2012 Fantasy Football Week 7: Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings and Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIOctober 16, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 14: Wide receiver Dez Bryant #88 and quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys look on from the field during a timeout against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Despite his drop on a key two-point conversion, Dez Bryant finally had the game we’ve been waiting for since his rookie season. On the day, Bryant was targeted 15 times and hauled in 13 receptions for 95 yards and two touchdown scores.

With Miles Austin still not looking like the receiver we remember before his hamstring problems started in September of last season and DeMarco Murray likely out for a stretch with a foot injury, look for Dallas to target the third-year receiver often going forward.

Bryant had 13 targets in the Cowboys' loss to the Bears before the team's bye week, and as my father pointed out on our latest podcast, “If Dallas was going to bench Bryant or shy away from using him, it would’ve come after his up-and-down performance Week 4.”

As we now know, that wasn’t the case, as Romo continued to go Bryant’s way, even when the running game was torching Baltimore for a franchise-worst 228 yards on the ground in a close game.

Expect big things again this week, as the Cowboys are desperate for a win and play against a vulnerable Panthers secondary.


What Did We Learn From Week 6?

- Percy Harvin continues to play through injury at a high level and is arguably the Vikings' MVP this season. Hungry for a new contract, expect Harvin to put up big numbers this year, and as long as he’s active, we need to consider him a must-start every week.

- Denarius Moore was one of my favorite breakout receivers in the early portion of the offseason, but continued hamstring problems cooled off my optimism for his projections. Expect good things from Moore going forward, as he will benefit from a quarterback who can get him the football down the field and the fact that defenses are focused on stopping Darren McFadden.

- For all the talk Joe Haden had last week, A.J. Green still posted seven receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Not a big talker like elite fantasy receivers of the past like Terrell Owens, Green just carves you up on the field and let’s his play speak for itself.

We hear you loud and clear, Green, and you should be in the conversation as the top receiver in the game in only your second season.


Sean’s Week 7 Watch List

- With Alshon Jeffery down for a month or so, Earl Bennett is the receiver we need to target on the waiver wire. I will be interested to see how he’s used in a very important game against the Lions.

- Pierre Garcon suffered a setback last week and may not play this week. Because we have so many receivers on bye weeks, I have him ranked in the top 40, but keep an eye on his availability by Friday. If out, I would like Santana Moss as a sneaky start this week.

The joke about Chris Carter back in the day is he only caught touchdowns. In reality, Carter did much more than that, but until Gordon made a few receptions toward the end of the game, all the rookie did in recent weeks was catch touchdowns.

Finally, the Browns seem to have a vertical presence in the offense and if he keeps it rolling, it will only help the rest of the team, not to mention fantasy owners. Let’s see how he does against the Colts this week.

1 A.J. Green Steelers
2 Victor Cruz Redskins
3 Calvin Johnson at Bears
4 Larry Fitzgerald at Vikings
5 Percy Harvin (I) Cardinals
6 Vincent Jackson Saints
7 Brandon Marshall Lions
8 Reggie Wayne Browns
9 Jordy Nelson at Rams
10 Dez Bryant at Panthers
11 Mike Wallace at Bengals
12 Wes Welker Jets
13 James Jones at Rams
14 Denarius Moore Jaguars
15 Marques Colston at Bucs
16 Stevie Johnson Titans
17 Andre Johnson Ravens
18 Mike Williams Saints
19 Torrey Smith at Texans
20 Steve Smith Cowboys
21 Hakeem Nicks (I) Redskins
22 Kenny Britt at Bills
23 Antonio Brown at Bengals
24 Brandon Lloyd (I) Jets
25 Anquan Boldin at Texans
26 Randall Cobb at Rams
27 Miles Austin at Panthers
28 Kendall Wright at Bills
29 Andre Roberts at Vikings
30 Andrew Hawkins Steelers
31 Michael Crabtree Seahawks
32 Josh Gordon at Colts
33 Pierre Garcon (I) at Giants
34 Nate Burleson at Bears
35 Earl Bennett Lions
36 Sidney Rice at 49ers
37 Santana Moss at Giants
38 Brandon LaFell Cowboys
39 Domenik Hixon Redskins
40 Nate Washington at Bills

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