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Welcome to my Week 7 wide receiver rankings reaction. As it turns out, Andre Johnson’s spectacular performance in Week 5 against the Houston Texans proved to be a fluke, as he only managed three receptions for 35 yards against the Patriots in Week 6.

On the flip side, DeAndre Hopkins has continued to prove that he is one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, scoring 30 Fantasy points in leagues that award PPR.

Three Things to Note for Week 7:

  1. Worth the Wait: Both Martavis Bryant and Alshon Jeffery proved to be worth waiting five weeks and four weeks for, respectively, as they had outstanding performances in Week 6. Bryant had 137 yards and two touchdowns on six receptions and Jeffery had 147 yards with one touchdown on eight receptions.
  2. Owners Beware: Jeremy Maclin left Week 6’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with a concussion and is questionable to play Sunday when the Chiefs take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  3. Sleeper Alert: Stefon Diggs has been putting on quite the performance lately amassing 216 yards over his last two games. With many wide receivers on a bye week/injured, Diggs could be a low-end flex-option with potential for a big game.

The staff here at SCFE put together a list of their top wide receivers for Week 7 to help guide our readers when they have to decide which wide receivers to start, and which ones to sit.

In the following sections of this article, I will share my reaction to these wide receiver rankings and analyze two wide receivers that I like more for Week 6 and two that I like less.

At the end of the article, I will share my Top 20 wide receivers for Week 7.

Week 7 Wide Receiver Rankings Reaction

Who I Like More      

Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers

As I previously noted, Martavis Bryant went off in his season debut against the Arizona Cardinals – who have one of the toughest defenses in the NFL. After Michael Vick left the game with an ankle injury, Landry Jones took his spot and the two demonstrated instant chemistry as they hooked up for two touchdowns. With most of the defense focusing on Antonio Brown, it’s been hard for Vick and Jones to connect with him. The same should be true in Week 7, and Bryant should finish in the Top 10 wide receivers this week.

Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams

In games that Tavon Austin has scored 10 fantasy points or higher, the Rams are 2-0 this season. Their two wins have come against two of the toughest teams in the NFL: the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams would be wise to continue using Austin in all of the different ways they like to use him to increase their chances of beating a Cleveland Browns team that gave the Denver Broncos a scare in Week 6. Tavon Austin is a boom-or-bust WR3 for Week 6 and his success will rely on how much the Rams decide to involve him.

Who I Like Less

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Like so many other players in the NFL, Mike Evans has been a headache for Fantasy owners so far this season. Evans’s poor performance could be due to having a new quarterback, lingering injuries, or he could just be in a naturally-occurring slump. Whatever the case may be, Evans has yet to establish himself as a Top 20 wide receiver this year and does not deserve the 13 spot that the SCFE staff has given him. At best, Evans should be relied on only as a WR3 until he proves otherwise.

Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

I usually always include at least one wide receiver that I like less due to an unfavorable matchup and this week is no exception. Julian Edelman will likely find himself on Revis Island in Week 7 as the New England Patriots take on the New York Jets. With Revis’s stellar performance so far this year, Tom Brady may be hesitant to try and fit tight passes in and risk his current “MVP-so-far” status. Even if Brady does fit the passes in there, Edelman has had trouble making catches as of late after he dislocated his finger in Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts. There’s no question that Revis will make his former team pay big time on any mistakes, which is why Edelman’s Fantasy value could be lower than normal this week.

My Top 20 Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 7

  1. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
  2. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
  3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
  4. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
  5. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
  6. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
  7. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
  8. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
  9. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
  10. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
  11. Steve Smith Sr., Baltimore Ravens
  12. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
  13. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts
  14. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
  15. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
  16. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
  17. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
  18. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  19. Travis Benjamin,Cleveland Browns
  20. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders

 

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