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

1Dez BryantDALat PHIEagles allowing most fantasy points to WRs.
2Brandon MarshallCHIat WASReasserted himself as Bears' No. 1 (9-87-2) vs. Giants.
3A.J. GreenCINat DETWent over 100 yards for first time since Week 1.
4Victor CruzNYGvs. MIN (Mon.)Vikings are 29th against the pass.
5Wes WelkerDENat INDLeads NFL with 8 TD receptions.
6DeSean JacksonPHIvs. DALOnly 64 yards, but 2 TDs last week vs. Bucs.
7Demaryius ThomasDENat INDNo TD catches in his last two games.
8Calvin JohnsonDETvs. CINSore knee + Joe Haden = 3 catches for 25 yards.
9Vincent JacksonTBat ATLWeek's No. 1 WR following 9-114-2 effort vs. Eagles.
10Jordy NelsonGBvs. CLEBecomes Rodgers' No. 1 target w/ Cobb out.
11Antonio BrownPITvs. BAL 
12Pierre GarconWASvs. CHICaught 6 of 15 targets last week vs. Cowboys.
13Josh GordonCLEat GBProduction hasn't slipped with Weeden back at QB.
14Reggie WayneINDvs. DENPassed 1,000-catch milestone on MNF.
15Justin BlackmonJACvs. SDStole the show (14-190) in Denver last week.
16Andre JohnsonHOUat KCLeads league with 44 catches, but 0 TDs.
17Hakeem NicksNYGvs. MIN (Mon.)Has 212 yards in last 2 games, still no TDs.
18Torrey SmithBALat PITPackers' "cloud coverage" rained on Smith's day.
19Eric DeckerDENat IND 
20Steve SmithCARvs. STL 
21Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. SEA (Thurs.)First left, now right hamstring injured.
22Mike WallaceMIAvs. BUFDid he and Tannehill work on chemistry during bye?
23T.Y. HiltonINDvs. DENBroncos giving up a lot of yards through the air.
24Alshon JefferyCHIat WASHe and Cutler not clicking (1 rec., 27 yds.) last week.
25Keenan AllenSDat JACTwo straight 100-yard, TD efforts for rookie.
26James JonesGBvs. CLEWill he able to play through shin/leg injury?
27Julian EdelmanNEat NYJCame up big in final drive for Brady, Pats.
28Terrance WilliamsDALat PHIJust two catches, but one went for a TD.
29Greg JenningsMINat NYG (Mon.)Can he and Freeman make it work on MNF?
30Anquan BoldinSFat TENVernon Davis been CK's top target lately.
31Harry DouglasATLvs. TBNeeds to step up with Jones out, White hurting.
32Kenbrell ThompkinsNEat NYJCaught Brady's game-winner vs. Saints.
33Stevie JohnsonBUFat MIADNP (hamstring) last week.
34Mike WilliamsTBat ATLLate scratch last week b/c of hamstring.
35Dwayne BoweKCvs. HOUSeason-high is 58 yards, just one TD catch.
36Brian HartlineMIAvs. BUF 
37Rueben RandleNYGvs. MIN (Mon.)Has 3 TDs in last two games.
38Emmanuel SandersPITvs. BALHooked up w/ Big Ben on 55-yard TD last week.
39Michael FloydARIvs. SEA (Thurs.)Could be in line for more targets depending on Fitz.
40Vincent BrownSDat JAC 
41Golden TateSEAat ARI (Thurs.) 
42Aaron DobsonNEat NYJ 
43Cecil ShortsJACvs. SDShoulder injury, will he play?
44Miles AustinDALat PHINo catches (4 targets) in first game back (hamstring).
45Kris DurhamDETvs. CINLions' most productive receiver over last 2 games.
46Jarret BoykinGBvs. CLEGolden opportunity with Cobb out, Jones hurting.
47Kendall WrightTENvs. SF 
48Stephen HillNYJvs. NE 
49Brandon LaFellCARvs. STLHis 100-yard game last week was Panthers' first of '13.
50Austin PettisSTLat CARPanthers are No. 7 against pass.
51Jeremy KerleyNYJvs. NE 
52Robert WoodsBUFat MIAHe and Thad Lewis not on same page last week.
53DeAndre HopkinsHOUat KCBeen relatively quiet over last three games.
54Chris GivensSTLat CAR 
55Tavon AustinSTLat CARRookie still looking for breakout game.
56Leonard HankersonWASvs. CHI 
57Jerome SimpsonMINat NYG (Mon.)Can Josh Freeman jump-start Vikings passing' attack?
58Roddy WhiteATLvs. TBFirst it was his ankle, now hamstring.
59Marlon BrownBALat PITLed Ravens in targets w/ 7 (3-71) last week.
60Eddie RoyalSDat JACNo catches, or targets on MNF.
61Nate WashingtonTENvs. SF 
62Donnie AveryKCvs. HOU 
63Sidney RiceSEAat ARI (Thurs.) 
64Jacoby JonesBALat PITCaught TD pass in first game back since Week 1.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

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

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