Week 7 has reared its ugly head with the Broncos putting an ass whooping on the Arizona Cardinals, who might just be worse than the Buffalo Bills.

Speaking of ugly and the Bills, Nathan Peterman is starting this week, but can you play the Colts’ defense in cash?

Can you play any Saints against the Baltimore Ravens on the road?

Can you fade Todd Gurley?

Can you fade Adam Thielen?

These are some questions that you will need to figure out in cash games this week. Low and behold, I am here to help you make those decisions.

This week we will focus on running backs in the free preview section, but to access the remainder of the article, you will have to either sign up for the 7-day free trial and/or subscribe!

Before we get to our Week 7 selections, let’s review Week 6 a bit.

In cash last week, I scored 180.80 points and DIDN’T use Todd Gurley after all. That was not something I really wanted to do, but felt I needed the salary relief to get to where I wanted to go. Here’s my roster:

QB – Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay – $5400
RB1 – James Conner – Pittsburgh – $7,900
RB2 – Joe Mixon – Cincinnati – $7,500
WR1 – Julio Jones – Atlanta – $7,900
WR2 – Jarvis Landry – Cleveland – $6,600
WR3 – Chester Rogers – Indianapolis – $4,500
TE1 – Ricky Seals-Jones – Arizona – $2,700
Flex – Latavius Murray – Minnesota – 25.80
DST – Dallas Cowboys – $2,300

Total Score – 180.80

RUNNING BACKS

Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams – $9,800

Analysis: The 49ers are 11th in fantasy points allowed to running backs, giving up 27.80 PPG. San Fran is allowing just 78 yards rushing, but is averaging nearly 1 TD allowed per game, 9.5 targets and a shade over 6 catches per game to RBs. Cooper Kupp is out and with this being a road game, Gurley, who has fantasy outings of 39.5, 33.3, 25.6, 28.6, 32.3 and 26.7, could be called upon more than usual in the passing ga,e.

LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – $5,600

Analysis: Call me crazy if you want, but this is the week for Buffalo to showcase Shady. And here’s why: 1. Trade deadline looming, gotta increase the value; 2. Nathan Peterman is starting, meaning McCoy could be used as a frequent safety valve; and 3. Shady has had 40 rushes, 8 targets and 5 catches in his past two games. The Colts are allowing just 89 yards rushing per game, but are allowing 9 targets and nearly 7 catches allowed per game to running backs. This game also will be on turf, providing a faster track for Shady.

Tarik Cohen – Chicago Bears – $5,100

Analysis: Is Tarik Cohen for real? If this was an Adam Gase or Jason Garrett offense, I would say no. But since he has Matt Nagy on his side, I think this progressive workload is for real and won’t change this week as the Bears host New England. Allen Robinson also is hurt and may not be playing. Bears will need to put up points to keep up with the Pats and Cohen should be an easy ADOT target to move the ball.

Peyton Barber – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $3,900

Analysis: Hard to believe Peyton Barber is a thing in Week 7 of the NFL season, but he got the work and paid off last week against Atlanta. What we have to keep in mind here though is that last week was because of Atlanta’s scheme against running backs, which is almost nonexistent. So I wouldn’t rush to play him and be cautiously optimistic of him keeping his snap count against the Browns, who are 8th overall in fantasy points allowed.

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