Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings: WR/TE

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The NFL trade deadline is usually the most boring of all the major sports, but that wasn’t the case this week. Some big trades not only changed the fortunes of some NFL teams, but the fantasy football landscape. Are your ready for the changes?

Teams on bye week: Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco

 

Wide Receivers

Could Impress: Brandon Lloyd. You don’t buy a new toy just to sit and stare at it. Lloyd is familiar with Josh McDaniel’s offense so it shouldn’t take him long to get up to speed. Sam Bradford has never had a receiver with Lloyd’s combination of size and speed. Even if Bradford can’t go, I still like Lloyd’s chances this week.

Could Disappoint: Vincent Jackson. He’s just the latest fantasy receiver to take a tour of Revis Island. Considering the Jets have been porous in the run game, don’t expect Philip Rivers to force it Jackson’s way. Good for Ryan Mathews, bad for VJax.

Keep an eye on: Torrey Smith. He’s got 4.3 speed and plays in an offense that loves to throw deep. He disappeared against the Jets, but many receivers do. Smith has good matchups four of the next five weeks and is available in more than 75-percent of leagues.

Injury Replacement: Darrius Heyward-Bey. Three straight games with more than 80 yards, Heyward-Bey will benefit from Palmer’s cannon of an arm. The Raiders will do most of their damage on the ground on Sunday, but when they do pass, it’ll be out of a play-action fake. That’s generally good for deep threats like DHB.


WR Rankings

 

1. Calvin Johnson DET (vs. Atlanta)

2. Greg Jennings GB (@ Minnesota)

3. Mike Wallace PIT (@ Arizona)

4. Steve Smith CAR (vs. Washington)

5. Dwayne Bowe KC (@ Oakland)

6. Miles Austin DAL (vs. St. Louis)

7. Marques Colston NO (vs. Indianapolis)

8. Larry Fitzgerald ARI (vs. Pittsburgh)

9. Roddy White ATL (@ Detroit)

10. Dez Bryant DAL (vs. St. Louis)

11. Brandon Marshall MIA (vs. Denver)

12. Vincent Jackson SD (@ New York Jets)

13. Pierre Garcon IND (@ New Orleans)

14. Brandon Lloyd STL (@ Dallas)

15. Eric Decker DEN (@ Miami)

16. Anquan Boldin BAL (@ Jacksonville)

17. Jordy Nelson GB (@ Minnesota)

18. Santana Moss WAS (@ Carolina)

19. Sidney Rice SEA (@ Cleveland)

20. Reggie Wayne IND (@ New Orleans)

21. Santonio Holmes NYJ (vs. San Diego)

22. Mike Williams TB (@ Chicago)

23. Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK (@ Kansas City)

24. Percy Harvin MIN (@ Green Bay)

25. Nate Washington TEN (vs. Houston)

26. Julio Jones ATL (@ Detroit)

27. Kevin Walter HOU (@ Tennessee)

28. Malcom Floyd SD (@ New York Jets)

29. Greg Little CLE (vs. Seattle)

30. Robert Meachem NO (vs. Indianapolis)

31. Jacoby Jones HOU (@ Tennessee)

32. Doug Baldwin SEA (@ Cleveland)

33. Mike Thomas JAX (vs. Baltimore)

34. James Jones GB (@ Minnesota)

35. Steve Breaston KC (@ Oakland)

36. Jacoby Ford OAK (vs. Kansas City)

37. Plaxico Burress (vs. New York Jets)

38. Torrey Smith BAL (@ Jacksonville)

39. Lance Moore NO (vs. Indianapolis)

40. Nate Burleson DET (vs. Atlanta)

41. Danario Alexander STL (@ Dallas)

42. Johnny Knox CHI (@ Tampa Bay)

43. Devin Hester CHI (@ Tampa Bay)

44. Jabar Gaffney WAS (@ Carolina)

45. Eddie Royal DEN (@ Miami)

46. Denarius Moore (vs. Oakland)

47. Hines Ward PIT (@ Arizona)

48. Arrelious Benn TB (vs. Chicago)

49. Davone Bess MIA (vs. Denver)

50. Michael Jenkins MIN (vs. Green Bay)

 

Fred Davis will be a top-10 TE the rest of the way

Tight Ends

Could Impress: Fred Davis. Chris Cooley will be out for a while, if not the season. I don’t expect Mike Shannahan to put too much on the shoulders of new QB John Beck, so there could be a number of underneath passes headed Davis’ way.

Could Disappoint: Jeremy Shockey. Washington is no slouch against the pass, and the Redskins pass rushers do a nice job of getting pressure on the quarterback. Shockey is second on the depth chart, and won’t likely repeat his 4 catch, 60 yard performance from last week.

Keep an eye on: Kyle Rudolph. Listen, sometimes the best fantasy football moves are the ones that don’t make a ton of sense at first. Christian Ponder is the new guy under center. The Vikings coaching staff will call a number of quick, controlled, high-percentage passes to help build Ponder’s confidence. And in the “It Certainly Doesn’t Hurt Department”, Ponder and Rudolph are roommates and worked out together during the lockout. When things break down, who will have Ponder’s confidence more than Rudolph?

Injury Replacement: Lance Kendricks. The rookie is starting to become a bigger part of the Rams’ offense as they continue to find ways to get him into mismatches. St. Louis is going to be down against Dallas, and the Cowboys give up the 2nd most points to opposing tight ends, making Kendricks a good play.

 

TE Rankings

 

1. Jimmy Graham NO (vs.  Indianapolis)

2. Jason Witten DAL (vs. St. Louis)

3. Tony Gonzalez ATL (@ Detroit)

4. Jermichael Finley GB (@ Minnesota)

5. Fred Davis WAS (@ Carolina)

6. Brandon Pettigrew DET (vs. Atlanta)

7. Owen Daniels HOU (@ Tennessee)

8. Kellen Winslow TB (vs. Chicago)

9. Greg Olsen CAR (vs. Washington)

10. Dustin Keller NYJ (vs. San Diego)

11. Lance Kendricks STL (@ Dallas)

12. Dallas Clark IND (@ New Orleans)

13. Jared Cook TEN (vs. Houston)

14. Benjamin Watson CLE (vs. Seattle)

15. Ed Dickson BAL (@ Jacksonville)

16. Kevin Boss OAK (vs. Kansas City)

17. Marcedes Lewis JAX (vs. Baltimore)

18. Jeremy Shockey CAR (vs. Washington)

19. Visanthe Shiancoe MIN (vs. Green Bay)

20. Heath Miller PIT (@ Arizona)

21. Daniel Fells DEN (@ Miami)

22. Kyle Rudolph MIN (vs. Green Bay)

23. Randy McMichael SD (@ New York Jets)

24. Evan Moore CLE (vs. Seattle)

25. Todd Heap ARI (vs. Pittsburgh)

 

Stephen Kelley is a contributor at The Sports Bank where he covers Fantasy Sports and Pro Drafts. You can follow him on Twitter @stephen_tsb.

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