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Week 7 Rankings

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Week 7 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski vs. NYJ Questionable (hip)
2 Aaron Hernandez vs. NYJ Probable (ankle)
3 Vernon Davis vs. SEA -
4 Jason Witten at CAR -
5 Owen Daniels vs. BAL -
6 Jimmy Graham at TB Full blown game-time call; tough to sit if he plays
7 Kyle Rudolph vs. ARZ -
8 Greg Olsen vs. DAL -
9 Jermichael Finley at STL Probable (shoulder)
10 Brandon Pettigrew at CHI Probable (knee)
11 Dennis Pitta at HOU -
12 Scott Chandler vs. TEN -
13 Martellus Bennett vs. WAS -
14 Heath Miller at CIN Stuck blocking vs. Cincy's stout D-Line?
15 Fred Davis at NYG Probable (knee)
16 Jared Cook at BUF -
17 Jermaine Gresham vs. PIT -
18 Dustin Keller at NE Probable (hamstring)
19 Brandon Myers vs. JAC Probable (shoulder)
20 Coby Fleener vs. CLE -
21 Tony Scheffler at CHI -
22 Kellen Davis vs. DET -
23 Zach Miller at SF -
24 David Thomas at TB -
25 Lance Kendricks vs. GB -
26 Marcedes Lewis at OAK -



TE Notes: According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there’s “not a lot of optimism” on Jimmy Graham after missing practice Wednesday. Graham’s sprain appears to be of the high-ankle variety, which typically sidelines players for 2-4 weeks. If Graham is on your roster, don’t count on having him available for Week 7. Backup David Thomas is only a desperation fantasy option. I suspect Devery Henderson and Lance Moore will be the primary beneficiaries of Graham’s absence.

Even though he was on the field for fewer than half the offensive snaps in his first game back from his own high-ankle sprain, Aaron Hernandez saw an encouraging nine targets at Seattle. He’s back to no-brainer status against a Jets defense that doesn’t cover tight ends well. … Expect the 49ers to make an effort to get the ball into their best playmaker’s hands against a Seattle defense that has been middle-of-the-road against tight ends.

Dennis Pitta is due for a breakout game versus a Texans defense minus Brian Cushing. … Jermichael Finley has to prove that his confidence isn’t shot and his shoulder is healthy before he’s considered more than a borderline fantasy play. … The Bears often leave the middle of the field open in their Cover 2 looks, but Pettigrew’s play has fallen off the past few weeks. … Scott Chandler has the best matchup of the week against a Titans defense that has been shredded by tight ends. He hasn’t scored since Week 4.

Fred Davis’ yards have been encouraging, but he’s off RG III’s radar in the red zone. … Martellus Bennett isn’t listed on the injury report this week, but I need to see that he’s moving well on that messed-up knee before revisiting his TE1 value. He’s averaging three targets the past three weeks after an average of 7.7 the first three. … Jermaine Gresham is averaging 60 yards over the past four games, but his 55-yard touchdown at Cleveland was the slowest you will ever see from a skill-position player.


Week 7 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
2 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. DET -
3 Vikings Def/Spec Team vs. ARZ -
4 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at SF -
5 Patriots Def/Spec Team vs. NYJ -
6 Packers Def/Spec Team at STL -
7 Texans Def/Spec Team vs. BAL -
8 Giants Def/Spec Team vs. WAS -
9 Lions Def/Spec Team at CHI -
10 Cardinals Def/Spec Team at MIN -
11 Raiders Def/Spec Team vs. JAC -
12 Bills Def/Spec Team vs. TEN -
13 Steelers Def/Spec Team at CIN -
14 Ravens Def/Spec Team at HOU -
15 Redskins Def/Spec Team at NYG -
16 Bengals Def/Spec Team vs. PIT -
17 Rams Def/Spec Team vs. GB -
18 Saints Def/Spec Team at TB -
19 Colts Def/Spec Team vs. CLE -
20 Browns Def/Spec Team at IND -
21 Cowboys Def/Spec Team at CAR -
22 Jets Def/Spec Team at NE -
23 Titans Def/Spec Team at BUF -
24 Jaguars Def/Spec Team at OAK -
25 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team vs. NO -
26 Panthers Def/Spec Team vs. DAL -



Week 7 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski vs. NYJ -
2 Blair Walsh vs. ARZ -
3 Sebastian Janikowski vs. JAC -
4 Lawrence Tynes vs. WAS -
5 Shayne Graham vs. BAL -
6 Robbie Gould vs. DET -
7 Garrett Hartley at TB -
8 Greg Zuerlein vs. GB -
9 Mason Crosby at STL -
10 David Akers vs. SEA -
11 Jason Hanson at CHI -
12 Justin Tucker at HOU -
13 Connor Barth vs. NO -
14 Dan Bailey at CAR -
15 Shaun Suisham at CIN -
16 Adam Vinatieri vs. CLE -
17 Rob Bironas at BUF -
18 Mike Nugent vs. PIT -
19 Rian Lindell vs. TEN -
20 Steven Hauschka at SF -
21 Phil Dawson at IND -
22 Kai Forbath at NYG -
23 Jay Feely at MIN -
24 Justin Medlock vs. DAL -
25 Nick Folk at NE -
26 Josh Scobee at OAK -


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