Week 7 Sell High: D’Ernest Johnson will never net a higher return than right now

You're supposed to cling to running backs for dear life, right? Not so fast. Here's who to sell high as Week 7 of the fantasy season nears.

No position is more coveted in fantasy football — especially this year — than running back. If you have a handful of RBs, it’s not a horrible idea to try moving one of them to a running back-needy manager in your league. Whether you’re a contender or your team needs a desperation shot of adrenaline to try and make a run towards the playoffs (playoffs?!), let’s look at a few running backs you could sell high as Week 7 of the fantasy season approaches.

Week 7 | Running Backs to sell high

If you have one of these running backs on your roster, it’s a good time to move on.

Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Josh Jacobs is a polarizing running back in the fantasy community, primarily because of his lack of passing work. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible for a running back to be a valuable fantasy asset without seeing an Alvin Kamara-level of targets in the passing game.

What does help, however, is a lot of yardage and a lot of work. Jacobs hasn’t seen either of those two things. He’s seeing only the 19th-highest rushing attempts per game (13.5) and has been remarkably inefficient on the ground, rushing for only 3.2 yards per carry. In fact, of all 13 running backs with at least 4 TDs so far this season, Jacobs has the third-lowest rushing yards per game at 43.8. He’s also converted the least first downs and has the third-lowest longest run of the season at only 15 yards.

Kenyan Drake has also emerged, punching in a rushing TD and converting one through the air as well last Sunday.

Jacobs is inefficient, doesn’t see a high volume, isn’t involved in the passing game, and is currently surviving in fantasy football based on unsustainable touchdowns. Sell if you can.

D’Ernest Johnson, Cleveland Browns

D’Ernest Johnson posted a massive game on Thursday Night Football against a defense that was theoretically good. The third-string running back, thrown into a starting role due to injuries to Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, had a night he’ll never forget — 22 carries for 146 yards, 1 TD, and 2 receptions for an additional 22 yards.

He’ll undeniably be an RB1 for Week 7. Guess what, though? Chubb is on his way back, potentially as early as next week.

Your waiver wire pickup gave you a massive performance when many stars are on their bye week. That’s a win. Johnson is going to return to an ancillary role whenever Chubb makes it back to the field.

Give Johnson a metaphorical high-five, thank him for his service, and ship him off if you can get anyone that has more opportunity and upside for the rest of the season.

RBs to sell high in Week 7

We’ve got one more RB who should be traded while his value is near its apex.

Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins

This isn’t a “sell high” — this is a “sell for whatever you can get.” Like, literally anything. Myles Gaskin had a promising Week 5, including heavy usage in the passing game to the tune of 10 catches for 74 yards and 2 touchdowns. Then he fumbled in Week 6. He and *checks notes* Malcolm Brown had the same number of carries at 5 apiece, and both of them followed in the wake of Salvon Ahmed (7 attempts).

This entire backfield is a mess, and it looks like Gaskin is losing the confidence of his coaching staff. He has received 5 or fewer carries in four out of six games. He had a blowup 10-reception game two weeks ago but has 5 or fewer receptions (including a goose egg in Week 4) in every other game this season.

Gaskin is simply not fantasy viable. If someone is intrigued by the upside and the delusions of grandeur of a promising PPR running back, let them deal with the headache.

Jon Helmkamp is a fantasy football and NFL contributor for Pro Football Network. You can find him on Twitter: @JonHelmkamp and find more of his work here. Don’t forget to listen to the PFN Fantasy Football podcast and check out our free fantasy newsletter.

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