Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings

Welcome to the Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings from FantasyProjection!

Yet again we have another injury to one of… if not the biggest star in the NFL. Aaron Rodgers went down in week 6 with a broken collar bone and had surgery this past week which will keep him out for what looks to be the rest of the fantasy season. Brett Hundley will take over for Rodgers, but the fantasy impact of that change is obvious and requires an automatic adjustment to the rankings for players like Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams and causes a ripple effect through fantasy lineups. We can only hope and pray for a speedy recovery and that Hundley will be serviceable enough to keep the players around him relevant. Either way the show goes on and you have found yourself in exactly the right place to find replacements and updated rankings to players effected by injuries and other mishaps. Below are the week 7 fantasy football rankings based on a half point PPR scoring system. Enjoy and good luck in your fantasy endeavors!

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  1. Drew Brees, NO QB at GB
  2. Tom Brady, NE QB vs. ATL
  3. Dak Prescott, DAL QB at SF
  4. Carson Wentz, PHI QB vs. WAS
  5. Kirk Cousins, WAS QB at PHI
  6. Matt Ryan, ATL QB at NE
  7. Russell Wilson, SEA QB at NYG
  8. Alex Smith, KC QB at OAK
  9. Cam Newton, CAR QB at CHI
  10. Tyrod Taylor, BUF QB vs. TB
  11. Derek Carr, OAK QB vs. KC
  12. Carson Palmer, ARI QB at LAR
  13. Marcus Mariota, TEN QB at CLE
  14. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB vs. CIN
  15. Jared Goff, LAR QB vs. ARI

Matt Ryan has been un-inspiring at best this year and potentially the bust of the year at the QB position. He has had over 300 yards in 1 game this year and has thrown 6 TDs over 5 games. These were not the stats you envisioned after taking him in the top 5 QBs in your draft and after the monster year he had last year. He unfortunately seems to be back to Matt Ryan the pedestrian shell of a pro QB we are used to and no longer Matty Ice the ice in his veins super hero of a QB we had last year (ugh so sad). Either way, I am giving him ONE more chance to prove that he can be Matty Ice this week in the ultimate match-up for a QB… The New England Patriots. Not only do you have to throw the ball on every down just to keep up with their offense, but they are the WORST pass defense in the league. The Pats are allowing a league high 325 yards per game and tied for a league high of 14 TDs. Defenses behind them in these statistics are not even close. This is the perfect matchup for Matt Ryan and if he can’t do it now then don’t expect it ever again. Fantasy Projection: 327 yards passing 2-3 TDs.

With Charles Clay, his top receiver other than RB LeSean McCoy, out I was not expecting to find Tyrod Taylor in the top 10 at QB in the near future. This week he finds himself in a great matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are second most in passing yards allowed per game and 10 TDs over 5 games allowed through the air. This match-up and the possibility of Tyrod getting Jordan Matthews back has me expecting a Top 10 game from him this week. I expect the Bills will need to throw the ball to keep up with the Buccs which only lends itself to the top 10 argument. You can epect a good game from Tyrod this week. Fantasy Projection: 267 yards passing 33 yards rushing 1-2 TDs

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Running Back
  1. Le’Veon Bell, PIT RB vs. CIN
  2. Kareem Hunt, KC RB at OAK
  3. Todd Gurley, LAR RB vs. ARI
  4. Leonard Fournette, JAC RB at IND
  5. Devonta Freeman, ATL RB at NE
  6. Mark Ingram, NO RB at GB
  7. Jay Ajayi, MIA RB vs. NYJ
  8. Melvin Gordon, LAC RB vs. DEN
  9. LeSean McCoy, BUF RB vs. TB
  10. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB at SF
  11. Jerick McKinnon, MIN RB vs. BAL
  12. Adrian Peterson, ARI RB at LAR
  13. C.J. Anderson, DEN RB at LAC
  14. Jordan Howard, CHI RB vs. CAR
  15. Carlos Hyde, SF RB vs. DAL

I mean I don’t quite think it was the extra few touches he got from AP leaving this week, but whatever it was Ingram went bananas this week! Maybe there was something in the water that made him rush for 114 yards with 2 TDs while catching 5 passes for 36 yards whatever it was I’m not going to question it. I have Ingram ranked at 6 this week among running backs assuming that his thirst for fantasy glory remains un-quenched. He takes on the Green Bay Packers this week who have the 9th worst defense against the run and who I think will also be down most of the game forcing the Saints to run the ball with the lead. Let’s hope that the Ingram is here to stay! Fantasy Projection: 93 yards rushing 6 catches for 41 yards and 1 TD.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Jerrick McKinnon since rookie sensation Dalvin Cook went down a few weeks ago. This past weekend he had 99 all purpose yards and 2 Total TDs against the Packers defense. This is not his first big game because in week 5 he went for over 100 all purpose yards and 1 TD. Call me a recency biased sucker, but I’m starting to believe in McKinnon. He takes on the 3rd worst defense against the run on a yards per game basis in the Ravens which can only help his case. I expect the Vikings will be up most of the game even with Keenum behind center and they will look to run the clock out with McKinnon. Fantasy Projection: 65 yards rushing 4 catches for 35 yards and 1TD.

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Wide Receivers
  1. Antonio Brown, PIT WR vs. CIN
  2. Julio Jones, ATL WR at NE
  3. A.J. Green, CIN at PIT
  4. Michael Thomas, NO WR at GB
  5. Dez Bryant, DAL WR at SF
  6. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR at LAR
  7. Mike Evans, TB WR at BUF
  8. Michael Crabtree, OAK WR vs. KC
  9. Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR at LAC
  10. Jordy Nelson, GB WR vs. NO
  11. Doug Baldwin, SEA WR at NYG
  12. Chris Hogan, NE WR vs. ATL
  13. Alshon Jeffery, PHI WR vs. WAS
  14. Jarvis Landry, MIA WR vs. NYJ
  15. Kelvin Benjamin, CAR WR at CHI
  16. Pierre Garcon, SF WR vs. DAL
  17. Tyreek Hill, KC WR at OAK
  18. Adam Thielen, MIN WR vs. BAL
  19. Brandin Cooks, NE WR vs. ATL
  20. T.Y. Hilton, IND WR v. JAC
  21. Rishard Matthews, TEN WR at CLE
  22. Keenan Allen, LAC WR vs. DEN
  23. Davante Adams, GB WR vs. NO
  24. John Brown, ARI WR at LAR
  25. Terrelle Pryor, WAS WR at PHI

Much like Matt Ryan above… This is a make or break week for Julio Jones. Either he will be a huge non-injury related semi-bust or he explodes this week and improves upon his season long stats. I tend to be optimistic with such skilled players and believe that Julio will have his best game of the year against the Patriots worst in the league receiving defense. I expect Julio to get plenty of looks from Matt Ryan and for him to haul in at least 1 TD this week. Fantasy Projection: 8 catches 135 yards receiving 1-2 TDs.

Demaryius Thomas finally had the game we have all been waiting for hauling in 10 catches for 133 yards… still no touchdown, but lets not get too pushy here. In the same game we also saw a pretty brutal injury to secondary wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders which should keep him out for at least next week. Thomas will now not only be the WR1, but will be the ONLY receiver on the team. He takes on the Chargers defense who are the 6th best against receivers only allowing 207 receiving yards per game. This may be a tough match-up, but the fact that he may be the main target in the offense now makes me believe that this will be a great game for Thomas. Fantasy Projection: 9 catches 85 yards 1 TD

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Tight Ends
  1. Rob Gronkowski, NE TE vs. ATL
  2. Zach Ertz, PHI TE vs. WAS
  3. Travis Kelce, KC TE at OAK
  4. Delanie Walker, TEN TE at CLE
  5. Jimmy Graham, SEA TE at NYG
  6. Evan Engram, NYG TE vs. SEA
  7. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ TE at MIA
  8. Cameron Brate, TB TE at BUF
  9. Hunter Henry, LAC TE vs. DEN
  10. Austin Hooper, ATL TE at NE
  11. Jordan Reed, WAS TE at PHI
  12. Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. BAL

Much like Ingram… Engram also had a great week in week 6 against the Denver defense catching 5 passes fro 85 yards and 1 TD. Engram is now one of the only pass catchers available for Eli Manning to throw to and it seems that they have gotten on the same page over the young season. Not only is he getting plenty of targets, but he just looks like one of those speedy, athletic, game-breaker tight-ends that fantasy players drool over. As long as he is the main target and he continues to get a big share of targets I expect Engram to consistently fall in the top 10 tight ends week in and week out. Fantasy Projection: 6 receptions 65 yards 1 TD

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