Fantasy Football Fan's Take: Disappointing Running Backs in Week Seven

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Each week there are fantasy football players who do not meet their projected expectations. By looking at players who disappointed each week, it can help us when setting our lineups. Also, if you like one of the players on this list, it may be a good time to "buy low."

Below are some of the fantasy running backs who were most disappointing in Week Seven play based on Yahoo Sports' projected rankings. The following players were each projected in Yahoo's top 24 running backs for the week, making them recommended starts in 12-team leagues with two active running backs.

Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Rice was projected in Yahoo's top five running backs for the week, but he rushed for 42 yards and did not score a touchdown. Even with five catches for another 12 yards, Rice did not have a great fantasy day, even in PPR (points per receptions) leagues. The Houston Texans did a great job of stopping the Ravens' offense. This was only a one-week letdown, and Rice will be fine moving forward.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

Jones-Drew gained only six yards before being injured early in the game against the Oakland Raiders. Even more disappointing is the fact that Jones-Drew will now miss time, likely a few weeks at least. This is definitely a big loss for Jones-Drew owners, who have hopefully scrambled to secure backup Rashad Jennings if possible.

Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

Richardson was banged up and carried eight times for eight yards. Because Richardson's status is uncertain, owners looking to avoid another letdown should be preparing to possibly use another option at running back. Montario Hardesty is available in most leagues and would get more work if Richardson is not fully healthy.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

Projected as the 12th running back for the week, Green-Ellis finished closer to 30th in most leagues, particularly in PPR formats. He had 69 yards, no touchdowns and no receptions. His rushing yard total was not awful, but teammate Cedric Peerman had the team's only rushing score.

Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

Ridley had a similar performance, gaining 65 yards, while not scoring or catching a pass. While Ridley led his team in rushing, Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead are currently seeing the action in the passing game, hurting Ridley's value.


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Mike Patton is a co-host on the Deep Sleeper Fantasy Football Podcast. He has been a fantasy enthusiast since 1997 and has won championships in baseball, football, basketball, hockey and pick 'em leagues.

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