Fantasy Football Week 7 Rankings: An Early Look Ahead

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Fantasy Football Week 7 Rankings: An Early Look Ahead
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At this point in the season, you should have a good idea of what you have in your fantasy team. You know which players you can trust, which players are boom-or-bust options each week and which players you should probably give up on. 

Now, it's simply a matter of ensuring you put out the most productive lineup each week.

With my early Week 7 rankings, you'll have a handy tool to get your research started for the week. Don't be the guy that has one of these top-10 players on your bench.

Notes: All point totals for standard-scoring leagues. Points against stats via ESPN. The Oakland Raiders and the New Orleans Saints are on a bye.

 

Quarterbacks

 

Week 7 Quarterback Rankings
Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers Jacksonville Jaguars 28
2 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers St. Louis Rams 25
3 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys Philadelphia Eagles 24
4 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos Indianapolis Colts 22
5 Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts Denver Broncos 21
6 *Nick Foles/Michael Vick Philadelphia Eagles Dallas Cowboys 19
7 Jay Cutler Chicago Bears Washington 18
8 Tom Brady New England Patriots New York Jets 17
9 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Cleveland Browns 16
10 Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks Arizona Cardinals 16

*Whomever starts

 

Quarterback Notes

Aaron Nagler offers a different take on Cam Newton.

For the first time in quite awhile, Matt Ryan doesn't make this list. With Julio Jones out for the year and the status of Roddy White and Steven Jackson up in the air, the Falcons offense could struggle even against the cellar-dwelling Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brilliant matchups for Philip Rivers, Cam Newton and Tony Romo all vault them ahead of Peyton Manning, who until this week had a permanent place atop the rankings. But he looked human against the Jacksonville Jaguars and faces an Indianapolis Colts defense that has played well this year.

Meanwhile, Rivers faces a Jacksonville Jaguars team that has given up 16 or more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in four of six weeks and comes in without much of a running game to speak of. He should post huge numbers.

The Philadelphia Eagles just allowed 18 fantasy points to Mike Glennon, so Romo will certainly torch that weak secondary.  

Finally, with Randall Cobb and James Jones leaving Sunday's game with injuries—and given the fact that Aaron Rodgers hasn't exceeded 20 fantasy points in three straight games and faces a stout Cleveland defense—keep your expectations realistic for the Green Bay quarterback this week. 

 

Running Backs

Week 7 Running Back Notes
Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Matt Forte Chicago Bears Washington 24
2 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings New York Giants 23
3 LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles Dallas Cowboys 20
4 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs Houston Texans 18
5 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks Arizona Cardinals 17
6 Ray Rice Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steelers 17
7 C.J. Spiller Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins 16
8 Frank Gore San Francisco 49ers Tennessee Titans 14
9 Arian Foster Houston Texans Kansas City Chiefs 14
10 Reggie Bush Detroit Lions Cincinnati Bengals 13

 

Running Back Notes

When the Dallas Cowboys travel to Philadelphia, a shootout seems destined to break out. That should bode very well for LeSean McCoy, who has been a stud all season for his owners.

The New York Giants have given up double-digit fantasy points to opposing running backs in every game this season so Adrian Peterson will rip them to shreds. 

Washington has allowed 18 or more fantasy points to opposing running backs in every game this season. Matt Forte will tear them to shreds. 

Fantasy owners have been riding the roller coaster with Ray Rice this year, but against a Pittsburgh Steelers defense that has given up 16 or more fantasy points to opposing running backs in four of five weeks, he should put up big numbers. 

C.J. Spiller has been a bust as well this year, but this is the week he'll bust out against a Miami Dolphins team giving up 20.2 fantasy points to opposing running backs per week. Meanwhile, steadier options like Frank Gore and Arian Foster will continue to produce despite tough matchups.

  

Wide Receivers

 

Week 7 Wide Receiver Rankings
Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys Philadelphia Eagles 25
2 Brandon Marshall Chicago Bears Washington 23
3 Reggie Wayne Indianapolis Colts Denver Broncos 22
4 DeSean Jackson Philadelphia Eagles Dallas Cowboys 20
5 Vincent Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers Atlanta Falcons 19
6 A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals Detroit Lions 19
7 Josh Gordon Cleveland Browns Green Bay Packers 17
8 Victor Cruz New York Giants Minnesota Vikings 17
9 Torrey Smith Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steelers 16
10 Wes Welker Denver Broncos Indianapolis Colts 16

 

Wide Receiver Notes

In Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Reggie Wayne and DeSean Jackson, there are four players atop the rankings this week that have produced this season and have brilliant matchups. They'll put up big points.

A.J. Green and Vincent Jackson each reemerged for fantasy owners in Week 6 and have solid enough matchups to keep the good times rolling. 

Since returning from suspension, Josh Gordon has averaged 13.7 fantasy points per week. It's hard to ignore his status as a WR1 moving forward—especially this week against the Green Bay Packers. 

Regular mainstays such as Calvin Johnson, Jordy Nelson and Demaryius Thomas don't make the rankings this week. Megatron is obviously less than 100 percent and has a tough matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Nelson will be matched up against fantasy crusher Joe Haden, while Thomas has reached double-digit points just twice this season.

At this point, Wes Welker is the safer play in Denver. 

 

Tight Ends

Week 7 Tight End Rankings
Rank Player Team Opponent Points
1 Antonio Gates San Diego Chargers Jacksonville Jaguars 20
2 Julius Thomas Denver Broncos Indianapolis Colts 18
3 Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers Tennessee Titans 17
4 Tony Gonzalez Atlanta Falcons Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15
5 Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys Philadelphia Eagles 13
6 Jordan Cameron Cleveland Browns Green Bay Packers 12
7 Martellus Bennett Chicago Bears Washington 11
8 *Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots New York Jets 11
9 Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers St. Louis Rams 9
10 Charles Clay Miami Dolphins Buffalo Bills 9

*If he plays

 

Tight End Notes

At this point, there aren't going to be too many surprises in the tight end rankings—there are about 12 players you can trust to give you decent production and the rest are risky on a week-to-week basis. 

If Rob Gronkowski returns this week—something I've found myself typing on this article in the past few weeks—he's a must-start immediately. 

Antonio Gates is going to torch the Jaguars next week, while Julius Thomas is a must-start even with a potentially tough matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, as he has seven touchdowns now in six weeks. Not too shabby for a guy that was drafted in the late rounds, if at all. 

 

Defense/Special Teams

Week 7 Defense/Special Teams Rankings
Rank Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 New England Patriots New York Jets 19
2 Kansas City Chiefs Houston Texans 18
3 Seattle Seahawks Arizona Cardinals 16
4 Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steelers 15
5 Chicago Bears Washington 14
6 San Francisco 49ers Tennessee Titans 12
7 Carolina Panthers St. Louis Rams 11
8 Tennessee Titans San Francisco 49ers 11
9 Miami Dolphins Buffalo Bills 10
10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Atlanta Falcons 10

 

Defense/Special Team Notes

The consistency of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks is remarkable. The Chiefs have scored 20 or more fantasy points in four of six weeks, while the Seahawks have registered nine or more points in all six games this year.

Amazing.

After those two defenses, streaming your team defense and playing the matchups is the way to go. The New England Patriots should torture rookie quarterback Geno Smith for four quarters, while the Chicago Bears could have a field day against a turnover-prone Washington offense. 

 

Kickers

Week 7 Kicker Rankings
Rank Player Team Opponent Proj. Points
1 Matt Prater Denver Broncos Indianapolis Colts 16
2 Robbie Gould Chicago Bears Washington 16
3 Dan Bailey Dallas Cowboys Philadelphia Eagles 15
4 Alex Henery Philadelphia Eagles Dallas Cowboys 14
5 Stephen Gostkowski New England Patriots New York Jets 13
6 Steven Hauschka Seattle Seahawks Arizona Cardinals 12
7 Mason Crosby Green Bay Packers Cleveland Browns 11
8 Dan Carpenter Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins 11
9 Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steelers 10
10 Ryan Succop Kansas City Chiefs Houston Texans 10

 

Kicker Notes

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If your kicker isn't averaging close to double-digit fantasy points per week, it's time to drop him, go to the waiver wire and add a consistent kicker who has a solid matchup this week.

There is absolutely no reason to get less than eight points a week from your kicker, unless you already have a consistent kicker like Matt Prater who happened to have an off-week for fantasy owners. But other than that, don't be the owner who is losing matchups because of a shoddy kicker because you simply ignore the position.

 

Hit me up on Twitter—I'll answer your fantasy lineup questions and commiserate with you over underachieving players. You bring the beer.

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