don't have a lot of options for but there are a few teams that I say sit the entire running back rotation.

Reggie Bush and Joique Bell

Bell leads the pack with 226 yards and 2 touchdowns. Bush leads with receiving yards with 142. Without Calvin Johnson to stretch the field, everyone is struggling.

Stafford stinks, Bush stinks, Bell stinks...They are playing at home vs. the Saints, but I would not want to have to play either.

All the Saints RB's

I suppose Khiry Robinson is the best of that bunch but Detroit has a heck of a defense and the Saints won't be marching anywhere fast. Detroit is 2nd against the run and ferocious against RB's.

Run of the Hills with that match-up.

Jonathon Stewart - Carolina @ Green Bay

If there ever was a week you wanted to start this guy, this would be the week. The Packers are dead last against the run but we've seen the Panther running backs and Stewart might be an ok reach to start, I don't see him busting out for 100 yards and 2 td's.

Eddie Lacy - At home Vs. Carolina

This might be the week to start Lacy as the Panthers are 27th against the run this season. I know a lot of you Lacy owners bought high and have been frustrated with him. I'm not sure if the writing is on the wall, but Green Bay is back to airing it out on people.

Aaron Rodgers is ripping people right now so even if Lacy gets in the rotation, he won't get there more than 12 carries.

When the weather turns colder, I think you'll see Lacy get more productive, especially near the end-zone and at Lambeau Field.

Not this week though!

Zack Stacy - Seattle at St. Louis

One touchdown and 240 yards as the primary running back on this team.

Last week, 8-17 - Neat.

And then you've got Seattle coming to town....Oh boy with Stacy.

On the fence with a question about start-em, sit-em? Tweet me @panicgalore