Week 7 Top Fantasy Football Performers

These studs stepped it up this week and made some fantasy owners very happy. See which fill-in running back stepped up huge.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau


Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: 27 for 37 377 yards 4 TDs 1 INT 1 rush, 1 yd 1 TD (37 points)

With little running game and no real defense, the weight of this Saints season falls on Drew Brees. While the team hasn't been playing up to expectations, it isn't Brees' fault. With his 73 percent completion this week and by spreading the ball around, he hit seven different receivers. Brees is showing that he is at the top of his game and remains a must start in all formats.


Running Back

Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans: 18 rushes 195 yds 2 TDs (31 points)

Rejoice Chris Johnson owners, for he has finally found the promised land! With his two touchdowns against the Bills, Johnson now has, well, two touchdowns for the season. After a lackluster start, this solid performance may be just what the doctor ordered for the struggling back. Before you get too high on him though, remember that this was against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.


Wide Receiver

Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 7 receptions 216 yds 1 TD (27 points)

Jackson is just the latest wideout to benefit from facing the New Orleans Saints secondary, which would have trouble keeping blind nuns from the end zone. Opponent aside, Jackson is emerging as the go-to guy in Tampa and is a great start no matter who he faces.


Tight End

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots: 6 receptions 78 yds 2 TDs (19 points)

Even though the New England Patriots have established themselves as a solid running team this season, Gronkowski and the passing game is still a huge threat week after week. As always, Gronk should be started in all leagues if you have him.



Nick Folk, New York Jets: 4 for 4 with 2 xp (14 points)

Folk has been a perfect 11 for 11 on the year and while he performs when called upon, those times haven't been many in recent weeks. In fact, the four field goals made on Sunday are the exact total of the previous four games combined.


Rookie Watch

Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns: 25 for 41 264 yds 2 TDs. 1 rush 13 yds (23 points)

While not as heralded as other rookie signal callers, Brandon Weeden has been slowly improving. Over the past three games, he has thrown 6 touchdowns to just 3 picks and is looking more and more worthy of that first round pick by the Browns. While he isn't a must start, he remains a solid option for a bye week replacement.


Free-Agent Watch

LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Arizona Cardinals: 20 rushes, 104 yds 1 TD. 4 receptions 45 yds (20 points)

The fact is that coming into this weekend, the Arizona Cardinals running game was a huge mess. After Stephens-Howling's breakout performance against a tough Minnesota squad, however, expect that mess to straighten up a bit. While it's hard to take one performance and grade the future, LaRod is worth a pickup if you are in need of a flex or depth.

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