During the Miami Dolphins vs. Green Bay Packers tilt last Sunday, I received a text message from my friend, and fantasy football opponent for Week 6, letting me know that WR Greg Jennings was back. Indeed he was. I went on to lose last week, due in no small part to Jennings' 86-yard touchdown bomb.
But what does the future hold for a player like Jennings who had been a non-factor leading up to Week 6? In short, probably some pretty good things.
If you were to look back over recent years at the final standings of wide receivers, you would note that at least half of the top 10 wide receivers have two things in common. First, very good quarterbacks are throwing the ball to those wide receivers. Second, the notable absence of an effective running game.
Both of those factors are present in Green Bay. QB Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and the loss of RB Ryan Grant has effectively neutered the Green Bay running game. Of course, you must also recognize the loss of TE Jermichael Finley as a significant factor in Jennings' resurgence.
But all factors considered, things are looking up for the star receiver in Green Bay.
Enough chatter, now on to the rankings! Yes, I hear you.
Please note that the Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Houston Texans and Detroit Lions are all on a bye in Week 7.
|1.||Roddy White||v. CIN||White is one of the most consistent WRs, topping 75 yards in all but one game.|
|2.||Hakeem Nicks||@ DAL||Time to shine on Monday night after just missing on big TD in Week 6.|
|3.||Miles Austin||v. NYG||Must take spotlight off Williams, and just missed big 70-yard TD in Week 6.|
|4.||Anquan Boldin||v. BUF||BUF giving up 21 fantasy points per game to WRs.|
|5.||Larry Fitzgerald||@ SEA||Seahawks giving up fifth most points to WRs, and QB Hall helps.|
|6.||Brandon Lloyd||v. OAK||OAK giving up two TDs per week to receivers, and Lloyd has been solid.|
|7.||Brandon Marshall||v. PIT||PIT giving up 251 through the air every week, but only two total TDs to WRs.|
|8.||Greg Jennings||v. MIN||Finally involved in Week 6, and should continue with TE Finley out for the year.|
|9.||Randy Moss||@ GB||Has a good history against GB, and GB giving up over one TD per week.|
|10.||Terrell Owens||@ ATL||ATL gave up big plays to WR Maclin last week, and Owens clearly the man in CIN.|
|11.||Jeremy Maclin||@ TEN||With WR Jackson out, Maclin should be the focus and ATL giving up 21 points to WRs.|
|12.||Marques Colston||v. CLE||Last chance to redeem himself to fantasy owners as CLE awful against WRs.|
|13.||Mike Wallace||@ MIA||Big things coming when Roethlisberger is finally settled in.|
|14.||Wes Welker||@ SD||Week 7 should answer a lot of questions about Welker, but he should get his.|
|15.||Dwayne Bowe||v. JAX||JAX giving up the most points to WRs, but hard to trust after only one good week.|
|16.||Steve Smith, NYG||@ DAL||Put up solid numbers v. DAL last year, and showing signs of life.|
|17.||Percy Harvin||@ GB||Really benefiting from WR Moss, and playing his natural position in the slot.|
|18.||Hines Ward||@ MIA||Should claim his share of the 20 points that MIA gives up to WRs weekly.|
|19.||Johnny Knox||v. WAS||WAS pass defense is awful, but CHI cannot sustain and offensive drive.|
|20.||Mike Williams, TB||v. STL||STL giving up 21 fantasy points per game to WRs, and Williams is the favorite target.|
|21.||Santana Moss||@ CHI||CHI defense has only given up two TDs to WRs all year.|
|22.||Chad Ochocinco||@ ATL||ATL surrendering 21 points per game to WRs, and should see consistent action.|
|23.||Michael Crabtree||@ CAR||Clearly "the guy" in SF, and one TD in two straight games.|
|24.||Lance Moore||v. CLE||Involved every week of RB Bush's injury except Week 5. Should keep it up.|
|25.||Roy Williams||v. NYG||Five TDs over three games screams involvement, so start him if you got him.|
|26.||Deion Branch||@ SD||We have probably seen his best game already, but can't discount him with QB Brady.|
|27.||Mike Williams, SEA||v. ARI||Heavily involved in Week 6, but concerns about consistency abound.|
|28.||Jabar Gaffney||v. OAK||Plenty of action from QB Orton, so always a chance he'll see some.|
|29.||Kenny Britt||v. PHI||Four TDs in four games, but PHI fourth-best against WRs in fantasy points allowed.|
|30.||Patrick Crayton||v. NE||With WR Floyd out and TE Gates gimpy, Crayton the best option for QB Rivers.|
|31.||Derrick Mason||v. BUF||Posted 100 receiving yards in Week 6, but has only found the end zone once.|
|32.||Robert Meachem||v. CLE||Two TDs in two games, so maybe finally finding his groove.|
|33.||Dez Bryant||v. NYG||Clearly the third, if not fourth, receiving option, but still explosive and returning kicks.|
|34.||Danario Alexander||@ TB||Four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown in his pro debut in Week 6.|
|35.||Donald Driver||v. MIN||May not play, and if does might be limited with injured quad.|
|36.||Steve Breaston||@ SEA||Tough to trust first week back from knee surgery, but worth a shot if desperate.|
|37.||Steve Smith, CAR||v. SF||Still gimpy with high ankle sprain but has caught only TDs from QB Moore and he's back.|
|38.||Davone Bess||v. PIT||PIT giving up yards so a chance. Move a bit higher in PPR leagues.|
|39.||Danny Amendola||@ TB||Losing value with Alexander emergence and may never find the end zone.|
|40.||Jason Avant||@ TEN||Caught all five targets for 62 yards in Week 6 after WR Jackson injury.|
That wraps up the Week 7 fantasy football wide receiver rankings. If you have any sit/start questions, post your question in the comments and we'll work through it.
Here are my Week 7 running back rankings. The Week 7 quarterback rankings will be up on Friday, as will the Week 7 Reaches and Sleepers column.
Best of luck this weekend. May your domination continue or your comeback begin.
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