by Will Overton
We get a bit of a reprieve this week with only two teams on bye, and one of the better receivers, Golden Tate, likely wouldn’t have been able to play. Still we have a lot of factors in the rankings this week, including the loss of one of the elite quarterbacks, and more injuries to WR as well. Let’s get to the rankings for Week 7:
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ New England
- Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati
- A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh
- Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Buffalo
- Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco
- Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta
- Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ LA Rams
- Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ NY Giants
- Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City
- Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans
- Chris Hogan – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta
- Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland
- Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ LA Chargers
- Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington
- Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver
- T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville
- Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins vs. NY Jets
- Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans
- Pierre Garcon – San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas
- Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers @ Chicago
- Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore
- Terrelle Pryor – Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia
- Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers @ Chicago
- Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland
- Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore
- Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City
- DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Buffalo
- Devante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. NY Jets
- Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington
- Randall Cobb- Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans
- John Brown – Arizona Cardinals vs. LA Rams
- Danny Amendola – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta
- Marquise Lee – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis
- Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati
- Eric Decker – Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland
- Jermaine Kearse – New York Jets @ Miami
- Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens @ Minnesota
- Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona
- Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants vs. Seattle
- Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia
- Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona
- Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons @ New England
- Tyrell Williams – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver
- Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis
- Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay
- Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville
- Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco
- Jeremy Maclin – Baltimore Ravens @ Minnesota
- Bennie Fowler – Denver Broncos @ LA Chargers
- The matchup with the Steelers doesn’t look great for A.J. Green on paper, but his history shows us that even the Steelers can’t really shut down the guy who might be the most consistent receiver in the game aside from Antonio Brown. In his last four games against the Steelers Green has 24 catches, 359 yards and 3 TD’s. He is currently on a three game TD streak, and odds are in his favor of adding to that streak again on Sunday.
- In a year in which we aren’t seeing the amount of blow up games from WR we are used to, there is certainly something to be said for consistency and Larry Fitzgerald is bringing that to the table. He is number four in the league in average fantasy point per game among WR, and it seems like 8 – 10 points is his floor. Fitzgerald can also have that big game, as we saw last week when he was only outscored by Antonio Brown.
- The injury to Emmanuel Sanders almost certainly has to boost the value of Demaryius Thomas. While he has yet to find the end zone this season, Thomas has at least five catches in all but one game and 67 yards or more in all but one game. This last Sunday when Sanders went down, Thomas ended up with 10 catches for 133 yards, though the Broncos were also playing from behind. Thomas is listed as questionable right now, but it doesn’t seem like anything to serious.
- With the injury to DaVante Parker, look for another big week from Jarvis Landry against a pretty mediocre defense in the Jets. Parker is questionable and so he may be on the field this week, but even if he is I can’t see him being at 100%. Landry, on the other hand, has two games in a row with a TD and continues to be a PPR machine, with no fewer than five catches in a game this season.
- Who would think that a five catch, 28 yard performance would be considered a good thing for a guy who is supposed to be a top tier receiver? Still, last week seemed like a step forward for Amari Cooper. While he didn’t do much with his five catches, it was still good to see Derek Carr back under center and looking Cooper’s way. While I think it’s very clear right now that Michael Crabtree is the guy that you want to own, Cooper cannot continue to be as bad as he has been. He isn’t a WR1, but he is a WR2/Flex still.
- How can we ignore what Nelson Agholor has been doing this season? He’s played in all six games and has four TD grabs, including one in each of the last two games. Agholor also showed up big against the Redskins with 6 catches for 86 yards and a TD in Week 1, so who’s to say he won’t do it again? I have been dismissing him as overachieving so far, but I think it’s time we recognize this is a breakout year for a still young and developing receiver.
- I think I am likely a bit higher on Sterling Shepherd for this week than most, but by process of elimination I don’t see how you can’t rank him this high. The Seahawks are good, there’s no doubting that, but they have not been as dominant as usual. Shepherd is also about the only receiver the Giants have and not all the passes can go to Evan Engram. Shepherd has talent and this is his chance to step up and prove it. There will be bigger games ahead, but this one isn’t guaranteed to be a bust.
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