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Not a great week at all for the projected top 10 fantasy running backs. Only Cedric Benson far outperformed his Fantasy Football Nerd projection.

Here's your week 7 top 10:

1. DeAngelo Williams: 19.2/19
2. Frank Gore: 15.9/4
3. Ryan Grant: 15.2/20
4. Thomas Jones: 15.3/18
5. Ronnie Brown: 15.1/10
6. Adrian Peterson: 14.8/18
7. Benson: 14.4/24
8. Joseph Addai: 13.5/12
9. Clinton Portis: 13.3/TBD
10. Michael Turner: 13.1/11

I had an e-mailer write me last week asking if he should trade Benson. He wrote he wasn't buying Benson being able to prolong his strong play for the rest of the season and that his value is at its peak.

I wrote back saying I have become a Benson believer, especially after he ran for 120 yards against Baltimore. He became the first runner in 40 games to gain 100 yards against that defense.

Benson again showed why he has become a must-start regardless of matchup. With that passing game in gear again, the Bengals are a multi-dimensional offense that can attack you in so many ways, and Benson is a huge part of that resurgence.

In addition to Benson, another overachiever was Ricky Williams (9.6/27), who was the 25th running back on the Nerd's list. He's become a legitimate RB2 and is a mandatory flex player regardless of matchup.

As for the biggest underachiever, again we see Matt Forte at the top of the list. He was projected for 10.9 points, while his performance yielded four points.

You can't let Forte go because he had the backfield to himself, but he's no longer a RB1. At best he's become a RB2, and in 10-team leagues, he's nothing more than a flex player.

By Gene Wang  |  October 26, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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