NFL Week 7: What Have We Learned?

Dan BentonCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2008

Though some found it a lousy week for the NFL, Week 7 was an exciting week for fantasy football.  With many RBs racking up huge numbers and several WRs stepping up, fantasy owners enjoyed watching points coming from unexpected places in surprising quantities.   With that, here is what we learned in Week 7:


1.  Start any RB facing the AFC West.

LenDale White and Chris Johnson gashed the Chiefs for 149 yards and 3 TDs and 168 yards and 1 TD, respectively. Sammy Morris rips Denver for 138 yards and a TD, while Benjarvus Green-Ellis (Benjarvus Green-Ellis!) ran for 65yards on 13 carries. And Thomas Jones runs wild for 159 yards against Oakland.

Sense a trend?

The Chargers have the best run defense of any of the AFC West teams, and even they are ranked only 18th against the run. Currently, Oakland is 24th, Denver is 29th, and Kansas City is dead last (by a wide margin).

Right now, anybody can run against the AFC West, and until one of these teams proves it can stop the run, there is no reason why you shouldn't start even a backup RB against these teams.

2.  The AFC West has no such problems at WR.

The AFC West may not have any run defenses, but they certainly have WRs, which is a minor surprise because many thought the division's strength was at RB. However, with LaDainian Tomlinson, Larry Johnson, Selvin Young, and Justin Fargas each having disappointing years, the QBs and WRs have had to step up, and step up they have.

You already know about Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal of the Broncos, but did you know that Vincent Jackson has been a top receiver this season, with 26 catches for 478 yards and three TD? And while his teammate, Chris Chambers, may not have the sexy yardage numbers (226), but he has five TDs.

How about Dwayne Bowe, who, despite the Chiefs' woeful passing attack, has amassed 410 yards and two TDs?

Only Oakland really lacks a top WR, but that could change depending on JaMarcus Russell's development.

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