There has already been a slew of injury-related news this week that fantasy owners have had to process, but for the most part, the wide receiver position remains relatively healthy. Yet the loss of players such as Vincent Jackson (ACL) and, most importantly, Ben Roethlisberger (knee surgery) will have residual effects.
To say Antonio Brown struggled last season without Big Ben would be an understatement. Try less than 60 receiving yards and no touchdowns in the four games Landry Jones and Michael Vick started in place of Roethlisberger in 2015. Now Brown owners are now facing potentially average or worse numbers from their first-round pick (if not the No. 1 overall selection) for the next 4-6 weeks. Brutal.
Meanwhile target hog Mike Evans will only get more looks with the loss of Jackson, starting this week in a drool-worthy matchup against San Francisco. Don’t overlook new No. 2 Adam Humphries either.
Besides Evans, studs like Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Odell Beckham Jr. also appear well positioned for big games based on matchups. But as we have learned this season (many times already), this isn’t always a guarantee. Buckle up folks, it should be a very interesting Week 7.
And since there have been so many developments already this week, be sure to check back as I will updating these rankings all the way up until game time.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Dallas
— Rankings by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.