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Week 7 Rankings Update

Friday, October 17, 2008

Week 7 Running Backs

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Clinton Portisvs. CLEFully expected to start
2Marion Barberat STL -
3Marshawn Lynchvs. SD -
4Adrian Petersonat CHI -
5Reggie Bushat CARProbable(knee)
6Frank Goreat NYG -
7LaDainian Tomlinsonat BUF Time to sell?
8Steve Slatonvs. DET -
9Brandon Jacobsvs. SF -
10Chris Johnsonat KC -
11Steven Jacksonvs. DAL -
12Ronnie Brownvs. BAL -
13Ryan Grantvs. IND -
14Matt Fortevs. MIN Hard to bench, but due for stinker
15Mewelde Mooreat CINNice fill-in
16Thomas Jonesat OAK -
17Dominic Rhodesat GB -
18Jamal Lewisat WAS -
19Sammy Morrisvs. DENMaroney, Morris not expected to play
20LenDale Whiteat KC -
21Earnest Grahamvs. SEA -
22Willis McGaheeat MIA -
23Michael Pittmanat NE -
24Julius Jonesat TB -
25Jonathan Stewartvs. NOQuestionable(flu)
26DeAngelo Williamsvs. NO -
27Justin Fargasvs. NYJProbable(groin)
28Warrick Dunnvs. SEA -
29Rudi Johnsonat HOUSmith is back
30Deuce McAllisterat CAR -
31Darren McFaddenvs. NYJ -
32Derrick Wardvs. SF -
33Ahman Greenvs. DETProbable(foot)
34LeRon McClainat MIA -
35Jamaal Charlesvs. TENMore explosive than Smith
36Chris Perryvs. PITProbable(shoulder)
37Leon Washingtonat OAK -
38Kolby Smithvs. TENExpected to start
39Kevin Smithat HOUShould be fine
40Ricky Williamsvs. BAL -
41Chester Taylorat CHI -
42Fred Jacksonvs. SD -
43Darren Sprolesat BUFProbable(ankle)
44Selvin Youngat NEQuestionable(groin)
45Cedric Bensonvs. PIT -
46Brandon Jacksonvs. IND -
47Maurice Morrisat TBProbable(knee)
48Shaun Alexandervs. CLE Don't get excited
49Gary Russellat CINMeMo's backup
50Ray Riceat MIA -
51Tashard Choiceat STL -
52Michael Bushvs. NYJ -
53Kenny Watsonvs. PIT -

RB Notes: It's now or never for Ryan Grant. The kid just doesn't look like the same guy in the open field. He had a couple big holes against Seattle and they closed around him like he was Edgerrin James. The explosion is missing. The Colts are so weak on the interior, Grant should be able to rack up yards. But we said that about the Lions matchup. It's a concern for Grant he had 33 carries last week. Games like that often lead to a breakdown. If Grant plays well this week, I'd try to unload him. If he doesn't play well, one wonders if Brandon Jackson and DeShawn Wynn could get more run with the offense. … Dominic Rhodes isn't an exciting player, but he knows the system and the Green Bay defensive line is a weakness. He's a safe RB2.

I've dogged Ahman Green since his last season in Green Bay, but he looks useful as a backup now in Houston. Their run blocking has really improved and Green still has good vision and can push the pile. If Steve Slaton ever got hurt, Green could be a serviceable fantasy option and should be owned in all leagues. He's not a crazy flex play this week because the Texans should score a lot of points.

Ryan Torain could make his long-awaited debut this week. Keep an eye on him and Selvin Young. Their health will effect Michael Pittman's rank. … Kevin Smith should return to action this week. He was used as a third-down back early against the Vikings and did a nice job catching the ball. Rudi Johnson is only a good RB2 option is Smith is out, although Rudi should start either way. … Adrian Peterson is on pace for over 1,500 rushing yards, so it's hard to say he's a disappointment. I'm more discouraged with his offensive line – especially the right side. All Day is averaging only 2.9 yards-per-carry running to his right. Right tackle Ryan Cook got run over by Jared Devries last week, which is a bad sign. The Lions surprisingly didn't even need to put eight in the box that much against Minnesota, and they slowed Peterson down. The Bears rush defense is strong and will be out for revenge after Peterson embarrassed them last week. … The Bucs rush defense hasn't allowed a touchdown or a 100-yard game all season. Julius Jones is unlikely to break that streak. Maurice Morris took a whole series in the first half last week and could see his workload increase.

It's starting to look like Willie Parker will miss another game. He will get removed during the Friday afternoon update if his status doesn't improve. Mewelde Moore will skyrocket up to Dominic Rhodes on the list in a terrific matchup against the Bengals. … Matt Forte has a chance to prove he's matchup proof against Minnesota. I have my doubts, but his receiving ability should prevent a bust of a game. … Clinton Portis may not practice all week, but is expected to start against the Browns. … Chris Johnson is nearly a must-start against the Chiefs. LenDale White could also get a cheap score or two. … Ronnie Brown's patience really helps him in the Wildcat formation. He gets the ball so far behind the line of scrimmage, diagnoses the play, and starts hopping. He's got a great football IQ.

Earnest Graham should move back from fullback this week. Look for Jon Gruden to reward his unselfish game last week with plenty of carries. … Larry Johnson will be taken out of the rankings for the Friday update. Look for Jamaal Charles to have the most value in his place against Tennessee. Kolby Smith will also be active. Considering the matchup, both players will be ranked outside the top-35. … Darren McFadden's total numbers look solid, but he hasn't topped 45 yards since he hurt his toe. … Since we won't know who is active for New England until Monday night, we'd stay away from the situation.

Week 7 Wide Receivers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Andre Johnsonvs. DET -
2Brandon Marshallat NEProbable(groin)
3Steve Smithvs. NO Mr. Consistent
4Reggie Wayneat GB -
5Greg Jenningsvs. IND -
6Plaxico Burressvs. SF -
7Marques Colstonat CARProbable(thumb)
8Lee Evansvs. SD -
9Jerricho Cotcheryat OAK -
10Randy Mossvs. DEN -
11Calvin Johnsonat HOUProbable(concussion)
12Santana Mossvs. CLE -
13Bernard Berrianat CHIExpected to play
14Terrell Owensat STLMove up nine spots if Romo plays
15Santonio Holmesat CIN -
16Laveranues Colesat OAKQuestionable, should start
17Braylon Edwardsat WAS -
18Eddie Royalat NEProbable(ankle)
19Marvin Harrisonat GB -
20Wes Welkervs. DEN -
21Vincent Jacksonat BUFNo Chambers helps
22Hines Wardat CIN -
23Kevin Waltervs. DET -
24Dwayne Bowevs. TEN -
25Lance Mooreat CAR -
26Donald Drivervs. IND -
27T.J. Houshmandzadehvs. PITFitzpatrick hurts more than ankle
28Torry Holtvs. DAL -
29Anthony Gonzalezat GBQuestionable(concussion)
30Muhsin Muhammadvs. NOProbable(knee)
31Roy Williamsat STL -
32Joey Gallowayvs. SEASnaps could be limited
33Derrick Masonat MIA -
34Bobby Engramat TB -
35Chad Ocho Cincovs. PIT -
36Donte' Stallworthat WASSneaky play
37Greg Camarillovs. BAL -
38Antonio Bryantvs. SEA -
39Sidney Riceat CHIQuestionable, expected to play
40Isaac Bruceat NYG -
41Devin Hestervs. MINProbable(toe)
42Brandon Jonesat KC -
43Amani Toomervs. SF -
44Donnie Averyvs. DAL -
45Steve Smithvs. SF -
46Mike Furreyat HOU -
47Arnaz Battleat NYG -
48Devery Hendersonat CAR -
49Josh Reedvs. SD -
50Jordy Nelsonvs. IND -
51Bobby Wadeat CHI -
52Patrick Craytonat STL -
53Antwaan Randle Elvs. CLE -
54Chansi Stuckeyat OAK -

WR Notes: The Seattle defense gets burned every time they are aggressive. Then they react to getting burned by playing very passively. That could lead to a big first game back for Joey Galloway if he plays. Antonio Bryant is a better option if Galloway is out. … Lee Evans' deep speed against the San Diego secondary should be good for a big play or two. … Mike Furrey seems likely to start opposite Calvin Johnson, but that's only a guess. … Donald Driver is quietly having a mediocre season. He's still getting targets, but no longer makes big plays. If he doesn't make some soon, he will be ranked closer to Jordy Nelson most weeks. Nelson has been impressive on Sundays after a sluggish rookie offseason. … Calvin Johnson is expected to start despite missing practice early in the week. Dan Orlovsky's deep balls were poor last week, but at least the Lions were aggressive going deep.

Keep an eye on the health of the Bears cornerbacks, but Bernard Berrian should be a safe play regardless for Minnesota. … Justin Gage missed the first two days of Titans practice this week and looks unlikely to help fantasy teams. … Roy Williams is a WR3 even if Tony Romo plays. He has to learn the offense and will only be the third or fourth option for a while. … Torry Holt may still be ranked too high based on his name, although a banged-up Dallas secondary keeps him as a WR3. He just hasn't shown much this season and continues to face the opposition's best cornerback.

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Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for and Catch him on Twitter.
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