Fantasy Football's Top Scorers from NFL Week 7
Week 7 brought us plenty of exciting NFL action, with games running the gamut from a Texas-sized blowout to an overtime thriller in New England to a Tampa Bay matchup that ended with a touchdown that wasn't.
All of those thrills produced no shortage of statistical outputs that are the creme filling of a fantasy owner's Twinkie. Here's a look at which players were king of the hill at their respective positions this week.
Note: These scores were tabulated using a PPR scoring system that awards one point for 10 rushing or receiving yards, 25 passing yards and each reception, six points for all touchdowns and subtracts two points for turnovers.
QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (37 Pts.)
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The New Orleans Saints had two weeks to prepare for Sunday's NFC South matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and with every game a "must-win" for the Saints right now, it wasn't hard to imagine quarterback Drew Brees coming out firing.
Still, it was surprising to see the ruthless efficiency with which Brees did so, as the 33-year-old threw four first-half touchdown passes en route to racking up 377 passing yards in a seven-point Saints victory.
RB: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (32 Pts.)
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Yep, that Chris Johnson. I know, I'm surprised too.
After looking absolutely putrid for much of the season, running back Chris Johnson showed signs of a pulse last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This week, Johnson looked like the fantasy stud he was drafted to be, averaging over 10 yards a carry, gaining nearly 200 total yards and scoring twice—including one from 83 yards out.
WR: Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (34 Pts.)
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Given a very favorable fantasy matchup with the New Orleans Saints and the fact that Vincent Jackson has found the end zone in three of his past four games, it wasn't exactly a huge leap of faith to predict that the Buccaneers' wide receiver would post strong fantasy numbers in Week 7.
However, it's unlikely that you could have foreseen just how strong. The 29-year-old set a franchise record for receiving yards in the loss to New Orleans, reeling in seven passes for 216 yards and one score.
TE: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (25 Pts.)
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After setting an NFL record for receiving touchdowns by a tight end last year, Rob Gronkowski was a first-round pick in a lot of fantasy drafts by owners looking for a repeat of last year's performance.
Up to this point, things haven't gone quite as planned, but Gronkowski is back atop his perch for now. The third-year pro totaled six catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns, good for tops in an otherwise quiet fantasy week for the tight end spot.