For the first time since Week 1, our fantasy WR PPR rankings will have Michael Thomas in them — and barring a setback with his gimpy ankle, he’ll actually stay in them all week. Coupled with last week’s returns of Davante Adams, Chris Godwin, and Julio Jones, things are looking up at the wide receiver position in Week 7, and it doesn’t hurt that studs from the Seahawks and Chargers will be coming off byes while only a handful of truly impactful WRs will be sitting out.
The Dolphins, Vikings, Colts, and Ravens are off this week, which means Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson, DeVante Parker, and Marquise Brown will be unavailable (and T.Y. Hilton, but that’s really a blessing in disguise, let’s face it). For a four-team bye week, that’s getting off easy, and it doesn’t hurt that two of the defenses on the bye, Baltimore and Indianapolis, have been among the toughest on WRs this season.
WEEK 7 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
There are still some tough matchups out there for a few borderline WRs, most notably Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods (vs. Bears), Julian Edelman (vs. 49ers), Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk (@ Patriots), and Henry Ruggs (vs. Buccaneers). Edelman is particularly tough to figure out given his lack of production lately. He still received six targets in Week 6 — the minimum number he’s hit in every game this year — so he still has WR3 potential in PPR leagues, but obviously he’s a low-ceiling play at this point. Kupp feels the same way after his Week 6 struggles, but he dropped a sure touchdown and should have had another long gain on a throw where he got turned around and lost the ball in the lights, so a bounce-back performance isn’t out of the question.
WEEK 7 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
CeeDee Lamb (@ Washington) also has a tough matchup on paper, but with at least five catches in every game this year, he’s a must-start in PPR leagues. Fellow rookies Tee Higgins (vs. Browns) and Chase Claypool (@ Titans) are close to that status, as well, but Claypool’s targets (just four last week) could further take a hit with Diontae Johnson (back) due back. His big-play potential keeps in the WR3 mix, but he has slightly more value in standard leagues than PPR.
Travis Fulgham (vs. Giants), Tim Patrick (vs. Chiefs), Christian Kirk (vs. Seahawks), Laviska Shenault and Keelan Cole (@ Chargers), Cole Beasley and John Brown (@ Jets), Russell Gage (vs. Lions), and A.J. Green (vs. Browns) are all either playing well enough to merit a start or have favorable matchups this week. Shenault, Beasley, Gage, and Green are fairly low-ceiling players, but they get slight boosts in PPR formats. Sterling Shepard (toe), who hopes to return from a four-week layoff against the Eagles on Thursday night, is a similar player. In his lone full game this year, he caught all six targets for 47 yards. He’s one of the few “possession receivers” left in the NFL, and those guys still have value in PPR leagues.
Of course, there are plenty of home run hitters who are worth using in PPR leagues despite their boom-or-bust profiles. Marvin Jones (@ Falcons), Mike Williams (vs. Jaguars), and Mecole Hardman (@ Broncos) all have great matchups on paper and can pay off as WR3s or flexes.
Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR PPR rankings based on the latest news and injuries.
Week 7 Fantasy WR PPR Rankings
These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues
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