Through a month and change of the 2013 NFL season, most fantasy owners now understand where their squads are strong and where they lack.
For owners fortunate enough to have some of the best players in the NFL, Week 7 is one of the sexiest weeks to date with a variety of superstars facing favorable matchups that bode well for fake football production.
Below, owners will find the 10 best matchups at each position, followed by a highlight matchup to take advantage of en route to victory.
Note: The Oakland Raiders and the New Orleans Saints are on a bye.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers vs. St. Louis Rams
Cam Newton returned to his former self last week against a miserable Minnesota squad and threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns, adding 30 more yards and a score on the ground.
The good news is Newton is nowhere near being finished in what will turn out to be a string of high-quality games. Week 7 sees Newton go up against the NFL's second-to-last run defense in St. Louis, a team that also touts a mediocre pass defense.
Cam Newton now has 3 career games with at least 3 Pass TD and 1 Rush TD, the most such games in the NFL since he entered the league in 2011.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 13, 2013
Even better, the horrific play of Newton's line and drop-happy receivers improved a week ago. Newton is a must-start as St. Louis will have no answer for his ability on the ground, not to mention the lapses he can take advantage of through the air.
|1||LeSean McCoy||Philadelphia Eagles||Dallas Cowboys|
|2||Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings||New York Giants|
|3||Marshawn Lynch||Seattle Seahawks||Arizona Cardinals|
|4||Matt Forte||Chicago Bears||Washington|
|5||Frank Gore||San Francisco 49ers||Tennessee Titans|
|6||Jamaal Charles||Kansas City Chiefs||Houston Texans|
|7||Ray Rice||Baltimore Ravens||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|8||C.J. Spiller||Buffalo Bills||Miami Dolphins|
|9||Arian Foster||Houston Texans||Kansas City Chiefs|
|10||Reggie Bush||Detroit Lions||Cincinnati Bengals|
Chris Roling's Rankings
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
LeSean McCoy went off last week against a solid Tampa Bay defense for 116 yards.
McCoy sits almost 100 yards above the next closest rusher as the NFL's leading back in terms of yardage, and he will do nothing but extend that lead in a major way against Dallas in Week 7.
Dallas allows 105 rushing yards per game and was gashed for 216 last week against Washington. It does not matter whether Michael Vick or Nick Foles lines up under center; the Cowboys' inability to tackle will enable McCoy to be the top-scoring back in Week 7.
|1||Brandon Marshall||Chicago Bears||Washington|
|2||Dez Bryant||Dallas Cowboys||Philadelphia Eagles|
|3||A.J. Green||Cincinnati Bengals||Detroit Lions|
|4||DeSean Jackson||Philadelphia Eagles||Dallas Cowboys|
|5||Vincent Jackson||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Atlanta Falcons|
|6||Josh Gordon||Cleveland Browns||Green Bay Packers|
|7||Wes Welker||Denver Broncos||Indianapolis Colts|
|8||Reggie Wayne||Indianapolis Colts||Denver Broncos|
|9||Victor Cruz||New York Giants||Minnesota Vikings|
|10||Torrey Smith||Baltimore Ravens||Pittsburgh Steelers|
Chris Roling's Rankings
Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears vs. Washington Redskins
Brandon Marshall expectedly sits close to the top of the NFL in both receiving yards (465) and touchdowns (5) this year as quarterback Jay Cutler's favorite target.
Marshall had a major day last week against a horrible New York Giants secondary on the way to nine receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
As unbelievable as it seems, Marshall will have an even bigger day in Week 7 against a Washington secondary that allows over 271 passing yards per game and seems unable to make a tackle in open space.
Expect Marshall to remain at the top of the list in the coming weeks with favorable matchups against Detroit and Green Bay on the horizon as well.
|1||Tony Gonzalez||Atlanta Falcons||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|2||Julius Thomas||Denver Broncos||Indianapolis Colts|
|3||Vernon Davis||San Francisco 49ers||Tennessee Titans|
|4||Jason Witten||Dallas Cowboys||Philadelphia Eagles|
|5||Jordan Cameron||Cleveland Browns||Green Bay Packers|
|6||Antonio Gates||San Diego Chargers||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|7||Martellus Bennett||Chicago Bears||Washington|
|8||*Rob Gronkowski||New England Patriots||New York Jets|
|9||Jermaine Gresham||Cincinnati Bengals||Detroit Lions|
|10||Jermichael Finley||Green Bay Packers||Cleveland Browns|
*Should he play
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
As bad as things are in Atlanta, Tony Gonzalez remains a top tight end option in fake football.
Two major factors play into Gonzalez's top ranking—receiver Julio Jones is out for the year per ESPN's Chris Mortensen, and receiver Roddy White appears to be out in Week 7 per a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Tony Gonzalez has now caught a pass in 200 straight games. He and Jerry Rice are the only 2 players to accomplish this. #NYJvsATL— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) October 8, 2013
No, the Falcons are not interested in trading Gonzalez, either, as reported by ESPN's Vaughn McClure.
Julio Jones will have surgery next week after Dr Robert Anderson confirmed his fractured foot . Out of year— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 9, 2013
Gonzalez is now the No. 1 target in Atlanta, has already caught 33 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns and, in two games last season, torched Tampa Bay with 10 receptions for 103 yards while sharing time with both star receivers.
Rain it pours: Falcons concerned WR Roddy White could miss at least one game, possibly more, due to left hamstring he pulled Monday night.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2013
|1||Robbie Gould||Chicago Bears||Washington|
|2||Matt Prater||Denver Broncos||Indianapolis Colts|
|3||Dan Bailey||Dallas Cowboys||Philadelphia Eagles|
|4||Alex Henery||Philadelphia Eagles||Dallas Cowboys|
|5||Steven Hauschka||Seattle Seahawks||Arizona Cardinals|
|6||Dan Carpenter||Buffalo Bills||Miami Dolphins|
|7||Justin Tucker||Baltimore Ravens||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|8||Stephen Gostkowski||New England Patriots||New York Jets|
|9||Mason Crosby||Green Bay Packers||Cleveland Browns|
|10||Ryan Succop||Kansas City Chiefs||Houston Texans|
Chris Roling's Rankings
Robbie Gould, Chicago vs. Washington Redskins
Washington surrenders over 28 points per game, so any kicker going against the defensive unit is set to have a quality outing.
Robbie Gould is no exception to that rule here. Quarterback Jay Cutler will have no issue moving up and down the field in an efficient offense and will give Gould plenty of quality scoring opportunities.
As far as kickers are concerned, not many are safer than Gould in Week 7.
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||Houston Texans|
|2||Seattle Seahawks||Arizona Cardinals|
|4||New England Patriots||New York Jets|
|5||Baltimore Ravens||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|6||San Francisco 49ers||Tennessee Titans|
|7||Carolina Panthers||St. Louis Rams|
|8||Miami Dolphins||Buffalo Bills|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Atlanta Falcons|
|10||Tennessee Titans||San Francisco 49ers|
Chris Roling's Rankings
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans
We're to the point where any defense going against the Houston offense is the best of the week.
Houston has now thrown an interception returned for a touchdown in five straight games, and no, a quarterback change didn't halt that, as T.J. Yates was the latest to do so last week.
Better yet, Kansas City is the league's No. 5-ranked defense. It's going to be an ugly game for Houston, which is great for Kansas City owners.
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