Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season is officially here, which just so happens to be, by far, the worst bye week for fantasy players this year.
Six different teams -- Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and the Los Angeles Chargers -- are all on bye, meaning close to two dozen relevant fantasy players are out this week.
More specifically at wide receiver, four of the 11 best wideouts in fantasy -- Mike Williams, Justin Jefferson, CeeDee Lamb and Adam Thielen -- are on bye this weekend. That goes without mentioning that Stefon Diggs, Keenan Allen and Amari Cooper, all top four-round fantasy selections, also have their respective bye weeks, too.
So, who can we trust in Week 7? Here are the best wide receivers to start in fantasy football this week...
All rankings are in the points-per-receptions (PPR) format.
Byes: Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Chargers
2021 FANTASY FOOTBALL WR RANKINGS: WEEK 7
1. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (vs, Washington)
2021 stats: 46 receptions, 668 yards, 2 touchdowns
The best wide receiver in football is also the most optimal matchup this week, as Davante Adams gets to face a Washington secondary that has allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers (and points in general) this season. One week after Patrick Mahomes threw for nearly 400 yards, expect Aaron Rodgers to dice up the Burgundy and Gold secondary with Adams heavily involved.
2. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (at Titans)
- 2021 stats: 46 receptions, 592 yards, 5 touchdowns
Like Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill also has a great matchup this week against a Titans secondary that had already been struggling before a handful of injuries on Monday night that dampened the unit even more. Expect a big game from Hill on Sunday.
3. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (vs. Lions)
- 2021 stats: 46 receptions, 653 yards, 7 touchdowns
The No. 1 wide receiver in fantasy football has a great chance for another big week this Sunday when the Rams host the Lions. Quarterback Matt Stafford will certainly want to show out against his former team, and throwing to Kupp early and often should help that happen.
4. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons (at Dolphins)
2021 stats: 27 receptions, 255 yards, 1 touchdown
After two weeks off (personal reasons and the Falcons' bye week), Calvin Ridley returned to practice this week and is ready to get back in action. The 2020 breakout star has a solid matchup in his return, as the Dolphins secondary has surprisingly struggled after such a great year last season. Ridley should return to WR1 form this week.
5. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers (at Giants)
- 2021 stats: 40 receptions, 513 yards, 3 touchdowns
D.J. Moore has had two consecutive "meh" weeks, but the former Maryland star should return to top tier form this week against a Giants secondary that is allowing the 10th most points to fantasy wideouts. The Panthers have lost three straight games following a 3-0 start and need a win this week. Expect Moore to be involved heavily.
6. Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers (vs. Colts)
- 2021 stats: 31 receptions, 548 yards, 3 touchdowns
Coming off the bye week, Deebo Samuel is a must-start against the Colts regardless of who's under center for the 49ers come Sunday night. Samuel has proved to be productive with either quarterback and the team manufacturers his touches, anyway. Samuel is a top 10 fantasy wide receiver right now and deserves to be treated like it.
7. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Texans)
- 2021 stats: 26 receptions, 367 yards, 6 touchdowns
Revenge game! DeAndre Hopkins gets to face his former team for the first time this Sunday when the Cardinals host the Texans. Hopkins is an elite wideout every week, but there will surely be some extra motivation to show out this weekend. He's a must-start.
8. Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team (at Packers)
- 2021 stats: 33 receptions, 428 yards, 3 touchdowns
Like D.J. Moore, Terry McLaurin has also had back-to-back down weeks after a hot start to the season. McLaurin has an interesting matchup this week against a solid Packers defense, but one without All-Pro cornerback Jaire Alexander. McLaurin should have a big day at Lambeau as Washington's offense looks to get back on track.
9. Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans (at Cardinals)
- 2021 stats: 40 receptions, 481 yards, 1 touchdown
For a Texans' team that does not have much going for itself, Brandin Cooks has certainly been a bright spot. The Cardinals' defense hasn't been stellar slowing down wideouts this year, so Cooks could have a big day, especially if the Texans get down early and have to pass the football a ton.
10. DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (vs. Saints)
- 2021 stats: 31 receptions, 441 yards, 5 touchdowns
Even with Geno Smith, DK Metcalf remains a must-start. The Saints' secondary is solid, but Metcalf has been Smith's top target ever since he took over for an injured Russell Wilson. With a lot of other top wideouts on their respective bye week, Metcalf could have a top-10 finish in Week 7.
11. Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals (at Ravens)
- 2021 stats: 27 receptions, 553 yards, 5 touchdowns
12. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (at Browns)
2021 stats: 33 receptions, 471 yards, 2 touchdowns
13. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Bears)
- 2021 stats: 31 receptions, 420 yards, 4 touchdowns
14. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (vs. Chiefs)
- 2021 stats: 17 receptions, 221 yards, 1 touchdown
15. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (vs. Lions)
- 2021 stats: 29 receptions, 353 yards, 3 touchdowns
16. Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Bears)
- 2021 stats: 29 receptions, 418 yards, 4 touchdowns
17. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (vs. Saints)
2021 stats: 27 receptions, 425 yards, 3 touchdowns
18. Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Bengals)
- 2021 stats: 32 receptions, 486 yards, 5 touchdowns
19. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Bears)
- 2021 stats: 34 receptions, 409 yards, 2 touchdowns
20. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (at Buccaneers)
- 2021 stats: 21 receptions, 234 yards, 1 touchdown
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