This week will be the silencing of the Lambs... and the Gallups and maybe the Coopers
I am almost completely aligned with the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) for both WR1s and from about 40s onward in my Week 7 fantasy wide receiver rankings. What is far more noteworthy is that the biggest ripples fall in that critical WR2 and WR3 territory.
I am guessing that if I asked you to name the most generous defenses in giving up fantasy points to wide receivers you could probably name most of them. But how many of the stingiest could you name? I will be so brazen to say you would not even name the stingiest defense when it came to giving up points to WRs if I gave you a few guesses. One thing I am certain of — either the ECR isn't aware either or they are completely ignoring it.
I can understand if the collective experts nor you were aware it is the Washington Football Team! And Washington happens to be taking on the Dak Prescott-less Cowboys on Sunday. I like Andy Dalton, but that offense simply can't quick strike as easily as it did with Prescott at the helm. But that alone is not the reason why I have all three Dallas WRs much lower than the ECR. All three have failed to live up to their preseason hype and now taking on one of the more underrated secondaries does not bode well for them. Yes, if you have Amari Cooper on your team, you still need to start him. However, when he doesn't give you the WR1 numbers this week you had hoped for when you drafted him, don't be surprised.
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami, Minnesota
NFL WR Rankings: Week 7
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.
(Photo by James D. Smith, courtesy of dallascowboys.com)