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Week 7 Rankings

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Week 7 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Adam Thielen at NYJ -
2 Julio Jones vs. NYG -
3 Odell Beckham at ATL -
4 A.J. Green at KC -
5 Tyreek Hill vs. CIN -
6 Michael Thomas at BAL -
7 Robert Woods at SF -
8 DeAndre Hopkins at JAC -
9 Mike Evans vs. CLE -
10 Brandin Cooks at SF -
11 Tyler Boyd at KC -
12 Keenan Allen vs. TEN -
13 Jarvis Landry at TB -
14 Stefon Diggs at NYJ -
15 Alshon Jeffery vs. CAR -
16 Kenny Golladay at MIA -
17 Golden Tate at MIA -
18 Emmanuel Sanders at ARZ Questionable (ankle)
19 Julian Edelman at CHI -
20 Josh Gordon at CHI -
21 Michael Crabtree vs. NO -
22 DeSean Jackson vs. CLE -
23 Marvin Jones at MIA -
24 John Brown vs. NO -
25 Devin Funchess at PHI -
26 T.Y. Hilton vs. BUF -
27 Sterling Shepard at ATL -
28 Allen Robinson vs. NE -
29 Calvin Ridley vs. NYG -
30 Taylor Gabriel vs. NE -
31 Demaryius Thomas at ARZ -
32 Corey Davis at LAC -
33 Sammy Watkins vs. CIN -
34 Chris Godwin vs. CLE -
35 Christian Kirk vs. DEN -
36 Dede Westbrook vs. HOU -
37 Marquise Goodwin vs. LAR -
38 Keelan Cole vs. HOU -
39 Robby Anderson vs. MIN -
40 Albert Wilson vs. DET -
41 Will Fuller at JAC -
42 Antonio Callaway at TB -
43 Jermaine Kearse vs. MIN -
44 Chester Rogers vs. BUF -
45 Nelson Agholor vs. CAR -
46 Willie Snead vs. NO -
47 Kenny Stills vs. DET -
48 Donte Moncrief vs. HOU -
49 Tyrell Williams vs. TEN -
50 Mike Williams vs. TEN -
51 Keke Coutee at JAC -
52 Larry Fitzgerald vs. DEN -
53 Cole Beasley at WAS -
54 Pierre Garcon vs. LAR Questionable (shoulder)
55 Courtland Sutton at ARZ -
56 Tre'Quan Smith at BAL -
57 Zay Jones at IND -
58 Taywan Taylor at LAC -
59 Chris Hogan at CHI -
60 D.J. Moore at PHI -
61 Kelvin Benjamin at IND -
62 Damion Ratley at TB -
63 Cameron Meredith at BAL -
64 Josh Reynolds at SF Questionable (hand)
65 Zach Pascal vs. BUF -
66 Anthony Miller vs. NE -
67 Josh Doctson vs. DAL Questionable (heel)

WR Notes: The league’s leading receiver, Adam Thielen has nine more targets than any other player. He has a mouthwatering matchup for Week 7 against the Jets’ leaky interior defense. … Janoris Jenkins’ shadow has been a cool place to be this season. Regardless of Calvin Ridley (ankle) and Mohamed Sanu’s (hip) health, Julio Jones is going to rip the Giants to shreds. Thoughts and prayers he somehow scores a touchdown. … If Odell Beckham can stay sane against the Falcons, he has a beautiful matchup. Eli Manning is currently the tell-tale heart under Beckham’s floorboard. … Coming off his two best games of the season, A.J. Green is all but guaranteed to make it three against the Chiefs, who are allowing 340 weekly passing yards. … Tyreek Hill is now the WR1 by average points in standard. Hill is made for roto-style leagues, not head to head, but has another juicy matchup after last week’s Pats showdown. The Bengals are quietly surrendering the league’s fifth-most passing yards. … Cooled from his sizzling start, Michael Thomas might spend one more week in the sin bin against the Ravens’ loaded defense. He’s still a WR1 because of his projected target share and upside.

Coming off a rare quiet game by his standards, DeAndre Hopkins might not find the jumper cables as he’s subjected to Jalen Ramsey Island. … Slumping since the FitzMagic died, Mike Evans could see a heavy dose of Denzel Ward against the Browns. Ultimately, Evans cannot be faded with the Monken air raid conducting indiscriminate area bombing. … Brandin Cooks was quiet in his Week 6 return from concussion. It had as much to do with the Rams doing whatever they wanted on the ground against the Broncos as anything else. With Cooper Kupp (knee) sidelined, Cooks will hit his floor. Any time you hit your floor, you have a great shot at reaching your ceiling. … Averaging a weekly 6/76, Tyler Boyd should flirt with WR1 value against the Chiefs’ nonexistent pass defense. … The Titans are allowing the fifth-fewest passing yards, but Logan Ryan is not a stay-away adversary in the slot for Keenan Allen. A little over half of Allen’s snaps are coming in the middle of the field. … If T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) indeed returns, it will be to shadow coverage from Buffalo’s Tre'Davious White.  

Jarvis Landry has not been on the same page with Baker Mayfield, catching just 11-of-30 targets for 114 yards across the rookie’s three starts. He needs to get going against the Bucs’ league-worst defense. M.J. Stewart has been getting absolutely mauled in the slot. … Stefon Diggs went into hibernation against the Cardinals. He’s going to come out of his den against a Jets D missing two of its top-three corners. … Alshon Jeffery has been a target monster since his Week 4 return, rendering Nelson Agholor a non-factor. The Panthers have been completely ordinary against the pass in 2018. … Kenny Golladay is averaging a weekly 5/86. He’s 12th in yards per game. The target share will occasionally disappoint, but Golladay will not be leaving the top 20 going forward. … One of the reasons Golladay can’t quite vacuum up looks is Golden Tate, who has an excellent matchup against the Dolphins. As The Lord shares in his Worksheet, no team is allowing more yards after the catch than Miami. … 31-year-old Emmanuel Sanders is 14th in targets (54).  

Julian Edelman has posted target totals of nine and seven since his return. A weekly eight would lock him in as a WR2. … Michael Crabtree has out-caught and out-gained John Brown each of the past two weeks. Crabtree’s more consistent underneath usage is currently taking the day over Brown’s volatile down-field looks. Brown always offers higher upside, but Crabtree’s floor gives him the fantasy edge for the moment. … DeSean Jackson is looking like he might be Jameis Winston-proof. This is a different Bucs offense. … At least for one week, the Panthers were big enough for the two of Devin Funchess and Greg Olsen. The tight end has traditionally taken a bite out of Funchess’ fantasy production. Maybe it’s still coming, but Funchess’ Week 7 matchup is too good in the Eagles’ struggling secondary. … Sterling Shepard has seen at least seven targets in 5-of-6 games. If someone other than Eli Manning were delivering the ball, he might be a legitimate WR2. … It just isn’t happening for Allen Robinson with Mitchell Trubisky, who prefers short, gadget-type looks to Taylor Gabriel and Tarik Cohen. Robinson has yet to even have a 90-yard contest.  

The Patriots talked the talk with Josh Gordon last week then walked the walk. As FantasyInsiders’ Ben Gretch points out, Gordon ran routes on 95 percent of Tom Brady’s dropbacks last week, compared to just 41 percent in Week 5. He also led the Pats in targets. If you’ve waited this long, it might finally be about to pay off. … Corey Davis is always a pop-off threat, but downside weeks are much more likely for as long as Marcus Mariota remains in his stupor. … Sammy Watkins is averaging three receptions over his past three games after that number was five in Weeks 1-3. Best of luck. … Christian Kirk has cleared 75 yards in 3-of-4 games. That includes two Josh Rosen starts. He’s rapidly trending toward every-week WR3 status. Denver’s Bradley Roby will help out on Thursday night … I don’t have a good method for ranking Dede Westbrook, Donte Moncrief and Keelan Cole. It’s fraught with recency bias. In terms of something resembling consistency, it’s been Westbrook, Cole, Moncrief. … If Robby Anderson (hamstring) can go, he might not necessarily take advantage of Quincy Enunwa’s leftover targets. Minnesota’s Xavier Rhodes showed signs of life last Sunday. … Even with T.Y. Hilton expected to come back, Chester Rogers might be the favorite to lead the Colts’ receiver corps in Week 7 targets. … Albert Wilson remains a gadget player catching passes from Brock Osweiler.                   

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