Fantasy Fox: Top 50 running backs for Week 7

Here are my top 50 running backs for Week 7, citing standard-scoring leagues.

This countdown doesn’t lean on a particular stat. It’s merely an educated best guess of which rushers will tally the best combination of total yards and touchdowns for the NFL’s seventh weekend.

Regardless of how these rankings shake out every week, it shouldn’t supersede two important factors that go into regular lineup consideration:

1. Always play your healthy superstars.
2. Always ride your gut instinct over a certain guru’s analysis (read: plausible deniability).

BYES: Tampa Bay, Philadelphia

TOP 50 RUNNING BACKS

1-25

1. Arian Foster @ Pittsburgh
2. Jamaal Charles @ San Diego
3. Matt Forte vs. Miami
4. Eddie Lacy vs. Carolina
5. Ben Tate @ Jacksonville
6. Justin Forsett vs. Atlanta
7. Le’Veon Bell vs. Houston
8. DeMarco Murray vs. N.Y. Giants
9. Gio Bernard @ Indianapolis
10. Andre Ellington @ Oakland
11. Marshawn Lynch @ St. Louis
12. Branden Oliver vs. Kansas City
13. Andre Williams @ Dallas
14. Reggie Bush vs. New Orleans
15. Lamar Miller @ Chicago
16. Storm Johnson vs. Cleveland
17. Frank Gore @ Denver
18. Alfred Morris vs. Tennessee
19. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Cincinnati
20. Khiry Robinson @ Detroit
21. Chris Ivory @ New England
22. Ronnie Hillman vs. San Francisco
23. Steven Jackson @ Baltimore
24. Bishop Sankey @ Washington
25. Fred Jackson vs. Minnesota

26-50

26. Zac Stacy vs. Seattle
27. LeGarrette Blount vs. Houston
28. Joique Bell vs. New Orleans
29. Jerick McKinnon @ Buffalo
30. Jeremy Hill @ Indianapolis
31. Knile Davis @ San Diego
32. Antone Smith @ Baltimore
33. Shane Vereen vs. N.Y. Jets
34. Jonathan Stewart @ Green Bay
35. Darren McFadden vs. Arizona
36. Lorenzo Taliaferro vs. Atlanta
37. Isaiah Crowell @ Jacksonville
38. Mark Ingram @ Detroit
39. Trent Richardson vs. Cincinnati
40. Roy Helu vs. Tennessee
41. Bernard Pierce vs. Atlanta
42. Daniel Thomas @ Chicago
43. James Starks vs. Carolina
44. Brandon Bolden vs. N.Y. Jets
45. Carlos Hyde @ Denver
46. Tre Mason vs. Seattle
47. Joseph Randle vs. N.Y. Giants
48. Benny Cunningham vs. Seattle
49. Peyton Hillis @ Dallas
50. Matt Asiata @ Buffalo
50a. C.J. Spiller vs. Minnesota
50b. Chris Johnson @ New England
50c. Devonta Freeman @ Baltimore
50d. Robert Turbin @ St. Louis
50e. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Arizona
50f. C.J. Anderson vs. San Francisco
50g. Anthony Dixon vs. Minnesota

Jay Clemons, the 2008 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year (Fantasy Sports Writers Association), can be reached via Twitter, day or night, at @FOX_JayClemons.