Mark Brunell tops our list for the second straight week. Brunell led his Skins with three TDs and a whopping 147.9 passer rating in a domination of the 49ers. Brett Favre continues to be a great fantasy quarterback on a declining team. Drew Brees didn't seem to have his "A" game in a heartbreaking loss in Philadelphia, but Brees still managed two touchdowns and nearly 300 passing yards for his fantasy owners. The Vikings needed someone to step up and lead in Minnesota...and Daunte Culpepper appeared to be the man taking charge in a solid performance against the Packers. Falcons' stud quarterback Michael Vick (and perhaps the best athlete in the NFL) did it on the ground to please his fantasy owners with two rushing touchdowns and 24 rushing yards. Although Vick is typically not a top fantasy performer and had just 116 passing yards against the Jets, he still makes our list this week since rushing TDs count for 50% more points than passing TDs in most leagues (and most scoring systems don't penalize for interceptions...Vick had three).
Missing from this list for the first (and probably only) time this season are LaDainian Tomlinson and Shaun Alexander. Taking their place at the top two spots for week seven are LaMont Jordan and Clinton Portis, who both rushed for over 100 yards and three TDs. Jordan's forty receiving yards gave him 162 total yards from scrimmage (giving him the yardage title among all RBs and WRs for week seven). Edgerrin James again looked like a future hall of famer for the undefeated 7-0 Colts in a 139 yard effort with two scores. Steven Jackson and Priest Holmes rushed for a couple of TDs apiece...both went for 90+ rushing yards and averaged five yards per carry. The Pittsburgh Steelers handed the Bengals a tough loss in Cincinnati, largely due to the effectiveness of the Steelers' running game and Willie Parker's 131 rushing yards. Mike Anderson outrushed teammate Tatum Bell for 120 yards and a TD. Larry Johnson (fellow teammate to Priest Holmes) was a few yards ahead of Holmes in the stat line for KC, but had one less touchdown. Ronnie Brown and Tiki Barber both had 110 total yards from scrimmage and a score. Domanick Davis and Mewelde Moore also had matching yardage totals with 105 and a TD each, but Moore got most of his yards in the passing game (which included a receiving TD). Falcons' Warrick Dunn rushed for 155 yards to lead Atlanta over the N.Y. Jets on Monday Night Football. 49er rookie Frank Gore busted 89 yards on nine carries as the Niners tried just to resemble an NFL franchise against the dominating Redskins. Thomas Jones is a top five NFL running back!...Jones again proved his ability with 139 rushing yards against the Ravens' defense. Cleveland's Reuben Droughns rushed for 100, but it wasn't enough for the Browns to defeat the Lions in Cleveland.
Green Bay Packers' WR Donald Driver tops our fantasy list with perhaps the lowest number of fantasy points for being the top performing fantasy wide receiver for the week. Not that Driver's 114 yards and a TD are poor or disappointing for Driver owners, but week seven didn't produce the top fantasy stats typical of wide receivers in most weeks. Mark Brunell and Santana Moss again proved they are a special combo as they connected for 112 yards and a score for the Skins. Az-Zahir Hakim filled in nicely for injured Joe Horn as he had his 2nd game in his last three for 100+ yards and a score for the New Orleans Saints. Similar to Hakim, Kevin Curtis filled in for injured Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce...but the Rams' Curtis curiously found the endzone on a running play. Miami's Chris Chambers caught two for 88 yards and a TD in Friday's moved-up game against the Chiefs. Eli Manning's favorite WR Plaxico Burress recoverd enough from back spasms to play and find the enzone for the Giants. In another fill-in role in the NFL, Doug Gabriel played most of the plays for ailing Randy Moss and was able to put up over 100 yards in the effort.
Antonio Gates again finds the endzone with 72 receiving yards and adds to the arguement that he's the best tight end in football. Mike Sellers (who?) caught two touchdowns for the Redskins in a rout over the 49ers, but I'm guessing very few fantasy owners were benefactors of Sellers' two scores. Heath Miller continued his redzone run with the Steelers as Ben Roethlisberger found him for six completions plus a score. Peyton Manning likes to spread it around...and found TE Dallas Clark with one of his TD passes. Todd Heap, Tony Gonzalez, Alge Crumpler, L.J. Smith, Jerramy Stevens, and Jermaine Wiggins all played significant roles in their respective offensives with multiple grabs and decent yardage, but none were able to find the endzone.
News and Notes - In a bit of a strange fantasy week, LaDainian Tomlinson and Shaun Alexander combined for only 68 rushing yards (only seven for LT2) and no touchdowns - and yes, both played their entire games...The undefeated beat the defeated as the Colts (7-0) beat the Texans (0-6) in Houston...Terrell Owens caught his 100th touchdown of his career...Seattle's feat of scoring 10 points in the last 40 seconds to beat the Cowboys 13-10 may have been a payback from last season when the Cowboys recovered from a 10 point deficit with under two minutes to defeat the Seahawks...Thomas Jones had 83 of his 139 rushing yards in the 4th quarter and continues to impress...Lions' quarterback Jeff Garcia started in place of ineffective Joey Harrington and helped Detroit beat Garcia's former team with a solid effort...Kickers Paul Edinger (Vikings) and Josh Brown (Seahawks) both won for their teams with 50+ yard field goals while time ran out...Randy Moss was listed as doubtful (out by some reports), but still suited up on Sunday and played enough to catch a TD pass from Raiders' QB Kerry Collins...Michael Vick may not be a fanstasy stud, but he is a top NFL quarterback and a winner when under center for the Falcons...Many thought veteran Mark Brunell was washed up prior to the start of this season, but he has thrown for 12 TDs (only 2 INTs) and 1422 yards in the last five games since replacing Patrick Ramsey as Washington's starting QB...Rams' coach Mike Martz is reportedly out for the season due to continued health concerns, but is optimistic about a return for 2006
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