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Week 7 Rankings

Friday, October 22, 2010

Running backs are supposed to be shaky bets at the top of fantasy drafts, while wide receivers are generally safer. That, in addition to the proliferation of PPR leagues, is why wide receivers have climbed higher and higher in drafts the last few years.

This year, however, the running backs are mostly playing to form. I couldn't help but notice that this week's mid-October Week 7 top ten looks awfully similar to the group I originally worked on with Evan Silva and Chris Wesseling back in May.

Would there be changes if we had to re-rank the top ten today? Of course. But our top guys in the preseason (Johnson, Peterson, Jones-Drew, Gore, Rice, Turner, Jackson, Mendenhall, Charles) are all essentially in good shape.

MJD owners can't be happy with their guy, but we have to look to the RB2 picks like Shonn Greene, Ryan Mathews, and Jonathan Stewart to find truly disappointing picks thus far.

The wide receiver position, on the other hand, has been shaken up by upstarts like Brandon Lloyd, Austin Collie, and even Jeremy Maclin. Still, it's hard to find true "bust" potential players in the preseason WR1s. (Although Larry Fitzgerald owners should be praying Max Hall stays better than Derek Anderson.)

Everyone falls in love with top-20 discussion in the preseason, but this regular season hasn't been about your first pick or even your first few picks. Most top guys have played close enough to form to keep you alive. 2010 has been about finding the right guys in the middle of your draft and on the waiver wire.

There's something comforting about that.

Week 7 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Drew Breesvs. CLE -
2Philip Riversvs. NE -
3Tom Bradyat SD -
4Aaron Rodgersvs. MIN -
5Tony Romovs. NYG
6Kyle Ortonvs. OAK -
7Joe Flaccovs. BUF -
8Ben Roethlisbergerat MIA -
9Jay Cutlervs. WAS -
10Eli Manningat DAL -
11Kevin Kolbat TEN -
12Matt Casselvs. JAC -
13Donovan McNabbat CHI -
14Matt Ryanvs. CIN -
15Brett Favreat GB Probable(elbow)
16Carson Palmerat ATL -
17Sam Bradfordat TB -
18Matt Hasselbeckvs. ARZ -
19Josh Freemanvs. STL -
20Vince Youngvs. PHI Questionable(knee)
21Chad Hennevs. PIT -
22Alex Smithat CAR -
23Max Hallat SEA -
24Matt Moorevs. SF -
25Ryan Fitzpatrickat BAL -
26Colt McCoyat NO -
27Jason Campbellat DEN Questionable(knee)
28Todd Boumanat KC Most likely starter

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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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