Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated Top 80 Wide Receivers

With the Packers placing Randall Cobb (fibula) on short-term IR, that means they will miss him for a minimum of eight games.

In most weeks, that will be excellent news for fantasy owners of Jordy Nelson, who has the seventh-most fantasy points at wide receiver this season despite already having his bye.

Through five games, Nelson has had at least 66 receiving yards in every game and has scored four touchdowns on the year.

That said, the Packers have a tough matchup this week. The Browns have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season and shutdown cornerback Joe Haden will likely shadow Nelson. Assuming that James Jones plays, and that's not a lock, I could even see Jones turning in a better performance than Nelson.

If Jones does not play, that makes Jarrett Boykin, who was on my waiver-wire list this week, a potential sleeper. Either way, he has a some upside going forward and he's still available in 75 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Welker on pace for his best fantasy season ever

Most expected new Broncos slot receiver Wes Welker to see a dip in his production with the Broncos this season compared to his unprecedented five seasons with 110-plus receptions in New England over six years.

While Welker may not haul in 110 receptions this year (he's on pace for 99), Welker is on pace for 1,008 yards and a ridiculous 21 touchdowns. (As noted in my running back rankings, the Broncos have four players on pace to finish with 1,000-plus receiving yards this season.)

So far this season, Welker has scored in every game and has scored multiple touchdowns twice for his league-leading eight touchdowns.

Welker's previous career high was nine touchdowns, which he scored in 2011. The only other time he scored at least eight touchdowns was his first season with the Patriots in their historic 2007 season.

Dez Bryant has 18 TDs in past 18 games

With the exception of their matchup against the Chiefs, the Eagles have allowed receivers to haul in multiple touchdown receptions in every game this season. Other than the Chiefs and Bucs games, the Eagles have also allowed receivers to finish with at least 200 receiving yards as well.

In other words, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant should give the Eagles secondary fits. Then again, he gives most secondaries fits.

Before last week, Bryant had scored a touchdown in four consecutive games and he has six scores on the year. Going back to last season, Bryant has scored a total of 18 touchdowns in his past 18 games.

Coming off a disappointing performance against the Redskins, Bryant should get back on track against the Eagles. In his two games against the Eagles last year, Bryant had 185 yards and scored three touchdowns.

No WR has more yards than Gordon over past 4 games

Going into the season, few were as high on Josh Gordon as I was. Despite his two-game suspension to start the year, there was tremendous potential for the Browns to exploit his combination of size and speed in Norv Turner's vertical passing attack once he returned to the field.

With an ADP of WR38 (via FantasyPros) in the preseason, one of my bold predictions was that Gordon would finish as a top-12 fantasy wide receiver.

Even if that prediction may not seem as "bold" now, Gordon has been extremely impressive through his four games back from suspension. No wide receiver has more receiving yards than Gordon since he's returned.

Through four games, Gordon has 25 receptions for 429 yards and two touchdowns. On a per-game basis, those numbers put him on pace for 88 receptions, 1,502 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

To help Gordon's cause this week, he will face the Packers, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this year.

Blackmon on pace for 114 catches and 1,956 yards in 12 games

Like Gordon, Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon is paying dividends to those that gambled on a suspended receiver.

Since Blackmon was suspended for four games, he has only been back for two games, but he has been absolutely dominant during that stretch. In those two games, he has a total of 19 receptions for 326 yards and a touchdown.

Even with missing four games, Blackmon is on pace for 114 receptions and 1,956 yards in 12 games. Clearly he won't put up those numbers, but the Jaguars will play from behind often and Blackmon has the talent to be a highly productive fantasy receiver the rest of the way.

Blackmon has a favorable matchup again this week against the Chargers, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing WRs this year.

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Here are my Week 7 fantasy football wide receiver rankings (standard scoring):

1. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (at PHI)
2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (at DET)
3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears (at WAS)
4. Calvin Johnson, Detriot Lions (vs. CIN)
5. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. DAL)
6. Victor Cruz, New York Giants (vs. MIN)
7. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (at GB)
8. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. SD)
9. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (at IND)
10. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos (at IND)
11. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. BAL)
12. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at ATL)
13. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (vs. CLE)
14. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts (vs. DEN)
15. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (vs. CHI)
16. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (at WAS)
17. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos (at IND)
18. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (vs. MIN)
19. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens (at PIT)
20. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers (at JAX)
21. James Jones, Green Bay Packers (vs. CLE)
22. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (at KC)
23. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. DEN)
24. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins (vs. BUF)
25. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers (vs. STL)
26. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers (at TEN)
27. Rueben Randle, New York Giants (vs. MIN)
28. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at ATL)
29. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (at NYJ)
30. Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons (vs. TB)
31. Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings (at NYG)
32. Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers (at JAX)
33. Kenbrell Thompkins, New England Patriots (at NYJ)
34. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (vs. BUF)
35. Stephen Hill, New York Jets (vs. NE)
36. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (vs. SF)
37. Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. BAL)
38. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys (at PHI)
39. Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (at MIA)
40. Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots (at NYJ)
41. Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. SD)
42. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (at KC)
43. Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (at MIA)
44. Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers (vs. CLE)
45. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys (at PHI)
46. Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers (vs. STL)
47. Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans (vs. SF)
48. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. HOU)
49. Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings (at NYG)
50. Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams (at CAR)
51. Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. DAL)
52. Kris Durham, Detriot Lions (vs. CIN)
53. Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets (vs. NE)
54. Drew Davis, Atlanta Falcons (vs. TB)
55. Brandon Gibson, Miami Dolphins (vs. BUF)
56. Austin Pettis, St. Louis Rams (at CAR)
57. Ted Ginn, Carolina Panthers (vs. STL)
58. Jerricho Cotchery, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. BAL)
59. Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. DAL)
60. Davone Bess, Cleveland Browns (at GB)
61. Marlon Brown, Baltimore Ravens (at PIT)
62. Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins (vs. CHI)
63. Donnie Avery, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. HOU)
64. Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams (at CAR)
65. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts (vs. DEN)
66. Austin Collie, New England Patriots (at NYJ)
67. Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers (at JAX)
68. Greg Little, Cleveland Browns (at GB)
69. Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals (at DET)
70. Santana Moss, Washington Redskins (vs. CHI)
71. Mike Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. SD)
72. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings (at NYG)
73. Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens (at PIT)
74. Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (at DET)
75. Kevin Cone, Atlanta Falcons (vs. TB)
76. Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (at PHI)
77. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans (vs. SF)
78. Damian Williams, Tennessee Titans (vs. SF)
79. Ryan Broyles, Detriot Lions (vs. CIN)
80. Jon Baldwin, San Francisco 49ers (at TEN)

Note: Seahawks and Cardinals WRs were removed from my rankings since they played on Thursday night.

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