Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top Plays at Every Position

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2013

Sep 22, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into Week 7, there are a few fantasy football truths that have been established this season.

The Kansas City Chiefs defense is fantasy gold. Peyton Manning is good for 25-plus points a game (when he's not playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars, that is). LeSean McCoy is going to go off for 100-plus yards almost every single week. 

But the tinkerer in all of us needs to know how players stack up in the rankings. 

With that in mind, here's a look at the top 10 players at every position for fantasy football in Week 7. 

 

Quarterback

Tony Romo against Philadelphia's defense is a fantasy matchup made in heaven. Rookie Mike Glennon had a big game against Philly last weekend, passing for 273 yards and two touchdowns—and he's horrible. 

The Eagles allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and Romo has had a couple of huge games recently. He's due for another this weekend. 

Peyton Manning is always a threat to have a huge game, and he's got some extra motivation heading into Sunday's game against his old team. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay made headlines this week, talking about how Manning wasn't a winner in the postseason, as noted by Jarrett Bell of USA Today:

"We've changed our model a little bit, because we wanted more than one of these," Irsay says, flicking up his right hand to show his Super Bowl XLI championship ring.

"(Tom) Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these," Irsay adds. "Pittsburgh had two, the Giants had two, Baltimore had two and we had one. That leaves you frustrated.

"You make the playoffs 11 times, and you're out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton and Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne). Mostly, you love this."

Then Irsay flicks up his right hand again.

Nicely done, Irsay. 

Now you've made Peyton angry. 

 

Running Back

Matt Forte has been held in check the past couple of games, putting up impressive yardage but failing to score. He's going to finally break through with a huge fantasy game this weekend, however, when the Chicago Bears travel to face the Washington Redskins. 

Washington gives up the third-most fantasy points to running backs of any team in the league. Barring the last game against Dallas, the Redskins haven't been able to shut down any team's rushing attack. 

As usual, LeSean McCoy is a must-start. He'll likely be heavily utilized against Dallas as a way to protect Nick Foles from Dallas' ferocious interior pass rush. 

Marshawn Lynch has been extremely hot the past two weekends, and he will have another big game this week on Thursday Night Football against the Arizona Cardinals, which allowed Frank Gore to rush for over 100 yards last week. 

 

Wide Receiver

Dez Bryant and Romo should have huge games against the Eagles. 

Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs with the ball after a catch against St. Louis Rams safety Rodney McLeod (23) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat St. Louis Rams 31-7. Mandatory Credit
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

No team in the league gives up more fantasy points to opposing receivers than Philly, which allows 35 points per game on average.

After busting out with two touchdowns and nine receptions last week, Brandon Marshall is due for another big game this weekend against the Redskins. Washington's secondary is riddled with holes, and Marshall's size will be a huge advantage against DeAngelo Hall. 

Oct 6, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) carries the ball for a touchdown during the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams at The Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Blackmon is another hot receiver with a hot matchup this weekend. 

After hauling in 19 passes the past two weeks, he's going up against San Diego, which, before Monday night's shocker against Indianapolis, had been atrocious against the pass in 2013. 

 

Tight End

The Tennessee Titans have already allowed four touchdown passes to opposing tight ends, and Vernon Davis will add to that total on Sunday. Davis has been unstoppable the past two games, catching 11 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. 

He and Colin Kaepernick are connecting with regularity deep downfield, and they'll connect a few more times against the Titans. 

Julius Thomas is a weekly member of these top-10 rankings, and he should have a field day on Sunday against the Colts. Indy's defense has been decimated by injuries lately—especially its linebacking corps. Thomas' speed and agility in the middle of the field will be a huge problem for this defense. 

Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) stiff arms New York Jets safety Dawan Landry (26) during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Jets defeated the Falcons 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Gonzalez should be heavily targeted when the Atlanta Falcons take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He's Matt Ryan's primary target with Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White still recovering from ankle and hamstring injuries. 

 

Defense

Kansas City's defense is licking its chops for the chance to get after Matt Schaub, Case Keenum or T.J. Yates on Sunday. Houston's offense is a train wreck right now, and the Chiefs have been taking apart opposing offenses all year long. 

Thanks to a dynamic front seven, the Chiefs have sacked opposing quarterbacks 31 times already this year. That number will go up in Week 7. 

Look for Seattle's turnover-happy defense to force Carson Palmer into a few costly mistakes, too. He's thrown nine interceptions in the past four games. 

The contest pitting the 49ers against the Titans could prove profitable for both defenses, as both teams have been forcing turnovers with regularity of late. 

 

Kicker

Sep 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater (5) prepares to kick a field goal in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Prater plays for the highest-scoring offense in the league, and he's a lock as the top kicker every week until the Broncos start showing signs of letting up (hint: it's not going to happen). 

Stephen Gostkowski should also have plenty of work when the New England Patriots take on the New York Jets. Tom Brady hasn't been scoring touchdowns in abundance this year, but the Pats can still move the ball on offense. 

 

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