Top 5 Rushing Matchups Week 07

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 7

Top 5 Rushing Matchups Week 7

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Green Bay at Houston

The Packers have run the ball effectively here in 2020, producing 5.0 yards per rush (seventh in football) and 139 a game (also seventh). It's probably fair to disregard their Week 6 showing, as virtually no one finds running room against Tampa Bay's powerful front. Instead, the fantasy community should focus on prior weeks, which saw great success in more neutral matchups. Aaron Jones averaged 6.3 yards per rush over the previous three; he remains one of football's most dynamic runners both inside and out. Jones isn't the only component in the backfield, either, with Jamaal Williams and rookie A.J. Dillon chiming in situationally. Their effectiveness fluctuates, but all three benefit from playing behind an elite front line. With left tackle David Bakhtiari likely back healthy for Sunday, our Matt Bitonti ranks it fifth league-wide, with an A- run-blocking grade.

The Texans run defense has been one of football’s weakest - and fantasy’s most fruitful - through the season’s first six weeks. They’ve faced a daunting slate of runners, but no team has allowed more yardage per rush than their 5.4. They dearly miss nose tackle D.J. Reader - now on IR with the Bengals - who used to make this unit at least passable. P.J. Hall and Brandon Dunn have been subpar replacements inside, which always spells doom for a poor linebacking crew that leans on them. The Texans’ second level is a mess of the ineffective (Zach Cunningham) and the injured (Benardrick McKinney) and has struggled to stop virtually anyone. Derrick Henry’s 94-yard touchdown romp through two wide, vacated lanes was a perfect snapshot of this unit’s 2020 season thus far. Four opposing runners have topped 100 yards in this matchup, and it’s frankly a solid bet Jones becomes the fifth.

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