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Packers WR Jordy Nelson
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
This is how we rank the WRs and TEs for Week Seven of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each receiver's past performance and factor that into our projections. The rankings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 receiving or rushing yards equal 1 point, receiving and rushing TDs equal 6 pts., and fumbles deduct 2 points.

  1. Jordy Nelson
  2. Demaryius Thomas
  3. Julio Jones
  4. Antonio Brown
  5. Brandon Marshall
  6. Dez Bryant
  7. Alshon Jeffery
  8. Randall Cobb
  9. Steve Smith Sr.
  10. Emmanuel Sanders
  11. T.Y. Hilton
  12. Golden Tate
  13. Kelvin Benjamin
  14. Julian Edelman
  15. DeSean Jackson
  16. Mike Wallace
  17. Andre Johnson
  18. DeAndre Hopkins
  19. Michael Floyd
  20. Mohammed Sanu
  21. Pierre Garcon
  22. Percy Harvin
  23. Brandin Cooks
  24. Rueben Randle
  25. Roddy White
  26. Sammy Watkins
  27. Reggie Wayne
  28. Larry Fitzgerald
  29. Michael Crabtree
  30. Keenan Allen
  31. Terrance Williams
  32. Andre Holmes
  33. Torrey Smith
  34. Odell Beckham Jr.
  35. Wes Welker
  36. Eric Decker
  37. James Jones
  38. Justin Hunter
  39. Marques Colston
  40. Brian Quick
  41. Cecil Shorts III
  42. Kendall Wright
  43. Brandon LaFell
  44. Anquan Boldin
  45. Andrew Hawkins
  46. Malcom Floyd
  47. Davante Adams
  48. Dwayne Bowe
  49. Cordarelle Patterson
  50. Eddie Royal

  1. Rob Gronkowski
  2. Julius Thomas
  3. Greg Olsen
  4. Jordan Cameron
  5. Jordan Reed
  6. Dwayne Allen
  7. Delanie Walker
  8. Martellus Bennett
  9. Jason Witten
  10. Vernon Davis
  11. Larry Donnell
  12. Antonio Gates
  13. Owen Daniels
  14. Jared Cook
  15. Travis Kelce
  16. Coby Fleener
  17. Heath Miller
  18. Jace Amaro
  19. Timothy Wright
  20. Clay Harbor
  21. Jermaine Gresham
  22. Ladarius Green
  23. Andrew Quarless
  24. Charles Clay
Patriots WR Julian Edelman

By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud WRs and TEs who may fail to deliver:

Julian Edelman
Patriots WR Julian Edelman
Brady’s most trusted receiver got back on track against Buffalo on Sunday by hauling in 9 of 12 targets for 91 yards. Edelman has only scored once this season but he is a reception machine and particularly valuable in PPR formats. This week, New England hosts the division rival New York Jets who allow the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Adding to the favorable matchup, the Jets just lost their only decent cornerback. Dee Milliner tore his Achilles and is out for the year. Edelman should have no problem breaking free of the awful Jets secondary. I expect the long-time Patriot to put up 80 yards and score his second touchdown of the season.

Randall Cobb
Packers WR Randall Cobb
The Packers No. 2 wide out scored his seventh touchdown in just the sixth game of the season. Against a decent Miami secondary, Cobb produced 5 receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown. Although he has not gained considerable yardage (outside of his 113-yard performance against Chicago in Week 4) Cobb remains Aaron Rodgers’ go-to target in the red-zone. The Packers have a juicy matchup against a Carolina defense that has under achieved this season. They are allowing over 25 points to opposing wide receivers, the 8th most in the league. With the way that Cam Newton played last week, this game could very well be a shoot-out with the first team to 30 points winning. Look for the Packers pass-happy offense to abandon the run early as Eddie Lacy continues to struggle. Cobb should produce in a major way in Week 7.

Wes Welker
Broncos WR Wes Welker
The former New England Patriot slot receiver has done nothing since returning from his two-game suspension. Welker has gained just 126 yards in three games and has failed to score thus far. Peyton Manning seems to favor his taller targets as Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Julius Thomas are all putting up huge numbers. Against the Jets last week, Welker caught the only ball thrown his way for just 8 yards. Even Ronnie Hillman saw more targets than Welker and now the Broncos host a San Francisco defense that has done very well this year. The Niners have allowed the 12th-fewest points to wide receivers and with Welker being the fourth or fifth option on offense, it could be a very long day for the slot receiver. Keep him on your bench until he shows some production.

Marques Colston
Saints WR Marques Colston
Drew Brees is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. He has had tremendous success with Colston as his go-to receiver over the several years that the two have been teammates. However, this season, Colston has failed to produce double-digit fantasy points in all five contests including a Week 2 performance in which he failed to catch a single pass. Rookie Brandin Cooks has clearly passed Colston as the No. 1 receiver on the Saints and Colston has shown some signs of his demise. Adding insult to injury, the Saints have to travel to Ford Field to face a Detroit Lions defense that is allowing the fewest fantasy points to receivers in the league. Colston is still roster worthy, but you can’t feel comfortable starting him on the road against the Lions.

Delanie Walker
Titans TE Delanie Walker
Walker caught three passes from Charlie Whitehurst on a team-high eight targets on his way to a 57-yard performance. It wasn’t his best game of the season but despite the game of musical chairs that the Titans are playing at the quarterback position, Walker has remained a consistent weapon on offense. After six games, he has scored the 5th most points of any player at his position. The Titans travel to Washington to face a defense that allows the 10th-most fantasy points to tight ends. The ‘Skins also have allowed 11 passing touchdowns this season, the 4th-most in the league. I expect Walker to have another solid outing with 60 yards and a touchdown totaling 12 fantasy points.

Jordan Reed
Redskins TE Jordan Reed
In his first game back from a hamstring injury, Jordan Reed recorded 8 receptions for 92 yards. Reed sent his replacement Niles Paul to the bench for most of the game who only caught one pass for 7 yards. Reed is clearly the No. 1 tight end on Jay Gruden’s offense and should have a productive season as long as he stays healthy. The Redskins host the Titans, who have allowed the 8th-most fantasy points to tight ends. Look for Kirk Cousins to continue to look in Reed’s direction as he puts up 50 yards and a touchdown.

Antonio Gates
Chargers TE Antonio Gates
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Gates had just 3 receptions for 27 yards but bailed fantasy owners out with a 1-yard touchdown grab. Gates has been a boom or bust type of player this season and although he is the 3rd ranked player at his position, he doesn’t seem to have the same explosiveness he has had in past season. Add to that the emergence of backup Ladarius Green and a matchup against a Kansas City defense that only allows 8.24 fantasy points per game to tight ends, and this could be one of those bust weeks for Gates. If you have a guy like Larry Donnell, Jason Witten, or Jordan Reed, I would start any of them over Gates this week.

Travis Kelce
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce
The Kansas City Chiefs rookie has had three impressive performances in a row, scoring a touchdown in each contest. He has great speed for his size and is very strong. However, Kansas City must travel to San Diego in Week 7 to play a Chargers defense that is allowing the 3rd-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. They limit tight ends to an average of less than 5 points. Kelce also has yet to play enough snaps to be one of those must-start guys. He is definitely an emerging talent and should have a long career in the NFL but this might be a week when you want to leave him on your bench.

Andre Holmes
Raiders WR Andre Holmes
Holmes lit the Chargers up for 121 yards and 2 scores last week in a 31-28 loss. He has established himself as David Carr’s No. 1 target and is a freakishly talented athlete. Week 7 could be another huge outing for Holmes as he faces the struggling tandem of Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie. The Arizona Cardinals are allowing almost 30 points per game to opposing wide receivers, the 2nd-most in the entire league. With the Raiders likely playing catch-up, look for Holmes to produce yet again with approximately 70 yards and a touchdown.

Percy Harvin
Seahawks WR Percy Harvin
Harvin has not been able to get on the same wavelength with quarterback Russell Wilson since the Seahawks Superbowl victory over the Denver Broncos last season. He hasn’t produced 10 fantasy points since Week 1 and last week against the Cowboys, he was held with out a catch and rushed for -1 yards. That’s right- he scored negative fantasy points last week. However, there is nothing like a date with the Rams secondary to turn things around for an underachieving receiver. St. Louis is allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to wide outs and was torched by the Niners last week. Harvin is clearly the most talented weapon in Russell Wilson’s arsenal and if the two can link up, there is no telling what can happen. Harvin has playmaking ability unlike any other player in this league. He is incredibly fast and agile and can make defenders miss with his unreal juke moves. I think Harvin breaks out this week and turns his season around.

Dwayne Allen
Colts TE Dwayne Allen
Allen has been a consistent option for Andrew Luck all season and is currently the 8th ranked tight end in fantasy football. He isn’t a yardage machine but he has scored 4 touchdowns in six games this season. Quarterback Andrew Luck loves to hit his running backs and tight ends in the red zone and Allen has been one of the beneficiaries. The Colts host a Bengals defense that is allowing a whopping 13.06 fantasy points to tight ends, the most in the entire NFL. Because the Bengals are a very good football team, Andrew Luck should have to continue throwing the ball deep into the fourth quarter. In this competitive matchup, I expect Allen to shine and have his best game of the season. He is a high-risk high-reward play but if you’re a gambler, plug him into your lineup.

Jordan Cameron
Browns TE Jordan Cameron
Cleveland Brown fans were going crazy last weekend as they finally witnessed their team defeating their most hated rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Another great takeaway from Cleveland’s performance was that Jordan Cameron finally got on track. The 4th-year tight end gained 102 yards and scored his first touchdown of the season totaling a whopping 16.2 fantasy points. The success should continue as the Browns travel to Jacksonville to face a Jaguars defense that is reminiscent of my high school football team. The Jags allow the 4th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends so look for Cameron to put up back-to-back solid performances. He could be a top 5 play at his position this week.

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.

By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Wide Receivers to Add

Doug Baldwin
The Seattle Seahawks have been the center of attention after two straight losses to the Dallas Cowboys and the St. Louis Rams. However, even more than the losses, the Percy Harvin trade has been the focus of the NFL this past week. Seattle sent Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick after he helped lead the team to the Super Bowl last season. Without Harvin, Doug Baldwin has stepped up as the No. 1 wide receiver. In the loss to the Rams last week, Baldwin caught 7-of-11 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown. Without Harvin on the roster and very little talent among the wide receivers, Baldwin should continue to see an enormous amount of targets as long as he can break free of the coverage. I don’t expect him to produce over 100 yards and a touchdown every game but he is definitely fantasy roster worthy.

Odell Beckham Jr.
I said it last week but if you didn’t listen and he is still available, pick the LSU wide out up immediately. With Victor Cruz sidelined for the remainder of the year, Beckham should be a huge part of the Giants aerial attack. This guy could be the next superstar receiver with his incredible breakaway speed and ability to catch passes. He can even be used in the running game. Last week against the Cowboys, OBJ rushed for 13 yards, caught 4 passes for 34 yards, and found the end zone twice. In three games, the rookie has scored three times. This guy needs to be owned in all leagues.

Wide Receivers to Drop

Allen Hurns
After dominating in the first game of his career with 110 yards and 2 touchdowns, the rookie wide receiver’s production has decreased significantly. After his first 3 games, Hurns recorded 186 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns. However, since then, he has just 119 yards in the last 4 games with no scores. Rookie quarterback Blake Bortles has struggled to get Hurns the ball and last week in the Jaguars first victory of the year, Hurns caught just one pass for 7 yards. The Jags have Allen Robinson and Cecil Shorts III who are both more talented than Hurns so you can safely drop him without regretting it.

Markus Wheaton
The Oregon State product is having a disappointing sophomore season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Monday Night Football, Wheaton failed to catch a single pass in the Steelers 30-23 victory over the Houston Texans. Wheaton has yet to score double-digit fantasy points and has not reached the end zone through the first 7 games of the season. Big Ben has relied heavily on Antonio Brown and Le’veon Bell to move the chains as Wheaton’s production has decreased incrementally this season. There is no reason to hold on to the second-year wide receiver. You can drop him comfortably.

Tight Ends to Add

Gavin Escobar
Escobar broke out and had the best game of his career against the New York Giants last week. Romo connected with Escobar three times for 65 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the last two games, they have hooked up for three scores whereas Jason Witten only has one touchdown this entire season. There may be a changing of the guard coming in Dallas and Witten could be phased out of the offense in favor of the 23-year-old. Escobar is no sure thing but if you are in need of a back up tight end, he could be your guy.

Dwayne Allen
The Indianapolis Colts tight end is owned in less than 50% of leagues on NFL.com. This number needs to increase dramatically. Dwayne Allen has scored 5 touchdowns in 7 games this season and has emerged as Andrew Luck’s go-to guy in the red zone. Despite the fact that Coby Fleener hurts Allen’s value, Andrew Luck has been the MVP this season and Allen has benefited greatly from his quarterback’s magnificent play. Last week, Allen caught 3 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. You won’t want to start Allen every week but he definitely deserves to be on your roster. He is a high-end TE2 going forward.

Keep a Finger on the Eject Button

Jason Witten
The 32-year old Dallas Cowboy is having his worst season since his rookie year in 2003. Witten has been a Cowboy for over a decade and is one of the faces of Jerry Jones’ franchise. However, after 7 games this season, the veteran has produced just 23 receptions for 266 yards and only 1 touchdown. Against a Giants team that he has dominated in the past, Romo connected with Witten just twice for 27 yards. With Gavin Escobar’s emergence in the past two games, fantasy owners need to keep an eye on Witten’s production. If he continues to struggle, you may want to drop him in favor of his back up or a Colts tight end.

Tight Ends to Drop

Timothy Wright
For those of you who added the newest Patriot acquisition after his 85-yard and 1 touchdown performance against the Bengals in Week 5, Wright has disappointed since then. In Week 6 against the division-rival Buffalo Bills, Wright caught just one pass for 1 yard but bailed fantasy owners out because it was a touchdown reception. However, last week against Rex Ryan’s Jets, Wright was invisible. He wasn’t targeted once while Gronkowski continues to improve at the tight end position. Wright may be a solid option on another team but with Gronk in front of him on the depth chart, the kid simply will not get enough looks to be a valuable asset on your fantasy squad.