Week 7 Fantasy Football Projections: Stat Predictions for Top 100 Players
It seems like just yesterday fantasy football owners were getting ready for their drafts.
Now, six weeks into the regular season, playoffs are just around the corner and everyone is fighting to win as many games as they can.
To help you make the right lineup decisions in Week 7 and walk away with a victory, this list of stat projections for the top 100 players was created.
From household names to fantasy sleepers, it's time to start the slideshow below and check out the list.
*All stats and fantasy football scoring information courtesy of ESPN.com unless noted otherwise.
*All advanced stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required) unless noted otherwise.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Comp||Pass Yds||Pass TDs||INTs||Rush Yds|
|1||Tony Romo, DAL||PHI||30||341||4||0||10|
|2||Peyton Manning, DEN||IND||26||336||4||0||2|
|3||Philip Rivers, SD||JAX||28||320||3||0||0|
|4||Cam Newton, CAR||STL||24||296||2||0||56|
|5||Andrew Luck, IND||DEN||26||302||3||1||25|
|6|| Aaron Rodgers, GB
|7||Nick Foles, PHI||DAL||22||272||3||1||8|
|8||Jay Cutler, CHI||WAS||24||270||3||1||22|
|9||Matthew Stafford, DET||CIN||26||302||2||0||5|
|10||Robert Griffin III, WAS||CHI||24||260||3||1||55|
|11||Matt Ryan, ATL||TB||26||258||3||1||4|
|12||Tom Brady, NE||NYJ||22||250||2||0||1|
|13||Eli Manning, NYG||MIN||25||285||4||2||0|
|14||Ryan Tannehill, MIA||BUF||23||252||2||0||18|
|15||Russell Wilson, SEA||ARI||20||246||1||0||62|
This week you can pretty much guarantee that Tony Romo is going to shred the Philadelphia Eagles' 31st-ranked pass defense. Romo has been the third-best quarterback in fantasy football so far, and there's no reason why he shouldn't continue his trend of dominance against Chip Kelly and the Eagles in Week 7.
If you don't have Peyton Manning, Tony Romo or Aaron Rodgers, there are a few other guys who have great matchups in Week 7. Cam Newton should find the end zone multiple times and have himself another big game against the St. Louis Rams, Pro Football Focus' (subscription required) 28th-ranked run defense.
Other guys worth playing in Week 7 are Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles going up against the Cowboys' 30th-ranked pass defense, and Eli Manning who gets to take on the Minnesota Vikings and their 29th-ranked pass defense.
Lastly, there's no question that Andrew Luck vs. Peyton Manning is going to be an amazing game to watch. For all of the Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson talk, the fact is Luck is an elite talent. With the crowd behind him, this young man should be able to shine against Manning and his Denver Broncos.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Rush Yds||Rec.||Rec. Yds||Total TDs|
|1||Adrian Peterson, MIN||NYG||136||4||22||2|
|2||Matt Forte, CHI||WAS||101||7||60||2|
|3||LeSean McCoy, PHI||DAL||110||5||44||2|
|4||Arian Foster, HOU||KC||120||4||50||1|
|5||Jamaal Charles, KC||HOU||82||5||52||1|
|6||Knowshon Moreno, DEN||IND||68||6||57||1|
|7||Doug Martin, TB||ATL||84||4||36||1|
|8||Marshawn Lynch, SEA||ARI||78||3||32||1|
|9||Frank Gore, SF||TEN||84||1||12||1|
|10||Reggie Bush, DET||CIN||68||5||53||1|
|11||Ray Rice, BAL||PIT||52||4||42||1|
|12||Danny Woodhead, SD||JAX||40||6||58||1|
|13||Trent Richardson, IND||DEN||62||2||12||1|
|14||C.J. Spiller, BUF||MIA||71||4||27||0|
|15||Eddie Lacy, GB||CLE||70||2||10||0|
|16||Alfred Morris, WAS||CHI||71||1||6||0|
|17||D'Angelo Williams, CAR||STL||68||3||18||0|
|18||Giovani Bernard, CIN||DET||42||5||43||0|
|19||Joseph Randle, DAL||PHI||64||1||7||0|
|20||Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX||SD||58||2||13||0|
Never bet against talent. Although he struggled against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6, Adrian Peterson should get things rolling again against the 0-6 New York Giants.
While the Houston Texans have fallen apart, Arian Foster has been incredibly productive. Putting up 341 rushing yards and 146 yards receiving in his last three games, look for Foster to keep things going and a have a big game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
I'm not a doctor but it's safe to say Doug Martin owners are in rough shape right now. Although he has racked up 127 total touches, Martin has not been able to get anything going. Now is the time to believe in his talent and hope the turnaround starts in Atlanta.
One guy who could have a big game this weekend and shatter his projection is Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Joseph Randle. Going up against the Philadelphia Eagles and their 16th-ranked run defense, Randle will get a chance to shine.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Rec.||Rec. Yds||Rec. TDs|
|1||Dez Bryant, DAL||PHI||8||140||2|
|2||DeSean Jackson, PHI||DAL||7||128||2|
|3||Brandon Marshall, CHI||WAS||6||126||1|
|4||Victor Cruz, NYG||MIN||7||118||1|
|5||A.J. Green, CIN||DET||5||114||1|
|6||Demaryius Thomas, DEN||IND||5||110||1|
|7|| Calvin Johnson, DET
|8||Reggie Wayne, IND||DEN||5||106||1|
|9||Justin Blackmon, JAX||SD||6||102||1|
|10||Torrey Smith, BAL||PIT||6||101||1|
|11||Wes Welker, DEN||IND||8||98||1|
|12||Josh Gordon, CLE||GB||7||112||0|
|13||Antonio Brown, PIT||BAL||6||94||1|
|14||Hakeem Nicks, NYG||MIN||6||88||1|
|15||Keenan Allen, SD||JAX||6||86||1|
|16||Vincent Jackson, TB||ATL||4||82||1|
|17||Pierre Garcon, WAS||CHI||6||78||1|
|18||Eric Decker, DEN||IND||5||75||1|
|19||Jordy Nelson, GB||CLE||6||74||1|
|20||Steve Smith, CAR||STL||5||72||1|
|21||Andre Johnson, HOU||KC||5||82||0|
|22||Alshon Jeffery, CHI||WAS||4||70||1|
|23||Kenbrell Thompkins, NE||NYJ||4||70||1|
|24||Terrance Williams, DAL||PHI||4||68||1|
|25||Julian Edelman, NE||NYJ||6||70||0|
|26||Anquan Boldin, SF||TEN||6||69||0|
|27||T.Y. Hilton, IND||DEN||4||65||0|
|28||Larry Fitzgerald, ARI||SEA||4||64||0|
|29||Dwayne Bowe, KC||HOU||4||62||0|
|30||Brandon LaFell, CAR||STL||2||32||1|
Dallas Cowboys standout wide receiver Dez Bryant should be able to get back to his dominant ways against the Philadelphia Eagles and their 31st-ranked pass defense. Look for Tony Romo to target him often for big plays downfield in Week 7.
San Diego Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen has really impressed over the last three weeks. Quickly becoming Philip Rivers' favorite target, Allen should continue to put up big numbers against the 0-6 Jacksonville Jaguars.
Another rookie wide receiver who could be in for a great day is New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins. After catching the game-winning touchdown pass from Tom Brady against the New Orleans Saints, Thompkins may have finally become a staple in this New England passing attack.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Rec.||Rec. Yds.||Rec. TDs|
|1||Julius Thomas, DEN||IND||6||96||1|
|2||Antonio Gates, SD||JAX||7||80||1|
|3||Vernon Davis, SF||TEN||5||75||1|
|4||Jason Witten, DAL||PHI||8||106||0|
|5||Tony Gonzalez, ATL||TB||6||92||0|
|6|| Jordan Cameron, CLE
|7||Martellus Bennett, CHI||WAS||7||68||0|
|8||*Rob Gronkowski, NE||NYJ||6||72||0|
|9||Greg Olsen, CAR||STL||6||64||0|
|10||Coby Fleener, IND||DEN||5||51||0|
|11||Charles Clay, MIA||BUF||5||48||0|
|12|| Jermichael Finley, GB
|13|| Kyle Rudolph, MIN
|14||Joseph Fauria, DET||CIN||1||16||1|
|15||Heath Miller, PIT||BAL||4||39||0|
With New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham on a bye week, Julius Thomas earns the top spot in Week 7.
Using PFF's metrics, Thomas has already compiled 43 targets on the season. That's just seven less than team leader Wes Welker. Thomas clearly has Manning's trust and this Denver offense is too good to be slowed down. Plus, can't you just picture Al Michaels yelling Thomas' name on Sunday Night Football?
Coby Fleener could be a really nice start this week for fantasy owners. While it's hard to project him having a big game because of his inconsistent play, considering the Broncos have the worst pass defense in the NFL, Fleener could go off.
Vernon Davis appears to be the only real vertical threat the San Francisco 49ers have right now. Racking up 180 yards and two touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6, Davis showed he has amazing chemistry with Colin Kaepernick.
|Player Name, Team||Opp.||Makes||40+||XP|
|1||Justin Tucker, BAL||PIT||4||2||1|
|2||Stephen Gostkowski, NE||NYJ||3||2||3|
|3||Nick Folk, NYJ||NE||3||2||1|
|4||Mason Crosby, GB||CLE||2||2||3|
|5||Steven Hauschka, SEA||ARI||2||2||3|
|6||David Akers, DET||CLE||2||1||4|
|7||Blair Walsh, MIN||NYG||2||1||3|
|8||Alex Henery, PHI||DAL||2||0||4|
|9||Matt Prater, DEN||IND||1||0||5|
|10||Dan Bailey, DAL||PHI||1||0||4|
Going up against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker should be in for a nice day. While neither team has played great so far this season, whenever these two franchises collide it becomes one tough football game. Expect Tucker to rack up points in Pittsburgh.
Dan Bailey, Matt Prater and Alex Henery rank a little bit lower this week because each of their respective offenses should score a ton of points. That's why these guys will be kicking lots of extra points instead of long field goals in Week 7.
Talk about a dream matchup for fantasy owners. After suffering a blowout loss to the St. Louis Rams at home, the Houston Texans now have to face the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs. If you are lucky enough to have them, start the Chiefs defense in Week 7.
On a short week, expect the Seattle Seahawks defense to terrorize the Arizona Cardinals. Quarterback Carson Palmer is going to learn the hard way just how good this Seattle defense really is.