Earlier today we released our Week 7 Studs & Duds QB Edition. Now we take a look at the running backs that probably won us our matchup or cost us the matchup.

RB Studs

Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley provided fantasy owners with yet another incredible performance on Sunday. The cold weather had no impact on Gurley as he tore up the Broncos defense, running for 208 yards on 28 carries, finding the end zone twice. Gurley has been nothing short of dominant this season, as he posted his third 30+ fantasy point outing in Week 6, racking up 36.5 fantasy points in 1.0 PPR formats. He caught two passes for 17 yards as well, giving him a total of 225 yards from scrimmage. He accumulated more rushing yards than Rams’ QB Jared Goff provided through the air. Gurley is the top dog at the RB position with nine rushing touchdowns as well as two receiving touchdowns this season and he looks to add to his insane numbers against the 49ers in Week 7.

Saquon Barkley

The rookie seems to be the Giants’ only bright spot in what has been a very disappointing season in New York. Barkley was unstoppable against the Eagles, rushing for a touchdown and 130 yards on 13 carries, an insane 10.0 yards per carry. He also recorded a team-high nine receptions for 99 yards, leaving the rookie with 229 yards from scrimmage. Barkley led all running backs in fantasy points in Week 6 (in PPR) posting 37.9 fantasy points. Barkley has another favorable matchup ahead in Week 7 as the Giants face off against the Atlanta Falcons.

Melvin Gordon

Gordon was a beast on the ground in the Chargers dominating win against the Browns in Week 6. He carried the ball 18 times and racked up 132 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a pair of passes for 18 yards. Gordon’s incredible season got even better with his best performance of the season as the fourth year running back provided fantasy owners with 35 points on Sunday. It was his third 30+ fantasy point outing in PPR formats and he finds himself behind only Todd Gurley in RB rankings. Gordon now has six rushing touchdowns to go along with his three receiving touchdowns this season and has been a fantasy goldmine in 2018.

RB Duds

Jordan Howard

Jordan Howard has had a disappointing fantasy season in 2018, and his woes continued on Sunday. Howard ran the ball 14 times for 69 yards but failed to find the end zone against the Dolphins. He didn’t add anything to his performance through the air as he failed to record a reception. It was Howard’s third single digit fantasy performance as he managed just 4.9 fantasy points, largely due to the fumble at the goal line which likely drove Howard owners crazy. He’s been outshined by Tarik Cohen over the past few weeks and Howard will be looking to bounce back against the Patriots in Week 7.

Derrick Henry

Henry is struggling mightily in 2018, and Week 6 was no different. In fact, it was worse. Henry’s lack of prowess in the passing attack forces his fantasy owners to rely on him scoring on the ground. Unfortunately, he has failed to do so in all six weeks of the season. In fact, Henry has yet to put up even six fantasy points in a single game this season, as he has failed to break the 60-yard mark. Sunday’s outing was one to forget as he had a season-low seven carries for just 21 yards, good for 3.6 fantasy points. Henry is a player likely to hit free agency in most leagues after this week, if he wasn’t there already.

 

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