Fantasy Football Week 7: Where Green Bay Packers WRs Rank in Early Top 50

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIIOctober 17, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 14:  Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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There are an obscene number of fantasy-relevant wide receivers that will be on a bye in Week 7. They include the Atlanta Falcons’ Roddy White and Julio Jones, the Denver Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe, the Philadelphia Eagles’ DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, the San Diego Chargers’ Malcom Floyd and the Miami Dolphins’ Brian Hartline.

That’s a lot of fantasy starters.

The receiving corps with the most intrigue this week might be that of the Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers chucked six touchdowns on Sunday night in Week 6. Five of them were caught by wide receivers. A tight end—not named Jermichael Finley—caught the sixth.

Tom Crabtree (of special-teams touchdown fame in Week 2) was the recipient of that sixth score.

James Jones caught two scores, but only had 33 yards. Of course, you don’t care too much about that as a fantasy owner—especially since he has two touchdowns to his credit in each of the last three weeks.

Jordy Nelson woke up from his fantasy slumber and scored almost half of his standard-scoring fantasy points to date in Week 6 because of his three touchdowns.

Randall Cobb didn’t get in on the end zone action, but caught seven passes for a career-high 102 yards. That was his first 100-yard game of his young NFL career.

The Houston Texans experienced the embarrassment of allowing all of those prolific stat lines to develop despite being touted as a great defense early in the season.

Green Bay will face the St. Louis Rams in Week 7, who will be more than prepared for that sort of behavior in the Edward Jones Dome.

Nelson should be largely locked up by Cortland Finnegan. Because of that, he’s my lowest-ranked Packers receiver of the big three (assuming Greg Jennings doesn’t play).

James Jones is second-highest of the green and yellow guys because his touchdown streak has to stop sometime, or he’s going to mess around and break some records.

Randall Cobb gets the top spot of the Packers receivers as the Rams will probably match a cornerback on him that is a step less quick than Cobb, perhaps freeing him up to make a few plays.

The uncertainty among the Green Bay receiving corps facing a St. Louis team that has been stingy against opposing wideouts keeps them from being must-start guys this week, but they would all be fine No. 3 options or flex plays.

Here are my early top 50 wide receivers for Week 7.


1. Victor Cruz, New York Giants (vs. Washington Redskins)

2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)

3. Wes Welker, New England Patriots (vs. New York Jets)

4. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears (vs. Detroit Lions)

5. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (at Chicago Bears)

6. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

7. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings (vs. Arizona Cardinals)

8. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. New Orleans Saints)

9. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Cincinnati Bengals)

10. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (vs. Baltimore Ravens)

11. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (at Minnesota Vikings)

12. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (vs. Washington Redskins)

13. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Cleveland Browns)

14. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans (at Buffalo Bills)

15. Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (vs. Tennessee Titans)

16. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots (vs. New York Jets)

17. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (at Carolina Panthers)

18. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens (at Houston Texans)

19. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers (vs. Dallas Cowboys)

20. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (at St. Louis Rams)

21. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys (at Carolina Panthers)

22. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Cincinnati Bengals)

23. James Jones, Green Bay Packers (at St. Louis Rams)

24. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (at St. Louis Rams)

25. Devery Henderson, New Orleans Saints (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

26. Domenik Hixon, New York Giants (vs. Washington Redskins)

27. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. New Orleans Saints)

28. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (at Buffalo Bills)

29. Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams (vs. Green Bay Packers)

30. Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Cleveland Browns)

31. Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams (vs. Green Bay Packers)

32. Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders (vs. Jacksonville jaguars)

33. Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)

34. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers (vs. Seattle Seahawks)

35. Steve Smith, St. Louis Rams (vs. Green Bay Packers)

36. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (at New York Giants)

37. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars (at Oakland Raiders)

38. Stephen Hill, New York Jets (at New England Patriots)

39. Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets (at New England Patriots)

40. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (at Indianapolis Colts)

41. Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions (at Chicago Bears)

42. Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans (at Buffalo Bills)

43. Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins (at New York Giants)

44. Greg Little, Cleveland Browns (at Indianapolis Colts)

45. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens (at Houston Texans)

46. Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks (at San Francisco 49ers)

47. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks (at San Francisco 49ers)

48. Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens (at Houston Texans)

49. Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals (at Minnesota Vikings)

50. Earl Bennett, Chicago Bears (vs. Detroit Lions)