The following is a list of the Week 7 leaders in looks and touches. It defines those running backs and receivers who received the most attention this past weekend.
Touches is defined as the number of times a running back carried or caught the football.
Looks is defined as the number of times a player was the intended target of a pass.
• Kenny Watson has been more than adequate as Rudi Johnson's injury fill-in – he led all players with 34 touches (31 carries, three catches) in Week 7, and was the highest scoring offensive player not named Tom Brady in standard leagues thanks to 157 yards of offense (130 rushing, 27 receiving) and three scores. On the season, Watson has 128 more rushing yards than Johnson (313 to 185) despite having only four more carries (66 to 62).
• Earnest Graham followed up last week's dismal performance against the Titans (46 yards of offense on 19 touches) with a huge game against the Lions. His PPR-league owners were particularly enthused, as he racked up 13 receptions for 99 receiving yards on his way to a league-leading 191 yards of offense on 32 touches. Two things that temper expectations moving forward: the Bucs don't play the Lions every week, and Michael Bennett will get more touches (three in Week 7) as he's brought up to speed in the offense.
• What was shaping up to be Ronnie Brown's breakout season has ended with news that he tore his ACL during Sunday's game versus the Patriots. He was having another solid day, as he accumulated 102 yards of offense (76 rushing, 55 receiving) on 22 touches (17 carries, five catches) through less than three quarters. Through seven weeks, Browns led all RB in total offense (991), receptions (39), and receiving yards (389). Jesse Chatman will take over as the starting RB for the 0-7 Dolphins.
• Kevin Jones is all the way back as the Lions' featured RB – he totaled 110 yards of offense (76 rushing, 34 receiving) on 21 touches (15 carries, six receptions) versus the Buccaneers in Week 7, while the only other RB on the team to touch the ball was T.J. Duckett, who finished with 30 rushing yards on four carries (no catches).
• The platoon watch notes when a team's RB2 is given at least half as many touches as the RB1, regardless of the reason. Platoon watch for Week 7 included: Atlanta (Warrick Dunn 14, Jerious Norwood 9), Dallas (Marion Barber III 23, Julius Jones 13), Indianapolis (Joseph Addai 20, Kenton Keith 17), Jacksonville (Maurice Jones-Drew 16, Fred Taylor 12), Minnesota (Adrian Peterson 13, Chester Taylor 13), New England (Kevin Faulk 7, Laurence Maroney 6, Kyle Eckel 6, Heath Evans 5), Oakland (LaMont Jordan 15, Dominic Rhodes 10), Seattle (Shaun Alexander 20, Maurice Morris 12), and St. Louis (Brian Leonard 12, Travis Minor 6).
• Frank Gore led all RB with at least 10 touches in Week 7 in yards per touch – he totaled 111 yards of offense (88 rushing, 23 receiving) on 17 touches (14 carries, three catches), good for a 6.53-yard average. Warrick Dunn came in on the opposite end of the spectrum, managing just 29 yards of offense (28 rushing, one receiving) on his 14 touches (13 carries, one catch), a 2.078-yard average. On the season, Adrian Peterson leads all RB who have averaged at least 10 touches per game, with 857 yards (670 rushing, 187 receiving) on his 119 touches (108 carries, 11 receptions), a 7.2-yard average. Ron Dayne is on the low end of the leaderboard on the season, as he has 216 yards (179 rushing, 37 receiving) on his 67 touches (62 carries, five catches), a 3.22-yard average.
• Earnest Graham became the first RB to top the looks leaderboard, as he was the target of 18 of Jeff Garcia's season-high 45 passes, and the 18 looks were easily the most for a RB in a single game this season. The previous high was 12, set by Brian Westbrook in Week 1.
• Has Wes Welker replaced Randy Moss as the workhorse of the Patriots' passing game? Over the season's first five weeks, Moss had 42 targets, 34 receptions, 551 yards, and 7 TD, while Welker had 26 targets, 27 receptions, 262 yards, and 1 TD. Over the past two weeks, however, Welker has been the man – he's totaled 26 targets, 20 catches, 262 yards, and 4 TD to Moss' 18 targets, 10 catches, 181 yards, and 3 TD.
• Hines Ward made his return after missing two weeks with a knee injury and put together a typical Hines Ward line. He had team highs of seven catches, 12 looks, and 78 receiving yards, while Heath Miller and Santonio Holmes combined for the Steelers' three receiving TD's.
- Adrian Peterson