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Fantasy Football 2013 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7

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Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

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.

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

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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

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