The weeks ahead are even tougher for the Week 7 fantasy football rankings, with top quarterbacks and wide receivers unavailable. Running back also becomes even more of a mess, so don’t forget read the 101 piece for a difficult start or sitting questions, possible business ideas and more strategy to help you get through with victory.
Waivers | True SOS (APA – Wednesday update)
Fantasy Football 101 (starts, sits, trades, more)
All in Soccer (videopod)
2022 Week 7 Fantasy Football Sleepers
🚨 BEWARE 🚨 These are sleepers. They don’t mimic my rankings 100%. This hunts up and often carries more risk.
POSSIBLE STARTER: Jared Goff, DET – Goff is better indoors, mainly in the landing department. The Cowboys are a tough matchup, but with Dak Prescott back, we can hope that Goff is forced to follow the pace he has the weapons for, in addition to his feet on turf. Matthew Stafford was able to throw for 308-1 in Week 5, and if Goff hits the 300 mark, he’ll probably have more than one touchdown and you’ll be celebrating.
HAIL MARIA START: Jimmy Garoppolo, SF – This is about the competition. Every quarterback who faced the Chiefs threw for 2-3 touchdowns, with three of them throwing for 329+ yards. Sure, those three were Justin Herbert, Tom Brady and Josh Allen, but even Garoppolo’s 250-2 streak makes for a nice bonus given that Allen, Jalen Hurts and Kirk Cousins are saying goodbye.
POSSIBLE START: JK Dobbins/Kenyan Drake, BAL — This is a fluke if Dobbins is healthy, and he would be in play as a breakout/failure RB2 in this matchup. If it’s just Drake, then “We love the Drake!” Well, until he burns us again. But, if there’s a team that can help Drake build back-to-back bye weeks, it’s the Browns, allowing over 5.5 YPC, with eight rushing touchdowns already. Look at what Rhamondre Stevenson has done just as a rusher, and even 19-76-1 would be a fantastic points start for your fantasy team.
HAIL MARIA START: James Robinson, JAX – While the Giants haven’t given up many rushing touchdowns, Drake’s Week 6 performance shows how susceptible they are to the run. Just popped in the middle, and you could get a nice piece game too. Doctors are averaging 5.5 YPC against the Giants, and Robinson has the 10th most Goal-to-Go attempts (six – tied with Saquon Barkley and others) with a nice 3.44 YAC rushing average, along with Derrick Henry and Dalvin Cook. With the split, we’re hoping for a touchdown, but a few big plays might be enough.
POSSIBLE START: Alec Pierce, IND – If you listened to both podcasts, you should have known that Alec Muthaduckin Pierce would be here. Pierce has three-straight points between 10.0-12.4 points with a 22-15-210-1 line. In fact, Pierce’s first game in that series was his 6-4-80 line against these Titans – a team that is among the worst at stopping the pass, and especially, stopping wideouts. Before their farewell, the Titans let Terry McLaurin build 6-5-76, Curtis Samuel 8-6-62 and Dyami Brown 4-2-105-2 on two huge touchdowns. #DuckYea I’m starting Pierce.
POSSIBLE START: Curtis Samuel, WSH — Speaking of Samuel, I mentioned in waivers how Taylor Heinicke could spark the offense and help Samuel recover. Heinicke looks to his slot receiver a bit more than Carson Wentz, and assuming McLaurin will be locked in with Jaire Alexander leaves Samuel as Heinicke’s most likely target. This sets up a nice volume game.
HAIL MARIA COMMENCEMENT: Rondale Moore and Robbie Anderson, ARI – Even with DeAndre Hopkins back from his PED suspension…
Moore and Anderson are playing thanks to 1) Marquise Brown’s injury and 2) a great matchup with the Saints, likely without CB Marcus Lattimore again. The Bengals receiver trio just combined for 26-19-245-2 with Tee Higgins getting 10-6-47 despite not being 100% healthy. In Week 5, Geno Smith hit DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett for a combined 14-10-192-3, so Hopkins and at least one more receiver can provide Top 30 value. I would go Moore before Anderson has given his familiarity with the team, but don’t be shocked if Anderson hits a big game or two.
HAIL MARIA COMMENCEMENT: Cade Otton, TB – Without Cameron Brate, Otton is a nice streamer besides the more likely to be used (and another rookie) Greg Dulcich after a lot of eyes on him during MNF. This isn’t so much a matchup as it is a chance for Otto to be the No. 3 for Tom Brady with Russell Gage still struggling (only one related game) and Julio Jones unable to get on the field.
Fun with Rankings!
This happened just this Tuesday on All in Football, because we named a lot of Moores (players), and it was joking, and I said Roger Moore, and Lauren said he was better than Sean Connery as Bond. Then someone suggested ranking the Bond films. So I’m doing my Top 10 Bond movies, because there are too many meh outings (watching several from you, Pierce Brosnan) to discuss the 15+ ranked movies.
- Casino Royale — Love me some poker, even though that was probably the funniest part of the movie. The odds of all those hands happening! Come on! Daniel Craig reinvigorated Bond with great action (parkour! parkour!) and began his run as (arguably) the best Bond.
- heavy rain – Some action pieces that surpass Casino Royale – perhaps the best in the series – with an interesting MI6-based plot and probably the best looking film.
- Goldfinger — Theme song victory, Oddjob (more on him later), the Bond film that hosts so many recurring appearances… however, one scene should be removed from the record.
- From Russia with Love — A fun train fight (which Specter recreated), gadgets, a great bad guy and a good plot that can be hard to find in many Bond movies.
- The spy who loved me — A nice plot twist with the romantic side of it, a memorable ski jump scene — which you… have seen… even if you’ve never watched this movie — and a car stunt!
- Dr. No – A more mysterious film, but it all started with the first encounter with SPECTRE.
- No Time to Die – OK, we all hate the ending, but it really felt like a race to the end – well, unless you consider the length of the film – because all of Craig’s time is combined with emotional, intense and action-packed. “final.”
- golden eye — The game was better and launched the multiplayer genre into orbit — and yes, Oddjob cheats — but the movie was still good, as Pierce Brosnan’s best outing as Bond. It restarted Bond, and the helicopter action and Sean Bean’s wicked twist were great.
- thunderbolt — Best underwater action of all, one of Sean Connery’s best outings, and a jetpack!
- You Only Live Twice ‘I mean, it’s the basis for so much Austin Powers. That alone deserves a ranking, as it’s one of the funnier and even funnier Bond films (albeit, with another nasty aspect).
Honorable Mention: For Her Majesty’s Service – The only George Lazenby Bond film was solid with a more grounded approach, focusing on the story.
Worst place: Die Another Day – Aptly named because watching this a second time would be like dying all over again. The CG was rough, the horrible invisible car, action was weak, and it was all downhill after an interesting torture scene to start the movie.
BUYS AND SELLS
- Alvin Kamara, RB, NO — Great volume, nice schedule, positive regression for touchdowns should come
- Jonathan Taylor, RB, IND – Don’t forget what i said last weekwhich was about Week 1 and Taylor’s top
- AJ Dillon, RB, GB — Don’t start him unless Aaron Jones is hurt, but if that happens, you have an RB1
- DJ Moore, WR, CAR – Maybe he has been traded, because otherwise, he could be dropped (and maybe he would be)
- Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT — Kenny Pickett should continue to improve, and the volume is there plus some nice matchups
- Michael Gallup, WR, DAL — If he’s not on waivers, get him before Dak Prescott increases his value
- Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL — Smart managers may not bite, but you can try to get out a big game
- Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, NE – Damien Harris could be back soon, and as good as Stevenson looks, they like time together
- Michael Pittman, WR, IND — Only if you can get fringe WR1 value, because Matt Ryan still makes Michael Pittman volatile
- JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, KC – Surrender his first big game, because there will be difficult matches
- Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA – Try to argue that it was an off-week because the Seahawks have quite a few tough passing matchups left.
Week 7 Fantasy Football Projections
🚨 BEWARE 🚨 These may differ from my rankings, and mine ranks is the order in which I would start players out of added context, such as “Requires highest advantage, even if risky.” Also, based on 4-point TDs for QB, 6-point rest, and Half-PPR
***These are NO updated sunday morning, FYI***
Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings
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- Only Semi-PPR because FantasyPros automatic calculation of Non and Full-PPR ranks can be disabled. But there is so little difference from Non to Half and Full to Half that you needn’t worry.
- ECR = Expert Consensus Rank. Don’t focus too much on it, because not all experts update constantly/constantly.
- Updated regularly, so check back until rows lock.
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