Week 7 Rankings (2018): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are a slew of injuries that need to be monitored as Sunday draws closer, so keep that in mind as you go through these rankings.  Throw in four teams being on bye, meaning owners are without trustworthy options like Antonio Brown, Davante Adams, JuJu Smith-Schuster and more, maneuvering the field is all the more difficult.  Who should we be trusting?  Who brings too much risk?  Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently stand for the coming week:

  1. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Jets
  2. Odell Beckham – New York Giants – at Atlanta
  3. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – at Kansas City
  4. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Giants
  5. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cincinnati
  6. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco
  7. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Jets
  8. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – at Baltimore
  9. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  10. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Tennessee
  11. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – at Tampa Bay
  12. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Cleveland
  13. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco
  14. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Carolina
  15. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – at Kansas City
  16. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – vs. New England
  17. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions – at Miami
  18. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos – at Arizona
  19. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – at Miami
  20. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – at Chicago
  21. Taylor Gabriel – Chicago Bears – vs. New England
  22. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Buffalo
  23. John Brown – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New Orleans
  24. Josh Gordon – New England Patriots – at Chicago Bears
  25. Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers – at Philadelphia
  26. Sterling Shepard – New York Giants – at Atlanta
  27. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Giants
  28. DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Cleveland
  29. Marquise Goodwin – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  30. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – at Los Angeles Chargers
  31. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at Arizona
  32. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – at Miami
  33. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cincinnati
  34. Keke Coutee – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  35. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Cleveland
  36. Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Giants
  37. Michael Crabtree – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New Orleans
  38. Jermaine Kearse – New York Jets – vs. Minnesota
  39. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Denver
  40. Will Fuller – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  41. Albert Wilson – Miami Dolphins – vs. Detroit
  42. Dede Westbrooks – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
  43. Chester Rogers – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Buffalo
  44. Robby Anderson – New York Jets – vs. Minnesota
  45. Keelan Cole – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
  46. Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
  47. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Denver
  48. Chris Hogan – New England Patriots – at Chicago
  49. Tyrell Williams – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Tennessee
  50. Nelson Agholor – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Carolina

Thoughts:

  • It may seem odd at first glance to see Adam Thielen listed atop this rankings, but he (and Stefon Diggs) will take up a banged up Jets secondary that has already allowed the third most yards to opposing wide receivers (1,192 yards) and 7 TD.  For his part Thielen has been targeted at least 10 times and has surpassed 100 yards in all six games this season, while also scoring in three straight (4 TD overall).  Considering the matchup (as well as another favorable one next week against New Orleans), there’s a good chance he keeps things rolling.
  • All season long we’ve questioned where the targets would go for the Los Angeles Rams, but with the injury to Cooper Kupp we’ve gained a little bit of clarity.  Robert Woods has posted 81+ yards in five straight games as it is, and with a bigger workload likely on the horizon he’s a good bet to have his biggest day of the season.  Given the bye weeks and the favorable matchup, consider him a WR1.
  • Mike Evans had been rolling with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, so it’s notable that he posted a season low in catches (4), targets (5) and yards (58) during Jameis Winston’s first start despite a favorable matchup with the Falcons.  In what should be a tough matchup with the Browns you need to be cautious, though he remains worth using in all formats.
  • It was a disappointing day for Jarvis Landry in Week 6, turning 10 targets into just 2 catches and 11 yards.  It’s easy to envision the Browns looking to get him back on track, especially in a matchup with Tampa Bay (who is currently allowing the second most points per week to opposing wide receivers).  The key is the 10 TD they’ve allowed, something Baker Mayfield and company should get to exploit.
  • There are questions about the status of both Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu for their Monday night matchup with the Giants.  Ridley has enjoyed a breakout rookie campaign, though a lot of it is tied to his TD barrage from Weeks 2-4 (6 TD across those three games).  That’s not something that can be counted on, and as he nurses an ankle injury it’s fair to push him down into the WR3 range for the coming week.
  • John Brown is a bit of a boom or bust receiver, but taking on a Saints’ defense that has allowed 21 receptions of 20+ yards and 6 receptions of 40+ yards (one behind the league leaders) there’s a good chance that he “booms” in Week 7.  Throw in 10 TD and the fourth most yards to opposing receivers (1,147), he’s worth the gamble.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t been as tough as difficult as expected, which could open the door for Devin Funchess to have a productive day.  He has been targeted at least 7 times in each of the past four games and the presence of Greg Olsen should help to open the door for Funchess to continue to make plays.

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN, CBS Sports

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 7 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Defenses
Week 7 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs

12 comments

  1. Mike says:

    Thanks for all you do Professor.

    Am I overthinking benching DeAndre Hopkins for Tyler Boyd this week? Hopkins against Jags D and Boyd against KC which has been a sieve of a defense

    Current 12 team PPR lineup:
    Stafford
    Elliott
    Thielen
    Hopkins/Boyd
    Brate (Graham is on bye)
    Barkley (Flex)
    Butker
    Jags Defense

    Thanks!

  2. Carmen says:

    given the ongoing issue with Bell, I need a second RB and a Flex, these are my options:

    Ekeler, T. Gabriel (leaning towards him), J. Allen, K. Stills (hah..), Ito Smith

    Thanks again for everything!

  3. Touchette says:

    PPR, choose one (flex) – Kenny Golladay, Julian Edelman, or Mark Ingram?

    Edelman has the better matchup in fantasy terms, and has a higher floor, but Golladay probably has the higher ceiling. Ingram is just an option for good measure.

    I’m leaning Golladay, but only by a hair. What’re your thoughts?

  4. bway says:

    1 pt. PPR Need 1:
    McCoy Buf, Goodwin SF or Crabtree Bal?

    Standard:
    Need 1 WR & 1 Flex
    Goodwin SF, Godwin TB, Sanu Atl, or Wadkins KC?

    Need 1 RB Standard:
    Howard Chi or Chris Thompson Was?

    Can you trust Eli this week? on a Scale of 1-10
    Prescott, Flacco, & Osweiler are on waivers

  5. John K says:

    For WR2 I’m stuck with either Davis, Goodwin or Callaway. Callaway has had so many targets, does he finally get it together against the Bucs? He’s probly more of a DFS play if anything though. Who would you go with out of these 3? Thanks

  6. Todd says:

    Professor,

    I have Keenan Allen in 2 leagues. Not happy with his numbers so far, for a 2nd round pick. In 1 league, would you go with Allen or Jarvis Landry(in that league I already played Emmanuel Sanders. Now that’s a Allen type performance I am looking for). The other league I have Allen in my lineup right now, but I have Marquise Goodwin on the bench. My other WR’s in that league are Thielen and Boyd. Let me know what you think.

    Thanks for the help.

    • League 1 – It’s really a coin flip (I have them back-to-back on the rankings), so if you are more comfortable with Landry I can see it

      League 2 – I’d consider this getting “too cute”. Allen has too high of an upside not to use over Goodwin

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