2007 NFL Fantasy Draft Round 7

Round 7
17. Dominic Rhodes
18. Kellen Winslow
19. Mike Furrey
20. Todd Heap
21. Bernard Berrian
22. Jake Delhomme
23. Tony Romo
24. JP Losman
25. Alex Smith
26. Leon Washington
27. Mike Bell
28. Devery Henderson
29. Greg Jennings
30. Jason Witten
31. Jon Kitna
32. Ravens Defense

Dominic Rhodes drove his hot performance in the Super Bowl right to the Bar, then got caught drinking and driving, and was sentenced to 3 years with the Oakland Raiders. He won’t start, and will never duplicate the numbers he had last season, which weren’t that good in the first place.

Kellen Winslow is a nice player, one of the best TE’s in the league, but how will he recover from Micro-Fracture surgery on his knee? Apparently he’ll never be 100%, but I still think he’s a solid bet to catch 75-80 balls if he’s healthy.

Mike Furrey had amazing stats last season, but the question is, can this former safety do it again with Calvin Johnson joining the receiving corps? I don’t like Mike this high, in fact there are 5-10 guys left on the board I’d rather have.

Todd Heap is a safe bet to get it done year in and year out. He always seems to fly under the radar, but as far as TE’s go, there are few that are as talented as him.

Bernard Berrian is the #1 receiver in Chicago. Getting a solid, young, speedy #1 in the 7th round of a 16 team keeper league means it was a nice selection.

Jake Delhomme is a great selection here. He had one bad year. Last year, this cat was one of the Top 10 quarterbacks taken. This year, he’s going later. Wait and grab this guy late, he should have a big comeback year in ’07.

Tony Romo is a Top 7 guy for me, easily. If I didn’t blow an earlier pick on a quarterback (Tom Brady) I would have selected Romo in the 6th Round. His per/game numbers are brilliant, and I am one of the guys who only expects him to get better. Remember, he only has started half a seasons worth of games.

JP Losman is a solid pick here, as many are claiming he’ll take the next step this season. I’m not so sure about that, but he did take a huge step forward last season. He could be in trouble with a rookie RB, but I think Lynch is better than Willis, and Lee Evans is one of the most outstanding receivers in the game.

Alex Smith has lost some love from fantasy owners now that Norv Turner has moved to the head coaching position in San Diego, but I think Smith will be better in his 3rd season. Many forget that rookie quarterbacks take time to mature, and he’s doing it very fast in SF. D-Jack and a healthy Vernon Davis should improve his TD numbers.

Leon Washington probably won’t get as many chances as he did last year, as Thomas Jones is sure to come in and be “The Guy” in New York. But, with very few backs left, he’s not a bad pick here. But why not take Morency in Green Bay?

Mike Bell showed some flash last season, but he also proved to be inconsistent in his frist season in Denver. With Travis Henry signing a big deal this summer, what will Bell’s carries look like?

Devery Henderson had some nice games last season, and while he looks to have a chance to start this year with Joe Horn out; I wouldn’t be so sure. I like Devery, but the coaches seem to love rookie receiver, Robert Meachem, though Rob’s early injuries might get Henderson the starting nod.

I obviously like Greg Jennings’ upside, that’s why I snagged him here. With all the receivers going off the board, I don’t know how this top rookie performer lasted this long. However, I could be stuck with the Keary Colbert and Michael Clayton syndrome…

Jason Witten is a great young talent who looked better catching balls from Romo than he did from Drew Bledsoe. However, with Wade Phillips looking to get TO the rock, will there be many red-zone looks for the big TE?

Jon Kitna is an underrated fantasy performer. Whomever the quarterback in a Mike Martz system, the cat will bring home the numbers. Kitna isn’t afraid to fling it, and with all his talented options, he’s bound to be a top fantasy performer next season. But, for how long?

The Ravens Defense was the 2nd unit off the board, and while they are one of the Top 3 units in the league, I still can’t justify picking a defense this early.

Round 7’s Winners and Losers

Best Value – Tony Romo 103rd
Worst Value – Mike Bell 89th
Most Upside – Kellen Winslow 98th
Best Player – Todd Heap 100th
Most Likely to Bust – Dominic Rhodes 97th
Sleeper – Greg Jennings 109th

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