Week 7 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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:

  1. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ New England
  2. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati
  3. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh
  4. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Buffalo
  5. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco
  6. Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta
  7. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay
  8. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals @ LA Rams
  9. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks @ NY Giants
  10. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City
  11. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans
  12. Chris Hogan – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta
  13. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland
  14. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ LA Chargers
  15. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington
  16. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver
  17. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville
  18. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins vs. NY Jets
  19. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans
  20. Pierre Garcon – San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas
  21. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers @ Chicago
  22. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore
  23. Terrelle Pryor – Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia
  24. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers @ Chicago
  25. Rishard Matthews – Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland
  26. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore
  27. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City
  28. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Buffalo
  29. Devante Parker – Miami Dolphins vs. NY Jets
  30. Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington
  31. Randall Cobb- Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans
  32. John Brown – Arizona Cardinals vs. LA Rams
  33. Danny Amendola – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta
  34. Marquise Lee – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis
  35. Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati
  36. Eric Decker – Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland
  37. Jermaine Kearse – New York Jets @ Miami
  38. Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens @ Minnesota
  39. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona
  40. Sterling Shepherd – New York Giants  vs. Seattle
  41. Jamison Crowder – Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia
  42. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona
  43. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons @ New England
  44. Tyrell Williams – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver
  45. Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis
  46. Willie Snead – New Orleans Saints @ Green Bay
  47. Donte Moncrief – Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville
  48. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco
  49. Jeremy Maclin – Baltimore Ravens @ Minnesota
  50. Bennie Fowler – Denver Broncos @ LA Chargers

Thoughts:

 

  • 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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Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 7 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses
Week 7 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

17 comments

  1. darrick says:

    hey professor, which 3 wrs do i start in a 1/2 ppr league. m.thomas, hill, k.allen or garcon

  2. House of Pain says:

    Hello Professor;

    12 teams; Full point PPR

    The waiver wire in my league runs extremely dry and I’m having difficulties in dumping Crowder. Would you recommend picking up any of the following: Robbie Anderson, Moncrief, Taylor Gabriel, Paul Richardson, or even Josh Doctson over the above player for the long run?
    Thank you

    • I was never on the Crowder bandwagon, so I’m ok with dro[pping him. I still like Moncrief’s long-term upside, but he’s risky. Richardson wouldn’t be a bad grab either

  3. House of Pain says:

    Sorry….also Jordan Matthews it’s avalaible but he has also been a bust too…

  4. Cara Stewart says:

    Diggs who may not play or John Brown? I have great RB’s but not great WR’s. Playing Funchess but need number two.

  5. Brian says:

    Hey Prof,

    Smith tonight or Palmer on Sunday?

  6. Carol says:

    PPR scoring.

    Need one WR- Benjamin @ Chicago or Agholor vs Washington MNF.

    My normal WR is KB. But I’m concerned about his knee. He was held out of practice until today (after reinjuring his knee on Wednesday at practice) and I think was limited today. But he has played hurt before.

    Who would you go with?

  7. Carol says:

    Thank you. I’m hoing KB.

  8. Mike says:

    Current WR’s: Alshon, TY, Devante Parker, Diggs, Chris Hogan

    I’ve been offered Jordy Nelson for TY.. Who do you like Rest of Year…

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