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September 18, 2008

Fantasy Football Week 7 Wide Receiver Rankings


1. Andre Johnson (HOU) – The average game for Johnson over the last 2 weeks consists of 9 catches for 155 yards and a TD. He is playing as well as any WR in the NFL right now and a week 7 match up against Detroit’s 30th ranked pass defense has monster in waiting written all over it.

2. Brandon Marshall (DEN) – After watching Vincent Jackson torch the Patriots secondary in week 6, it is fairly easy to see Marshall doing the same in week 7 on the big Monday night stage. Marshall has been held out of the end zone for 2 straight weeks in a row, but he did return to form in week 6 in terms of receptions and yardage. The big play WR will give the New England pass defense more than they can handle in week 7. Check injury report: groin

3. Reggie Wayne (IND) – He is arguably the most consistent fantasy WR in the NFL posting no less than 74 receiving yards in any game this season and finding pay dirt in all but 1 contest. He should be money once again in week 7 against a shaky Green Bay secondary playing without their star CB Al Harris. The Packers have allowed 9 receiving TD’s in just 6 games and Wayne is a must start as usual.

4. Greg Jennings (GB) – The 6th ranked Indianapolis pass defense will likely provide Jennings with his biggest challenge of the season so far, but he remains a must start fantasy option. Jennings is averaging 109 receiving yards per game and has 4 TD receptions in his last 3 games.

5. Plaxico Burress (NYG) – He was one of the few bright spots for the Giants in a Monday night loss to the Browns. Burress had 58 receiving yards and a TD after sitting out the previous 2 weeks with a bye and suspension. He should stay on track against a struggling 49er secondary in week 7.

6. Steve Smith (CAR) – He has only found the end zone one time this season, but Smith continues to put up impressive yardage totals every week averaging 94 yards per game. He has a good shot at finding pay dirt in week 7 as he has 6 TD receptions in his last 6 games against New Orleans. The Saints rank just 21st in the NFL in pass defense this season, so Smith should have another strong yardage day as well.

7. Bernard Berrian (MIN) – He continues to excel with Gus Frerotte under center averaging 120 receiving yards and a TD over the last 2 weeks. We expect Berrian to come up big again in week 7 when he heads back to Chicago to face his former team. The Bears rank just 27th in the NFL in pass defense. Check injury report: knee

8. Terrell Owens (DAL) – While a likely QB switch and the addition of Roy Williams could potentially damage T.O.’s production this week, a match up with the Rams provides more than enough potential to keep him on your starting fantasy roster. The St. Louis pass defense ranks 26th in the NFL and they have allowed 8 TD receptions in just 5 games. Who knows? Brad Johnson and Roy Williams may even benefit Owens, it wasn’t like he was ripping it up with Romo lately anyway.

9. Lee Evans (BUF) – He isn’t the most reliable fantasy WR, but Evans has 188 receiving yards and 2 TD’s in his last 2 games, and a week 7 match up against San Diego is very favorable. The Chargers currently claim the second worst pass defense in the NFL and they have given up 10 receiving TD’s so far in 6 games this season. We like Evans’ chances.

10. Laveranues Coles (NYJ) – If his recent totals and production are any indication, we expect Coles to be targeted early and often again in week 7 against Oakland. The Raiders pass defense is currently ranked 25th in the NFL and they were torched in week 6 by Drew Brees. Favre should have a field day as well with Coles and fantasy owners alike as the beneficiaries. Coles is averaging 78 yards and a TD over his last 4 games. Check injury report: thigh

11. Braylon Edwards (CLE) – It probably isn’t safe to say that he has returned to form with certainty, but he was great in week 6 and now has a 2 game TD streak. If Edwards can carry the momentum into week 7 and continue to play inspired football, he has a shot at another big game against a middle of the road Redskins pass defense. At the very least, Edwards has earned his starting spot back on your fantasy roster.

12. Hines Ward (PIT) – The Bengals pass defense is stout currently ranking 4th in the NFL, but Ward is coming off of a big game, and has a nice track record against them. Ward had 178 receiving yards and 4 TD grabs in 2 games against Cincinnati last season. In spite of the seemingly difficult match up, it is fair to say that Ward should have their number again in week 7.

13. Marques Colston (NO) – First off, let it be clear that Colston is still a tad risky even though he is expected to play. He could be a little rusty and he may not get a full compliment of reps in Sunday’s game, but Colston is a bonafide elite fantasy WR, and the bigger risk would be to sit him again in week 7. While this week’s opponent, Carolina, currently ranks 2nd in the NFL in pass defense, Colston still has a shot at a big game with Drew Brees at QB. Colston had 93 receiving yards and a TD in his last meeting with the Panthers in 2007. Check injury report: thumb

14. Jerricho Cotchery (NYJ) – He is a solid fantasy play in week 7 against the Raiders. Oakland currently ranks just 25th in the NFL against the pass and Favre should target Cotchery on a regular basis on Sunday as usual. Cotchery has no less than 67 receiving yards in his last 3 games to go along with 2 TD’s.

15. Calvin Johnson (DET) – Johnson losing fellow Lion’s WR Roy Williams to the Cowboys this week will certainly have an effect on Johnson’s production, but we aren’t sure if it will benefit him or hurt him. On the one hand, Johnson stands to get a lot more looks from QB Dan Orlovsky as the only real play maker in the Detroit offense, but on the other hand, he will likely draw a lot more double teams without Williams there to divert the attention of opposing pass defenses. We will likely find out in week 7 against Houston, but you can expect Johnson to be targeted early and often against the Texans mid level pass defense at the very least.

16. Randy Moss (NE) – It is safe to say that Moss can now be considered a hit or miss fantasy prospect with Matt Cassel at QB. It is promising that Cassel continued to look for Moss deep in week 6, but it just didn’t pan out. While Moss is risky for week 7, at least the match up against Denver is extremely favorable. The Broncos currently have the worst pass defense in the NFL allowing 255 air yards per game and they have given up 9 TD receptions in 6 games. The potential is always there, even more so this week with the promising match up, but we wouldn’t bet the farm on a big game from Moss any week if we were you.

17. Torry Holt (STL) – Sure, he’s been a bust so far this season for the most part, but we like his chances in week 7. Holt will have the luxury of facing a devastated Cowboys secondary in week 7 that will be without CB’s Terence Newman and Pac Man Jones, as well as SS Roy Williams. Even as bad as the Rams passing game has been this season, they still have the advantage over Dallas’ makeshift pass defense. Holt should emerge from his slumber with this match up, at least for 1 week.

18. Wes Welker (NE) – If you are in a PPR league, you are probably loving Welker on your fantasy roster this season. He should easily continue the trend in week 7 and perhaps even sneak in that first TD grab of the year against Denver who currently ranks dead last in pass defense in the NFL.

19. Santanio Holmes (PIT) – He will face a stingy Bengals pass defense in week 7, but Holmes is always just one big play away from a solid fantasy day. Holmes had catches for 87 yards in his only game against Cincinnati last season. He should provide quality production as a WR2 this week.

20. Santana Moss (WAS) – There really isn’t a reasonable explanation for Moss’ recent drop off, believe us we have searched high and low for one. It is just one of those mysteries that pop up in football from time to time. While we can’t promise that Moss will return to stud prominence this week, especially against an underrated Browns secondary, we can tell you that he certainly has the potential to do so. Moss should rebound, and you will likely end up kicking yourself if you bench him, but he is a little risky now.

21. Marvin Harrison (IND) – We knew that he still had a monster performance or two left in him, but we didn’t expect to see it against Baltimore’s top ranked pass defense in week 6. If the Colts passing game can continue to click, we don’t see any reason why Harrison shouldn’t continue to play on a high level. He has a great match up against Green Bay in week 7, and if he plays well again this week, you should probably consider Harrison for permanent duty as a fantasy starter for the remainder of the season.

22. T.J. Houshmandzadeh (CIN) – He has maintained solid reception and yardage totals with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center and he has a nice history against week 7 opponent Pittsburgh, but Housh has failed to find the end zone with Fitzpatrick and the Steelers currently rank 3rd in the NFL against the pass. He is always capable, but it will be a tough road to hoe for Houshmandzadeh in week 7. Check injury report: ankle

23. Dwayne Bowe (KC) – Bowe has been solid all season in spite of a poor supporting cast. While he is capable against any opponent, success will not come easy in week 7 against Titans shut down CB Cortland Finnegan. Bowe did have 5 catches for 64 yards in a 2007 meeting against Tennessee, and that seems like a reasonable estimate for this game as well. Not that it is much consolation, but Bowe should have Brodie Croyle back at QB this week.

24. Lance Moore (NO) – Even with Marques Colston returning this week, we still believe Moore will play a key role in the Saints passing game, and as we all know, there is usually plenty to go around for the Saints WR’s with Drew Brees at the helm. The match up isn’t great against Carolina’s 2nd ranked pass defense, but the Panthers have yet to see a passing attack that even comes close to comparing to that of New Orleans’ all season.

25. Donald Driver (GB) – He hasn’t been stellar in his last 2 games, but Driver has provided consistently solid production. While a match up against a stingy Colts secondary in week 7 won’t be easy, Driver should see plenty of targets and should put up solid fantasy numbers once again.

26. Muhsin Muhammad (CAR) – He continues to provide fantasy owners with quality production posting no less than 68 receiving yards in his last 3 games while adding 2 TD’s during that stretch. He’s a little banged up with a knee injury, but he practiced in full most of the week, and should be fine for his week 7 meeting against a shaky Saints secondary. Check injury report: knee

27. Devin Hester (CHI) – He continues to produce solid numbers and is quickly becoming Kyle Orton’s favorite target. With Brandon Lloyd out and Marty Booker and Rashied Davis both banged up heading into week 7, Hester should again be the go to guy in the Bears passing game. Hester isn’t the safest fantasy play, but he has big game potential this week against a middle of the road Vikings secondary.

28. Vincent Jackson (SD) – He was a nice surprise for fantasy owners in week 6 with Chris Chambers out of the Chargers line up catching 5 passes for 134 yards and a TD. The good news is that Chambers is expected to miss week 7’s match up against the Bills as well. Buffalo will provide Jackson with a more challenging match up, so don’t expect a repeat of last week, but you should expect solid production.

29. Roy Williams (DAL) – He will in fact make his debut in a Cowboys uniform in week 7. While there will be a learning curve, it shouldn’t be a steep one as the Dallas offense is not that much different from the one he played in with Detroit. You probably shouldn’t expect a big game right out of the gate, but the match up is excellent and Williams is a big play WR.

30. Kevin Walter (HOU) – He isn’t the most consistent fantasy WR, but Walter is quietly putting together a solid season. He will have his most promising match up to date when he faces a horrible Lions secondary in week 7. Detroit is ranked 30th in pass defense and has allowed 9 receiving TD’s in just 5 games. Walter has legitimate big game potential with this match up, that is, if Andre Johnson doesn’t mind sharing.

31. Eddie Royal (DEN) – He practiced in full this week and appears to be good to go for week 7. A Monday night meeting against New England looks to provide Royal with his most promising match up in weeks. With both Brandon Stokley and Tony Scheffler both banged up and iffy this week, Royal should play a significant role in Denver’s passing game. We like Royal’s chances for a nice game on Monday night. Check injury report: ankle

32. Derrick Mason (BAL) – He continues to put up decent fantasy numbers, especially in PPR leagues, but Mason is going to have to start finding the end zone if he wants to be considered anything more than a WR3. We actually like his chances to score that first TD in week 7 against Miami. The Dolphins pass defense ranks 29th in the NFL and they have allowed 8 passing TD’s in just 5 games. In addition, Mason was able to find pay dirt against them in 2007.

33. Isaac Bruce (SF) – He was a bust in week 6 seeing a 3 game TD streak come to an end and catching only 2 passes for 28 yards. Bruce will be hard pressed to get back into the end zone again in week 7 against a stingy Giants secondary on the road, but he is always a threat in that capacity, and New York allows 1 receiving TD per game on average. Bruce is risky again this week, but he should be the go to guy for J.T. O’Sullivan as usual, especially in the red zone.

34. Greg Camarillo (MIA) – While he is not highly recommended for week to week fantasy use, Camarillo is a borderline WR3 at this point, and is about as solid and consistent as any bye week fill in out there. In spite of a tough week 7 match up against the Ravens top ranked pass defense, we are optimistic about his chances for a nice game. Mostly because Camarillo torched Baltimore last season for 109 yards and a TD. It would be a stretch to expect that kind of production this time around, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.

35. Chad “OCHO CINCO” Johnson (CIN) – Unlike T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Johnson seems to actually play better with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB. That said, he still isn’t doing anything special and a week 7 match up against Pittsburgh’s 3rd ranked pass defense doesn’t exactly have big game written all over it. Consider Johnson nothing more than a WR3 or flex play for week 7.

36. Bobby Engram (SEA) – He was basically worthless last week with Charlie Frye at QB, and while week 7 looks rosier with Seneca Wallace running the offense, you probably shouldn’t expect Engram to do much damage with anyone other than Matt Hasselbeck. On top of that the match up against Tampa Bay isn’t exactly great either. Engram should get more targets this week, and he is capable, but you probably shouldn’t expect a big game by any means.

37. Donnie Avery (STL) – While Avery is still unproven for the most part, he is starting to make some noise in the Rams passing game. He could make for a nice sneaky start in week 7 against a makeshift Cowboys secondary. Avery is a guy to keep an eye on in weeks ahead as well.
38. Brandon Jones (TEN) – With both of the Titans regular starters at WR expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, Kerry Collins is going to need someone to throw to, and that someone will likely be Brandon Jones for the most part. Jones is still a risky play, but he is a very capable WR, and should be great as sneaky bye week filler.

39. Bobby Wade (MIN) – He is a possession receiver with little chance of finding the end zone most weeks, but Wade has no less than 64 receiving yards in his last 3 games and makes for a decent bye week fill in.

40. Antwaan Randle El (WAS) – You can usually expect acceptable production from him any week, but he will throw in the occasional gem from time to time as well(ok, more like cubic zirconia, but they are flashy). Randle El should prove adequate as a bye week fill in for week 7, but the Browns secondary is better than advertised, so don’t expect anything big.

41. Nate Washington (PIT) – He’s probably risky even as a bye week filler, but as he proved in week 5, he can do some real damage.

42. Anthony Gonzalez (IND) – The slump continues, but the potential is there with a decent week 7 match up against Green Bay.

43. Devery Henderson (NO) – He’s a big play hit or miss WR, but he’s more likely to miss with Marques Colston back and playing against the NFL’s #2 pass defense.
44. Donte’ Stallworth (CLE) – He should be more involved this week, but he’s still risky at best.

45. Josh Reed (BUF) – A solid possession WR with a great match up, but the return of the Bills other possession WR Roscoe Parrish from injury will likely cut into his production.

46. Steve Smith (NYG) - He looked great in week 6, but Smith is a long shot for anything more than a few fantasy points in week 7.

47. Jordy Nelson (GB) – Aaron Rodgers is getting him more involved in the Packers passing game, but his fantasy value is limited as Green Bay’s #3 wide out.

48. Amani Toomer (NYG) – You never know when he is going to show up, and even when he does, it usually isn’t for much.
49. Rashied Davis (CHI) – He was solid last week as we thought he might be, but a knee injury will probably limit him in week 7 against Minnesota. Check injury report: knee
50. Shaun McDonald (DET) –He could once again be relevant in fantasy football moving forward with Roy Williams off to Dallas, but don’t expect much with Dan Orlovsky at QB for the Lions.

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