Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7

Brandon Marshall caught two touchdown passes in his last game and could do the same on Sunday against Washington

Wide receiver injuries have been a big storyline in recent weeks, and their impact can clearly be seen by looking at Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 7 rankings. Randall Cobb will miss at least eight weeks after sustaining a fractured fibula in last week's win in Baltimore. Cobb has been placed on injured reserve, but is eligible to return in time to play in Week 15.

The same cannot be said for Atlanta's Julio Jones, who went on injured reserve and is done for the season after injuring his foot in the Falcons' Week 6 loss. That's two teams that will be without their No. 1 wide receivers for a while, and those aren't the only injuries they are dealing with. The Packers' James Jones sustained a shin/leg injury last week that could prevent him from playing this Sunday. The Falcons' Roddy White is in even worse shape, as he as been hampered all season by a high ankle sprain before sustaining a hamstring injury in his last game.

The Packers have Jordy Nelson to pick up the slack, but need production from Jarret Boykin to help offset the loss of Cobb and a hurting Jones. The Falcons are looking to Harry Douglas to step up and take some of the burden off of tight end Tony Gonzalez. This also means there is potential fantasy opportunity for Boykin and Douglas, and maybe even a surprise name or two, in the weeks ahead.

The good news is that there are still some No. 1 wide receivers who are healthy. This list is headed up by Dez Bryant, Athlon's No. 1 wideout this week, as the Cowboys will get their first crack against the Eagles fantasy-friendly defense. There's also Brandon Marshall, who reclaimed his position as Jay Cutler's top target last week and has another appealing matchup on Sunday against Washington's leaky secondary. The Bengals-Lions game in Detroit will feature two of the league's top pass-catchers in A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson, although Megatron is not functioning at optimum capacity right now because of a sore knee.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers
Teams on bye: New Orleans, Oakland

Rk Player Team OPP Notes
1 Dez Bryant DAL at PHI Eagles allowing most fantasy points to WRs.
2 Brandon Marshall CHI at WAS Reasserted himself as Bears' No. 1 (9-87-2) vs. Giants.
3 A.J. Green CIN at DET Went over 100 yards for first time since Week 1.
4 Victor Cruz NYG vs. MIN (Mon.) Vikings are 29th against the pass.
5 Wes Welker DEN at IND Leads NFL with 8 TD receptions.
6 DeSean Jackson PHI vs. DAL Only 64 yards, but 2 TDs last week vs. Bucs.
7 Demaryius Thomas DEN at IND No TD catches in his last two games.
8 Calvin Johnson DET vs. CIN Sore knee + Joe Haden = 3 catches for 25 yards.
9 Vincent Jackson TB at ATL Week's No. 1 WR following 9-114-2 effort vs. Eagles.
10 Jordy Nelson GB vs. CLE Becomes Rodgers' No. 1 target w/ Cobb out.
11 Antonio Brown PIT vs. BAL  
12 Pierre Garcon WAS vs. CHI Caught 6 of 15 targets last week vs. Cowboys.
13 Josh Gordon CLE at GB Production hasn't slipped with Weeden back at QB.
14 Reggie Wayne IND vs. DEN Passed 1,000-catch milestone on MNF.
15 Justin Blackmon JAC vs. SD Stole the show (14-190) in Denver last week.
16 Andre Johnson HOU at KC Leads league with 44 catches, but 0 TDs.
17 Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. MIN (Mon.) Has 212 yards in last 2 games, still no TDs.
18 Torrey Smith BAL at PIT Packers' "cloud coverage" rained on Smith's day.
19 Eric Decker DEN at IND  
20 Steve Smith CAR vs. STL  
21 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs. SEA (Thurs.) First left, now right hamstring injured.
22 Mike Wallace MIA vs. BUF Did he and Tannehill work on chemistry during bye?
23 T.Y. Hilton IND vs. DEN Broncos giving up a lot of yards through the air.
24 Alshon Jeffery CHI at WAS He and Cutler not clicking (1 rec., 27 yds.) last week.
25 Keenan Allen SD at JAC Two straight 100-yard, TD efforts for rookie.
26 James Jones GB vs. CLE Will he able to play through shin/leg injury?
27 Julian Edelman NE at NYJ Came up big in final drive for Brady, Pats.
28 Terrance Williams DAL at PHI Just two catches, but one went for a TD.
29 Greg Jennings MIN at NYG (Mon.) Can he and Freeman make it work on MNF?
30 Anquan Boldin SF at TEN Vernon Davis been CK's top target lately.
31 Harry Douglas ATL vs. TB Needs to step up with Jones out, White hurting.
32 Kenbrell Thompkins NE at NYJ Caught Brady's game-winner vs. Saints.
33 Stevie Johnson BUF at MIA DNP (hamstring) last week.
34 Mike Williams TB at ATL Late scratch last week b/c of hamstring.
35 Dwayne Bowe KC vs. HOU Season-high is 58 yards, just one TD catch.
36 Brian Hartline MIA vs. BUF  
37 Rueben Randle NYG vs. MIN (Mon.) Has 3 TDs in last two games.
38 Emmanuel Sanders PIT vs. BAL Hooked up w/ Big Ben on 55-yard TD last week.
39 Michael Floyd ARI vs. SEA (Thurs.) Could be in line for more targets depending on Fitz.
40 Vincent Brown SD at JAC  
41 Golden Tate SEA at ARI (Thurs.)  
42 Aaron Dobson NE at NYJ  
43 Cecil Shorts JAC vs. SD Shoulder injury, will he play?
44 Miles Austin DAL at PHI No catches (4 targets) in first game back (hamstring).
45 Kris Durham DET vs. CIN Lions' most productive receiver over last 2 games.
46 Jarret Boykin GB vs. CLE Golden opportunity with Cobb out, Jones hurting.
47 Kendall Wright TEN vs. SF  
48 Stephen Hill NYJ vs. NE  
49 Brandon LaFell CAR vs. STL His 100-yard game last week was Panthers' first of '13.
50 Austin Pettis STL at CAR Panthers are No. 7 against pass.
51 Jeremy Kerley NYJ vs. NE  
52 Robert Woods BUF at MIA He and Thad Lewis not on same page last week.
53 DeAndre Hopkins HOU at KC Been relatively quiet over last three games.
54 Chris Givens STL at CAR  
55 Tavon Austin STL at CAR Rookie still looking for breakout game.
56 Leonard Hankerson WAS vs. CHI  
57 Jerome Simpson MIN at NYG (Mon.) Can Josh Freeman jump-start Vikings passing' attack?
58 Roddy White ATL vs. TB First it was his ankle, now hamstring.
59 Marlon Brown BAL at PIT Led Ravens in targets w/ 7 (3-71) last week.
60 Eddie Royal SD at JAC No catches, or targets on MNF.
61 Nate Washington TEN vs. SF  
62 Donnie Avery KC vs. HOU  
63 Sidney Rice SEA at ARI (Thurs.)  
64 Jacoby Jones BAL at PIT Caught TD pass in first game back since Week 1.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 7 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Tight Ends
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Kickers

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