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Week 7 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

Updated 10/19 at 12:05 PM ET. Added Jimmy Graham as No. 7 tight end. Moved Russell Wilson from No. 9 to No. 11. Ticked C.J. Spiller up. Added Jarrett Boykin, ticked Davante Adams down two spots. Moved Storm Johnson down, ticked Denard Robinson up. 


Hi I’m Lamar Miller. You may remember me from such failed attempts at claiming the Dolphins’ starting job like “Last Season," and “This Summer.”

That would be Lamar Miller’s life as played by Troy McClure. But as any avid “Simpsons” watcher knows, McClure rarely rattles off more than two titles. With Miller, he wouldn’t have to, as the third time has been the charm for the third-year pro. After failing to beat out Daniel Thomas in 2013 and Knowshon Moreno in training camp, Miller has been a different player since Moreno’s elbow injury forced him into No. 1 duties. With Moreno now down for the season with a torn ACL, there’s no one to steal Miller’s job away — not that he’s looked like he’d lose it.

The 2012 fourth-rounder is averaging 5.2 yards per carry, and is No. 9 in average running back fantasy points despite touching the ball just 78 times through five games. His four touchdowns are already twice as many as he had in all of 2013. Miller has not reinvented his game. New OC Bill Lazor has just harnessed it, putting Miller in position to succeed after poor blocking and worse coaching torpedoed his 2013 breakout chances.

Miller hasn’t been LeSean McCoy, or even Le'Veon Bell. Miller has wheels, but is more of a straight-line speedster than juke-you-out-of-your-jock cutter. This can be a problem, as he doesn’t provide much in the way of power. But Miller knows to follow his blockers, and when the hole is there, he hits it with a flash. He doesn’t dance like Trent Richardson. Miller prefers to get upfield. This enables him to take fewer negative runs than his style would suggest.          

If Miller sounds like someone who needs good blocking, it’s because he does. He’s not big on creating his own space. Thankfully, the Dolphins’ line has pulled a complete 180 from last year’s disaster, and should only get better with the return of G/C Mike Pouncey. Miller is a circumstance back. They were poor last season, and he struggled mightily. Now they’re better, and he’s running in kind. Locked into 15-20 weekly touches, Miller is a top 15-16 option with RB1 upside depending on the opponent. This week it’s the Bears, a team whose run defense is much improved on last season, but still allowing 4.3 yards per carry (20th in the league). Miller may have burned you before, but now he’s ready to help carry your team.    

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Week 7 Quarterbacks

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Peyton Manning vs. SF -
2 Aaron Rodgers vs. CAR -
3 Andrew Luck vs. CIN -
4 Philip Rivers vs. KC -
5 Jay Cutler vs. MIA -
6 Drew Brees at DET -
7 Tom Brady vs. NYJ Probable (ankle)
8 Cam Newton at GB -
9 Colin Kaepernick at DEN -
10 Carson Palmer at OAK Probable (shoulder)
11 Russell Wilson at STL -
12 Tony Romo vs. NYG Probable (ribs)
13 Joe Flacco vs. ATL -
14 Matt Ryan at BAL -
15 Matthew Stafford vs. NO -
16 Ben Roethlisberger vs. HOU Probable (-)
17 Eli Manning at DAL -
18 Kirk Cousins vs. TEN -
19 Andy Dalton at IND -
20 Alex Smith at SD -
21 Ryan Tannehill at CHI Probable (ankle)
22 Kyle Orton vs. MIN -
23 Brian Hoyer at JAC -
24 Derek Carr vs. ARZ Probable (knee)
25 Austin Davis vs. SEA -
26 Ryan Fitzpatrick at PIT Probable (calf)
27 Blake Bortles vs. CLE -
28 Charlie Whitehurst at WAS -
29 Teddy Bridgewater at BUF -
30 Geno Smith at NE -

QB Notes: Peyton Manning needs just three touchdowns in Sunday night’s game against the 49ers to break Brett Favre’s all-time record of 508. “Just three” because it’s a mark Manning has reached in 4-of-5 2014 starts, and 15 times since the start of last season. Manning has averaged 3.3 scores over his past 21 games, a positively unreal number. … We’ll use this gimmick another week. Aaron Rodgers since imploring Packers fans to r-e-l-a-x: 58-of-87 (66.6) for 722 yards (8.29 YPA), a 10:0 TD:INT ratio and three Green Bay victories. A Panthers defense allowing the seventh most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks is next. … Andrew Luck’s 31.3 fantasy points per game continues to lead all quarterbacks. Manning is probably out of reach, but Luck could eventually pass Rodgers for default No. 2 status. Luck has managed at least 312 yards or three scores in all six of his stats, and is averaging 331/2.8. … Philip Rivers is No. 3 in fantasy points, No. 3 in passing yards and tied for third in touchdowns.

Jay Cutler is completing 68.1 percent of his throws after entering 2014 as a career 61 percent passer. He’s still turning the ball over too often — Cutler has already thrown two picks three times, all Bears losses — but is on pace for a new career high in touchdowns (35), and his most yards as a Bear (4,469). The only thing standing between Cutler and a top-six finish is staying healthy. … Thursday night has the reputation for being a fantasy horror show, but has witnessed monster performances from Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan and Eli Manning this season. Will Tom Brady be next? Only the Redskins and Bucs are allowing more fantasy points to enemy quarterbacks than Rex Ryan’s Jets. Gang Green is traditionally up for its Pats showdowns, but don’t be shocked if Thursday night is another blowout. … It took six weeks, but Cam Newton was finally healthy enough to be unleashed in Sunday’s tie, piling up 391 total yards, 107 of which came on the ground. That more than doubled Newton’s previous 2014 rushing output. The Packers have had an infamously difficult time stopping running quarterbacks.

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Russell Wilson’s Sunday start was a throwback to his December 2013 swoon. Both his 14 completions and 126 passing yards were his fewest since he went 11-of-27 for 108 yards against the Cardinals last Week 16. It wasn’t a truly concerning performance, but a reminder that though Wilson’s weekly floor may be high, his ceiling is still nowhere near that of most of his QB1 compatriots. On the rare weeks that the bottom does fall out, Wilson is a liability who can’t make up for lost points with volume like the Matt Ryans of the world. The Rams, who are allowing the 12th most points to rival signal callers, represent a nice antidote. … With all the (typical) hand wringing over his game, you might not realize that Colin Kaepernick enters Week 7 as fantasy’s No. 10 quarterback. You also may not realize that he has just five turnovers. Kaep has the reputation for being a sloppy quarterback, but he doesn’t turn the ball over. He has only 19 career giveaways. Kaep’s Week 7 opponent, Denver, has forced a meager five turnovers.

If you throw out the fact that he’s made just two 2014 starts, only six quarterbacks are averaging more fantasy points than Carson Palmer. He’s on the QB1 radar against a Raiders defense allowing a 70.2 completion percentage and 7.8 YPA. … Joe Flacco’s 12 touchdowns are just seven fewer than he tossed in all of 2013. … With his protection in the gutter, Matt Ryan did something uncharacteristic in Week 6: Lay an egg at home. Now he must venture on the road to face a Ravens defense allowing the 11th fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Baltimore has Pro Football Focus’ top-rated pass rush. It could be an extremely long day at the office for Atlanta’s passing attack. … Tony Romo boasts a 9:2 TD:INT ratio over his past four starts. DeMarco Murray may be carrying the Cowboys, but Romo is riding shotgun. … The Eli Manning Comeback Party Bus finally stopped rolling in Week 6, as he passed for just 151 yards while losing Victor Cruz for the season. Odell Beckham represents an excellent fall-back option, while Dallas is a pass defense waiting to get exposed, but it’s quite possible Manning has already had his best stretch of the season.

It’s often been ugly, but Kirk Cousins is averaging 24.1 fantasy points per game. He’s an excellent streamer against the Titans. … Although he was playing without A.J. Green, Andy Dalton actually posted his most fantasy points (26.7) of the season in Sunday’s tie with the Panthers. A good story, but not something his owners can count on going forward. … Despite Sunday’s outburst, it’s important to remember that Brian Hoyer attempted just 17 passes, and is averaging an underwhelming 18 fantasy points per game. The Jaguars are an appealing matchup, but Hoyer is a better option in “real life” than fantasy. … It was a highly impressive Week 6 for Derek Carr, but he’s yet to come close to proving his weekly fantasy bonafides. … Some of the Austin Davis shine finally wore off in Week 6. A lot more of it could disappear in Sunday’s game against the Legion of Boom. … Teddy Bridgewater has pledged to get rid of the ball faster after getting sacked eight times in Week 6, but it’s probably not going to matter against Buffalo’s stout front.    

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Week 7 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 DeMarco Murray vs. NYG Probable (illness)
2 Arian Foster at PIT Probable (groin)
3 Matt Forte vs. MIA -
4 Jamaal Charles at SD -
5 Le'Veon Bell vs. HOU -
6 Marshawn Lynch at STL Probable (-)
7 Giovani Bernard at IND -
8 Branden Oliver vs. KC -
9 Ben Tate at JAC Probable (finger)
10 Andre Ellington at OAK Probable (foot)
11 Justin Forsett vs. ATL -
12 Lamar Miller at CHI Probable (knee)
13 Alfred Morris vs. TEN -
14 Fred Jackson vs. MIN -
15 Eddie Lacy vs. CAR -
16 Ahmad Bradshaw vs. CIN -
17 Ronnie Hillman vs. SF -
18 Andre Williams at DAL -
19 Frank Gore at DEN Probable (back)
20 Joique Bell vs. NO Probable (concussion)
21 Shane Vereen vs. NYJ -
22 Chris Ivory at NE -
23 Reggie Bush vs. NO Probable (ankle)
24 Bishop Sankey at WAS -
25 Jerick McKinnon at BUF Probable (ankle)
26 Trent Richardson vs. CIN -
27 Jonathan Stewart at GB Probable (knee)
28 Jeremy Hill at IND -
29 C.J. Spiller vs. MIN -
30 Pierre Thomas at DET Probable (illness)
31 Darren McFadden vs. ARZ -
32 Isaiah Crowell at JAC -
33 Steven Jackson at BAL -
34 Antone Smith at BAL -
35 Zac Stacy vs. SEA Probable (ankle)
36 James Starks vs. CAR -
37 Mark Ingram at DET Probable (hand)
38 Matt Asiata at BUF Probable (groin)
39 Storm Johnson vs. CLE -
40 Brandon Bolden vs. NYJ -
41 Carlos Hyde at DEN -
42 Khiry Robinson at DET -
43 Bernard Pierce vs. ATL -
44 Juwan Thompson vs. SF Probable (knee)
45 Chris Johnson at NE Probable (ankle)
46 LeGarrette Blount vs. HOU -
47 Roy Helu vs. TEN -
48 Denard Robinson vs. CLE -
49 Lorenzo Taliaferro vs. ATL -
50 Knile Davis at SD -
51 Peyton Hillis at DAL -
52 Maurice Jones-Drew vs. ARZ -
53 Tre Mason vs. SEA -
54 Jonas Gray vs. NYJ -
55 Benny Cunningham vs. SEA -
56 Dexter McCluster at WAS -
57 Joseph Randle vs. NYG -
58 Terrance West at JAC -
59 Chris Ogbonnaya at GB -
60 Alfred Blue at PIT Probable (knee)
61 De'Anthony Thomas at SD -
62 Daniel Thomas at CHI -
63 Jacquizz Rodgers at BAL -
64 Ka'Deem Carey vs. MIA -
65 Robert Turbin at STL -
66 Jordan Todman vs. CLE -
67 Marion Grice at OAK -
68 Darrin Reaves at GB Questionable (calf)
69 George Winn vs. NO -
70 Stepfan Taylor at OAK -

RB Notes: I wrote about DeMarco Murray at length on Monday, but the short of it? He’s on pace for 424 carries, which would be the most all time, and just the sixth 400-tote campaign in NFL history. Of those previous 400-carry backs, none posted a YPC over 4.5. As a collective, they managed 4.17. It makes Murray’s 4.93 YPC on such a massive workload all the more impressive. It remains to be seen how a player with Murray’s injury history will hold up down the stretch, but the sledding will not be tough vs. a Giants defense coughing up 4.4 yards per tote. … Arian Foster has the second most raw fantasy points amongst running backs despite essentially missing two games. His 513 yards are third in the NFL, while his five scores are second only to Murray’s six. He’s settling in as fantasy’s clear No. 2 back whenever he’s healthy.  … Matt Forte’s 46 receptions lead the NFL. The Dolphins have one of the league’s stingier run defenses, but Forte’s dual-threat game is matchup proof.   

Jamaal Charles headed into the Chiefs’ bye week averaging 5.21 yards per carry after returning from his ankle sprain. Now fully healthy, he gets a Chargers defense surrendering 4.7 yards per carry. With only one rushing score through four games after tallying 12 in 15 a year ago, Charles is due to go off on the ground. … Le'Veon Bell’s 793 yards from scrimmage are the second most in football, but he somehow has just one touchdown. That’s astounding, especially considering the Steelers’ struggles in the red zone. Bell’s scoring rate should soon start catching up to his yardage. … Marshawn Lynch is No. 4 in running back fantasy points, but rather bizarrely, is averaging just 15.8 carries. That number needs to come up for an offense that hasn’t been meeting its potential. … Giovani Bernard entered Week 5 averaging just 3.36 yards per carry, but has spiked that number to 4.46. Last week’s 89-yard touchdown rumble played a large part, of course, but it’s not like you could call that a bad thing. A big-play threat soaking up touches, Bernard’s RB1 value is looking more durable than previously thought.

In two weeks as the Chargers’ lead back, Branden Oliver has 53 touches for 306 total yards and three touchdowns. However you slice it, he’ll be an RB1 until Ryan Mathews (knee) returns. He has a juicy Week 7 matchup in a Chiefs defense silver plattering 4.8 yards per carry. … Ben Tate has 47 carries in two games since returning from his knee injury. That kind of volume could make anyone an RB1. With the Browns committed to the run rain, shine or downpour, Tate should be fired up every week till the wheels fall off. … Andre Ellington’s 81 carries are 12th in football even though: 1. The Cardinals have already had their bye. 2 Ellington’s been battling a foot injury since Week 1. 3. Ellington is 5-foot-9. Averaging 20 touches per game, Ellington is an every-week RB2 who can be an RB1 in matches like the one he has Sunday. Only six teams are allowing more fantasy points to enemy runners than the Raiders. … Now part of a three-man committee, Zac Stacy has plunged from mid-range RB2 to dice-roll RB3.  

You want to know what Justin Forsett is? Ahmad Bradshaw with a bigger workload. Averaging 6.4 yards per carry and 3.8 catches per game, Forsett is shaping up as one of the year’s true waiver-wire steals. He has the Week 7 matchup of a lifetime against a Falcons defense allowing the most fantasy points to running backs. … Eddie Lacy’s committee concerns came to fruition in Week 6. He out-touched James Starks 14-10, but got out-gained 42-40. Lacy played 39 snaps to Starks’ 38. The guess is that Green Bay still wants Lacy to be its clear lead runner, but he’s got to get his 3.8 YPC above 4.0. The matchup is dreamy in a Panthers defense allowing a league-worst 5.5 yards per carry. … Fred Jackson out-snapped C.J. Spiller 52-12 in Week 6, and has out-gained him 150-52 over the Bills’ past two games. Things seem to change weekly in Buffalo, but F-Jax’s RB2 value is as secure as it’s been this season, while Spiller is shaping up as a dart-throw RB3. The Vikings are allowing the third most fantasy points to rival running backs.

Ronnie Hillman out-touched Juwan Thompson 27-8 against the Jets’ sound run defense in Week 6, totaling 116 yards. He’ll be an RB2 for as long as Montee Ball (groin) is sidelined. … Andre Williams had a plodding Week 6, but the Cowboys are allowing the second most yards per carry in the NFL (5.1). He remains a big-time touchdown threat. … In theory, Shane Vereen’s workload will increase in the absence of Stevan Ridley, but it’s never wise to take things for granted in New England. The best news for his Week 7 is the way dual-threat running backs Hillman and Oliver have torched the Jets in recent weeks. … Jerick McKinnon appeared to zoom past Matt Asiata in Week 6, but now the Vikings are making noise about wanting to re-involve Asiata. We’d still expect McKinnon to lead the Vikings’ committee going forward, but unfortunately that’s what he’s a part of: A committee. … Storm Johnson has workload and talent concerns. He’s a middling RB3. … Antone Smith is 16th in weekly running back fantasy points. Perhaps the Falcons will finally start treating him as such. … Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson are best avoided for Week 7 against the Lions’ elite run defense.         


Week 7 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jordy Nelson vs. CAR -
2 Demaryius Thomas vs. SF -
3 Antonio Brown vs. HOU -
4 Julio Jones at BAL Probable (ankle)
5 Dez Bryant vs. NYG Probable (shoulder)
6 Alshon Jeffery vs. MIA -
7 Brandon Marshall vs. MIA Probable (ankle)
8 Randall Cobb vs. CAR -
9 Emmanuel Sanders vs. SF -
10 T.Y. Hilton vs. CIN -
11 Golden Tate vs. NO -
12 Steve Smith Sr. vs. ATL -
13 Kelvin Benjamin at GB Questionable (concussion)
14 Mike Wallace at CHI Probable (hamstring)
15 Andre Johnson at PIT Probable (ankle)
16 Michael Floyd at OAK Probable (groin)
17 Julian Edelman vs. NYJ -
18 Mohamed Sanu at IND -
19 DeSean Jackson vs. TEN Probable (shoulder)
20 Rueben Randle at DAL -
21 Brandin Cooks at DET -
22 Roddy White at BAL -
23 DeAndre Hopkins at PIT Probable (hand)
24 Sammy Watkins vs. MIN -
25 Reggie Wayne vs. CIN -
26 Michael Crabtree at DEN Probable (foot)
27 Pierre Garcon vs. TEN -
28 Larry Fitzgerald at OAK -
29 Keenan Allen vs. KC -
30 Justin Hunter at WAS -
31 Andre Holmes vs. ARZ -
32 Cecil Shorts vs. CLE -
33 Terrance Williams vs. NYG -
34 Torrey Smith vs. ATL -
35 James Jones vs. ARZ -
36 Marques Colston at DET -
37 Brian Quick vs. SEA -
38 Kendall Wright at WAS -
39 Eric Decker at NE Probable (hamstring)
40 Odell Beckham at DAL -
41 Wes Welker vs. SF -
42 Brandon LaFell vs. NYJ -
43 Allen Robinson vs. CLE -
44 Anquan Boldin at DEN -
45 Dwayne Bowe at SD -
46 Malcom Floyd vs. KC -
47 Eddie Royal vs. KC Probable (elbow)
48 Doug Baldwin at STL -
49 Davante Adams vs. CAR -
50 Markus Wheaton vs. HOU Probable (groin)
51 Andrew Hawkins at JAC -
52 John Brown at OAK Probable (hamstring)
53 Kenny Britt vs. SEA Probable (knee)
54 Cordarrelle Patterson at BUF Probable (hip)
55 Greg Jennings at BUF -
56 Jermaine Kearse at STL -
57 Jarius Wright at BUF -
58 Jerricho Cotchery at GB -
59 Stevie Johnson at DEN Probable (hip)
60 Devin Hester at BAL Probable (hamstring)
61 Brandon Tate at IND -
62 Brian Tyms vs. NYJ -
63 Robert Woods vs. MIN -
64 Jarvis Landry at CHI -
65 Kenny Stills at DET -
66 Miles Austin at JAC -
67 Brian Hartline at CHI Probable (finger)
68 Allen Hurns vs. CLE -
69 Hakeem Nicks vs. CIN -
70 Marqise Lee vs. CLE -
71 Andre Roberts vs. TEN -
72 Jeremy Ross vs. NO Probable (ankle)
73 Jeremy Kerley at NE -
74 Brandon Lloyd at DEN -
75 Preston Parker at DAL -
76 Jarrett Boykin vs. CAR -
77 Chris Hogan vs. MIN -
78 Taylor Gabriel at JAC -
79 Corey Fuller vs. NO -
80 Paul Richardson at STL -

WR Notes: Jordy Nelson leads the league in receiving yards, and is tied for second in targets. The Panthers are surrendering the eighth most points to rival wideouts. … Demaryius Thomas since the Broncos’ Week 4 bye: 18 catches for 350 yards and three touchdowns. … How have the Texans fared against diminutive No. 1 receivers lately? Oh, just fine aside from the 9/223/1 they coughed up to T.Y. Hilton in Week 6. They’re not about to be the team that finally stops Antonio Brown. … Julio Jones has been all-everything in 2014, but his status has been complicated by the collapse of the Falcons’ offensive line. Throw in the fact that he’ll be doing battle with Jimmy Smith this Sunday and he’s “just” the No. 4 receiver. … Alshon Jeffery is averaging 5.75 catches for 94 yards over his past four games, mixing in two touchdowns. He averaged 5.5/89 in 2013. … The Bears pledged to get Brandon Marshall more involved in Week 6, and did just that, finding him six times for 113 yards. With Jeffery and Marshall both 100 percent healthy, the Bears are going to rampage like it’s … 2013.

If you’re going to be “touchdown dependent,” you might as well lead all receivers in scores. Randall Cobb does, and has become the red-zone threat du jour for a team without a competent tight end. Curiously, Cobb is still averaging just 3.7 yards after the catch after posting a 5.9 mark in 2013. … Trying to explain Emmanuel Sanders’ off Week 6? Don’t look Wes Welker’s way, as the slot maven drew only one target. Welker has been zero threat to Sanders’ status as Peyton Manning’s No. 2 receiver, and that should remain the case going forward. Manning can, has and will support three top-30 wideouts. … T.Y. Hilton sits at fourth in yards at 604 after his 223-yard explosion in Week 6. He still has only one score, but averaged six in 2012-13. No. 6 in targets (59), Hilton is going to find the end zone many more times this season. … With Calvin Johnson inactive or limited three times this season, Golden Tate has averaged seven catches for 98 yards, scoring one touchdown. Just like Hilton, Tate averaged six scores in 2012-13. There are more TDs to come. The Saints, who are allowing the fourth most fantasy points to receivers, represent a golden opportunity.

Steve Smith Sr. had his first slow game of the year in Week 5. He responded by going 5/110/1 in Week 6. Sr. has yet to catch fewer than five passes this season, and is No. 5 in receiver fantasy points. The Falcons are an excellent home matchup. … Kelvin Benjamin surprisingly popped up on the Wednesday injury report with a concussion. He’s tentatively expected to play in Sunday’s game against the Packers, but contingency plans obviously need to be readied. … Mike Wallace has scored in 4-of-5 games. He has only 25 catches for 313 yards, but is getting looks where it counts most. … Andre Johnson’s Week 6 touchdown was his first in 77 catches, the longest such streak of his career. That’s frustrating, but what isn’t frustrating is Johnson’s weekly 5.6/70. He remains locked into WR2 status with room to grow. … Michael Floyd has been up and down with the Cardinals’ quarterback rollercoaster, but is still the owner of a 16/306/1 line through five games. That projects to 51/979/3. All three numbers should increase dramatically with Carson Palmer finally back in the saddle.

Julian Edelman’s numbers have grown a tad less predictable as the Pats rediscover the world beyond the first five yards in front of the line of scrimmage, but he’s going to soak up looks against a Jets defense surrendering the 10th most points to opposing receivers. … I’ve been a Mohamed Sanu skeptic, but 10/120/1 speaks for itself. Hue Jackson is among the league’s very best at maximizing talent, and he should continue to do so with the player who’s become his default No. 1 receiver. … DeSean Jackson has three 100-yard games in Kirk Cousins’ four starts. … Rueben Randle has been a cause célèbre for the Rotoworld crew. There’s no denying it. But that’s because we believe in him, and now the Giants must with Victor Cruz lost for the season. Odell Beckham is there to take bites out of the apple, but Randle is a more-effective player than Larry Donnell, and as such should continue to provide the most touchdown upside in the Big Apple. Randle is averaging 9.75 targets over his past four games.  

Brandin Cooks is averaging 8.4 targets. That number is not going to go down in the absence of Jimmy Graham. … It’s understandable if you’ve lost patience with Percy Harvin, but do you think this is a player who is going to explode or fade away? I’m still betting on the former.Keenan Allen is perhaps 2014’s most confounding player. He never leaves the field — he continues to lead wideouts in snaps — but can’t buy a touchdown to save his life. You have to be tired of hearing it, but the faith simply must be kept. Allen is better than role players Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal. At some point, the box scores should start reflecting that. … Sammy Watkins is off Revis Island, and back into the high-end WR3 mix. … On Revis Island? Eric Decker, who’s on a short week after returning from a hamstring injury in Week 6. Temper your WR3 expectations. … They don’t make WR3 fliers more intriguing than Andre Holmes. Quietly, the Cardinals and Patrick Peterson are allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing receivers. … Cordarrelle Patterson is a WR5.  

Week 7 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Julius Thomas vs. SF -
2 Rob Gronkowski vs. NYJ -
3 Greg Olsen at GB Probable (ankle)
4 Jordan Cameron at JAC -
5 Delanie Walker at WAS Probable (shoulder)
6 Jordan Reed vs. TEN -
7 Jimmy Graham at DET Questionable (shoulder)
8 Martellus Bennett vs. MIA -
9 Antonio Gates vs. KC -
10 Travis Kelce at SD -
11 Larry Donnell at DAL -
12 Dwayne Allen vs. CIN -
13 Vernon Davis at DEN Probable (back)
14 Jason Witten vs. NYG -
15 Jared Cook vs. SEA -
16 Heath Miller vs. HOU Probable (-)
17 Clay Harbor vs. CLE Probable (knee)
18 Owen Daniels vs. ATL Probable (-)
19 Jace Amaro at NE Probable (knee)
20 Ladarius Green vs. KC -
21 Charles Clay at CHI Probable (knee)
22 Tim Wright vs. NYJ -
23 Coby Fleener vs. CIN -
24 Josh Hill at DET -
25 Jermaine Gresham at IND -
26 Scott Chandler vs. MIN -
27 Levine Toilolo at BAL -
28 Niles Paul vs. TEN -
29 Garrett Graham at PIT -
30 Andrew Quarless vs. CAR -
31 Mychal Rivera vs. ARZ -
32 John Carlson at OAK Questionable (knee)
33 Lance Kendricks vs. SEA -
34 Anthony Fasano at SD -
35 Chase Ford at BUF -
36 Brandon Pettigrew vs. NO -
37 Ben Watson at DET Probable (groin)

TE Notes: Julius Thomas is on pace for 29 touchdowns. No, he probably won’t get there, but the third 20-TD season all time for a pass catcher is well within reach. Thomas’ nine scores would have been tied for 14th in all of 2013. … In Week 1, Rob Gronkowski looked like a sad impersonation of Rob Gronkowski. In Week 6, he looked like Rob Gronkowski. “Absolutely” back according to his quarterback, Gronk has played 128-of-162 snaps (79.0 percent) over the Pats’ past two games, posting a Gronk-ian 13/194/1 line on 20 targets. Thomas has a big lead on Gronk for No. 1 overall status, but the Pat could still chase him down. … No. 2 in average tight end fantasy points, Greg Olsen has caught at least six passes in 4-of-6 games, and is averaging 5.5 catches for 65 yards, with five touchdowns to boot.

Jordan Cameron proved his health with an emphatic 3/102/1 in Week 6, ripping off gains of 42 and 51 yards, with the latter going for a score. Cameron destroyed Cortez Allen in single coverage, using his rare athleticism for a tight end to reach the house. … Delanie Walker’s upside may not be as high as his Week 2 scorching of the Cowboys suggested, but he’s established quite a nice floor even amidst the Titans’ quarterback roulette. He’s one of just six tight ends averaging 10 fantasy points per game. … Jordan Reed (hamstring) caught 8-of-11 targets for 92 yards against the Cardinals, making as impressive a return as he could have coming back from a five-week absence. He has a nice Week 7 matchup in a Titans defense allowing the eighth most fantasy points to tight ends. … With Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall both healthy, Martellus Bennett has predictably cooled from his hot start, failing to score in four games. He’s averaged a healthy 5.3/67 over his past three, however, and remains a TE1.  

Travis Kelce is 47th in tight-end snaps, but is the owner of a 20/274/3 line, while his 178 yards after the catch lead all tight ends. His 8.9 number is 1.5 higher than his next closest competitor (Cameron). Kelce is a big play waiting to happen. … Larry Donnell has one catch for six yards over his past two games. He might really no longer be a thing if he doesn’t have a big day against a Dallas defense getting smoked by tight ends. … Dwayne Allen has just 18 catches, but four of them have ended up in the end zone. He’s the No. 9 tight end in a down year for the position. Allen’s Week 7 opponent, Cincinnati, has allowed the most fantasy points to enemy tight ends. … The bottom hasn’t fallen out for either Jason Witten or Heath Miller, but the lid seems to be closing on their upside. … Jace Amaro’s 2014 future is bright, but he’s not a super appealing stream on a short week.      


Week 7 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski vs. NYJ -
2 Dan Bailey vs. NYG -
3 Justin Tucker vs. ATL -
4 Steven Hauschka at STL -
5 Phil Dawson at DEN -
6 Mason Crosby vs. CAR -
7 Adam Vinatieri vs. CIN -
8 Nick Novak vs. KC -
9 Dan Carpenter vs. MIN -
10 Matt Bryant at BAL -
11 Chandler Catanzaro at OAK -
12 Matt Prater vs. NO -
13 Brandon McManus vs. SF Probable (groin)
14 Shayne Graham at DET -
15 Blair Walsh at BUF -
16 Robbie Gould vs. MIA -
17 Shaun Suisham vs. HOU -
18 Billy Cundiff at JAC -
19 Graham Gano at GB -
20 Caleb Sturgis at CHI -
21 Nick Folk at NE -
22 Cairo Santos at SD -
23 Mike Nugent at IND -
24 Kai Forbath vs. TEN -
25 Ryan Succop at WAS -
26 Josh Brown at DAL -
27 Greg Zuerlein vs. SEA -
28 Sebastian Janikowski vs. ARZ -
29 Randy Bullock at PIT -
30 Josh Scobee vs. CLE -

Week 7 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Bills Def/Spec Team vs. MIN -
2 Browns Def/Spec Team at JAC -
3 Patriots Def/Spec Team vs. NYJ -
4 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at STL -
5 Cardinals Def/Spec Team at OAK -
6 Texans Def/Spec Team at PIT -
7 Broncos Def/Spec Team vs. SF -
8 Chargers Def/Spec Team vs. KC -
9 Lions Def/Spec Team vs. NO -
10 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. MIA -
11 Vikings Def/Spec Team at BUF -
12 Titans Def/Spec Team at WAS -
13 Steelers Def/Spec Team vs. HOU -
14 Dolphins Def/Spec Team at CHI -
15 Packers Def/Spec Team vs. CAR -
16 Panthers Def/Spec Team at GB -
17 Bengals Def/Spec Team at IND -
18 Giants Def/Spec Team at DAL -
19 Ravens Def/Spec Team vs. ATL -
20 Redskins Def/Spec Team vs. TEN -
21 Cowboys Def/Spec Team vs. NYG -
22 Rams Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
23 Chiefs Def/Spec Team at SD -
24 Raiders Defense vs. ARZ -
25 Colts Def/Spec Team vs. CIN -
26 Jaguars Def/Spec Team vs. CLE -
27 Jets Def/Spec Team at NE -
28 Saints Def/Spec Team at DET -
29 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team at DEN -
30 Falcons Def/Spec Team at BAL -


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