1. Chad Johnson (CIN) – Expect Johnson to have a monster performance against a Jets secondary that has been scorched by #1 WR’s on a weekly basis. He is a lock tight stud for week 7, so ride high with Ocho Cinco.
2. Terrell Owens (DAL) – He was able to bounce back to reality after a couple of mediocre outings. We anticipate Owens will exceed last week’s performance in week 7 against the NFL’s lowest ranked secondary in the Vikings. Great match up.
3. Randy Moss (NE) – He has slipped from “super stud” status to mortal “stud” status the last two weeks in favor of the Patriots complimentary WR’s, but Moss is still one of the best fantasy options out there. Moss is looking at an opportunity for another great to amazing week (depending on how Brady feels) against a very over rated Dolphins secondary that was lit up by the Browns last week.
4. Reggie Wayne (IND) – He will be matched up against a very tough secondary this week, but he has a very stable and productive track record against Jacksonville. Wayne will likely be Manning’s top target in week 7, and that qualifies him as a top must start option.
5. T.J. Houshmandzadeh (CIN) – He is off to a record shattering pace this season, and is one of the best, if not the best, fantasy WR out there. Houshmandzadeh has even outshined star teammate Chad Johnson in almost every game this season. We expect the script will be flipped, at least for this week, but it is not out of the question for him to again have the best fantasy week in the NFL. He is a lock.
6. Joey Galloway (TB) - If you have him on your roster, this is definitely the week to start him. Galloway appears to be back on track, and is looking at a dream match up against a very poor Lions secondary that is susceptible to giving up the home run ball, which just so happens to be his specialty. Super match up with big play and TD potential.
7. Plaxico Burress (NYG) –Is practice overrated? One look at Burress’ stat sheet this season would indicate that practice may, in fact, be overrated. He has found the end zone in every single game this season, in spite of his bum ankle (lol) and virtually zero practice time. Burress is looking at a tough match up against top cover corner Nate Clements this week, but you have to stay with the hot hands. He shows no sign of slowing down.
8. Laveranues Coles (NYJ) – He has the opportunity for a huge game this week against the NFL’s 28th ranked secondary. Coles should be looked to early and often in week 7 against the Bengals if his injured calf is up to the task. (Check injury report: calf)
9. Torry Holt (STL) – He was less than spectacular last week, but that was kind of expected with Frerotte under center. A healthier Marc Bulger will be back at the helm in week 7, so look for things to pick for Holt against a mediocre Seahawks pass defense. He is a solid option this week. (Check injury report: knee)
10. Marvin Harrison (IND) – He was unable to go against Tampa 2 weeks ago, but a bye week should have given his knee time to heal. Harrison is looking at a likely showdown with top corner RaShean Mathis which will not be easy. The two have squared off in the past with Harrison coming out on top, so look for a quality performance if there are no setbacks with Harrison’s knee.(Check injury report: knee)
11. Roy Williams (DET) – He is coming off of his worst game of the season against the Redskins in week 5. It should not be something that carries over, as the whole Lions offense struggled in that game. Williams should rebound at home against Tampa Bay coming in fresh off of a bye week.
12. Bobby Engram (SEA) – He has been lighting it filling in for the injured Deion Branch. Branch is not expected back this week, so look for Engram to have another great game against a weak Rams secondary. He should be the top target for Hasselbeck in week 7. Great start if you have him on your roster!
13. Wes Welker (NE) – If Welker sees his fair share of targets this week, and he should, there is no reason why he should not be able have another big game. He will be matched up against his former team which should provide extra motivation this week versus a poor Miami D.
14. Patrick Crayton (DAL) – He is quickly and unexpectedly making Cowboy fans and fantasy owners forget about the return of Terry Glenn. Crayton has been nothing short of fantastic in the last few games, and has a very favorable match up in week 7 against the Vikings. Start him with confidence until he cools off, which does not appear to be any time soon.
15. Jerricho Cotchery (NYJ) – He has been a solid and consistent fantasy performer since week 1. Cotchery is likely to give you decent numbers each and every week, and he is over due for a monster game with his big play potential. He has a very nice match up for week 7 against a sad Bengals defense.
16. Derrick Mason (BAL) – Mason is not a big fantasy contributor in terms of TD’s, but he more than makes up for it with his reception and yardage totals. If he can manage to get into the end zone on a regular basis, he would become a top 5 fantasy pick. He should deliver with a great game in week 7 against the Bills 31st ranked secondary.
17. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) – He has been pretty hot in the last few weeks, but he has 3 things working against him in week 7. 1) The return of Anquan Boldin 2) the Cards will be using a shaky 3rd string QB and 3) he will be facing a very tough Redskins secondary. Despite the uphill climb for Fitzgerald this week, he is very talented and a worthy starter, but do not be surprised if he does not produce on his normal level.
18. Kevin Curtis (PHI) – Curtis has been hot and cold this season, but we like his chances in week 7. He has a quality match up this week against a fast fading Bears defense. There is always a slight risk that comes with starting, Curtis but he has proven that he can make it well worth your while.
19. Brandon Marshall (DEN) – If QB Jay Cutler can get time to throw against the ferocious Steeler pass rush, Marshall should make a solid contribution this week to your fantasy team. The return of Javon Walker may cut into his totals, but he should still get plenty of looks and touches.
20. Anquan Boldin (ARI) – He is likely to return from his hip injury in week 7, but it will not be under optimum conditions. Boldin is looking at a tough match up against the Redskins, and the likelihood that he will be working with 3rd string QB Tim Rattay does not bode well. He is a top notch WR, and worthy of the start, but it is unlikely to be one of his better weeks. (Check injury report: hip)
21. Donte’ Stallworth (NE) – He has increased his production on a weekly basis, and is starting to gain some consistency at a star level. Stallworth is looking at a favorable match up against the Dolphins. He is prone to a drop off any week depending on Brady’s mood, but he is hot right now, so keep in your line up for week 7.
22. Javon Walker (DEN) – Walker has been battling a knee injury for the last few weeks which has kept him out of the line up. He looks primed for a return in week 7, and has big play potential if healthy. Walker was off to a great start at the beginning of his ’07 campaign, and it would not be surprising to see him near the top of this weeks best performers list. Barring any setbacks with the knee, he is a must start. (Update: Out for week 7 and indefinitely: knee surgery: Do Not Start)
23. Dwayne Bowe (KC) – He has seen his production drop off in the last 2 weeks, but Bowe is still a more than adequate fantasy option. He has a decent week 7 match up against the Raiders, and remains the Chiefs only deep threat option. There are no guarantees for a huge game with Bowe this week, but he has the potential.
24. Santana Moss (WAS) – Moss had an embarrassing week 6 performance against the Packers. It should serve as a wake up call, and he appears to be fired up and motivated for this week’s game against Arizona. He is too talented not to bounce back.
25. Nate Burleson (SEA) – He has not been a very consistent fantasy option to this point in the season, but with a WR corps plagued by injury, Burleson is seeing his stock rise dramatically for the time being. Expect him to again be targeted early and often against the shaky Rams secondary.
26. Marques Colston (NO) – The number of balls he has seen come his way is on a steady and declining pace as QB Drew Brees has looked more to other options of late. Colston still has big play and monster game potential, but he is on shaky ground as a top fantasy WR right now. He has a solid match up this week against a Falcons team he was successful against last season. Colston could end up with a great performance, but by no means is he a lock for week 7.
27. Santonio Holmes (PIT) – He should return from a hamstring injury this week, and the injury should not be an issue. Holmes faces a tough Denver secondary, so it will not be an easy week, but he has the tools to be a quality starting option for week 7.
28. Bernard Berrian (CHI) – Berrian has not been the home run threat that he was a year ago, but he has been a fairly reliable fantasy performer. We do not have huge expectations for him this week at Philadelphia, but he should provide decent numbers.
29. Ronald Curry (OAK) – There is no question that this receiver runs hot and cold, and it is hard to anticipate his break out performances. Curry had his best game of the ’06 season against the Chiefs, but this is a much improved secondary over last season. He could have a big game, but the only thing you can count on with Curry is that you can not count on him as a top level receiver on a weekly basis.
30. Calvin Johnson (DET) – Before his back injury, this rookie looked to be the real deal and a solid starter. He has been a bit shaky since, but the potential is still there. It is hard to rely on him for big numbers every week, but we see big things in his future. He is a great start if you are looking to fill a void in your line up for week 7.
31. Roddy White (ATL) – He probably won’t get you a ton of points in week 7, but it is not out of the realm of possibilities. He is the best WR in the Falcons line up, and Harrington looks in his direction often. Good match up against a weak Saints secondary.
32. Kevin Walter (HOU) – With a WR corps plagued by injury, Walter has stepped in to fill the void nicely. He has been the Texans go to guy for the last couple of games, and performed at a very high level. He is not a huge TD threat, but he should see plenty of passes come in his direction on Sunday against the Titans.
33. Shaun McDonald (DET) – He was on a tear before the Washington game, where the Lions offense struggled as a whole. McDonald will likely get back on track this week at home against Tampa.
34. Ike Hilliard (TB) – Hilliard has been a nice surprise for Tampa fans and fantasy owners alike over the last few weeks. If Garcia continues to look his way on a consistent basis, he should be in your starting line up. There are no guarantees for a monster game, especially with the Bucs lack luster approach to offense, but Hilliard has a great match up against the Lions in week 7.
35. Andre Davis (HOU) – He saw his looks and touches decline last week, but Davis will remain the Texans starting WR for at least one more week while Andre Johnson continues to recover. Davis faces a much improved Titans secondary, so receptions will not come easy, but he should see a fair share of the workload. He is not a top option, but a decent start, especially in deep leagues.
36. Hines Ward (PIT) – There is no doubt that Ward is a solid and proven fantasy receiver, but a multitude of injuries the past couple of seasons has kept the aging veteran out of the line up way too often to consider him a solid fantasy option. Ward will match up against Champ Bailey for most of Sunday night’s game, and it will be no easy task for him to over come. He is very talented, but he is a gamble for your starting line up this week.
37. Antwaan Randle El (WAS) – He is not a consistent performer, but he is capable of a big game. At the very least he will snag you a few points. Decent match up at home against the Cardinals.
38. David Patten (NO) – Patten’s role in the Saints offense continues to grow on a weekly basis. He remains a risky start, but after a great week 5, he may be worth the risk. Nice match up against the Falcons. He is a definite sleeper for week 7.
39. Dennis Northcutt (JAC) – Do not expect a huge game from Northcutt against the Colts, but he should supply fantasy owners with a few quality points. He is a consistent performer at worst.
40. Marty Booker (MIA) – It is hard to anticipate what the future holds for Booker, but with the Dolphins dealing Chris Chambers to the Chargers this week, he has the opportunity to step to the forefront. Tough match up against the Patriots, but he should be the go to guy this week.
41. Darrell Jackson (SF) – As the 49er offense continues to struggle, Jackson’s fantasy value continues to take a nose dive. He has big play potential, but he has been a bust to this point. Until this offense can get on track, consider Jackson a last resort for your starting line up. Decent match up against a shaky Giants secondary, but do not expect much.
42. Mike Furrey (DET) – Furrey is a guy with a lot of potential any given week. The only problem is that he has to compete for attention in the passing game with three other capable receivers. He should provide some relief as a 3rd starter in your line up.
43. Amani Toomer (NYG) – Toomer was able to rebound nicely last week after being shut out in week 5. He is capable of a solid game in any week, but has proven to be too unreliable to be considered a solid starter in your line up each week.
44. Reggie Brown (PHI) – The coaching staff has promised to get him the ball more, but this offense is very inconsistent as far as looks and touches with WR’s. He has a decent match up, and big play potential, but do not rely on that potential too much any given week.
45. Lance Moore (NO) – He continues to go unnoticed in most fantasy leagues, but he is turning into a solid fantasy option. Moore is not a lock for a big week, but he should see plenty of attention based on recent games. He is a great pick up for fantasy owners in desperate need of a quality 3rd starter. Good match up this week.
46. Lee Evans (BUF) – He showed some promise in week 4, but quickly fell back into obscurity. Evans has a lot of upside, but can not get it done on a week to week basis. If you can afford to gamble, he may be worth the risk this week, but do not count on it.
47. Isaac Bruce (STL) – Bruce has been limited or out for most of this seasons games with a hamstring injury. It looks possible for him to return to the line up this week, but keep expectations low. He is an emergency option at best for you in week 7. (Check injury report: hamstring)
48. Muhsin Mahammad (CHI) – He has shown glimpses of his former self this year, but remains an unreliable option for your starting line up. A risky, but possible worthwhile starter against the Eagles.
49. Jerry Porter (OAK) – Porter is worth the start if you are in desperate need. He faces a pretty tough Kansas City secondary.
50. Ted Ginn (MIA) – With Chambers off to San Diego, Ginn will likely step into the starting role. This week should be an indication of what to expect in the future from the rookie speedster. The Patriots defense will be a tough first test, but Ginn may be worth rolling the dice on in week 7. He also has upside as a return specialist.
* Other notable options include: Roydell Williams (TEN), Drew Bennett (STL), Reggie Williams (JAC), Anthony Gonzalez (IND), Mark Clayton (BAL), and Ben Obomanu (SEA)