Week 7 Rushing Matchups

by Mark Wimer and Joe Bryant, Exclusive to Footballguys.com

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PLEASE NOTE: This does NOT replace the Cheatsheet ranking. The Cheatsheet rankings are the final say on where we see a player for that week. The Matchup Breakdowns are simply one more tool in the box when it comes to helping choose your lineup.

Also note, just because a player has a "bad" matchup, it does NOT mean he's not a starter in your league. If Aaron Rodgers is playing the toughest pass defense in the league, that just means he's got a tough matchup that week. He's also your starter unless you're loaded at QB. In the same way, if the worst QB on your roster has a "great" matchup that week, it doesn't necessarily mean he's your starter. It means we think he'll fare better than normal that week.

Bottom line is that the cheatsheets are the final say.


Atlanta Falcons Rushing Offense at Tennessee Titans Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Over the past three weeks, Devonta Freeman is the #1 fantasy running back in the land, with 54/321/5 rushing and 5/20/1 receiving. He is white-hot entering Week Seven - great for you if you've got him. Even on an 'off' day for the Atlanta offense at New Orleans last week, Freeman posted 13/100/1 rushing and 8/56/1 receiving.

The Titans' rush D is ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 129.6 yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores given out over five games played - Miami just pounded these guys for 32/180/2 rushing. Enough said.

Advantage, Atlanta.

Weather: LP Field expects a high of 72 F with light rain/drizzle on Sunday - winds should be around 5 MPH. Not a terrible forecast for late October, although the ball might get slick if the rain picks up during game-time.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Indianapolis Colts Rushing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Frank Gore handled the football 15 times last week for a respectable 13/78/0 rushing and 2/16/0 receiving, while Ahmad Bradshaw knocked the rust off his game with 4/8/0 rushing and 1/8/0 receiving - the Colts threw the ball 50 times last week so the rushing attack was not a central part of the effort during Week Six.

The Saints' rush D allowed 21/150/1 to Atlanta last week after coughing up 34/186/2 rushing to the Eagles two games ago. To date, the Saints are 30th in the NFL averaging 138.2 rushing yards given up per game, with seven rushing scores surrendered so far.

Advantage, Indianapolis.

Weather: Inside Lucas Oil Stadium weather won't be an issue for either team.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Minnesota Vikings Rushing Offense at Detroit Lions Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Adrian Peterson was ho-hum against the Chiefs last week (26/60/0 rushing with 1/-3/0 receiving) and over the past three weeks he's been pretty blah with 42/141/1 rushing and 5/10/0 receiving in the course of two games. The Vikings' offense is stuck in neutral right now.

The Lions' rush D held Chicago to under 100 yards rushing last week, but gave up two rushing scores (31/91/2), after allowing an embarrassing 25/187/3 rushing to the Cardinals two weeks back. To date the Lions are 26th in the NFL averaging 120.7 yards given up per game, and they are tied for last in the NFL with 10 rushing scores surrendered so far. Not too good, friends.

Peterson should bounce back against this soft rush D - advantage, Minnesota.

Weather: Inside Ford Field weather won't be an issue for either team.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Oakland Raiders Rushing Offense at San Diego Chargers Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Raiders and the Chargers are old AFC West foes - this should be a fun and hard-fought game. Oakland enters this game off a bye week - they were edged out 10-16 by the Broncos two weeks ago. In that divisional game Latavius Murray found running room hard to find (13/39/0 rushing with 3/18/0 receiving) - nobody else on the team got over 13 yards on the ground against the hard-nosed Broncos' D. We'll see if Murray can bounce back against a different AFC West rival.

The Chargers' rush D is ranked 29th in the NFL averaging 132.5 yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores given out to date. Last week, the Packers posted 17/133/1 rushing against San Diego, right on the usual pace.

Advantage, Oakland.

Weather: Qualcomm Stadium expects a high of 82 F under partly cloudy skies with winds under 10 MPH on Sunday - typical beautiful Southern California weather in other words.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


St. Louis Rams Rushing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

RG Rodger Saffold went to IR on October 15 due to a torn labrum in his shoulder - the Rams will be juggling the line to incorporate new starter Garrett Reynolds - with turmoil on the line rookie Todd Gurley will have to work a little harder this week to find holes to run through. Over the last three games played by the Rams, Gurley has ran for 55/314/0 with 3/20/0 - he is moving the sticks with big chunks of yards (averaging a stellar 5.7 yards per carry right now), but the lack of TDs is dampening his fantasy upside so far. We'll see if the week of rest during the bye will crank up his scoring potential - he's certainly getting enough touches each game to visit the end zone (against Green Bay during Week Five he handled 30/159/0 rushing).

The Browns have the league's worse rush D, allowing an average of 149.8 yards rushing per game, with six rushing scores given up to date. Most recently, Denver posted 33/152/0 rushing against the Browns. Ouch.

Advantage, St. Louis.

Weather: Inside the Edward Jones Dome weather won't impact either team.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rushing Offense at Washington Redskins Rushing Defense (Great Matchup)

Believe it or not, over the past three weeks (and despite playing in just two games during that time span), Doug Martin is the second-ranked fantasy running back in the land, with 44/229/3 rushing and 8/72/1 receiving. He rang up 24/123/2 rushing and 3/35/1 receiving against Jacksonville two weeks ago, and then went on bye - he'll be rested and ready to rock again here in Week Seven. Charles Sims was also strong against the Jaguars with 12/51/0 rushing and 4/85/0 receiving. Start Martin if you've got him as he is the clear lead back in this situation!

Washington's rush D allowed 41/221/2 to the Jets last week, after laying down for 31/176/1 to Atlanta two games back. Right now, the Washington defensive front is in crisis, folks.

Advantage, Tampa Bay.

Weather: FedEx Field expects a high of 70 F with hazy skies and winds around 8 MPH - not bad for late October.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Dallas Cowboys Rushing Offense at New York Giants Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Dallas offense is switching quarterbacks this week, so the running backs may be asked to do more than usual in order to ease Matt Cassel into action - to date, the Cowboys are 25th in the NFL with 531 yards rushing as a team, while averaging 4.1 yards per carry. Joeseph Randle (74/289/4 rushing with 10/87/0 receiving) has twice as many carries as Darren McFadden (37/129/1 rushing with 12/102/0 receiving) so far - they are in a time-share but Randle is the lead back in the committee entering Week Seven. Remember Lance Dunbar is done for the season. There's been a good bit of rumbling that free-agent import Christine Michael (2/5/0 rushing) will see more work.

The Giants' rush D is ranked sixth in the NFL averaging 93.0 yards allowed per game, with four rushing scores given out to date - however, Philadelphia posted 37/155/1 rushing against this D last week. The Giants' unit has been in decline as the season has moved along (the Giants allowed 27/124/1 to the 49ers' runners two games ago).

This looks like a good matchup for Randle and company.

Weather: MetLife Stadium expects a high of 61 F on Sunday, with mostly cloudy skies and almost calm wind/lack of wind - it should be a fine afternoon to watch a NFC East battle.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Houston Texans Rushing Offense at Miami Dolphins Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Over the past three games, Houston has employed Arian Foster in the passing game quite heavily - he's gained more yards and scored more as a receiver (17/161/1) than as a runner (45/104/0 - a paltry 2.3 yards per rush) of late. Last week, against the Jaguars, Foster saw 18/53/0 rushing and 5/59/1 receiving while Chris Polk handled 8/37/0 rushing and 1/2/0 receiving in the change-of-pace role. Foster is seeing enough touches to keep him in the discussion as a fantasy starter despite the low yards-per-rush right now average.

The Dolphins surged to a big win under the new coaching staff last week - Tennessee was blown out 38-10 and only managed 18/63/0 rushing - but remember we are talking about Tennessee's under-powered rushing attack here. We'll see if the new-regime Dolphins continue to impress this week, or if they'll return to the bad old days (coming into this contest, the Dolphins are ranked 31st in the NFL averaging 141.0 rushing yards allowed per game, with three rushing scores given out - but most of that average occurred under the now-departed Kevin Coyle).

This looks like a good matchup for Foster.

Weather: SunLife Stadium expects a high of 83 F with mostly cloudy skies and gusty winds up to 15 MPH - owners of Dolphins and Texans will want to check a shorter-term forecast before setting their lineups if you have Dolphins or Texans in your fantasy teams' mix.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New Orleans Saints Rushing Offense at Indianapolis Colts Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

New Orleans upset Atlanta 31-21 last week - Mark Ingram pushed in two rushing scores with 20/46/2 on the ground (3/10/0 receiving), while Khiry Robinson (7/23/0 rushing with 2/24/0 receiving) and C.J. Spiller (3/10/0 rushing with 4/17/0 receiving) chipped in around the edges. The Saints have an effective trio of running backs in action entering Week Seven.

The Colts' rush D is ranked 20th in the NFL through six games, averaging 112.7 yards given up per game with five rushing scores handed over to date. Last week, New England posted 25/116/1 rushing at Indianapolis; two games ago it was Houston held to 28/82/0 rushing.

This looks like a good matchup for Ingram and company.

Weather: Inside Lucas Oil Stadium weather won't be an issue for either team.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New York Jets Rushing Offense at New England Patriots Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

This is a storied AFC East rivalry - look for both teams to bring their 'A' game to this contest. The Jets are quietly sitting at 4-1 entering this game and have a legitimate shot at the playoffs if they can upset their hated divisional rivals in this one...

Chris Ivory has been excellent over the past three weeks (two games) - 49/312/2 rushing with 3/50/0 receiving lands him at fourth-best fantasy back during that time frame despite playing one less game than most of the backs on the list. Last week Ivory crushed the Washington defensive front with 20/146/1 rushing and 3/50/0 receiving. Start him if you've got him!

The Patriots' rush D is ranked 22nd in the NFL averaging 114.2 yards allowed per game with three rushing scores given up to date. Last week, Indianapolis managed 22/120/0 rushing vs. the Patriots - two games ago the Cowboys gained 24/100/0 on New England.

This looks like a good matchup for Ivory even though he's on the road in this game.

Weather: Gillette Stadium expects a high of 63 F on Sunday, with cloudy skies and winds around 15 MPH - owners of Patriots and Jets will want to check a shorter-term forecast before setting their lineups this week due to the high winds that may be in this venue.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Philadelphia Eagles Rushing Offense at Carolina Panthers Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

DeM/arco Murray (22/109/1 rushing with 3/14/0 receiving) and Ryan Mathews (9/40/0 rushing with 1/6/0 receiving) combined for 149 of the 155 yards rushing the Eagles posted against their NFC rivals the Giants last game. To date, Murray has 71/239/3 rushing and 21/127/1 receiving, while Mathews has 50/245/2 rushing and 9/73/1 receiving in the 'secondary' role. Darren Sproles has posted 28/111/1 rushing and 17/131/0 receiving as the change-of-pace back in this committee.

The Panthers' rush D is ranked 12th in the NFL averaging 96.6 rushing yards allowed per game, with five rushing scores surrendered over five contests played. Seattle posted 26/115/1 rushing vs. Carolina last week; Tampa managed 30/141/1 rushing against them two weeks ago. Carolina is playing below their season average in this phase of the game of late.

The Eagles' rushing attack is getting in synch, while the Panthers' rush D is so-so so far. Advantage Philadelphia.

Weather: Bank of America Stadium expects a temperature of 60 F on Sunday evening, with almost calm winds under mostly cloudy skies - that sounds like great football weather!

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


San Francisco 49ers Rushing Offense vs Seattle Seahawks Rushing Defense (Good Matchup)

Two former NFC West powerhouses find themselves with losing records entering this divisional showdown - both teams are mired at 2-4 coming into Week Seven. Carlos Hyde continued his long slog through the NFL season last week vs. the Ravens' stout rush D - he finished the day with an uninspiring 21/55/0 rushing and 2/5/0 receiving. Over the past three games, Hyde has eked out 50/168/1 rushing with 4/11/0 receiving to check in as the 26th-ranked fantasy back during that three-game span.

The Seahawks' rush D is now 13th in the league averaging 99.7 rushing yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores handed over. Last week, Carolina rang up 33/135/3 against this unit; Cincinnati pushed in a score with 31/109/1 rushing two games ago. As we go deeper into the season the Seahawks' defensive front is degenerating.

Advantage, Santa Clara.

Weather: Levis' Stadium expects a temperature of around 69 F at kickoff, with clear skies and near-calm winds - it should be a fine night to play some pro football.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Baltimore Ravens Rushing Offense at Arizona Cardinals Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Justin Forsett's ankle injury wasn't an issue on the field last week - he ground out 17/62/0 rushing with 7/39/0 receiving for the Ravens at Santa Clara. Javorius Allen had 4/13/0 rushing with 1/7/0 receiving in a complimentary role for the Ravens. Forsett is the Ravens' rushing attack entering Week Seven.

The Cardinals surrendered 32/141/0 rushing to the Steelers last week, after coughing up just 18/57/0 to Detroit two weeks ago. Of late the Cardinals' rush D has been swinging between dominant and soft - they are currently ranked a mediocre 16th in the league averaging 104.5 rushing yards allowed per game, with two rushing scores given up over six games.

This looks like a fairly even matchup to us.

Weather: Inside University of Phoenix Stadium weather shouldn't impact either team.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Buffalo Bills Rushing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Bills' rushing attack got a boost when LeSean McCoy got back in the action during Week Six - 17/90/1 rushing and 2/4/0 receiving helped keep his team in contention against the Bengals. Only E.J. Manuel handled carries besides McCoy - Manuel posted 6/22/1 rushing - McCoy is definitely the featured ball carrier entering Week Seven. Keep an eye on the news this week as well as QB Tyrod Taylor could return. If he does, we like this offense more.

The Jaguar's rush D is ranked 14th in the NFL after six games, averaging 101.7 yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores given up to date. Last week, Houston posted 31/95/0 rushing at Jacksonville, while two games back Jacksonville surrendered 40/183/2 rushing to Tampa. They've been up and down in this phase of the game of late.

All told this looks like a fairly even matchup for the visiting Bills.

Weather: Wembley Stadium expects a temperature around 56 F on Sunday, with only a 10% chance for rain and partly-cloudy skies. The wind may get up a little over 10 MPH but overall it looks like decent weather 'Over There' for Buffalo/Jacksonville.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Cleveland Browns Rushing Offense at St. Louis Rams Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Robert Turbin said on Monday, October 19 that his ankle felt fine following his first game of the season. 'Came through OK. It's sore right now, but I guess it's supposed to be.' Turbin has been added to the mix at running back in Cleveland, making this even more of a committee situation than previously - Duke Johnson (9/38/0 rushing, 3/18/0 receiving), Turbin (10/27/0) and Isaiah Crowell (11/32/0 rushing, 2/9/0 receiving) all had low-double-digit touches in Week Six, which is far from ideal for fantasy owners. This looks like a jumbled stable to avoid entering Week Seven.

The Rams' rush D is ranked 21st in the NFL averaging 113.4 rushing yards per game, with three rushing scores given out over five games. They gave away 27/86/0 to Green Bay before the bye week, which may be an indication that this defense is tightening up in this phase of the game.

The Browns' trio of backs collectively saw 30 carries at Denver - but none of the backs had enough work to be enticing in this neutral matchup.

Weather: Inside the Edward Jones Dome weather won't impact either team.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Detroit Lions Rushing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

This is another installment of a long-time NFC North rivalry, so look for high intensity from both clubs in this game.

The Lions lost Zach Zenner for the season last week (he was released from the hospital on October 20 after his lung recovered from being collapsed - he as multiple broken ribs and is on IR) - and Zenner was arguably the most effective running back for the club over the past few weeks. To date, Detroit is dead last in the NFL with 399 yards rushing as a club, and they average 3.4 yards per tote. Last week, Ameer Abdullah only fumbled ONCE! The Lions didn't lose that one either - sad that only fumbling once is newsworthy for Abdullah but that's where we are with him entering Week Seven - all told Abdullah managed 14/48/0 rushing and 3/21/0 receiving for the Lions vs. Chicago. Theo Riddick (7/28/0 rushing with 3/50/0 receiving) was the change-of-pace option to Abdullah while Joique Bell was a surprise inactive for Week Six - we'll see if Bell can get into game shape in time for this contest.

The Vikings' rush D is ranked 19th in the NFL averaging 111.8 yards allowed per game, with three rushing scores given away to date. They allowed 18/57/0 to the Chiefs last week, after giving up 24/144/1 to the Broncos two games ago.

This looks like a neutral matchup for the struggling Lions.

Weather: Inside Ford Field weather won't be an issue for either team.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Miami Dolphins Rushing Offense vs Houston Texans Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Dolphins said they would re-commit to the running game under new head coach Dan Campbell, and they weren't lying - against the Titans, Miami posted 32/180/2 rushing led by Lamar Miller's 19/113/1 rushing (2/5/0 receiving) - Jarvis Landry accounted for the other rushing score (2/24/1) and Jonas Gray was the change-of-pace back with 7/24/0 rushing and 1/12/0 receiving. So far, so good for the Dolphins in this phase of the game.

The Texans' rush D allowed 21/83/0 to the T.J. Yeldon-less Jaguars last week - two games ago, Indianapolis posted 30/110/1 rushing at Houston. So far this year the Texans rank 17th in the NFL averaging 109.0 yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores handed over to date.

This is a neutral matchup for the surging Dolphins.

Weather: SunLife Stadium expects a high of 83 F with mostly cloudy skies and gusty winds up to 15 MPH - owners of Dolphins and Texans will want to check a shorter-term forecast before setting their lineups if you have Dolphins or Texans in your fantasy teams' mix.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New York Giants Rushing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Over the past three weeks, the Giants' backs rank 18th (Rashad Jennings, 33/147/0 rushing with 9/95/1 receiving), 34th (Shane Vereen, 14/45/0 rushing with 9/92/1 receiving) and 75th (Andre Williams, 3/19/0 rushing) among all fantasy running backs. Jennings is the lead back of the committee, Vereen shows occasional outbursts in the change-of-pace role, while Williams is almost an after-thought at this point in the season.

The Dallas rush D is ranked 10th in the NFL after five games, averaging 95.2 yards rushing allowed per game, with six rushing scores surrendered to date. Two weeks ago, they gave up 23/109/1 rushing to the Patriots - this is a middlin' rush D just about any way you slice it.

Two so-so units face off in this divisional game - neither has a clear edge over the other.

Weather: MetLife Stadium expects a high of 61 F on Sunday, with mostly cloudy skies and almost calm wind/lack of wind - it should be a fine afternoon to watch a NFC East battle.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Washington Redskins Rushing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rushing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Washington's rushing attack went off the tracks and crashed in gorge last weekend - all told, the running backs managed 17/34/0 against the Jets' shut-down defensive front. 11/21/0 rushing with 1/11/0 receiving (Alfred Morris' numbers last week without Matt Jones around to siphon off touches) is not what fantasy owners had in mind when drafting Morris - Chris Thompson didn't fare any better with 5/12/0 rushing (and 6/26/0 receiving). Yuck. This situation is ugly and it will get more muddled if Jones can get back in the game (he's rehabbing a sprained big toe).

The Tampa rush D is 25th in the NFL averaging 120.4 yards allowed per game, but has given away just four rushing scores over five contests. Last time around the block (against Jacksonville), the Buccaneers held the Jaguars to 17/55/0 rushing.

This looks like a neutral matchup between two sub-par units.

Weather: FedEx Field expects a high of 70 F with hazy skies and winds around 8 MPH - not bad for late October.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Arizona Cardinals Rushing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Chris Johnson handled the lions' share of carries at Pittsburgh, but they didn't amount to much (14/40/0 rushing with 1/5/0 receiving on the day). David Johnson (3/9/0 and 1/8/0) is nothing more than a change-of-pace option now, and that goes for Andre Ellington, too (1/7/0 rushing with 2/47/0 receiving) although Ellington's long 32-yard reception made him the highest-scoring fantasy back of the trio on a mediocre day. Look for more headlining by Chris Johnson going forwards. Ellington played just 9-of-72 offensive snaps, vs. 39 snaps for Chris Johnson and 23 for David Johnson.

The Baltimore rush D is ranked ninth in the NFL averaging 94.5 yards allowed per game, with four rushing scores handed out to date. Santa Clara managed 25/65/0 rushing last week - the Ravens gave up 25/83/1 rushing to the Browns two games ago.

This is a tough matchup for the Cardinals' tandem of backs.

Weather: Inside University of Phoenix Stadium weather shouldn't impact either team.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Carolina Panthers Rushing Offense vs Philadelphia Eagles Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Jonathan Stewart finally had his moment of glory, with two rushing scores for the Panthers against Seattle (208/78/2 rushing with 1/8/0 receiving) - Cam Newton notched the other six-point play with 7/30/1 on the ground. At least this week Newton shared some of the rushing scores with Stewart.

The Eagles defeated the Giants on Monday Night Football, holding the Giants' backs to 23/81/0 rushing. Philadelphia gave up 21/96/0 to New Orleans two games ago - to date, the Eagles are eighth in the NFL averaging 94.2 rushing yards allowed per game, with just one rushing scores handed out to date.

This is a tough matchup for Stewart and company - advantage Philadelphia.

Weather: Bank of America Stadium expects a temperature of 60 F on Sunday evening, with almost calm winds under mostly cloudy skies - that sounds like great football weather!

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New England Patriots Rushing Offense vs New York Jets Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

This is a storied AFC East rivalry - look for both teams to bring their 'A' game to this contest. The Patriots ground out 116 yards rushing vs. Indianapolis led by LeGarrette Blount (16/93/1 rushing with 1/11/1 receiving) - fantasy darling Dion Lewis was quiet last week with 4/21/0 rushing and 3/18/0 receiving during the visit to Indianapolis. However, this week the Jets' stout defensive front is on the docket so Lewis may get substantially more action if the running game gets bogged down.

Speaking of the Jets, they held Washington to 17/34/0 rushing last week, and limited Miami to 11/59/0 rushing two games back. To date, the Jets are ranked second in the NFL averaging 82.6 yards rushing per game, with one rushing score handed out.

This is a tough matchup for the Patriots' duo of backs.

Weather: Gillette Stadium expects a high of 63 F on Sunday, with cloudy skies and winds around 15 MPH - owners of Patriots and Jets will want to check a shorter-term forecast before setting their lineups this week due to the high winds that may be in this venue.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Pittsburgh Steelers Rushing Offense at Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Le'Veon Bell had a modest 24/88/0 rushing against the Cardinals - he got plenty of opportunities to handle the football, but on this day against the stout Cardinals his usual fantastic numbers weren't in evidence. Over the past three games he is the third-best fantasy back in the land with 67/328/2 rushing and 11/37/0 receiving, so don't despair Bell owners - everyone has a modest outing here and there during the long NFL season.

The Chiefs' rush D is ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 96.2 yards allowed per game, with four rushing scores handed over. They limited Minnesota to 35/84/0 rushing last week; two games ago Chicago managed 26/87/0 rushing at Arrowhead Stadium.

This is a tough matchup for Bell again this week. He's still a starting fantasy running back, though, unless you are absolutely loaded at running back this season.

Weather: Arrowhead Stadium expects a high of 64 F on Sunday with partly cloudy skies and wind around 8 MPH - that's as good as it gets on the Great Plains at this time of year!

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Seattle Seahawks Rushing Offense at San Francisco 49ers Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Two former NFC West powerhouses find themselves with losing records entering this divisional showdown - both teams are mired at 2-4 coming into Week Seven. Seattle has still had a dominant rushing attack this year - they lead the NFL with 827 yards rushing (averaging 4.8 yards per carry) but the backs have only two rushing scores to date to boast about. Marshawn Lynch got back in action last week after rehabbing several dings over the prior two weeks - he ran up 17/54/1 against the Panthers last week relegating Thomas Rawls to 1/8/0 rushing. This is Lynch's rushing attack for now, at least.

The 49ers beat the Ravens holding Baltimore to 22/77/0 rushing last week. Two games ago the Giants managed 21/84/0 rushing against the 49ers. So far this year Santa Clara is ranked 15th in the NFL averaging 102.8 rushing yards allowed per game, with six rushing scores given up over six games - however, they are playing tougher football than the season statistics indicate right now.

Advantage, San Francisco.

Weather: Levis' Stadium expects a temperature of around 69 F at kickoff, with clear skies and near-calm winds - it should be a fine night to play some pro football.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Tennessee Titans Rushing Offense vs Atlanta Falcons Rushing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Titans have an ineffective committee of running backs (23rd in the NFL with 538 yards rushing to date as a team) entering Week Seven - last week, Antonio Andrews (9/23/0 rushing with 1/2/0 receiving), Bishop Sankey (3/13/0 rushing with 1/7/0 receiving) and Dexter McCluster (5/23/0 rushing with 3/19/1 receiving) cobbled together 59 yards rushing amongst the three of them - and sprain) leaving second-stringer Zach Mettenberger (1/4/0 rushing last week) piloting the team.

The Falcons' rush D is ranked first in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game, 78.8, but they are tied for last in the NFL with 10 rushing scores handed out over six games. New Orleans posted 32/81/2 rushing last week - prior to that Washington posted 24/51/1 rushing vs. Atlanta.

A weak three-headed monster faces a so-so rush D in this one - we think that Atlanta has a slight edge due to the turmoil on the Titans' offense entering Week Seven.

Weather: LP Field expects a high of 72 F with light rain/drizzle on Sunday - winds should be around 5 MPH. Not a terrible forecast for late October, although the ball might get slick if the rain picks up during game-time.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Jacksonville Jaguars Rushing Offense vs Buffalo Bills Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

T.J. Yeldon was inactive last week due to his injured groin, which kept him from practicing at all last week - in his absence the Jaguars struggled to move the ball in this phase of the game, with 21/83/0 rushing as a team. Toby Gerhard posted 9/26/0 rushing with 3/23/0 receiving, followed by Denard Robinson's 7/19/0 rushing with 3/19/0 receiving. There isn't much fantasy juice on this unit without Yeldon, friends. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the week goes along to see if Yeldon is able to practice during Week Seven.

The Bills' rush D is currently ranked fourth in the NFL averaging 87.2 yards allowed per game, with three rushing scores grudgingly allowed over six games played. Cincinnati managed 28/112/1 rushing at Buffalo last week; Tennessee posted 28/97/1 against Buffalo two games ago.

This is a bad matchup for the Jaguars if Yeldon can't go - if he does practice/play this week upgrade the matchup to 'tough' for the Jaguars.

Weather: Wembley Stadium expects a temperature around 56 F on Sunday, with only a 10% chance for rain and partly-cloudy skies. The wind may get up a little over 10 MPH but overall it looks like decent weather 'Over There' for Buffalo/Jacksonville.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Kansas City Chiefs Rushing Offense vs Pittsburgh Steelers Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Chiefs' duo of Charcandrick West (9/33/0 rushing with 1/6/0 receiving) and Knile Davis (5/13/0 rushing with 1/12/0 receiving) didn't impress during Week Six - the Chiefs' rushing attack is mired in an ineffective committee right now, friends. Look elsewhere for your starting running back(s).

The Steelers' rush D is ranked seventh in the NFL averaging 93.3 yards allowed per game, and they have given up exactly one rushing score so far this year. Arizona was held to 20/55/0 on the ground last week - Pittsburgh allowed just 19/52/0 rushing to the Chargers on Monday Night Football two games ago.

This is a bad matchup for the reeling and decimated Chiefs' offense.

Weather: Arrowhead Stadium expects a high of 64 F on Sunday with partly cloudy skies and wind around 8 MPH - that's as good as it gets on the Great Plains at this time of year!

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


San Diego Chargers Rushing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Rushing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Raiders and the Chargers are old AFC West foes - this should be a fun and hard-fought game. The Chargers benched Melvin Gordon midway through the game at Green Bay last week for fumbling (two, one lost) - when the dust settled none of the running backs had over 30 yards on the ground to their credit. Gordon posted 7/29/0 before he was sat out; Branden Oliver had 7/23/0 rushing and 4/40/0 receiving; Danny Woodhead managed 7/8/0 rushing and 5/63/0 receiving. 'We're going to move on [with the season] head coach Mike McCoy said of Gordon. 'We're going to give him the ball again. And when he's in there he's got to protect it. And he understands that.' We'll see how the mix in this stable changes - Gordon has four fumbles so far this year and is in the coach's doghouse entering Week Seven.

The Raiders' rush D is ranked third in the NFL after five games, averaging 83.2 yards given up per game with just three rushing scores surrendered to date. Two weeks ago Denver had just 18/43/0 rushing at Oakland - this is a tough nut to crack, friends.

Advantage, Oakland.

Weather: Qualcomm Stadium expects a high of 82 F under partly cloudy skies with winds under 10 MPH on Sunday - typical beautiful Southern California weather in other words.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.