Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings: Early Look at Best Matchups for Each Position

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2013

Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.



Running backs

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.

Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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.


Wide Receivers

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.


Tight Ends

Oct 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants in the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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:

Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) stiff arms New York Jets safety Dawan Landry (26) during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Jets defeated the Falcons 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

No, the Falcons are not interested in trading Gonzalez, either, as reported by ESPN's Vaughn McClure.

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.



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.



Sep 22, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (9) kicks a 47-yard field goal against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

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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