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Week 7 Rankings

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Week 7 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Travis Kelce vs. CIN -
2 Zach Ertz vs. CAR -
3 Eric Ebron vs. BUF -
4 George Kittle vs. LAR -
5 David Njoku at TB -
6 Jordan Reed vs. DAL -
7 Greg Olsen at PHI Questionable (foot)
8 Austin Hooper vs. NYG -
9 Trey Burton vs. NE -
10 Kyle Rudolph at NYJ -
11 C.J. Uzomah at KC -
12 O.J. Howard vs. CLE -
13 Evan Engram at ATL -
14 Ricky Seals-Jones vs. DEN Sidelined (arm)
15 Cameron Brate vs. CLE -
16 Jeff Heuerman at ARZ -
17 Ben Watson at BAL -
18 Geoff Swaim at WAS -
19 Vernon Davis vs. DAL -
20 Gerald Everett at SF -
21 Ryan Griffin at JAC Sidelined (illness)
22 Charles Clay at IND -
23 Antonio Gates vs. TEN -
24 Dallas Goedert vs. CAR -
25 Erik Swoope vs. BUF Questionable (knee)
26 Nick O'Leary vs. DET -
27 Mike Gesicki vs. DET -

TE Notes: Travis Kelce has cleared 60 yards every game since his one-catch, six-yard Week 1, averaging 6/92 in the process. The Bengals have coughed up the second-most tight end receptions. … The leader in tight end yardage, Zach Ertz has yet to catch fewer than five balls. He’s been held under 50 yards twice and under 40 yards zero times. … With all the hand-wringing over his status, you might not have noticed Rob Gronkowski has 172 yards over his past two games. The Bears’ elite defense has quietly permitted the 10th-most tight end fantasy points. … Eric Ebron is the TE1 by average points. That’s what six touchdowns will do for you. He’s averaging over 10 targets per game since Jack Doyle was injured in Week 2. There’s been little sign Doyle (hip) will be back any time soon. Even once Doyle returns, Ebron will maintain mid-range TE1 status.

Pro Football Focus’ top-rated tight end, George Kittle is third in seam yardage. For Week 7 he gets a Rams defense that’s allowed the eighth-most yards up the seam. … Despite some mistakes, David Njoku has hit 50 yards in all three of Baker Mayfield’s three starts. He’s eclipsed 10 targets each of the past two weeks. If you catch any amount of passes, matchups don’t get much better than the Bucs. … Greg Olsen surprisingly played 59-of-60 snaps in his Week 6 return. More importantly, he escaped without setbacks. Olsen is going to be a critical part of the Panthers’ offense for however long he can stay on the field. … Out of nowhere, Austin Hooper has gone 9/70 in back-to-back games. He had previously never had a nine-reception outing. With Calvin Ridley (ankle) and Mohamed Sanu (hip) both banged up, Hooper is a safe TE1 for Week 7. … Mitchell Trubisky is playing better and the Patriots are an excellent matchup, but Trey Burton is averaging just five weekly targets. Only four of those looks have come in the red zone. That’s fringe TE1 usage.  

O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate’s usage was more or less the same in Jameis Winston’s first start under center. There will be big-play opportunities against a Browns defense missing its top-two middle linebackers. … C.J. Uzomah’s seven Week 6 targets were the second most of his career. He’s firmly on the TE1 radar for what should be a high-scoring affair with the Chiefs. … Ricky Seals-Jones has cleared 50 yards in 2-of-3 Josh Rosen starts. Gotta start somewhere. … Jeff Heuerman is averaging four targets over his past four games. That’s enough to make you an every-week TE2 in 2018. … Ben Watson is averaging 37 yards. Again, that’s enough to make you an every-week TE2 in 2018. … Vernon Davis has 48 yards in 2-of-3 games. He still gets big-play shots. … With Cooper Kupp (knee) sidelined, Gerald Everett should see a ton of snaps against a 49ers defense allowing the fourth-most tight end fantasy points.    

Week 7 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Harrison Butker vs. CIN -
2 Justin Tucker vs. NO -
3 Stephen Gostkowski at CHI -
4 Greg Zuerlein at SF -
5 Jake Elliott vs. CAR -
6 Dan Bailey at NYJ -
7 Randy Bullock at KC -
8 Matt Prater at MIA -
9 Wil Lutz at BAL -
10 Adam Vinatieri vs. BUF -
11 Giorgio Tavecchio vs. NYG -
12 Chandler Catanzaro vs. CLE -
13 Mike Badgley vs. TEN -
14 Josh Lambo vs. HOU -
15 Cody Parkey vs. NE -
16 Graham Gano at PHI -
17 Brandon McManus at ARZ -
18 Dustin Hopkins vs. DAL -
19 Brett Maher at WAS -
20 Robbie Gould vs. LAR -
21 Ka'imi Fairbairn at JAC -
22 Jason Myers vs. MIN -
23 Aldrick Rosas at ATL -
24 Jason Sanders vs. DET -
25 Greg Joseph at TB -
26 Ryan Succop at LAC -
27 Phil Dawson vs. DEN -
28 Stephen Hauschka at IND -

Week 7 Defense/Special Teams

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

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