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Week 7 Rankings

Thursday, October 18, 2012

If you can land Adrian Peterson in a trade, it’s time to take advantage of the misguided notion that he’s not scoring touchdowns because Toby Gerhart is too often replacing him in scoring territory. Among all NFL backs, only Arian Foster and Jackie Battle have more carries inside the 5-yard line.

It can be argued that Peterson lost two touchdowns to Kyle Rudolph late in last week’s game. Peterson dove into the end zone on a play-action fake that ended up going to a wide open Rudolph for a 1-yard score. On the game-ending drive, Peterson had waltzed in from a yard out only to have the touchdown nullified by Rudolph’s slight movement for a false start penalty. Christian Ponder ended the game with an interception two plays later.

The most recent exhibit in the case for Adrian Peterson, Athletic Freak: In his first six weeks back from shredding his ACL, MCL and meniscus, Peterson is rated by Pro Football as the No. 1 back in the NFL.

Another promising sign: Week 6 saw a season-high in targets, receptions and receiving yards for Peterson. The touchdowns are coming against a Cardinals defense that surrendered 193 yards and two scores to the C.J. Spiller-Fred Jackson tag-team a week ago. The Vikings offense has been one of the most exciting to watch in the NFL, featuring perhaps the league's most explosive running back and wide receiver. What do we expect with two Jordans and no Pippens

Week 7 Quarterbacks

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Aaron Rodgers at STL Probable (calf)
2 Drew Brees at TB -
3 Tom Brady vs. NYJ -
4 Robert Griffin III at NYG -
5 Eli Manning vs. WAS -
6 Ben Roethlisberger at CIN Probable (ankle)
7 Cam Newton vs. DAL -
8 Joe Flacco at HOU -
9 Tony Romo at CAR -
10 Andrew Luck vs. CLE -
11 Matthew Stafford at CHI -
12 Andy Dalton vs. PIT -
13 Jay Cutler vs. DET -
14 Matt Schaub vs. BAL -
15 Matt Hasselbeck at BUF -
16 Josh Freeman vs. NO -
17 Carson Palmer vs. JAC -
18 Christian Ponder vs. ARZ Probable (knee)
19 Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. TEN -
20 Brandon Weeden at IND Probable (foot)
21 Sam Bradford vs. GB -
22 Mark Sanchez at NE -
23 John Skelton at MIN -
24 Alex Smith vs. SEA -
25 Russell Wilson at SF -
26 Blaine Gabbert at OAK -

QB Notes: Busting out of his so-called slump at Houston, Rodgers joined Tom Brady (twice), Peyton Manning, Y.A. Tittle and Mark Rypien as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with six touchdowns, zero interceptions and 300+ yards in a game. Rodgers is now back where he belongs atop the fantasy points list.

Don’t overreact to Tom Brady’s inability to hold the lead at Seattle. He’s still throwing better than any quarterback in the league, and he’s dissected the Jets defense in their past three regular season meetings. … John Madden on Robert Griffin III’s electrifying 76-yard touchdown run: “In the history of football, I’ve never seen a quarterback run that fast.” RGIII is on pace for an historically great season of 3,581 passing yards, 1,040 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. He’s been unholy amalgamation of Randall Cunningham and Steve Young.

Producing regardless of the health of his key weapons, Eli Manning draws a Redskins secondary allowing the fourth-most points to opposing quarterbacks. … Big Ben is carrying the Steelers right now. ... Cam Newton still leads the NFL in yards per attempt. … Is Tony Romo now relegated to bye-week fill-in? … Andrew Luck is on pace for over 4,700 passing yards and an NFL record 803 dropbacks this season. The volume is there. … Stafford’s mechanics are “atrocious,” according to NFL Films’ Greg Cosell. He needs to play with more urgency in the first three and a half quarters.

Flacco is due for a big game. The Ravens offense barely had the ball in the second half last week. … Dalton’s fantasy numbers may scream QB1, but his play on the field has not. NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi still wonders if he’s the long-term solution in Cincinnati. Soft defenses and A.J. Green’s dominance have propped up Dalton’s numbers early this season. … With a healthy receiving corps, Hasselbeck is a fine bye-week filler against a Bills secondary allowing the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. This game has sneaky shootout potential with two miserable defenses. … Freeman has a fine matchup at New Orleans, and last week’s stat line suggested a career game, but he didn’t play that well. Propped up by a pair of fluky long touchdowns, Freeman essentially threw the ball up and allowed his receivers to make plays.

Bradford is playing much better than his numbers suggest, but he needs a major talent infusion on the offensive line and at the skill positions. … So much for that alleged improvement we read about all summer. Gabbert is last in the NFL in yards per attempt (5.45) and third-down YPA (4.19) while sitting 29th in passer rating.

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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