Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings: Red-Hot Performers Facing Favorable Matchups

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2013

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 13: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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While possessing superstar talent on your fantasy football roster is crucial to winning it all, picking up the right players at the right time is every bit as vital to league domination.

With Week 7 on the horizon, there are a number of quality fantasy options out there for struggling owners looking to find a spark this fall, including Philadelphia backup quarterback Nick Foles, who has looked in complete control of the Eagles offense over the past two weeks. 

If he keeps it up, he'll soon be among the league's top fantasy producers.

Here we'll rank the top fantasy football performers through six weeks and highlight a trio of productive players facing favorable matchups this weekend.

*Availability and standard-scoring statistics according to ESPN Fantasy.

 

Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 10
RankPlayerTotal PointsAverage PointsSeason High
1Peyton Manning, Broncos, QB16828.046
2Drew Brees, Saints, QB13021.732
3Aaron Rodgers, Packers, QB10020.035
T4Philip Rivers, Chargers, QB11919.829
T4Tony Romo, Cowboys, QB11519.240
6Michael Vick, Eagles, QB9819.734
7Chiefs D/ST11419.027
T8Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, RB11218.724
T8Matthew Stafford, Lions, QB11018.323
T10Sam Bradford, Rams, QB10217.026
T10Jay Cutler, Bears, QB10217.022
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Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles, QB

Own Percentage: 17.3 

Average Points (as starter): 8.2 (29.0)

Week 7 Opponent: Dallas Cowboys

With Michael Vick likely to sit out this weekend to rest his sore hamstring, look for second-year quarterback Nick Foles to make his second straight start under center for Philadelphia.

After all, head coach Chip Kelly has to be confident in Foles, and so do fantasy owners. 

Since taking over for Vick in Week 5 against the New York Giants, the former Arizona star has been awfully impressive, throwing for nearly 500 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Foles even rushed for a touchdown last week against Tampa Bay.

With Dallas' 30th-ranked pass defense coming to town in Week 7, Foles is a must-start for fantasy owners and a must-add for any owner lacking a reliable passer in his lineup.

 

Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers, RB

Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) attempts to elude Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea (41) at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Own Percentage: 89.2

Average Points: 8.2

Week 7 Opponent: Jacksonville Jaguars

Former New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has already made his presence felt through six weeks in San Diego, earning a handful of carries out of the backfield and shining as a shifty receiver for Philip Rivers.

On Sunday, Woodhead and the Bolts will be up against the worst rush defense in the NFL in Jacksonville. The Jaguars are giving up more than 152 yards per game on the ground and have surrendered seven rushing touchdowns in 2013.

That's excellent news for Woodhead owners, especially considering he's carried the ball at least nine times in each of the past two games, recording 14 receptions over that time as well.

Given his recent workload and his matchup, Woodhead is a must-start at the flex spot this weekend.

 

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers, WR

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 13: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts to avoid the tackle of defensive back Darrin Walls #30 of the New York Jets on October 13, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo
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Own Percentage: 100.0

Average Points: 12.0

Week 7 Opponent: Baltimore Ravens

With the Pittsburgh Steelers finally ending their losing skid in Week 6, it's time for fantasy owners to raise their expectations for wideout Antonio Brown.

Brown is Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target this season and will have a favorable matchup in Week 7 as he and the Steelers play host to the rival Baltimore Ravens. While Baltimore's defense has been stout in the red zone since coming unraveled in the season opener, the Ravens have still proven to be vulnerable against the pass.

Baltimore's secondary is allowing 13.8 yards per reception to opposing receivers (31st in the league) and 280 total receiving yards per game (20th in the league). 

With Brown averaging nearly 11 targets and more than eight receptions per game, he's a no-brainer at wide receiver for fantasy owners this weekend and could be headed for his second double-digit fantasy performance of the season.

 

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