Fantasy football rankings, Week 7: Wide receiver options include Justin Blackmon, Josh Gordon making a move

Doug Pensinger

Don't set your rosters till you check out our Week 7 wide Receiver rankings. Justin Blackmon, Josh Gordon, Brandon LaFell get some love in Week 7.

We're back for another week of fantasy football wide receiver rankings.

Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon missed the first four weeks of the season due to a suspension, and is still owned in just 53 percent of ESPN leagues. That will change after his performance on Sunday. Blackmon went wild on the Broncos secondary, catching 14 balls for 190 yards in the Jaguars 35-19 loss in Denver, where the Broncos were a 26.5 point favorite. After just two games, Blackmon has 19 receptions for 326 yards and a touchdown. He will move up in our Week 7 rankings this week.

Meanwhile, Eagles WR DeSean Jackson had a big day against one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, Darrelle Revis of the Buccaneers. Jackson was targeted just six times by QB Nick Foles, but caught all six for 64 yards and two scores. Jackson now has 28 receptions for 565 yards and three touchdowns this season, and could become Foles' favorite target in the red zone.

Bears WR Brandon Marshall had disappointed fantasy owners over the last two weeks, but had a big game last Thursday against a struggling Giants team. Marshall caught nine of his eleven targets for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears 27-21 win. Marshall now has 40 receptions for 465 yards and five touchdowns on the season.

With teammates Randall Cobb and James Jones leaving with injuries, Packers WR Jordy Nelson benefitted, as he caught four of his ten targets for 113 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown. Nelson now has 23 receptions for 371 yards and three scores this season, and should become QB Aaron Rodgers top target should Cobb or Jones miss any time due to their injuries.

The Bengals' A.J. Green is one of the best wide receivers in the game, and he had a big game on Sunday, catching six of his eleven targets for 103 yards and a touchdown, an 18 yard pass from QB Andy Dalton. Green now has 31 receptions for 361 yards and three touchdowns. It's a surprise that he has just three touchdowns this season, and I see that total increasing as the season goes along.

Panthers WR Brandon LaFell is the second option in the Panthers' passing game behind Steve Smith, but he enjoyed a solid game on Sunday, catching all four of his targets for 107 yards and a touchdown. Those of you in leagues that give extra points for length of touchdown enjoyed a nice day from LaFell.

Target Practice

Let's take a look at the Week 6 Target Leaders:

I wrote about Blackmon above and he had a monster target performance last week, as he was targeted 20 times by QB Chad Henne and I expect more of the same this week vs the Chargers.

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson saw 14 targets for new QB Mike Glennon last week against the Eagles, and we should see that trend continue in the weeks ahead. Jackson is a WR1 in Week 7 as the Bucs face off against the Falcons, and their 21st ranked pass defense vs opponents' wide receivers, in the dome in Atlanta.

Rank

Player

Wk 6

1

Justin Blackmon

20

2

Pierre Garcon

15

3

Vincent Jackson

14

4

Larry Fitzgerald

13

5

Kris Durham

13

6

Keenan Allen

12

7

Antonio Brown

11

8

Julian Edelman

11

9

Brandon Marshall

11

10

A.J. Green

11

11

Josh Gordon

10

12

Denarius Moore

10

13

Jordy Nelson

10

14

Aaron Dobson

10

15

Greg Jennings

10


Here is a quick glance at the defenses that are allowing the most fantasy points to wide receivers through Week 6:

Rank

Team

Fantasy Pts Allowed

22

Packers

140.19

23

Giants

143.79

24

Jaguars

144.19

25

Jets

145.1

26

Lions

145.39

27

Cowboys

146.89

28

Broncos

148.89

29

Ravens

154.69

30

Chargers

159.8

31

Bills

197.7

32

Eagles

209.8

When ranking wide receivers, I like to use the "fantasy points allowed" data found at many sites, including Ask the Commish (presented above).

With the Cowboys visiting the Eagles this week, I am moving Dez Bryant up to the No. 1 ranking in Week 7. The Eagles have given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. I could also see either Miles Austin or Terrance Williams having a big game as well, as I expect a shootout.

The Cowboys' pass defense isn't great either, as they have the sixth worst defense against the opponents' wide receivers in the NFL, so I expect Jackson to have another big game this week.

Blackmon has looked like an All Pro in his first two games back after his suspension, and he gets the Chargers and their third worst defense against wide receivers in Week 7. Expect plenty of targets, receptions, yards and a touchdown in Week 7 for Blackmon.

Week 7 Wide Receiver Rankings

Standard Leagues

PPR Leagues

Rank

Player

Player

1

Dez Bryant, DAL

Calvin Johnson, DET

2

Calvin Johnson, DET

Dez Bryant, DAL

3

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

Justin Blackmon, JAC

4

A.J. Green, CIN

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

5

DeSean Jackson, PHI

A.J. Green, CIN

6

Vincent Jackson, TB

Brandon Marshall, CHI

7

Justin Blackmon, JAC

Wes Welker, DEN

8

Torrey Smith, BAL

Torrey Smith, BAL

9

Wes Welker, DEN

DeSean Jackson, PHI

10

Victor Cruz, NYG

Vincent Jackson, TB

11

Josh Gordon, CLE

Pierre Garcon, WAS

12

Brandon Marshall, CHI

Jordy Nelson, GB

13

Jordy Nelson, GB

Andre Johnson, HOU

14

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

15

Pierre Garcon, WAS

Josh Gordon, CLE

16

Antonio Brown, PIT

Antonio Brown, PIT

17

Andre Johnson, HOU

Victor Cruz, NYG

18

Eric Decker, DEN

Eric Decker, DEN

19

T.Y. Hilton, IND

Reggie Wayne, IND

20

Mike Wallace, MIA

Steve Smith, CAR

21

Alshon Jeffery, CHI

Anquan Boldin, SF

22

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

Steve Johnson, BUF

23

Steve Smith, CAR

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

24

Reggie Wayne, IND

Julian Edelman, NE

25

Steve Johnson, BUF

T.Y. Hilton, IND

26

Kenbrell Thompkins, NE

Alshon Jeffery, CHI

27

Dwayne Bowe, KC

Kenbrell Thompkins, NE

28

Anquan Boldin, SF

Aaron Dobson, NE

29

Miles Austin, DAL

Dwayne Bowe, KC

30

Roddy White, ATL

Roddy White, ATL

31

Julian Edelman, NE

Miles Austin, DAL

32

Mike Williams, TB

Mike Williams, TB

33

Nate Washington, TEN

Mike Wallace, MIA

34

Reuben Randle, NYG

Golden Tate, SEA

35

Aaron Dobson, NE

Brandon LaFell, CAR

36

Terrance Williams, DAL

Keenan Allen, SD

37

Brandon LaFell, CAR

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

38

Golden Tate, SEA

Andre Roberts, ARI

39

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

Brian Hartline, MIA

40

Keenan Allen, SD

Nate Washington, TEN

41

Brian Hartline, MIA

Rueben Randle, NYG

42

Vincent Brown, SD

Terrance Williams, DAL

43

Michael Floyd, ARI

Vincent Brown, SD

44

Andre Roberts, ARI

Michael Floyd, ARI

45

Riley Cooper, PHI

Riley Cooper, PHI

46

Harry Douglas, ATL

Harry Douglas, ATL

47

Emmanuel Sanders, PIT

Greg Jennings, MIN

48

Jerome Simpson, MIN

Jason Avant, PHI

49

Jason Avant, PHI

Jerome Simpson, MIN

50

Greg Jennings, MIN

Emmanuel Sanders, PIT

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