With six weeks in the books, Calvin Ridley, Adam Thielen, DK Metcalf, Justin Jefferson, and Chase Claypool are top five in scoring. I doubt this is who you were expecting to lead the way five weeks ago. Julio Jones bounced back from injury with a monster 100+ yard and two-score game, while both Buccaneers wide receivers were not needed against the Packers. Looking at Week 7, the wide receiver position isn’t heavily affected for fantasy football. The Colts haven’t had fantasy-relevant wide receivers so far this season, and Marquise Brown is the lone option on Baltimore that you were plugging in each week. Justin Jefferson, DeVante Parker, and Adam Thielen are the main names you will need to replace this week and there are plenty of options to do so with.
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Week 7 Studs
Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley are in prime spots this week against the Lions secondary. This game overall has a lot of potential because Kenny Golladay is in a terrific spot against a defense that is allowing the 5th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The Lions are allowing the 8th most fantasy points. Both DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk are in a good spot this week as Seattle comes in allowing 37.9 PPR points per game to wide receivers. The Seattle wideouts are going to be here every week, as it continues to be a perfect situation for them with Russell Wilson and a bad pass defense. Terry McLaurin has shown us that no matter who is under center, he can put up some fantasy points. Dallas is allowing the 3rd most fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season.
JuJu Smith Schuster has been very quiet and Diontae Johnson’s availability will change some things but if he can’t go, give a bump to Chase Claypool and James Washington as well. This Titans secondary is very beatable, and have allowed the 6th most fantasy points per game. The Steelers have allowed the 7th most, so AJ Brown isn’t out of the question for a big week. This game has a high total so that Steelers defense isn’t as intimidating and Ryan Tannehill continues to prove he can move the ball. Davante Adams is primed for an upside week as the Texans have allowed the 10th most fantasy points per game. Adams should see 10+ targets and gets a Houston defense that continues to allow big games to wide receivers.
Week 7 Duds
There are not a ton of dud potential spots this week but the Monday Night Football game between the Bears and Rams bring two very good secondaries to the table and that could spell trouble for Robert Woods and Allen Robinson. The Rams are allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season and the Bears are allowing the fourth-fewest. Both quarterbacks scare me, as Jared Goff is more than capable of dropping another dud game while Nick Foles has gotten the ball to Robinson a ton, he still can struggle and disappear against a good defense. Will Fuller and the Texans wide receivers will battle a very good Packers secondary that has held wide receivers to just 20.7 PPR points per game. DJ Chark saw a whopping 14 targets last week and his volume is strong. While you are still starting him, the Chargers secondary will make him a key focus.
Week 7 WR Streaming Options
Tee Higgins (43%) has been a name I have written about quite a few times over the past few weeks. His involvement in the offensive continues to be fantasy viable and the Bengals are constantly throwing the ball at a high rate. Higgins is now WR27 on the season in PPR formats and has been targeted over six times in each of the last four games. He gets a fine matchup against the Browns, who have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. Christian Kirk (43%) was someone I recommended this past week and he crushed the Cowboys for two touchdowns. He is in another great spot with the Seahawks allowing a whopping 37.9 fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts. Kirk is starting to see more involvement in the pass offense.
Mike Williams (41%) gets a bump with Justin Herbert under center and a matchup against the Jaguars secondary is well worth targeting. Williams had a big game against the Saints and that weekly upside is not a fluke. Tim Patrick (18%) is a deep league start. Chiefs secondary is solid but Patrick is now scoring more than JuJu Smith Schuster, Julian Edelman, and John Brown. He continues to get targets and that is all we can ask for out of these guys. Patrick has produced and is starting to become more of a threat in this offense.
Week 7 Injury Corner
This area could certainly be worse as most wide receivers are back healthy. Julio Jones and Davante Adams were back in action this past week. Michael Thomas would have returned the last game if he didn’t get into a fight with his teammate. Curtis Samuel is someone battling injuries and he was getting more involved in a Carolina offense that was moving the ball well. KJ Hamler could return this week but I would wait on starting him before we see what his role is. Tim Patrick, Jerry Jeudy, and Noah Fant (when healthy) have been the primary targets.
Keenan Allen left his Week 5 matchup against the Saints with back spasms, and while they have had the bye week and is expected to be fine moving forward, this is one of those injuries that can flare right back up again. It is a great spot for him this week against the Jaguars and Justin Herbert has opened up this Chargers offense. DeVante Parker left against the Jets this past week and Miami is on bye which helps, but he is a name to keep an eye on over the next week. Diontae Johnson is going to be questionable again this week and bringing up Deon Caine from the practice squad isn’t encouraging.
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